Research Assistant (JD-0324-007)

PositionResearch Assistant
GroupBiostatistics Group
LocationOxford University Clinical Research Unit, Ho Chi Minh City, Viet Nam
Hours of workFull-time. Exceptional applicants who can only work part-time (min. 50%) will also be considered.
TenureInitially for one year, including a 2 month probation period, with the possibility of extension.
Reporting toDr. Ronald Geskus, Head of Biostatistics Group
Vacancy referenceJD-0324-007
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 summaryIn order to strenghten our team, we seek a motivated and talented person with a clear interest in data analysis and programming, who contributes to the statistical support of the studies that are performed at OUCRUand who is eager to develop into an independent statistical consultant and researcher.
Key responsibilities and tasksMore specifically, the tasks involve:

1. To perform statistical analyses and support colleagues with their analyses, using the R statistical programto provide support in the writing of research proposals, protocols (e.g. performing sample size calculations) and statistical analysis plans

2. To create randomization lists that determine treatment allocation in clinical trials

3. To help developing and maintaining R functions and Shiny apps that facilitate data cleaning, data management and performing analyses of clinical trials and observational studies

4. To support in the computer practicals of the courses Introduction to Medical Statistics and Computing in R

The research assistant initially works under close supervision of the head of the biostatistics group and receives on-the-job training. Strong candidates will be encouraged to contribute to the methodological research in biostatistics at OUCRU and can apply for the unit’s PhD program.  
Selection criteria
Essential qualifications:

– BSc or MSc in i) mathematics or statistics, ii) health sciences or epidemiology with a strong interest in quantitative methods, or iii) a quantitative discipline with an interest in health care.
– Knowledge of the principles of statistical analysis
– Interest and skills in programming
– Excellent written and spoken language skills in Vietnamese
– Appropriate English language skills (level IELTS 6.5)
– Communication skills and the ability to explain technical issues to researchers with a different background
– Analytical problem-solving skills, willingness to learn and develop, self-initiative, attention to detail

Desirable Criteria:

– Experience in statistical analysis
– Experience with research in a medical environment
– Experience in programming in R
– Ability to contribute to the methodological development of novel approaches for designing and analyzing clinical and epidemiological studies  
Benefits– Salary ranges: $ 1,202 – $1,476 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 submission14 April 2024
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