Associate Professor/Senior Research Fellow in Global Malaria Epidemiology

Perth, Australia
Nov 04, 2019
End of advertisement period
Dec 04, 2019
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time
  • Innovative Environment
  • Flexible Working Supported
  • Competitive Remuneration Package

4 year, fixed term contract
$146,613 - $161,474 (ALD) plus 17% Superannuation
Curtin University is ranked in the top 1% of universities worldwide (ARWU 2018 and QS World University Rankings 2019), and is placed 20th in the world for universities less than 50 years old (QS Top 50 Under 50 2019). Curtin is WA’s most preferred university, with highly engaged industry-facing partners. A major global player, with well-integrated campuses in Singapore, Malaysia, Mauritius and Dubai.

Your new role

Reporting to the director of the Malaria Atlas Project (MAP), this role is responsible for leading the research team for one of the two major strands of research within the group: global malaria epidemiology. This will entail scientific and intellectual leadership, managing research budgets, and the line-management of post-doctoral scientists and research assistants.
You will be a recognised authority in the field of geospatial modelling of disease, with a proven track record of relevant publications and conference papers. You will be responsible for ensuring MAP is able to fulfil all deliverables in its subcontract with University of Washington under the Geospatial Analyses of Pneumonia, Diarrhoea, Malaria, HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and selected Eradicable Neglected Tropical Diseases project funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. This includes:

  • Geospatial estimates of Plasmodium falciparum infection prevalence and clinical incidence for all endemic countries; monthly 1980 - 2016; 5 x 5km resolution; GBD age categories)
  • Implementation of Global Burden of Disease (GBD) process to derive national-level estimates of all required GBD metrics for malaria, including an exploration of new approaches for the integration of geospatial estimates with current GBD national-level architecture.
  • Exploration of approaches for refining understanding of mortality due to P. falciparum and how these may be integrated in GBD process

You will be responsible for tracking and managing the budgets relating to the above project, fulfilling the MAP group’s obligations to provide reports to funding sources and appropriate sections of the University of Oxford as required.

You will be responsible for the line-management of post-doctoral scientists and research assistants within the group, setting clear work objectives and developing productive working relations. You will contribute to the development of staff through induction, appraisal, and coaching and will be responsible for the recruitment of new academic members of the group as circumstances arise.

Roles and responsibilities

  • Lead the programme of research for the project Geospatial Analyses of Pneumonia, Diarrhoea, Malaria, HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and selected Eradicable Neglected Tropical Diseases, and related research efforts in MAP around global malaria epidemiology. This will involve both planning and directly conducting original research as well as leading a team of junior scientists.
  • Lead liaison with the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation around the above project and other partner organizations as appropriate
  • Manage and monitor research resources and budgets, reporting to both appropriate teams within the University of Oxford and to funding sources.
  • Contribute to establishing the strategic direction of the Malaria Atlas Project, setting standards for the work of the wider group
  • Develop ideas for generating research income and promoting the research of the Malaria Atlas Project and write funding applications for specific avenues of independent research
  • Regularly write research articles for prestigious journals, book chapters, and reviews. Present papers at conferences, and lead seminars to disseminate research findings
  • Promote the research group locally and nationally, disseminate research outcomes to advance knowledge in the specialist area; represent the Malaria Atlas Project at external meetings/seminars and liaise with sponsors, stakeholders, national agencies, and professional bodies.
  • Direct the work of post-doctoral scientists within the Malaria Atlas Project working on the project Geospatial Analyses of Pneumonia, Diarrhoea, Malaria, HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and selected Eradicable Neglected Tropical Diseases, setting clear objectives and project plans.
  • Direct the work of research assistants, working with the Senior Geospatial and Malariometric Data Analyst within the ROAD-MAP team to coordinate data collecting exercises (the Senior Geospatial and Malariometric Data Analyst will supervise the day-to-day data gathering work of research assistants).
  • Attend to the pastoral needs of all staff reporting to you: arranging induction, appraisal, training, coaching, and other support.
  • Engage in staff recruitment exercises for the Malaria Atlas Project as required.

You will bring to the role

  • Extensive experience in leading research on the global epidemiology of malaria, including approaches for estimating infection, morbidity and mortality.
  • Extensive experience in constructing computational architecture for processing large scale spatial raster data using the IDL environment.
  • Direct experience in liaising with partners collaborating on the Global Burden of Disease study
  • Direct experience in providing analytical support to the World Health Organization Global Malaria Program
  • A doctoral qualification in relevant discipline.
  • Demonstrated leadership of research both within and across groups in academia and/or industry.
  • An established record of highly productive research outputs with regular publication in high quality peer-reviewed journals, or outputs in other creative outlets.
  • Evidence of an established international reputation and profile, significant citation indices or equivalent esteem measures and a commitment to conducting on-going research as appropriate to the discipline.
  • A significant record of obtaining research income, including nationally competitive research grants and/or fellowships relevant to the discipline.
  • Considerable experience and record of successful supervision of HDR students.
  • Demonstrated leadership and mentoring to academic staff in relation to their professional development and extensive experience of supervision of HDR students.

What we offer you

  • Agile and flexible working environment with great work life balance
  • Competitive remuneration package with 17% Superannuation

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Next steps

Curtin University requires you to provide a cover letter and resume to include sufficient information and examples to allow us to assess your suitability for the role.  Please attach a document outlining your suitability for the role against the selection criteria found under the section, “you will bring to the role”.

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Valuing Diversity and Inclusion

At Curtin, we are committed to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander reconciliation, diversity and social justice and aim to create an inclusive environment where our staff and students are valued and inspired. This includes a supportive recruitment process should you require any access assistance.  

Contact details

To apply complete the application form below, or for more information contact:

Natalie Munro
Talent Acquisition Consultant
08 9266 2280

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Applications close: 9:00 PM, Wednesday 04 December 2019


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