Post-doctoral Researcher (in Machine Learning) (JD-0920-020)



Post-doctoral Researcher (in Machine Learning)


Emerging Infections Group


Office based at OUCRU-HCMC but spending significant time in ICU at Hospital for Tropical Diseases, Ho Chi Minh City

Some travel to UK for meetings/ training with the wider team.

Local travel occasionally within Vietnam

Hours of work

Full time (37.5 hours per week from Monday to Friday)


Initially for one year, including a 2 month probation period, with possibility of extension.

Reporting to

Dr Louise Thwaites, Dr. Ronald Geskus and Senior Innovations Team

Vacancy reference



The Oxford University Clinical Research Unit (OUCRU) is a large-scale clinical and public health research unit based in Viet Nam. We are hosted by the Hospital of Tropical Diseases (HTD) in Ho Chi Minh City, and the National Hospital for Tropical Diseases (NHTD) in Hanoi. We also have sister units in Kathmandu, Nepal and Jakarta, Indonesia.  As a Wellcome Trust Programme, we have received considerable support from the Wellcome Trust since our establishment in 1991.

Our ten-year vision is to have local, regional and global impact on health by leading a locally driven research programme on infectious diseases in Southeast Asia. This is being achieved via an integrated long-term research programme, contributions to training, the scientific literature, national and international meetings and membership of national and international committees. Priority is given to health issues important to the hospitals, and to Viet Nam as a whole. All work is intended not only to benefit the patients seen daily at our host hospitals, but also to help improve patient care throughout Viet Nam and the region.

Please see more information on OUCRU Website:

Job summary

We are expanding our work in critical illness with a focus on using new technology to improve the care of critically ill patients throughout the region. The overall aim of this project is to provide proof-of-principle that new devices and analytical techniques can improve the clinical care of critically ill patients in an Intensive Care Unit (ICU). This is a large collaborative project between OUCRU, the Hospital for Tropical Diseases Ho Chi Minh City and foreign collaborators (University of Oxford, Imperial College London, Kings College London, ETH Zurich, Melbourne University). For further information see

The post holder will be a key member of this research team, working in a multidisciplinary team of clinicians and biomedical engineers based in OUCRU and Oxford.

The post-holder will be involved in a project using machine learning and artificial intelligence to analyse physiological data and predict outcome in tetanus and sepsis. The post-holder will be involved in study design, data collection and analysis.

Key responsibilities and tasks

The post-holder will work closely with OUCRU PIs and the Oxford engineering team to implement the innovations project. This will involve

  • Develop, establish, and pursue appropriate analytical protocols and techniques to support the Wellcome innovations flagship research
  • Develop research questions within a specific context, conduct independent research, analysing detailed and complex qualitative and/or quantitative data from a variety of sources, and generate original ideas by building on existing concepts
  • Regularly write research articles at a national level for peer-reviewed journals. Present papers at national/international conferences
  • Share responsibility for shaping the project team’s plans and the writing of group-funding applications for new research projects
  • Day-to-day assistance with clinical study implementation (eg trouble-shooting technical problems, communicating with other research staff)
  • Work with other members of the project team to identify future areas for collaboration and research.
  • Assist with presenting study progress and findings to collaborators and other audiences.

Selection criteria


  • PHD in mathematics, computer science, biomedical engineering or quantitative field
  • Research experience in machine learning, signal processing or similar field
  • Proven competence in mathematics and programming data analysis methods in R, Matlab or Python.
  • Familiarity with the existing literature and research in the field
  • Possess sufficient specialist knowledge in the discipline to develop research projects and methodologies
  • Ability to independently plan and manage a research project
  • Team player, organized, patient, dedicated, tactful, understanding, disciplined and mature
  • Good understanding of written and spoken English and Vietnamese


  • Experience of collaborating with clinicians as part of a busy multidisciplinary team
  • Experience in healthcare field


  • Contracted salary: Negotiable (depending on actual experience and education).
  • Optional insurance: In-patient and out-patient medical coverage; Personal accident insurance coverage
  • Two months’ salary for annual bonus and clothes
  • Annual leave 18 days each year for the first year
  • Other responsibilities and benefits are based on Viet Nam Labour Law.

How to apply

Interested qualified candidates are invited to send their detailed resume and cover letter in English, including copies of relevant degrees, certificates, either by email or by post to the following address:

Oxford University Clinical Research Unit

Laboratory of Clinical Science

Hospital for Tropical Diseases

764 Vo Van Kiet, Ward 1, District 5, HCMC

Tel: 39237954



* We thanks all applicants for their interests but only short-listed candidates will be contacted for interview.

Contact person

Ms. Nguyễn Thị Hồng Phúc

Deadline for submission

16th October 2020