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.
The Vaccine Confidence Project (VCP) monitors public confidence in immunisation programs by listening for signals of public distrust and questioning, and providing risk analysis and guidance to engage the public early and pre-empting potential programme disruptions.
The VCP is seeking to recruit a Research Fellow with experience in Big Data analytics, including social listening, media monitoring, social network analysis, sentiment analysis and semantic analysis. The post holder will work on novel and experimental approaches to track the spread of vaccine misinformation on private social networks using crowdsourced data. These data will be combined with more traditional sources of data (e.g. surveys, online content analysis) to understand if/how misinformation migrates from private networks to public social media, and if/how it affects public attitudes and behaviours towards vaccination.
The post holder will also be expected to contribute to other strands of work, including social media monitoring, conducting literature reviews and writing reports, academic publications and grant proposals.
English-language proficiency is essential and a postgraduate degree, ideally a doctoral degree in a relevant field, such as digital sociology, digital anthropology, or computational social sciences. Further particulars are included in the job description.
This post is full-time and fixed term until 11/03/2023.
The salary will be on the Academic Pathway salary scale Grade 6 in the range £40,611 - £46,119 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 “Wellbeing Days”. Membership of the Pension Scheme is available. The post is based in London at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine.
Applications should be made on-line via our website at http://jobs.lshtm.ac.uk. 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@example.com.
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: 09 Dec 2021