Research Assistant or Associate in Genomic Epidemiology

Job summary

Applications are invited for the post of Research Assistant or Associate in the MRC Centre for Global Infectious Disease Analysis within the Department of Infectious Disease Epidemiology, School of Public Health at Imperial College, London. We are seeking a researcher to join a new project on statistical population genetics of transmission fitness in viruses. This study is focused on development and application of genomic epidemiological...

Job listing information

  • Reference MED02090
  • Date posted 8 December 2020
  • Closing date 7 February 2021

Job description

Job summary

Applications are invited for the post of Research Assistant or Associate in the MRC Centre for Global Infectious Disease Analysis within the Department of Infectious Disease Epidemiology, School of Public Health at Imperial College, London.

We are seeking a researcher to join a new project on statistical population genetics of transmission fitness in viruses. This study is focused on development and application of genomic epidemiological methods to infer pathogen fitness from population-based samples and epidemiological surveillance data. 

Evolution of viruses such as SARS-CoV-2, influenza virus, and HIV can influence the rate of replication within hosts and rate of transmission to new hosts.  We will study how beneficial mutations arise within hosts and spread at the epidemic level. This project concerns the development of new bioinformatic methods to estimate fitness along multiple dimensions associated with replication and transmission including identification of genetic variants which are associated with gain or loss of transmission fitness.

Duties and responsibilities

This role offers the opportunity to expand skills in genomic epidemiology and infectious disease modelling. The post holder will work within the MRC Centre for Global Infectious Disease Analysis at the St. Mary’s Campus of Imperial College London, a world-leading research centre in outbreak analysis and modelling of human pathogens. Its mission is to be an international resource and centre of excellence for research on the epidemiological analysis and modelling of novel infectious disease outbreaks. The Centre brings together world leading researchers in the Department of Infectious Disease Epidemiology at Imperial College to undertake applied collaborative work with national and international agencies in support of policy planning and response operations against infectious disease threats.

Essential requirements

You will have a PhD or equivalent in one of the following areas: epidemiology, evolutionary biology, applied mathematics, statistics or a similarly quantitative discipline.

While the position is advertised as Research Assistant / Associate, we require all candidates to have already submitted their PhD, at a minimum.

Further information

The post is full time and fixed term until 31 October 2023 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.

Candidates who have not yet been officially awarded their PhD will be appointed as Research Assistant within the salary range £35,477- £38,566 per annum.

Should you have any queries please contact: Dr Erik Volz e.volz@imperial.ac.uk.

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

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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.