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Research Assistant in Statistics at Imperial College London

Applications are invited for a postdoctoral fellowship position in applied mathematics to join Imperial College London, UK. This position is available for three years in the first instance. Eligible candidates should submit the applications before October 21, 2018.

Applications are invited for the post of Research Assistant or Associate in Statistics to join the Department of Infectious Disease Epidemiology in the School of Public Health at Imperial College London.

This post is funded by a major Gates Foundation grant entitled Deworm3, to develop analytical techniques in support of clinical trials of the optimal designs for mass drug administration programmes to stop parasite transmission in endemic regions in Africa, India and South East Asia.

The post holder will be responsible for the analysis of epidemiological data on the prevalence and intensity of infection at various rounds of mass drug administration in replicated village settings and the estimation of key transmission parameters using various methods including MCMC approaches. Fitting spatially structured individual based stochastic simulation mathematical modelling to data collected in the field trials is a key part of the research in assessing the impact of mass drug administration and the optimal clinical trial design of interventions to control helminth infections in areas of endemic infection by targeting either those most heavily infected, the whole population or segments of it such as school children.

The overall aims of the project are:

1) To co-ordinate with the implementers how data is collected and stored in digital databases (one for each country).

2) To estimate key transmission variables during the course of the trials from observed data collected after a series of rounds of treatment over three years.

3) To further develop and fit deterministic and stochastic mathematical models of the impact of mass drug administration to observed data using various statistical tools.

An important aspect of the project will be the dissemination of the results to global stakeholders (in particular through working closely with WHO, agencies running the clinical trials, the World Bank and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation) to inform decision making.

Applicants should have a MSc (for appointment to Research Assistant) or PhD (for appointment to Research Associate) in Statistics, Physics, Computer Science or Applied Mathematics. A strong statistical and computational background is essential - training can be given in infectious disease epidemiology.

This post is full time and fixed term for 5 months 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 Roy Anderson (roy.anderson@imperial.ac.uk)


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