Chair of Department, Biomedical Sciences


Post Graduate Medical Education


Medical College


Nairobi, Kenya


Chartered in 1983, Aga Khan University (AKU, www.aku.edu) is a private, autonomous and self-governing international university, with 13 teaching sites in 6 countries over three continents. An integral part of the Aga Khan Development Network (www.akdn.org), AKU provides higher education in multiple health science and social science disciplines, carries out research pertinent primarily to low- and middle-income countries and operates 7 hospitals (soon 8) and over 325 outreach clinics, all at international standards. It has almost 2,500 students and 14,000 staff. The University is both a model of academic excellence and an agent of social change. As a leading international institution dedicated to excellence and change, AKU operates on the core principles of quality, relevance, impact and access.

The Medical College in East Africa is part of the Faculty of Health Sciences. The College is working with the School of Nursing and Midwifery, Aga Khan University Hospital in Nairobi, Kenya, and Aga Khan Hospital in Dar es Salaam to build a new academic community providing outstanding health professional education, building strong programmes of research supporting graduate student and postdoctoral training and providing programmes and services relevant and impactful across East Africa.

We have the distinct advantage of being part of an over one hundred year history of service to the East African community through the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) that includes a broad range of community development and healthcare delivery services across East Africa. In addition, we are transforming the quality of health care in the region via the Aga Khan University Hospital in Nairobi where we are building a Faculty of Health Sciences campus closely integrated with the broader health care delivery system of the AKDN.

The university has excellent international partners who provide great strength and opportunity for our growth as an academic health system stretching across East Africa.

Reporting to the Dean, Medical College, East Africa and Chief Executive Officer, AKUHN, the Chair, Biomedical Sciences will provide academic and technical as well as professional leadership in the department through the development and implementation of departmental work plans consistent with the vision and mission of the University. The Chair will also be, expected to be the liaison between the department, other AKU departments and relevant external bodies and/or agencies


  • Develop short and medium strategic plans for the department.
  • Lead the implementation of academic and service mission of the department.
  • Mobilize necessary resources needed for efficient delivery of departmental services.
  • Responsible for budget planning and implementation in consultation with B & P department.
  • Provide research leadership for the department.
  • Lead the implementation of technical mission of the department.
  • Participate in provision of specialized laboratory service.
  • Provide leadership in review and development of appropriate policies and procedures for patients’ health care in keeping with best practice.


  • MBChB degree or equivalent.
  • PhD in a biomedical science.
  • Registration by the Kenya Medical Practitioners and Dentist Council or other appropriate regulatory body.
  • Minimum of 5 years’ experience in Medical Education at senior academic level.
  • Minimum academic position of Assistant Professor or equivalent.
  • Competent expert recognized by the Kenya Medical Practitioners and Dentists Council or a relevant regulatory body.
  • Good interpersonal skills.
  • Good communication skills.
  • Innovation and good managerial skills.
  • Mature and commands respect among professional colleagues.

To Apply

​Interested candidates should submit a Cover letter, detailed Curriculum Vitae, names and email contacts of three professional referees, telephone contact, e-mail address and copies of relevant academic certificates as well as transcripts to the Director, HR Academic, Aga Khan University’s Campus Nairobi, Kenya. P. O. Box 30270-00100 or by email to hr.universityke@aku.edu

Your application should bear the reference number DCBIO-001.  Applications by email are preferred.

Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.  More information about the Aga Khan University is available at www.aku.edu

Applications should be submitted latest by March 1, 2021