Sofja Kovalevskaja Award

There is a new announcement for a longterm fellowship (1.65 million Euro for 5 years) for young gifted postdocs (PhD within the last 6 years).

If you have a candidate who fits, please forward this link to her/him.

Would be my pleasure to host her/him.


Prof. Dr. Lothar Rink

Institute of Immunology
Pauwelsstr. 30
D-52074 Aachen

Phone: +49 (0)241 8080208
Fax: +49 (0)241 8082613

Deputy Director position (IZiNCG)

Title:  Deputy Director, International Zinc Nutrition Consultative Group (IZiNCG)


Reports to:  Director of IZiNCG, Children’s Hospital Oakland Research Institute, Oakland, CA


Based at:  IZiNCG Headquarters, Children’s Hospital Oakland Research Institute, 5700 Martin Luther King Jr Way, Oakland, CA 94609


Salary Range: $56,575 – $69,472 plus benefits, depending on experience


Job Purpose:

Along with the Director of IZiNCG, the Deputy Director will lead IZiNCG Secretariat activities and coordinate the activities of IZiNCG’s Steering Committee and four newly-formed task forces.  S/he will also manage a multi-agency working group to promote the inclusion of biomarkers of micronutrient status in national surveys.  The Deputy Director will provide support to ongoing and upcoming large-scale research studies in low-income countries, and will lead the development and implementation of a communications and advocacy plan.  S/he will be expected to prepare background information and reports on topics related to zinc nutrition and contribute to the preparation of grant proposals.  The Deputy Director’s role will involve some domestic and international travel, although this is not expected to exceed 15% of his/her time.


Key responsibilities and accountabilities: 

  1. In coordination with the Director of IZiNCG, lead Secretariat activities and coordinate the activities of IZiNCG’s Steering Committee and task forces.
  2. Lead the IZiNCG “Communications and Advocacy” task force. Activities will include the development of a quarterly or semi-annual newsletter, increasing social media efforts, updating the IZiNCG website, seeking new sources of funding.
  3. Manage a multi-agency working group to promote the inclusion of biomarkers of micronutrient status in national surveys.
  4. Provide support to ongoing and upcoming international research studies.
  5. Coordinate the development of IZiNCG technical briefs.
  6. Keep on top of the latest research, and scientific and technical publications regarding dietary zinc interventions and health outcomes in infants, children, and women of reproductive age.
  7. Prepare scientific and technical reports summarizing global zinc nutrition research and maternal and child health, and identify knowledge gaps for scaling up zinc intervention programs.
  8. Represent the Director in her absence.


Required qualifications:

  • PhD or equivalent in Nutrition or Public Health.
  • At least 3 years’ experience working in international nutrition or health.
  • Experience managing and/or supporting international projects/studies.
  • Knowledge of zinc nutrition and experience with maternal infant and young child nutrition.
  • Ability to communicate effectively in English with diverse stakeholders and manage a group of high-level individuals from academia, NGOs, UN agencies and government.
  • Prior experience communicating nutrition and public health concepts.
  • Experience writing grant applications.
  • Ability to travel domestically and internationally for meetings and short-term site visits to the field.
  • High level of proficiency and experience with Microsoft Office and Microsoft Excel.
  • Excellent organization and management skills.


Desired qualifications:

  • Experience in website design and management.
  • Experience working in Sub-Saharan Africa or South Asia.
  • Willingness to supervise interns.


Application instructions:

Interested applicants should submit a cover letter, CV, and contact information for 3 references to Christine McDonald, Director of IZiNCG at

PhD Studentships

A joint CDT programme between University College London and Imperial College London

Duration: 48 months (starting on 1st October 2018)

The CDT has a number of four-year fully-funded EPSRC studentships available. This funding stream requires you to be a home student*. Formally you will be registered at either Imperial College London or University College London

Closing date: 9th April 2018

More details: here