Postdoc position on using evidence in health decision-making in Africa

Apr 17,2018 | Consortium_staff Fellowships

The Institute of Medical Information Processing, Biometry and Epidemiology, Pettenkofer School of Public Health, Ludwig-Maximilians-University (LMU) in Munich, Germany is seeking a postdoc for its research and capacity-building work on evidence use in health decision-making. The postdoc will be employed in the Working Group on Evidence-Based Public Health as part of the newly established German-African research consortium Collaboration for Evidence-Based Public Healthcare and Public Health in Africa (CEBHA+). The main focus of the postdoc’s activities will be research on integrated knowledge translation (IKT), an overarching concept to describe an ongoing relationship between researchers and decision-makers for the purpose of engaging in mutually beneficial research to support decision-making.

The postdoc will be part of an enthusiastic, multi-disciplinary, international team that is working on a combination of local, national, European and global health projects. The team undertakes a broad range of conceptual, methodological and applied research in primary research as well as evidence synthesis, often linked with explicit engagement of the policy-and-practice community.

The contract would be for a period of 12 months (maternity leave replacement) with potential opportunities to continue beyond this initial period. Part-time options (50% or more) are possible. Start date is 1 August 2018 (some flexibility).


Main duties will be to:

  • Support the seven partner institutions in five countries – Malawi, South Africa, Ethiopia, Rwanda and Uganda – in the development and implementation of an integrated knowledge translation (IKT) strategy.
  • Contribute to the development of a protocol to evaluate this IKT strategy and undertake a baseline assessment in the five countries.

Additional duties may be to:

  • Provide methodological support (quantitative and qualitative, depending on expertise) to various CEBHA+ team members upon request.
  • Contribute to the development of a multi-center European grant proposal on evidence use in public health decision-making.


Applicants should have experience with the research or practice of knowledge translation and exchange in health. They should hold a PhD or equivalent in public health, health sciences or related subjects. Excellent knowledge of English is required.


For additional information and to apply, contact Dr. Eva Rehfuess (, Institute of Medical Information Processing, Biometry and Epidemiology, Pettenkofer School of Public Health, LMU Munich, Germany