Research Fellowship

Harvard Medical School
Publication date: 
1 August 2017

Research Fellowship

The Project

The Department of Global Health and Social Medicine seeks a postdoctoral fellow to coordinate

the ESSENCE project. ESSENCE (Enabling translation of Science to Service to ENhance

Depression CarE) is a multi-component, multi-country program whose goal is to bridge the

science to service gap by generating knowledge on cost-effective implementation approaches

for scaling up of evidence-based interventions for mental disorders.

The research component focuses on the scaling up of a brief psychological treatment for

depression delivered by Non-Specialist Health Workers as a core component of an evidencebased

collaborative stepped care strategy to integrate mental health in routine health care

platforms. The aim is to improve the outcomes of persons with moderate to severe depression

attending routine primary health care facilities in Madhya Pradesh, India.

A collaborative network of institutions in India, Nepal, Afghanistan, and Bangladesh, along with

strategic partners in the USA and the UK, will implement the capacity building component,

which is to conduct, exchange, and utilise implementation research with the ultimate goal of

reducing the treatment gap for depression and other mental disorders in these South Asian



Under the supervision of the PIs (Patel and Shidhaye) and in collaboration with the partners in

India, the fellow will support the design, implementation, analysis, and dissemination of results

from two trials. The fellow will serve as a bridge between the ESSENCE Administrative Core

team based in India and the PI (Patel) in Harvard and the Harvard University Grants

Administration Office and will oversee all the contractual arrangements and communication

between the Harvard Medical School and the ESSENCE capacity building partners in the South

Asian region. He/she will be responsible to obtain ethical approvals from the Harvard Longwood

IRB Committee, coordinate the Research Management Group, and provide support to financial

managers to prepare and submit annual technical and financial reports to the sponsor, the (US)

National Institute of Mental Health. This position requires extended periods working in the field

in India.


Applicants must have an MPH in epidemiology and a doctoral degree in a field relevant to this

project. Other desirable qualifications include experience with the following:

 randomized clinical trials, mental health intervention research or implementation science

 quality improvement methodology

 application of mobile technology in health care

 conducting research in India (or another low- or middle-income country)

Harvard Medical School Department of Global Health and Social Medicine Research Fellowship

 coordinating research projects.

 authorship of peer-reviewed research publications

To apply:

Email the following items in one PDF with the surname as the first word of the PDF file: (1)

cover letter stating long-term career aims, interest in the project, and suitability for the position,

specifically referring to the essential and desirable criteria listed above; (2) curriculum vitae; and

(3) contact information for three to five potential references. Email applications to

Salary range: US$47,500 - $50,000

Start date: Interviewing in September for October 1, 2017 start or as soon as possible


Location: Boston, MA, USA and Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh, India

Other information:

This project is scheduled for four to five years, ending on May 31, 2022. The research fellow

position will be hired on an annual basis with renewal depending on continued funding and

satisfactory performance.

For additional information regarding the project institutions, see: (the Indian partner institution)

For additional information regarding the project or the post, please email:

Dr Rahul Shidhaye, and Professor Vikram Patel


Harvard University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer and

applications from women and underrepresented minorities are strongly encouraged.