Job offer in england Principal Investigator (Infectious Disease Control) – Flowminder Foundation

Location: With the Worldpop team in Southampton, UK
Duration: 2 year contract (renewable), Full-time position
Start date: Immediate
Reporting to: Executive Director

Context and organisational background
The 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’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. 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 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.

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 Project at University of Southampton. An academic position at the University of Southampton may be possible to create depending on the candidate’s profile and interests.

Flowminder and the Worldpop project have pioneered the use of mobile operator data for malaria elimination and for near real-time outbreak response of cholera. We validated these approaches against case data and we are actively supporting governments in Sub-Saharan Africa and Meso-America in malaria elimination efforts, often in partnership with Clinton Health Access Initiative. We integrate data from movements of mobile phones, household survey data and satellite data to model and predict infectious diseases spread.

Spread of infectious diseases depend on complex interactions between human behaviour, evolution of infectious agents and interactions with animals. Our multidisciplinary team include medicals doctors, epidemiologists, geographers, mathematical modelers, sociologist, economists and computer scientists.

Read more about Flowminder and the WorldPop Project at, and about Flowminder in the media:

The Position
The Flowminder Foundation and the Worldpop Project 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.


The Principal Investigator

  • Reports hierarchically to the Executive Director
  • Reports functionally to the Executive Director and Director of Worldpop

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.



  • A Ph.D. in a quantitative field such as Epidemiology, Statistics/Biostatistics, Bioinformatics, or a related field
  • A strong quantitative research background, statistical and programming proficiency
  • Strong knowledge base in infectious disease epidemiology
  • Experience of working with Ministries of Health and/or infectious disease programs in low/middle income countries
  • Thorough understanding of health systems and disease surveillance systems in low/middle income countries
  • Field experience in low/middle income countries
  • Highly proficient in written and spoken English
  • A demonstrated interest in using mobile data to understand complex disease, leading to the development of new approaches to infectious disease control
  • Experience leading expert teams in analytical projects
  • Strong scientific writing skills, evidenced by academic papers and reports
  • Strong project management skills
  • Experience of writing successful funding proposals
  • Ability to work effectively as a member of an interdisciplinary team
  • Willingness to travel internationally to low/middle income countries


  • Experience/training in working with demographic data (e.g. census, household surveys)
  • Practical experience of working and processing with large-scale spatial datasets such as mobile operator data or remote sensing data
  • GIS/remote sensing experience
  • Knowledge of survey sample design
  • Computer programming experience (esp. Python & R)
  • Multilingual: French, Spanish, Arabic, Swahili or other major languages
  • Experience of working in international agencies
  • Experience of working in resource-poor health facilities
  • Publications in high impact medical/epidemiology journals

Deadline for applications: Until position filled

Please submit your CV and cover letter in ONE file and name the file with your LAST NAME. Your cover letter should include how your previous experience relates to the responsibilities outlined in the job advert.

Please submit all applications by e-mail with your name and job code “IDPI1116” in the email subject line.

Only shortlisted candidates will be notified.