Research Fellow (MapSan)

London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

London, United Kingdom 🇬🇧

An exciting opportunity has arisen for an early career researcher with public health training and experience working in the water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) sector to join a rapidly growing and world-renowned research team – the Environmental Health Group at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. 

The post-holder will support ongoing research in Mozambique conducted in partnership with the Ministry of Health, as well as other countries, focused on understanding the impact of water, sanitation and hygiene services on child health and development. The post will involve the development of research protocols, coordinating and managing field data collection, data analysis, and publication of scientific articles, including as lead author. The post will require considerable travel to low- and middle-income countries, including to Mozambique.

The successful applicant will have a track record of relevant research experience, excellent communication skills in, and an ability to work both independently and in close collaboration with in-country partners. Excellent written and spoken command of English is essential to the position, and proficiency in Portuguese is desirable. The applicant should have an excellent academic track record that includes formal training in public health and epidemiology as well as a relevant PhD. Experience working in a microbiology or molecular biology with clinical specimens (e.g. stool, blood) laboratory is essential and experience working with environmental samples (e.g. soil, water) is desirable. should have experience performing molecular techniques including nucleic acid extraction and PCR-based assays, managing sample databases and quality checking results, and analysing data. Experience designing molecular assays is desirable, as is experience with immunoassays (e.g. ELISAs) and serological assays. It is also essential that the candidate has relevant research experience working in low- and middle-income countries. Further particulars are included in the attached job description.  

This is a full-time post and fixed term until 31 December 2021. Salary is on the Academic Grade 6 scale in the range £40,011- £45,437 per annum (inclusive of London Weighting). The post will be subject to the LSHTM terms and conditions of service. Annual leave entitlement is 30 working days per year, pro rata for part time staff. In addition to this there are discretionary “Director’s Days”. Membership of the Pension Scheme is available. The post is based in London at LSHTM.

Applications should be made online via our website at Applications should also include the names and email contacts of 2 referees who can be contacted immediately if shortlisted. Online applications will be accepted by the automated system until 10pm of the closing date. Any queries regarding the application process may be addressed to [email protected]. Please quote reference ITD-DCD-2020-28.

The supporting statement section should set out how your qualifications, experience and training meet each of the selection criteria. Please provide one or more paragraphs addressing each criterion. The supporting statement is an essential part of the selection process and thus a failure to provide this information will mean that the application will not be considered. An answer to any of the criteria such as “Please see attached CV” will not be considered acceptable.

Please note that if you are shortlisted and are unable to attend on the interview date it may not be possible to offer you an alternative date.

Job Description    

Further details:    
Salary: £40,011 to £45,437 per annum, inclusive.
Closing Date: Thursday 31 December 2020
Reference: ITD-DCD-2020-28