Postdoctoral Research Fellow: HIV and SARS-CoV-2 Immunology

Africa Health Research Institute (AHRI) seeks a postdoctoral research fellow to undertake fundamental HIV and SARS-CoV-2 immunology work.

The Ndung’u group at AHRI works on basic and translational HIV, SARS-CoV-2, and TB immunopathogenesis studies by combining techniques in immunology, virology, molecular biology, and biochemistry to better understand protective and control immune mechanisms.  The ultimate goal of this work is to develop or inform the development and application of effective vaccines or immune-based therapeutic and cure strategies. The group gets funds from grants from the South African Research Chairs Initiative, the Gates Foundation, and others.

The incumbent’s areas of research will include the Characterisation of interactions between the human immune system and HIV or SARS-CoV-2 viruses with the ultimate goal of developing an effective vaccine, immunoprophylactic or immune-based therapies against HIV, and a better understanding of immune mechanisms of protection or control against SARS-CoV-2.


  • PhD degree in immunology, virology or related field
  • South African nationality or permanent resident
  • Background in immunology, microbiology, molecular biology, biochemistry or related fields
  • Experience in immunology, virology or molecular biology
  • High level of English Language competence appropriate for scientific journal article submissions
  • Good communication skills
  • Capable of interacting with persons of different cultures
  • Self-directed, highly motivated, adaptable
  • Publications in peer-reviewed journals

Application Process

To apply for the Postdoctoral Research Fellow: HIV and SARS-CoV-2 Immunology, applicants are to submit

  • Adetailed CV, highlighting their experience in each of the minimum requirements listed above, and
  • Name, email address and telephone number of three referees who are available to comment on their acquired relevant experience in relation to the post being advertised.
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All applications are to be sent to with the subject line: HIV and SARS-CoV-2 immunology postdoc application

Deadline: October 08, 2021.

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