Research Fellow or Assistant Professor

Research Fellow or Assistant Professor

London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine

London, Greater London, United Kingdom

Research Fellow or Assistant Professor – Translational Research to Reduce Mortality from CNS Infections in Africa

Department of Clinical Research


£39,304 to £45,878 per annum, inclusive.

Closing Date: 

Wednesday 02 January 2019



We are seeking to appoint a Research Fellow or Assistant Professor with a strong interest in international health, experience in molecular diagnostics for infectious diseases, a strong working knowledge of transcriptomics, genomics, and bioinformatic, the ability to work independently with remote supervision and a meticulous approach to research.

The post-holder will work on the Translational Research to Reduce Mortality from CNS Infections in Africa study, funded by the National Institute of Health Research (NIHR) through a Global Health Professorship to Professor Joe Jarvis ( 

The successful candidate will hold a PhD, DPhil or equivalent degree in a relevant area of biological sciences; experience working with and developing PCR-based diagnostic assays and immunoassays; strong working knowledge of transcriptomics, genomics, and bioinformatics. Specific training in the use of statistical analysis in genomics and experience in performing evaluations for diagnostics, laboratory methods and protocols would be highly desirable. As well as working with the research team based at LSHTM the successful candidate would also be expected to liaise closely with collaborating partners in both the UK (primarily the cryptococcal meningitis research group at St. George’s University of London, and in Africa. This will involve travelling regularly to St. George’s, and performing support visits approximately twice per year, for 2-3 weeks at a time, to the African collaborating organisations. It may be possible, depending on the successful candidate, to be based for significant periods of time at one of the African sites. 

There will be substantial scope for the post-holder to perform challenging laboratory experiments and statistical analyses, to develop analytical skills (e.g. in the open source R platform) and to develop and answer novel research questions within the overall project and through further research grant applications. Further particulars are included in the Job Description.

This full-time post, based in London, is funded by the NIHR until 30 November 2023. The salary will be on the Academic Pathway, as follows:

  • Research Fellow: Grade 6 scale from £39,304 – £44,634 per annum (inclusive of London Weighting)
  • Assistant Professor: Grade 7 scale at £45,878 per annum (inclusive of 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. 

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-2018-39-R.

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.

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