Research Assistant/Associate

Job summary

An opportunity has arisen to join the MRC Centre for Global Infectious Disease Analysis. This Research Assistant or Associate post, working on bacterial genomics, will be based in the Department of Infectious Disease Epidemiology within the School of Public Health at Imperial College London. This MRC-funded position will work on novel approaches to genomic surveillance of bacterial disease, in close collaboration with public health agencies....

Job listing information

  • Reference MED01667
  • Date posted 21 January 2020
  • Closing date 19 February 2020

Job description

Job summary

An opportunity has arisen to join the MRC Centre for Global Infectious Disease Analysis. This Research Assistant or Associate post, working on bacterial genomics, will be based in the Department of Infectious Disease Epidemiology within the School of Public Health at Imperial College London.

This MRC-funded position will work on novel approaches to genomic surveillance of bacterial disease, in close collaboration with public health agencies. The focus will be on applying these techniques to Streptococcus pneumoniae (the pneumococcus), to inform vaccine policy decisions through developing sequence analysis methods and mathematical models to understand bacterial population dynamics.

Duties and responsibilities

The post is based within the Bacterial Evolutionary Epidemiology group in the MRC Centre, supervised by Dr. Nick Croucher and Dr. John Lees. The group has broad expertise in the genomics and microbiology of multiple streptococcal pathogens. The MRC Centre also encompasses a wealth of relevant epidemiological expertise, including the Health Protection Research Unit in Modelling Methodology, and the Vaccine Impact Modelling Consortium.

The work will be undertaken jointly with Public Health England and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. The postholder will engage with multiple other collaborating institutions, and will have opportunities to apply their research to a range of large datasets across species and locations. The ultimate aim is to identify the key risks and opportunities associated with future vaccine policy decisions.

Essential requirements

Although the post is advertised as Research Assistant or Associate, we expect applicants to have submitted their Ph.D. dissertation as a minimum. You will need good knowledge of computer programming in R, Python, C++ or similar. The project will necessitate the development of open source methods intended for re-use across countries and species, and so experience in packaging and supporting software for the research community would be advantageous. You should have experience of analysing genomic or epidemiological data; working with mathematical or statistical models, and effectively communicating your research findings.

*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

Further information

This post is full time and fixed term until 31 January 2023. 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.

Should you have any queries please contact: n.croucher@imperial.ac.uk

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