Research fellow opportunity modelling influenza infection, vaccination and antibody dynamics (4 year post)

Applications are invited for an infectious disease modeller to join the Centre for the Mathematical Modelling of Infectious Diseases at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM). The post involves combining mathematical models with detailed data from a novel cohort study to understand how sequential influenza infections and vaccination influences protection against future exposure, and the impact of prior immunity on vaccination effectiveness. This will involve the development and parameterisation of a range of dynamic models and will make use of some of the best available data for influenza, including longitudinal data on B cell responses and antibody titres, in collaboration with the WHO Collaborating Centre for Reference and Research on Influenza in Melbourne.

The post-holder will be supervised by Dr Adam Kucharski as part of an NIH-funded project, and will join a successful and supportive modelling group, with considerable scope to develop their own research within the field, in collaboration with colleagues at LSHTM and international partners. It is expected that the project will involve a range of complex and original scientific research that requires a high degree of personal motivation.

The successful applicant will have completed (or be about to complete) a PhD in mathematical modelling, statistics, epidemiology or another relevant discipline with a strong quantitative component. Candidates should have proficient knowledge of a programming language for mathematical or statistical modelling, such as R, Python or C/C++, and be committed to open research. Candidates should also demonstrate experience in mathematical modelling, preferably of respiratory infections. Further particulars are included in the attached job description.

The post is full-time, available immediately and funded until 30 June 2024. The appointment will be made on the School’s Research Fellow scale Grade 6, 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 years, pro rata for part time staff. In addition to this there are discretionary “Director’s Day”. Membership of the USS Pension Scheme is available.

London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine
Closing date
July 11th, 2020
Posted on
June 12th, 2020 18:16
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June 12th, 2020 18:16