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Current Openings at IVAC

 
 

Full-Time Positions

Research Project Coordinator

Senior Research Assistant

PERCH Data Analyst/Study Coordinator

Student Positions

Data Abstractors


Full-Time Positions

IVAC Epidemiology Team

Research Project Coordinator

About IVAC: The mission of the International Vaccine Access Center (IVAC) at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health is to accelerate global access to life-saving vaccines through the development and implementation of evidence-based policies. The work of IVAC focuses on disease epidemiology, vaccine economics and supply, monitoring and evaluation of vaccine introduction and Center programs, and advocacy and communications activities to increase the profile of and global action on vaccine-preventable disease

About the work context: The project is a comprehensive technical (quantitative and descriptive) systematic review and analysis of the published and unpublished data on PCV dosing schedules and PCV products, assessing their immunogenicity and effect on NP colonization, disease and mortality, as well as describing the epidemiologic setting in which PCV was evaluated. The project will deliver a range of outputs, including but not limited to peer-reviewed publications, country-driven technical reports and policy guidance documents and presentations/reports of the analysis to the World Health Organization (WHO) and Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance and other stakeholders in the field of pneumococcal vaccines. The project will provide the evidence necessary to inform countries using and/or planning to introduce PCV into their national programs on the impact of licensed PCV products on the aforementioned outcomes of interest.

The Project is part of an umbrella project co-lead by WHO, the PCV Technical Coordination Project, which aims to fulfill the important need for coordination in the PCV field and technical community in order to enable real time consideration and response to urgent issues related to PCVs as they arise by facilitating the conduct, review and interpretation of published and unpublished data to enhance the collective understanding of the evidence on impact and performance of PCVs; and strategically assessing priorities across contributing organizations and key stakeholders in the PCV field. Collaborators include colleagues at WHO and the CDC. Support for these projects comes from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance.

The PCV Impact Systematic Review project team consists of experts in the fields of pneumococcal disease, immunology, epidemiology and vaccines, library science professionals, data analysts and other coordinators. While project oversight is maintained at JHBSPH, some members of the project team are located off-site in Geneva, Paris, London and Atlanta.

About the position: The Research Project Coordinator will assist in the evaluation of the impact of pneumococcal conjugate vaccine (PCV) introduction on various measures of disease outcomes. The Research Project Coordinator will assist the Principal Investigators and PCV Technical Coordination Project Manager in management of daily activities of the systematic review. The Research Project Coordinator will be responsible for tracking project activities and ensuring the project is on course and will meet deadlines. Responsibilities will include refining and updating data abstraction instruments, managing a team of data abstractors, coordinating the work of the team and the outcomes they are responsible for, organizing data in a standardized format, contacting and following-up with external investigators for data requests, conducting quality checks of the data, conducting basic analyses, summarizing data in tables and figures, producing slides for presentations and coordinating the effort to produce a set of approximately 8 publications for a peer review journal supplement.

This position requires a person with excellent organizational and project management skills, capable of working with a broad range of partners, experience in data management and analysis, excellent communication and organizational skills and an ability to work in a multi-disciplinary team. The position will be located on the East Baltimore JHSPH campus within IVAC. The position may require travel to and from Geneva, Switzerland for presentation of results and various meetings with project staff. The position would require a one-year commitment, with possibility for extension.

The position would provide opportunities for publication, participation in high-level meetings, professional development and networking with various technical experts. Opportunity for extension of position at IVAC would be possible and depends on the skills and contribution of the individual as well as organizational needs.

  • Position-based in: Baltimore
  • Position duration: 1 year
  • Salary: commensurate with experience & aligned with JHU HR policies
  • Expected start date: Immediate

Examples of specific essential duties & responsibilities include:

  • Contribute to the project work plan, track project activities and monitor progress according to plans
  • Coordinate project implementation, including of team members to complete tasks as assigned and tracking the progress on milestones and timelines.
  • Overall coordination of team member communication including convening, determining agenda and leading regular conference calls.
  • Overall coordination of data abstractors (JHU students), including regular contact to address issues.
  • Overall coordination and organization of documents related to the project.
  • Coordination of key meetings for expert review, contributors, and stakeholders.
  • Generate project presentations, data outputs, written reports and deliverables as needed.
  • Perform data management and data cleaning activities.
  • Perform data analysis under supervision of project coordinator and analysis team.
  • Coordinate data analyses conducted across all team members.
  • Travel domestically/internationally, as required, up to 10 percent to meet with project team members off-site or to attend scientific meetings.
  • Perform other tasks as assigned related to the successful completion of the project.
  • Perform other tasks as a member of the IVAC family as needed.

