Job vacancy: Research Assistant in Evidence Synthesis for Global Health

LSTM’S Centre for Evidence Synthesis in Global Health leads developments in evidence synthesis for tropical medicine and global health. In the 1990s, we helped establish Cochrane. We now run the Cochrane Infectious Diseases Group (CIDG), with over 150 Cochrane reviews and 600 authors throughout the world; we work closely with the World Health Organization and co-ordinate a global evidence ecosystem, with active partner programmes in South Africa, India and Sri Lanka.

We have recently completed a suite of reviews that were used in the WHO 2019 Guidelines in malaria vector control. We have now embarked on a review of indoor insecticide residual spraying for malaria, examining observational data, using new methods to assess the studies, and synthesising them to establish the global evidence underpinning this key intervention, in collaboration with the WHO. The successful applicant will work 75% of the time on this review with an international team to complete within the 12 month time frame. The appointee will also have the opportunity to join a team to complete an ongoing Cochrane review on successful applicant in a second high-priority area commensurate with their areas of interest.  Overall, we aim for a mixed portfolio to provide a broad exposure to evidence informed science.

The successful candidate will have a Master that includes training in epidemiology and interpreting statistical and quantitative data; ideally you will also hold a postgraduate qualification in epidemiology or related quantitative topic. You will have experience in biomedical or epidemiological research in low and middle-income countries and be able to critically appraise medical literature at postgraduate level, and have knowledge in malaria or vector control. If you have authored a Cochrane review, have experience of using GRADE, or have a track record in published research, it will be an added advantage to your application.

Take a look at our website where you will find annual reports of our work and learn more about the CIDG team.  Any further informal inquiries, please contact

Closing Date: 3rd February 2020

Interview date: week commencing 17th February 2020

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Research Assistant in Evidence Synthesis for Global Health: Full-time position. Fixed-term for 1 year. Closing date: 03 February 2020, 23.45