Assistant Professor (Research Focused) (106868-0123) . Job Reference: 1889925

University of Warwick
February 21, 2023
Offerd Salary:£43,414 - £51,805
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Contract Type:24 month Fixed Term
Working Time:Full time
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Vacancy Type/Job category

Research Only


Warwick Medical School, Health Sciences


£43,414 - £51,805 per annum


University of Warwick, Coventry

Vacancy Overview

Fixed-term contract subject to funding until up to 31 March 2025, 1.0 FTE.

This is a 24 month Fixed Term Contract. This post is being advertised as an Assistant Professor. It is funded by the NIHR Health Protection Research Unit in Gastrointestinal Infection based on a 24 month full time post. The University of Warwick is the administrative base for this post. Work at Warwick or the UK Health Security Agency as the main base and options to also work at Liverpool will be possible subject to negotiation with a successful candidate and the direction of the role.

The post will contribute to the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Health Protection Research Unit (HPRU) in Gastrointestinal Infections. The post holder will work across the University and the UK Health Security Agency and in close collaboration with the University of Liverpool, the lead university for this HPRU. You will have strong ability and experience in quantitative analysis and the epidemiology of infectious disease, and a PhD in a relevant field.

You will work with a multidisciplinary team across these institutions that includes expertise in epidemiology, microbiology, genomics, sociology and public health as applied to the study and control of gastrointestinal infections. The unit also has strengths and focus on health economics, knowledge mobilisation and public involvement in research. As well as development opportunities at Warwick, and placement in the UK Health Security Agency as appropriate to your work, you will be a member of the NIHR Academy.

We will consider applications for employment on a part-time or other flexible working basis, even where a position is advertised as full-time, unless there are operational or other objective reasons why it is not possible to do so.

Interview Date: TBC.

Job Description


To support the work programme of the NIHR HPRU in Gastrointestinal Infections.

This will include undertaking planned projects from the submitted research programme awarded funding, opportunities to lead your own research including application for competitive research fellowships, co-supervising PhD students and working with PHE on research and translation activities. Projects proposed in the submitted bid include the development of surveillance for yersiniosis and non-O157 Shiga-toxin producing E. coli (STEC) in England, joint analysis of extensive existing PHE surveillance data with external data including genomic surveillance data, developing efficient approaches to capturing surveillance data, modelling the spread of gastrointestinal infections and comparing predictions with national surveillance data and prospective studies among patients and populations exposed to gastrointestinal infections. Populations of particular interest are men who have sex with men and young children in childcare settings where we propose to seek further funding for extensive studies e.g. addressing factors affecting duration of STEC carriage in children spanning from social factors to the microbiome, and the social impact and population value system around exclusion for this infection. Other research themes in the HPRU have a particular focus on local populations with large ethnic minority.



1. To contribute to defined research projects within the planned HPRU programme of work, in particular those with an epidemiology focus within the “Predict and prevent” theme of the HPRU.

2. To collaborate across the other themes of the HPRU in delivering and developing research projects.

3. To co-supervise doctoral students.

4. To produce high research outputs and contribute to research impact of the HPRU research.

5. To collaborate with PHE researchers on the HPRU and other PHE staff in translating research into practice and where appropriate evaluating this translation, or knowledge mobilisation.

6. To contribute to public involvement in this research and where appropriate to evaluating the role and usefulness of public involvement.

7. To contribute to relevant research seminars and represent the research programme at external meetings/seminars.

8. To develop your own research ideas within the HPRU or as a basis for applications for further external funding. This can include seeking a personal competitive fellowship if you are competitive for one.

9. Where appropriate to teach at postgraduate or undergraduate level and supervise masters level students.

Administration and Other Activities

1. To attend project meetings within and outside of the University department including at PHE.

2. To engage in continuous professional development.

3. To participate in relevant professional activities.

4. To undertake specific departmental roles as may be reasonably required by your line manager.

5. To take on leadership roles in the early career researcher community in the HPRU or university.

The duties and responsibilities outlined are not intended to be an exhaustive list but provide guidance on the main aspects of the job. You will be required to be flexible in your duties.

Person Specification

The Person Specification focuses on the knowledge, skills, experience and qualifications required to undertake the role effectively. This is measured by (a) Application Form, (b) Test/Exercise, (c) Interview, (d) Presentation.

Essential Criteria 1

Good first degree in a relevant subject (a)

Essential Criteria 2

PhD (or equivalent) in a relevant subject (a)

Essential Criteria 3

Research interest and ability in methods and application of epidemiological principles to infection (a)

Essential Criteria 4

Significant skills and experience in epidemiological research (a, c)

Essential Criteria 5

Competency in IT including statistical packages, and reference handling software. (a)

Essential Criteria 6

Ability to pay excellent attention to detail, with a thorough, methodological and flexible approach to work (a, c)

Essential Criteria 7

Ability to lead and contribute to report writing, publications, presentations and the dissemination of information for both academic and other audiences (a)

Essential Criteria 8

Relevant publications in high quality peer reviewed journals fitting to this level of seniority (a)

Essential Criteria 9

Ability to work as part of a team as well as independently to meet tight deadlines (a, c)

Essential Criteria 10

Excellent organisational skills with the ability to manage own workload and prioritise work as necessary (a)

Essential Criteria 11

Relevant post-doctoral research experience or experience in working in relevant public health practice or policy (a, c)

Desirable Criteria 1

Experience in working in PHE or an equivalent public health setting (a)

Desirable Criteria 2

Ability to identify sources of funding and to contribute to securing research funds in a specific areas of interest and to develop research programmes and methodologies (a, c)

Desirable Criteria 3

Specialist knowledge and significant previous experience in relevant software for epidemiological analysis or bioinformatic analysis. (a, c)

Desirable Criteria 4

Capacity and experience to work across institutions in large projects including leading areas of multidisciplinary work. (a, c)

Further Particulars

PLEASE NOTE: As part of the selection process, candidates will be required to give a presentation (for 5 to 7 minutes) on the following: "My vision for gastrointestinal infection research."

For further information about the University of Warwick, please read our University Further Particulars.

For further information about the department, please visit the departmental website.

For further information about Public Health England please visit our website.

For further information about the Health Protection Research Unit please see the HPRU website and discuss with staff. The website currently focuses on the 2014-2020 HPRU rather than the coming five year award. It will update to the new award in the near future.

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Closing Date

21 Feb 2023

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