Vacancy Antimicrobial Resistance Benchmark - closing on 01 Nov 2020

Researcher

The Access to Medicine Foundation is strengthening its research capacity and is in search of a trained pharmacist to join our team as a researcher motivated to guide pharmaceutical companies to do more for the two billion people in the world without access to the medicines they need.

Period:

1 year (with possibility of renewal)

Work experience:

1-2 years

Remuneration:

€2,600 - €3,300

Location:

Amsterdam

Closing date:

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis

Starting date:

As soon as possible

The Access to Medicine Foundation is a non-profit organisation based in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Our mission is to stimulate and guide pharmaceutical companies to do more for the two billion people worldwide who cannot access the medicines they need. The core pillar of our work is researching how pharmaceutical companies address the affordability and accessibility of their products in low and middle-income countries. To turn our research into real-world change, we engage with leading organisations, including companies, NGOs, and governments.

We are looking for a researcher to join the Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) Benchmark research team. Our new colleague is proactive, solution-oriented, self-motivated, curious, flexible, and contributes to advancing the research activities at the Foundation. In this role you will excel as a team player who collaborates, communicates clearly and who also is willing to challenge peers. 

What does the role look like?

The role may include the following responsibilities:

  • Drive the analysis underpinning specific thematic areas of the Antimicrobial Resistance Benchmark or any thematic study, including comparative company analysis and industry-wide trends;
  • Engage with external stakeholders as needed to develop the methodology for the Antimicrobial Resistance Benchmark or any thematic study. This includes identifying, analysing, and presenting trends in the specific thematic areas of antimicrobial resistance defined in the Benchmark;
  • Evaluate company performance in antimicrobial resistance by analysing quality-controlled data obtained from research in the public domain and collected from direct companies’ data requests;
  • Collaborate efficiently with other staff members in the research team(s) and those in charge of management, communications, operations, and data management and engage with company representatives, as needed;
  • Take on additional tasks as required.

What we are looking for

  • An individual with an advanced degree such as a masters or PhD in the life sciences, pharmacy (PharmD) or medical degree;
  • 1-2 years’ experience conducting analytical research in fields related to life sciences and health. Knowledge of the environmental health risk assessment or industrial wastewater treatment processes/technologies a plus;
  • Interest and experience in researching how responsible antibiotic manufacturing practices can help to curb AMR, e.g. via control of wastewater discharges to the environment, increased transparency and stringent quality management processes;
  • An excellent critical thinker with solid qualitative and quantitative analytical skills and a sharp eye for detail - able to identify relevant trends and notable clinical/scientific projects in large data sets, to present data accurately and concisely and to explain conclusions clearly;
  • Advanced skills in Excel (and Office 365 in general). Experience with other data analysis software such as SPSS or STATA is a plus;
  • Experience working with or within the pharmaceutical industry (especially in the context of low- and middle-income countries) is a plus. Be up to date on the latest developments in the pharmaceutical industry as related to manufacturing and AMR is a plus;
  • Strong time management skills and the ability to set priorities to achieve multiple projects and deadlines, and to identify risks and opportunities and escalate these when appropriate in a timely manner to the line manager;
  • Active communicator with excellent command of English, both spoken and written (academic and media styles).

What we offer you

  • A dynamic, innovative, international working environment;
  • The possibility to work in a small, dedicated team where you can learn from each other;
  • Benefits that include 25 holidays on an annual basis based on a fulltime employment, company pension scheme, holiday allowance and reimbursement of public transport to work (if living beyond 10KM cycling distance from the office).

More about the Access to Medicine Foundation

The Antimicrobial Resistance Benchmark (AMR Benchmark) is the first independent analysis of pharmaceutical industry efforts to tackle drug resistance. It compares how a cross-section of the pharmaceutical industry is responding to the threat from drug-resistant infections. It measures the 30 most active players in antimicrobial development and production and includes multinational pharmaceutical companies, biotechnology firms and manufacturers of generic medicines. The main areas tracked are: R&D for new antimicrobials, policies for ensuring antibiotics are manufactured responsibly, and approaches to ensure antimicrobials are accessible and used wisely. Information is gathered and cross-checked from multiple sources.

The Benchmark is being recognised as a new tool for stimulating further action by the pharmaceutical industry on AMR. Jim O’Neill led the 2014 review on AMR commissioned by the UK government. He welcomes the Benchmark for providing the data investors need to compare pharmaceutical companies’ behaviour on the AMR issue, saying “[previously], there were no readily available data by which to make comparisons.” For Dame Sally Davies, the UK’s Special Envoy on Antimicrobial Resistance, the Benchmark “can help pave the way for a transparent learning culture where best practice is shared, progress celebrated, and gaps where further work is needed are identified.”

How to apply

Interested in this exciting opportunity? Please send your cover letter with your motivation on why you would like to join the Access to Medicine Foundation and how you think you will fit in our team, your resume, the contact details of two references (e-mail address and/or phone number), and one writing sample (i.e. published article, thesis or white paper) to Mrs Mireille Deen at mdeen@accesstomedicinefoundation.org.

The application will not be considered unless it is complete and all supporting documentation has been provided. There will be no compensation for relocation costs.



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