Vacancy: Research Assistant (20 hours per week)

The position

The Amsterdam Institute for Global Health and Development (AIGHD) is seeking a Research Assistant (RA) (20 hours per week)  to support a European Commission-funded project (SoNAR-Global) that aims to build a network of social scientists engaged in research on infectious disease threats, for example, (re)emerging diseases and antimicrobial resistance.

AIGHD is in the lead of two work packages, “Networking and communication” and “Capacity strengthening for social science-informed interventions”. The RA will work under the supervision of Dr. Danny de Vries (capacity building) and Dr. Christopher Pell (networking) and in close collaboration with colleagues in Paris and Bangkok. S/he will be assisting in implementation of activities in both work packages. The role offers the possibility to develop, with the support of experts in the field, funding proposals to conduct future research in this area.

Starting date of the position preferably as soon as possible and employment will be for the duration of the project (36 months).

Main duties/responsibilities:

  • Establish and manage a digital platform of experts
  • Mapping of training materials and funding opportunities for social scientists working in this field
  • Support development of training curricula and organization of training incidental webinars
  • Conduct literature reviews (focused on social science research on infectious threats)
  • Support the development of funding applications
  • Organize (and attend) international workshops and symposia (international travel might be necessary)

Educational qualifications

  • Master’s in social / health sciences (e.g. medical anthropology or medical sociology).

Work experience

  • Experience conducting literature reviews (particularly focusing on qualitative social science) using online databases, and extracting information and synthesizing findings
  • Experience with training and/or development of teaching materials

Additional skills/competencies

  • Excellent English language communication skills (oral and written)
  • Proficiency with MS Office and reference management software
  • Ability to work independently and as a part of inter-disciplinary and socially diverse team
  • Keen attention to detail and well-organised


  • Familiarity with current infectious disease threats and social science research addressing the issues
  • Experience with web development software and website management
  • Ability to author text suitable for a broad lay audience
  • Experience of developing funding applications for social or health sciences research
  • French language skills

AIGHD offers
AIGHD offers an excellent job opportunity in a cutting edge working environment in global health and development and a salary in line with prevailing sector standards. AIGHD has a fulltime workweek of 40 hours, 25 days leave annually, an attractive collective pension plan and a very comprehensive collective health insurance scheme. The position is based at the office of AIGHD in Amsterdam.

For more information about the job description, general questions, or to submit an application (including CV and letter of motivation) please contact Linde Nieuwenhuys, HR assistant at AIGHD ( Closing date: 16th of December, 2018. Start of the interviews will be in the week of the 31st of December 2018.

AIGHD takes a problem-oriented approach and transcends the boundaries of traditional academic disciplines to provide sustainable solutions in the field of Global Health. It is a dynamic network focused on research, education and policy advising. The Institute stands for a collaboration among biomedical researchers from the Academic Medical Center (AMC), social scientists and economists from the University of Amsterdam (UvA) and from the VU University Amsterdam (VU). In addition, its constituents include a number of non-governmental organizations (NGO’s). AIGHD links expertise, resources and programs from institutions that are involved in health-related research, education and capacity building. By doing this, it brings a “delivery perspective” to health research, and a “quality aspect” to health care services in countries with more limited resources.