Two infectious-disease modeler posts

Post 1: Job reference/link for more info

 919-HP-MK-16366349-EXT

Application deadline                04/03/2015

Salary range               £37,454- £45,769 pa

Duration                      Available immediately, until 31 March 2019

Location                      Centre for Infectious Disease Surveillance and Control, Public Health England, Colindale, London and Modelling Methodology Health Protection Research Unit, Department of Infectious Disease Epidemiology, Imperial College London, Paddington

Reporting to

Dr Marc Baguelin, Lead Mathematical Modeller, Respiratory Diseases Department, Public Health England.

Dr Steven Riley, Reader, MRC Centre for Outbreak Analysis and Modelling, Imperial College London 

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

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 influenza 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 two of the 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 based at PHE’s Centre for Infectious Disease Surveillance and Control in Colindale, and will spend time in the Department of Infectious Disease Epidemiology at Imperial College.

Post 2: Job reference/ link for more info

919-HP-MK-16875513-EXT

Application deadline             22/02/2015

Salary range               £37,454-£45,769 pa

Duration                      Available immediately, until July 2018

Location                       Centre for Infectious Disease Surveillance and Control, Public Health England, Colindale, London and Modelling Methodology Health Protection Research Unit, Department of Infectious Disease Epidemiology, Imperial College London, Paddington

Reporting to

Dr Marc Baguelin, Lead Mathematical Modeller, Respiratory Diseases Department, Public Health England 

Prof Richard Pebody, Acting Head, Respiratory Diseases Department, Public Health England

Dr Steven Riley, Reader, MRC Centre for Outbreak Analysis and Modelling, Imperial College London

Prof Ajit Lalvani, Faculty of Medicine, National Heart & Lung Institute, Imperial College London  and Respiratory Diseases Health Protection Research Unit; Head

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 purpose of this post is to conduct research on influenza within the context and research priorities of the newly established National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Health Protection Research Unit (HPRU) for Respiratory Infections. This is an excellent environment in which to develop one’s skills, experience, and research interests.

The HPRU, led by Professor Ajit Lalvani, combines the complementary strengths of two of the largest and most diverse teams of infectious disease modellers in the UK, at Public Health England (PHE) and Imperial College. The post will be partly based in the Respiratory Disease Department, at the Centre for Infectious Disease Surveillance and Control (CIDSC) in Colindale, with regular meetings with collaborators at Imperial College. The Respiratory Disease Department is a dynamic and stimulating group comprising a team of medical and scientific staff working on the surveillance, control and prevention of  a range of respiratory infections  including influenza and TB and on the national preparedness plans for surveillance of pandemic influenza,  and other emerging respiratory infections such as MERS-CoV. CIDSC is an internationally-renowned centre of excellence for expertise, reference and research, surveillance and epidemiology in relation to human health. It is an excellent place to conduct public health research that can help shape policy both nationally and internationally. The MRC Centre for Outbreak Analysis and Modelling at Imperial college is one of the biggest team of infectious disease modellers in the UK and is a centre of excellence for research on the epidemiological analysis and modelling of novel infectious disease outbreaks.

Please contact Dr Marc Baguelin (marc.baguelin@phe.gov.uk) if you have any questions.

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