Vacancy: CIDG Clinical Research Associate in Evidence Synthesis

LSTM's Centre for Evidence Synthesis in Global Health has led developments in systematic reviews in tropical medicine and international health. In the 1990s, staff contributed to setting up Cochrane, and established the Cochrane Infectious Diseases Group (CIDG). This is now recognised as one of Cochrane's premier groups, with over 150 Cochrane reviews and 600 authors, and is well-linked with the World Health Organization.

We are looking to expand the centre. As part of this, we are recruiting staff for the "Research, Evidence and Development Initiative" (READ-It) programme that is just starting, a collaborative five-year programme with partners in South Africa, Zambia, Sri Lanka, India and Nepal. Our priorities are entirely derived from LMIC priorities and develop rapidly. We are seeking to engage the successful applicant in a high-priority area commensurate with their areas of interest and to work with colleagues in partner countries.

To illustrate the range of topics, some systematic review topics in the in-tray include:

  • Public health programmes in preventing anaemia, micronutrient supplementation, filariasis
  • Detection and treatment of TB
  • Diagnostic test accuracy reviews in histoplasmosis, HIV, G6PD deficiency
  • Community health workers and mental health promotion and delivery

There are also a variety of methodological projects related to Cochrane review updating, conflicts of interest, statistical reporting, and methods for moving from evidence to policy. We aim for a mixed portfolio to provide a broad exposure to evidence-informed science.

The successful candidate will have an MBBS and an appropriate postgraduate qualification. You will have experience and confidence in critically appraising medical literature at postgraduate level and demonstrate evidence of a critical insight into priority policy questions in international health in infectious diseases relevant to low- and middle-income countries. Excellent skills in writing in plain English are important to the post.

The post holder will demonstrate experience of working in a multi-disciplinary team with the ability to work collaboratively as well as independently. We want people who have an enthusiastic approach to work and possess excellent attention to detail. Strong communication, time and organisational skills are pivotal as you will be responsible for ensuring effective communication flow within the project team. If you have authored a Cochrane review, have experience of using GRADE, have a track record in published research or possess a PhD in a relevant field, it will be an added advantage to your application. You will also contribute to the postgraduate teaching programme in critical appraisal and evidence synthesis.

You need to be able to travel overseas.

Closing Date: 17th April 2019

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