Epidemiology – Medical Intern

Geneva, Switzerland
[Closing date: 16 October 2016]

About DNDi

The Drugs for Neglected Diseases initiative (DNDi) is a not-for-profit organization, based in Geneva (Switzerland). Its main objective is to develop new treatments for people suffering from neglected diseases such as Leishmaniasis, Trypanosomiasis, Chagas disease, Filarial, HIV paediatric and HCV. The 2016 budget is estimated at EUR 51 million.

To achieve its main objective, DNDi has set up its headquarter in Geneva and various Regional Offices (RO) in the Americas (Rio de Janeiro and New-York), Asia (Kuala Lumpur, Tokyo and New Delhi), and Africa (Nairobi and Kinshasa).

Position summary

Filarial diseases, onchocerciasis (river blindness) and lymphatic filariasis (elephantiasis) inflict the heaviest socioeconomic burden of all the neglected tropical diseases and affect millions in poverty-stricken areas. However, DNDi has helped to developed treatments target the juvenile worm (microfilariae) and need to be repeated for 5 years in the case of lymphatic filariasis, and for 12-15 years in the case of onchocerciasis. There is an unmet medical need for a drug that can kill the adult worms (macrofilaricide).

In order to support the team in charge of the Filarial diseases, DNDi is looking for an Intern. This is an exciting opportunity in Clinical Drug Development.

Roles and responsibilities

Data Management
  • Support the development of the protocol including short literature reviews with a summary for specific topics needed for the rational of the protocol,
  • Support consolidation of epidemiological data on the disease in relation to potential trial sites,
  • Support on the minutes of expert meetings and publication of conclusions,
Clinical Project Support
  • Finding, summarising and assisting in evaluating information to support clinical trial operations in an endemic country, may involve liaising with other PDPs, research networks etc.
  • Developing Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for clinical trial site activities
  • Possibly development and management of project schedules and timelines (e.g. using MS Project)
  • Organisation of meetings related to clinical trial setup and management


Education, experience, knowledge and skills

  • Medical or Life science studies with ideally a specialization in Epidemiology
  • Experience in clinical research
  • Good knowledge of the applicable regulations for clinical trials and of ICH-GCP
  • Ability to manage projects and to conduct meetings
  • Fluent in English
  • Good practice with usual software (Word, Excel, Power point, MS Project would be a plus)
  • Experience on study design and writing articles will be of high value


To Apply

  • Accepting applications until October 16th, 2016.
  • Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.