Pediatric Infectious Disease (Samoa) - The University of Maryland School of Medicine

  • Position Code
    03-314-453 FY18
  • Address
    Baltimore, MD
  • Accepted Visas
  • Preferred Specialty
    Pediatric, Infectious Disease
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The Center for Vaccine Development and Global Health (CVD) and the Division of Infectious Disease and Tropical Pediatrics at the University of Maryland School of Medicine are recruiting for an Assistant Professor to join a multidisciplinary research program. The CVD is a well-funded research enterprise that encompasses the full range of vaccinology, with highly successful programs in vaccine-preventable disease epidemiology and pathogenesis, vaccine immunology, vaccine development, clinical trials, and population-based field studies to measure disease burden. CVD is fully equipped with clinical, laboratory and in-patient and outpatient challenge facilities in Baltimore, MD as well as international field sites in Mali, Malawi, Myanmar, Chile and elsewhere. In collaboration with the Ministry of Health of Samoa, a new project and field site is being set up in Samoa.

The Division of Infectious Disease and Tropical Pediatrics comprises eight full time clinical faculty and four full time research faculty. The Division is responsible for the pediatric infectious disease inpatient and outpatient consult service, pediatric antibiotic stewardship activities, and the pediatric infectious disease fellowship program which is supported by a Vaccinology T32 Training Grant.

This opening provides an exciting opportunity to join a research team that is designing epidemiological and microbiological studies of endemic typhoid fever at a field site in (Western) Samoa.  The first two years of this project will involve strengthening clinical and epidemiological surveillance to detect and confirm (by blood culture) cases of typhoid fever. The project will undertake detailed epidemiological investigations of the households, schools and work places where confirmed typhoid cases and their contacts live and attend school or work. The faculty member working on-site in Samoa will be expected to train Samoan health workers in the performance of such activities to strengthen typhoid disease surveillance. In addition, the faculty member will serve as the key clinical pediatric infectious disease liaison between the Department of Pediatrics at the main government hospital in Apia (capital city) located on Upolu (the more populated island), Samoa and the surveillance project. Similarly, the faculty member will be expected to make repetitive visits to District Hospitals and health Centers on the islands of Upolu and Savaii. The faculty member will be expected to make health care workers at all clinical facilities aware of the surveillance program to define more quantitatively the magnitude of the typhoid disease burden in Samoa. These baseline disease burden data and enhanced knowledge of the modes of transmission will allow future interventions aimed at diminishing the typhoid disease burden.

The faculty appointment will be at the rank of Assistant Professor, non-tenure track, commensurate with experience and based on guidelines for faculty appointment at the University of Maryland School of Medicine.  

This is a full-time faculty position, based in Samoa.

For immediate consideration, please send a cover letter, up-to-date CV, including names and contact information of three references, via email to: Christina Harmon, Physician Sourcing Specialist,

Please reference position number 03-314-453 when applying.

The University of Maryland, Baltimore is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer. Minorities, women, individuals with disabilities, and protected veterans are encouraged to apply.

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