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Director – Enteric Disease & Vaccine Research Unit Centre for Infectious Disease Research in Zambia (CIDRZ)

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Director- Enteric Disease & Vaccine Research Unit Ref No. DR/ED/07/09/21

The Enteric Disease and Vaccine Research Unit (EDVRU) is a growing research team that seeks to understand enteric pathogen biology, epidemiology and immunology of pathogens of public health importance to Zambia. It seeks to undertake basic and translational research generally aimed at development of vaccines and other interventions.

Reports to Chief Scientific Officer. The Director EDVRU will lead strategy development and supervise teams to drive growth and productivity. The director will oversee current clinical and basic science research studies on rotavirus, shigella, cholera, enterotoxigenic E-coli, corona virus. The EDVRU is engaged in a wide range of international networks and consortia developing new vaccines, diagnostics and capacity development. The unit has been successful at introduction of controlled human infection model studies to Zambia and the Director will be expected to drive utilization of this capability. A key role of this position is to represent CIDRZ locally and internationally and provide needed scientific leadership, credibility and inspire further growth. This role must also provide needed mentorship to young Research Fellows within the unit and across the institution to support their development towards independent research careers.

Main duties

Provides scientific leadership to the EDVRU
Assumes Principal Investigator function on a range of ongoing and new studies
Inter-face between EDVRU and other directorates and departments in CIDRZ
Leads EDVRU strategy development and execution of relevant specific tasks from the institutional strategy
Ensures sustenance of a healthy research portfolio balancing immediate and future grants within the pipeline
Negotiates and manages study budgets
Commits to ensuring all research undertaken meets the required international GCP/GCLP standards
Drives efficient implementation of clinical trials to meet sponsor expectations on targets and quality of work
Fosters the controlled human infection model development in Zambia and expand its utilization for vaccine evaluation
Collaborates closely with the CIDRZ Central Laboratory to ensure quality results are provided for research projects
Oversee scientific research and utilization of platforms within the EDVRU labs including the ELISPOT, LUMINEX, LAMP, NOVODIAG, MiniON sequencer etc and ensure the unit does not remain behind global developments


Registered Medical Doctor with postgraduate qualification or equivalent (e.g. MSc, MS in a health science) or PhD
At least 10 years experience in clinical or biomedical research at a senior level
Strong scientific record of achievement with international stature
Experience in budget development and financial management and working effectively with diverse teams
Proven team leadership skills
Excellent written and oral communication skills
Experience with scientific funding agencies in Zambia, the US and elsewhere
Familiarity with scientific/regulatory procedures in Zambia
Familiarity with public health system in Zambia

Suitably qualified candidates are invited to apply; however only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. Please send application letter quoting Reference Number above, relevant academic and professional certificates, and detailed CV with day-time telephone number(s) to:

CIDRZ Human Resources Director P. O. Box 34681, LUSAKA via email:

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