J-IDEA Research Associate /J-IDEA Research Fellow in Infectious Disease Modelling

The Abdul Latif Jameel Institute for Disease and Emergency Analytics (J-IDEA) was officially launched in October 2019 to combat global disease threats. J-IDEA is an institute within Imperial's world-class School of Public Health in the College's renowned Faculty of Medicine. Bringing together global health researchers in the School and drawing on Imperial’s expertise in data analytics, epidemiology and economics, J-IDEA will improve our understanding of diseases and health emergencies in the most vulnerable populations across the globe. The Institute will partner with governments, research institutions and communities to develop practical and effective long-term solutions, shape health policy and deliver better quality of life for all. J-IDEA was co-founded by Imperial College London and Community Jameel, a social enterprise organisation that operates a wide range of initiatives which promote and contribute towards positive societal change and economic sustainability. J-IDEA has three key objectives:

  1. Responding to health emergencies
  2. Strengthening health systems
  3. Building partnerships and capacity

Purpose of the Post
The postholder will contribute to advancing J-IDEA’s research agenda in infectious disease transmission modelling to contribute to the Institute’s outbreak emergency response. The postholder will be responsible for contributing to and/or coordinating the work of J-IDEA in the following areas of work:

Understanding disease transmission dynamics
The experience with the COVID-19 pandemic shows that there is increasing evidence that disease dynamics are driven by transmission events in specific settings resulting in "clusters" of cases. This new workstream will explore where transmission is occurring and implications for control.

Potential areas of work include:
• Comparisons of interventions across countries
• Incorporating attack rate data
• Inferring the context of transmission
• Quantification of transmission coefficients by setting
• Relative contribution of asymptomatic vs symptomatic infections
• Age-dependency in susceptibility and transmission
• Insights from behavioural surveys on adherence to measures

The post holder will collaborate closely with colleagues across the School of Public Health and other faculties of Imperial College London, and with external partners including Community Jameel, the World Health Organization, Centres for Disease Control in countries and national governments. The postholder will be part of the J-IDEA research team and based in The Department of Infectious Disease Epidemiology (DIDE).

Interested candidates are encouraged to contact Prof Neil Ferguson (neil.ferguson@imperial.ac.uk) or Dr Katharina Hauck (k.hauck@imperial.ac.uk)

Key Responsibilities

  • To analyse epidemiological data relevant for the research project
  • To visualize model results and data to generate insight
  • To write clear and effective project reports and manuscripts
  • To guide manuscripts through peer-review process
  • To write progress reports and prepare results for publication and dissemination via presentations and peer-reviewed journals
  • Publish in high quality peer-reviewed journals
  • To attend conferences and present results.
    The exact projects to be undertaken will be determined in discussion with the leadership team of J-IDEA, taking into account the post-holder’s interests and experience and the current research priorities.

Other Duties:

  • Attend relevant meetings and calls;
  • Possibility to spend extended time periods in partner organizations to contribute to the emergency response
  • Travel to research partner countries;
  • Undertake any necessary training and/or development;
  • Contribute to the Department’s range of teaching activities, including taught courses and supervision of BSc, MSc and PhD students;
  • To undertake appropriate administration tasks
  • Any other duties commensurate with the grade of the post as directed by line manager/supervisor.
Imperial College London
Closing date
October 4th, 2020
Posted on
September 11th, 2020 12:57
Last updated
September 11th, 2020 12:57