Research Assistant in Infectious Disease Epidemiology
Applications are invited for the post of Research Assistant to join The London Centre for Neglected Tropical Disease Research (LCNTDR) located the Department of Infectious Disease Epidemiology (School of Public Health) at Imperial College, London. This post is funded by the Childhood Investment Fund Foundation (CIFF) as part of the evaluation team of the Geshiyaro project, which aims to break the transmission of soil transmitted helminths...
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- Reference MED02592
- Date posted 21 July 2021
- Closing date 22 August 2021
Applications are invited for the post of Research Assistant to join The London Centre for Neglected Tropical Disease Research (LCNTDR) located the Department of Infectious Disease Epidemiology (School of Public Health) at Imperial College, London.
This post is funded by the Childhood Investment Fund Foundation (CIFF) as part of the evaluation team of the Geshiyaro project, which aims to break the transmission of soil transmitted helminths (STH) and schistosomiasis (SCH) in Southern Ethiopia. The LCNTDR, in collaboration with the Ethiopian Public Health Institute (EPHI), is responsible for monitoring and evaluating the impact of water, sanitation and hygiene (WaSH) in conjunction with mass drug administration (MDA), implemented by World Vision Ethiopia and the Federal Ministry of Health (FMOH), respectively.
The overall aim of the project is to develop a scalable and cost-effective model of interventions for the interruption of transmission of STH and SCH leading to the cessation of MDA for disease control in Ethiopia. The primary outcome is to reach a 2% or less prevalence of STH (by species) and SCH in individual communities, as diagnosed by qPCR, 24 months after stopping MDA after three rounds of annual treatment.
Duties and responsibilities
Key responsibilities for the post involve:
- Development of data collection forms in Survey CTO
- Harmonisation of large data sets
- Analysis of data (operational, epidemiological, behavioural and treatment) relevant for the research project
- To develop operational reporting framework and tools for project activities
- To visualise results and data to generate insight
The research will be undertaken with LCNTDR, and at times, there may be a requirement to visit EPHI in Addis Ababa and the project site in Sodo in Ethiopia. The project will benefit from the translational focus of the Department and Centre, and the close existing links it has with public health bodies in Ethiopia, and academic partners in Ethiopia. An interest in developing skills in local languages in Ethiopia would be of value.
You should hold an undergraduate and/or Master’s degree in Data Management or Epidemiology. Further training in epidemiology and parasitology will be given. Ability to speak Amharic and Welayta is desirable.
The post is full time and fixed term until 30 June 2022 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.
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