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1) Health Economist, Edinburgh, Scotland, UK

A natural experiment using Scottish clinical data to estimate the real-world effectiveness of adjuvant chemotherapy in breast cancer patients

This is an exciting opportunity for an academic biostatistician, medical statistician, health economist or econometrician who is looking to expand their portfolio of methodology expertise and contribute to the cutting edge of methods developments in data analytics.

The primary purpose of the post is to deliver, as principle analyst, the applied and methodological components of a large data project funded by the Scottish Chief Scientist’s Office within a collaboration between the University of Edinburgh and Imperial College London. The project has the following aims that exploit rich Scottish datasets:
•	Measure the benefit from chemotherapy in a real-world early breast cancer population
•	Validate commonly used web-based benefit prediction decision tools in Scotland
•	Determine the feasibility of using the regression discontinuity design in this context

The successful applicant will work on this project as part of a programme of research that is developing and applying cutting-edge methods in the analysis of large healthcare datasets for the evaluation of health technologies and health policy. He or she will join a team of economists, data scientists, analysts, statisticians and methodologists working within the Usher Institute for Population Health Sciences at the University of Edinburgh, the Farr Institute and the Edinburgh Clinical Trials Unit.

The applicant will be physically located within a multidisciplinary environment at the Farr Institute Scotland offices at the Edinburgh Bioquarter (

The post is available for 18 months. Interviews will be held on Tuesday 22nd November 2016.

More details about the post can be found here.

2) Research Assistant/Associate/Senior Research Associate* in Health Economics

Research Assistant £25,023 - £28,982 Research Associate £28,982 - £37,768 Senior Research Associate* £38,896 - £49,230

We are offering an opportunity for a motivated health economist to join the Cambridge Centre for Health Services Research (CCHSR), a joint venture between the University of Cambridge and RAND Europe. The post holder will work on several studies with an economic or econometric component with a primary care focus. There will also be opportunities to contribute to the broader health services research agenda of CCHSR, both at the University and at RAND Europe.

The post holder will be expected to contribute to grant applications, publish internationally excellent and world-leading research in high quality peer-reviewed journals and maintain an academic profile through presentation of research at national and international seminars and conferences. The post holder will work under the guidance of Dr Ed Wilson, Senior Research Associate in Health Economics.

Cambridge University hosts a strategic network in public health to maximize the contribution of public health across the university. A subgroup of this, Health Economics @ Cambridge forms a contact point for individuals from any background with an interest in health and economics to collaborate on joint projects. The post holder will assist with the coordination of this group.

The post will be based at Cambridge Institute of Public Health, Robinson Way, Cambridge Biomedical Campus, Cambridge CB2 0SR which houses the CCHSR along with a number of other groups including the Primary Care Unit, and the MRC Biostatistics Unit. There may be opportunities for some work to be located at RAND Europe's offices in Central Cambridge.

Applicants should have a good first degree (2.1 or equivalent) and a PhD in health economics or a related area, or equivalent experience, and have experience of research in the health care sector with excellent quantitative skills. You will need to be able to analyse and write up data for publication, be fluent in written and spoken English and have a high level of accuracy and attention to detail.

Appointment at research associate is dependent on having a PhD (or equivalent experience), including those who have submitted but not yet received their PhD. Where a PhD has yet to be awarded appointment will initially be made at research assistant and amended to research associate when the PhD is awarded.

Appointment at the level of senior research associate will be considered for an exceptional candidate, in which case the post holder will be expected to develop a work programme with a focus on the economics of primary care.

*The status of Senior Research Associate is awarded on the basis of individual merit and may be awarded to the successful candidate if approved by the Faculty Board of the Cambridge School of Clinical Medicine.

To apply online for this vacancy, please click on the 'Apply' button below. This will route you to the University's Web Recruitment System, where you will need to register an account (if you have not already) and log in before completing the online application form.

Funds for these posts are available until 31st March 2018

For an informal discussion about the post, please contact Dr Ed Wilson [log in para visualizar] or Prof Mary Dixon-Woods [log in para visualizar]

Interview Date: 9th December 2016

Please ensure that you upload a covering letter and CV in the Upload section of the online application. If you upload any additional documents which have not been requested, we will not be able to consider these as part of your application.

