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Research Fellow in Health Economics (Usher Institute, Nine Bioquarter)

The University of Edinburgh

Location: Edinburgh
Salary: £33,199 to £39,609 per annum (Grade UE07)
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 11th October 2018
Closes: 22nd November 2018
Job Ref: 045667

(Fixed-term for 3 years)

The project “Establishing a UK Colorectal Cancer Intelligence Hub” will use UK administrative and linked research datasets with the aim of improving cancer outcomes. Good intelligence underpins patient choice, helping individuals reduce the risk of disease and access the best care. It identifies and quantifies inequalities, improves the cost-effectiveness and quality of services, and supports cancer research. The availability of such high-quality cancer intelligence has been limited; the programme of work seeks to rectify this by robustly linking and analysing multiple electronic health data sources to enable scrutiny of the performance of the National Health Service (NHS).

The successful applicant will work on this project as part of a programme of research that is developing and applying cutting-edge methods in the analysis of large healthcare datasets for the evaluation of health technologies and health policy. Based within our Edinburgh Health Economics Group, he or she will join a team of economists, data scientists, analysts, statisticians and methodologists working within the Usher Institute for Population Health Sciences at the University of Edinburgh and will work collaboratively with the Leeds Institute for Data Analytics and Health Data Research UK.

The main objectives of the Health Economics workstream are to develop and apply methods for the economic analysis of the CORECT-R data repository, which is a comprehensive linked UK health data resource that includes data sources such as the Cancer Registries, HES, prescribing and social care data. Example projects may be quite diverse, ranging from the study of variation in healthcare expenditure using econometric methods, to the analysis of the cost-effectiveness of new policy or interventions for the screening, diagnosis and treatment or colorectal cancer using decision analytical modelling.

This project is an exciting opportunity for an health economist who is seeking a role with the flexibility to expand their portfolio of methodology expertise and contribute to the cutting edge of methods developments in data analytics.

The applicant will be physically located within a multidisciplinary environment at the Edinburgh Bioquarter ( and will be employed within the Usher Institute (

The post is available from January 2019, full-time (35 hours per week) and fixed-term for 3 years.

Please include your CV and a supporting statement with details of how you meet the knowledge, skills and experience required for this post.

Informal enquiries may be directed to Dr Lorraine Smith (

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