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Postdoctoral Biostatistician in Maternal and Child Health (Stunting Hub Parasitology) - Fixed Term (until 31/3/24)

Pathobiology & Population Sciences

Location:  Hawkshead (nr Potters Bar, Herts)
Salary:  £32,186 to £60,551 Per Annum Including London Weighting
Fixed Term / Full Time
Closing Date:  23.59 hours BST on Tuesday 23 August 2022
Interview Date:  Thursday 01 September 2022
Reference:  PPS-0193-22


We are looking recruit an experienced and dynamic individual to join the Webster Research group (http://www.rvc.ac.uk/about/our-people/joanne-webster) to be part of our Global Challenges Research Fund: UKRI Collective Fund GCRF Action against Stunting Hub - Gut Health/Parasites and Pathogens Stream.  Stunting remains a critical public health problem among children under the age of five years in many low- and middle-income countries globally, yet the relative importance of which key factors are involved in its aetiology remain largely unknown.  Infectious agents, particularly helminthic parasites, have been proposed as key factors, either directly or indirectly. A prime focus of the GCRF Action Against Stunting Hub, for which this position is associated, is to elucidate the mosaic and synergies between a wide range of potential component parts involved in the typology of stunting.

The main aims (dependent in part on the preferences and skill sets of the successful applicant) of this position, with a focus on the parasites and pathogens of both mother and infant, to: 

analyse statistically the potential role of parasites and pathogens, using data collected across the GCRF Action Against Stunting Hub and beyond on childhood stunting.

  1. characterise a novel conceptualisation of stunting considering pathways between infectious agents, gut health, nutrition, and childhood stunting;
  2. develop novel mathematical models aimed to predict the impact of potential interventions on stunting and health.

This project offers an exciting opportunity to become part of a large interdisciplinary international project with world-class researchers working on stunting across four countries (UK, Senegal, Indonesia, India). Outputs have the potential to offer immediate relevance to stunting in low- and middle-income countries by generating new knowledge to help elucidate key pathways that lead to stunting and/or poor health in vulnerable populations. By having such knowledge, interventions can be targeted towards outcomes that have the biggest potential for impact.

Prospective applicants are encouraged to contact Professor Joanne P. Webster FMedSci, Professor of Parasitic Diseases and Director of the London Centre for Neglected Tropical Disease Research (LCNTDR)  Tel: +44 (0)1707 666357, Email: jowebster@rvc.ac.uk

The position is initially available for a fixed term up until March 31st 2024 starting asap, but with the possibility of extension, funding permitted, towards March 2025).

We offer a generous reward package. 


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