Field Epidermologist at Medical Research Council

The MRC Unit, The Gambia is the council’s largest establishment conducting medical research n a developing country. The Unit aims to improve the health of people in low income countries by excellence in multi-disciplinary research programmes. We have developed an exciting new research agenda to reflect changes in national and global health priorities. Our new science portfolio is organized around three themes: Child Survival, Disease Control & Elimination and Vaccination.
The Disease Control & Eiimination theme has recently secured a research grant entitled ‘Community-based sr.heduled screening and treatment of malaria in pregnancy for improved maternal and infant health: a cluster-randomized trial’, funded by the EuropeanUnon (FP7). We are looking for a Field Epidemiologist to coordinate the activities of the research grant and liaise with colleagues in the other 2 participating countries. Villages in the study area will be randomized to the intervention or control arm. Village health workers in the intervention arm will be trained on performing rapid diagnostic tests on pregnant women and treat them If positive. In addition, they will encourage pregnant women to attend toe antenatal clinics as early as possible in order to receive sulfadoxine-pyrimethamine as intermittent preventive treatment The primary end point is the prevalence of placenta malaria at delivery. We seek someone with:
Essential

MB BS/ MD or equivalent medical qualification,
MSc in epidemiology or MPH,
FWACP part 1 or equivalent.
Extensive experience in malaria research,
Significant experience working in a research institute.
Significant experience 011 research projects conducted in low-income countries,
Track record of publications in peer-reviewed journals.
Experience in data analysis,
Proven experience of managing staff,
Excellent record keeping skilis,
Practical experience in the implementation and co-ordination of epidemiological studies or randomized trials.
Capacity to coordinate a complex group of studies.
Computer literate, e.g. Word, Excel, Email
The ability to work well in a multi-disciplinary team.
Excellent inter-personal skills and a willingness to work with others to overcome problems as and when !hey arise.
Ability to work effectively in a multicultural environment, provide menlorship to junior colleagues and supervise MSc and PhD students.
Excellent written and spoken English.
Excellent communication skills.
Ability to deal sensitively with the collaborators and sponsors.

Preferred

PhD or equivalent in a relevant discipline.
Experience in laboratory procedures in research or experience of collaborative research involving laboratory determined outcomes and/or exposures.
Experience and demonstrable success in training and supervising research staff.

The post will be ffor 3 years and is subject to a probationary period of 6 months. The salary will be in Occupational Group E3 at a salary range of 1,178. 281 to 1, 553, 704 Dalasis per annum before tax and 905,171 to 1,221,739 Dalasis per annum aftertax. This converts to a salary range of $30, 172 to $40, 724 per annum after tax using the prevailing Dalasis/Starting exchange rate. The final salary within the E3 scale will be dependent on quaiifications and experience. Please note, however, that the salary package is paid in Dalasis and the USD figure quoted is just given as a guide. For displaced staff, the package will include rent-free furnished accornmodaton, flights. contribution to school fees and shipment of personal effects

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