Software Engineer – Research

Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine

The Department of Parasitology is seeking a Software Engineer to investigate the impact of drug and insecticide resistance on Malaria Control and elimination programmes using the Open Malaria simulation package

The Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine LSTM is an internationally recognised centre of excellence for research in tropical diseases.  Through the creation of effective links with governments, organisations and institutions and by responding to the health needs of communities, LSTM aims to promote improved health, particularly for people of the less developed/resource poorest countries in the tropics and sub-tropics.

The Department of Parasitology is seeking a Research Software Engineer to investigate the impact of drug and insecticide resistance on malaria control and elimination programmes using the OpenMalaria simulation package.  As considerable resources are being invested in this direction, optimal use of these resources can be guided by appropriate computer simulations. We use modern computational power to simulate the entire process of malaria transmission and its impact on human health, burden on local health services, and cost-effectiveness of proposed control interventions using the OpenMalaria simulation platform developed over the last 12 years at the Swiss Tropical and Public Institute in Basel. The Research Software Engineer will be running the Openmalaria simulations and collating the output data in meaningful formats. These data will form part of reports and publications and hence, it is important that the simulation output data are well documented. The jobholder will also update the code as and when new factors are identified during the research. The role entails providing support for other simulation runs in collaboration with our colleagues at Swiss TPH which may require periodic, short visits to Basle 

To be successful in this role, it is essential that the applicant has experience in developing, maintaining and running large scale simulations as the software is written in C++ to professional standards, and is open-source, version controlled using git and hosted on Github, with unit testing and continuous integration. The successful applicant must possess good communication skills to work effectively with Scientists internationally. It is not essential for the successful candidate to have knowledge of malaria as this aspect can be learnt during the project, however we expect the successful candidate to demonstrate an interest in infectious diseases and their effective control.

More details related to OpenMalaria are on github.com/SwissTPH/openmalaria/wiki link is external.

This job is unlikely to attract a Tier 2 Certificate of Sponsorship formerly a work permit .  Applications from candidates who require Tier 2 immigration status to work in the UK may not be considered if there are a sufficient number of other suitable candidates.  To apply for a Tier 2 Certificate of Sponsorship, employers need to demonstrate that they are unable to recruit a resident worker before recruiting an individual overseas

We believe that this post will not be suitable for individuals on Tier 5 visas as these posts are not considered to be supernumerary to the organisation. For further details, please visit the UKVI website: www.gov.uk/browse/visas-immigration link is external

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