Proposal for research position/PhD candidate in the project “The supply side of ART: Users, technologies and pharmaceuticals in the organization of mass HIV/AIDS treatment programs” (until 03/2013)

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The Institute for Anthropology and Philosophy at the Martin Luther University of Halle (Germany) offers
one part-time researcher position with the possibilities to conduct a PhD program
in the multidisciplinary research project The supply side of ART: users, drugs, and technologies in organizing mass HIV/AIDS treatment programmes in Uganda. This project is part of the Priority Program Creativity and Adaption in Africa funded by the German Research Foundation. Our project offers an inspiring and interesting research opportunity to pharmacists to work on the pharmaceutical supply management by combining research perspectives in pharmacy, social anthropology, and Science and Technology Studies. This position includes the possibility to conduct a PhD program within the joint collaboration of Department of Pharmacy at Makerere University, Ministry of Health Uganda, Social Pharmacy at Copenhagen University Denmark, and the “Securing Ugandans’ Right to Essential Medicines” (SURE) Program in Uganda. PhD supervision and co-supervision will be offered through the academic institutions Department of Pharmacy at Makerere University and the Pharmacy at Copenhagen University Denmark.
Research theme
The researcher should make a theoretical and empirical contribution in pharmaceutical science. Further we expect the researcher to provide pharmaceutical expertise to our interdisciplinary research project on the “Supply side of ART” and explore the institutionalization of access to ART, essential drugs, and health supplies from a pharmaceutical perspective. We are particularly interested in the domain of pharmaceutical supply management (PSM) as it rapidly develops to an important field of pharmaceutical intervention to improve people’s access to treatment in Uganda.
The researcher should conduct a study on pharmaceutical supply systems for ARVs and other essential drugs in the country. The researcher is expected to develop a case study on a concrete problem on the availability of drugs and the production of evidence-based knowledge in pharmacy. Further, the case study should reflect an interest to relate empirical research in pharmacy to questions in global health and AIDS research. For instance, a concrete research problem can draw on current problems in pharmaceutical practice and science in the context of global health initiatives in Uganda. In this respect the case study can focus on questions on ‘AIDS exceptionalism’ and its disproportionate impacts in PSM. The case study can also focus on health economic problems on the sustainability and cost-efficiency in PSM systems and analyze problems in the allocation of scarce resources to improve people’s health. The researcher can scrutinize the role of pharmaceutical evidence in such problems and focus on quantitative methods and indicators in domains like PSM indicators, rational use of medicine, and public health. Finally, the case study can consider problems in the social, therapeutic, and political diversity in Uganda as it poses a challenge to standardization of PSM and the production of evidence-based knowledge in PSM.
These are some general examples for a research theme through which the research project should derive more theoretical questions on the production of pharmaceutical evidence in Uganda in order to contribute to the overall research project. We are interested in questions like What counts as evidence in PSM, through which standards, instruments, and techniques are pharmaceutical evidence generated? Which factors impede or facilitate evidence-based pharmacy in resource poor settings like Uganda. How is evidence-based pharmacy related to the broader discipline of pharmacy in Uganda?  
Specific Requirements

  • We expect the researcher to specify a research question and develop an own research program, comprising research objectives, research design, and an explication of the significance of the research. Further we suggest to include a broad range of sites and organizations, like ACP, MoH, NMS into the research design.
  • The researcher’s project will contribute to our multidisciplinary research team by contributing pharmaceutical perspectives and knowledge.
  • The researcher will consider concepts and methods in social pharmacy.
  • Develop analytical concepts for logistical and information infrastructure in PSM

Expected outcomes and terms of reference

  • A research design and short report within the first 6 months.
  • One full report after the first 9 months and at least one publication after the second year.

What do we offer?

  • Part-time multidisciplinary research positions up to max 2 years. First extension after 6 months. Second extension after 9 months.
  • PhD program at Pharmacy Department at Makerere University. A tuition fee will be charged for the PhD program according to the regulations of Makerere University.
  • Affiliation to the SURE Program to conduct data collection and participate in various activities at SURE as part of the data-collection process.
  • Participate in the research work, research meetings, data analysis and data collection in the “Supply Side of ART”-Project.
  • PhD-supervision through the joint collaboration of the Pharmacy Department at Makerere University, Department of Social Pharmacy at the University of Copenhagen and SURE.

Candidate Profile To be eligible for this research position, a candidate should:

  • Hold a Master’s degree or equivalent in a medical/pharmaceutical /public health or related subject;
  • Have work experience in a related field;
  • Be able to use their work experience, data and policy issues as a topic for their PhD;
  • Be willing to work in a multi-disciplinary team and address social anthropological questions;
  • Be able to work independently and as part of a team and show initiative in each role;
  • Have good communication skills in English, both written and oral;
  • Have basic data analysis skills and basic understanding of epidemiology and biostatistics;
  • Be able to write academic research papers

Application If you wish to apply for the PhD programme, please send a recent CV, certificates, project proposal (not more than 5 pages) and a personal statement as (word-doc, pdf) to Email:, or
For any additional inquiries, contact Before: 6. May 2011

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