Fellowship in Quality of Medical Products

Updated: 6 months ago
Location: Chapel Hill, NORTH CAROLINA

Posting Information

Position Information

Position Type Permanent Staff (EHRA NF)
Department SOP-Practice Advancement-452500
Working Title Fellowship in Quality of Medical Products
Appointment Type EHRA Non-Faculty
Position Posting Category Research Professionals
Salary Range Dependent on experience and qualifications.
Full Time/Part Time? Full-Time Permanent
Hours per Week 40
Vacancy ID NF0003857
Position ID 20034209
Posting Open Date 06/26/2019
Application Deadline 08/31/2019
Open Until Filled No
Proposed Start Date 09/02/2019
Position Summary

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy and the U.S. Pharmacopeial Convention (USP) Quality Institute have partnered to establish a fellowship program for early career scientists and researchers who wish to contribute to the economic evidence base for quality medical products. We seek qualified candidates with advanced degrees who wish to conduct novel research and receive specialized training in quality of medical products.

The Fellowship in Quality of Medical Products will foster the research, scholarship, and careers of individuals to advance knowledge about the impact of quality of medical products. Fellows will have the unique opportunity to engage in real-world training experiences, as well as interactions with USP and other stakeholders.

Fellows will be expected to propose and conduct one or more mentored research projects that address important evidentiary gaps in demonstrating the value of improving medicine quality related to the issues of cost, pricing, and procuring for quality. Projects could be either global in scope targeting challenges across low- and middle-income countries (including examining variations across or within countries), or focus on the Unites States context. Examples of such evidence gaps may be:
- Costs to stakeholders from having substandard and falsified medicines on the market
- Impact of donor transitions on procurement and medicine quality
- Benefits and costs of prequalification for manufacturers in ensuring medicine quality
- Optimal cost/pricing of medicines to maximize the value of quality medicines.
- Role of online pharmacies and impact on prevalence of substandard and falsified medicines in the market within specific country contexts

The Fellowship will provide a mentored research opportunity that includes co-mentors from UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy and partner healthcare organizations, experts at USP engaged in research related to quality in medicines, and USP Quality Institute Advisory Group or Steering Committee members. Working under the direction of co-mentors, the awarded fellow(s) will refine their research proposal. Data may be accessed from public sources or newly generated. Fellows will analyze data and report findings in peer-reviewed publications and to the broader scientific community.

Key activities and training outcomes include:
- Conduct one or more mentored research project on issues relevant to medicines quality
- Develop a comprehensive understanding of the value of quality medical products, its applications to public health, and key evidentiary gaps in the demonstration of that value
- Collaborate with faculty and scientists from the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy and USP on research initiatives
- Participate in the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy postdoctoral association and related scientific seminars
- Attend scientific meetings and summarize the process and outcomes of such meetings
- Present on selected medicine quality topics at meetings or in a written format
- Experience learning opportunities with USP

The fellow will work full time at the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA. The fellow will be awarded an initial one-year term, with a one-year extension upon successful completion of the first year.

Educational Requirements


Qualifications and Experience

Ideal candidates will demonstrate, through their professional and educational backgrounds, a strong interest in medicines quality. Candidates should be enthusiastic, self-motivated individuals who articulate a strong interest in the field and have a deep desire to develop their careers at the intersection of academia, industry, and government. Specifically, candidates should possess the following qualifications:
- Ability to write and communicate clearly and thoughtfully
- Experience and comfort working in a research setting
- Demonstrated capacity to work independently and collaboratively

Equal Opportunity Employer

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or status as a protected veteran.

Special Instructions

Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit an email letter of intent (LOI), which should include the applicant’s name, highest degree and conferring institution, and contact information (i.e., email address, mailing address, and phone number), as well as a copy of the applicants resume or CV. The LOI should be sent via email to Dr. Sachiko Ozawa (ozawa@unc.edu) with “Letter of Intent – USPQI Fellowship” as the subject line.

Applicants should visit the Global Health Economics website to view the full Request for Applications under the “What’s New” tab: https://pharmacy.unc.edu/global-health-economics-pharmacy/. Here you will find specific instructions and templates that you must utilize for the required application elements. Using the information on this website, please upload the following required application documents:
1. Cover page (template found on Global Health Economics website; see above)
2. Curriculum Vitae (5 page maximum)
3. Personal Statement (500 words maximum; upload to “Other Document”) describing professional background, interest in medicines quality, and how the fellowship aligns with long-term career goals.
4. Research Proposal (5 pages maximum in Times 11pt font, excluding references) describing a research project to undertake during the fellowship (see Research section above for range of research topic examples). The proposal is intended to gauge the interests, thoughts, and competence of fellows rather than constitute a fully formed plan. Proposals should include title, objective, aim(s), methodologic and analytic approaches as well as data sources (if existing data will be utilized, source(s) should be cited). Finally, the proposal should identify possible challenges or limitations to the feasibility of the research. The proposal should identify specific, meaningful milestones that are feasible to accomplish in each year of the 2-year fellowship (see “Location and Duration” section above). The proposal should also indicate how co-mentorship might be incorporated.
5. Quad Chart (template found on Global Health Economics website; see above; upload to “Other Document 2”) providing a single-page overview of the proposal should be in the provided template and should include information taken directly from the research proposal.
6. Scientific Publications or Other Writing Samples (submit only 2 publications). Applicant should indicate authorship role in the samples provided (i.e., primary drafter or other role). Publications are intended to gauge the research and writing capability of applicants and do not necessarily need to be on the topic of medicines quality.
7. Letters of Recommendation. Two professional letters of recommendation are required. Letters of recommendation should be submitted separately to Dr. Sachiko Ozawa (ozawa@unc.edu) via email from the authors, not uploaded in the system. Reference letters must also be received by the application deadline. We will notify applicants to confirm letters have been received.

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Department Contact Information

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Department Contact Telephone or Email nkenney@unc.edu
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