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Research Assistant in Infectious Disease Epidemiology

Imperial College London, UK is inviting applicants to apply for a postdoctoral associate position in public health. The deadline for applying is January 01, 2019.

Applications are invited for the post of Research Assistant in Infectious Disease Epidemiology 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 Geshiaro, with operational centers 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.

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 Geshiaro 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 Geshiaro

4. Identify implications to existing WHO guidelines and make recommendations for potential policy refinement

The post holder will be responsible for the supervision of data collection in Ethiopia (in part with others), analysis of epidemiological data on the prevalence and intensity of infection (in London) at various rounds of mass drug administration in replicated village settings.

Applicants should have a MSc in Infectious Disease Epidemiology or related subject and have a strong interest in the area of neglected tropical diseases and working in resource poor settings. We are looking for candidates with working knowledge of data management and data cleaning for large populations. You will also need knowledge of computational and data storage software (preferably Stata or R).

This post is full time and fixed term until 30 June 2020 in the first instance and will be based at the St Mary's Campus, Paddington with periods spent in Ethiopia connected with the Ethiopian Public Health Institute. 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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