London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine seeks entomology postdoc

Research Fellow (Entomology)

Faculty of Infectious & Tropical Diseases

Salary:   £37,889 to £43,028 per annum inclusive
Closing Date:   Thursday 02 March 2017
Interview Date:   To be confirmed
Reference:  ITD-DCD-25

The control of insects to prevent transmission of major diseases such as malaria, dengue and Zika, to humans is a global challenge. Our world-leading entomologists and vector control specialists in the Department of Disease Control at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine perform a diverse range of world-leading research into the development and implementation of vector control interventions in disease endemic countries across the world. Our insectaries in London are home to one of the largest and most diverse colonies of insects in Europe and our laboratories and field sites accommodate world-leading research in vector behaviour, biology and control.

We are currently seeking to recruit an experienced postdoctoral Research Fellow with interests in vector control to work on recently funded vector projects. One project is investigating the Zika virus as part of a large EU Horizon 2020-funded consortium called ZikaPLAN (Zika Preparedness Latin American Network).

The post-holder will be responsible for the design, preparation, implementation and analysis of studies to develop personal protection technologies, including repellents, against vectors of the Zika virus. They will also liaise with colleagues in Colombia and Brazil to design focus group studies. Another project involves designing and implementing vector surveillance studies, as well as training of local scientists, on the Bijagos Islands, which are situated off the coast of Guinea Bissau. For the right candidate there will be excellent career development opportunities such as contributing to grant writing, supervision of students, presentations at conferences and meetings, preparation of publications, teaching and public engagement.

We are looking for a highly motivated Research Fellow with excellent attention to detail, outstanding teamwork, organisational and scientific skills, and someone who is ready to undertake independent research. A PhD in medical entomology, or related discipline is essential. The post holder will have experience insect behaviour, proven ability to perform statistical analysis on biological data and excellent IT skills. You will work closely with other staff in the Logan group Department of Disease Control and at ARCTEC.

The post is full time and funded for two years. The salary will be on the Academic Pathways Grade 6 scale in the range £37,889 to £43,028 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. The post will be based in Keppel street, London.

Applications should be made on-line 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-DCD-25. 

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

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