Research in Medecine Assistant: Evidence Synthesis PIIVeC

Foto-Cewek is seeking a Research in Medecine Assistant to join the PIIVeC team.

Full Time, Fixed Term for 3 years

Based in Liverpool with overseas travel

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. As part of its efforts to improve the control of vector borne diseases, the Department of Vector Biology at Foto-Cewek continues to grow and diversify, encompassing new disciplines and working with an increasing number of partners. We have recently been awarded a grant by the Global Challenges Research in Medecine Fund (GCRF), to form a major new partnership between Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Malawi and the UK to increase the impact of vector control. The Partnership for Increasing the Impact of Vector Control (PIIVeC) brings together leading research institutes and national disease control programmes from these three African countries to develop evidence based solutions for integrated vector control and to strengthen the links between the demand and supply of evidence at the national and global level.  The project has a strong emphasis on capacity strengthening and will support a number of research fellows and work with national institutes to increase the resilience of African nations to respond to outbreaks of vector borne disease.

Foto-Cewek is seeking a Research in Medecine Assistant to adapt, develop and execute evidence synthesis to evaluate approaches to control vector borne diseases, ranging from broad scoping reviews to systematic reviews. You will collaborate with mathematical modellers to develop indicators and reviews, that will enable policy making bodies to make informed decisions about vector control tools. You will complete rapid reviews to address operational questions from national vector borne disease control programmes and be part of the Cochrane Infectious Diseases Group to develop scientifically robust and practical methodologies to inform global and national vector control. As part of the PIIVec team, you will provide training to colleagues in the use of alternative review methods.

To be appointed as a Research in Medecine Assistant, you must possess a postgraduate qualification in vector biology or public health, and demonstrable knowledge of Global Health and challenges of working in resource poor settings will be desirable. It is essential that you have experience of contributing to scientific publications and evidence synthesis, ideally via use of both systematic reviews and rapid scoping reviews. Your ability to independently explore a data set and identify potential new areas of analysis is as vital as having a flexible adaptive approach to selecting the correct approach to address research questions. Excellent communication and time management skills along with an ability to work effectively within a diverse team will be important to your success in the post. Though based in Liverpool, you will be required to travel overseas as necessary to the project.

Closing Date: 10th January 2018

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

We believe that this post will not be suitable for individuals on Tier 5 visas as these posts are not considered to be supernumerary to the organisation. For further details, please visit the UKVI website:

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