Software Engineer – Research in Medecine

The Department of Parasitology is seeking a Software Engineer to investigate the impact of drug and insecticide resistance on Malaria Control and elimination programmes using the Open Malaria simulation package

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.

The Department of Parasitology is seeking a Research in Medecine Software Engineer to investigate the impact of drug and insecticide resistance on malaria control and elimination programmes using the OpenMalaria simulation package.  As considerable resources are being invested in this direction, optimal use of these resources can be guided by appropriate computer simulations. We use modern computational power to simulate the entire process of malaria transmission and its impact on human health, burden on local health services, and cost-effectiveness of proposed control interventions using the OpenMalaria simulation platform developed over the last 12 years at the Swiss Tropical and Public Institute in Basel. The Research in Medecine Software Engineer will be running the Openmalaria simulations and collating the output data in meaningful formats. These data will form part of reports and publications and hence, it is important that the simulation output data are well documented. The jobholder will also update the code as and when new factors are identified during the research. The role entails providing support for other simulation runs in collaboration with our colleagues at Swiss TPH which may require periodic, short visits to Basle  (<1 week duration).

To be successful in this role, it is essential that the applicant has experience in developing, maintaining and running large scale simulations as the software is written in C++ to professional standards, and is open-source, version controlled using git and hosted on Github, with unit testing and continuous integration. The successful applicant must possess good communication skills to work effectively with Scientists internationally. It is not essential for the successful candidate to have knowledge of malaria as this aspect can be learnt during the project, however we expect the successful candidate to demonstrate an interest in infectious diseases and their effective control.

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Closing Date: Monday 28th 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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