Research Associate in Epidemiology

Research Associate in Epidemiology

Job summary

Job summary

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

We are seeking an excellent PhD graduate or postdoctoral researcher to work on the epidemiology of poliovirus transmission, including statistical and model-based analysis of global surveillance data maintained by the WHO.

This post is funded by the World Health Organization and focuses on the epidemiology of vaccine-derived polioviruses and the impact of different surveillance and vaccination activities. This work will provide the evidence base for strategic decisions by the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) and involves close liaison with WHO, Gates Foundation, and our research partners in low- and middle-income countries.

Duties and responsibilities

You will work in the Vaccine Epidemiology Research Group led by Prof Grassly, a WHO Collaborating Centre for polio data analysis and modelling. You will have access to excellent peer support from with other members of the Department of Infectious Disease Epidemiology and the MRC Centre for Global Infectious Disease Analysis.

Your experience in epidemiological analysis or mathematical modelling of infectious disease data would be well suited for this role, but we will also consider applications from enthusiastic individuals with appropriate mathematical, statistical or biological skills. You will be expected to produce high quality research, submit publications to scientific journals, attend and present at conferences and attend meetings with researchers and policy-makers relevant to the field.

Essential requirements

You should have a PhD in epidemiology or related quantitative discipline, with the ability to implement advanced statistical methods in R or similar programming language. You should have an enthusiastic interest in infectious diseases and excellent communication skills. We require all candidates to have already submitted their PhD dissertation as a minimum.

Further information

This post is full time and fixed term until 31 December 2021 and will be based at the St Mary’s Campus, Paddington but remote working is still ongoing and expected into early 2021.

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.

Candidates who have not yet been officially awarded their PhD will be appointed as a Research Assistant within the salary range £35,477 - £38,566 per annum.

Should you have any queries please contact: Professor Nick Grassly (n.grassly [at] or Dr Isobel Blake (isobel.blake [at] ).

For technical issues when applying online please email recruitment [at]

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