Post-doctoral Researcher (Social Science and Bioethics) (JD-0124-004)

PositionPost-doctoral Researcher (Social Science and Bioethics)
GroupSocial Science and Implementation Research (SSIR)
LocationThis post is based in Ho Chi Minh City, with some travel required.
Hours of workFull time: Monday – Friday, 37.5 hours per week, extra hours may be required.
TenureInitially for 01 year, including a 02 month probation period, with possibility of extension for second year based on annual performance appraisal.
Reporting toHead of SSIR, Dr. Jennifer Ilo Van Nuil
Vacancy referenceJD-0124-004
BackgroundThe Oxford University Clinical Research Unit (OUCRU) is a large-scale clinical and public health research unit, with sites offices in Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi in Vietnam, Jakarta in Indonesia and Kathmandu in Nepal. In Vietnam, 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. OUCRU Nepal has partnerships with the Patan Academy of Health Sciences and Patan Hospital, and OUCRU Indonesia exists in partnership with the University of Indonesia. As a Wellcome Trust Africa Asia Programme, we have received considerable support from the Wellcome Trust since our establishment in 1991.

OUCRU’s vision is to have local, regional and global impact on health by leading a locally driven research programme on infectious diseases in Southeast Asia. Priority is given to health issues important to the hospitals where we work, and to the countries as a whole where we operate: Vietnam, Indonesia and Nepal.  All work is intended not only to benefit the patients seen daily at our host hospitals, but also to help improve patient care.

OUCRU employs approximately 320 people across Viet Nam and has an average annual budget of USD 12mil.

Please see more information on OUCRU website:
Job summaryThe Postdoctoral Researcher will assist with developing and conducting social science research within and alongside ongoing clinical trials, commonly known as studies within a trial (SWAT). Within these studies, we will use a variety of social science methods including participant observation, in-depth interviews, group discussion, and surveys to explore alternative methods to deliver a clinical trial and evaluation of current trial practices. We will explore the full course of a clinical trial, from study design to recruitment of participants to reporting outcomes upon clinical trial completion. There will be a focus on trial ethics and good trial practice, in addition to other topics of interest to the post-holder. We will use the results of the SWAT to inform current trials and future trial design. Results will be published in academic journals and presented at local and international conferences.
The Postdoctoral Researcher will lead a small team to implement the research activities under the guidance and mentorship of the Heads of Social Science and Implementation Research (SSIR) and Clinical Trials Unit (CTU). They will also work with members of the Public and Community Engagement group as required.
In addition, the post holder will support social science researchers within the unit and contribute to training and skills development workshops. It is expected that the post holder will conceive new initiatives and projects to expand social science and bioethics research within the unit – particularly in areas that are associated with OUCRU biomedical research interests. 
The candidate will be expected to participate in Global Health Bioethics Network (GHBN) meetings, Good Clinical Trials Collaborative meetings, participate in an annual bioethics summer school, and present at relevant conferences held online and in person in different locations.
Key responsibilities and tasksIn addition to meeting the essential qualifications stated below, the ideal candidate for this position will be an experienced social science or bioethics researcher.
This work involves the following responsibilities:
– Design and implement social science research linked to clinical trials;
– Review literature to provide context for the research, and write up the results in for publication;
– Develop and apply for external funding;
– Travel locally, nationally, and internationally to conduct research and attend meetings;
– Manage and administer project-specific budgets;
– Supervise 1-2 research assistants;
– Help with training activities as needed;
– Other tasks as required by the Head of SSIR.
Selection criteria  Essential

– PhD, preferably with background in social sciences (e.g. sociology, anthropology, development studies) or bioethics
– Excellent spoken and written Vietnamese and English
– Excellent communication and interpersonal skills in cross-cultural settings
– Experience in social science study design, data collection, basic qualitative and quantitative analysis, and dissemination, including qualitative and quantitative research designs
– Experience publishing in peer-reviewed journals and presenting in conferences
– Ability to work with a high degree of autonomy, and yet be a team player


– Experience working on one or more of the following topics: infectious diseases, clinical trials, bioethics
– Experience supervising staff
– Experience working in multi-disciplinary teams to explore complex health issues
– Desire to interact with and work with a range of stakeholders and local communities
– Highly organized
– Energetic and creative; open to new approaches and ideas
– Project and budget management experience advantageous
– Strong interpersonal skills
Benefits– Contracted salary: $1,895 – $1,983 gross per month
– 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 applyInterested candidates are invited to send curriculum vitae, application and copies of relevant certificates, either by email or by post to:
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 thank all candidates for their interest but only short-listed applicants will be notified for interview.
Contact personMs Nguyen Thi Hong Phuc
Deadline for submission20th February 2024
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