Research Fellow in HIV Phylogenetics

London (GB)
£38,533 to £40,380 per annum
14 Dec 2017
End of advertisement period
14 Jan 2018
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Research Fellow in HIV Phylogenetics
Faculty of Epidemiology & Population Health
Salary:   £38,533 to £40,380 per annum inclusive
Closing Date:   Sunday 14 January 2018
Interview Date:   To be confirmed 
Reference:  EPH-IDE-78

We are seeking an enthusiastic Research Fellow to join a 5-year ERC-funded project on the phylogenetics and mathematical modelling of HIV infection. The successful candidate will work with a multidisciplinary team of researchers to understand the impact of very early infection on the establishment of systemic HIV infection. As part of the project, the post holder will have privileged access to a rich source of new HIV next generation sequence data from Public Health England. They will develop phylogenetic and statistical methodology to evaluate the role of the infected partner in transmission.

The successful candidate will be based within the Department of Infectious Disease Epidemiology at LSHTM working with Drs. Katie Atkins and Stéphane Hué, but will also work closely with scientists at Public Health England, UCL and ETH Zürich. The person appointed will prepare research findings for scientific publication.

The successful candidate will have a PhD (or equivalent degree) in a relevant area (e.g. mathematical or statistical modelling, molecular evolution etc.), with expertise in phylogenetic/phylodynamic methodology. The post-holder will have experience dealing with large sequence datasets and proficiency in programming using specialist mathematical or statistical packages and/or of programming languages. In addition to excellent oral communication skills, they will show evidence of the ability to write clearly and produce high quality written reports. Familiarity with next generation sequence data and competency in mathematics or statistics would be an advantage. Further particulars are included in the attached job description.

The post, based in London, is full time and is available from 1st March 2018 until 28 February 2021, with the possibility of extension. The salary will be on the Academic Grade 6 scale in the range £38,553 - £40,380 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 year, pro rata for part time staff. In addition to this there are discretionary “Director’s Days”. Membership of the USS Pension Scheme is available.  

Applications should be made on-line via our website at Applications should also include the names and email contacts of 2 referees who can be contacted immediately if shortlisted.  Online applications will be accepted by the automated system until 10pm of the closing date. Any queries regarding the application process may be addressed to Please quote reference EPH-IDE-78.

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.  

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