Research Fellowship on Psychosis in African Populations (Harvard, USA)

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Research Fellowship on Psychosis in African Populations (Harvard, USA)


We are seeking one research fellow (minimum 2-year term) with training in psychology, epidemiology, genetics and/or biostatistics to be involved in an interdisciplinary program of research on schizophrenia and bipolar disorder in African populations. The fellow will be physically located in Boston, USA at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health working closely with Dr. Karestan C. Koenen and her research group. The post-doctoral fellow will also have an appointment at the Stanley Center for Psychiatric Research at the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard where they will have the opportunity to engage with international leaders in psychiatric genetics.

The fellow will work on the Neuropsychiatric Genetics in African Populations (NeuroGAP) – Psychosis project. NeuroGAP-Psychosis is a collaboration between Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, the Broad Institute, and five institutions in Africa. The study aims to collect saliva and phenotypic data from 35,000+ individuals with schizophrenia and bipolar disorder (cases) and controls over the next four years. The study is taking place in four countries: Ethiopia, Kenya, South Africa, and Uganda, with each country aiming to recruit a minimum of 8,000 participants. Samples will ultimately be genotyped for a GWAS analysis in Cambridge, MA. More details on this project can be found here: and

The fellow’s responsibilities will focus on four main areas: a) leading the data analysis working group; b) analyzing and writing up phenotypic data for publication; c) mentoring African students and fellows in the analysis, presentation and publication of data from the NeuroGAP-Psychosis study; d) assisting with grant applications. The fellow will be expected to travel approximately once per year to each of the five primary sites in the study (total travel may range from 5 weeks/year to 3 months/year).

Candidates are expected to have a PhD in psychology, epidemiology, genetics or biostatistics or a related discipline, expertise in mental health, and experience with analyzing data from large cohorts. Experience implementing human subjects’ research in low-income countries, especially in Africa, is recommended but not required. Demonstrated experience in mentoring and/or teaching a plus.

Candidates should fill out the online form here: Department of Epidemiology Postdoctoral Application Form:

As well as a: (a) a brief cover letter describing your background and interests, (b) CV, (c) two letters of recommendation, (d) doctoral program transcript, and (d) a copy of at least one relevant publication/preprint.

This position will have a planned start date of July 1, 2019 (start date is flexible). Application deadline is February 15, 2019. Please send any questions to: Jake Powers at