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Research Fellow or Assistant Professor - EBOVAC Clinical Trial Coordinator (Sierra Leone)

Department of Clinical Research

Salary:  £40,011 to £53,465 per annum, inclusive.
Closing Date:  Wednesday 27 January 2021
Reference:  ITD-CRD-2021-01

We are seeking to appoint a Research Fellow or Assistant Professor - EBOVAC Clinical Trial Coordinator. 

The successful applicant will coordinate the first study of a prime boost vaccine for prevention of Ebola virus infection in Sierra Leone. This study is part of the EBOVAC1 project and is a collaboration between the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM), Janssen Vaccines & Prevention B.V., the University of Oxford, INSERM, the College of Medicine and Allied Health Sciences of Sierra Leone (COMAHS) and other collaborating research partners in Africa. This study is also part of the EBOVAC3 project which supports an essential part of remaining clinical and manufacturing activities required for licensure in the European Union (EU) and the United States (US) of a candidate heterologous 2-dose prophylactic vaccination regimen against Ebola virus disease (EVD) that is under development at Janssen Vaccines. EBOVAC3 is a phase 2 study to evaluate the safety, reactogenicity, and immunogenicity of a heterologous 2-dose vaccination regimen using Ad26.ZEBOV and MVA-BN®-Filo in infants aged 4 to <12 months in Guinea and Sierra Leone. 

The post-holder will be required to provide: coordination of the trial study activities in Sierra Leone; supervision and guidance to the trial team; coordination of the collection of data and samples in close working relationship with the collaborators and Janssen; monitoring of recruitment and follow-up; assisting in preparation of progress reports; monitoring of trial procedures including adverse event reporting; contributing to teaching/lecturing at LSHTM and helping to prepare scientific reports and presentations.

The successful applicant will have a postgraduate degree in ideally a doctoral degree, in epidemiology, public health or a closely-related field (RF post) or a doctoral degree in epidemiology, public health or a closely-related field (AP post), relevant experience working as a clinical trials coordinator or epidemiologist, or research coordinator, with experience of being based in sub-Saharan Africa, evidence of having practical experience of leading or coordinating GCP compliant studies including familiarity of study monitoring visits, evidence of having practical experience of managing epidemiological data. Further particulars are included in the Job Description.  

This full-time post, based in Kambia district, Sierra Leone, is funded by the Innovative Medicines Initiative (IMI), a joint undertaking between the European Union and the pharmaceutical industry association EFPIA until December 2021 and is available immediately. The appointment will be made on LSHTM’s Academic Pathway salary scale Grade 6, £40,011-£45,437 per annum for the Research Fellow post and Grade 7, £46,704-£53,465 per annum for the Assistant Professor post, depending on 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 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-2021-01. 

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. 

Further details:    Job Description    
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