Research Assistant (JD-0720-014)



Research assisitant (Laboratory scientist (ELISA + MiSeq) and project management)


Mathematical Modelling Group


This post is based in OUCRU Ho Chi Minh City.

Hours of work



This is a 7-month contract

Reporting to

Dr. Marc Choisy – Head of Mathematical Modelling Group

Vacancy reference



Oxford University has a Clinical Research Unit in Viet Nam working in partnership with the Hospital for Tropical Diseases in Ho Chi Minh City and a network of hospitals across Viet Nam and Asia to conduct a wide range of clinical and community studies including clinical trials of drugs and vaccines. The Unit is based in the Hospital for Tropical Diseases in Ho Chi Minh City. The Unit’s main focus of work is in typhoid, dengue, infections of the central nervous system, influenza, malaria, tetanus, influenza, HIV and tuberculosis.

The Mathematical Modelling Group uses and develops mathematical and computational models to answer basic and applied research questions on the ecology and evolution of infectious diseases. Studied diseases include influenza, dengue, hepatitis C, COVID-19, measles. Questions relate to the seasonality and spatial dynamics of infectious diseases, the role of environmental and climatic drivers, as well as human population characteristics and movements. Applications relate to the prevention and control of infectious diseases by surveillance network, vaccination and other potential interventions. We work closely with the National Institute of Hygiene and Epidemiology (NIHE) in Hanoi, in particular for the analysis of national surveillance data, including serological data.

Please see more information on OUCRU Website:

Job summary

The project is an ILI surveillance study done from a sample of private clinics in Ho Chi Minh city. In the study, outpatient clinics send daily text messages reporting the number of patients that attended that day and the number of patients that met the clinical definition of influenza-like illness. The study collects swab samples every week that are tested for influenza A/B and subtyped for influenza A/H1 and A/H3 if they are influenza positive. Influenza A positive samples are sequenced. Clinicians enrolled in the study are reimbursed for their text-message fees. Two nurses are employed (located in Ho Chi Minh City) as part of the study to travel to clinics to collect swabs from patients who are prospectively enrolled in this study. The post holder will act as the project manager and a molecular biologist responsible for diagnostic testing and sequencing.

Key responsibilities and tasks

  • Execute study-related administrative and financial tasks, such as collection of data and regulatory documents, managing reimbursement for patients, compensation for participating doctors and study staff, filing or retrieving files, maintaining patient charts and supply inventories.
  • Manage two nurses currently working in the ILI surveillance study.
  • Arrange meetings and workshops for clinicians if necessary.
  • Communicate updates/results to doctors participating in ILI surveillance in Ho Chi Minh City.
  • Liaise with colleagues in monitoring, data management and laboratory departments to ensure quality and harmonious execution of study procedures.
  • Samples labelling and storage.
  • Data management.
  • PCR for detecting FluA and FluB and subtypes H1 and H3 of FluA positives.
  • MiSeq sequencing.
  • Serological assays to influenza stalk (HA2) antibody on 540 archives samples.

Selection criteria


BSc or MSc in Biotechnologies.



  • ELISA, PCR, MiSeq sequencing
  • Good organization skills
  • Good communication skills and ability to interact with administration and doctors from the clinics.
  • Fluent English (IELTS equivalent 5.0)



  • Basic knowledge in data analysis
  • Ability to write reports
  • Ability to present results


–    Contracted salary: Negotiate (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/year for the first year, a maximum of 30 days

–    Other responsibilities and benefits are based on Viet Nam Labor 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. Nguyen Thi Hong Phuc

Deadline for submission

26th August 2020