Infectious-disease modeller post at Imperial College

This post provides an ideal opportunity for an ambitious modeller to gain experience in policy-driven infectious disease research in a multidisciplinary environment that combines scientific rigour with addressing questions of practical importance. The long duration of the appointment provides the opportunity for considerable professional development and acquiring in-depth expertise in the subject area.

The purpose of this post is to conduct research on sexually-transmitted infections (STIs) within the context and research priorities of the newly established National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Health Protection Research Unit (HPRU) for Modelling Methodology. This is an excellent environment in which to develop one’s skills, experience, and research interests.

The HPRU, led by Professor Neil Ferguson, combines the complementary strengths of the two largest and most diverse teams of infectious disease modellers in the UK, at Public Health England (PHE) and Imperial College. Its aim is to deliver a step change in research capacity available for health protection modelling. The HPRU is addressing research priorities across a wide range of disease areas, including improving preparedness and response to novel outbreaks and other public health emergencies. Common to the research themes of the HPRU are a number of cross-cutting methodological challenges: integration and analysis of diverse surveillance data, statistical methods for estimating unknown model parameters, genetic analysis of whole genome sequence data, and the development of simulation tools. The HPRU will facilitate translation of its research into sustained gains in PHE’s capacity to collect, analyse, model and interpret diverse datasets by developing robust easy-to-use computer software for use by non-modellers and via a comprehensive training and capacity building programme. This post is funded by the HPRU, and the post-holder’s primary responsibility will be to help deliver its research goals. The post holder will be a member of the MRC Centre for Outbreak Analysis and Modelling within the Department of Infectious Disease Epidemiology at Imperial College.

Job reference:  SM173-14

Application deadline: 14 Sept 2014

Salary range: £33,410 – £37,070 per annum (Research Associate – i.e. postdoc) / £29,350 – £32,520 per annum (Research Assistant)*

Duration: Available immediately, until 31 March 2019

Location: MRC Centre for Outbreak Analysis and Modelling and Modelling Methodology Health Protection Research Unit, Department of Infectious Disease Epidemiology, Imperial College London, Paddington

Reporting to:

Dr Peter White, Senior Lecturer, Imperial College London; Head, Modelling and Economics Unit, Public Health England; Deputy Director, Modelling Methodology Health Protection Research Unit.
Prof Neil Ferguson, Director, MRC Centre for Outbreak Analysis and Modelling and Modelling Methodology Health Protection Research Unit; Head, Department of Infectious Disease Epidemiology.

*Please note that this post is intended to be a postdoctoral position and the reason why it is being advertised at Research Assistant level as well as Research Associate is so that we can consider candidates who are close to completing a PhD or awaiting the formal award of their PhD.

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Please contact Dr Peter White (p.white@imperial.ac.uk) if you have any questions.

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