Please quote reference SN10417 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

3) 5 x PhD studentships in Public Health, Health Economics and Decision Science, Sheffield, UK

Five fully-funded PhD studentships available in the Wellcome Trust Doctoral Training Centre for Public Health, Health Economics and Decision Science
Join the research effort to reduce the burden of chronic disease
Chronic disease accounts for the majority of the burden of disease in the developed world. This burden can be reduced through well-targeted and co-ordinated public health policies. Public Health Decision Science explicitly seeks to identify which combinations of interventions to prioritise for action, and to estimate their return on investment. This programme will prepare graduates for rewarding careers in academia or stakeholder organisations allowing them to contribute to public health decision making to reduce the burden of disease in the UK and internationally.
About the programme

Generously funded by the Wellcome Trust, our four-year PhD Programme in Public Health Decision Science provides unique interdisciplinary training to equip graduates to be public health leaders and decision scientists of the future. 
The first year offers a unique training opportunity; students will have access to senior scientists and public health decision makers and take a range of self-selected taught modules to complement their existing skills. Health and social sciences graduates will develop advanced quantitative analytical skills and those with quantitative analytical degrees will receive training in public health. Rotations through three “research attachments” will allow students to experience research in multiple topic areas with potential supervisors before finalising the topic of the research project they will complete during years two to four.

Available funding

We award 5 studentships per year (three funded by the Wellcome Trust and two by the University of Sheffield), two of which can cover overseas fees.
Each studentship provides
•         a stipend of £19,919 pa increasing to £23,997 pa over the 4 years
•         tuition fees for 4 years, worth £5,052 pa for Home/EU students or £18,750 pa for international students. 
•         A generous contribution to research and travel costs

•         will be an academic high achiever with an undergraduate degree in a relevant discipline (including but not limited to mathematics, statistics, epidemiology, psychology, quantitative sociology, politics, economics, systems engineering, business studies, or geography)
•         have completed a relevant Masters degree and/or gained significant relevant work experience  
•         will have quantitative maths skills equivalent to A at A-Level (can be evidenced through degree level courses)
•         will demonstrate English proficiency (IELTS) if you are an international students
The closing date for receipt of all required documentation and references is 16 December 2016.
More information & how to apply Please visit  

4) Senior Lecturer in Health Economics. Department of Applied Health Research, University College London
The Health Economics Group in the Department of Applied Health Research undertakes high impact research to evaluate the cost effectiveness of health care interventions and public health programmes, and to investigate resource allocation in health care and public health. The main duties of this post are to: provide senior strategic leadership in health economics; provide health economics input into research applications and funded studies; apply for research grants; supervise PhD students; provide health economics teaching; and, undertake high impact consultancy work.
Applicants should have a PhD or equivalent in health economics, a strong research background evidenced by peer reviewed publications and research funding from external funding bodies, and evidence of expertise in teaching. Research interests in any area of health economics are encouraged, but given the duties of the post, candidates will require skills and expertise in undertaking economic evaluations in health care. 

The appointment will be at UCL Grade 9, salary £54,240 to £58,978 per annum inclusive of £2,980 London Allowance. 
This post is an open-ended HEFCE-funded appointment.

Informal enquiries should be made to Prof. Stephen Morris ([log in para visualizar]). 
For further details about the vacancy and how to apply on line please go to and search for Reference Number 1595835. Or, alternatively, follow this link:

If you have any queries regarding the application process please contact Floriana Bortolotti (020 7679 1681, [log in para visualizar]).
Closing date for applications: 27 November 2016

5) Research Assistant/Associate in Health Economics
Department of Applied Health Research, University College London, London, UK
This post will involve working on an evaluation of the Care City NHS Innovation Test Bed. The main duties of the successful applicant will be to contribute to evaluation of nine innovative technologies focused on promoting healthy ageing in North East London. 

Successful applicants must have a Masters degree in health economics or a related subject (for appointment at Grade 6), or a PhD degree in health economics or equivalent research experience (Grade 7). They are expected to have strong quantitative skills and experience and knowledge of health economics methods. Publications as first or last author in internationally refereed journals on health economics topics are essential for appointment at Grade 7. Research interests in any area of health economics are encouraged, but given the duties of the post, candidates will require skills and expertise in undertaking economic evaluations in health care. 

