Research Associate


Paediatrics and Child Health


Medical College


Karachi, Pakistan


The Outreach and Research Programme of the Department of Paediatrics and Child Health has ten community-based field sites across Pakistan (including four in Karachi) and focuses on research for betterment of women and child health. The Department has a Nutritional Research Laboratory as well as an Infectious Disease Research Laboratory that cater to the needs of its research projects. It has well-acclaimed work to its credit both at the national and international level.

The department is conducting a study to assess and analyze the burden and determinants of Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) mortality in infants in the urban areas of Karachi, Pakistan which includes (Rehri Goth, Ibrahim Hyderi, Bhains Colony, Ali Akbar Shah). RSV is a respiratory pathogen with potentially high disease burden in developing countries. This will be a two-year mortality-based surveillance study in order to obtain more accurate estimates of the burden of severe RSV infection and associated deaths in infants in the urban areas of Karachi.


You will be responsible to supervise and monitor the research activities including data collection as well as maintain necessary records, create and sustain liaison with the relevant stakeholders for the smooth implementation of all necessary activities of the project. Specific responsibilities include to:
  • assist the supervisor in the development of research instruments for the projects according to their objectives
  • ensure validity of data collected from the field
  • provide counselling and grief support communication skills to study participants
  • ensure proper data collection as per the project guidelines
  • provide training to the staff as per the protocols and guidelines of study
  • assist supervisors in carrying out day-to-day research work
  • prepare and present periodic project related activity reports
  • keep track and follow-up with research teams on progress reports of the project 
  • provide assistance in the preparation of periodic research and progress reports
  • ensure quality control by random checks and field monitoring.


You should have:
  • a Master’s degree, preferably in Sociology, Psychology or equivalent 
  • at least one year of relevant experience 
  • preferably trained in Mental Health first aid 
  • good interpersonal skills, particularly communication skills
  • proficiency in the use of computer applications, particularly MS Office
  • ability to manage time and prioritize tasks effectively
  • ability to work effectively in teams and resilience to cope-up with work pressure
  • good report writing skills and willingness to work in the community settings and travel to field sites.
This is a closed ended position.

To Apply

​You should send your detailed CV by email to human.resources@aku.edu and must mention the position applied in the subject line.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.


Applications should be submitted latest by September 30, 2020