Research Assistant or Research Associate

Imperial College London - Department of Infectious Disease Epidemiology, School of Public Health

Salary Range:
Research Assistant Level A:  £32,380 - £34,040 per annum
Research Associate Level B: £36,800 - £44,220 per annum

The Department of Infectious Disease Epidemiology is located at the St Mary’s campus, Paddington. The department is based within a five-star research institute equipped with the latest technologies and facilities.  

The post-holder will work on the Manicaland Centre for Public Health Research, a programme of scientific research on the epidemiology, socio-demographic impact, and control of the HIV/AIDS epidemic in Zimbabwe, conducted in partnership with the Biomedical Research and Training Institute in Manicaland, Zimbabwe’s eastern province. The Centre’s multi-disciplinary mixed methods research programme includes a population cohort of approximately 10,000 adults, research to develop methods to measure and interpret HIV prevention cascades, and a study to establish causes of misclassification errors in HIV rapid tests used in routine national HIV services. Findings from the research are disseminated and utilised at local, national and international levels through collaborative arrangements with the Zimbabwe Ministry of Health, UNAIDS and local NGOs.

The post-holder will coordinate and assist with statistical data analysis; extract and maintain master data sets; advise and assist in the development of electronic field data collection and processing systems; maintain project databases and prepare extracts for use by scientific investigators and collaborators; and develop and manage the project’s data sharing policy. They will prepare progress and management reports and assist with preparation of funding applications and reports. They will also be expected to contribute to departmental activities as specified by the Head of Department, including a limited amount of teaching.

An MSc or equivalent is essential for the Research Assistant post and a PhD is essential for the Research Associate post in one of the following areas: epidemiology, demography, statistics, mathematics or related quantitative discipline. The successful candidate will require experience of working with large complex SQL-based databases; will have strong skills in statistical analysis, including methods for analysing epidemiological data on HIV/AIDS epidemiology and control; and will be able to collate data, interpret and present results to a high standard. They will also require excellent verbal and written communication skills, and be able to organise and prioritise workload and work independently as part of an interdisciplinary research team. A record of publications in peer-reviewed scientific journals is essential for the Associate position.

This is a full-time post, initially for 12 months, based at the St Mary’s Campus, Paddington, London. Occasional travel to Zimbabwe will be required to advise on methods of data collection, processing, analysis and dissemination.

For an informal discussion please contact Professor Simon Gregson – or Jeff Eaton –

Reference Number: SM096-17KO

Closing date: 28 August 2017

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