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Internship for Biology related Honours Graduate at AHRI


Work Level Student/Graduate Job Type Contract Salary Market Related EE Position Yes Location Durban

Reference Number DURMSCSTUDENT01AUG2023

Description The Africa Health Research Institute (AHRI) is recruiting a highly motivated MSc student to join the Leslie Group under the mentorship/supervision of Dr. Robert Krause. To read more about Prof. Al Leslie and the amazing work his team does please follow this link

Position description The candidate will work on a project that seeks to identify antibody signatures associated with TB diseased lung tissue. This will entail comparing antibody responses in human TB lungs and matched plasma and include basic isotyping assays in addition to exploring the antigen specificity of the antibodies using phage display libraries and sequencing. The main goal of this research is to contribute to the development of potential biomarkers and host-directed therapies for TB. The candidate will be based at Africa Health Research Institute’s state-of-the-art facility in Durban, South Africa. The successful candidate will benefit from an integrated network of innovative international and local research collaborations that combine unique clinical samples and cutting-edge technology. Incumbents will be based in a lab that is equipped with flow cytometers, microscopy and immunohistochemistry equipment, including laser capture micro-dissection and spatial omics Nano string technology. The MSc student will be afforded numerous mentorship opportunities and support towards the attainment of fellowship funding.

Requirements Minimum Qualifications

  1. Honours degree in any of the following areas: immunology, cell biology, systems biology, pathology, molecular biology, biochemistry or any related biomedical sciences.


  1. Expertise in one of the following technologies/techniques: ELISA, SDS-PAGE, Western blotting, affinity chromatography, PCR, tissue staining, immunopathology, flow cytometry, microscopy, bioinformatics or proteomics/transcriptomics.

  2. Experience in human immunology and working in BSL3 will be most desirable.

Duration of scholarship This master's scholarship offer will be valid for a period of 2-years.

How to apply Please send a comprehensive C.V and a motivational letter with the subject listed as 'Leslie Group - MSc Student Application' If you have enquiries about the position, please direct them to Aruna Sevakram via Informal enquiries may also be made to Dr. Robert Krause at or Prof. Al Leslie at

Applications Closing Date: 15 September 2023 Please note that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted, kindly consider your application as unsuccessful if you do not hear from us

within 14 days of the closing date.


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