The Vaccine and Infectious Disease Institute (VAXINFECTIO) and the Global Health Institute of the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences at University of Antwerp (UAntwerp) have the following position available:
Data Managers EBOVAC3 (100%)
VAXINFECTIO is aimed at integrated vaccine and microbiological research with a focus on increasing the understanding of the immune response in prophylactic and therapeutic vaccines and on the containment of antibiotic resistance. (www.uantwerpen.be/en/rg/vaxinfectio)
The Global Health Institute focusses on health issues transcending national boundaries and are thus beyond the capacity of individual countries to address through domestic institutions. Their research activities cover diverse domains such as reproductive health, management of chronic diseases, (neglected) infectious diseases and vaccine preventable diseases. (www.uantwerpen.be/en/rg/global-health-institute)
There is a tremendous need to have a vaccine available that can prevent and or mitigate future Ebola Zaire outbreaks from dramatic spread. An international consortium aims to address this need of accelerating the development of a prophylactic Ebola vaccine via the EBOVAC3 project supported by IMI.
The consortium is involved in a Phase 2 study to evaluate the safety, tolerability and immunogenicity of heterologous prime-boost regimens of the vaccine administered to children in 3 age cohorts and HIV+ adolescents. Clinical centres in Sierra Leone, Republic of Guinea and the Democratic Republic of Congo, will enrol HIV+ adolescents, HIV- adolescents and paediatric subjects. Conducting a trial in countries that have experienced a number of filovirus outbreaks prepares the groundwork for response for a future outbreak and indirectly benefits the population at risk.
Therefore, VAXINFECTIO and the Global Health Institute are looking for experts in data management to join and strengthen their team in order to perform high quality research and create and maintain high quality databases within the EBOVAC3 project.
Data Managers EBOVAC3 - 2018ATPFGGWEX054
You will report to and be supervised by the EBOVAC project coordinator, who has a direct functional link with the Principal Investigators of this clinical trial at the UAntwerp.
- Design electronical case record forms for data acquisition and data entry.
- Develop databases and database data specifications, including design, user requirements, edit rules/checks, query logic and data validations; access permissions and privileges.
- Develop data flow, data management plans and database training materials.
- Perform quality control review of the data and coordinate timely corrections to the database with the clinical sites.
- Maintain databases throughout their lifecycle, conduct routine maintenance to ensure data integrity, generate and review documentation for all database changes or refinements.
- Assist with monitoring study metrics and site performance using standard data management tools.
- Assist in standardizing meta data management procedures.
- Coordinate the archiving of study databases and related documents (including back up, optimization, verification of integrity).
- Assist in decision regarding acquisition of software, hardware and data storage upgrades.
- Perform regular field visits to Guinea, Sierra Leone and DR Congo to supervise data management related activities and install (REDCAP) software.
- Provide training on data management to study teams (in Belgium and international settings including remote areas in Africa).
- Minimum bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, Statistics, Computer Engineering or a related field.
- 3+ years’ experience in data management or analysis.
- High proficiency with MS Office and interactive computer programs such as Linux configuration, SQL databases, REDCAP, Perl, Python and other related applications.
- Ability to work with large data sets with a strong attention to detail.
- Ability to effectively apply knowledge and skills in a highly organized fashion while adhering to regulatory guidelines and Standard Operating Procedures.
- Excellent organizational skills and good analytical/problem-solving skills.
- Strong interest in scientific work, flexible and strong sense of initiative and responsibility.
- Excellent knowledge of English and French, knowledge of Dutch is an asset.
- Experience with participating in developing countries (preferably in Africa) is required.
- Ability to work in a team environment and independently if needed, to train and direct the study team, in Belgium and remote places in Africa.
- Ability to work productively with minimal supervision and to be able to set and meet timelines.
- An intellectually stimulating and international interdisciplinary research environment and collaborative network, with room for personal initiative.
- A 12 months fixed-term contract for 1 FTE position, with perspective of prolongation for another 3 years. Probable Starting date 1 September 2018.
- Salary according to university scales (5-7), usually starting at scale 5. Relevant experience and education will be taken into consideration.
- 35 vacation days + 2 weeks collective closure (in August and December).
- Reimbursement of public transport costs and/or bicycle compensation.
- Luncheon vouchers.