Postdoctoral Associate, College of Engineering and School of Public Health

Boston University
Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Mar 20, 2018
End of advertisement period
Apr 17, 2018
Contract Type
Full Time

Job Description

Dr. Muhammad Zaman and Dr. Veronika Wirtz are seeking a postdoctoral associate for a project focused on social, behavioral, and policy factors contributing to antibiotic resistance in both human and veterinary sectors. The postdoctoral associate will be working with both Dr. Zaman and Dr. Wirtz on an interdisciplinary project studying the role of poor quality medicine on the emergence of antimicrobial resistance (AMR). The postdoctoral associate will have opportunities to engage in research examining the social, behavioral, and economic factors that result in the distribution, procurement, and administration of poor quality human and veterinary medicines in Bangladesh and Pakistan. Working as part of a team on the main project, the associate will have opportunities to present research at national and international meetings, publish research findings in peer-reviewed journals and special interest publications, and write reports for practice and policy audiences. The postdoctoral associate will also have the opportunity to work independently and possibly contribute to teaching in this area.

This is an unparalleled opportunity for a motivated postdoctoral associate: as part of the Social Innovation on Drug Resistance (SIDR) Program, the associate will be part of a growing, interdisciplinary community of researchers from across Boston University’s schools and colleges. Through SIDR’s workshops and other activities, the associate will become part of a network of top scholars in the multiple disciplines involved in SIDR.

The program will provide a forum for the associate to present their work as it develops, and provides the associate with the benefit of being attached to two leading research entities with a strong global and domestic presence. The worldwide networks from SIDR’s founding partners, The Institute for Health System Innovation & Policy and CARB-X, will be available to SIDR post-docs to help their research projects. 

This is a two year position, with a start date on or after July 1, 2018. The position is fully funded for two years. The expectation is that the applicants supports the research group to raise funds for an additional year.

Key responsibilities of the position will include:

  • Assess the current policies and regulatory environment associated with antimicrobial resistance and antimicrobial drug quality through literature review and semi-structured interviews with key informants in Bangladesh.
  • Map the antibiotic supply chain, including procurement, storage, distribution, and administration in Bangladesh using standard and novel data sets.
  • Model the impact of social, behavioral, and policy elements on the proliferation of poor quality medicines in Bangladesh.
  • Make actionable policy recommendations to Bangladeshi and Pakistani government/decision-makers/regulators

Required Skills

We are looking for a high-potential candidate with a PhD, MD, or equivalent degree in health/development economics, political science or behavior studies. Candidates must have completed their highest level of training (PhD, medical fellowship or residency) on or after December 2016. Strong written and oral communication skills are required, as well as experience with field work in health low and middle income countries.

Applicants should have excellent communication skills, experience working in diverse teams, be independently motivated, and be open to international travel to low and middle income countries. Applicants must have knowledge of advanced quantitative and qualitative methodology and research experience in low-income countries. Experience with the following a plus: cluster randomized control trials, interrupted time series, quality improvement approaches, Community Based Participatory Research (CPBR), implementation science in LMICs, fidelity monitoring. Proficiency in Bengali and/or Urdu/Hindi is desired.

Boston University is committed to building a culturally diverse community and strongly encourages applications from female and minority candidates.

About The Social Innovation on Drug Resistance (SIDR) Program

SIDR is an interdisciplinary program focused on the interaction of human behavior and drug-resistant infections. SIDR was created by The Institute for Health System Innovation & Policy and the Combating Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria Biopharmaceutical Accelerator, or CARB-X, to further the understanding of how human behavior affects the evolution of drug-resistant microbes and develop the interdisciplinary, social science-based solutions necessary to address the rising threat of drug-resistance. By convening a diverse community of scholars, funding research, and developing the next generation of scientists, SIDR seeks to advance these goals. Learn more about SIDR at

The Institute for Health System Innovation & Policy is a Boston University-wide research institute that draws upon the diversity of the Boston University community’s constituent schools and faculty, as well the greater Boston bio-technology and medical ecosystem, to leverage the development of leaders and solutions for the complex current and future problems in healthcare.

CARB-X is the world’s largest public-private partnership supporting antibiotic R&D, accelerating a diverse portfolio of at least 20 high-quality antibacterial products towards clinical development by leveraging $455 million in BARDA funds with matching funds from Wellcome Trust.

Salary & Benefits

The SIDR Postdoctoral Associate will receive a competitive salary above NIH postdoctoral stipend rates.

As an employee of Boston University, the postdoctoral associate will be eligible for a variety of outstanding benefit programs offered through the university. To learn more, visit

How to Apply

To apply, submit a CV with a publication list, cover letter, a relevant publication or writing sample, and three references via email to Muhammad Zaman ( and Veronika Wirtz ( Please use “SIDR Postdoctoral Associate Application” as the subject line of your email.

We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. Boston University is a VEVRAA Federal Contractor.

Job Location Boston, Massachusetts, United States

Position Type Full-Time/Regular

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