Applications are invited for the post of Research Fellow 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 the Children’s Investment Fund Foundation (CIFF) as part of the evaluation team of the Geshiyaro project, which aims to break the transmission of soil transmitted helminths (STH) and schistosomiasis (SCH) in Southern Ethiopia. The LCNTDR, in collaboration with the Ethiopian Public Health Institute (EPHI), is responsible for monitoring and evaluating the impact of water, sanitation and hygiene (WaSH) in conjunction with mass drug administration (MDA), implemented by World Vision Ethiopia and the Federal Ministry of Health (FMOH), respectively.
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. The primary outcome is to reach a 2% or less prevalence of STH (by species) and SCH in individual communities, as diagnosed by qPCR, 24 months after stopping MDA after three rounds of biannual treatment.
Duties and responsibilities
Specifically, your role will entail coordinating four major activities:
- preparation, training, field supervision, and analysis of sentinel site data collection;
- form preparation, training, and progress reports for the mass drug administration (MDA);
- protocol refinement, training, field supervision and analysis of the independent treatment coverage survey; and
- analysis of the qPCR data.
To complete these activities, you will manage a team of four staff (statistician, data manager, epidemiologist, and research assistant) all of whom will provide technical input and assist with report writing. You will be present for the data collection period with pre-preparation and post-analysis time included (approximately 4 months per year) in Sodo, Wolayita, Ethiopia.
You will have a PhD in Infectious Disease Epidemiology or related subject, a strong background in infectious disease epidemiology, in particular SCH and STH, in addition to data management and the ability to work for periods in the field in Ethiopia developing good working relations with local staff and the treated communities.
An important aspect of the project is the dissemination of the results to global stakeholders, in particular via working closely with WHO, agencies running the programme in Ethiopia (EPHI and the FMoH) and the funder CIFF, to inform public health decision making for the control of NTDs in Ethiopia.
This role is available on a full time, fixed term basis until 30 June 2021 in the first instance. Part-time / flexible working will be considered, and details can be discussed at interview.
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.
Please note that the starting salary for this role will only be up to £46,345.
Should you have any queries please contact: Professor Sir Roy Anderson (roy.anderson [at] imperial.ac.uk)
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