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Deputy Director for Research, UK Public Health Rapid Support Team

Department of Infectious Disease Epidemiology

Salary:  £56,473 to £100,849 per annum, inclusive.
Closing Date:  Thursday 03 December 2020
Reference:  EPH-IDE-2020-61

The London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine is a world-leading centre for research and postgraduate education in public and global health. Our mission is to improve health and health equity in the UK and worldwide; working in partnership to achieve excellence in public and global health research, education and translation of knowledge into policy and practice. 

The UK Public Health Rapid Support Team

Launched in 2016, the UK-PHRST as an innovative government-academic partnership co-led by LSHTM and PHE, with a consortium of academic and implementing partners in the UK and internationally. It is comprised of a multidisciplinary team of public health professionals and researchers with a novel integrated triple-remit of outbreak response, research and capacity development to prevent and control epidemics of infectious diseases in countries eligible for UK Official Development Assistance (ODA).

We are seeking an outstanding academic leader to serve as Deputy Director for Research for the UK Public Health Rapid Support Team (UK-PHRST). The post-holder will oversee and deliver the UK-PHRST research programme, building the evidence base for international disease outbreak response and interventions. The UK-PHRST is a high-profile collaboration between the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) and Public Health England (PHE), with a 5-year £20m grant from the UK government to support a triple mandate of outbreak response, outbreak-related research, and capacity building in low and middle-income countries (LMICs).

The role will be based within the Faculty of Epidemiology and Population Health or the Faculty of Infectious and Tropical Diseases depending on the successful candidates’ experience and area expertise. 

UK-PHRST has the following objectives:

•            Rapidly investigate and respond to disease outbreaks at the source, with the aim of stopping a public health threat from becoming a broader health emergency.

•            Conduct research to generate an evidence base for best practice in disease outbreak interventions.

•            Provide training to establish a cadre of personnel to rapidly deploy to respond to disease outbreaks.

•            Assist in the development of LMIC capacity to enhance epidemic preparedness and response in LMICs and contribute to supporting implementation of International Health Regulations.

The UK-PHRST is funded by the UK Government through 30 September 2021. Continuation of the project beyond this time is anticipated but is contingent upon further government funding, which cannot be guaranteed. The appointment full time, based in London and is available immediately. 

The salary will be on the Academic Salary Scale at either Associate Professor Grade 8, in the range £56,473-64,817 per annum (inclusive of London Weighting) or Professor Grade C to Grade Bi, in the range £70,753-100,849 per annum (inclusive of London Weighting) depended on the candidate’s qualifications and experience. 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 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. 

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.

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