Research Assistant in Quantitative Methods

University of Sheffield - Health Economics and Decision Science, School of Health and Related Research (ScHARR)

Contract Type: Fixed-term for 2 years
Working Pattern: Part-time, working 17.5 hours per week
Faculty: Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health


You will work within the Health Economics and Decision Science (HEDS) Section as part of the Sheffield Alcohol research group (SARG) as part of a multidisciplinary team providing support to health economics/decision modelling research staff on a range of applied policy and methodological research with a particular focus on the effects of alcohol and of tobacco. The projects involve designing and undertaking health economic, statistical, and epidemiological modelling based analyses for policy and health technology appraisal. The work is for a wide range of decision makers. The funders / customers include the Department of Health, Alcohol Research UK, and the major UK research councils. 

Analysis of complex datasets and design of health economic models are key activities, as is methodological development to support the policy appraisal process. Approaches used within the projects include decision analytic modelling (e.g. Markov and discrete event simulations), optimisation techniques, and econometrics and multivariate statistical analyses. You will provide support to senior modellers, contribute to the design of evaluations, undertake supervised analyses and contribute to peer-reviewed reports, journals and conference presentations. The successful applicant will also contribute to writing research and consultancy tenders. You will also contribute to the Section’s teaching responsibilities by delivering tutorials.

A graduate qualification in a numerate subject (e.g. statistics, economics, operational research, mathematics, or quantitative applied sciences or social sciences) is essential and a post-graduate qualification or equivalent experience is desirable.

This post is designed to undertake project work half-time and at the same time undertake part-time education on our Masters in Health Economics and Decision Modelling ( There is also the option for a candidate who is already fully qualified in Health Economic Modelling to take the role part-time without undertaking the MSc. 

There are two posts available, both are part-time post (17.5 hours per week) and for a fixed-term period of 2 years.

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