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Research Fellow

Population, Health & Wellbeing (PHeW)

Location:  Other
Salary:   £30,942 to £38,017
Full Time, Fixed Term until 31/12/2020
Closing Date:  Wednesday 12 February 2020
Interview Date:   Tuesday 10 March 2020
Reference:  1227120WR

VaxPop Project

The WorldPop programme, based at the University of Southampton, is seeking to recruit a statistical modeller/analyst to assist with a project focusing on spatial and multi-level modelling of vaccination coverage in Nigeria and other low- and middle-income countries. We require an enthusiastic individual to undertake high-quality research culminating in the production of high-resolution maps of measles, yellow fever and meningitis vaccination coverage and identification of factors associated with coverage levels. The work will be undertaken as part of a new grant award from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and will involve partners from National Statistics Offices and Ministries of Health. The outcome of the proposed research will be central to guiding policies regarding vaccine delivery strategies in the study countries. As well as joining the vibrant and well-connected WorldPop team, you will have opportunities to lead high-impact publications.

The project work to be undertaken will include some or all of the following: 

  1. Developing spatial statistical approaches, including uncertainty quantification, for the production of high resolution estimates of vaccination coverage using geolocated household survey data and geospatial covariates
  2. Developing multi-level modelling approaches to identifying factors associated with vaccination coverage
  3. Contributing to the design of sampling strategies for vaccination coverage surveys
  4. Responding to ad-hoc analysis and modelling requests from governments and agencies
  5. Contributing to the development and delivery of workshops aimed at training outside staff (i.e. at national statistics offices, international agencies) in the methods developed

You will have a PhD *or equivalent professional qualifications in a statistical/ computational/ quantitative discipline. Strong experience in spatial statistical analysis and computer programming would be essential. A willingness to travel overseas occasionally is also required.  

* Applications for Research Fellow positions will be considered from candidates who are working towards or nearing completion of a relevant PhD qualification.  The title of Research Fellow will be applied upon successful completion of the PhD.  Prior to the qualification being awarded the title of Senior Research Assistant will be given.

You will work under the supervision of Professor Andrew Tatem and Dr C. Edson Utazi at the University of Southampton, in offices in the centre of Southampton. The position is fixed-term until 31 December 2020, with a strong likelihood of extension.

Informal enquiries may be made to Professor Andrew Tatem

Application Procedure:

You should submit your completed online application form at The application deadline will be midnight on the closing date stated above. If you need any assistance, please call Dan Ward (Recruitment Team) on +44 (0) 23 8059 7749. Please quote reference 1227120WR on all correspondence.

Athena SWAN Bronze Award holder: Geography and Environmental Sciences

The closing date for this job opportunity has now passed, and applications are no longer being accepted for this position

Further details:

We aim to be an equal opportunities employer and welcome applications from all sections of the community. Please note that applications from agencies will not be accepted unless indicated in the job advert.

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