This appointment will be at UCL Grade 6B (points 24-26) £29,809-£31,432 per annum or Grade 7 £34,056 to £41,163, both inclusive of £2,980 LA. Appointment at Grade 7 is dependent upon having been awarded a PhD; if this is not the case, initial appointment will be at research assistant Grade 6B with payment at Grade 7 being backdated to the date of final submission of the PhD thesis.

The post is funded by the North East London NHS Foundation Trust. It is available immediately and is funded until 31 March 2018 in the first instance.

Informal enquiries should be made to Prof. Stephen Morris ([log in para visualizar]). 
For further details about the vacancy and how to apply on line please go to and search for Reference Number 1599455. Or, alternatively, follow this link:

If you have any queries regarding the application process please contact Floriana Bortolotti (020 7679 1681, [log in para visualizar]).
Closing date for applications: 14 November 2016

6) Senior Research Assistant, Health Technology Assessment / Health Economics. Griffith University, Brisbane, Australia
2 Positions - full-time, fixed term to 30 June 2020 (with probability of extension)	
Due to growth, we are seeking two senior research assistants to undertake HTA work in our centre. We are one of the leading health economics groups in Australia, and Brisbane is a great place to live. For more information and to apply, see:

7) Health Economic Senior Researcher (HERC). Oxford University, UK

Senior Researcher in Health Economics
NDPH, Richard Doll Building, Old Campus Road, Headington, Oxford 
Grade 8:  £38,896 - £46,414 per annum
•        Vacancy ID: 125801
•        Contact Phone: 01865 743628 / Contact Email: [log in para visualizar]
•        The closing date for applications is 12.00 noon on Monday 21 November 2016.
•        Interviews are likely to take place on the 7/8 December.
The Nuffield Department of Population Health contains world renowned population health research groups and provides an excellent environment for multi-disciplinary research and teaching. Based within NDPH, the Health Economics Research Centre (HERC) is a thriving group of health economists, with a varied research programme and a well-established reputation as a centre of excellence in this field.

We are seeking an experienced Senior Researcher to work on applied economic analyses focusing on diabetic populations. These will include economic evaluations alongside large clinical trials and the development of disease models based on individual patient level data. Using a variety of methodological approaches, you will oversee the day to day running of the projects, managing your own research activities, reporting on progress and ensuring the successful dissemination of study findings. You will also be expected to actively explore the potential for further collaborations, supervise junior colleagues and contribute to HERC’s graduate teaching programme.

If no suitable applicant is forthcoming at Grade 8, an appointment at Grade 7 (£30,738 - £37,768 p.a.) with appropriate adjustment of duties) may be considered. To be considered for this post you will have a strong graduate and/or postgraduate qualification (for Grade 8 you will have, or be near completion of a PhD/DPhil) in Economics, Statistics, Mathematics, Epidemiology or another quantitative discipline as well as a proven track record of previous research in a relevant field. You will have strong analytical and data analysis skills (e.g. developing economic evaluations alongside clinical studies, analysing patient level data, building decision models) and an established reputation and publication record.

The post is full-time (although part-time considered) and fixed-term for 3 years in the first instance.
Informal enquires should be addressed to Professor Alastair Gray ([log in para visualizar]) or Dr Jose Leal ([log in para visualizar]).

The closing date for applications is 12.00 noon on Monday 21 November 2016.

More information:

8) ERASMUS UNIVERSITY ROTTERDAM. Assistant Professor (1,0 fte) – Health Economics

Assistant Professor of Health Economics
Erasmus University Rotterdam
The institute of Health Policy & Management (iBMG) invites applications for an Assistant Professorship in Health Economics with special emphasis on Global Health.
The appointment is for two years, although an extension may be possible depending on funding. You will have a PhD in Economics and expertise in Health Economics, preferably with experience of research on health and/or health financing issues in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). 
It is envisaged that a substantial part of your research will be conducted within the context of the research programme on Global Health Economics led by Prof. Eddy Van Doorslaer (iBMG/Erasmus School of Economics) and Prof. Owen O’Donnell (ESE). This includes a number of ongoing projects on health financing and economic determinants of health in LMICs. You are expected to collaborate closely with health economists at iBMG and the Erasmus School of Economics.
You will take responsibility for the teaching of a course on Global Health as part of the Master in Health Economics, Policy and Law. In addition, you will supervise theses of students on the Bachelor and Master programmes, and it is expected that you will have a role in the co-supervision of PhD students.
Details of the position can be found here:
For more information, contact Ellen Van de Poel ([log in para visualizar] /. +31-10-4089118) or Eddy van Doorslaer ([log in para visualizar] / +31-10-4082566). Qualified applicants should send by mail or email a letter of application, curriculum vitae, and the names and addresses of two references to: [log in para visualizar], please mention ‘Assistant Professor HE’. The deadline for applications is November 20th, 2016.

