Research Associate in Malaria Epidemiology

Job summary

Funded through the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, this position involves working within the MRC Centre for Global Infectious Disease Analytics, at the forefront of cutting-edge inferential techniques for infectious disease analysis. The world is likely to be dealing with aftermath of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic well after the virus itself has been controlled, with the pandemic threatening many long-term targets towards improving global...

Job listing information

  • Reference MED02231
  • Date posted 15 January 2021
  • Closing date 16 February 2021

Job description

Job summary

Funded through the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, this position involves working within the MRC Centre for Global Infectious Disease Analytics, at the forefront of cutting-edge inferential techniques for infectious disease analysis.

The world is likely to be dealing with aftermath of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic well after the virus itself has been controlled, with the pandemic threatening many long-term targets towards improving global health, in particular those for the prevention of infectious diseases including Plasmodium falciparum malaria. Understanding the trajectory and future prospects for malaria control in many countries in Africa will be particularly challenging due to the suspension, in the face of the pandemic, of community-based surveys upon which estimates of malaria burden and intervention coverage are largely based. Measuring disease trends through sentinel monitoring of pregnant women attending antenatal clinics (‘ANC-based surveillance’) is a core surveillance tool for many infectious diseases and offers the prospect of substantially improved and responsive and estimates of malaria burden. However, as routine malaria testing of pregnant women within antenatal care has only begun to be adopted in recent years, tools to interpret such data in terms of population-level trends have yet to be developed.

Duties and responsibilities

This post provides an opportunity to develop novel ANC-based surveillance tools using data from antenatal clinics in Kenya, Tanzania and Zambia to substantially improve accuracy in measuring the dynamics of malaria in both spatial and temporal dimensions during a critical moment in the ongoing fight against one of the world’s highest burden infectious diseases. 

Major components of the role will include fostering collaborations with global partners such as national malaria control programmes, international research institutes and the World Health Organisation and play an active role in the dissemination of results, particularly within countries in which data is being collected. You will also be expected to attend international workshops and meetings as necessary.

Essential requirements

You should have a PhD or equivalent in bioinformatics, infectious disease epidemiology, mathematical modelling, population biology, statistics or similar discipline. You should also have experience of developing new methods for research and of publishing in leading scientific journals. Knowledge of programming in a language appropriate for open source software (eg: C++, Python, R or similar) is essential for this role.

Further information

This post is full time and fixed term until 30 September 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 a Research Assistant within the salary range £36,045 - £39,183 per annum.

Should you have any queries please contact Dr Patrick Walker (patrick.walker06@imperial.ac.uk)

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

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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.

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  • 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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