Field Investigator/ Research Assistant

Public Health Foundation Of India, Gurgaon, India

Skill Required:, Research and Analysis
Preferred Experience: 
1 to 3 Years
Closing Date for Applications: 
2nd June, 2019

Job Description

The Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI) is working towards building a healthier India. It is helping to address the limited institutional and systems capacity in India by strengthening education and training, advancing research and technology and facilitating policy and practice in the area of Public Health. PHFI is headquartered in New Delhi with national presence through its constituent units of regional Indian Institutes of Public Health (IIPHs) and Centers of Applied Research in core public health themes. The Foundation, established in 2006 as a public private initiative, is governed by an independent board comprising of senior government officials, eminent Indian and International academic and leaders, civil society representatives and corporate leaders.

Project Brief:

We will evaluate the association between environmental factors, with a focus on pesticides and heavy metals, and the risk of gall bladder cancer in Bihar, that bear a high burden of gall bladder cancers. Preliminary evidence suggests environmental factors in gall bladder carcinogenesis but evidence is scarce globally. In India, cancer patterns and environmental exposures are unique in these north-eastern and eastern states of the Ganga-Brahmaputra-Meghna belt. We plan a case-control study to investigate exposures to pesticides and heavy metals and the risk of gall bladder cancer in the Ganga-Brahmaputra-Meghna belt, for which the evidence is suggestive, the exposures are unique and the region has high incidence for gall bladder diseases. We will evaluate the association of other important modifiable risk factors for gall bladder cancer- reproductive history (e.g., parity) diet as well as infection and obesity- as independent variables, con-founders and potential mediators in the association between pesticides and heavy metals for the risk of gall bladder cancer. Research site for this position will be Patna, Bihar.


  • Regular visits to field sites 6 days/ week, depending on the availability of participants.
  • Identifying all eligible men and women for the study.
  • Establish rapport with the participants.
  • Explain study objectives, answer any questions, and allay any concerns from the participants.
  • Get the consent form signed by the study participants.
  • Collect the data from the participants using the questionnaire.
  • Enter data from questionnaires on a daily basis.
  • Obtain physical measurements (e.g., anthropometrics, blood pressure). Facilitate biological sample collection (blood and toe nail) under strict protocol, aseptic conditions and clinical supervision. Temporary storage and transport of the samples to labs at study sites.
  • Motivate the participants regularly.
  • Re-check completed questionnaires to be sure that all questions were asked and the responses are neatly and legibly recorded.
  • Ensure accuracy of data and adherence to the protocol.
  • Ensure privacy and confidentiality of information from participants.
  • Maintain logs of eligible women, reasons for non-availability or non-consent.
  • Maintain organized system of consent forms and questionnaires at the respective field site.
  • Provide updates to the project manager on a weekly basis regarding logistics of data collection, participation rates and issues with respect to consent taking, appropriateness of data collection instruments, participant concerns/questions and other field-based activities.
  • Contribute to the general activities of the Network, PHFI and help promote the objectives of the CEH.
  • Inter – and Intra – departmental with colleagues, external collaborators, study participants, clinicians and lab personnel at study sites.
  • Co-ordination with administration, HR and finance for various project related tasks will be required.
  • Any other duties that may be required which are consistent with the nature and grade of the post.



  • Any Graduate degree wih experience in public health/hospital management/Sociology/Nursing/Pharmacy other any life science stream/paramedical course is necessary.
  • Bachelors in medical lab technology with training in public health.

Desirable:  PG Diploma in medical lab technology.


  • Essential: Around 1 – 4 years of field work in well conducted epidemiological studies.


  • Efficient in taking blood samples.
  • Field public health research skills (including data collection & biological sample collection required).
  • Proficiency with computers, data entry software.
  • Good written and communication skills, in local language, English and Hindi.
  • Management skills.
  • Ability to work well as part of a team and independently.
  • Willingness to travel within study sites.


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