Study Doctor for Viet-Anh Ward


Position: Study Doctor
Department: Viet-Anh Ward
Location: This post is based in Hospital for Tropical Diseases, Ho Chi Minh City, Viet Nam.
Hours of work: Full time
Tenure: Initially for 1 year, including a 2 month probation period, with possibility of extension.
Reporting to: Prof. Guy Thwaites – Director of OUCRU
                      Dr Ho Dang Trung Nghia – Head of Viet-Anh Ward
Vacancy reference: JD-0519-012


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, Jakarta and Shantou.  As a Wellcome Trust Major Overseas Program, we have received considerable support from the Wellcome Trust since our establishment in 1991.

OUCRU aims to have a positive and significant impact on global health and, in particular, the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of infectious diseases. 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.

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

Please see more information on OUCRU Website:

Job summary

This project is a collaboration between HTD and OUCRU in Ho Chi Minh City. You will join a series of exciting studies investigating Tuberculosis meningitis, other CNS infections, tetanus and any future research areas . You will work at the Viet-Anh Ward at HTD and be responsible for clinical care and research including implementing and collecting data for clinical trials.

Key responsibilities and tasks

Study execution:

  • Help to develop and implement the study protocol. Use the protocol to develop procedures and documentation to execute the trial in compliance with local (HTD), national (MoH) and international (Oxford) regulatory and ethical guidelines.
  • Help to write standard operating procedures, case report forms and data management procedures; help to establish systems for transfer, analysis and reporting of laboratory specimens. Execute these processes during the trial period.
  • Help to train study staff in protocol relevant procedures including those for laboratory samples, data collection and recording and patient assessment.
  • Assist in communications with ethical and regulatory authorities.
  • Help to track study progress and identify problems. Report to stakeholders as required.
  • Liaise closely with the study Principal Investigator(s), other site investigators, statistician, data management and CTU staff to ensure that the study procedures and analysis produce the highest quality science.
  • When required, help in the conduct of other trials in HTD. For example, studies of tetanus on adult ICU

Clinical care and oversight:

  • Identify potential participants on the HTD wards and assist in screening and recruitment of eligible patients and completion of screening logs.
  • Approach patients to enroll in the study. Obtain informed consent to take part in research studies from participants or their families.
  • Communicate with study participants about their illness and its management. Answer questions about the trial.
  • Oversee study staff who collect clinical data and research samples from participants at study sites. Ensure that case report forms are completed accurately by collaborating with hospital staff.
  • Maintain good communication with research nurses, other hospital staff, and the HTD ethics committee to ensure participants’ wellbeing, compliance with study protocols and quality of clinical data.
  • Provide normal clinical care for all patients on Viet Anh ward, as designated by the Ward Head, and take part in the on-call rota which provides clinical care at night for all patients on the ward.

Scientific contribution:

  • Assist with presenting study progress and findings to collaborators and other audiences.

Partner collaboration:

  • Maintain good relationships with HTD, act as a liaison between OUCRU-VN and HTD.
  • Work with other members of the project team to identify areas for collaboration and research.


  • 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.

Selection criteria


  • Medical degree with doctor’s practicing certificate
  • >3 year experience in a Ho Chi Minh City government hospital.
  • Competent in basic medical procedures.
  • Clinical Research Experience and preferably a Master degree or at least level 1 subspecialty training.
  • Excellent skills in communication and patient care. Able to form a good rapport with patients from all backgrounds, including patients with HIV and current or former drug users.
  • Ability to work closely with other study staff and hospital collaborators.
  • Good attention to detail in following protocols and keeping records.
  • Interest and intend to develop in clinical research.
  • Willing to travel within country and abroad.
  • Excellent Vietnamese and English language skills.


  • Prior experience in clinical research.
  • Experience in the management of patients.
  • Familiarity with computers, including Word and database programs.
  • Understanding of academic, research or not-for-profit working environment.
  • Able to work with a minimum of supervision

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
Email: [email protected]

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

Contact person: Ms. Nguyen Thi Hong Phuc

Deadline for submission: 27th Jun 19

Job Details
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Ho Chi Minh
Application Deadline: 
Thu, 2019-06-27