Amity University
Research Associate
Research Analysts, Research Associate, Research Assistant
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Full Time

Closing Date

Jun 25 2021


Applications are invited for the position Research Associate-Smart Regulation of antibiotics at Amity Institute of Public Health, Amity University for a DBT funded project, “Smart regulation of antibiotic use in India: understanding, innovating and improving compliance” under Newton-Bhabha Fund, an India-UK initiative on Antimicrobial Resistance. Appointments shall be initially for the project year (maximum for a period of one year). Last date of application submission is June 25th, 2021.

Position: Research Associate

Project Brief
Project title: Smart regulation of Antibiotic use in India: Understanding, Innovating and Improving Compliance.

Project Summary: The containment of AMR is a multi-faceted task that needs a one-health approach as suggested in the World Health Organization’s (WHO) 2015 Global Action Plan (GAP) on AMR.

The core idea of this project is to understand and gather ideas and methods of 'smart regulation' to better understand the underlying problems and apply them to co-produce innovative regulations with national and state regulators and regulatory subjects that will likely lead to mutually acceptable regulations and improved compliance. We plan to implement the 'smart regulation' approach through, inter alia, interactive workshops that bring regulators and other stakeholders in AMR-related sectors together to share perspectives and discuss viable regulatory options.

Drawing from the literature on ‘smart regulation’, our project will lead to the co-production of effective regulatory options that benefit from robust stakeholder consultation and input and seek to identify win-win outcomes. We will also offer regulators a range of ‘softer’ approaches

Key sectors and Locations for the study: Taking a one health approach, we have chosen four key sectors particularly affected by AMR that will be studied in detail in three geographical contexts i.e. within two Indian states (Haryana and Telangana) and at the national level. The four sectors are:
1. OTC antibiotic sales at pharmacies without valid prescription
2. Poultry farmers using antibiotics (including as a growth factor)
3. Hospital AMR containment
4. Pharma industry effluents and AMR

The successful candidate will work under the supervision of Dr Jyoti Joshi, Adjunct Professor, Amity Institute of Public Health (AIPH), Amity University, Uttar Pradesh-the Co-Principal Investigator for the project and Dr Anita Kotwani- Principal Investigator at V. P. Chest Institute, University of Delhi to better understand the various problems surrounding the regulation of antimicrobial resistance (AMR) and containment in India. The aim of the project is to improve the situation by applying the concepts and methods of ‘smart regulation’ (i.e. ‘soft regulation’, stakeholder engagement and identifying win-win solutions).

The project is now in the final year of implementation and has attained the planned milestones. The successful candidate will:
• Consolidate project knowledge base by assisting the Supervisor and Research team in drafting project reports and scientific publications
• Write scientific papers, research outputs including project reports, workshop related background documents, project summaries and other documents related with the project.
• Support mapping of stakeholders in the case studies.
• Assist the team by undertaking interdisciplinary collaborations and preparing comprehensive analysis of the work done for informing all stakeholders.
• Support the research team in analyzing data from in-depth interviews with the key academics, government officials, industry, researchers, civil society members, community at national, state and district level for the four case studies.
• Validate and systematically arrange the data collected, its cleaning, storage and analysis within the project timelines.

Essential Qualifications:
1. Ph.D in social sciences or MD /MS /MDS or having 3 years of research, teaching and design and development experience after M VSc/M Pharm/ME/M Tech
2. At least one research paper in Science Cited Indexed (SCI) journal.
3. Skills: excellent scientific writing, clear communication skills, proficient in using Microsoft Office and data analysis software.

The ideal candidate is desired to have:
• Have prior experience (3+ years) with data extraction, systematic reviews and research writing/reports and some previous publications.
• Experience in antimicrobial resistance/antibiotic use/health care delivery/research and working in multi stakeholder project.
• Be proficient with MS office (word & excel) and have strong analytical and writing skills.

Compensation will be as per DBT research norms and qualifications with revised 2019 emoluments in the range 47,000 + 24% HRA. The project is up to 6th Sep 2021, with possibility of no cost extension upto 6 months.

Location of posting:
The post is at Amity Institute of Public Health, Amity University with regular travel to the partner institute (V P Chest Institute (VPCI)) in New Delhi for collaborative work.

A CV and a 1 page cover letter may be sent to and the title RA-SMART study in the subject line. The letter should outline how the candidate's background fulfils entry requirements and their suitability for the role. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for the interview. Last date of application submission is June 25th, 2021.
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