Research Associate in Global Health Research
Imperial College London Business School
United Kingdom

Job summary

The Centre for Health Economics & Policy Innovation (CHEPI) at Imperial College Business School has received funding from the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) to establish a Global Health Research Unit in Cardiovascular Disease & Diabetes in South Asians, under the leadership of the School of Public Health at Imperial College London. The Unit will focus primarily on four countries: India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka. The...

Job listing information

  • Reference BUS00493
  • Date posted 7 July 2022
  • Closing date 7 August 2022

Key information about the role

  • Location South Kensington Campus (map)
  • Position type Full time, fixed term
  • Salary £41,593 – £49,210 plus benefits
  • Department Business School
  • Category Researcher / Non Clinical Researcher

Job description

Job summary

The Centre for Health Economics & Policy Innovation (CHEPI) at Imperial College Business School has received funding from the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) to establish a Global Health Research Unit in Cardiovascular Disease & Diabetes in South Asians, under the leadership of the School of Public Health at Imperial College London. The Unit will focus primarily on four countries: India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka.

The aim of the Unit is to create an inter-disciplinary environment that fosters the development and implementation of acceptable, equitable, efficient, scalable and sustainable approaches to reduce the burden of type-2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease in the countries concerned. The main goal of CHEPI’s contribution is to develop and evaluate community-wide approaches for the prevention of CVD and diabetes based on behavioural interventions for individuals to change health-related behaviours, particularly in connection with nutrition, physical activity and smoking.

We wish to appoint a post-doctoral research associate to support the behavioural analysis and intervention work involved in the above-mentioned component of the work of the Unit. The ideal candidate will have experience of intervention design, implementation evaluation from a behavioural science, economics, psychology, public health or sociology perspective.

During the first year of the project, the research associate will engage in intervention design, development of data collection tools, data collection and quantitative analysis focusing on background environmental dimensions of communities in the four countries concerned. The ideal candidate will have experience in the design and implementation of randomized and pragmatic interventions, data collection and quantitative analysis of large data sets and analysis of risk factors for CVD and diabetes. The research associate will need to travel to the four countries whenever required by the project.

The appointment will be at Research Associate level (B). The post will commence in August 2022 and run for 4 years and be based at Imperial College Business School, South Kensington. Day to day supervision will be provided by Prof. Franco Sassi, Dr. Marisa Miraldo (CHEPI) and Prof. Gary Frost (Medicine).

Duties and responsibilities

You will work as part of a multidisciplinary team to design and evaluate community-wide approaches for the prevention of CVD and diabetes based on incentives for individuals to change health-related behaviours; You will be responsible for delivering a review of the literature and mapping of environmental and policy factors that impact health-related behaviours; You will collaborate with the research team on the design, implementation and evaluation of behavioural interventions; You will also be responsible for the assembly, management and analysis of large scale data sets; You will be responsible for conducting statistical analyses (primary econometrics) on the assembled data; You will be responsible for drafting academic papers and interim and final reports on the progress of the work; You will present results to a variety of audiences including research funders, academics, and policy makers, at seminars, national and international conferences; You will have joint authorship of academic papers from your research, which will be published in leading international journals; You will be responsible to engage and liaise with the country academic teams of GHRU and external stakeholders to ensure the smooth running of the intervention implementation and data collection; You will provide support and training to local research teams and Imperial junior researchers when required.

Essential requirements

    • PhD in a relevant discipline e.g. in (health) economics, behavioural science, experimental economics, statistics, (social and economic) geography, public health. Candidates with PhD near to completion will also be considered.
    • Experience of behavioural analysis from an economics, psychology or sociology standpoint
    • Experience in the design, implementation and evaluation of interventions
    • Experience of statistical/econometric analysis
    • Publications in international peer reviewed journals or preparation of academic papers to this standard that are soon to be submitted
    • Experience in dissemination of academic research to a variety of audiences
    • Expertise in statistical or econometric analyses, or mathematical modelling
    • Ability to work as part of a multidisciplinary team
    • Excellent time management skills
    • Flexible attitude towards work

Please see the Job Description for a full list of requirements.

Further information

This full-time post will commence in August 2022 for a fixed term of 4 years.

Candidates who have not yet been officially awarded their PhD will be appointed as a Research Assistant within the salary range £36,694 - £39,888 per annum.

Should you require any further details on the role please contact: Dr Marisa Miraldo (m.miraldo@imperial.ac.uk), Prof. Franco Sassi (f.sassi@imperial.ac.uk), or Dr Jack Olney (jack.olney@imperial.ac.uk).

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