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Recruitment for Doctoral bursaries and Postdoctoral research fellows 2018

Deadline: 30 September 2017

The Evolving Risk Factors for Cancer in African Populations (ERICA-SA ) project has received funding from the Grants, Innovation and Product Development (GIPD) Unit of the South African Medical Research Council (SAMRC), with support from the South African National Department of Health and the UK Medical Research Council (MRC) from the UK Government’s Newton Fund.

ERICA-SA will utilise lifestyle data and biological samples collected by the Johannesburg Cancer Study (JCS) from 20,000 African cancer patients to investigate the causes of cancer and to enhance scientific research capacity in South Africa. This will be the largest study of its kind in Africa.

Posed to be the largest study of its kind in Africa, ERICA-SA will support three PhD students and two Postdoc fellows with a background in genetics, microbiology, epidemiology, bioinformatics or biostatistics. Research areas include: Genetic susceptibility to common African cancers; lifestyle risk factors in a broad range of cancer types; and infectious agents in cancer.

Successful doctoral candidates will be registered for a PhD degree at the Universities of Cape Town, Stellenbosch or Witwatersrand, and will be based at the SAMRC in Tygerberg, the SBIMB at WITS, or the National Cancer Registry in Sandringham, Johannesburg. Pre-doctoral and postdoctoral candidates must be willing to travel for skills development and supervision, and to work with an experienced international supervisory team, based in laboratories in London and Cambridge (UK), Heidelberg (Germany), Kampala (Uganda) and Sydney, Australia.

Applications should be submitted to Noluntu.Funani@mrc.ac.za comprising a CV (max 4 pages), cover letter, and contact details of three academic referees. For more information about this exciting initiative see the attached document. Follow this link to more information: http://www.mrc.ac.za/hr/Bursaries.pdf

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