Research Associate/Fellow

University of Sheffield - Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health - School of Health and Related Research (ScHARR)

Contract Type: Fixed-term for 2 years


Grade 7

£30,175 to £38,183 per annum. Potential to progress to £41,709.

Grade 8

£39,324 to £46,924 per annum. Potential to progress to £52,793.


This is an exciting opportunity to work in a world leading multi-disciplinary team on the development of new health outcome measures.

We are looking for someone with a relevant economics, psychological or psychometrics or background to work with leading researchers in the field of outcome measurement using a mixed methods approach. The role is based in the Health Economics and Decision Science (HEDS) Section of ScHARR and will involve methodological research funded from a variety of sources including: Duchenne UK, the Health Foundation, and pharmaceutical companies. This includes an exciting opportunity to work on a study to develop a preference-based measure for use with people with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD).

The role will involve varied tasks, including the management, undertaking and analysis of qualitative interviews with a sample of people with DMD, and data collection and psychometric analyses of a larger online and paper-based cross-sectional survey which assesses quality of life of people with DMD. More generally, you will be involved in reviewing, interviewing, conducting focus groups, managing data-collection in questionnaire surveys, and undertaking psychometric analyses of preference-based (also known as utility) measures of health and other outcomes.

The Sheffield team is at the forefront of the development of preference-based measures and in the application of psychometric techniques in the development and testing of new measures. You will initially work with Dr Donna Rowen, Dr Jill Carlton and Professor John Brazier on a number of different projects, with a view to developing your own programme of work.

You will be encouraged to contribute to Masters-level teaching and supervision and you should have a Masters Degree or equivalent in a relevant subject, for example, economics or psychology. A PhD in a related subject is desirable.

It is anticipated that interviews and other selection action will be held on 6 September 2017. Full details will be provided to invited candidates.

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