Flowminder Foundation/WorldPop Program is hiring Global Experts (Principal Investigators) in the UK

The Flowminder Foundation/WorldPop Program is recruiting Leading Global Experts (Principal  Investigators), Data Scientists and Researchers in Southampton, UK.

Flowminder Foundation is a non-profit organisation registered in Stockholm, Sweden with a large part of its staff in Southampton, UK as well as an office in Geneva, Switzerland. Flowminder works in close collaboration with University of Southampton, UK. Flowminder’s mission is to improve public health and welfare in low- and middle-income countries in partnerships with governments, intergovernmental organizations and NGOs. Our analyses aim to map the distributions, movements and characteristics of vulnerable populations in low- and middle-income countries working both in the humanitarian and development sectors. We help save lives and improve welfare by providing analyses and decision support to all relevant parties based on the latest academic advances. Our work includes both research and operational projects, always aimed at having a concrete impact on vulnerable populations. Our multidisciplinary team include demographers, medicals doctors, epidemiologists, geographers, mathematical modelers, sociologist, economists and computer scientists. Our funders include BMGF, Rockefeller Foundation and UN Foundation. We are a rapidly growing organisation with a great team of highly skilled staff, who have a great time together and find meaning in what we do.

Our success in this area stems from the ability of our teams to:

  • design and utilise cutting-edge research and analysis methods
  • develop new software to facilitate these analyses
  • understand and apply these techniques to real-world problems
  • work with UN, NGO and government partners to translate our analyses into real-world impact

Our successes in 2016¹ have led to ongoing expansion into new geographic regions as we aim to provide analyses for those affected by poverty, health problems and crises. As we expand our team we are looking for exceptional talent to work together with our analysts, addressing the challenges these new regions bring.

Much of the work in Flowminder takes place in close collaboration with University of Southampton and the successful applicant will work closely together with researchers in the WorldPop Program at University of Southampton. Depending on the candidate’s profile and interests, it may be possible to create an academic position at the University of Southampton.

Read more about Flowminder and the WorldPop Program at www.flowminder.org  and www.worldpop.org.uk and about Flowminder in the media: www.flowminder.org/news

  1. See e.g.: 2016 GSMA Global Mobile (GLOMO) Award in Emergency or Humanitarian Situations (http://www.globalmobileawards.com/3c-mobile-in-emergency-or-humanitarian-situations-flowminder-ncell-and-teliasonera-for-aid-the-displaced-post-nepal-earthquake/)

Available opportunities

The Flowminder Foundation and the WorldPop Program are recruiting leading global experts for PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATORS in the following fields: 1.) infectious disease control; 2.) mobile operator and remote sensing data for humanitarian response and preparedness; 3.) migration patterns and its relation to development processes and climate change.

Flowminder/WorldPop is also recruiting for a 4.) sampling & survey design expert and 5.) data analysts.
 

1. Principal investigator: infectious disease control

Salary:  £70,000 - £100,000 per annum

The Flowminder Foundation and the Worldpop Program are seeking to appoint a Principal Investigator to lead the organisation’s work in development of methods for understanding the spread of infectious diseases and identifying opportunities to manage their spread and impact, particularly in low- and middle-income countries. The successful candidate will combine a deep knowledge of the contextual patterns that define disease spread, a firm understanding of infectious disease epidemiology and a keen interest in how human mobility affects the spread of infectious diseases. This position comprises a strong involvement in operational projects with a network of global partners.

You will have an outstanding track record undertaking innovative work that demonstrates mastery of your field and which complements the organisation’s research. You will be attracting international recognition and will have published a number of high quality research papers. You will have proven ability or potential to independently manage project work from the early stages of project design, contract negotiation, communication with stakeholders through to delivery of final results to stakeholders as well as the academic publishing of the findings.

As a Principal Investigator in infectious disease control with Flowminder/WorldPop you will:

  • Oversee complex projects, be responsible for senior project management (scientific and operational) including delegation to other researchers as appropriate
  • Contribute to the planning and development of projects in the organisation, using robust and appropriate epidemiological study designs.
  • Have responsibility for aspects of consultancy work of the organisation
  • Provide critical input to the strategic planning of the organisation’s work in infectious disease control
  • Manage relationships with external partners, including government agencies and UN organisations
  • Oversee and supervise project field activities, such as surveys and special studies, and ensure that the highest quality standards are attained to
  • Prepare epidemiological data for analysis and takes part in statistical data analysis and mathematical modeling of disease epidemiology and control.
  • Develop scientific reports and publications.
     

2. Principal investigator: mobile operator and remote sensing data for humanitarian response and preparedness

£70,000 - £100,000 per annum

The Flowminder Foundation and the WorldPop Program are seeking to appoint a Principal Investigator to lead the organisation’s work in developing methods for using mobile operator data in combination with survey data and other spatial datasets to improve crisis management, as well as to lead the organisation’s operational projects in the disaster management area.

The work is strongly focused in low- and middle-income countries. The successful candidate will combine extensive experience in emergency response strategy and planning, with a quantitative analysis background and a strong academic track record.

This position comprises a strong involvement in operational projects with a network of global partners, in order to help implement effective, prompt, and accountable responses to disasters.

You will have a track record undertaking innovative work that demonstrates mastery of your field. You will have a proven ability or potential to independently manage project work from the early stages of project design, contract negotiation, communication with stakeholders through to delivery of final results to stakeholders and academic publishing. You will ideally be attracting international recognition and will have published a number of high quality research papers.

