Research Assistant/Associate

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. The ongoing Covid-19 pandemic is a reminder of the constant threat to human populations posed by emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases. Data collected during epidemics is increasingly analysed in...

Job listing information

  • Reference MED02111
  • Date posted 26 October 2020
  • Closing date 25 November 2020

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.

The ongoing Covid-19 pandemic is a reminder of the constant threat to human populations posed by emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases. Data collected during epidemics is increasingly analysed in real-time to inform policy making. In particular, real-time estimation of transmissibility and incidence forecasting are instrumental to designing, monitoring, and adjusting interventions throughout an epidemic, continuously assist in logistical planning, and for advocacy.

Various epidemic forecasting approaches have been developed, in particular during and since the West African Ebola epidemic. Many of those build on a method implemented in the R package EpiEstim, which has been used by many governments worldwide to monitor transmissibility of covid-19 in real-time. Forecasting approaches developed by our team rely on modelling the epidemic as a branching process and have been shown to perform better than other approaches on simulated data. However, they have never been thoroughly validated using real data, and make a number of sometimes unrealistic assumptions.

Duties and responsibilities

This post provides a unique opportunity to formally quantify the performance of an epidemic forecasting approach on real-life incidence data and to further develop the approach to account for uncertainties in the data, relax some of the underlying assumptions, and ensure the framework involves solely objective, quantitative and data-driven steps. You will also implement the approach in an open source software, ensuring that a reliable, tested and reproducible forecasting tool is available to be used in the ongoing pandemic and in future epidemics to assist policy makers in a robust and timely manner.

Essential requirements

Candidates should have a MSc (for appointment to Research Assistant) PhD (for appointment to Research Associate) or equivalent in one of the following areas: infectious disease epidemiology, population biology, mathematics, statistics, theoretical physics, computer science 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

This post is full time and fixed term for 15 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.

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

Should you have any queries please contact Dr Anne Cori (a.cori@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.

We are committed to equality of opportunity, to eliminating discrimination and to creating an inclusive working environment for all. We therefore encourage candidates to apply irrespective of age, disability, marriage or civil partnership status, pregnancy or maternity, race, religion and belief, gender identity, sex, or sexual orientation. We are an Athena SWAN Silver Award winner, a Disability Confident Leader and a Stonewall Diversity Champion.

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