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Postdoctoral Epidemiologist in Infectious Diseases

University of Oxford - Big Data Institute and Nuffield Department of Population Health

Location: Oxford
Salary: £32,817 to £40,322 p.a., Grade 7
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 27th August 2021
Closes: 24th September 2021
Job Ref: 153102

This is an exciting opportunity for a postdoctoral scientist to conduct primary research with clinical and socioeconomic data from a low-income setting as member of an international partnership that is employing cutting-edge big data methodologies for the study of a disease of poverty. The candidate will join the Big Data Institute and Nuffield Department of Population Health, both of which are home to world-renowned research groups applying quantitative methods to key global health issues. For this post, we are looking to appoint a highly motivated postdoctoral scientist to conduct research on severe and subtle morbidities associated with schistosomiasis in rural Ugandan communities. You will join an interdisciplinary team of field epidemiologists, mathematicians, machine learning scientists, technicians, parasitologists, global health ethicists, and health practitioners. 

Reporting to Dr Goylette Chami, the candidate will manage and analyse complex datasets from the SchistoTrack Project, involving data from clinical assessments, health records, medical histories, parasitology, and household surveys. The key objective is to develop methods and indicators for schistosomiasis-associated morbidities while investigating the explanatory power of infection status. The role requires a researcher with a strong quantitative/computational background with the capability to learn schistosomiasis epidemiology. Your responsibilities and duties will include to support and collaborate with other group/project members and Ugandan researchers. You will publish research articles for leading peer-reviewed journals and present papers at flagship conferences or meetings, as well as participate in community/public engagement activities. 

You will hold, or be close to completion of, a PhD/DPhil in epidemiology or a related scientific discipline. You will have demonstrated the ability to manage your own academic research and associated activities. A strong track record of advanced statistical skills and experience with large-scale human participant studies are essential. You will have excellent interpersonal skills, including the ability to work within a team and to build relationships with Ugandan practitioners. You also will have a strong publication record in peer-reviewed journals and conferences, and strong potential to implement population health research in the context of parasitic diseases. 

This post is full-time (part time considered) and fixed term for two years. Informal enquires are encouraged and should be addressed to Dr Goylette Chami (Goylette.chami@ndph.ox.ac.uk). The deadline for applications is 12.00 midday on 24th September 2021.

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