Research Assistant or Associate

Job summary

We seek outstanding predoctoral or postdoctoral researchers to work on projects about estimating HIV incidence in high HIV burden settings in sub-Saharan Africa. The project will focus on estimating small-area HIV incidence trends to guide and evaluate HIV prevention programmes in Malawi and South Africa. Projects will involve statistical analysis, triangulation, data visualisation, and potentially mathematical modelling of new HIV recent...

Job listing information

  • Reference MED01881
  • Date posted 16 June 2020
  • Closing date 16 July 2020

Job description

Job summary

We seek outstanding predoctoral or postdoctoral researchers to work on projects about estimating HIV incidence in high HIV burden settings in sub-Saharan Africa. The project will focus on estimating small-area HIV incidence trends to guide and evaluate HIV prevention programmes in Malawi and South Africa.

Projects will involve statistical analysis, triangulation, data visualisation, and potentially mathematical modelling of new HIV recent infection surveillance and routinely HIV administrative data. Key collaborations with be with Ministries of Health and networks of research partners in Malawi, South Africa, and other countries in the regions along with partners in the US Centers for Disease Control and UNAIDS.

In addition to specific research and HIV control objectives in partner collaborations, research will support and contribute to the objectives of the UNAIDS Reference Group on Estimates, Modelling, and Projections (www.epidem.org) , an international collaboration of researchers providing expert guidance to UNAIDS and national governments on the methods and data for quantifying and responding to the global HIV epidemic.

Duties and responsibilities

You will be a member of the HIV Inference Group in the Department of Infectious Disease Epidemiology at Imperial College London and based within the Medical Research Council (MRC) Centre for Global Infectious Disease Analysis.

The mission of the MRC Centre is to be an international resource and centre of excellence for research and capacity building for the epidemiological analysis and modelling of infectious diseases. The Centre has built upon a world-leading research group in the Department of Infectious Disease Epidemiology at Imperial College London to undertake applied collaborative work with national and international agencies in support of policy planning and response across a wide range of emerging infectious disease threats and global health challenges.

Essential requirements

You should have a PhD (for appointment to Research Associate) or equivalent in one of the following areas: statistics, infectious disease epidemiology, population biology or a similarly quantitative discipline and experience with applied Bayesian statistical modelling.

For appointment to Research Assistant you should have an MSc in one of the following areas: statistics, infectious disease epidemiology, population biology or a similarly quantitative discipline and experience with applied Bayesian statistical modelling.

Further information

The posts are full time and fixed term for 12 months in the first instance and will be based at the St Mary’s Campus, Paddington.

Imperial College is supportive of flexible working. The College is happy to discuss the possibility of implementing such arrangements for this post, with suitably qualified people, subject to operational requirements.

For technical issues when applying online please email recruitment@imperial.ac.uk

Should you have any queries please contact Dr Jeff Eaton (jeffrey.eaton@imperial.ac.uk).

Committed to equality and valuing diversity, we are also an Athena SWAN Silver Award winner, a Stonewall Diversity Champion, a Disability Confident Employer and are working in partnership with GIRES to promote respect for trans people.

The College is a proud signatory to the San-Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA), which means that in hiring and promotion decisions, we evaluate applicants on the quality of their work, not the journal impact factor where it is published. For more information, see https://www.imperial.ac.uk/research-and-innovation/about-imperial-research/research-evaluation/

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About Imperial College London

Imperial College London is the UK’s only university focussed entirely on science, engineering, medicine and business and we are consistently rated in the top 10 universities in the world.

You will find our main London campus in South Kensington, with our hospital campuses located nearby in West and North London. We also have Silwood Park in Berkshire and state-of-the-art facilities in development at our major new campus in White City.

We work in a multidisciplinary and diverse community for education, research, translation and commercialisation, harnessing science and innovation to tackle the big global challenges our complex world faces.

It’s our mission to achieve enduring excellence in all that we do for the benefit of society – and we are looking for the most talented people to help us get there.

Additional information

Please note that job descriptions cannot be exhaustive and the post-holder may be required to undertake other duties, which are broadly in line with the above key responsibilities.

All Imperial employees are expected to follow the 7 principles of Imperial Expectations: 

  • Champion a positive approach to change and opportunity
  • Communicate regularly and effectively within, and across, teams
  • Consider the thoughts and expectations of others
  • Deliver positive outcomes
  • Encourage inclusive participation and eliminate discrimination
  • Develop and grow skills and expertise
  • Work in a planned and managed way 

In addition to the above, employees are required to observe and comply with all College policies and regulations.

Imperial College is committed to equality of opportunity, to eliminating discrimination and to creating an inclusive working environment. We are an Athena SWAN Silver award winner, a Stonewall Diversity Champion, a Disability Confident Employer and work in partnership with GIRES to promote respect for trans people.