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Research Assistant at Imperial College London

Imperial College London, UK is offering postdoc position in health policy. The funds for this position are available for two years. Eligible candidates should submit the applications before October 28, 2018.

We are seeking an exceptional Research Assistant with strong technical skills in epidemiology and mathematical modelling to work on an important new project opportunity at the interface between research, public health programmes and health policy. The post will be based in the Department of Infectious Disease Epidemiology in the School of Public Health at Imperial College London.

One of the most significant successes in global health has been the development of effective methods of family planning and the expansion of their use in low and middle-income countries. Meanwhile, one of the most significant challenges to global health in many countries, especially those in southern Africa, remains the risk of HIV infection. It is therefore of substantial concern that some evidence suggests that the use of injectable hormonal contraceptives could increase women's risk of acquiring HIV infection. However, the evidence supporting such an association is not completely clear and the implications of such an association are complicated by multiple needs in family planning and HIV prevention. A landmark trial examining the association is due to report its findings in mid-2019. Consequently, there is an important and urgent need for detailed analysis that can determine the implications of an interaction between hormonal contraceptive and HIV risk, and using these insights to support policy decisions.

The successful candidate would join a small team that is focussed on this project. The project is within the Applied Global Health Modelling Research group, which is led by Prof Timothy Hallett.

Candidates will require a MSc or equivalent in one of the following areas: mathematical modelling, statistics, infectious disease epidemiology, family planning or a related subject or a similar quantitative discipline. You will need experience in the development of mathematical simulation models and experience working with international health agencies, funders and national programme teams in low and middle-income countries.

This post is full time and fixed term for 1 year 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 Tim Hallett (timothy.hallett@imperial.ac.uk)


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