Post-doc/Researcher Health and Health Systems in Southeast Asia

Massachusetts, United States
31 Aug 2018
End of advertisement period
30 Sep 2018
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Part Time


Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health


Global Health and Population (GHP)

Position Description

The Department of Global Health and Population in the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health, and Harvard University’s Asia Center are seeking a part-time (50% FTE) Post-Doctoral Fellow or Researcher to prepare and manage content for an international meeting on “Health and Health Systems in Southeast Asia” scheduled for June 25-27, 2019 at Harvard.

The meeting will bring together national and international experts and Harvard affiliates and will focus on five major southeast Asian countries: Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Thailand, and Vietnam. These countries face many similar factors affecting health and health systems but also have critical differences especially in their health system response. The meeting will explore and discuss rapidly changing health and health system determinants and examine several key policy challenges facing these countries, with an eye to learnings that would help guide health systems performance improvements in the region and for middle income countries more broadly.

The meeting is planned for two days. A third day will be devoted to an authors’ workshop for those contributing papers.

The meeting is being developed by Harvard Chan faculty Profs. Berman, Hsiao, Atun, and Yip with Prof. Berman in the lead role. A larger Harvard advisory group will meet several times in advance of the meeting to provide input.

A set of papers will be invited from key meeting participants. A major background paper will be prepared at Harvard Chan, led by the post-doc/researcher. One outcome of the meeting will be a special journal issue comprising of the papers and a report of the meeting.

This part-time research position will be based at Harvard Chan. The responsibilities will include:

  • Research and write a significant background paper for the meeting summarizing what is known about recent health and population changes in the southeast Asian countries along with changes in other social and economic determinants affecting health, population, and health systems, such as economic growth, household employment and income, education, cultural changes, etc. This background paper will be the focus of the first half-day of the meeting and can be included in the planned journal publication. 
  • Support the Harvard Chan faculty and Prof. Berman in particular to identify other contributors of papers and meeting participants and manage communications with them. 
  • Engage with advisory committee members, participate in meetings, and assist in incorporating their advice in meeting plans and agenda. 
  • Manage the process of assuring completion of meeting papers. 
  • Participate in the authors’ workshop and manage the process of follow-up with the authors. 
  • Collaborate with editing the final journal issue, potentially playing a lead role. 
  • Work closely with the Harvard Chan faculty and a staff member supporting the conference. The latter will assist with handling communications logistics, travel, and funding of meeting-funded participants.

Basic Qualifications

This position could either be filled by a 1) post-doctoral fellow or 2) an experienced pre-doctoral researcher.

Academic qualifications include a minimum of a research-focused master’s degree in public health or related field and prior experience working in health systems, preferably with experience in southeast Asia. For the post-doctoral fellow position, a completed doctoral degree with similar academic focus is required. Experience in demographic and health analytics and other social science related research is desirable.

Additional Qualifications  

Special Instructions

Applicants should include their CV, cover letter, and two reference letters.

Contact Information

Erin Kannan

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