SOCIAL SCIENTIST: SIERRA LEONE
EBOLA VACCINE TRIALS
The Department of Global Health & Development in the Faculty of Public Health & Policy is seeking to appoint a Research Fellow responsible for conducting social science research for the EBOVAC1 Phase III Ebola vaccine trial in Sierra Leone. The person appointed will be a member of the APP (Anthropology, Politics and Policy) group in the Department which is structured around three research groups.
This is an exciting opportunity to be involved in the EBOVAC1 project that comprises a set of clinical trials to evaluate safety and immunogenicity of two Ebola vaccines. The project is a collaboration between LSHTM, Janssen Crucell, University of Oxford, INSERM and collaborating research partners in Africa, including the Medical Research Council/Uganda Virus Research Institute (MRC/UVRI), Kenya AIDS Vaccine Initiative (KAVI) and the Mwanza Intervention Trials Unit (MITU) in Tanzania.
The post-holder will be employed as a staff member of the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine within the Faculty of Public Health & Policy and will be based full-time in Sierra Leone. Applicants should have a post graduate qualification in medical anthropology or a related field. The post-holder will work in close collaboration with senior social scientists and will supervise a social science team in Sierra Leone; conduct high quality social science utilising anthropological approaches including data collection, analysis and dissemination; provide rapid feedback to senior investigators on findings emerging from the research and support the development of effective community engagement with the trial.
The post is available from September 1st 2016 and the contract duration will until 30th November 2017. The appointment will be made on LSHTM’s Academic Pathway scale at Grade 6 (£37,477 - £42,560 per annum inclusive). Applications should be made on-line via our website at jobs.lshtm.ac.uk. The reference for this post is ITD-CRD-XXX. Any queries regarding the application process may be addressed to or . The closing date for applications for this post is ???.
Applications should include the names and email contacts of two referees who can be contacted immediately if shortlisted. Interviews are expected to be held shortly after the closing date. 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.
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Post:Social Scientist: Sierra Leone
Responsible to:Dr Shelley Lees, Co-Investigator, EBOVAC1 Project
Grade:Research Fellow, full-time (based in Sierra Leone)
Overall Purpose of the job
Based in Sierra Leone, the post-holder will conduct social science research with trial participants and people from the communities in which the trials will be conducted. This research will examine understandings and experiences of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) and vaccines, perspectives of the vaccine and the trials as well as rumours and concerns. Traditional social science methods will be used to ensure an in-depth exploration is conducted and wider lessons can be learned from the recent Ebola outbreak and any future outbreaks of this and other new infectious diseases.
Key Responsibilities for Post Holder
- Recruit and manage a national social science team in Sierra Leone.
- Work in close liaison with senior social scientists at LSHTM to conduct high quality social science research during all stages of the trial
- Lead and/or assist in the development of publications and other outputs arising from the research.
- Engage with members of the wider academic community, especially anthropologists through the Ebola Response Anthropology Platform, on the emerging issues related to the Ebola outbreak and responses to it.
- Respond to internal and external requests for information about the research.
- Contribute to the schools’ postgraduate teaching programme, as feasible (normally 10% to 15% of time).
- Contribute to the academic life of the Global Health & Development Department and the Faculty of Public Health & Policy.
- Undertake other duties as may be required that are consistent with the nature and grade of the post.
- Masters level qualification in medical anthropology or a closely-related field.
- Experience working as a social scientist with at least time based in sub-Saharan Africa.
- Practical experience in the management of social science research teams.
- Proven experience of conducting analysis and experience with qualitative data analysis software.
- Willingness to be based in Sierra Leone.
- Evidence of having worked effectively both independently and as a member of a multidisciplinary scientific team.
- Proven ability to use initiative and judgement to anticipate potential issues and solve problems.
- High level of personal motivation and flexibility.
- Display a professional attitude towards colleagues, students and others.
- Excellent interpersonal skills and a willingness to work with others to overcome problems as and when they arise.
- Evidence of having worked effectively in a multicultural environment.
- Excellent written and oral communication skills in English.
- Ability to start work for LSHTM as soon as possible.
- Proven experience of conducting social science research of or within clinical trials.
- Publications commensurate with research fellow level.
- Good knowledge of social perspectives of Ebola Virus Disease.
SALARY AND CONDITIONS OF APPOINTMENT
The post is available from 1st September 2016 and the contract duration will be until 30th November 2017. The appointment will be made on LSHTM’s Academic Pathway scale with a starting salary at Grade 6 (£37,477 - £42,560 per annum inclusive). The post will be subject to LSHTM terms and conditions of service. Membership of the Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS) is available.
ASYLUM AND IMMIGRATION
The School will comply with the Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Act 2006, which requires all employees to provide documentary evidence of their legal right to work in this country prior to commencing employment. Candidates will be required to bring their passport (and visa if applicable) to interview so that it can be copied and verified.
The advertisement of this post does not meet the resident labour market test, therefore the School would not be able to apply for a Certificate of Sponsorship. Thus, it is unlikely that the School would be able to appoint an individual who is not currently eligible to work in the UK.
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Applications should be made on-line via our website at jobs.lshtm.ac.uk. The reference for this post is ITD-CRD-XX. Any queries regarding the application process may be addressed to or .
The closing date for applications for this post is ??. Interviews are expected to be held shortly after the closing date.
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.
The London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine is committed to being
an equal opportunities employer.