Chair, Department of Biomedical Sciences


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 pprofessional 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.

The incumbent will be based in Nairobi, Kenya.


Reporting to the Dean of the Medical College, the Chair will provide dynamic leadership to the department and will have overall responsibility for the conduct of its academic and research mandate, consistent with mission and policies of AKU. S/he will foster a research culture in the department, teach, supervise and be an active participant in the student mentoring/advising process, as well as focus on attraction, retention and succession planning of faculty and on procuring extramural funding.


Candidates must have a doctorate in a biological science discipline preferably with a medical degree with substantial experience in a university setting and a proven track record of internationally recognized research, teaching at graduate/ post graduate level, supervising students, conducting translational research and procuring extramural funding. S/he should have experience of academic administration and demonstrable commitment to scholarly activity with an understanding of the opportunities and challenges in the local environment.

To Apply

Interested candidates should submit a Cover letter, detailed Curriculum Vitae, names and email contacts of three professional referees by email to hr.recruitment@aku.edu

The position will remain open until filled.

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