Research Assistant or Research Fellow in Epidemiology/Clinical Research

London (GB)
06 Mar 2018
End of advertisement period
27 Mar 2018
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Research Assistant or Research Fellow in Epidemiology/Clinical Research
Department of Clinical Research
Salary:     £33,567 to £43,759 per annum, inclusive.
Closing Date:     Tuesday 27 March 2018
Reference:     ITD-CRD-2018-05

Applications are invited for a Research Fellow or Research Assistant to join the CureME Myalgic Encephalomyelitis / Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME/CFS) research team in the Disability and Eye Health Group at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM). 

The role presents an exciting opportunity to join a dynamic team working on ME/CFS biomedical research, which includes the UK ME/CFS Biobank, the first of its kind in the UK. The UK ME/CFS Biobank is managed at LSHTM and the samples are processed and stored at the University College London/Royal Free Hospital Biobank.  For more information on the work of CureME, please visit

The post holder will be a critically important member of the research team and will contribute to the preparation of study instruments, data collection, communication with participants, epidemiological and clinical data analysis, assistance with grant applications, preparation of peer-reviewed academic publications and reports, and other dissemination activities. The role would suit a committed career researcher, with or without an existing interest in ME/CFS research. The post-holder will be responsible to the ME/CFS Biobank Principal Investigator, Dr Eliana Lacerda.

The successful applicant will have MSc or equivalent higher degree in a health-related discipline, or demonstrable equivalent research experience; evidence of ability to write and contribute to published work; ability to apply working knowledge gained through academic studies and work experience; excellent communication and organisational skills, and be able to produce high-quality work with attention to detail on tight deadline; ability to work both independently and as part of a team and to demonstrate initiative when faced with challenges. Those applying for the Research Fellow role will also have to possess the ability to compile and analyse quantitative and qualitative data, summarise the main findings and conclusions, and to prepare and present reports; and experience collaborating with researchers and other partners, including people from a wide variety of backgrounds and cultures. Further particulars are included in the job description.

This post is funded by the US National Institutes of Health until 31 July 2020 and is available immediately. Salary is on the Academic Pathway Salary scale Grade 5 (Research Assistant, £33,567 - £38,533 per annum) or Grade 6 (Research Fellow, £38,533 - £43,759 per annum), inclusive of London weighting. The position is funded full-time, but applications from those only able to work fewer hours are encouraged and will be considered. 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 REF ITD-CRD-2018-05.

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.

Please note that if you are shortlisted and are unable to attend on the interview date it may not be possible to offer you an alternative date.  

The London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine is committed to being an equal opportunities employer.