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The candidate will join the OPTIMAL study and the Infectious Diseases Epidemiology Group as a junior investigator to conduct research in the field of malaria pharmacology, focusing on optimising dosing of an antimalarial medication, called dihydroartemisinin/piperaquine, for malaria preventive treatment in infants. As part of this role, the candidate will be expected to look after study participants (infants), co-lead in the coordination of the OPTIMAL study, and dedicate/contribute some time to clinical duties at Chikwawa District Hospital.

Additionally, the candidate will be expected to enroll in an internationally accredited online (distance learning) Master of Science program with a focus on Clinical or Quantitative Epidemiology.

As a candidate, you should show early potential and aptitude to become an academic researcher. A candidate who wishes to combine research and clinical specialist training in any specialty will be supported appropriately. Furthermore, you will receive mentorship and support from the research group as well as from international collaborators (at University of Cape Town, University of Liverpool, and Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine)


The candidate will be expected to:

  • Coordinate the study and clinical activities in a multidisciplinary setting.
  • Perform internal quality checks for the study data collected.
  • Manage, and monitor visits for enrolled study participants.
  • Complete research case report forms (CRFs) and update specific sections of the Investigator Site File.
  • Obtain informed consent and enroll study participants.
  • Manage other illnesses of study participants and initiating appropriate referral.
  • Collect specimen according to study protocol, ICH-GCP, Regulatory Authorities and MLW procedures.
  • Contribute some of their time to clinical work at Chikwawa District Hospital.


Applications need to include


  • Copy of medical degree (MBBS or MBChB or equivalent) and certificate of registration or proof of registration as a medical practioner from the Medical Council of Malawi
  • An application letter detailing your suitability for this training role, motivation, and career ambition/goal.
  • A detailed curriculum vitae (CV) which should include information on academic performance during undergraduate medical training, and 3 contactable referees. (Any other information in the CV on previous research experience, poster presentations, publications, conference attendances, any awards during undergraduate medical training, would be advantageous)

Value of MSc studentship

  • The value of this studentship is £18,900 which will include a monthly stipend (£1000 for 18 months) and health insurance cover.
  • Tuition for the online MSc training program will be covered by the OPTIMAL study.
  • Internet access to support with online learning.
  • The candidate will be encouraged, and supported, to apply for travel bursaries to international scientific conferences where they will be expected to present research findings.

Suitably qualified candidates should forward their applications (the above-mentioned  documents) to the address below or email to  and copy to  The closing date for applications is 17 June 2022. Candidates who previously applied for the post of Pre-MSc Intern in Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics are advised to not apply for this studentship as their CVs will also be reviewed. Only short- listed candidates will be acknowledged.


Training and Development Coordinator

Malawi-Liverpool-Wellcome Trust Clinical Research Programme

P.O. Box 30096


Blantyre 3




Posted on Jun 08, 2022