Research Assistant – LSHTM GIS and Spatial Research (EPH-IDE-2019-32)

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The London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine is a world-leading centre for research and postgraduate education in public and global health. Our mission is to improve health and health equity in the UK and worldwide; working in partnership to achieve excellence in public and global health research, education and translation of knowledge into policy and practice.

We are seeking to appoint a Research Assistant to work with Chris Grundy supporting GIS and spatial research at LSHTM. The role will have three main aspects: Developing and utilizing new areas of spatial methodology to answer real world questions, providing support on spatial aspects of existing research, and teaching GIS. The role requires an individual who has either knowledge or willingness to learn new spatial methodology and technique, and an interest in coding would be an advantage. 

The successful applicant will support two main research projects: the emergency and epidemic data kit (EDK) and evaluations of HIV self-testing storylines in the MTV SHUGA series.  EDK supports electronic data capture and rapid mapping of emergencies, epidemics and vaccine trials.  The spatial work focuses on methodology to rapidly map locations and provision of spatial data for analysis. This entails rapid short-term deployments to disease outbreaks at short notice. The evaluation of MTV SHUGA involves supporting spatial aspects of the research around surveys, and consideration whether social media data can be utilised in evaluations such as this in Sub Sahara Africa.  

The successful applicant will have an MSc in a GIS, data science, statistics, epidemiology or similar and a background in the use of data science and GIS. Field data collection, spatial statistics / modelling, coding and Machine learning would all be beneficial to the role. There will be plenty of opportunities for the successful applicant to contribute to other research which matches their skills.

This post is full-time and fixed-term until 31 December 2020. The salary will be on the Academic Grade 5 scale at point 27, £34,854 per annum inclusive. 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. 

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 Informal enquiries should be addressed to

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.

Closing Date: 16 Oct 2019
Category: Academic

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