Mathematics and Biophysics Lecturer

Before You Apply

Peace Corps Response positions are open to returned Volunteers or U.S. citizens with significant professional and technical experience.

Project Description

As part of the Advancing Health Professionals (AHP) program, a Peace Corps Response Volunteer (PCRV) with a Master’s degree in mathematics and biophysics, physics, or physical science is needed to work as a Mathematics and Biophysics Lecturer with the Kamuzu College of Nursing. The Kamuzu College of Nursing (KCN) is the primary training institution for registered nurses and midwives in Malawi. Over the years, the college has trained highly qualified and dedicated nursing and midwifery personnel for the entire nation and surrounding regions. In response to the high maternal, infant, and child morbidity and mortality rates in Malawi, KCN developed postgraduate programs to train nurses who will take leadership in midwifery, reproductive, and child health. As a result of the curriculum review from 2018, stakeholders felt that there was a need to teach mathematics and biophysics because it would be useful in nursing and midwifery practice.

A Mathematics and Biophysics Lecturer with experience teaching nursing students will teach mathematics and biophysics to nursing and midwifery students and will also train and mentor fellow faculty members. Currently, the College depends on a part-time lecturer to teach these subjects; because this is a new course, the Basic Studies Department does not have permanent personnel to teach it. Therefore, the support of a PCRV will help build the capacity of existing faculty members to develop their knowledge and teaching skills in these subjects. During their service, the PCRV will develop lesson plans, examinations, and teaching materials. The overall goal of the assignment is for the PCRV to help establish a sustainable Mathematics and Biophysics course, through curriculum development and staff training.

Peace Corps Response established its “Advancing Health Professionals” program in 2019. Response Volunteers serving with the AHP program seek to improve health outcomes on a societal level through the provision of high-level, specialized service in the health sector. AHP projects include programming such as nursing education, health systems strengthening, service delivery improvement, and other non-clinical interventions which enhance the quality of healthcare.

Please note that the departure date for this position is tentative and may change, and applicants will be notified if the date does change. This position is part of a cohort and all selected invitees will depart for Malawi at the same time.

Partner Information

University of Malawi, Kamuzu College of Nursing

Required Skills

• At least a Masters’ degree in Mathematics and Biophysics/Physics/Physical science
• Experience in teaching mathematics and biophysics/physics/physical science to nursing students.
• Fluent in English language
• Excellent communication and writing skills

The Peace Corps embraces and leverages the diversity of its volunteers as a reflection of America's diversity. Peace Corps Response is committed to reflecting the diversity of the United States in the professionals we send into the field to support the mission of world peace and friendship. Applicants with diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

Medical Considerations in Malawi

  • Malawi may not be able to support Volunteers with the following medical conditions: asthma, including mild or childhood; cardiology; dermatology; gastroenterology; some types of gynecologic support; insulin-dependent diabetes; mammography; requiring a psychiatrist for psychotropic medications support; seizure disorder; urology; ongoing counseling.
  • The following medication(s) are not permitted for legal or cultural reasons: none identified. 
  • Volunteers who should avoid the following food(s) may not be able to serve: peanuts.
  • After arrival in Malawi, Peace Corps provides and applicants are required to have an annual flu shot, to take daily or weekly medication to prevent malaria, and to receive mandatory immunizations.

Before you apply, please review Medical Information for Applicants to learn about the clearance process and other health conditions that are difficult to accommodate in Peace Corps service.


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