Research Associate in Public Health Economic Modelling

University of Sheffield - School of Health and Related Research (ScHARR) - Section of Public Health

Contract Type: Fixed-term for 3 years to start on 1 March 2018 with an end date of 28 February 2021.

Faculty: Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health

The School of Health and Related Research (ScHARR), University of Sheffield is seeking to appoint a Research Associate with experience in quantitative research methods to contribute to the health economic modelling of tobacco and alcohol tax in the UK. This is a unique and exciting opportunity to contribute to internationally important public health economic research at a world-leading university. Within the overall direction of the public health economics research programme, and under the supervision and management of the project Principal Investigator (Prof Alan Brennan), the post-holder will work on the SYNTAX project “Integrated evidence synthesis for joint appraisal of tobacco and alcohol tax interventions for harm reduction in the UK”. The project, funded by the National Institute of Health Research's Public Health Research Programme is a collaboration between the Universities of Sheffield and Bath.

The project aims to investigate how tobacco and alcohol taxation can be changed to improve health for all. We will talk with consumers, policymakers and experts and use survey and sales data to look at how tobacco and alcohol tax can work together: to change consumer behaviour and health; to benefit disadvantaged communities; and reduce NHS costs at a time of limited budgets.

You will contribute to modelling of the impact of potential changes to taxation on tobacco and alcohol consumption, health, economic and other societal outcomes e.g. work absence. Using health economic, statistical and epidemiological approaches, these analyses will make use of national survey data on individual consumption and spending, and health outcomes. You will be expected to develop detailed protocols for your work, negotiate access to relevant data, analyse this data using appropriate methods (likely to include econometric analyses of price elasticities), prepare manuscripts and disseminate results to the public and scientific peers.

You will have direct research experience of population modelling and statistical analysis methods, preferably with a PhD in a numerate subject (e.g. statistics, economics, operational research, mathematics, or quantitative applied sciences or social sciences). You will have excellent communication and interpersonal skills, including fluency in English; skills in working independently to solve problems; and have experience of presenting scientific work, and working collaboratively as a member of a team.

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