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London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine - Department of Infectious Disease Epidemiology

The London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine is a world-leading centre for research and postgraduate education in public and global health. Our mission is to improve health and health equity in the UK and worldwide; working in partnership to achieve excellence in public and global health research, education and translation of knowledge into policy and practice. 

The Department of Infectious Disease Epidemiology is seeking an enthusiastic and highly motivated infectious disease modeller to join the world-leading TB Modelling group (http://tbmodelling.lshtm.ac.uk), TB Centre (http://tb.lshtm.ac.uk) and Centre for the Mathematical Modelling of Infectious Diseases (http://cmmid.lshtm.ac.uk), at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM).

While tuberculosis is one of the biggest causes of death from a single infectious agent globally, TB can be cured with appropriate treatment. A number of barriers however, prevent patients from recovering, including long and complicated treatment regimens that involve the daily intake of medicines over the course months. By leveraging digital adherence technologies the ASCENT project (Adherence Support Coalition to End TB, https://www.digitaladherence.org/) aims to support TB patients with their treatment in a modern and more effective way. The successful candidate will develop mathematical models to examine the potential and impact of these technologies in Ethiopia and other countries in the trial, including the implications for costs faced by patients. Work will include comparing intervention impact, including deterministic compartmental and cohort models, as well working closely with researchers on the trial to support data collection and use to inform model structures and parameters.

The post-holder will be supervised by Dr Finn McQuaid, and will join a highly successful and supportive TB modelling group (http://tbmodelling.lshtm.ac.uk), with considerable scope to take initiative for research within the field, in collaboration with colleagues at LSHTM and international partners. 

It is expected that the project will involve a range of complex and original scientific research that requires a high degree of personal motivation.

The successful applicant will have a PhD in mathematical modelling, health economics, statistics, epidemiology or another relevant discipline with a strong quantitative component, including experience with programming languages (e.g. R, Python, C++). Candidates should also demonstrate experience in mathematical modelling, preferably on infectious diseases, and have a promising publication record. Further particulars are included in the job description.

Applicants are encouraged to contact Dr Finn McQuaid (modelling lead and PI on the ASCENT grant) for an informal discussion prior to submitting a formal application at Finn.McQuaid@lshtm.ac.uk.

The post is full time and fixed-term, available from 1st January 2022 until 31st December 2022, with the potential for an extension up to one (1) year subject to funder agreement to a no-cost extension.

The salary will be on the Academic Pathways Grade 6 in the range of £40,611 - £46,119 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 “Wellbeing Days”. Membership of the Pension Scheme is available. The post is based in London at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine.

Applications should be made on-line via our website at http://jobs.lshtm.ac.uk. 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.

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. 

Please note that if you are shortlisted and are unable to attend on the interview date it may not be possible to offer you an alternative date.

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The London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine is committed to being an equal opportunities employer. We believe that when people feel respected and included, they can be more creative, successful, and happier at work. While we have more work to do, we are committed to building an inclusive workplace, a community that everyone feels a part of, which is safe, respectful, supportive and enables all to reach their full potential.

Location: London
Salary: £40,611 to £46,119 Per annum (inclusive of London Weighting)
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 22nd November 2021
Closes: 30th November 2021
Job Ref: EPH-IDE-2021-55
   
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