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Closing dates in July
Scientific background/rationale and significance Gastrointestinal infections (stomach bugs) are a major cause of illness in many countries (Tam et al., 2012). Often the disease causing agents (e.g. bacteria) have a natural reservoir in the environment but our understanding of the ways that these agents move from the environment to cause illness (e.g. through contaminated food and water) are unclear. This PhD will answer some of these questions and additionally try to understand the implications of a changing environment (e.g. climate change). This work is part of the NIHR Health Protection Research Unit on Gastrointestinal infections, a collaboration between Public Health England (PHE) and the Universities of Liverpool, East Anglia, Oxford, and the Institute of Food Research. This PhD studentship will also link to the Health Protection Research Unit on Environmental Change and Health. PHE involvement ensures that the research findings will be used to enhance public health. Research methodology You will analyze health surveillance data held by PHE, an important resource for the analysis of disease patterns (Lake et al., 2009), utilizing modern molecular typing data, including whole genome sequencing results. You will use GIS to integrate disease data with environmental data such as land-use, socioeconomic and weather data to explore statistically the transmission pathways, whether these explain the observed patterns and to detect clusters. Using real and simulated weather and land use data you will explore how disease risk may alter in the future.
Student stipend. Click here for more information.
Closing dates August
This is an exciting new opportunity to contribute to and support the design and roll out of the new latent TB screening surveillance system and supporting global pre-entry TB screening surveillance. The post holder will have a key role in the development of LTBI surveillance and be responsible for information management, analysis and reporting of UK pre- and post-entry TB screening data as well as contribute to the management of a variety of other databases in the Tuberculosis Section. This includes databases and record linkage for quality assurance purposes and screening for tuberculosis. Other important functions of the post include the support and contribution to the development of quality assurance systems including data management systems for pre-entry and post entry screening for tuberculosis and contribution to the delivery of quality assurance for the pre-entry screening programme. The post holder will help with the analysis and prepare reports for internal and external stakeholders and contribute to the scientific agenda of the TB section.
£30,217 - £37,316. Click here for more information.
The Infectious Disease Epidemiology Research group wish to appoint a Research Fellow in infectious disease research investment analyses. The research group is based within the University of Southampton at Southampton General Hospital.
Our group is undertaking a global analysis of research investments for infectious diseases. This builds on the existing work of the Research Investments in Global Health study (ResIn, www.researchinvestments.org) in mapping the UK funding landscape for infection research. The project has been awarded funding from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to collate funding data from the G20 countries relating to infectious diseases (in particular pneumonia and neonatal infection research) and to assess how much funding is awarded to each disease area, how well investment correlates with the burden of disease and to measure the impact and outputs of research.
See www.researchinvestments.org/publications for all the published outputs from the project to date.
This post provides an exciting opportunity for someone with an interest in infectious disease research. It will also be of interest to those who would enjoy building tools and analyses that will be useful in informing the decisions and priority-setting of high-ranking policymakers (e.g. the World Health Organisation), the world’s leading biomedical and health research funders, and individual research institutions, groups and societies and researchers.
Applications are invited from those with an interest in infectious diseases, health policy or disease burden measurement. Relevant experience of essential systematic and detailed approach to carrying out research projects is essential. Applicants should possess a PhD or equivalent professional qualifications and significant experience in a relevant field.
£28,695 to £35,256. Click here for more information.
We have a postdoctoral position available in the laboratory of Professor Yorgo Modis in the Department of Medicine at the University of Cambridge to study cell entry and innate immune recognition of enveloped RNA viruses. This post is funded by the Wellcome Trust. We seek a highly motivated individual to study the mechanisms of cell entry and innate immune recognition of enveloped RNA viruses from the Flaviviridae and/or Bunyaviridae families using electron cryomicroscopy (cryoEM) image reconstruction, and a combination of other biophysical and biochemical approaches. Candidates must have a PhD in the biological, biochemical or biomedical sciences, relevant research experience in cryoEM (single-particle or helical image reconstruction and/or image reconstruction from electron cryotomography), protein purification, and molecular biology. Candidates must have at least one first-author research article accepted for publication in a major peer-reviewed journal.
£28,695 to £37,394. Click here for more information.
Closing dates September
Imperial College is launching a programme in 2015 to build on its major strengths in Infectious Diseases with a further strategic investment. We are seeking high-flying investigators (clinical or non-clinical) to establish their own research group. These academic appointments – at the level of career development fellowship, intermediate fellowship or senior fellowship – will extend and complement our existing research, and provide opportunities to collaborate with both Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust and Chelsea and Westminster NHS Trust. Existing research in Infectious Diseases in the Faculty of Medicine includes study of the Immunology and Pathogenesis of Infection, Microbiology and virology, translational medicine, healthcare-associated infections, and infectious disease dynamics. There are major research programmes in human immunology and retrovirology, oncogenic human viruses, molecular microbiology, tuberculosis, and vaccine development, the College houses the recently established MRC Centre for Molecular Bacteriology and Infection and the National Centre for Infection Prevention and Management.