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Full-Time Positions

Research Project Coordinator

PERCH Data Analyst/Study Coordinator

Student Positions

EEVI Student Assistant

IMS Research Assistant


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project is a comprehensive technical (quantitative and descriptive) systematic review and analysis of the published and unpublished data on PCV dosing schedules and PCV products, assessing their immunogenicity and effect on NP colonization, disease and mortality, as well as describing the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to urgent issues related to PCVs as they arise by facilitating the conduct, review and interpretation of published and unpublished data to enhance the collective understanding of the evidence on impact and performance of PCVs; and strategically assessing priorities across contributing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

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

IVAC Policy, Advocacy & Communications Team

EEVI Student Assistant: VIPIN tool web developer

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. 

About PROJECT: The India advocacy project (EEVI) supports enabling timely, evidence-based policies and decisions for national introduction of vaccines in India.

Position summary: VIPIN (Vaccine Impact Predictor for India) is an interactive tool developed by the India advocacy team at IVAC. The tool allows users to visualize the potential impact of three critical vaccines—pneumococcal conjugate vaccine, Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib), and rotavirus vaccine—on under-five child morbidity and mortality in India at the national and state level. The vaccine impact is shown in the form of ‘lives saved’ and ‘cases averted’. As a tool, VIPIN can be used to increase the visibility and advocacy for vaccines in India, and can help communicate the benefits of vaccine introduction and scale-up programs to decision-makers and key national stakeholders. 

The VIPIN team is seeking a web developer to help implement enhancements to the tool, such as adding specific messaging relating to vaccine advocacy, adding other vaccines into the tool, and adding in other data outputs such as disease costs. The developer will be responsible for working with the team to implement these additions into coding as well as maintaining the back-end and user interface of the web-tool. 

This position is based out of IVAC’s home office in Baltimore, and the VIPIN web tool developer is expected to work onsite at least one day a week

Expected start to end date: January 15, 2017-May 2017

Responsibilities may include:

  • Implement enhancements to the tool: coding new additions to the tool
  • Maintain the back-end and user interface of the web tool
  • Perform other tasks as assigned related to the successful completion of the project.

Qualifications:

  • Bachelors/Master’s degree-seeking student in computer science and/or public health.
  • Sound knowledge of web development.
  • 2-3 years related experience (developing class or personal projects, or mini-programs to demonstrated working knowledge)
  • Proficiency in using HTML, CSS, and JavaScript.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Excel.
  • Highly organized.
  • Self-directed and self-motivated.
  • Ability to work successfully in a small team environment.

 Preferred Qualifications:

  • Knowledge of, or demonstrated use of, Java Script-based graphing and charting libraries (such as C3.JS) 

Application window: Please apply online here by Dec 31, 2016. Interested candidates should indicate their interest in this specific position and provide examples of their previous web development work in their application & cover letter. Please email Prar Vasudevan (pvasude2@jhu.edu) with questions. 

 

IVAC Epidemiology Team

IMS Research Assistant

About PROJECT: The goal of the Estimating Effective Vaccination Coverage with Immune Markers (IMS): Validation of anti-tetanus toxoid IgG and anti-measles IgG assays for use with dried blood spots (DBS) and oral fluid samples project is to evaluate the utility and feasibility of DBS and oral fluid to assess population immunity to tetanus and measles vaccination among young children in Kisumu, Kenya. 

Position summary: The primary purpose of this position is to help with data analysis and support in manuscript preparation for the IMS project, with additional opportunities to work on other immunization and vaccine preventable diseases (VPD) serological surveillance analyses.

Employment Period: December 15, 2016 to May 19, 2017

Responsibilities may include:

  • Work closely with principal investigators to analyze data and support manuscript preparation.  
  • Data cleaning, exploratory data analysis, and preparation of figures and tables.
  • Opportunity to analyze geospatial variability in immunization coverage, population immunity and risk factors for failure to be fully vaccinated.
  • Additional opportunities to work on VPD serological surveillance analysis outside of the IMS project as needed.
  • Other duties as needed

Qualifications:

  • Extensive experience and/or coursework on data analysis and support in manuscript preparation.
  • Moderate to advanced skills with a statistical program (Stata or R) and experience analyzing epidemiological data is a must. Experience with REDCap, ArcGIS or data visualization software (e.g. Tableau) is a plus.
  • Demonstrated capacity to generate customized figures to visualize data.
  • Must demonstrate excellent organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • Excellent written communication skills. 
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a team.
  • Experience working on vaccines, immunization research, or disease surveillance in under-resourced settings is preferred.

Application Instructions: To apply for this position send an email inquiry to Kyla Hayford (kylahayford@jhu.edu) and state your interest in the position and your qualifications. If your resume is up-to-date, you may want to attach it. The position is open to JHSPH students eligible for Federal Work Study. Estimated hours: 8-12 hours/week, negotiable

 

Student Opportunities: Interested students who would like to learn more about potential future opportunities 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).