Research Assistant – Enteric infections group (Vietnam)

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Position Research Assistant – Enteric infections group
Hours of work Full time
Location Oxford University Clinical Research Unit, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Responsible to Dr Stephen Baker
Tenure Contract for one year with possibility of extension, on completion of a 2-month probation period.
Background Oxford University Clinical Research Unit (OUCRU) is based at, and works in partnership with, the Hospital for Tropical Diseases in Ho Chi Minh City. The core research areas of the unit are dengue, central nervous system infections, enteric infections, malaria, influenza, tuberculosis, and HIV.
Job summary The successful candidate will work within the enteric infections research laboratory under the supervision of Dr Stephen Baker. The principle areas of work will be studying the cause of dysenteric diarrhoea in hospitalized children in Ho Chi Minh City and investigating their immune response. The research assistant will be required to perform and co-ordinate laboratory activities involving the isolation and identification of enteric pathogens, including Salmonella and Shigella, and perform antimicrobial susceptibility testing, using traditional methods and an automated system. Training in the current techniques (microbiology, molecular biology and immunology) that are used in the laboratory will be provided. Once trained the successful applicant will be expected to develop new techniques for future aspects of the research project. In addition, the post-holder will undertake other reasonable activities as instructed by Dr Baker. There will be opportunities for the right candidate to receive additional academic and non-academic training, provided they meet unit requirements.
Other requirements Good time-keeping, a good and responsible working attitude, patience, committed, honesty, an attention to detail, knowledge of classical and molecular microbiological techniques, and a sound understanding of scientific research are essential.
Key responsibilities and tasks The successful candidate will perform classical microbiological techniques including identification of Salmonella and Shigella, and perform antimicrobial susceptibility testing. In addition, they will perform some molecular/immunological analyses, such as, PCR amplification, DNA sequencing, and ELISAs. They will also be expected to maintain and organize a sample collection and data entry/storage system for the specified project. In the future, and under supervision, they will be expected to develop microbiological assays within the laboratory, and there may be the opportunity to spend short periods abroad for training. Excellent training and support will be given to ensure they improve their scientific skills. The individual will be expected to participate in group meetings to share experience and contribute to the knowledge of others in the team.
Qualifications Relevant BSc or MSc (biological sciences).
Person specification
  • Interested in clinical and laboratory sciences
  • Professional knowledge and skills
  • A minimum of one years experience in microbiology, immunology and/or molecular techniques
  • Excellent record-keeping skills
  • A good working grasp of English and Vietnamese
  • Highly organized, patient, dedicated, motivated, tactful, understanding, disciplined and mature
  • Good IT skills. Particularly MS Office: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access
  • Keen to develop academically
  • Capacity to work and deliver results under a tight schedule
  • Ability to work in a team and interact with colleagues
  • Collegiate and helpful
  • Enthusiastic
Working conditions This post is based at the Hospital for Tropical Diseases, HCMC, Vietnam. Working hours are 37.5 hours per week. Overtime may be required on weekends, depending on time demands.
How to apply Interested qualified candidates are invited to send their curriculum vitae and cover letter in English, including copies of relevant certificates, either by email or by post to the following address: Email:
Please include in the cover letter the following:

  • A detailed description of your education, training and/or employment history
  • An outline of what you think you can bring to the group
  • A description of your strengths and weaknesses
  • Your goals in science over the next 3-5 years
Contact Oxford University Clinical Research Unit
Laboratory of Clinical Science
Hospital for Tropical Diseases
764 Vo Van Kiet, Ward 1, District 5, HCMC
Tel: 39237954
Attn: Ms. Tran Thi Hoang Chau
Deadline for submission 28 Jul 2013