Director, Africa Health Research Institute (AHRI) and tenured Chair at UCL

Ref: 3900


AHRI KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

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Role Managed by:

Dr Urvashi Ramphul

Senior Research Associate

t: +44 (0) 20 7340 6280

f: +44 (0) 20 7340 6201


Primary Practice Group: Higher Education and Research

Salary & Benefits: Competitive Salary

Closing Date: 24/04/2019

The Africa Health Research Institute (AHRI) is an independent multidisciplinary research institute located in KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa. Established in 2016 through a partnership between University College London, Wellcome, University of KwaZulu-Natal, and Howard Hughes Medical Institute, AHRI is a result of a merger between KwaZulu-Natal Research Institute and the Africa Centre for Population Studies. AHRI’s goal is to become a source of fundamental discoveries into the susceptibility, transmission and cure of HIV, TB, and related illnesses.

Research at AHRI is based at two campuses in KwaZulu-Natal. World-class laboratory facilities are located in the city of Durban, while the clinical and population research is located around 230 km north in Somkhele in rural KwaZulu-Natal. Combined, these provide unparalleled opportunities to investigate infectious diseases, specifically HIV and TB. Research at AHRI is collaborative, and AHRI investigators work with 62 clinical and academic institutions in South Africa, elsewhere in Africa, and around the world. Within UCL, AHRI is a Research Department within the UCL Division of Infection and Immunity, which is a key component of the Faculty of Medical Sciences and the School of Life and Medical Sciences at UCL.

UCL and AHRI are now seeking to appoint a new Director of AHRI to succeed incumbent Professor Deenan Pillay.  In addition to appointment as Director of AHRI, the successful candidate will be appointed to a tenured Chair at UCL. An accomplished and inspirational leader, the Director will provide strategic vision for AHRI and ensure its delivery. The appointee will also be expected to develop and foster productive partnerships with collaborators and stakeholders. The Director will have obligations as Head of a UCL Research Department, in addition to the responsibilities at AHRI. They will be expected to lead research activity and manage and formulate research strategy for their area of responsibility, including identifying opportunities for attracting appropriate staff and securing funding for strategic developments. A priority for the Director will be to lead the application for core Wellcome Trust Strategic Award renewal in 2020.

Candidates for the post will be outstanding scientific leaders with a proven track record of research achievements, publications, and research income generation. Candidates will have a background that enhances and/or complements the existing programme of work at AHRI, including laboratory, clinical, informatics, epidemiological or social science approaches. We are particularly keen to attract those with the vision and ambition to exploit a long-established population-based infrastructure to deliver research of the highest impact, and whose research can straddle the unique laboratory-population translational opportunities afforded by AHRI.

UCL and AHRI are committed to an inclusive environment. We particularly welcome female applicants and applications from South Africans from previously disadvantaged groups.

For further details, including job description, person specification and information on how to apply, please see quoting reference 3900. For informal enquiries about the role, please contact Dr Urvashi Ramphul via email at  or on +44 (0)20 7340 6280.

The closing date for applications is Wednesday 24th April.