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10 May 2019
Job ID: BK-76546
Social Scientist
Overview of the role

Mahidol-Oxford Tropical Medicine Research Unit (MORU), based in Bangkok, Thailand, is looking for a Social Scientist to join the Epidemiology Department for an exciting new project. This project aims to better understand transmission of malaria in forests in Cambodia, Lao PDR and Thailand and how to prevent this transmission with a large clinical trial of antimalarial prophylaxis among forest goers in Cambodia.


The successful candidate will lead the qualitative research component in rural communities in Cambodia, Lao PDR and Thailand and will split their time between the MORU offices in Bangkok and the project field sites in each country. The appointee will supervise the design, conduct and analysis of qualitative interviews of forest goers to better understand malaria risk behaviours and also of healthcare workers and Ministry of Health staff to investigate how interventions against forest malaria could most effectively be implemented. The interviews will be conducted by an epidemiologist and a team of field staff in each country who will be trained and supervised by the social scientist. The successful candidate will be supported by an experienced research team in Bangkok, existing field staff in the study sites and an experienced social scientist based in Europe. Additional training will be provided as needed.


The role will include supervision of field staff in Thailand and communication with local healthcare workers and the Thai Ministry of Public Health. There will be opportunities to attend international meetings. In addition, they will contribute to teaching, data analysis and preparation of research manuscripts. They will be supported to pursue their own scientific interests related to the project and to seek their own additional funding.



  • BA, BSc or PhD in Social Science or related discipline
  • Experienced in design and conduct of qualitative interviews in public health
  • Proven track record of published papers in qualitative research
  • Proficiency in spoken and written English



  • Teaching experience
  • Experience of work in rural communities


Interested candidates please submit your resume and recent photo to the Head of Epidemiology, Prof. Richard Maude

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Mahidol-Oxford Tropical Medicine Research Unit

Faculty of Tropical Mecidine, Mahidol University

420/6 Rajvithi Road, Bangkok  10400


Job Details:

  • Five-day work week
  • Flexible working hours
  • Medical insurance
  • Dental insurance
  • Life insurance

Mahidol-Oxford Research Unit,
Mahidol-Oxford Tropical Medicine Research Unit (MORU) is a medical research collaboration between the Faculty of Tropical Medicine, Mahidol University, the University of Oxford, and the Wellcome Trust (UK). Our main research interests are the epidemiology, diagnosis, pathophysiology and treatment of malaria, scrub typhus, melioidosis, leptospirosis and other tropical infections which impose a substantial disease burden on rural populations throughout this populous region. MORU is looking for enthusiastic people to join our team.

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