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Research Scholar

Duke Global Health Institute


The Duke Global Health Institute (DGHI) was created to address health disparities in our local community and worldwide. Recognizing that many global health problems stem from economic, social, environmental, political and health care inequalities, DGHI brings together interdisciplinary teams to solve complex health problems and to train the next generation of global health scholars.

DGHI has a strong track record in undertaking infectious disease research, among others. Since the implementation of its new strategic plan (2019-2024), it will continue to develop research partnership/network in emerging and re-merging infectious disease surveillance in Southeast Asia including China. Many faculty have actively involved in Covid-19 related research since the start of the pandemic. In addition, one of DGHI objectives is to get research into policy and practices, i.e. using research evidence for informed policy-making to improve the health and reduce health disparity around the world.

Prof. Shenglan Tang are now seeking a PhD level Research Scholar who will play a major role in undertaking disease control and policy analysis. This position is for a two-year term, which could be renewable based on funding and performance.

Required qualifications:

  • Very strong quantitative research skills, including a firm grasp of statistical analysis techniques and a good command of infectious diseases, or NCDs
  • A PhD level degree in a relevant discipline that provided an excellent grounding in quantitative methods (e.g. health economics, epidemiology, health policy and management or an MPH/MPP or MBA with health concentration, with a highly quantitative focus)

Preferred qualifications:

  • Expertise/experience in global health policy and disease control strategy
  • A firm understanding of the public health and health system challenges facing LMICs

Key responsibilities and estimated time spent on each:

Research, analysis, evidence appraisal/synthesis (50%)

  • Undertake on-going projects led by Shenglan Tang
  • Perform data analysis, literature review and writing up of the research outcome for publications

Development of new research projects (30%)

  • The research scholar is encouraged to develop new research projects for funding, based on her/his own research interest, as long as they are aligned with the DGHIs research strategies.

Administrative, project management, communications, and outreach support (approx. 20%)

  • Project and network management of country projects in China and other Asian countries
  • Liaison with country partners, scheduling and coordinating inperson meetings and teleconferences, helping to develop meeting agendas, preparing meeting materials (including handouts and slides), taking minutes of meetings, and managing followup communications
  • Supporting travel arrangements
  • Budget reconciliation and oversight
  • Providing logistical and administrative support
  • Developing and managing a repository of articles/papers (e.g. using Box/Endnote) that are relevant to the projects

Strong candidates will bring:

  • experience in searching for, appraising, and synthesizing evidence
  • a good grasp of disease epidemiology and public health, and health systems
  • quantitative and qualitative research skills (e.g. designing surveys, conducting stakeholder interviews)
  • strong organizational, administrative, and project management skills
  • strong writing and communications skills (including skills in writing academic papers and giving verbal presentation)
  • strong computer and database management skills, and
  • a good understanding of the global health policy landscape.

The work environment is likely to be fastpaced, rapidlyevolving, and highly resultsdriven.

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