Research Fellow – EPI 578 views

The London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine is a world-leading centre for research and postgraduate education in public and global health. Our mission is to is to improve health and health equity in the UK and worldwide; working in partnership to achieve excellence in public and global health research, education and translation of knowledge into policy and practice.  

The project, “Determining the importance of different locations to Mycobacterium tuberculosis transmission in high tuberculosis burden settings”, is seeking to recruit a Research Fellow. The post will be based in the Department of Infectious Disease Epidemiology at the Faculty of Epidemiology and Population Health on LSHTM’s Keppel Street Campus. The post-holder will be accountable to the Head of Department through Dr. Nicky McCreesh, the project’s Principal Investigator. 

Little is known about where the majority of Mycobacterium tuberculosis (M.tb) transmission occurs in high burden countries. Developing a better understanding of transmission sites is crucial to reducing tuberculosis burden, as it would allow infection control strategies to be targeted at the areas where they would have the greatest impact.

The successful candidate will analyse primary data from South Africa on ventilation and people numbers on public transport and in indoor congregate locations (e.g. churches and shops). The post-holder will use Wells-Riley equations to produce estimates of the risk of Mycobacterium tuberculosis transmission in different types of location.

For the post-holder to be able to perform the job effectively, they will be required to have a Masters degree in a quantitative discipline such as epidemiology, control of infectious diseases, mathematics, or computational biology, or similar research experience; experience in analysing quantitative data, as well as Proficient knowledge of statistical software packages such as Stata or R. Having a PhD in a relevant area such as epidemiology, mathematics, physics, statistics, bioinformatics or computational biology is also desirable. Further particulars are included in the job description.  

The post is available from 1 June 2019 will be funded until 30 November 2019 with the possibility of extension to 31 January 2020. The salary will be Grade 6 on the Academic Pathway scale in the range of £39,304 – £44,634 per annum (inclusive of London Weighting). The post will be subject to the LSHTM terms and conditions of service.  Annual leave entitlement is 30 working days per year, pro rata for part time staff. In addition to this there are discretionary “Director’s Days”. Membership of the Pension Scheme is available. 

Applications should be made on-line via our website Applications should include the names and email contacts of 2 referees who can be contacted immediately if shortlisted. Any queries regarding the application process may be addressed to Christina Spencer at . 

The supporting statement section should set out how your qualifications, experience and training meet each of the selection criteria. Please provide one or more paragraphs addressing each criterion. The supporting statement is an essential part of the selection process and thus a failure to provide this information will mean that the application will not be considered. An answer to any of the criteria such as “Please see attached CV” will not be considered acceptable.

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