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Work with us!

The JPIAMR Secretariat is looking for a senior research officer with a background in medicine and health. With us, you get to work with committed colleagues in an international context to strengthen research and research collaboration on antimicrobial resistance. You will be employed by the Swedish Research Council (Vetenskapsrådet), based in central Stockholm, and also take part in the work on the Swedish national research programme on antibiotic resistance.

Senior research officer focusing on antimicrobial resistance

Stockholm

Ref 2.2.1-2021-06611

Antimicrobial resistance is a global problem that impacts on us all. Resistance in bacteria leads to infections that are difficult to treat, and means that complicated medical interventions can not longer be carried out without functioning antibiotics. It is difficult to develop new antibiotics, and we are also at risk of bacteria quickly developing resistance to them through careless and incorrect use. To increase the impact of research, Sweden established a national research programme on antibiotic resistance in 2016, and has since 2011 been one of the driving countries within the global research collaboration Joint Programming Initiative on Antimicrobial Resistance (JPIAMR). Today, JPIAMR involved around thirty countries across the world, and is also receiving strong support from the European Commission. The Swedish Research Council is coordinating the collaboration, and is responsible for the joint JPIAMR Secretariat.

Role and job description

We are offering a role as senior research officer within the field of medicine and health, where you together with knowledgeable and committed colleagues are part of the secretariat that the Swedish Research Council provides for the international collaboration Joint Programming Initiative Antimicrobial resistance (JPIAMR, www.jpiamr.eu). You will also take part in the work on the national research programme on antibiotic resistance, and may also be included in other tasks within the department. The role requires some travel (under normal circumstances), primarily within the EU.

The tasks include:

  • supporting the global collaboration, together with the other personnel at the JPIAMR Secretariat, which includes
    • taking part in the design and implementation of JPIAMR’s strategic research agendas
    • designing, implementing and administrating joint international calls
    • designing and implementing conferences and workshops, following up and analysing research funded by JPIAMR
    • leading work teams and collaborations between the member countries
    • initiating and implementing communication inputs and maintaining contacts with international partners and stakeholders
    • providing scientific and technical advice linked to antimicrobial resistance
    • supporting the direction of the collaboration through coordination and communication between the various JPIAMR steering groups, including producing relevant documents, overviews and reports
  • consulting with other national programmes to drive the national research programme for antibiotic resistance, which includes
    • consulting with experts in the area to update and implement strategic research agendas.
    • consulting with experts in the area to implement national and international calls, conferences and workshops
    • implementing communication initiatives and maintaining and developing national networks of relevance for antibiotic resistance
    • following up the research funded via the national programme
    • coordinating the national research programme with the European framework programme and the global collaboration JPIAMR
  • monitoring international research in antimicrobial resistance, including resources invested and research priorities
  • plus other tasks arising within the Swedish Research Council, such as taking part in department analysis and evaluation.

Your background

You must have:

  • experience of coordinating and providing strategic support to international research collaborations
  • good overall knowledge of, and working networks within, the medical research field in Sweden
  • a doctoral degree or corresponding within an area of relevance to antimicrobial resistance (microbiology, infectious diseases, or similar)
  • good knowledge of Swedish and English, both spoken and written, as the working language within the JPIAMR Secretariat is primarily English
  • experience of project management
  • good ability to absorb and communicate scientific information, both spoken and written, in a way suited to the target group
  • worked with research and its importance for societal development

It is an advantage if you have:

  • experience of own research activities in a field of relevance to antimicrobial resistance
  • experience from Swedish public administration, HEI management, public agency in a relevant factual area, or similar, good knowledge of EU institutions and working methods
  • experience of managing and administering EU projects
  • experience of working with international collaboration partners
  • experience of implementing international calls with peer review

Your personal qualities

We are looking for a person who is committed, proactive, and has well-developed strategic thinking. You must like taking initiatives and working independently, and at the same time communicate well and establish good and trusting relationships, in internal as well as national and international collaboration. We value good organisational skills and a prestige-free attitude very highly, as well as flexibility and the ability to multitask.

We put great emphasis on your personal qualities.

Location

Our offices are at Västra Järnvägsgatan 3 in central Stockholm. In April 2022 we will be moving to Hantverkargatan 11 in Stockholm.

Employment form and start date

We are offering permanent full-time employment, with a 6-month trial employment. We would like you to start as soon as possible, taking into account any notice period.

Are you interested?

