Research Fellow in Social Innovation and Health

02 Feb 2018
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15 Feb 2018
Contract Type
Full Time

Research Fellow in Social Innovation and Health

Department of Clinical Research
Salary:   £38,533 to £43,759 per annum, inclusive. 
Closing Date:   Sunday 18 February 2018
Reference:   ITD-CRD-2018-02

We are seeking an enthusiastic public health Research Fellow to work with us on an exciting project that seeks to use social innovation tools to improve health. 

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 curriculum focused on antimicrobial resistance and clinical diagnostics. 
The successful candidate will solicit case studies as part of an open contest focused on antimicrobial resistance 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. The research aims to better understand how innovative methods such as open contents can be used to enhance medical training and ultimately decrease antibiotic use. This will involve partnering with several organisations that are focused on AMR, diagnostics and medical evaluation.

The post-holder will work within the International Diagnostics Centre at the LSHTM, and be part of a diverse and exciting research team headed by Professor Rosanna Peeling. They will contribute original and independent research and assist Professor Peeling and Dr Joseph Tucker (LSHTM/UNC Chapel Hill) in their research, consultancy and advisory work. The post-holder will be encouraged to develop their own research within the field. It is expected that the project will involve a range of complex and original scientific research and require a high degree of personal motivation.

The successful applicant will have an MBBD or PhD (in public health, medicine or a related field) or equivalent experience. Candidates should have demonstrated experience in AMR, clinical diagnostics research, or social innovation in health, and have a promising publication record.
This post represents an excellent opportunity for a researcher with an interest in clinical diagnostic, antimicrobial resistance and/or social innovation in health to advance their career at postdoctoral level.

The post is funded until 21 December 2018. The salary will be on the Academic Grade 6 scale in the range £38,533 - £43,759 (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 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-2018-02.

Further details:    Job Description 
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