Monday, December 21, 2015

New articles from the SHINE trial in Zimbabwe

Just out-- a special supplement in the Dec issue of Clinical Infectious Diseases with 9 open-source articles from the Sanitation, Hygiene and Infant Nutrition Efficacy (SHINE) Trial Team in Zimbabwe.

A few highlights...

1. An innovative behavior change communication campaign to promote safe child stool disposal, handwashing with soap, water treatment, protected exploratory play, and hygienic infant feeding: http://m.cid.oxfordjournals.org/content/61/suppl_7/S703

2. Using open source software and village health worker networks to map baseline access to water and sanitation to inform randomization of household clusters within the SHINE trial: http://m.cid.oxfordjournals.org/content/61/suppl_7/S716

3. Current concepts of environmental enteric dysfunction (EED), challenges in defining the condition, and how SHINE is evaluating EED using a panel of biomarkers: http://m.cid.oxfordjournals.org/content/61/suppl_7/S726

New postdoc positions at Duke and Johns Hopkins


Several interesting postdoctoral positions available for 2016 (contact labs directly for more information):


1. Advanced proof of concept of a household sanitation system using anaerobic digestion and heat pasteurization for use in less-developed countries

Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Duke University, Durham, NC

Start date: Jan. 1 - Feb. 29, 2016

We are seeking a Postdoctoral Researcher to join a small, focused team evaluating and evolving the ADPL design and implementation in Kenya, India and the Philippines. Over the next 15 months, the scope and quality of monitoring of the existing field units will be expanded. The heat pasteurization system will undergo design changes for improved efficiency, and the digester will be redesigned for increased biogas production. Additional efforts will be taken to improve the commercial value and market readiness.

Interested and qualified candidates please send a CV and a brief statement of interest to: Kathy Jooss - Project Manager, Pratt School of Engineering, Duke University, kathy.jooss@duke.edu


2. Performance Monitoring Accountability 2020 Schistosomiasis Postdoctoral Fellowship

Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health seeks a postdoctoral fellow with a background in Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH), and environmental microbiology or molecular techniques as part of Performance Monitoring Accountability 2020 (pma2020.org). PMA 2020 is a high impact, high profile public health study that is designed to drive global policy at the nexus of family planning, women’s empowerment, water, sanitation, and hygiene. 

PMA 2020 will launch a new study in Uganda to obtain national assessment of the impact of ongoing Schistosomiasis control programs. The postdoc will oversee PMA2020’s objectives in data collection, in-country training, and data analysis.

More information here: http://water.jhu.edu/opportunities/pma-2020-schistosomiasis-postdoctoral-fellowship-opportunity


3. Performance Monitoring Accountability 2020 Geospatial Postdoctoral Fellowship

The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health seeks a postdoctoral fellow with a background in spatial statistics and GIS as part of Performance Monitoring Accountability 2020 (pma2020.org). PMA2020 is a high impact, high profile public health study that is designed to drive global policy at the nexus of family planning, women’s empowerment, water, sanitation, and hygiene. 

The postdoctoral fellow will work and be primarily located at JHSPH to work with the two faculty mentors on an as-needed basis; together the postdoc and mentors form the “geospatial team.” The postdoc will facilitate PMA2020’s objectives in data collection, data visualization, in-country training, and data analysis as follows.

More Information here: http://water.jhu.edu/opportunities/pma-2020-geospatial-postdoctoral-fellow