Position: Programme Manager (Clinical Trials) & Principal Investigator
Location: Western Kenya
Fixed term until 30th April 2020
Closing Date for applications: 29th June 2017
The department of clinical sciences has an exciting opportunity to join the international clinical and epidemiology research team in Western Kenya
We have an exciting opportunity to join our dynamic international clinical and epidemiological research team in western Kenya to manage one of two multi-country clinical trials for which the group is internationally recognised. The work is part of an expanding research collaboration between the Malaria Epidemiology Unit at the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine (LSTM), the Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI) in Kisumu, western Kenya, the College of Medicine (CoM) in Blantyre, Malawi, and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
The two sister trials will evaluate new interventions to reduce adverse birth outcomes resulting from malaria and sexually reproductive tract infections during pregnancy among HIV-infected (IMPROVE-2) and HIV-uninfected women (IMPROVE) in eight hospitals in western Kenya and Malawi. The Chief Investigator (CI) is Professor Feiko ter Kuile from LSTM.
The post-holder will also be responsible for overseeing any centralised functions for IMPROVE-2 that involve data from both countries, including coordinating data management between KEMRI, CoM and LSTM, laboratory testing, and procurement. In addition, you will provide support for the Kenya sites for the IMPROVE trial in HIV-uninfected women, which will be conducted by the same team in the same sites. Therefore, it is essential that you hold a valid medical degree and have demonstrated a high level of project management ability by managing projects in research.
The post holder will be responsible for managing all aspects of the IMPROVE-2 trial in HIV-infected women including, in close consultation with the CI, the development of the study protocol and any amendments, obtaining ethics and regulatory clearances, developing case record forms and standard operating procedures, and coordinating the field work in Kenya.
The successful candidate will establish good working relationships with the country PIs in Kenya and Malawi, field, laboratory, and data staff, as well as members of the financial, IT and other departments within partner institutions in both sites and in the UK (LSTM) and US (CDC-Atlanta). You will be expected to organise and prioritise own workload/s within the overall research objectives with minimal onsite supervision.
You will be based in western Kenya at the Malaria Branch of the KEMRI-CDC-LSTM collaboration at KEMRI in Kisumu and report to Dr Simon Kariuki, Chief of the Malaria Branch (KEMRI) and Prof ter Kuile (LSTM). You should be highly motivated, efficient, well-organised, pro-active, able to work independently, and have experience of managing projects in a research environment. Although reporting regularly to the CI and Dr Kariuki you will need to work independently using your initiative.
Closing Date for applications; 29th June 2017
Further details of this post can be found by visiting our website at: http://www.lstmed.ac.uk/vacancies
Look at some of the great work we have achieved over the past year 2015-2016 by viewing our annual report: http://www.lstmed.ac.uk/about/publications/lstm-annual-report-2015-2016
LSTM actively promotes an Equal Opportunities Policy
Don't forget to mention MalariaWorld when applying for this position!