Post-Doctoral Research Associate or Fellow for CLEAN-Air (Africa)
Closing: Feb 18,2019
Almost 3 billion people rely on solid fuels (e.g. coal, wood and charcoal) and kerosene for cooking and heating. Household air pollution from burning these fuels is the biggest environmental risk factor for global burden of disease responsible for almost 4 million premature deaths annually. In April 2018, a UK National Institutes of Health Research (NIHR) Global Health Research Group (GHRG) was formed to address this public health priority - Clean Energy Access for the prevention of Non-communicable disease in Africa through clean Air - CLEAN-AIR (Africa). The Group is funded with an initial £2 million grant and is located at The Department of Public Health and Policy at the University of Liverpool. The current post is an exciting opportunity for an enthusiastic and experienced post-doctoral researcher to join the CLEAN-Air(Africa) team as the quantitative research lead. The post is at research associate or fellow (depending on experience) for an initial period of 2 years with future plans to extend the post if the Group sustains further funding.
The NIHR CLEAN-AIR (Africa) GHRG is undertaking three years research and capacity building programmes in Ghana, Kenya and Cameroon to support population transition from polluting solid fuels and kerosene for cooking to clean liquefied petroleum gas (LPG), promoted by national governments to address the substantial burden of disease from non-communicable diseases related to exposure to household air pollution. Study partners include Moi University (Kenya), the University of Ghana, Kintampo Health Research Centre (Ghana) and Douala General Hospital (Cameroon).
The Group has four key goals including:
- Goal 1: to inform strategies to support more equitable uptake of clean fuel across the population by evaluating enabling/ inhibiting factors and testing interventions to address identified barriers and equitable adoption/ use of LPG (including consumer finance solutions).
- Goal 2: to estimate the impacts of scaled LPG adoption, in line with governmental targets, on health and climate by using advanced statistical techniques, thereby providing evidence for national/international policymakers to advocate for widespread transition to clean fuel.
- Goal 3: to develop capacity through health systems strengthening in the partner countries, equipping health practitioners to intervene early to ‘prescribe’ clean household energy solutions to their patients.
- Goal 4: to facilitate engagement between the general public and policymakers bringing communities, ministry representatives, private sector and civic society stakeholders together to exchange knowledge on how best to achieve rapid transition to clean household energy to benefit population health and environments.
We are looking for a post-doc who has strong quantitative, statistical skills that can advise of study methods, lead data analysis, deliver training and assist project coordination of related study components (e.g. survey, exposure measurement and health assessments) under the supervision of the Group Director, Prof Daniel Pope.
You will ideally have work experience in the field of household air pollution (HAP) and of clean household energy to prevent HAP related disease or a related area. As quantitative lead for the Group, you will need to be able to advise on quantitative analytical studies to demonstrate the impacts of transitioning to clean household energy from polluting fuels and technologies used for cooking/ heating. You will lead analysis of this complex data and be able to disseminate findings through publication to academic audiences and report to lay/ stakeholder audiences involved in policy making. Ideally, you will also have some experience of project-coordination and field research across multidisciplinary, international teams preferably in low- and middle-income settings.
You must be organised, conscientious, productive and able to work both independently under tight deadlines and within a team with diverse research expertise.
You will co-manage the research activities for the CLEAN-AIR (Africa) Group together with the UoL-based Project Coordinator/Qualitative Research Lead and local research coordinators. You will be responsible for (i) providing advice on effective strategies for measuring quantitative impacts from the Group’s research activities, (ii) carrying out data analysis of complex and multi-country datasets, including household surveys, HAP concentration and exposure data collected from study homes and cooking and fuel use patterns/ behaviours including stove use monitoring (SUMs) data. You will help ensure quality control of the data and analyse the data promptly in order to inform (i) the next stages of data collection for the focus countries and (ii) policy makers in discussions around their clean household energy agenda (e.g. through policy briefings). You will be expected to lead and support publication of quantitative and mixed-methods results in peer reviewed journals to be published in a timely manner after analysis. As part of the project team, you will contribute to timely delivery of reports and deliverables expected by the funder and will be expected to help take decisions and interact regularly with the Group Directorship. During the course of the post you will travel with other members of the team to Kenya, Ghana and Cameroon to deliver training in quantitative methods and monitor quality control of collected data.
Location: University of Liverpool Campus, United Kingdom
Faculty: Health and Life Sciences, Institute of Psychology, Health Sciences, Public Health and Policy
Salary: £34,188 - £40,792 per annum, depending on qualifications and experience
Grade: 7 or 8
Hours of work: Full-time
Tenure: 1st April 2019 - 31st March 2021
Job Reference: 010785
Applications are bue before Monday, 18 February 2019. To apply online, please visit the digital posting on the University of Liverpool Job Site.
For informal, shortlisting and interview inquires please contact Professor Daniel Pope at firstname.lastname@example.org