Group Leader Virology – Emerging Viruses

Duty Station: Cape Town, South Africa

Closing date: March 2020

The ICGEB invites applications for the post of Group Leader, Virology – Emerging Viruses

The incumbent should have a proven track record of research excellence in virology, a strong background in the pathogenesis of infectious diseases, a proven track record of leading an internationally-recognized team of scientists, with a strong publication record and an ability to attract competitive research funding. 

DURATION: 4 years

The incumbent will be responsible for coordinating and developing research activities and strategy within the group and for:

  • Conducting world-class research at the forefront of the Infectious Diseases field with a particular focus on Emerging Viruses of importance in the African Continent 
  • Directing the activities of the Virology – Emerging Viruses Group, with particular reference to the dissemination of scientific information on technical and other relevant aspects 
  • Collaborating with other Group Leaders and the Director of the Cape Town Component in the overall scientific organisation and implementation of research programmes of the Component 
  • Developing an effective fundraising strategy to support and sustain the Group’s activities 
  • Supervising a Research Technician, MSc and PhD students, and Post-doctoral Fellows 

QUALIFICATIONS: PhD Degree in the Virology or Infectious Diseases field, Molecular Biology or the equivalent. A minimum of 3-5 years’ active experience.

APPLICATIONS: Candidates should submit their full Curriculum Vitae and a statement of the proposed research to:

Dr. Luiz Zerbini (email to, quoting ref: ZAF/01/09/19) and submit the ICGEB Personal History Form, together with a cover letter outlining motivation for application and full contact details of three referees.