If you want to learn more about this position, please contact:

  • Elisabeth Sjöstedt, Unit Manager, +46 8 546 44 014
  • Anders Weström, Unit Manager, +46 8 546 44 318
  • Johan Karmhed, HR Administrator, +46 8 546 44 064
  • Erika Godoy, representing SACO-S, +46 8 546 44 029
  • Anneli Fröjd, representing ST, +46 8 546 44 333

How to apply

Please send us your CV and a personal letter via our recruitment system (form in Swedish) no later than 26 September 2021.
Please mark your application with registration number 2.2.1-2021-06611.

The Swedish Research Council is Sweden’s largest governmental research funding body. The work of the Swedish Research Council is about giving researchers good opportunities to contribute to society with research of the highest quality. Around 250 persons work for us, at offices located centrally in Stockholm and Gothenburg. We manage research applications, evaluate and follow up the conditions for research, and communicate about research. Read more about our workplace and meet some of our staff members at Vetenskapsrådet.se.



New website for JPIAMR

Welcome to our new website!

The new JPIAMR website has been launched! It has a new design and new structure with the aim to improve user accessibility.

The site’s content is now partly re-structured and we have created clear entries on the start page to the most sought after content. All research calls have their own pages with links to the projects and networks awarded funding within each call. The Projcets section contains a possibility to filter projects by call or by JPIAMR Priority topic. Upcoming JPIAMR events such as workshops and webinars are now clearly visible on the start page, and below this you will find entries to some of our recources such as our AMR KNowledge Hub and our media library.

We hope that you will enjoy our new website. If you are having trouble finding something or wish to give us feedback, please contact us at secretariat.jpiamr@vr.se.

Transmission interventions call

JPIAMR is launching an international call for projects under the umbrella of the JPIAMR and within the framework of the ERA-NET JPIAMR-ACTION.

The call “One Health interventions to prevent or reduce the development and transmission of AMR”, with financial support from the European Commission, includes 30 funding organisations from 21 JPIAMR member countries. The total estimated call budget is 24.9 million Euro.

The call advocates for a One Health approach to understand the impact of interventions on the development and transmission of antibiotic resistance and to design, implement, evaluate, and compare interventions that will have a true impact on preventing or reducing the development and transmission of antibiotic resistance in and between the different One Health settings (human, animal, environment).

The call will support research projects that also have the potential for impact in areas where the risk and burden of AMR is greatest, such as in Low- and middle-income countries (LMICs).

For more information please visit the call webpage: utveckling.jpiamr.eu/interventions-and-transmission-call-2021

Working together, with you and for you

The COVID-19 pandemic has made a huge impact on all of us but also made us more certain than ever that collaboration across borders and disciplines is the way forward. The need for science is more important than ever!

Being part of JPIAMR, an organisation supporting research and coordinating resources in these challenging times is very motivating. Together, the JPIAMR member countries create opportunities and enable research on antimicrobial resistance with a One Health approach across the globe. Important work have been carried out no matter of the many changes and hurdles presented in 2020.

Antibiotic resistance is already a serious challenge and we could only imagine what it would be like to be in an ”AMR-pandemic”. So we need to prepare for solutions and collaborations to curb AMR on a global scale. We need to keep working together.

JPIAMR has continued the work in 2020 in this spirit. We have awarded funding to seven new networks, launched a research call on water pollutants in collaboration with JPI Water and JPI Oceans, developed research infrastructures dashboards, created a new ERAnet Co-fund JPIAMR-ACTION and organised virtual meetings, scientific workshops and webinars.

– I am very pleased and impressed how JPIAMR has been able to adapt to the new conditions due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Together with digital workshops and webinars, launched to facilitate knowledge exchanges and sharing of research results despite travel restrictions, funding of different networks by JPIAMR has demonstrated the importance of research collaborations across borders, says Jan-Ingvar Jönsson, JPIAMR Chair.

JPIAMR launched this year a new Implementation Plan for the years 2021-23 and advanced the design of the future One Health AMR Partnership. We enter the new year with several exciting activities and research opportunities. The focus for the coming year is already set, and we look forward to collaborations across borders and disciplines. Doing what we are set do to and best at: Making countries work together on AMR research with a One Health approach. We are working together, with you and for you.

– Laying the foundations for the One Health AMR partnership is a very stimulating enterprise. Research collaborations among countries and organisations are a critical element of the response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Likewise, addressing the ever increasing AMR global threat will need countries to come together. In this context, the future for the One Health AMR Partnership looks bright, even if the challenges are manifold, says Marie-Paule Kieny, JPIAMR Vice-Chair.

