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Job vacancy : Research assisstant in Food Safety and Risk Analysis (closed)

Recruitment: Research assisstant in Food Safety and Risk Analysis at Hanoi School of Public Health

Position: Research assisstant

Duration: fulltime, from 12 to 36 months starting from end of June 2014

Institution and Project

Hanoi School of Public Health (HSPH, www.hsph.edu.vn) was formally established in 2001 as the sole university in Vietnam for developing modern public health as an agent of change for protecting human health through training and research. During the past decade, HSPH has made remarkable progress in offering degree programs in public health (BSc, MSc, and PhD) and hospital management (MSc), as well as in translating research findings to inform policy. The Center of Public Health and Ecosystem Research (CENPHER, http://cenpher.huph.edu.vn ) is a newly developed research unit at HSPH. The mission of CEPHER is to study the health and well-being impacts of environmental, ecological, cultural, socio-economic, and demographic factors using the integrative approaches of Ecohealth/One Health with special focus on South East Asia, with links to common issues in Africa. We focus on the links between health and agriculture, infectious and zoonotic diseases, chemical pollution, and food safety and nutrition, from the lab to the field.

The research project “Reducing risk and improving food safety in smallholder pig value chains in Vietnam” (PigRISK, http://pigrisk.wikispaces.com ) is funded by the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR) and coordinated by the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI). Reflecting a multi-disciplinary approach, the project will bring together expertise in smallholder pig systems, risk analysis, socio-economics, value chain assessment, veterinary epidemiology and public health. The core partners with ILRI are the HSPH and Hanoi University of Agriculture, who will utilize resources and skills from a wide range of partner organizations.

The main objectives of PigRISK are: i) to assess impacts of pork-borne diseases on human health and the livestock sector and to identify critical points/opportunities for risk management; ii) to develop and test incentive-based innovations to improve management of human and animal health risks in smallholder pig value chains; and iii) to sustainably improve capacity to assess and manage risks in smallholder pig value chains by engaging stakeholders and co-generating evidence.

Job Description

The successful candidate will help the project team to do works related to:

  1. Collect samples in accordance with the pork value chain; pork producers, slaughters, traders, consumers in the study area (Hung Yen and Nghe An) as well as data collection in the field.
  2. Synthesis/analysis of data from laboratory about chemical and microbiological hazard.
  3. Summary of records related to field, meetings…
  4. Implement administrative tasks such as: make dispatches, invitation, contract, financial document…


  • Bachelor’s degree in public health, biology, veterinary medicine or veterinary public health, or food sciences.  
  • Ability to use analysis software (R, Stata, SPSS)
  • English is an advantage
  • Proactive, flexible and responsible
  • Ability to communicate and cooperate with stakeholders, local people in the field areas.
  • Have the skill and experience in performing study of microorganisms (Salmonela, Coliform, E.coli, Streptococus suis…), qualitative research is an advantage
  • Take high commitment, complete the assigned work on time
  • Commitment to work on field in Hung Yen and Nghe An provinces

Work Place and  Compensation

  • Competitive salary based on experience
  • Holiday: as in Vietnam Labor Law
  • Work at Hanoi School for Public Health 138, Giang Vo, Hanoi, Vietnam.
  • Assistance: stationery and computer
  • Be participated the training related to the project

Application and Further Information

Applicants are invited to send the following documents through email:

  • A letter of interest
  • A curriculum vitae
  • Copies of main degrees
  • Names and contact information of two references


To: Ms Lam Thi Binh,

Center of Public Health and Ecosystem Research - Hanoi School of Public Health

138 Giang Vo, Hanoi.

T:  (+84) 4.62733162, F: (+84) 4.62733172, Mobile:(+84) 986672316

Email : ltb@huph.edu.vn  and Cc xuansinhck@gmail.com

Deadline: 10th June  2014


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