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Peter Piot Research Fellow in Planetary Health

London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine - Department of Population Health

The London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) is renowned for its research, postgraduate studies and continuing education in public and global health.

Our mission is to improve health and health equity in the UK and worldwide; working in partnership to achieve excellence in public and global health research, education and translation of knowledge into policy and practice.

The Planetary Health Fellowship is a joint venture between the Centre on Climate Change and Planetary Health at LSHTM and the Center for Innovation in Global Health and Woods Institute for the Environment at Stanford University. The Fellowship will focus on planetary health, defined as “the health of human civilization and the state of the natural systems on which it depends”. Research topics would include the impacts of land use change, deforestation, urbanisation or climate change on human health, or the health implications of policies to address environmental changes. 

This Fellow will also be part of the Peter Piot Fellowships for Global Health Innovation Programme, a new Programme named in honour of LSHTM’s former Director Peter Piot. All Peter Piot Fellows will be mentored by Professor Peter Piot. 

The Fellow must be a national from sub-Saharan Africa* and will be based at either the MRC Unit in the Gambia or the MRC Unit in Uganda. The successful applicant will be expected to move to either The Gambia or Uganda, if not already based there.

The post holder must hold a doctoral degree in population health sciences or epidemiology. We will accept a letter from the applicant’s supervisor stating full confidence in completion of their PhD ahead of a September 2022 start date, at the latest. They will conduct high quality and innovative research on the links between environmental change and population health. 

The post holder will also be expected to strengthen links internally in LSHTM through the cross-Faculty Centre on Climate Change and Planetary Health. They will also be expected support the international partnership between LSHTM and Stanford, and also to engage with other relevant academic and civil society organisations. The post holder will be an ambassador for the Planetary Health Fellowship and will work with LSHTM and Stanford to develop and strengthen the Programme. The post holder will also be expected to contribute to teaching and citizenship activities within the School. 

*Sub-Saharan Africa, as defined by United Nations Development Programme, includes the following countries: Angola, BeninBotswanaBurkina FasoBurundi, Cape Verde, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Republic of Congo, Cote d'Ivoire, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sao Tome & Principe, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leona, South Africa, South Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe. 

The post is full time and fixed-term, for a period of 2 years. 

The salary will be on the Academic Pathway salary scale Grade 6 in the range £40,611 - £46,119 per annum (inclusive of London Weighting). The post will be subject to the LSHTM terms and conditions of service.  Annual leave entitlement is 30 working days per year, pro rata for part time staff. In addition to this there are discretionary “Wellbeing Days”. Membership of the Pension Scheme is available. The post is based at the MRC Unit in the Gambia or the MRC Unit in Uganda, and the successful applicant will be expected to move to either location.

Two-Stage Application Process

The application process will be managed through an online portal and will have two stages.

Stage 1: Interested applicants are invited to submit a CV and a personal statement (maximum 1 page) outlining reasons for applying and primary research interests. 

Applications at Stage 1 will be screened by a committee at Stanford and LSHTM and a shortlist of applicants will be invited to submit full applications in Stage 2.

Stage 2: Shortlisted applicants must submit:

  • A statement outlining research to-date, career goals and how this Fellowship will support career progression (maximum 1 page)
  • An outline of a proposed research project to be conducted during the Fellowship (maximum 1 page)
  • A 5-minute video introducing yourself, and describing plans for the Fellowship
  • Preference for being based at Stanford or LSHTM
  • List of two Faculty at Stanford and two Faculty at LSHTM that you’d like to work with. 
  • Two letters of recommendation preferably from previous academic supervisors.
  • If still a PhD candidate, a letter from current PhD Supervisor assuring the Selection Committee that the candidate will be awarded their PhD no later than 1st September 2022. 

To apply, please visit: 


The Stage 1 application deadline is 31 January 2022. Stage 1 applicants will be notified if they are invited to proceed to Stage 2 by 10 March 2022. Stage 2 applications will be short-listed by an interdisciplinary search committee drawn from Stanford and LSHTM and shortlisted candidates will be invited to a “virtual” interview in May.  Fellowship offers will be made to successful candidates in June. The Fellowship start-date will be flexible, ideally in autumn 2022.

Please note that if you are shortlisted and are unable to attend on the interview date it may not be possible to offer you an alternative date.

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The London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine is committed to being an equal opportunities employer. We believe that when people feel respected and included, they can be more creative, successful, and happier at work. While we have more work to do, we are committed to building an inclusive workplace, a community that everyone feels a part of, which is safe, respectful, supportive and enables all to reach their full potential.

Location: Banjul - The Gambia, Kampala - Uganda
Salary: £40,611 to £46,119 per annum, inclusive
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 14th January 2022
Closes: 31st January 2022
Job Ref: EPH-DPH-2021-36
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