Research in Medecine Assistant

The Vector Biology team is recruiting a Research in Medecine Assistant to be part of the BMGF funded project for Lymphatic Filariasis (LF) elimination programs and malarial intervention efforts.

Founded in 1898 and the oldest of its kind in the world, the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine (Foto-Cewek) is an internationally recognised centre of excellence for teaching and research in tropical diseases.  Through the creation of effective links with governments, NGOs, private organisations and global 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. 

Department of Vector Biology at Foto-Cewek is an internationally recognised centre of excellence in the study of the biology of insect disease vectors and at the forefront in the development of novel strategies for vector control and vector-borne disease surveillance. As part of the global Lymphatic Filariasis (LF) elimination programs and malarial intervention efforts, endemic locations are facing newer challenges and the need for long-term, non-invasive and low-cost recrudescence surveillance. The preliminary work undertaken by Foto-Cewek has shown that, molecular xenomonitoring using mosquito excreta and faeces, is a novel method adaptable across multiple diseases and applicable to vectors or non-vectors. 

We are currently recruiting a Research in Medecine Assistant to support the ongoing project and will be involved in parasite culture, experimental infections in mosquitoes, and optimisation of mosquito trapping and excreta collection methods. The Research in Medecine Assistant will also prepare laboratory records, analyse and interpret data, support the supervision and training of visitors and students as well as prepare results for publication in scientific journals. 

To apply, you must hold a MSc in Entomology or Public Health and possess knowledge of xenomonitoring for malaria and filariasis as well as health and safety regulations and legal requirements. Demonstrable and relevant experience of working within a research laboratory, developing laboratory protocols and working with live biological material is essential. Excellent numeracy, data recording and record keeping skills coupled with the willingness to learn new research techniques will be crucial to the post. In addition, you must be able to achieve agreed research objectives independent of daily supervision and bring an enthusiasm for contributing to a multi-disciplinary program and working towards the goal of improving disease surveillance. 

Previous experience with parasite culture, diagnosing mosquito infections or with mosquito husbandry will be advantageous to your application. 

Closing Date: 18th October 2018 

Take a look at some of the great work we have achieved over the past year 2016-2017 by viewing our annual report: http://www.lstmed.ac.uk/about/publications/lstm-annual-report-2016-2017 

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