Vacancy: PhD position

PhD position
Novel influenza vaccine technologies: implementation opportunities and barriers

Fulltime 40 hours per week – based in Amsterdam

The position

The Amsterdam Institute for Global Health and Development (AIGHD) is recruiting a PhD student to join the INDIGO programme, a multidisciplinary consortium supported by a grant from the European Commission’s Horizon 2020 programme. Coordinated by AIGHD, the INDIGO project involves public and private R&D organisations in the EU, India and United States for the development of two influenza vaccine concepts with the goal to achieve better efficacy, lower costs and better accessibility.

A crucial component of the INDIGO project involves examing potential barriers and opportunities for the implementation of this next-generation of influenza vaccines. A social science sub-project will, therefore, employ (largely) qualitative research methods to explore end-user attitudes to influenza vaccination. Specific topics of interest include the impact of perceived efficacy and opinions regarding vaccine delivery. Drawing a range of research methods, the selected candidate will undertake independent research, in India and another EU state with a view to authoring publications to compile in a PhD dissertation. Respondents will include members of at-risk groups targeted in seasonal influenza campaigns, vaccination procurement managers at health facilities and social care organizations, plus policymakers involved in the procurement of vaccines and the development of vaccination strategies.

Main tasks and responsibilities:

• Design and conduct qualitative research;
• Obtain approval from ethics review committees;
• Collect and analyze qualitative data for presentation to an audience with a varied disciplinary background;
• Take the lead in authoring articles to be published in international peer-reviewed journals;
• Compile of a thesis based on the articles (and submitted manuscripts);
• Participate in and present findings at INDIGO consortium meetings;


• A completed master’s degree in a health-related social science discipline, such as medical anthropology, medical sociology, or a masters in global/public health with significant proportion of qualitative research
• Experience of designing and conducting qualitative research
• Demonstrated ability to communicate complex findings to an audience with varied disciplinary background
• Fluency in spoken English, and excellent writing skills in English
• Willingness and ability to work independently and to collaborate with a multidisciplinary team

Desirable experience and skills:

• Experience of using qualitative data analysis software
• Conversational Dutch and/or a language spoken widely in India (other than English) or the ability and willingness to learn
• Published at least one article published in an international peer-reviewed journal as first author;
• Familiar with vaccine development and vaccination programming

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 full-time 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.

Please send your application before 11 September 2020 to HR Support at AIGHD


The Amsterdam Institute for Global Health & Development (AIGHD) is a research and education institute with a mission to address challenges in global health and development by conducting collaborative interdisciplinary research, generating insights and solutions, and educating the next generation of global health leaders.

AIGHD conducts collaborative, interdisciplinary research prioritizing infectious disease elimination, antimicrobial drug resistance, chronic care & ageing, urbanization & health, health markets, and economics of human development. It aims to educate and inspire the next generation of global health leaders at undergraduate, post-graduate and professional levels to shape a healthier and more prosperous future for all. AIGHD aspires to accelerate progress on global health objectives by sharing knowledge and insights with global agencies, governments, NGOs, and the scientific community.

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