Research Officer (FLIA)

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Firoz Lalji Institute for Africa


Research Officer


Salary from £36,647 to £44,140 pa inclusive with potential to progress to £47,456 pa inclusive of London allowance


This is a fixed term appointment for twenty-four months



The Firoz Lalji Institute for Africa (FLIA) focuses on engagement with Africa through cutting-edge research, teaching and public events, strengthening LSE’s long-term commitment to placing Africa at the heart of understandings and debates on global issues. The Centre for Public Authority and International Development (CPAID) is a Research Centre based at LSE’s Firoz Lalji Institute for Africa and where the position will be based. The centre investigates the complexity of public authority and the risks and opportunities this creates for international development, public health, and inclusive growth.


FLIA/CPAID is recruiting a dynamic Research Officer to work on the European Union Horizon 2020 PERISCOPE Project (Pan-European Response to the Impacts of COVID-19 and Future Pandemics and Epidemics). The successful candidate will have research responsibilities and a key coordination role within LSE workstreams forming parts of the PERISCOPE Project. The post holder will coordinate engagement across PERISCOPE’s multidisciplinary work streams and develop a public authority perspective on the research and COVID-19 related policy engagements. The research officer will conduct and publish research on topics related to responses to COVID-19 interventions in Europe and other regions (e.g. Africa); continuities and discontinuities in vaccine compliance between selected European and other countries; the role of public authorities in structuring trust in COVID-19 interventions and vaccine compliance in European and other countries.


Candidates should have a PhD in development studies, anthropology, geography, or other related social science discipline. The successful candidate should have prior experience of managing and coordinating research projects and planning academic events. Candidates will also have experience of conducting public authority, public health, and epidemic-related research in Europe and/or Africa. A previous publishing track record in academic journals on topics related to public authority, public health, and/or epidemic-related research in Europe/Africa would be desirable. Excellent interpersonal, organisational, and communication skills are essential for the role.



We offer an occupational pension scheme, generous annual leave and excellent training and development opportunities.


For further information about the post, please see the how to apply document, job description and the person specification.


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The closing date for receipt of applications is 12 May 2021 (23.59 UK time). Regrettably, we are unable to accept any late applications.