Study Doctor (JDHAN_0422_011)

Position Study Doctor (JDHAN_0422_011)
Department OUCRU Hanoi
Tenure Contract for one year on completion of 2-month probation with possibility for extension.
Location This job will be based at National Lung Hospital, Vietnam National Children’s Hospital, OUCRU Hanoi
Hours of work Full-time (37.5 hours per week Monday – Friday)
Reporting to Rogier van Doorn, Acting head of OUCRU-CTU Hanoi and Julie Huynh, Project manager OUCRU-TB group
Vacancy reference JDHAN_0422_011
Background

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, and Jakarta.  As a Wellcome Trust Major Overseas 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: www.oucru.org.

Job summary

You will join a dynamic research group running a large international clinical trial studying tuberculous meningitis in children. The trial is an interventional study comparing a shortened intensified drug regimen (6 months) to the current WHO recommendation of 12 months for TB meningitis. It will also study the potential benefit for adjuvant aspirin with the aim to improving outcomes in tuberculous meningitis. Children will be recruited from 4 sites, the National Lung Hospital and National Children’s Hospital in Hanoi and Pham Ngoc Thach Hospital and Children’s Hospital 2 in Ho Chi Minh City. The post-holder will have responsibilities at the National Children’s Hospital and provide support at National Lung Hospital.

Key responsibilities and tasks
  • Understand the study protocols, and work with hospital physicians to recruit and manage study patients
  • Support ward staff with screening hospitalized children for suspected TB meningitis; including those transferred from referral hospitals to study sites.
  • Obtain informed consent from patient’s carers/guardians and assent from children 12 years or older to participate in the study, in accordance with good clinical practice.
  • Perform computer randomization of study drugs
  • Collect, co-ordinate and oversee the collection of clinical data and research samples from participants both as inpatients and outpatients. This will include performing various clinical examinations and procedures such as lumbar punctures.
  • Work closely with other study staff (nurse or co-ordinator) to ensure appropriate study dispensing and scheduling of follow up appointments as per protocol.
  • Ensure that clinical case report forms are completed accurately without missing data by conducting regular reviews of CRFs in collaboration with hospital staff.
  • Maintain good record keeping of CRF files and other study documents ensuring they are up to date
  • Communicate with study participants and their parents /legal guardians about their illness and its management. Answer questions about the trial, and provide advice about seeking healthcare at study sites or non-study sites as appropriate.
  • Identify all serious adverse events and report them to OUCRU CTU and relevant ethics committees as per reporting policy. This is to be done in close liaison with the OUCRU study-coordinator.
  • Assist with patient transfers, ensure continuity of care and of study procedures
  • Address data queries raised by OUCRU-CTU or MRC-CTU
  • Cooperate with the study monitoring team during and after their visits to answer their questions regarding data collection, and any queries related to clinical data collected.
  • Maintain good communication with research nurses and collaborating hospital staff at each site, to ensure participants’ wellbeing, compliance with study protocols and quality of clinical data.
  • Help to develop good relationships with study sites and OUCRU-Hanoi, and communicate effectively with OUCRU-Ho Chi Minh City.
  • Attend regular videoconference meetings with study coordinators/Clinical trials unit in Ha Noi and Ho Chi Minh City, and the project manager.
  • It will be expected the candidate will make some visits to the National Lung Hospital to provide support, oversee and collect data on children who are transferred from the Vietnam National Children’s Hospital when required.
Selection criteria Essential:

  • Medical degree and current license to practise
  • ³2 years clinical experience in a Ha Noi government hospital
  • Competence in basic medical procedures including lumbar puncture
  • Excellent skills in communication and patient care
  • Ability to work closely with other study staff and hospital collaborators
  • Good attention to detail in following protocols and record keeping
  • Interest in clinical and/or epidemiological research
  • Excellent Vietnamese and good English language skills
  • Excellent interpersonal skills

Desired:

  • Prior experience in clinical research
  • Clinical and/or research experience in paediatrics, infectious diseases or neurology
  • Masters degree or at least level 1 subspecialty training
  • Experience in use of Word processing ans spreadsheet software.
  • Understanding of academia, research or not-for-profit working environment
  • Able to work with a minimum of supervision
Benefits
  • 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 by email to Ms Pham Thi Thanh Hoa, operations manager OUCRU Hanoi: hoaptt@oucru.org

* The cover letter should detail:

– What part of your education, training or employment history has best equipped you for this position and why you would be a good candidate?

– Contacts of two referees who are your latest HR/ line manager and can provide details of relevant work experience and attitude

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

Contact person Ms. Pham Thi Thanh Hoa
Deadline for submission 28th June, 2022