Job Opportunity: Postdoctoral Fellow, Vanderbilt University-VZNIGHT

Rachel Howell
September 19, 2014

Position Title: Post-doctoral Fellow
Company Organization: Vanderbilt University - VZNIGHT
City: Nashville, TN

The VZNIGHT Program is accepting applicants to begin in July 2014. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis. Interested candidates should fill out the application materials below. Feel free to contact Catherine Carothers, MPH, at for any additional questions.

Online application:

Required Application Materials:
1 - Essay Questions: Applicants are asked to describe their prior research experience, experience working in resource-limited settings, and career goals and plans. Applicants must download, complete and upload this document to the online application.

2 - Most Recent Curriculum Vitae. 

3 - Transcript. Pre-doctoral applicants must provide a copy of their most recent transcript. Copies of transcripts are acceptable. Postdoctoral applicants do not need to include a transcript. 

4 - Two Letters of Support: At least two letters of support are required for this application. One letter should be from applicant's current or most recent immediate work supervisor and one from the applicant¹s current or most recent academic mentor. Letters should be signed and on official letterhead. They can be emailed to, or mailed to Catherine Carothers, Vanderbilt Institute for Global Health, 2525 West End Ave, Suite 750, Nashville, TN 37203. 

Fellowship Eligibility
A BS, MS, or PhD degree in Engineering; or research doctoral degree in Basic and/or Health Sciences; or Medical doctoral degree (MD, MBChB, or equivalent; advanced training such as MMed preferred)

Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents, OR citizens of Zambia. Citizens of Zimbabwe can also be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Vanderbilt University and the Macha Research Trust are collaborating on an interdisciplinary fellowship opportunity to develop enhanced rapid diagnostic devices for malaria. The Vanderbilt Zambia Network for Innovation in Global Health Technologies (VZNIGHT). Join a team of US and Zambian trainees and faculty mentors from Vanderbilt, Macha, the University of Zambia, the Tropical Diseases Research Centre, Copperbelt University, and the Zambia Ministry of Health in an 18-month fellowship in Nashville, Tennessee and Zambia. Under the guidance of faculty mentors, each team of VZNIGHT Trainees will contribute to programmatic goals of development and field testing of innovative diagnostic devices for malaria detection in a multidisciplinary environment that includes the basic sciences, the engineering sciences , and global public health and clinical sciences.

Program Aims:
1) To identify and nurture American and Zambian research trainees

2) To establish an international network for technology and biomedical innovation that develops a pipeline of technologies to improvediagnostic capabilities and assist the Zambian health system approach its goal of a malaria-free Zambia.

3) operating as teams in a broadly interdisciplinary training environment to generate innovation in low-resource diagnostic technologies focused on malaria detection.

Fellows Will:
Operate as teams in a broadly interdisciplinary training environment to generate innovation in low-resource diagnostic technologies focused on malaria. Experience the full lifecycle of technology development from the lab to product development to field testing. Serve as an integral part of a novel network for innovation in the US and Africa. While working together to advance a common technology, each trainee will engage intensively with mentors from his/her particular field, e.g., chemistry, engineering, entomology, parasitology, public health epidemiology, clinical trials, public health interventions, biostatistics, etc Engage in selected didactic courses and professional development and short-term training opportunities at Vanderbilt. Locate on the Vanderbilt campus for 9-12 months, then relocate as a team to Zambia for 6-9 months of field validation of their selected technology.