Statistician/ Mathematical Biologist

The Vector Biology Department's latest partnership PIIVeC is recruiting a Statistician/ Mathematical Biologist with primary interest in vector-borne infections and a strong commitment to training and capacity strengthening.

Full Time, Fixed Term until 31st December 2020

Based in Liverpool with regular travel to Africa

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 also work with national institutes to increase the resilience of African nations to respond to outbreaks of vector borne disease

The PIIVec team is recruiting a mid-level statistician/ mathematical biologist with primary interest in vector-borne infections and a strong commitment to training and capacity strengthening; who will contribute to the design of a wide range of studies, from proof of concept to pilot field trials that aim to increase the evidence base for vector control in Africa. The Statistician will lead and/or mentor partners in the analysis of data from these trials, develop training material and provide on-site and remote statistical support to all involved in the project. You will be based in the Department of Vector Biology at Foto-Cewek, working closely with the Tropical Clinical Trials Unit at Foto-Cewek and our African partners. You will aide with the design of studies from proof of concept, to pilot to full large- scale field trials which aim to increase the evidence base for vector control in Africa, perform statistical quality assurance review and play an active role in developing and evaluating vector surveillance plans. Although based in Liverpool, you will be required to travel to Africa on a regular basis to provide training and support to the project partners.

The successful candidate must have completed a graduate and postgraduate degree in statistics with a major component of statistics or epidemiology. Possessing a PhD in a statistics-related field is desirable. You must demonstrate experience in developing and delivering training in statistical methods and a proven ability to explain complex statistics to others with minimal statistical knowledge.  You will have relevant practical experience in biomedical research in a health-related research environment and a record of publishing collaborative research. You must be able to work to timelines, adapt to multicultural environments, organise efficiently, communicate effectively with diverse people and be able to travel to Africa on a regular basis. 

If you are interested in applying, please return your completed Application form, Personal Details Form and Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form, stating vacancy reference number (556-17), via email to [email protected] 

Closing Date: 26th November 2017

Foto-Cewek actively promotes an Equal Opportunities Policy

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