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Assistant Professor / Consultant in Public Health (0.5 FTE) - NIHR Health Protection Research Unit in Immunisation

Department of Infectious Disease Epidemiology

Salary:  £79,860 per annum, pro rata.
plus £2,162 London Allowance per annum pro rata
Closing Date:  Sunday 31 May 2020
Reference:  EPH-IDE-2020-25

The Department of Infectious Disease Epidemiology conducts research on the epidemiology and control of infectious diseases of public health importance. It also conducts research on maternal and neonatal health. Work is carried out in low-, middle- and high-income countries, including the UK. Research ranges from ecological studies of variations in disease frequency in different populations, through observational case-control and cohort studies to define risk factors for disease, to randomized controlled trials to test the impact of specific preventive and curative interventions. 

The main purpose of this post is to jointly deliver, with Professor Nick Andrews at Public Health England, Theme1 (‘Making the most of real world data’) of the Health Protection Research Unit in Immunisation’s programme of work, including:

  • Designing and leading observational studies of vaccine uptake, safety and effectiveness, and the burden of vaccine-preventable disease using electronic health records, acting as lead investigator and providing necessary clinical input;
  • Preparing outputs including journal articles and reports (for example to the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation);
  • Presenting findings at national and international conferences and to key stakeholders;
  • Line-managing the HPRU Theme 1 statistician at LSHTM;
  • Contributing to Public and Community Involvement, Engagement and Participation activities of the HPRU;
  • Contributing to public health registrar training;
  • Supervising research degree students. 

The HPRU in Immunisation is a partnership between LSHTM and PHE with an objective to reverse the decline in immunisation coverage in children, increase vaccine uptake in adults, and reduce inequalities in the vaccine service through world-class research.

The post-holder must be a clinical epidemiologist and public health consultant with a PhD and experience of designing and leading studies of infectious disease epidemiology using linked CPRD electronic health records. The successful candidate will have an in depth understanding of the methodological challenges in using electronic health records to study the epidemiology of vaccine-preventable disease and vaccine uptake, safety and effectiveness.

This post is fixed term until 31 March 2025 and part-time 17.5 hours per week, 0.5 FTE. The post is funded by the National Institute for Health Research and is available from 1 April 2020.

The salary will be on the NHS consultant salary scale at a point appropriate to their years of seniority plus 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. The post is based in London at LSHTM.

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

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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