Research Associate Health Economics
University of Birmingham, College of Medical and Dental Science Institute of Applied Health Research
United Kingdom

Job Summary


This two-year role (100% FTE) will be responsible for assisting the lead health economist with designing, analysing and disseminating the health economics component of three specified research projects. On the topic of COPD, the post-holder will be responsible for undertaking a within-trial economic evalution using patient level data on resource use, quality of life and clinical outcomes, updating a systematic review of economic studies, and updating and modifying an existing decision analytical model. For the WM-Air project, the post holder will be responsible for developing an economic decision analytical model to enable estimation of condition-specific health and health care, quality of life and cost impacts for current and future air quality policy scenarios within the West Midlands. This will involve reviewing existing air pollution policy models. They will also assist the lead health economist in liaising with internal collaborators and external project partners to ensure successful integration of datasets, and linkage with the predictive health model. The post-holder will work with external project partners to develop appropriate modelling interfaces, to allow use by regional and national policy makers. The post-holder will also contribute to dissemination of the WM-Air project and impact activities including writing documents, reports and others, and working directly with external project partners.


Main Duties / Responsibilities


•    Collect research data; this may be through a variety of research methods, such as scientific experimentation, literature reviews, and research interviews

•    Analyse research data as directed

•    Present research outputs, including drafting academic publications or parts thereof, for example at seminars and as posters

•    Develop or adapt techniques, models and methods

•    Provide guidance as required to support staff and any students who may be assisting with research

•    Deal with problems that may affect the achievement of research objectives and deadlines

•    Carry out administrative tasks related directly to the delivery of the research


Person Specification


•    A Masters degree in Health Economics or a related subject or equivalent professional success and achievement

•    Evidence of good quantitative skills for health economic analysis

•    Practical experience of decision analytical modelling

•    Good writing skills

•    Good knowledge of health economics and research methods and techniques to work within each specified project

•    Familiarity with relevant software

•    Familiarity with systematic review methodology and the critical appraisal of health economic evidence

•    Ability to work to fixed deadlines

•    Ability to work as a member of a team

•    Ability to communicate complex information effectively

•    Good communication skills and confidence to deal with a variety of senior researchers and external project partners at project meetings and dissemination events

•    Ability to access and organise resources successfully



Primary Location

 United Kingdom


 Academic Non-clinical


 Applied Health Research





Job Posting

 30.06.2019, 11:00:00 PM

Grade (for job description) Grade 6

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