Assistant or Associate Professor - Every Newborn Action Plan

London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine - Faculty of Epidemiology & Population Health

The London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine is a world-leading centre for research and postgraduate education in public and global health, with 3,900 students and more than 1,000 staff working in over 100 countries.

We are seeking to appoint an Associate or Assistant Professor in the Department of Infectious Disease Epidemiology (IDE) for the Every Newborn Action Plan research work. The Every Newborn Action Plan (ENAP) was launched in June 2014 and provides a roadmap for reduction of the world’s 5.3 million newborn deaths and stillbirths, closely linked to maternal mortality reduction. LSHTM (Professor Joy Lawn) co-chairs the ENAP Metrics group with the World Health Organization, having a specific remit to coordinate improvement of newborn measurement for use around the world.  A measurement improvement roadmap has been detailed and funding to LSHTM received from the Children’s Investment Fund Foundation (CIFF). 

The post holder’s primary focus is to manage the Every Newborn- Birth Indicator Research Tracking in Hospitals (EN-BIRTH) study, observing births in three countries (Bangladesh, Tanzania and Nepal) to test validity of indicators for routine use in health management information systems. This study is currently in the data-collection stage with 20,000 births being observed in each country and data collected from registers/case notes and maternal recall interviews. Data analysis is planned for 2018, followed by publication and dissemination of findings. The post-holder will be expected to build effective working relationships within the team, with colleagues in the School and with external partners.

The successful candidate must be educated to PhD level and have relevant experience in maternal/newborn health, and advanced data analysis skills using Stata or a similar package. Experience with routine health data systems (e.g. DHIS) is highly desirable. In addition, the post holder will be able to demonstrate excellent research team management skills. This will involve enabling and supporting junior colleagues in LSHTM and working well with multi country team colleagues and partners, showing adaptability, openness to change and personal motivation in all aspects of their work. Further particulars are included in the attached job description.

The appointment is based in London and is full-time commencing as soon as possible. The post will be appointed at Associate Professor level, or if the best candidate does not meet academic criteria for this level of post, but fulfills essential criteria, then the appointment will be made at Assistant Professor level.  The job is funded until end of November 2018, in the first instance. The salary will be on the Academic scale, Grade 7/8 in the range £44,978 - £62,423 per annum (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 jobs.lshtm.ac.uk. The reference for this post is EPH-IDE-64. Applications should include the names and email contacts of 2 referees who can be contacted immediately if shortlisted. Interviews will be offered to a short list of candidates and held at LSHTM, Keppel St London. Any queries regarding the application process may be addressed to jobs@lshtm.ac.uk.

The London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine is committed to being an equal opportunities employer.

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