Post-Doctoral Research Assistant in Epidemiology

The department of Vector Biology has a great opportunity for a highly motivated Post–Doctoral Research Assistant who is keen to bring their epidemiological expertise to an inter-disciplinary project on the role of Anopheles stephensi in malaria transmission in the Horn of Africa.

Purpose of the role:

The identification of the invasive malaria mosquito Anopheles stephensiin the Horn of Africa presents a major threat to malaria control and elimination in the African continent, particularly in the context of rapid urbanisation. 

The Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine has recently been awarded a new £3.5 million Wellcome Trust funded project evaluating the distribution, biology, epidemiological importance, and control of Anopheles stephensi in Ethiopia and Sudan. The project is being conducted with partners in Ethiopia and Sudan along with the Imperial College London, Institute of Tropical Medicine in Antwerp, Lancaster University and Oxford University. 

The Role:

You will be working on the epidemiological work package of the research, in particular a case-control study evaluating the epidemiological importance of Anopheles stephensi, evaluation of the spatial distribution of malaria cases in towns and cities, and analysis of routine health system data on malaria cases. You will also support the design and analysis of pilot studies evaluating the entomological efficacy of vector control approaches whilst working closely with co-investigators and field teams in Ethiopia and Sudan. 

Key Responsibilities are (but not limited to):

  • In coordination with the Principal Investigator, project team and partners, provide technical support to the development of the study protocol, information and consent forms, data collection tools and training materials.
  • Coordinate and monitor data collection, ensuring that data is of the highest quality and support statistical analysis.
  • Take a leading role in preparation of manuscripts for peer review and other outputs where required, e.g., website content, policy briefs etc.
  • Support in-country dissemination activities at district, regional and national level as required and international dissemination activities, including presentation at scientific conferences. 

The Candidate:

The ideal candidate will have excellent interpersonal skills with the ability to work as an integral member of a multi-disciplinary, multi-national research team. You will have well-developed research skills with the ability to effectively present research findings in oral and written format.

  • PhD in relevant discipline e.g., Epidemiology, field entomology, Operational Research, Medical Statistics
  • Extensive relevant experience in epidemiological research ideally in low and/or middle-income countries
  • Able to plan and design epidemiological studies, including research ethics submissions.
  • Experience of statistical data analysis of epidemiological data e.g., logistic regression, time series analysis
  • Excellent communication skills and experience in writing up study findings for publication.
  • Regular travel to the field sites in Ethiopia and Sudan will be expected (approx. 2 trips per year to each site) 

(For a full list of essential and desirable criteria please refer to the job description and person specification)

Informal enquiries can be made to Dr Anne Wilson on  

Additional benefits of joining LSTM:

  • 30 days annual leave, plus bank holidays, plus Christmas closure days
  • Generous occupational pension schemes
  • Government backed “cycle to work” scheme.
  • Affiliated, discounted staff membership to the University of Liverpool Sports Centre
  • Plus, a host of additional family friendly policies 

Closing Date: 18th March 2021 

Application Process: To apply for the position please follow this link and upload your CV and Covering Letter. 

Due to the volume of applications, we receive, we sometimes close our vacancies early. It is therefore advisable to apply as early as possible if you would like to be considered for a role. 

Please note that the successful candidate will be required to undergo a DBS and/or other international criminal record check prior to appointment and at regular points during employment. The outcome must be satisfactory to LSTM, as the duties of this post will involve direct and/or indirect contact with vulnerable adults and/or children. 

Inclusion is central to our values at LSTM.  

We seek to attract and recruit people who reflect the diversity across our communities, regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity, ethnicity, nationality, faith or belief, social background, age, and disability. LSTM selects candidates based on skills, qualifications, and experience. 

We welcome conversations about flexible working; and applications from those returning to employment after a break from their careers. 

About LSTM:

Founded in 1898 and the oldest of its kind in the world, the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine (LSTM) is an internationally recognised centre of excellence for teaching and research in tropical diseases.  Through the creation of effective links with governments, NGOs, private organisations, and global institutions and by responding to the health needs of communities, LSTM aims to promote improved health, particularly for people of the less developed/resource poorest countries in the tropics and sub-tropics. 

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Due to the nature of our teams and work, we are continually seeking candidates with skills as outlined on this job advert and have multiple opportunities available. 

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