Launch of call January 14th, 2021

More information on the upcoming call “One Health interventions to prevent or reduce the development and transmission of AMR”, including a partner search tool is now available.

Pre-announcement: One Health interventions to prevent or reduce the development and transmission of AMR

Early 2021 an international call for projects will be launched under the umbrella of the JPIAMR and within the framework of the ERA-NET JPIAMR-ACTION. The call, that will receive financial support from the European Commission, will include 30 funding organisations from 21 JPIAMR member countries. Proposals will be evaluated in a two-step procedure (pre-proposals/full proposals). The call will be launched on January 14th, 2021 and applicants will have up to March 16th, 2021, 12:00 (CET) to submit their pre-proposals.

A match-making partner search tool has been created for applicants, to facilitate networking and the creation of consortia.

Visit the call webpage for updated information on the context and topic of the call and to access the partner search tool: utveckling.jpiamr.eu/interventions-and-transmission-call-2021

Results Network Plus Call 2020

Seven networks have been recommended for funding within the JPIAMR 10th transnational call: “JPIAMR Network Plus 2020”.

Seven networks including 146 partners from 35 countries have been recommended for funding within the JPIAMR 10th transnational call: “JPIAMR Network Plus 2020”. The total funding amount is approx. 737.000 €.

The call was launched in February 2020 and supported by research-funding organisations from eight JPIAMR member countries.

The intent of the call was to support networks to design and implement ways to support AMR research considering at least one of the six strategic areas of the JPIAMR Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda (SRIA): Therapeutics, Diagnostics, Surveillance, Transmission, Environment and Interventions. Networks should develop and implement activities focusing on AMR within the domains of Human health, Animal health and the Environment. The Networks were encouraged to bridge multiple One Health areas as needed and to consider the incorporation of their activities within the JPIAMR-Virtual Research Institute (JPIAMR-VRI).

Read more and see list of all networks recommended for funding.

First global antibiotic resistance symbol unveiled

Discover the first global #AntibioticResistanceSymbol, chosen by the jury among the 600 applications. The winning design is made by David Ljungberg, a Swedish Product Designer and Art Director.

Discover the first global #AntibioticResistanceSymbol, chosen by the jury among the 600 applications representing 44 countries.
The winning design is made by David Ljungberg, a Swedish Product Designer and Art Director. The symbol is tangible and conveys the message that we need to understand the gravity of antibiotic resistance, that we need to care and that we can fix it – together.

A campaign to promote and present the all new symbol is underway with a peak during this year’s World Antibiotic Awareness Week.
The design contest was organized by EU-JAMRAI and for more information about the symbol, please view here.

Workshop Report – Interventions to Reduce the Development and Transmission of AMR

We are happy to share the report of the recent online workshop entitled “Interventions to Reduce the Development and Transmission of AMR”. The workshop was hosted by The French National Research Agency (ANR), in close colla

We are happy to share the report of the recent online workshop hosted by The French National Research Agency (ANR).

We are happy to share the report of the recent online workshop entitled “Interventions to Reduce the Development and Transmission of AMR”. The workshop was hosted by The French National Research Agency (ANR), in close collaboration with JPIAMR. Please find the full report here.

Public Report: Antimicrobial Resistance Survey

A rapport is now available on the survey about collections of biological material, databases and services relevant for AMR research that was performed earlier this year by ZonMw, on behalf of JPIAMR and VALUE-Dx.

ZonMw (the Netherlands Organisation for Health Research and Development) performed, on behalf of JPIAMR and the recently started consortium VALUE-Dx, a survey on resources (collections of biological material and databases) that are relevant for antimicrobial resistance (AMR) research. In parallel information was collected about services that are provided by research infrastructures and some biobanks.

It is with pleasure that we now share the public report on the survey set out to create an overview of resources and services related to antimicrobial resistance research. Read report. 

The results are also presented in a series of dashboard that can be used by the entire AMR research community. Read more.

Another survey will be set out to collect more detailed information about individual resources and services, and to address issues related to their findability, reuse, sustainability, and quality. For the next survey we strive to use a machine-readable metadata scheme, ensuring that the input is documented according to a standardised & community-agreed description, is interoperable, and remains up-to-date!

Contact: jpiamr@zonmw.nl (please use heading ‘AMR survey’)