As a Principal Investigator in humanitarian response and preparedness with Flowminder/WorldPop you will:

  • Oversee complex projects, be responsible for senior project management (scientific and operational) including delegation and management of tasks to other researchers and analysts as appropriate
  • Oversee and supervise project field activities, such as liaising with partners, gathering contextual information and, when relevant, set up studies in the field ensuring that the highest quality standards are attained. Such activities may take place during or before/after humanitarian crises
  • Take responsibility for budgeting and financial control of projects
  • Contribute to the planning and development of the organisation’s strategy in the humanitarian domain
  • Raise funds to implement the organisation’s strategy
  • Have responsibility for consultancy work of the organisation within the humanitarian field
  • Manage relationships with external partners, including government agencies and UN organisations
  • Proactively respond during crisis situations to provide intelligence support and to ensure that any operations tracking systems, models, and databases are up to date during a crisis
  • Maintain an updated understanding of the current geopolitical situation and its relevance to Flowminder’s work.
  • Brief partners, team members and/or leadership on regional developments as necessary
  • Develop scientific reports and publications.
  • Lead internal capacity building on humanitarian issues

 

3. Principal investigator: migration patterns and their relation to development processes and climate change

£70,000 to 100,000 per annum

The Flowminder Foundation and the Worldpop Program are seeking to appoint a Principal Investigator to lead the organisation’s work in the development and application of methods for understanding migration patterns and their causes, focused in low- and middle-income country settings. The successful candidate will have a deep knowledge of internal migration patterns and its drivers. The candidate may have a keen interest in the relationship between migration and particular other phenomena such as climate change, economic development or social change. This position comprises a strong involvement in operational projects with a network of global partners.

You will have an outstanding track record undertaking innovative work that demonstrates mastery of your field and which complements the organisation’s research. You will be attracting international recognition and will have published a number of high quality research papers. You will have proven ability or potential to independently manage project work from the early stages of project design, contract negotiation, communication with stakeholders through to delivery of final results to stakeholders as well as the academic publishing of the findings.

As a Principal Investigator in migration, development, and climate change with Flowminder/WorldPop you will:

  • Oversee complex projects, be responsible for senior project management (scientific and operational) including delegation to other researchers as appropriate
  • Contribute to the planning and development of projects in the organisation, using robust and appropriate study designs.
  • Have responsibility for aspects of consultancy work of the organisation
  • Provide critical input to the strategic planning of the organisation’s work in migration
  • Manage relationships with external partners, including government agencies and UN organisations
  • Oversee and supervise project field activities, such as surveys, and ensure that the highest quality standards are attained
  • Take part in statistical data analysis and mathematical modeling of migration data
  • Develop scientific reports and publications.

 

4. Research Associate: Sampling & Survey Expert

£38,500-£58,000 per annum

The Flowminder Foundation and the Worldpop Program are seeking to appoint a Research Associate (or, for exceptional candidates, a Senior Research Associate) to lead the organisation’s efforts in the development and implementation of analytical and survey methods for quantifying bias and improving estimation procedures for combining survey data and the aforementioned complementary types of data.

You will be comfortable in developing estimation procedures from novel and traditional types of data as well as in leading field survey work in low and middle-income countries. You will have proven ability or potential to independently manage projects. You will be expected to take a major role in strengthening and growing organisational competency in this area. You will have a experience in statistics, survey design, survey implementation and analysis of survey data (or a strong willingness to learn if any of these elements are lacking). You probably have a Ph.D. in Demography, Epidemiology, Statistics or a related area. Your work has been largely focused in low- and middle-income countries.

As a Research Associate: Sampling & Survey Expert with Flowminder/Worldpop you will:

  • Design mobile phone and household surveys to quantify and decrease bias and uncertainty in existing analyses aimed at estimating population characteristics from mobile operator, remote sensing and survey data
  • Design analysis methods and contribute to analyses in existing Flowminder projects in which phone, operator or household survey data is used
  • Provide technical contributions to development of new project proposals
  • Supervise implementation of household and phone surveys
  • Evaluate quality of collected survey data
  • Travel internationally
  • Work collaboratively with mobile network operators, UN agencies, NGOs, governments, and other key partners
     

5. Research Associate: Data Analyst

From £36,000 per annum

As a Data Analyst with the Flowminder Foundation you will be tasked with developing new methods for processing some of the largest datasets ever analysed in the development and humanitarian sectors. You will work closely with other subject matter experts to develop robust methods and software to implement these methods. The ideal candidate brings a track record of success in a similar role, strong initiative, and a can-do attitude. Applicants with a strong  background in applied statistics and spatial statistics in particular  are highly encouraged to apply. Strong background in machine learning is also an asset. An academic position at the University of Southampton may be possible to create depending on the candidate’s profile and interests.

As a Research Associate: Data Analyst with Flowminder/Worldpop, depending on ongoing projects and interest, you will:

  • Analyse mobile data to identify displaced populations and mobility, ensuring that results and outputs are relevant to the local context
  • Participate in the analysis of mobile data with respect to understanding patterns of human mobility for human development applications
  • Undertake collaborative projects with with UN and other international organisations
  • Develop high-quality Python code to implement new functionality to the existing Flowminder toolset
     

How to apply

For additional information regarding these positions, including how to apply, please go to: http://www.flowminder.org/vacancies

 

Contact information

Ms. Amy Ninneman
Administrator, The Flowminder Foundation
E-mail: careers@flowminder.org