Extension: Call for Applications

Extension: Call for Applications

DEADLINE: 16th March 2023 00:00 Midnight



The SACIDS Africa Centre of Excellence for Infectious Diseases of Humans and Animals in Eastern and Southern Africa (SACIDS-ACE) is a ONE HEALTH Centre, whose mission is to harness innovation in science and technology in order to improve Africa’s capacity to detect, identify and monitor infectious diseases of humans, animals, ecosystems and their interactions in order to better manage the risk posed by them. SACIDS-ACE stems from the concern for a high burden of infectious diseases in Africa and yet limited capacity for its risk management. It arises out of a consortium in Southern and East African countries (Tanzania, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Zambia, Mozambique and South Africa) that was formed in January 2008 as a One Health partnership of medical and veterinary institutions, plus smart partnership with institutions within and beyond Africa, with Sokoine University of Agriculture (SUA) in Tanzania, as the Lead Institution. The core partnership of the Center is SUA, Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences (MUHAS) and the Tanzania National Institute for Medical Research (NIMR). The programme of the SACIDS-ACE is funded by the Government of the United Republic of Tanzania through the World Bank.

About the programme:

The “Genomics and Metagenomics approach in outsmarting pathogens” hands-on training course is designed to provide a comprehensive understanding of theoretical and practical knowledge on genomics and metagenomics approaches to study different pathogens that pose a threat to public health and animal health.

In this course, training on fundamentals of molecular biology techniques, sequencing (including next-generation sequencing) and bioinformatics will be offered. You will also learn how to apply these techniques to real-world problems such as disease diagnosis, pathogen genomic discovery and surveillance, host-pathogen interactions and diagnostics development.

The course will be taught by experienced instructors and will include a combination of lectures, readings, and hands-on practical exercises. You will have the opportunity to work on projects individually and in groups, receiving feedback and guidance from our instructors along the way. Whether you are a beginner looking for an opportunity to learn about techniques in molecular biology and bioinformatics for the first time or a seasoned professional eager to stay up to date with the latest techniques and tools of genomics and metagenomics, this course is for you.


Speakers from Tanzania and South Africa will deliver this training course.

Objective of the course:

The objective of this course is to introduce the field of genomics and develop an understanding of the fundamental concepts and techniques used in genomic analyses. In this course, you will gain an understanding of the basic concepts of molecular biology and genomics. Gain knowledge of the techniques used for molecular biology and next-generation sequencing of pathogens and associated bioinformatics, including genome assembly, annotation, and comparative genomics analysis. Develop an appreciation for the applications of genomics and metagenomics in medicine, agriculture, and biotechnology. Develop critical thinking skills to evaluate and interpret genomic data. Enhance oral and written communication skills in presenting scientific information related to genomics and metagenomics. By the end of the course, participants should be able to apply their knowledge of genomics to understand and critically analyze scientific research articles in the field, as well as be prepared for further study in genomics, metagenomics or related fields.

Target audience:

Graduates or Master or Doctorates in careers related to life sciences (Biotechnology, Biology, Biochemistry, Genetics, Veterinary Medicine, Public Health and related careers), Researchers, Academicians, Technicians and Clinicians.


  1. Biosafety and Biosecurity,
  2. Techniques in molecular diagnosis,
  3. Next-generation sequencing of pathogens using Oxford nanopore technology, and


Date: Enrolment is now open, and the course will be carried out from 27 March 2023 to 7 April 2023. Do not miss this opportunity to learn about one of the most exciting and rapidly growing fields in science.

Cost for participation:

The course is free of charge. However, participants are expected to cover their travel, accommodation, and subsistence.

How to apply:

Submit the following;

  1. A motivation statement explaining your interest in genomics and metagenomics, and how the knowledge that will be acquired from this training course will be applicable to your work (100 words maximum).
  2. Curriculum Vitae (Max 1 page).

Please submit your application through this link: https://forms.gle/DSehhNxzCavGpwb48

Deadline for applications: 15 March 2023.

Queries: Please submit any queries by e-mail to secretariat@sacids.org

Location: Edward Moringe Campus, Sokoine University of Agriculture

Training Duration and Dates: Two weeks, from 27 March 2023 to 07 April 2023.

Certificates: Certificates of attendance will be awarded ONLY to those who will fully participate during the entire training course for 2 weeks.

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