Research Assistant in Social Innovation and Health 

02 Feb 2018
End of advertisement period
18 Feb 2018
Contract Type
Full Time

Research Assistant in Social Innovation and Health 

Department of Clinical Research 
Salary:   £33,567 to £38,533 per annum, pro rata. 
Closing Date:    Sunday 18 February 2018
Reference:    ITD-CRD-2018-03

We are looking for an enthusiastic and highly motivated Research Assistant to join the world-leading International Diagnostics Centre at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM).

Social innovation is defined as a novel solution to a social problem that is more effective, efficient, sustainable, or just than existing solutions and for which the value created accrues primarily to society as a whole rather than private individuals. Social innovation initiatives for health have been supported by the WHO-TDR program and many others. Social innovation projects in health are consistent with Sustainable Development Goals of leaving no one behind. This specific project will focus on decreasing unnecessary antibiotic use among medical trainees. The purpose of this study is to use participatory, crowdsourcing methods in order to develop more effective medical school curricula focused on antimicrobial resistance and clinical diagnostics.

The successful candidate will help organise an open contest to solicit clinical case studies focused on antimicrobial resistance (AMR) and clinical diagnostics. The cases collected as part of this open contest will be collated into a freely available online platform and formally evaluated in a pilot study.This will involve partnering with several organisations focused on AMR, diagnostics, and medical education.

The post-holder will help coordinate this research, including obtaining necessary regulatory and ethical approvals, liaising with study sites, developing contest protocols, and helping with administrative tasks. S/he will be the principal officer responsible for the organisation of the open contest, and will also have the opportunity to participate in the evaluation of the work and contribute to the research output generated by the project.

The post-holder will be supervised by Prof Rosanna Peeling and Dr Joseph Tucker. They will join a highly successful and supportive group focused on social innovation to enhance diagnostics. The successful applicant will have a BSc or MSc (in biology, public health, or a related field), experience in AMR, social innovation or clinical diagnostics, and the ability to work as part of a research team. Experience with social innovation (especially open contests), medical education, and evaluation of medical training are desirable for this role.

This post represents an excellent opportunity for a committed individual who would like to organise an innovative healthcare solution from inception to delivery, and further their career in research and public health through the administration and evaluation of a novel healthcare intervention.

The post is funded until 21 December 2018, part-time 14 hours per week (0.4 FTE). The salary will be on the Academic Grade 5 scale in the range £33,567 - £38,533 per annum (inclusive of London Weighting), pro rata for part-time staff. 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 Pension Scheme is available. 

Applications should be made online 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 ITD-CRD-2018-03.

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