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree in related discipline.
  • Three years related experience. Additional education may substitute for required experience, to the extent permitted by the JHU equivalency formula.
  • Project management skills and ability to work in a project milestone framework.
  • Demonstrated problem solving and analytic skills.
  • Highly organized.
  • Self-directed and self-motivated.
  • Experience working with diverse range of team members.
  • Strong oral and written communication and mature interpersonal skills.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Excel.
  • Experience with data management and analysis.
  • Ability to work successfully in a small team environment.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Master’s in related field preferred (i.e. MSPH, MHS or MPH)
  • Experience with SAS, STATA, or R statistical software preferred.
  • Experience with systematic reviews and literature database software preferred.

Please apply online, here.

IVAC Epidemiology Team

Senior Research Assistant

About IVAC: The mission of the International Vaccine Access Center (IVAC) at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health is to accelerate global access to life - saving vaccines through the development and implementation of evidence - based policies. The work of IVAC focuses on disease epidemiology, vaccine economics and supply, monitoring and evaluation of vaccine introduction and Center programs, and advocacy and communications activities to increase the profile of and global action on vaccine - preventable disease.

About the work context: VIEW-Hub and its corresponding databases support a number of different projects across IVAC, including projects within the Epidemiology and Policy, Advocacy & Communications teams. On the publicly available interactive platform, VIEW-Hub will enable visualization of data that support key immunization decision making, such as information related to vaccine introductions, disease burden, immunization system performance, and vaccine impact studies. Internally, it is also used to generate project - specific and ad hoc analyses for key partners, including the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation,  , and WHO.

About the position: The role of the Sr. Research Assistant is to support the development and maintenance of IVAC’s new data visualization platform, known as VIEW-Hub (Vaccine Information and Epidemiology Window). This includes, but is not limited to tracking data on the progress of global vaccine introductions, use, and impact; generating regular reports on vaccine use and impact evaluation; coordination with key stakeholders; geographic information systems (GIS) mapping.

Responsibilities of the positions may include one or more of the following:

  • Gather, abstract, organize, and analyze data on immunization, health policy, and vaccine financing.
  • Assist with the preparation of IVAC’s quarterly Global Vaccine Introduction reports, as well as other presentations, data graphics, and project - specific communications needs.
  • Assist with the development of advocacy and training materials to promote the new data visualization platform.
  • Conduct literature reviews of vaccine impact studies; develop new databases; and guide the development of the corresponding module(s) on the online platform.
  • Engage with study investigators for updates on ongoing vaccine impact studies.
  • Provide research support as needed.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Qualifications:

  • Minimum of a Bachelor’s degree required,
  • Three years of related experience. Additional graduate level education may substitute for required experience, to the extent permitted by the JHU equivalency formula
  • Knowledge and interest in vaccines, pneumonia, diarrhea and other major global infectious diseases.
  • Willingness to travel.
  • Moderate/advanced proficiency in MS Excel (or Access) and PowerPoint skills required.
  • Experience in Adobe InDesign preferred.
  • Understanding of basic epidemiology and statistical concepts.
  • Strong organizational/project management skills.
  • Technical writing skills.
  • Keen attention to detail
  • Previous experience with data visualizations (tables, charts, figures, maps, infographics, etc.)
  • Previous research and/or public health work experience.
  • Demonstrated ability to write in a clear and concise fashion.
  • Self - motivated and able to work independently with minimal supervision.
  • Ability to manage work on multiple projects, and perhaps under tight deadlines.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree preferred.
  • Database management experience and ArcGIS mapping capability highly preferred

Please apply online, here.

                                                                                                IVAC Epidemiology Team

PERCH Data Analyst/Study Coordinator

About IVAC: The mission of the International Vaccine Access Center (IVAC) at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health is to accelerate global access to life-saving vaccines through the development and implementation of evidence-based policies. The work of IVAC focuses on disease epidemiology, vaccine economics and supply, monitoring and evaluation of vaccine introduction and Center programs, and advocacy and communications activities to increase the profile of and global action on vaccine-preventable disease. http://www.jhsph.edu/research/centers-and-institutes/ivac/

About PERCH: The Pneumonia Etiology Research for Child Health (PERCH) project a multi-center case-control study of the etiology of severe and very severe pneumonia in children aged 1-59 months with nine sites in seven countries, namely: The Gambia (Basse), Kenya (Kilifi), South Africa (Johannesburg), Zambia (Lusaka), Bangladesh (Dhaka and Matlab), Thailand (Nakhon Phanom and Sa Kaeo) and Mali (Bamako).  The PERCH Core team, based at IVAC, consists of an interdisciplinary team of study coordinators, epidemiologists, statisticians, laboratorians, and clinicians supported by administrative, budget, and contracts staff and a Data Coordinating Center (Emmes) responsible for the collection, management and analysis of the primary data. 

