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Research Fellow in Health Economics COPD

University of Birmingham - Institute of Applied Health Research

Location: Birmingham
Salary: £30,395 to £39,609
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 17th June 2019
Closes: 24th July 2019
Job Ref: 81371

Fixed term contract for 2 years Full time starting salary is normally in the range £30,395 to £39,609. With potential progression once in post to £42,036 a year. 

Applications are sought from enthusiastic individuals to join one of the UK’s leading Health Economics Units. This post provides a unique opportunity to plan and deliver research in health economic modelling and trial-based economic evaluation in relation to i) predicting the impact of policy scenarios to reduce air pollution, and ii) management of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). The post holder will work closely with colleagues in Health Economics, the Institute of Applied Health Research and the School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences to deliver analyses on three projects including a £5m NERC-funded grant to predict air quality, health and economic impacts of potential policy measures in the West Midlands (WM-Air), a NIHR HTA funded trial on COPD management (Colour-COPD), and a systematic review with economic modelling on non-invasive ventilation in COPD. 2 year fixed term contract in the first instance. 

Main Duties:

To extract appropriate and relevant data from datasets, published economic evaluations and other literature, for example, costs, outcomes including quality of life, assumptions and other parameters used to carry out the published study

  • To synthesise relevant extracted data for comparison across studies and for use in developing an appropriate economic evaluation based on all the existing and relevant data
  • To review published studies and policy documents reporting existing economic modelling of the health and health economic impacts of air pollution
  • To systematically review and critically appraise the relevant economic literature for the home NIV for COPD project
  • To assist with the extraction of effectiveness data for the systematic review on the home NIV for COPD project when required
  • To identify and collect resource use data, attach appropriate unit costs and conduct a cost analysis for the Colour-COPD trial
  • To conduct a trial-based economic evaluation using patient-level data for the Colour-COPD trial 

Person Specification:

 A Masters degree in Health Economics or related subject and a higher degree relevant to the research area or equivalent professional success and achievement

  • Evidence of a high level of quantitative skills for health economic analysis
  • Very good writing skills
  • Good knowledge of health economics and research methods and techniques to work within each specified project
  • Familiarity with relevant software
  • Familiarity through experience of systematic review methodology and the critical appraisal of health economic evidence

Informal enquires can be made to Dr Sue Jowett  s.jowett@bham.ac.uk

Closing date for all posts: 24 July 2019.     

To download detailed job descriptions and submit an electronic application online visit: www.hr.bham.ac.uk/jobs alternatively information can be obtained from telephone 0121 415 9000.

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