Heidelberg: Postdoctoral researcher (m/f/d)

University Hospital: Postdoctoral researcher (m/f/d) for the Heidelberg Institute of Global Health (V000010251)

Postdoctoral researcher for the Heidelberg Institute of Global Health (m/f/d)

The Institute of Global Health at Heidelberg University, Germany’s oldest university and a leading hub for health-related research in Europe, is looking for an outstanding postdoctoral research fellow. The researcher should have quantitative research experience or training. The researcher will work under the mentorship of Dr. Till Bärnighausen, Dr. Connie Hoe, and Dr. Ina Danquah on a project aimed to deliver better understanding of diets and nutrition and physical activity-related risks of non-communicable diseases among adolescents in seven countries in Sub-Saharan African.

  • Job-ID: V000010251
  • Field of application: Heidelberg Institute of Global Health
  • Location: Heidelberg
  • Start date: December 2022 / January 2023
  • Job Category: Science and teaching
  • Working hours: full-/part-time
  • Published: 20.09.2022
  • Limitation: Temporary (2 years with possibility of renewal)
  • Contract: TV-L

Tasks and responsibilities

The postdoctoral fellow will lead analyses of population-based “trials-within-cohorts” in four of the partner countries (Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Tanzania, and Uganda) to measure the causal effects and impacts of the adolescent nutrition fluency intervention that is intended to improve adolescents’ knowledge, conceptual understanding and competencies to boost their diet quality and nutrition outcomes, by enacting empowered nutritional choices and improving aspects of the local food systems and environments that are within their spheres of control. The fellow will be expected to publish in high-impact peer-reviewed journals.

The postdoctoral fellow will have the opportunity to co-supervise PhD and Dr. med (thesis as part of medical studies in Germany) students, and supervise Masters students. The fellow will also have the opportunity to teach as part of the institute’s Masters and doctoral program but will not be required or expected to do so. Thus, the position offers the possibility for habilitation (German equivalent of Associate Professor).


  • Master’s degree (doctoral degree preferred but not required) in public health, epidemiology or nutrition science, or related fields such as statistics, economics, or psychology
  • Strong quantitative training (training and experience in quasi-experimental methods is a plus)
  • Experience in conducting field research in LMICs, preferably in sub-Saharan Africa is a plus
  • Strong coding skills in R, Stata, or other statistical software package
  • Good communication skills in English (knowledge of German is not necessary)
  • High degree of independence, initiative and responsibility
  • Willingness to travel for field work to and within sub-Saharan Africa
  • Open-mindedness and intercultural competence

We offer

  • Goal-oriented, individual training and development opportunities
  • Targeted initial training
  • Job ticket
  • Possibility of childcare (crèche and kindergarten) as well as subsidy for vacation care for school children
  • Active health promotion
  • Company pension plan
  • Access to the university library and other university facilities (e.g. university sports)

Contact & Application

Please apply by sending a motivation letter, CV, and certificates to both Connie Hoe at connie.hoe(at)uni-heidelberg.de and Ina Danquah at ina.danquah(at)uni-heidelberg.de. Please submit your application by October 4th, 2022.


Applications will be accepted via e-mail.

Heidelberg Institute of Global Health
Connie Hoe and Ina Danquah
Im Neuenheimer Feld 130.3
69120 Heidelberg

We stand for equal opportunities. Severely disabled persons are given priority in the case of equal suitability. The University Hospital aims to generally increase the proportion of women in all areas and positions in which women are underrepresented. Qualified women are therefore particularly encouraged to apply. Full-time positions are generally divisible, unless there are official or legal reasons to the contrary.

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