PERCH enrollment ended in early 2014 and the project is now in the analysis and publication phase.  For more information and to see the PERCH protocol and other study document, visit our website at http://www.jhsph.edu/ivac/projects/perch/index.html and read a published supplement on PERCH methods at http://cid.oxfordjournals.org/content/54/suppl_2).

Position summary: The position will entail providing analytic support for priority analyses led by the Core team and site investigators.  In addition to providing analytic support, the position will involve supporting study coordination activities.

Responsibility may include:

  • Performing analyses and summarizing data for presentation to lead investigators
  • Communicating with lead investigators and study coordinators on analysis plans
  • Preparing data dictionaries and other reference materials for external investigators
  • Drafting tables, figures and text for manuscripts
  • Addressing PERCH data-related questions from site investigators
  • Assisting with manuscript preparation and submission
  • Performing study coordination activities, including preparing meeting materials and coordinating reviews of incoming data and specimen requests

Expected start date: October 2016

Required Qualifications:

  •  MPH, or other further advanced degree in a relevant area.
  • Proficiency with at least one statistical software program such as STATA, SAS, or R (SAS or R preferred)
  • Statistical and epidemiology coursework

Highly Desired Qualifications:

  • 3 or more years of work experience with clinical/epidemiological studies
  • Experience with SAS
  • Experience coordinating studies or projects
  • Experience drafting manuscripts or other technical materials

Experience and skills:

  •  Highly organized.
  • Ability to address difficult research questions and perform analyses
  • Ability to digest complex data and produce clear, understandable summaries
  • Ability to work on multiple tasks in parallel while managing and meeting changing deadlines and priorities.
  • Experience working with teams based in developing countries
  • Demonstrated problem solving and trouble shooting skills.
  • Ability to work both in a small team environment and independently.
  • Excellent oral and written communication and interpersonal skills required.
  • Fluency in English required.

All interested candidates should send CVs and cover letters to cprospe1@jhu.edu.

Student Positions

Data Abstractors

About IVAC: The mission of the International Vaccine Access Center (IVAC) at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health is to accelerate global access to life-saving vaccines through the development and implementation of evidence-based policies. The work of IVAC focuses on disease epidemiology, vaccine economics and supply, monitoring and evaluation of vaccine introduction and Center programs, and advocacy and communications activities to increase the profile of and global action on vaccine-preventable disease. http://www.jhsph.edu/research/centers-and-institutes/ivac/

About PROJECT: IVAC is currently performing a comprehensive literature search of Pneumococcal Conjugate Vaccine (PCV) Impact on immunogenicity, NP colonization, pneumonia, invasive pneumococcal disease (IPD) and mortality, in order to support the technical evidence needs of various ongoing projects. A critical review of relevant data by PCV product, dosing schedule, and outcome will be undertaken. Abstracted data will be used in various meta-analyses to determine the impact that PCVs have had globally and inform country-level and global-level decision-making.

Position summary: Students will work with a team of reviewers to abstract published and unpublished data that will be used in various meta-analyses of PCV impact. The primary responsibility will be to abstract relevant data onto data collection forms by outcome of interest using an online platform. The abstracted data will be submitted to the project team for review and feedback. Work will mostly be conducted independently, and can be conducted from any location with reliable Internet connection. The position requires attendance at weekly teleconferences for the entire team of abstractors and the project coordinators to address any arising questions/issues. The project coordinator will be available via telephone or email as needed between teleconferences. Student may contribute to further stages of the abstraction, data cleaning, database management, or summarizing findings/project reports as the project matures based on IVAC needs and desire/skills of student (dependent on candidates).

Expected start date: As soon as possible

Responsibilities may include:

  • Review of published literature
  • Abstraction of data from published studies

Qualifications:

  • Ability to access the internet, Microsoft Word, and Microsoft Excel
  • Availability for an in-person group training session lasting approximately 2 days at IVAC in Baltimore, MD (2-4 hours/day)
  • Careful attention to detail

Experiences and skills:

  • Familiarity with public health studies, including the interpretation of case-control, clinical trial, cohort and surveillance data
  • Basic coursework in epidemiology and biostatistics
  • Experience with data abstraction or data entry is beneficial
  • Ability to work with off-site team(s) and independently
  • Fluency in English required

Interested students should complete the Student Opportunities Form on the IVAC website (http://www.jhsph.edu/research/centers-and-institutes/ivac/about-us/student-opportunities-form.html). Please respond by as soon as possible. Contact Olivia Cohen (ocohen3@jhu.edu) with questions regarding the technical content of the project and/or position.