Research Associate in Public Health Economic Modelling

University of Sheffield

Contract Type: Fixed-term to start as soon as possible with an end date of 28 February 2021.
Working Pattern: Full time
Faculty: Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health
Department: School of Health and Related Research (ScHARR) - Public Health

The School of Health and Related Research (ScHARR), University of Sheffield is seeking to appoint a Research Associate to contribute to the health economic modelling of tobacco and alcohol tax in the UK. This is a unique and exciting opportunity to join the Sheffield Alcohol Research Group, an internationally leading public health economic research team at a world-leading university.

You will work on the SYNTAX project “Integrated evidence synthesis for joint appraisal of tobacco and alcohol tax interventions for harm reduction in the UK”. This three-year project is funded by the National Institute of Health Research's Public Health Research Programme and is a collaboration between the Universities of Sheffield and Bath.

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, 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 statistical modelling using techniques such as regression or latent class analyses.  You will also have either experience and an enthusiasm to learn health economic modelling techniques.  You will have postgraduate qualifications in a numerate discipline such as statistics, epidemiology, economics, operational research or related subjects.

The University’s Total Reward Package includes a competitive salary, a generous Pension Scheme and annual leave entitlement, as well as access to a range of learning and development courses to support your personal and professional development. We build teams of people from different heritages and lifestyles whose talent and contributions complement each other to greatest effect. We believe diversity in all its forms delivers greater impact through research, teaching and student experience.

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Closing date 2 March 2018.

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