Junior Faculty (Research Track)

University of Global Health Equity (UGHE) Butaro, Rwanda


Job Title: Junior Faculty, Lecturer (Research track)

Reports to: Director of Basic Sciences

Location: Butaro, Burera District, Rwanda


Position Overview

The UGHE Junior Fellows programme is designed to build the capacity of promising young Rwandan physician-scientist-educators. Junior Faculty in Research at UGHE conduct research within UGHE and will receive a one-year research training at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in the United States. This position includes a period of service at UGHE followed by a one-year training appointment at the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) in Bethesda, Maryland, USA. The USA-based training appointment will begin on July 1, 2020 and will focus on diabetes prevention research. Training will include:

  • learning how to set up and run a study when none existed before including: recruitment, retention, data collection, data analysis, writing abstracts and papers and making relevant oral and poster presentations;
  • learning about institutional research board approvals, and training in human subjects’ protections;
  • learning to master Research Electronic Data Capture;
  • tuition subsidy for enrollment in up to two courses such as statistics and epidemiology per semester at FAES, the NIH graduate school;
  • protected time to attend NIH trainings on writing research papers, writing grants, and other research activities;
  • time for attendance at NIH clinical case conferences or other NIH conferences; and
  • support for travel to and presentations at national (USA) and international conferences as appropriate.

Pending successful performance and completion of training at NIDDK, the Fellow will return to UGHE to continue research activities for a mandatory period of period of no less than 3 years. The faculty will then be placed under the supervision of the Institute of Research.



  • Work with research supervisor(s) to design Rwanda-based diabetes prevention research projects;
  • Work with research supervisor(s) to design and implement other clinical and non-clinical research projects
  • Conduct field or laboratory-based research, analyze data, and interpret results;
  • Write and submit funding proposals and institutional research board proposals;
  • Attend all relevant trainings at NIDDK to develop research capacity and skills;
  • Disseminate research findings through publications and presentation in conferences and seminars to contribute to scientific knowledge;
  • Participate in the teaching of medical students as a member of the basic sciences division.
  • Mentor UGHE students on research projects and advise them on study skills to ensure their projects are relevant and up to the University’s standards; and
  • Perform additional tasks as assigned.



  • Minimum of a Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) or an equivalent degree (MD), or a PhD in a health/research field earned and recognized in Rwanda within the last ten years;
  • Proven interest in scientific and clinical research, preferably with demonstrated experience in research;
  • Computer literacy, with proficiency in the Microsoft Office suite and Google suite;
  • Solid foundation in medicine, epidemiology, and noncommunicable diseases;
  • Strong written and verbal English communication skills;
  • Exceptional creativity, ethical standards, and motivation;
  • Ability to pay attention to detail and quality; and
  • Track record of academic excellence.


Organizational Profile:

 The University of Global Health Equity (UGHE) is a new kind of university focused on training the next generation of global leaders in health care delivery. The university launched in Rwanda in September 2015 with its flagship degree program: the Master of Science in Global Health Delivery. Through an academic experience uniquely rooted in the values of equity, students are empowered to both ease suffering at the bedside and drive transformational, systemic changes to the health system.

 UGHE is an initiative of Partners In Health (PIH), an internationally recognized non-profit organization whose mission is to provide a preferential option for the poor in health care. In over nearly three decades of operating alongside public sectors in countries around the world, PIH has developed a model to deliver high quality health care to some of the world’s most marginalized communities. Nowhere has this impact been more profound than in Rwanda, where Inshuti Mu Buzima—PIH’s sister organization—and our government partners have driven innovation for a decade.

 Members of the UGHE community are tenacious and resolute in our drive to attain social justice, make common cause with those in need, listen to and learn from others, and operate with honesty and humility as we uphold academic integrity and intellectual curiosity. The University of Global Health Equity seeks individuals committed to these values to join the team.

 Partners In Health is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

How to apply

Applicants should provide: (1) a curriculum vitae, (2) a cover letter, (3) a personal statement addressing candidate’s experience working in a related field, (4) names and contact information of three professional references who can attest to experience in education, leadership and management experience; at least one of these references should be an immediate supervisor and (5) copies of all degrees earned and current professional certifications.

Please upload your cover letter, personal statement, and proof of degrees attained as a single PDF file under "Additional Files" on the application page.