Vacancy: Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Postdoctoral Research Fellow 

Full time (40 hours per week) – based in Amsterdam (the Netherlands) or Nairobi (Kenya)

The position

The Amsterdam Institute for Global Health and Development (AIGHD) is seeking to fill the position of postdoctoral research fellow with experience and strong interest in the area of non-communicable diseases (NCD) in Africa. The postdoctoral research fellow will work with the Joep Lange Chair holder Catherine Kyobutungi to establish a research program on chronic disease management as a concept in primary health care to strengthen the responsiveness of the health system to the management of both infectious and non-infectious diseases in low and middle income countries (LMICs). This will entail conducting research in various aspects of chronic disease management.

The Joep Lange Chair & Fellows Program

The Joep Lange Chair & Fellows Program was established in 2015 in memory of HIV activist, doctor and scientist Prof. Joep Lange. The Chair and Fellows program brings together the brightest minds from all over the world in the field of global health. In partnership with global top academic institutes, they focus on building the knowledge base of global health working together with organizations who can apply these insights to improve access to quality healthcare across the globe. The goal of the program is to promote collaborative research, and teaching interactions in global health in its broadest definition.

Main tasks and responsibilities

  • Contribute to research project development in the program, including grant applications.
  • Conduct systematic literature reviews.
  • Oversee data collection, data cleaning, and data analysis in the execution of research project(s) within the program.
  • Lead and contribute to scientific paper writing.
  • Lead and participate in dissemination of research findings and policy dialogue with relevant audiences, including lay public.



  • PhD or equivalent in Public Health/Epidemiology or closely related field.
  • Strong writing skills and good record of publications on relevant areas in sub-Saharan Africa.
  • Experience and strong interest in the area of NCDs
  • Proven experience in conducting health facility surveys and systematic reviews
  • Strong quantitative skills (managing, analysing and interpreting data), with extensive familiarity with quantitative statistical packages (e.g. STATA, SAS or SPSS, R);
  • Computer literacy in Microsoft packages (e.g. MS Word, MS PowerPoint and MS Excel).


  • Expertise in management of NCDs or familiarity with chronic care models.
  • Experience and familiarity with a diverse set of health and social science data sets.
  • Expertise in qualitative methods, including familiarity with qualitative analysis software packages (e.g. NVivo).
  • Excellent interpersonal and organizational skills and ability to work in a culturally diverse team.
  • Experience in developing proposals and attracting research grants.

What we offer

The fellowship position is for an initial period of two years with a possibility of renewal depending on performance and availability of additional funding. The postdoctoral research fellow will work closely with AIGHD and APHRC and travel between Amsterdam and Nairobi. Time to be spent at each location will be determined by activities, according to needs, in mutual agreement.

The Amsterdam Institute for Global Health and Development offers an excellent job opportunity in a cutting-edge working environment in global health and development and a salary in line with prevailing sector standards. AIGHD has a fulltime workweek of 40 hours, 25 days leave annually, an attractive collective pension plan and a very comprehensive collective health insurance scheme.

For more information contact Dr. Gershim Asiki ( or Prof. Dr Constance Schultsz (

Please send your application (including CV and letter of motivation) to HR at AIGHD


The Amsterdam Institute for Global Health and Development (AIGHD) is a research and education institute with a mission to address challenges in global health and development by conducting collaborative interdisciplinary research, generating insights and solutions, and educating the next generation of global health leaders.

AIGHD conducts collaborative, interdisciplinary research prioritizing infectious disease elimination, antimicrobial drug resistance, chronic care & ageing, urbanization & health, health markets, and economics of human development. It aims to educate and inspire the next generation of global health leaders at undergraduate, post-graduate and professional levels to shape a healthier and more prosperous future for all. AIGHD aspires to accelerate progress on global health objectives by sharing knowledge and insights with global agencies, governments, NGOs, and the scientific community.

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