Mpamba Recharge & Win

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Training & Research Unit of Excellence (TRUE) is a young and vibrant research centre at the College of Medicine specializing in high quality malaria and anaemia research in children and pregnant women. The centre will be conducting a multi-disciplinary study funded by a grant from the Building Out Vector-Borne Diseases in Africa (BOVA) network. Improved housing designs can reduce malaria transmission, but designs may yield widely different results depending on the main factors that drive mosquito behaviour around houses. An essential aspect of designing effective house improvements for malaria control is, therefore, detailed information on the flight behaviour of host-seeking mosquitoes in the peri-domestic environment. This study will examine the flight behaviour of malaria vector mosquitoes, including how they find and enter house entry points, within a semi-field enclosure set up in Chikhwawa District.

TRUE is seeking suitably qualified, highly motivated and hardworking candidate to fill the vacant position of Research Associate tenable at the research site in Chikhwawa District. The appointment will be Six (6) months.


This position requires a diverse range of skills. The research associate will carry out experiments that involve 3D tracking of flying mosquitoes using a machine-vision-based tracking system. The research associate will work closely with study investigators to set up these experiments.


  • Set up experimental arena for the study in collaboration with investigators
  • Calibrate mosquito flight tracking computer programme in collaboration with investigators
  • Assist with caring for mosquito colony used in experiments
  • Carry out mosquito flight tracking experiments
  • Manage data collected from experiments and ensure high quality data
  • Troubleshooting
  • Assist with data analysis
  • Performing any other task as requested by the Principal Investigator, co-investigators, or Site Coordinator
  • The candidate will have a Master’s Degree in Biology or a related field.
  • The ideal candidate will have experience in biological research (e.g. animal behaviour, entomology, or vector-borne diseases) and have basic computer programming skills (e.g. command line coding).
  • She/he must be tech-savvy, possess excellent troubleshooting and communication skills, and
  • Have at least 1 year of research experience. She/he should be able to work well within a multidisciplinary team as well as independently.

How to apply

All interested applicants with the required qualifications and experience should submit a cover letter, detailed Curriculum Vitae (CV) with three traceable referees as well as copies of academic and professional certificates, and letters of good standing with professional bodies – DO NOT SUBMIT ORIGINAL DOCUMENTATION. Please forward the above information by 18
th October 2019 to the address listed below.

The Registrar

(TRUE Applications)
College of Medicine
Private Bag 360
Blantyre 3


Only shortlisted candidates will be acknowledged.

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