Research Assistant

Public Health Foundation of India, Bengaluru, India

Skill Required:, Research and Analysis
Preferred Experience: 
1 to 3 Years
Closing Date for Applications: 
10th March, 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.


The proposed study is a Wellcome Trust-DBT India Alliance funded cohort study on the effect of prenatal exposure to maternal cortisol and psychological distress on child development in Bengaluru, southern India. The study involves recruitment of pregnant women availing of antenatal services at public sector hospitals in Bengaluru; assessment of their mental health, estimation of maternal cortisol level and follow up until delivery and assessment of her child’s motor and mental development until the age of three years.


  • Data collection at the study hospitals.
  • Data collection during home visits as a part of follow up.
  • Data management and data cleaning.
  • Writing of project reports.
  • Liaison with staff of the public sector study hospitals.
  • Liaison with designated lab for collection and transport of study samples.
  • Liaison with Bio repository for storage of study samples.
  • Liaison with PI and other team members for smooth functioning of the project.
  • Visit to study hospital, at-least thrice per week for overseeing of data collection.
  • Home visit for follow up, at-least once per week.
  • Report write up-quarterly and annual.
  • Prepare reports for the PI and funding agency.
  • Write up research work for publication or other means of dissemination.
  • Summarize project result.
  • Prepare other articles, reports, and presentations.
  • Any other tasks as allocated by the supervisor.


Essential: Bachelor degree in Nursing/Psychology/Allied health sciences.


Essential: 0-2 years in area of specialization.


  • Knowledge of ‘Kannada’ language.
  • Immediate availability.
  • Previous experience in research study.


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