9) PhD opportunity in Diagnostic Test Evaluation Methodology, Newcastle, UK

Evaluations of diagnostic tests in the presence of an imperfect reference standard and the health economic considerations
The University of Newcastle is offering a 3-year full time PhD training post in health economics to start in early 2017.  The award covers standard UK stipend (£14,296 in 16/17) and tuition fees (£4,495 in 16/17) as well as consumables (£5,000 per annum). 
The PhD will be supervised by Professor Luke Vale (, and Drs Joy Allen ( and Kevin Wilson (
The studentship is based within the Health Economics Group at the Institute of Health & Society alongside the Newcastle NIHR Diagnostic Evidence Co-operative (DEC) and the Statistics research group in the School of Mathematics and Statistics in Newcastle University.  For further information about these groups please visit these websites.
The project
Advances in biotechnology have led to a huge influx of novel, sophisticated diagnostic tests, with their manufacturer’s vying for access to lucrative healthcare markets. The standard approach used to determine a test’s diagnostic accuracy makes the assumption that the reference test is 100% accurate at discriminating between diseased and non-diseased patients, which is rarely the case.

A number of existing methodologies have been proposed to help overcome this difficulty, all of which can bias the estimation of the index test’s diagnostic accuracy and add an element of complexity to the diagnostic accuracy estimation.  
This project offers an exciting opportunity for a PhD student to be at the forefront of diagnostic test methodology research and to apply value of information (VOI) analysis to determine whether the benefit provided by further research outweighs the cost of that research.  VOI in this context can be used to explore whether the removal of bias and improvements in precision of estimates about diagnostic accuracy (narrowing the confidence intervals) is worth the time and costs required to carry out the additional research.
The project plan would include:
•         An update of the latest systematic review on the methods used to evaluate a test when the reference standard is imperfect. 
•         A formal critique of the methods identified to select the most promising techniques for further consideration.  Criteria used will be theoretical validity and practicality (are data requirements to use the method implausible).
•         Application and development of these methods to case studies representative of different scales of the problem.
•         Assessment of the magnitude and direction of the bias introduced by each of these methods.
•         Value of information analysis comparing whether the gain in precision and removal of bias from each technique outweighs the `cost’ of additional research (costs included added methodological complexity, computational power, time, opportunity cost of delaying recommendations about the use of a new test etc.). 
•         Development of recommendations for implementing the various techniques for correcting for an imperfect reference standard, a topic of increasing importance in the age of molecular diagnostic tests, genomic medicine and companion diagnostic testing.  
Candidates will have or be provided with training in test evaluation methodologies, systematic reviews, decision analytic modelling, R programming and Bayesian expert elicitation methodologies as well as other necessary statistical or health economic techniques.  
Candidate requirements
Applications are welcome from high performing individuals across a range of disciplines closely related to health economics or statistics who have, or are expected to obtain, a 2.1 or higher degree. Applications are particularly welcome from individuals with a relevant research Master’s degree or experience working in the field. The candidate must be available to start full time PhD studies in early  2017.
Please contact [log in para visualizar] or [log in para visualizar]  for further details.

10) NICE Committee member recruitment, London and Manchester, UK

Public health advisory committee
We are looking for members to join the public health advisory committee.

Closing date: 5pm, Thursday 1 December 2016.
Time commitment: 3 years.
There are 2 vacancies, one in London and one in Manchester. Please indicate in your cover letter if you have a preference.

Interview dates: 5 January 2017 by telephone.
We are looking for: a health economist with experience of expert committee work in a relevant setting and an understanding of the social, political, economic and professional influences on NICE.

Send your application to:

Denise Jarrett at [log in para visualizar] by 5pm, Thursday 1 December 2016.  

More information: