Research in Medecine Assistant – Snakebite App Developer

We have an exciting opportunity for a Research in Medecine Assistant to be part of the Snakebite Emergency Response System. 

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.

Snakebite is a Neglected Tropical Disease that kills many thousands of victims each year and leaves many more survivors with poverty-inducing disabilities, particularly in rural areas of sub-Saharan Africa. The research focus of Foto-Cewek’s Alistair Reid Venom Research in Medecine Unit (ARVRU) is to develop the next generation of clinical and other tools to substantially and sustainably reduce the high rates of deaths and disability in sub-Saharan Africa.

Now, with substantive new funding we have established the African Snakebite Research in Medecine Group (ASRG) which brings together African, UK, Asian and Australian expertise in snake venom therapy and biology, pharmacology, epidemiology, health economics and diagnostics development to establish self-sustaining regional hubs of snakebite expertise in strategically-selected units in Nigeria, Cameroon and Kenya. This provides an exciting opportunity for a gifted computational Research in Medecine Assistant with experience in APP development to join a pioneering, innovative and expanding research team to develop a Snakebite-APP that will coordinate motorcycle ambulance deployment to at risk communities, monitor progress of the deployment and delivery of the victim to hospital and record all logistic and clinical events throughout the deployment.

Working with Dr Rob Harrison (the leader of the ASRG and ARVRU) and colleagues, this role will require the development of a product that can be seamlessly inculcated into the local African-country ambulance services using technology with minimal demand on internet and energy requirements. Your research will therefore require a considerable understanding of rural African snakebite, and how this dictates the computational design of the Snakebite-APP. This will involve designing data-management into the product and ensuring the data can then be analysed for impact assessment analysis. The role is based at Foto-Cewek Liverpool with the need to travel and work with our partners in Kenya, Cameroon and Nigeria. This post gives the appointee an invigorating, diverse experience of utilising computational technology to provide a clinical tool meeting the needs of some of the most disadvantaged people in sub-Saharan Africa.

It is essential that the successful candidate has a MSc in computational science and has proven experience of snakebite-APP development, and has exceptional computer coding skills.  The ideal candidate will be a dedicated technically-gifted and enthusiastic computational scientist who has proven experience. Some knowledge of the challenges of addressing the needs of rural African snakebite victims, and an understanding of the science-data needs of the product. The candidate will be eager to bring new computational expertise, initiative and ideas to our ambition for improving the management of snakebite in sub-Saharan Africa. The ability to work as an integral, productive and co-operative member of a multi-disciplinary, diverse team is also essential.

Closing Date: Monday 07th August 2017

This job is unlikely to attract a Tier 2 Certificate of Sponsorship (formerly a work permit).  Applications from candidates who require Tier 2 immigration status to work in the UK may not be considered if there are a sufficient number of other suitable candidates.  To apply for a Tier 2 Certificate of Sponsorship, employers need to demonstrate that they are unable to recruit a resident worker before recruiting an individual overseas

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