Research Fellow in Health Economics

London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine

We are seeking an enthusiastic Research Fellow to join PERFORM (Personalised Risk assessment in febrile illness to Optimise Real-life Management across the European Union), an exciting new programme of research funded by Horizon 2020 involving 12 institutions in 8 countries in Europe and the Gambia.  PERFORM aims to discover, validate and evaluate new "-omics" tools for differentiating between acute bacterial and viral infections thereby transforming the way that children presenting with acute febrile infections are managed, potentially decreasing the overuse of antibiotics on children who do not need them, and increasing the diagnosis and appropriate management of children with potentially serious bacterial infections. 

The London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSTHM) is responsible for the comparative health systems and analysis and economic evaluation work package.  Under the supervision of Dr Shunmay Yeung and Dr Alec Miners, the post-holder will be responsible for the latter. This will largely involve advanced cost-effectiveness modelling techniques.

This is an exciting opportunity to contribute to a project that directly addresses the global threat posed by anti-bacterial resistance. As stated in the recent O'Neil report effective tests for bacterial infection will be a core component of future strategies to deal with resistance. The project provides the scope to develop and refine innovative analytic techniques and to gain experience in the assessment of the clinical utility and commercial value of point of care 'omics tests.

The post-holder will be required to undertake a number of duties including literature reviews, revise a conceptual framework for the economic evaluation, design a cost-effectiveness models using decision analytical techniques, prepare progress reports, scientific reports, conference presentations and publications. To do this they will need to work closely with other related work packages, including clinical, laboratory and commercial partners.

The successful applicant will have at least a Post-graduate degree in Health Economics, Economics or a related quantitative topic, experience in advanced cost-effectiveness modelling or Health Technology Assessment, a track record of publication in relevant scientific journals (in English), experience in working in economics or financing in the private sector, evidence of effective team working skills with colleagues from a wide variety of disciplinary backgrounds and cultures. Strong decision modelling skills are also required as is the proven ability to write to an excellent standard in English, the ability to work independently and meet tight deadlines. Further particulars are included in the job description.

This part-time post will be based in London at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine in Tavistock Place. The post is offered at 0.8 FTE until 31 December 2020 although there is some scope for flexibility. The appointment will be made on the School's Academic Pathway Research Fellow Scale Grade 6, £37,889 to £43,028 per annum pro rata (inclusive of London Allowance). The post will be subject to the LSHTM terms and conditions of service. Annual leave entitlement is 30 working days per year, pro rata for part time staff. In addition to this there are discretionary "Director's Days". Membership of the Pension Scheme is available.

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