Research Technician in Population, Health & Wellbeing

A technician with GIS and data management skills is required to assist with work on a Wellcome Trust project, focused on constructing multi-temporal high-resolution gridded estimates of women of childbearing age, pregnancies and births.

You will join Geography and Environment, in the Faculty of Social, Human and Mathematical Sciences at the University of Southampton, and work within the WorldPop project (www.worldpop.org). The work will also involve close collaboration with partners at the Flowminder Foundation (www.flowminder.org) and UNFPA.

The project work to be undertaken involves:

  • Assembling subnational data and corresponding GIS administrative boundaries on population age structures, births and fertility rates from multiple sources across all low and middle income countries

  • Extracting these data into a database and matching them to their relevant GIS boundary files

  • Processing GIS boundary files to ensure matching between unit and countries

  • Undertaking basic processing of the assembled data to construct demographic indices of relevance for birth and pregnancy mapping

  • Undertaking bespoke processing and GIS analyses in support of specific WorldPop and Flowminder projects

  • Constructing dataset metadata reports and contributing to figure production and scientific manuscript and report writing

You will have an undergraduate degree where GIS was a major focus or relevant industry experience, with a particular focus on data management and vector polygon datasets. The project is highly interdisciplinary and as such there is some flexibility to accommodate expertise from a range of cognate disciplinary backgrounds (e.g. geography, demography, statistics, computer science, ecology, epidemiology etc). Experience of database construction, raster data analysis, statistical analysis and working with demographic data would be advantageous, as would a willingness to contribute to training, teaching and capacity building programmes. You will work under the supervision of Prof Andrew Tatem and Dr Natalia Tejedor Garavito at the University of Southampton.

The position is available immediately for a period of 12 months.

Informal enquiries may be made to Prof Andrew Tatem (A.J.Tatem@southampton.ac.uk

Application procedure:

The application deadline will be midnight on the closing date stated above. If you need any assistance, please call Charlene Tyson (Recruitment Team) on +44 (0) 23 8059 6803. Please quote reference 884417WR on all correspondence.