Founded in 1898 and the oldest of its kind in the world, the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine (LSTM) is an internationally recognised centre of excellence for teaching and research in tropical diseases. 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 and we are looking to expand the centre.
As part of this, we are recruiting staff for the six year “Research, Evidence and Development Initiative” (READ-It) programme. We are in the inception phase and planning a variety of new and exciting reviews with our colleagues, partners, and stakeholders. You will be part of this process and be part of review teams in the existing and new review portfolio. Our priorities are developing rapidly and we are seeking to engage the successful applicant in a high-priority area commensurate with their areas of interest. For example, some topics we are mapping out are:
- Insecticide-residual spraying for malaria control
- HIV prevention
- Health of refugees and people living in camps
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, and we aim for a mixed portfolio to provide abroad exposure to evidence-informed science.
The successful candidate will have an MBBS and an appropriate postgraduate qualification. Possessing a relevant PhD is desirable. You will have experience and confidence in critically appraising medical literature at postgraduate level. You must demonstrate evidence of a critical insight into priority policy questions in international health in infectious diseases relevant to low- and middle-income countries and have excellent skills in writing in plain English.
You 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. You will be responsible for ensuring that effective communication flows within the project team and will need effective communication, time management, and organisational skills. 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.