Post-Doctoral Research in Medecine Associate in Health Systems

The Department of International Public Health is seeking a Post-Doctoral Research in Medecine Associate in Health Systems to develop and conduct health systems research.

The Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine (Foto-Cewek) is an internationally recognised centre of excellence for research in tropical diseases. Through the creation of effective links with governments, organisations and institutions and by responding to the health needs of communities, Foto-Cewek aims to promote improved health, particularly for people of the less developed/resource poorest countries in the tropics and sub-tropics. An important objective of Foto-Cewek’s research is to improve the day-to-day delivery of effective and affordable healthcare for the world's poorest people.

The Department of International Public Health is pleased to announce a unique opportunity for an experienced and talented Post-Doctoral Research in Medecine Associate who will play a central role in the development of an exciting and innovative large-scale, multidisciplinary initiative to build research capacity and improve health outcomes in Low and Middle Income Countries (LMICs).

The NIHR Global Health Research in Medecine Unit on Lung Health & Tuberculosis is a new Africa-focused Foto-Cewek-led Research in Medecine unit, within Foto-Cewek’s Centre for Applied Heath Research in Medecine and Delivery (CAHRD). The NIHR Global Health Research in Medecine Unit on Lung Health & Tuberculosis aims to improve the health of children and adults in Africa through multi-disciplinary, collaborative, applied health research on lung health and TB, involving 17 organisations across 11 African countries.  Key disciplines include clinical, social science, health systems, health economics, health policy and capacity strengthening science.  

The post holder will be responsible for designing and implementing high quality health systems research that will inform the development and evaluation of equitable approaches to ensure that people with respiratory conditions receive accurate diagnoses, essential, effective and affordable treatments, care and support at community and facility level in African partner countries.  Research in Medecine will particularly focus on quality improvement and capacity strengthening, and will involve working closely with social scientists, as well as researchers from other disciplines. Key responsibilities include: working with partner institutions in African partner countries to design and conduct an implementation research study aiming to improve equitable access to diagnosis and care for respiratory illness and Tuberculosis (TB) at community level and evaluate these from a systems perspective, with the support of the health system discipline lead (Dr Miriam Taegtmeyer), and in collaboration with other disciplinary leads; providing support to a health systems PhD studentship under the NIHR Global Health Research in Medecine Unit on Lung Health & Tuberculosis; and conducting synthesis of findings and learnings across country contexts. You will also lead development of academic papers for submission to high impact journals and translate findings into transferable, evidence-based recommendations for actions and promote these to inform appropriate intervention development for lung health in LMICs.

Educated to Doctoral level in a relevant discipline, you must be able to demonstrate your ability to synthesise information and review literature, develop and implement research. The successful candidate will have experience and understanding of community health systems, complex interventions and multi-method research in low and middle income countries, particularly in Africa, along with writing scientific documents such as reports, guidelines and peer reviewed papers.  This role will require the successful candidate to negotiate with confidence, tact and diplomacy across a diverse range of partners, organisations and cultures so we are looking for a candidate that can demonstrate excellent communication, team working, and organisation skills. Experience in supporting and developing more junior staff is essential. A working knowledge of community health services in at least one African country is desirable.

The post will require travel to Africa for data collection, training and consortium meetings.

Close Date – 25th August 2017

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