Post-Doctoral Research Associate

Post-Doctoral Research Associate

Job summary

The two posts are funded by The Wellcome Trust and The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC), through The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) using the UK’s Official Development Assistance (ODA) Funding. It helps to build the portfolio of Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTD) research within the LSTM and the Malawi-Liverpool-Malawi-Clinical Research Programme (MLW-CRP). 

You will be responsible for a variety of research tasks associated with a 4-year Wellcome Trust Joint Investigator Award to Prof. J.R. Stothard (LSTM) and Dr. J. Musaya (MLW-CLRP). This study explores the importance and consequences of hybridization of human and animal schistosomes in Malawi, specifically in Mangochi and Nsanje Districts. This OneHealth investigation includes inspection of schistosomes in people, snails and livestock. 

The first PDRA position will provide wide ranging epidemiological support in the following categories: organizing/participating in fieldwork (with focus on the human longitudinal cohort), characterization of infections, parasites and snails with molecular methods and conducting multivariable statistical analyses.  

The second PDRA position will provide wide ranging epidemiological support in the following categories: organizing/participating in fieldwork (with focus on livestock sampling), characterization of infections, parasites and snails with molecular methods and conducting multivariable statistical analyses.  

Key responsibilities include but are not limited to: 

  • Assist in all project objectives and activities to carry out cutting-edge (molecular) epidemiological research and ensure coherent multi-disciplinarity with crosstalk between human, livestock and snail themes.
  • Project administration to include field and laboratory logistics, assisting in the preparation of project reports to appropriate stakeholders.
  • Produce, disseminate, and track research outputs, inclusive of drafting scientific manuscripts for peer-review in leading epidemiological journals.
  • Contribute to laboratory and departmental activities, providing research skills mentoring to group members in UK and Malawi.
  • Supervise undergraduate/postgraduate project students.

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

The ideal candidates:

You will have proven interpersonal skills with the ability to work as an integral and cooperative 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 formats. Both roles require a Ph.D. in Epidemiology/Biological Science and be able to demonstrate the ability to:

  • Perform molecular epidemiological assays and analyses.
  • Conduct multivariable analyses and statistical modelling.

For additional information please contact Prof. J.R. Stothard by e-mail: russell.stothard [at] lstmed.ac.uk ((link sends e-mail)) 

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: 7th March 2021 

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

To read the full Job Description & Person Specification for the PDRA (1st post), please click HERE. 

To read the full Job Description & Person Specification for the PDRA (2nd post), please click HERE. 

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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. 

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. 

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. 

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