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Data Scientist Job Aga Khan University 2020

Chartered in 1983, Aga Khan University (AKU, 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 (, 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 Brain & Mind Institute seeks to build capacity in the domains of mental health and neuroscience.  In collaboration with partners, the Institute will advance leadership capacity and support service delivery across East Africa and other regions served by AKU. The Institute supports: (i) a hub for scholarship, exchange, and action on mental health issues, and (ii) educational, clinical, and community-based programs. Research focuses on the context of today’s youth in Africa and South Asia and programmatic offerings address mental health related issues, such as stigma and resiliency.  The Institute develops new curricula integrating behavioral sciences and mental health for AKU’s medical colleges and nursing education. A significant area of interest is the implementation of science-based programing in hospital and community clinics that translate new discoveries into prevention and treatment programs.

Do you want to improve mental health in low- and middle-income countries? Are you ready to conduct state-of-the-art, data science that will help experts understand the determinants of mental health and shape our responses to complex and mounting problems? The Brain and Mind Institute at the Aga Khan University is looking for a bold, entrepreneurial, and boundary-pushing expert in data science who is enthralled by the challenge and excited by the opportunity to drive transformations in mental health and help improve the quality of life for millions – on a national and international scale, and on an accelerated timeline.

This is an interdisciplinary research position for an expert in data science having an interest in health sciences.  Working with a team based in Kenya and Pakistan, this position involves working with colleagues to leverage the potentially catalytic potential of data analytics, artificial intelligence, and machine learning, to develop big data research studies, support academic programming, and mount policy influence, toward the goal of addressing the mounting burden of mental illness in East Africa and South and Central Asia.

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