Research Assistant/Research Fellow in Medical Entomology (Based in Benin)

London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine - Faculty of Infectious & Tropical Diseases

We are seeking to appoint a full time Research Assistant or Research Fellow in Medical Entomology to support scientific management of a team involved in the development and evaluation of new tools for malaria vector control, particularly new types of long lasting insecticidal nets, combination nets, and long lasting indoor residual spray formulations for the control of insecticide resistant malaria vectors. The project is based at the LSHTM field site in Cotonou, Benin in collaboration with the Centre de Recherches Entomologiques de Cotonou (CREC). This position is key to the development of the next generation of malaria control tools essential to the eventual elimination of malaria. 

Working closely with the IVCC Programme Manager in Benin (Dr Corine Ngufor) and Principal Investigator at LSHTM (Prof Mark Rowland), the post-holder will undertake or support a series of product development projects that include phase 1 insecticide testing and phase 2 experimental hut field trials against insecticide resistant mosquito populations. The projects will be supported by grants from the Innovative Vector Control Consortium (IVCC).

The successful candidate should hold a MSc or PhD in medical entomology or vector borne disease control, have experience in a similar position working in a developing country on vector research or control, experience of evaluating vector control products according to WHO guidelines, excellent communication skills and be able to communicate in basic French. The post will be based at CREC, Cotonou, Benin and will include travel to project meetings in UK up to 4 times per year 

Previous experience in the evaluation of insecticide based products for mosquito control in laboratory and small scale field trials is essential for this position. Whilst a Research Fellow is ideally sought for this position and will be considered in the first instance, applications from candidates at Research Assistant level are also welcome. Both role descriptions are available. Please state clearly on your application which role you are applying for. 

The post is available initially from 1 January 2017 until 31 December 2018 with strong prospects of renewal as the portfolio of projects with the IVCC expands. Salary is on the Academic Pathway Salary scale from £33,006 to £37,889 per annum for Research Assistant or from £37,889 to £43,028 per annum for Research Fellow (inclusive of London Weighting). The post will be subject to the LSHTM terms and conditions of service.  Annual leave entitlement is 30 working days per year, pro rata for part time staff. In addition to this there are discretionary “Director’s Days”. Membership of the Pension Scheme is available. 

Applications should be made on-line via our website at http://jobs.lshtm.ac.uk. Applications should also include the names and email contacts of 2 referees who can be contacted immediately if shortlisted.  Online applications will be accepted by the automated system until 10pm of the closing date. Any queries regarding the application process may be addressed to jobs@lshtm.ac.uk. Please quote reference ITD-DCD-21. 

The supporting statement section should set out how your qualifications, experience and training meet each of the selection criteria. Please provide one or more paragraphs addressing each criterion. The supporting statement is an essential part of the selection process and thus a failure to provide this information will mean that the application will not be considered. An answer to any of the criteria such as "Please see attached CV" will not be considered acceptable. 

 

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