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Recruitment: PhD in Food Safety Intervention Research

The Hanoi University of Public Health (HUPH, www.huph.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, HUPH 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 for Public Health and Ecosystem Research (CENPHER, http://cenpher.huph.edu.vn) is a research center at HUPH. The mission of CENPHER 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 a 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 “Market-based approaches to improving the safety of pork in Vietnam” (SafePORK) aims to reduce the burden of food-borne disease in informal, emerging and niche markets, SafePORK will develop and evaluate light-touch market-based approaches to improving food safety, while safeguarding livelihoods in the pork sector. This project is coordinated by the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) in collaboration with HUPH, Vietnam National University of Agriculture, and National Institute of Animal Science and private sectors. The team uses an inter-disciplinary approach and brings together expertise in smallholder pig systems, risk analysis, socio-economics, value chain assessment, veterinary epidemiology and public health. Safepork is funded by the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR).

Job description

The PhD candidate will take part in project activities with a main focus on the following objectives: i) to generate actionable evidence on the efficacy, feasibility and reach of current approaches for improving pork safety in Vietnam; ii) to develop, pilot and test light-touch, incentive-based approaches to food safety, in close partnership with the private sector; iii) to build capacity in understanding food safety risk, its management and effective communication among stakeholders including key government partners, the private sector, academia, donors and media. The field work will be in the project sites of Hanoi, Hoa Binh, Bac Ninh, Hung Yen and Nghe An provinces. The work will be done in close collaboration with experts in food safety from ILRI and different actors of the pork value chain; pig producers, slaughterhouse, traders, consumers, private sectors, and policy and decision makers.  

Required qualifications and skills

  • Master’s degree in public health, biology, veterinary medicine or veterinary public health, or food sciences
  • Candidate should meet the input criteria for the PhD recruitments of MOET (circular 08/2017/TT-BGDDT) 
  • Good English writing and verbal communication skills, computer experience including word-processing, spreadsheets, PowerPoint and data analyses
  • Publication (conference or paper) and field work experience is preferred
  • Ability to work independently and accurately in the work
  • Team player and willing to work under pressure
  • Only Vietnamese candidates are eligible

Work Place and Compensation

  • Competitive salary based on experience
  • Work at CENPHER, HUPH, 1A Duc Thang road, Duc Thang ward, North Tu Liem, Hanoi, Vietnam and regular visits to ILRI Hanoi office.

Duration: Full time, 4 years, starting from July 2018

Application and Further Information

Applicants are invited to send the following documents through email:

  • A curriculum vitae with recent 4x6 cm photo
  • A letter of motivation
  • Copies of main degrees or relevant certificates         
  • Names and contact information of two references


To: Dr. Pham Duc Phuc,

Center for Public Health and Ecosystem Research - Hanoi University of Public Health

1A Duc Thang, Duc Thang ward, North Tu Liem, Hanoi, Vietnam.

T:  (+84) 24.62733162, F: (+84) 24.62733172, Mobile:(+84) 904 049969

Email: pdp@huph.edu.vn


Deadline: May 25th 2018


Any questions about the application, contact Dr Dang Xuan Sinh, mobile: 0969813048, email: dxs@huph.edu.vn. Only shortlisted candidates will be invited to an interview.


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