Research Fellow in Infectious Disease Epidemiology

Job summary

Applications are invited for the post of Research Fellow 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 a major Childhood Investment Fund Foundation (CIFF) grant entitled “Geshiyaro”, with operational centres at Imperial College London, the Federal Ministry of Health, and the...

Job listing information

  • Reference MED02593
  • Date posted 21 July 2021
  • Closing date 19 August 2021

Job description

Job summary

Applications are invited for the post of Research Fellow 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 a major Childhood Investment Fund Foundation (CIFF) grant entitled “Geshiyaro”, with operational centres at Imperial College London, the Federal Ministry of Health, and the Ethiopian Public Health Institute (EPHI) in Ethiopia. The project aims to design, monitor, and evaluate mass drug administration (MDA) programmes in conjunction with associated water and sanitation improvements to stop soil transmitted helminths (STH) and schistosome (SCH) parasite transmission in endemic regions in Southern Ethiopia.

Duties and responsibilities

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.

Key objectives are as follows:    

  1. Evaluate programme impact to determine whether Geshiyaro results in the interruption of transmission of STH and SCH in a focal geographic area of Ethiopia.
  2. Compare the effect of intervention models on the interruption of transmission of STH and SCH
  3. Design a nationally scalable model of interventions based on lessons learnt from Geshiyaro
  4. Identify implications to existing WHO guidelines and make recommendations for potential policy refinement

An important aspect of the project is the dissemination of the results to global stakeholders, in particular via working closely with WHO, agencies running the programme in Ethiopia (Ethiopian Public Health Institute and the Ministry of Health) and the funding organisation CIFF, to inform public health decision making for the control of NTDs in Ethiopia.

Essential requirements

You should have a PhD in Epidemiology or related subject, a strong background in infectious disease research, an interest in the Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs), data management skills and the ability to work for periods in the field in Ethiopia developing good working relations with local staff and the treated communities.

Further information

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.

Should you have any queries please contact: Professor Sir Roy Anderson (roy.anderson@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.

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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