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Evaluating Vaccines for Emerging Infections: initially Marburg, then other infections.

Applications are invited for a mathematical modeller to join the Centre for the Mathematical Modelling of Infectious Diseases at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM). The post holder will work on a large project studying transmission of emerging infections, to improve the design of vaccine trials during outbreaks.

There are 2 positions closely aligned (LSHTM job ID: EPH-IDE-2018-55 and EPH-IDE-2018-56), and applicants are encouraged to apply for both.

This post involves design of transmission models for priority emerging diseases and fitting those models to available data. The post-holder will focus initially on Marburg disease, with other pathogens to be determined as work progresses. The post-holder will use transmission models to simulate and evaluate phase 3 vaccine trials, and determine optimal trial designs and vaccination strategies for outbreaks of these diseases.

The candidate will join a highly successful and supportive team at the forefront of vaccine modelling and evaluation and will have scope to develop their own research within this field, in collaboration with colleagues at LSHTM and elsewhere. It is expected that the work will involve a range of original scientific work and requires a high degree of personal motivation.

The successful candidate will have a PhD (or submitted) in mathematical modelling, statistics, or a quantitative discipline, with a component on infectious disease transmission, or an MSc and extensive experience. Experience of constructing and analysing mathematical or statistical models of infectious diseases is essential, along with familiarity with statistical approaches for model fitting. Further particulars are included in the job description.

The appointment is based in London, available immediately and is funded until 31 March 2021. The appointment will be made on LSHTM’s Research Fellow scale, Grade 6 (with a starting salary of £39,304 per annum). The post will be subject to the LSHTM terms and conditions of service. Annual leave entitlement is 30 working days per year. In addition to this there are discretionary “Director’s Days”. Membership of the Pension Scheme is available.

Applications should be made on-line via our website The reference for this post is EPH-IDE-2018-55. Online applications will be accepted by the automated system until 10pm of the closing date. Applications should include the names and email contacts of 2 referees who can be contacted immediately if shortlisted. Any queries regarding the application process may be addressed to

The post will be supervised by Prof John Edmunds, and candidates can contact him with informal queries ahead of the application deadline.

Closing date
December 31st, 2018
Posted on
November 17th, 2018 11:44
Last updated
December 15th, 2018 21:12