Research Assistant / Post-Doctoral Research Associate (PDRA)

Research Assistant: £27,328 to £31,656

PDRA: £32,600 to £37,768

Full Time, Fixed Term Contract until 31 December 2017

The Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine (LSTM) is an internationally recognised centre of excellence for research in tropical diseases. Through the creation of effective links with governments, organisations and institutions and by responding to the health needs of communities, LSTM aims to promote improved health, particularly for people of the less developed/resource poorest countries in the tropics and sub-tropics.

The Department of Vector Biology has an exciting opportunity for a Research Assistant/Post-Doctoral Research Associate (PDRA) in support of tsetse control efforts in the Bandundu Province of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Although you will be based within the UK you will also be expected to work in DRC on a rotational basis to oversee duties of our tsetse control activities which are run in collaboration with the National Programme for the Control of Human African Trypanosomiasis (PNLTHA).

The focus of this role will be to assist the PNLTHA design, implement and monitor tsetse control operations as part of a national HAT elimination programme. You will be responsible for data collection, analysis and reporting with a view to establishing the optimal capacity requirements for an effective national team to meet goals and objectives by identifying priority capacity gaps and potential solutions. You may also carry our similar work in other countries across sub-Saharan Africa to support efforts by national programmes to eliminate Gambian sleeping sickness.

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To be appointed at PDRA level you must have a PhD in a relevant subject area with extensive field experience in Africa or in another resource-poor setting. It is essential that you have well developed research skills with the ability to present research findings in oral and written format with the ability to achieve agreed research objectives independent of routine supervision. You will have proven communication skills and able to work as an integral and cooperative member of a multi-disciplinary, multi-national research team.

If you are interested in applying, please return your completed Application Form, Personal Details Form and Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form, stating vacancy reference number 1169

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