(Post doctoral) Research Assistant in insecticide resistance and malaria transmission

LSTM is an internationally recognised centre of excellence for research in tropical diseases. The creation of effective links with governments, organisations and institutions and responding to the health needs of communities allows LSTM to promote improved health, particularly for people of the less developed / resource poorest countries in the tropics and sub-tropics.

We are seeking to appoint a Research Assistant or Postdoctoral Researcher to assist in a project improving our understanding of how insecticide resistance (IR) arises and spreads through mosquito populations, with a particular focus on the species responsible for transmitting malaria. You will work closely with a multi-disciplinary team of scientists within LSTM and also with our collaborators at the Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute.

This post would suit a numerate biologist or epidemiologist; a working knowledge of the R statistical language would be a distinct advantage. There are three principle strands of the project.

Firstly, to use genetic models of IR to identify and predict the basic dynamics of IR and how insecticide deployment policies may be designed to minimise the spread of IR and/or its impact.

Second, to incorporate IR into the large open-source malarial epidemiology simulation package developed with our collaborators in Swiss TPH.

Thirdly, to design experimental protocols, and carry out pilot experiments, capable of measuring key genetic parameters (such as dominance) in the laboratory and/or field; these protocols will form the basis of applications for further research funding.

We are looking for an enthusiastic individual with good communication skills (both written and verbal), well developed research and analytical skills, plus the ability to work as an integral and co-operative member of a multi-disciplinary research team.

For appointment at Post doctoral Research Assistant level you will need to have a PhD in Epidemiology or Biology, preferably with proven research experience in R.

For appointment at Research Assistant level, the above criteria would be applicable but with requirement for a BSc or Masters degree rather than a doctorate.


£27,057 – £31,342 (without PhD)

Full time. Fixed term to 31st October 2016

£31,342 – £34,233 (with PhD)

Full time. Fixed term to 31st August 2016

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If you are interested in applying, please return your up to date CV and covering letter (quoting reference 563) stating your interest and suitability for the role, together with completed copies of our Application Form, Personal Details Form and Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form, via email to: jobs@lstmed.ac.uk or by post to HR, Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, Pembroke Place, Liverpool L3 5QA

Closing Date: Friday 13th March 2015 (12 noon UK time)

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