Microbiology Laboratory Technician


Oxford University has two Clinical Research Units in Viet Nam: one in Ho Chi Minh City and one in Hanoi (www.oucru.org)

Oxford University Clinical Research Unit Vietnam (OUCRU-VN) has been working in Viet Nam for 20 years on infectious diseases studies and has a well-established research program, facility and partnership with the National Hospital for Tropical Diseases (NHTD) and a network of hospitals across Viet Nam and Asia to conduct a wide range of clinical studies including clinical trials of drugs.

The Unit’s main focus of work is in Dengue, Infections of the Central Nervous System, Respiratory Infections, Antibiotic Resistance, Influenza, HIV and Tuberculosis.

Job summary

This position is to be repsonsible for the laboratory work for our research projects requiring microbiological testing, in particular:  bacterial of fungal culture, resistance testing, media preparation, and quality control.

The position is based in the clinical research laboratories of OUCRU at NHTD. Laboratory activities and responsibilities cover the whole spectrum of protocol and SOP writing, procurement, stock management, testing, reporting, data management, data analysis, maintenance and quality assurance.


Oxford University Clinical Research Unit in Hanoi,
6th Floor, National Hospital for Tropical Diseases,
Bach Mai Hospital, 78 Giai Phong, Dong Da, Hanoi.
Travel within Viet Nam or internationally will be required.

Tenure: Contract for one year on completion of 2 months probation with possibility of extension.

Report to: Dr.  Heiman Wertheim, Director of the Hanoi Unit

Hours of work: Full time, 37.5 hours/week – Monday to Friday


- Contracted salary:  Negotiate (depending on actual experience and education)
- Health insurance through AonCare: In-patient and out-patient medical coverage; Personal accident insurance coverage
- 13th month salary (annual bonus)
- One month salary for annual clothes
- Annual leave 18 days/year (increased to 21 days in year three, 28 days in year four and 30 days from year five).
- Vietnam Social & Health insurance, Sick leave, Personal leave, Maternity leave and National holidays will be based on Vietnam Labor Law

Key responsibilities and tasks

- Laboratory work related to microbiology of all research lab activities of OUCRU
- Maintain good relationship with NHTD laboratory staff
- Report progress to the supervisor of OUCRU.


- Bachelor or or Masters in biological sciences with specialty microbiology
- Experience with clinical microbiological laboratory work in a hospital setting.
- Adequate level of English.

Person specification

- Professional knowledge and skills of general clinical microbiology
- Understands process of specimen collection, receiving and testing for bacteria and fungi.
- Recent 1 year minimum hands on experience in microbiology laboratory
- Methodical approach to record-keeping
- Good written and spoken English and Vietnamese
- Team player and reliable
- Good organizational skills
- Can work independently
- Familiar with Good Laboratory Practices
- Familiarity with computers, particularly MS Office: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and e-mail
- Keen to develop self
- Pro-active and ensure the work is of high standard (Good Laboratory Practices)
- Good oversight of the various research projects that involve bacteriology or mycology work

How to apply

Interested candidates are invited to send curriculum vitae, application* and copies of relevant certificates, either by email or by post to

Bui Huyen Trang
Oxford University Clinical Research Unit Vietnam
6th Floor, National Hospital for Tropical Diseases
Bach Mai Hospital
78 Giai phong, Dong da, Ha noi
Email: [email protected]

* The cover letter should detail:

- What part of your education, training or employment history has best equipped you for this position?
- Why you would make a good candidate for this position?
- Names of two referees who can provide details of relevant experience

* Only short-listed applicants will be contacted for interview. Please no telephone contact after submitting the application

Deadline for submission: 25 May 2012

Job Details
Organisation Name: 
Oxford University Clinical Research Unit Vietnam
Ha Noi
Application Deadline: 
Fri, 2012-05-25