Shrinking the Malaria Map

UCSF Global Health Group’s Malaria Elimination Initiative (MEI)


Opportunities with the Malaria Elimination Initiative (MEI)


Senior Research Manager, Surveillance Research & Regional Elimination, Asia Pacific

The Malaria Elimination Initiative (MEI) is leading the coordination of a two-year Global Fund-funded operational research project in Laos PDR and Thailand to evaluate the effectiveness of using village malaria workers (VMWs) equipped with highly sensitive rapid diagnostic tests to conduct surveillance for P.falciparum and P.vivax among high risk forest workers.

Working in collaboration with country partners in the Asia Pacific and UCSF Principal Investigators (PIs), the MEI Senior Research Manager will have lead responsibility for coordination and management of multiple components of field studies (epidemiological, qualitative and cost effectiveness) including drafting research protocols and workplans, developing data collection tools, coordinating procurement and field logistics, supervising in-country partners to collect high-quality study data, overseeing analysis, drafting and coordinating peer-reviewed manuscripts, and presenting results and recommendations to the national malaria programs, ministries of health, and at international conferences.

The MEI Senior Research Manager is responsible for developing and maintaining critical international partnerships on behalf of the MEI, and ensures that project goals, milestones and commitments are achieved in a timely manner with the highest level of quality and professionalism. This position reports directly to the MEI Associate Director (Surveillance Research).

This role requires strong project and organizational management skills as the research is implemented by a diverse research team based in Vientiane and Bangkok and at provincial and district sites in Laos and Thailand. The Senior Research Manager is responsible for working with MEI administrative staff to develop sub-contracts / vendor contracts with local and international research organizations.

This is a full time, two year contract employment position, based full time in Vientiane, Lao PDR, and requires frequent travel of 5-14 days’ duration to the study sites throughout Laos and Thailand. An allowance for housing and related living costs is provided, under the UCSF Institute for Global Health Sciences guidelines for overseas staff. For more information, click here.