Research Associate

Job summary

We are looking for a Research Associate in infectious disease epidemiology, mathematical modelling or statistics to work to improve the control of malaria. Malaria remains a major cause of suffering and death. Since 2000 there has been a substantial reduction in disease burden, but in recent years advances have stalled. The most effective way of controlling the disease is through the widespread use of insecticide treated nets. There is...

Job listing information

  • Reference MED02301
  • Date posted 25 February 2021
  • Closing date 28 March 2021

Job description

Job summary

We are looking for a Research Associate in infectious disease epidemiology, mathematical modelling or statistics to work to improve the control of malaria.

Malaria remains a major cause of suffering and death. Since 2000 there has been a substantial reduction in disease burden, but in recent years advances have stalled. The most effective way of controlling the disease is through the widespread use of insecticide treated nets. There is increasing evidence that mosquitoes are becoming resistant to the only type of insecticide that is used on these bednets. The public health impact of insecticide resistance remains unclear and this uncertainty is jeopardising current and future malaria control.

New types of bednets have been developed with different insecticides and are currently being trialed in multiple sites across Africa. This project will investigate how these new types of nets can be used to improve malaria control.

You will work as part of a large interdisciplinary team involving entomologists, epidemiologists, statisticians, and computer scientists working in Africa, Europe, and North America. You will develop novel analytical frameworks of characterising mosquito behaviour from different biological assays and incorporate this into an existing transmission dynamics mathematical model of malaria. This model developed in Imperial College London is widely used to support the decision making and you will have the opportunity to work closely with policy makers to ensure that the information learnt in this project is disseminated as widely as possible.

Duties and responsibilities

The overall aims of the project are to:

  • Characterise the impact new of novel bednets on mosquito populations.
  • Predict the public health impact of these interventions and compare to field data.
  • Investigate how anti-malaria tools can be combined to improve disease control.

Essential requirements

You should have a PhD in one of the following areas: infectious disease epidemiology, population biology, mathematics, statistics, or a similarly quantitative discipline.

Knowledge of statistical methods and software is required. You will also need a creative approach to problem-solving an excellent verbal and written communication skills.

Further information

This post is full-time and fixed-term until 31 May 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 Thomas Churcher (thomas.churcher@imperial.ac.uk).

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/

The College believes that the use of animals in research is vital to improve human and animal health and welfare. Animals may only be used in research programmes where their use is shown to be necessary for developing new treatments and making medical advances. Imperial is committed to ensuring that, in cases where this research is deemed essential, all animals in the College’s care are treated with full respect, and that all staff involved with this work show due consideration at every level.

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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.

Imperial College is committed to equality of opportunity and to eliminating discrimination. All employees are expected to follow the Imperial Values & Behaviours framework. Our values are: 

  • Respect              
  • Collaboration
  • Excellence          
  • Integrity
  • Innovation

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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