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Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Global Health Cancer Research

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About the Role

This post is part of an exciting new NIHR Global Health Research award, funding the AWACAN-ED (Advancing Early Diagnosis of Cancer in Southern Africa) programme. Our research is being conducted in Zimbabwe and South Africa, in partnership with the Universities of Cape Town and Zimbabwe in Harare.

In Southern Africa, people with symptoms of cancer are diagnosed when they self-present, usually at an advanced stage and with poor outcomes. AWACAN-ED aims to shift this paradigm to earlier stage at diagnosis, by addressing important questions about how to encourage appropriate help-seeking and how to deliver high-quality, accessible and equitable cancer referral and diagnosis services. The research will be undertaken mainly in local clinics and secondary health facilities. Studies will include materials in local languages to increase awareness and access to the services.

About You

We are looking for an experienced, organised, and motivated researcher, who is familiar with the Southern African research context. You will have a PhD or equivalent in a relevant discipline, and experience of systematic reviews and cancer research using various methodologies.

About the Institute

Wolfson Institute of Population Health (WIPH) harnesses expertise across a wide range of population based research and education activities and is an internationally recognised centre of excellence in population health and preventive medicine. The WIPH comprises five separate research centres, one of which, the Centre for Prevention, Detection and Diagnosis (CPDD), is at the national and international forefront of research into the prevention, detection and control of cancer. We have particularly active research programmes investigating prevention, screening, awareness and early diagnosis of a range of cancers including breast, cervical, colorectal, lung, pancreatic and prostate cancer, and utilising a range of research methods.

About Queen Mary

At Queen Mary University of London, we believe that a diversity of ideas helps us achieve the previously unthinkable.

Throughout our history, we’ve fostered social justice and improved lives through academic excellence. We continue to live and breathe this spirit today, not simply because it’s ‘the right thing to do’ but for what it helps us achieve and the intellectual brilliance it delivers.

We continue to embrace diversity of thought and opinion in everything we do, in the belief that when views collide, disciplines interact, and perspectives intersect, truly original thought takes form.


The post is based at the Charterhouse Square Campus in London. It is a full time (35 hours per week), fixed term appointment until 30 September 2025. Starting salary will be in the range of Grade 5 – £38,655 – £45,479 per annum, inclusive of London Allowance. Benefits include 30 days annual leave and staff pension scheme.

Queen Mary’s commitment to our diverse and inclusive community is embedded in our appointments processes. Applications are particularly welcomed and encouraged from the BAME community. Reasonable adjustments will be made at each stage of the recruitment process for any candidate with a disability.

Please address informal enquiries to Prof Stephen Duffy at [email protected] and/or Prof Fiona Walter at [email protected]

To apply for the role, please click the ‘apply’ button.

The closing date for applications is 02 June 2022.

Interviews are expected to be held shortly thereafter.

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