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Research Associate

School of Public Health

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Imperial College London, Exhibition Road, London, UK


  • Posted on: 24th Jan 2022
  • Salary: £41,593 - £49,210
  • REF: MED02927
  • Closes: 23rd February 2022
  • Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
  • Hours: Full Time

Job description

Job summary

We are seeking an excellent researcher to work on the epidemiology and evolution of poliovirus, including analysis of global environmental and acute flaccid paralysis surveillance data maintained by the WHO alongside genetic sequence data generated by the Global Polio Laboratory Network. The post is funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and focuses on the epidemiology of vaccine-derived polioviruses in Africa and Asia and the impact of improved surveillance and new vaccines.

You will work closely with the polio team in the Vaccine Epidemiology Research Group and have access to excellent peer support from other members of the Department of Infectious Disease Epidemiology and the MRC Centre for Global Infectious Disease Analysis. You will also communicate and meet with task teams from the GPEI and with staff at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. The post would be especially suited to someone with experience in epidemiological or evolutionary analysis of infectious disease data but we will also consider applications from enthusiastic individuals with appropriate mathematical, statistical or bioinformatics 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.

Duties and responsibilities

Key objectives are as follows:

  • To conduct statistical, epidemiological and evolutionary analysis of poliovirus surveillance data
  • To pursue research on infectious disease epidemiology and inference from data
  • To interact with other members of the research group and with our national and international partners

Essential requirements

You should have a PhD in epidemiology, evolution or related quantitative discipline or a closely related discipline with strong mathematical and/or statistical skills and an interest in infectious disease epidemiology and/or vaccine research. You should have practical experience within a research environment and have experience of dealing with sponsors. Your ability to implement advances statistical methods in R, C/C++, or similar programming language is essential to this role.

Further information

This role is offered on a full time, fixed term basis until 30 June 2023 in the first instance. 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 £36,694 – £39,888 per annum

Should you have any queries please contact Professor Nick Grassly at ( n.grassly@imperial.ac.uk )

The College is a proud signatory to the San-Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA), which means that in hiring and promotion decisions, we evaluate applicants on the quality of their work, not the journal impact factor where it is published.For more information, see https://www.imperial.ac.uk/research-and-innovation/about-imperial-research/research-evaluation/

The College believes that the use of animals in research is vital to improve human and animal health and welfare.Animals may only be used in research programmes which are ultimately aimed towards finding new treatments and making scientific and medical advances, and where there are no satisfactory or reasonably practical alternatives to their use.Imperial is committed to ensuring that, in cases where this research is deemed essential, all animals in the College’s care are treated with full respect, and that all staff involved with this work show due consideration at every level. http://www.imperial.ac.uk/research-and-innovation/about-imperial-research/research-integrity/animal-research /

Additional information

Please note that job descriptions cannot be exhaustive, and the post-holder may be required to undertake other duties, which are broadly in line with the above key responsibilities.

Imperial College is committed to equality of opportunity and to eliminating discrimination. All employees are expected to follow the Imperial Values & Behaviours framework . Our values are:

  • Respect
  • Collaboration
  • Excellence
  • Integrity
  • Innovation

In addition to the above, employees are required to observe and comply with all College policies and regulations.

We are committed to equality of opportunity, to eliminating discrimination and to creating an inclusive working environment for all. We therefore encourage candidates to apply irrespective of age, disability, marriage or civil partnership status, pregnancy or maternity, race, religion and belief, gender identity, sex, or sexual orientation. We are an Athena SWAN Silver Award winner, a Disability Confident Leader and a Stonewall Diversity Champion.

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