Malaria Elimination Initiative Research Specialist Position Description
The Global Health Group University of California, San Francisco
The Global Health Group The Global Health Group at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) is an “action tank” dedicated to translating major new paradigms in global health into large-scale action to positively impact the lives of millions of people. The Global Health Group’s Malaria Elimination Initiative (MEI) works with a network of partners to inform and catalyze elimination at global, regional and country levels, including providing intellectual and practical guidance and support to the 34 countries around the world that are embarked upon, or considering embarking on a path to malaria elimination.
The Malaria Elimination Initiative Research Specialist Advances in spatial analyses have allowed the distribution of diseases such as malaria to be explained and predicted by a range of climatological and ecological factors. Such ‘risk mapping’ allows interventions to be targeted at areas most at risk of malaria transmission, maximizing the cost-effectiveness of control and elimination programs. Generating risk maps, however, requires expert knowledge, time and resources, limiting its use. This is particularly true for tropical infectious diseases which generally occur in resource limited settings. The development of Google’s Earth Engine presents a unique opportunity to run complex and data heavy computations in a straightforward and rapid way. The MEI is seeking a dynamic and talented research specialist to work on the development of a Disease Surveillance And Risk Mapping (DiSARM) platform, capable of taking disease surveillance data and producing outputs such as risk and recommendation maps in an automated way. The platform relies on remotely sensed satellite imagery and other layers sourced and processed within Google Earth Engine. The specialist will lead the analysis and generation of appropriate spatial layers which can be included in the DiSARM platform. The specialist will contribute to and support other geospatial modeling activities at MEI.
The specialist researcher will work closely with project lead Dr. Hugh Sturrock, other colleagues from the MEI, and the Malaria Atlas Project at the University of Oxford, Google engineers and other colleagues from in-country partnering institutions. Support and guidance will be provided by Dr. Sturrock.
Preferred skills • Knowledge of malaria epidemiology, particularly low transmission
This is a full-time research specialist position, based in San Francisco, California at the University of California, San Francisco. It is fully funded with benefits for 1 year starting June 2016. International and domestic travel will be required.
Further information about the Global Health Group and its Malaria Elimination Initiative can be found at globalhealthsciences.ucsf.edu/ghg.
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