Research Assistant/Associate in Public Health

Imperial College London School of Public Health

Job summary

We seek a researcher for a project to develop district-level HIV estimates and modelling for South Africa. The position is part of Project Linganisa, a collaboration of University of Cape Town, the Health Economics and Epidemiology Research Unit at Wits University, and Imperial College London to produce estimates, modelling, and economic analysis that support HIV policy and programming in South Africa.

Job listing information

  • Reference MED02408
  • Date posted 13 April 2021
  • Closing date 12 May 2021

Key information about the role

  • Location St Mary's Campus (map)
  • Position type Full time, fixed term
  • Salary £36,045 – £48,340 plus benefits
  • Department School of Public Health
  • Category Researcher / Non Clinical Researcher

Job description

Job summary

We seek a researcher for a project to develop district-level HIV estimates and modelling for South Africa. The position is part of Project Linganisa, a collaboration of University of Cape Town, the Health Economics and Epidemiology Research Unit at Wits University, and Imperial College London to produce estimates, modelling, and economic analysis that support HIV policy and programming in South Africa.

Duties and responsibilities

You will lead the development of new Bayesian spatio-temporal statistical models and infectious disease models of HIV at district level. This work will involve analysis, triangulation, and visualisation of HIV surveillance and programme data, and collaborating with project partners, collaborators, and national stakeholders to analyse and disseminate model results.

Project results will input directly to HIV policy processes in South Africa, published in peer-reviewed journals with methodological and substantive focus, and disseminated by the website https://www.hivdata.org.za.

You will be a member of the HIV Inference Group within the MRC Centre for Global Infectious Disease Analysis at Imperial College London. The group comprises a diverse group of researchers and research software engineers in the School of Public Health and Department of Mathematics focused on improving the methods, data, and tools that quantify the global HIV epidemic and the demographic impacts of HIV.  The group hosts the secretariat for the UNAIDS Reference Group on Estimates, Modelling, and Projections (www.epidem.org), an international technical advisory group providing expert guidance on the methods and data for responding to the global HIV epidemic, and develops and maintains mathematical models and software tools used by national HIV programmes to produce official HIV statistics (https://hivtools.unaids.org/).

Essential requirements

You should have a Masters (for appointment as Research Assistant) or PhD (for appointment as Research Associate) or equivalent in statistics, infectious disease epidemiology, population biology or a similarly quantitative discipline. Experience in analysis and visualisation of diseases surveillance and population health data, is essential.

Further information

This post is full time and fixed term for 2 years in the first instance and will be based at the St Mary’s Campus, Paddington.

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 £36,045 - £39,183 per annum.

Should you have any queries please contact Dr Jeffrey Eaton (jeffrey.eaton@imperial.ac.uk)

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