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Research Fellow, Health Technology Assessment/Health Economics (Grade 1 or Grade 2) (Two Positions)

Griffith University, Queensland, Australia - Centre for Applied Health Economics (CAHE), School of Medicine

Location: Nathan - Australia
Salary: AU$73,791 to AU$112,057
£40,570.29 to £61,608.94 converted salary* per annum
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 18th April 2019
Closes: 27th May 2019
Job Ref: 112231

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The Centre for Applied Health Economics (CAHE) was established in 2008, within the School of Medicine, and is based at the Nathan campus. The Centre currently employs 30 staff on contract research projects, fellowships and research grants, and has a number of affiliated HDR students. The Centre is self-funded with an emphasis on teamwork with several strong research themes in health economics, including economic evaluation, measurement of health outcomes, and priority setting. This research has attracted multiple research grants from national bodies (eg the ARC and NHMRC). Staff in the Centre are also associated with one or more of the research programs within Griffith University’s Menzies Health Institute Queensland (MHIQ).

The Pharmaceutical Benefits Advisory Committee (PBAC) and the Medical Services Advisory Committee (MSAC) assess applications for government to fund new medicines and medical services in Australia. The appraisals of those submissions are presented at the various government meetings and ultimately recommendations made to the Health Minister. The submissions are critically appraised including a judgment on their indicated use, target population, the adequacy of patient information provided, the clinical efficacy, and the statistical analyses of clinical and economic value. CAHE is the only independent assessment group in Queensland, providing these evaluations of industry and medical group submissions.

The opportunity
The primary role for this position will be to provide high level expertise in health technology assessment (HTA) of health care interventions. HTA involves providing objective evidence-based appraisals of proposals for medical services/procedures and pharmaceutical products using a wide range of skills including: critical appraisal of clinical trial evidence, quantitative analysis, epidemiology, systematic literature reviews, economic evaluation, budget impact modelling and report writing. The incumbent will be a key member of the contract research team in the CAHE undertaking evaluation of industry submissions of new technologies for listing on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme and the Medical Benefits Schedule. The position also includes traditional academic research that meets the strategic goals of the Centre.

There are two full time, fixed term (3 year) positions available based at the Nathan campus.

About you
This position will suit a graduate in health economics or person already working in research but wishes to apply their knowledge and expertise directly into health policy decisions. The position provides a unique opportunity to contribute to health technology assessment expertise within the CAHE that has direct impact on health policy within Australia while also encouraging traditional academic research by developing a research program of interest to the appointee. Collaborations across Griffith University and with researchers in other institutions are undertaken on a regular basis.

The role will suit someone with strong quantitative skills and experience in systematic review, meta-analysis and/or cost-effectiveness analysis, supervision of research staff, participation in grant applications and tenders. The incumbent will have research interests in public health, epidemiology, health services research or health economics aligned with the Centre's strategic objectives. Relevant undergraduate degree in Pharmacy, or other clinical discipline will be beneficial. A PhD or equivalent industry experience is required for appointment at Grade 2.

Salary range
Research Fellow, Grade 1 - $73,791 - $86,579 per annum. Salary package including 17% employer superannuation contribution: $86,336 - $101,299 per annum.
Research Fellow, Grade 2 - $94,361 - $112,057 per annum. Salary package including 17% employer superannuation contribution: $110,403 - $131,108 per annum.

How to apply
Please submit your application online and ensure your application includes the following:

  • Statement addressing each of the selection criteria in the position description. Please address the selection criteria for the level for which you are applying.
  • One page covering letter outlining your suitability for the role
  • Current curriculum vitae/resume which should include:
    • Full name, address, telephone number and email address;
    • Details of education, professional training and qualifications;
    • Employment history, including present position and details of relevant professional, consulting or industry experience;
    • Research interests and list of publications;
    • Research grants awarded and any other relevant information, such as offices held in professional bodies, community services etc.

Note:  Application attachments should be saved as .doc, .docx or .pdf only.  File names should be no more than 25 characters long and should include letters and numbers only.

What we offer

Working for one of the most influential universities in Australia and the Asia–Pacific region, you will join a University that spans six campuses in South East Queensland and all disciplines, while our network of more than 200,000 graduates extends around the world.

At Griffith, we’ve worked hard to create a culture that will challenge you to be curious, creative and courageous. We also support the professional and personal development of all our employees and invest in the skills of our people.

Griffith University values diversity, inclusion and flexibility and we encourage Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander, and people of all backgrounds to apply. Griffith's strategic goals are to also increase the proportion of women in senior academic and administrative roles and in Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Medicine (STEMM).

Further information
Obtain the position description and application process by clicking on the Apply button. You will be redirected to the Griffith University Jobs Page.

For further information about this role, please contact Associate Professor Martin Downes, Centre for Applied Health Economics on +61 (0) 7 3735 9106.

For application queries, please contact Teagan Brown, HR Officer on +61 (0) 7 3735 6551.

Closing date: Monday 27 May 2019 at 5 pm AEST. All applications must be submitted online.

As the team experience high volumes of applications, we appreciate your patience to allow for a timely and fair process for all.

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