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Assistant/Associate Professor - Innovation Science For Global Health

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Date: 08-Oct-2021

Location: Outram Campus, SG

Company: National University of Singapore

Job Description

Duke-NUS Medical School (Duke-NUS) is Singapore’s only graduate medical school with Signature Research Programmes in Emerging Infectious Diseases, Health Services & Systems Research, Cancer & Stem Cell Biology, Cardiovascular & Metabolic Diseases and Neuroscience & Behavioural Disorders. SingHealth is the largest provider of medical services in Singapore, with a network of acute hospitals, national specialty centres, community hospitals and polyclinics offering over 40 clinical specialties. It aims to drive the transformation of healthcare and provide affordable, accessible and quality healthcare. Together, they form the SingHealth Duke-NUS Academic Medical Centre (AMC).


The SingHealth Duke-NUS Global Health Institute (SDGHI) was launched in September 2018 as a joint institute under the AMC with a vision to advance health and well-being in Southeast Asia and beyond. The goals are to (1) improve health outcomes; (2) increase health security; and (3) strengthen health systems through partnerships with countries across the region.
SDGHI is organised around four programmatic areas (or Cores) - Policy, Research, Education and Clinical, to advance Global Health research and teaching efforts. Partnerships across 14 countries throughout Asia have been established, through which these Cores foster greater coherence and alignment of global health activities, act as a coordinating mechanism for partnerships with national, regional and global actors, and facilitate new areas of work that respond to pressing global health priorities.
Assistant/Associate Professor of Innovation Science for Global Health


SDGHI is recruiting an Assistant/Associate Professor of Innovation Science for Global Health with the aim of accelerating access to appropriate and high-impact innovations among countries across South Asia and South East Asia. This work will be integrated with and supported by (among others) SingHealth Duke-NUS Innovation Institute and Innovation Centre, Centre of Regulatory Excellence (which has partnerships with national regulatory authorities across the region), SingHealth Duke-NUS Joint Centre for Technology and Development, and the SingHealth Duke-NUS Impact Assessment Unit (a joint unit between Duke-NUS Health Systems Science, Signature Research Programmes and SingHealth Organisational Transformation Division).
Existing efforts to accelerate innovation with the SingHealth Duke-NUS AMC are oriented towards commercialisation of products and technologies suitable for mature health systems. Addressing global health priorities will require identifying frugal innovations that can be delivered at low-cost in less mature health systems. In this context, the responsibilities of the successful candidate will include, but are not limited to:

1.    Integrate a global health focus within existing programmes for the design, refinement and introduction of new and existing innovations (including in digital health and global surgery) from the AMC (and beyond) that address major burdens-of-disease across Asian countries.

2.    Identify and respond to systems-related requirements in priority Asian markets that enable the adoption of innovations-at-scale.

3.    Advance local capacity for innovation science among partners in priority Asian markets (and elsewhere) to seed more effective national and regional responses to pressing global health challenges.


Applications will be considered from candidates who meet the following qualifications: -

  • Medical degree with Masters/PhD or equivalent in a global health, management, epidemiology or related disciplines.
  • Minimum 7 years of experience in public health/global health with at least 3 years of experience advancing the adoption of innovations in global health, with a focus on low and middle-income contexts.
  • Demonstrated understanding of the range of national regulatory and health system requirements essential for the introduction and scale of innovations.
  • Established networks with key stakeholders active in the global health market shaping and innovation space (PATH, JHIPEGO, USAID, UN Innovations teams, CHAI, BMGF, etc)
  • Possess track record of conducting high-quality operational research in innovation science.
  • Prior experience in supporting capacity development efforts with governments and academic institutions would be advantageous.
  • Able to work flexibly, independently and mobilise resources.
  • Have strong desire to advance innovation science and global health capacity in the Asian region.


We regret that only shortlisted candidates will be notified.