Research Associate / Senior Research Associate in Health Economics

University of Cambridge Department of Public Health and Primary Care

Research Associate: £30,942 - £40,322

Senior Research Associate*: £41,526 - £52,559

*NB: The status of Senior Research Associate is awarded on the basis of individual merit and may be awarded to the successful candidate if approved by the Faculty Board of the Cambridge School of Clinical Medicine

Applications are invited for a full-time Research Associate/Senior Research Associate* in Health Economics to work in the Cambridge Research Methods Hub (CRMH) in the Primary Care Unit of the Department of Public Health and Primary Care. The CRMH is led by Prof. Stephen Morris, RAND Professor of Health Services Research and a health economist.

Research interests in any area of health economics are encouraged, but given the duties of the post, skills and expertise in undertaking economic evaluations and discrete choice experiments in the early detection of cancer are desirable for appointment at Research Associate level, essential for appointment at Senior Research Associate level.

The post-holder will also be a member of the Cambridge Centre for Health Services Research (CCHSR), a joint venture between the University of Cambridge and RAND Europe.

Main duties and responsibilities of the job:

1) Support health economics activities across the CRUK International Alliance for Cancer Early Detection (ACED), providing health economics advice for evaluating new early cancer detection technologies, and actively collaborating with other researchers at the University of Cambridge and other ACED Centres to advance thinking and methodologies around the economics of early detection of cancer.

2) Undertake the health economic analysis being conducted as part of the Integrated Diagnostic Solution for Early Detection of Oesophageal Cancer (DELTA) Project including a discrete choice experiment to analyse preferences for the Cytosponge®-TFF3 test and a cost-utility analysis and budget impact analysis of the new Cytosponge®-TFF3 test clinical pathway versus current practice.

Applicants should possess a PhD in health economics or a related discipline or have equivalent qualifications or experience and be able to demonstrate skills and/or experience in the following areas:

  • Undertaking economic evaluations in health care Using statistical packages (e.g., Stata) and MS Excel
  • Writing/contributing to publications in internationally refereed journals on health economics topics as well as making conference presentations
  • Good time management skills and the ability to cope with a variety of work demands and deadlines
  • Ability to work as part of a multi-disciplinary team and collaborate with other researchers
  • Liaising with Principal Investigators on health economics aspects of study design, protocol development, data analysis and report writing
  • Providing health economics input into clinical trials
  • Teaching and supervising students at undergraduate and/or postgraduate levels

For appointment at the Senior Research Associate level the successful candidate will additionally be able to provide evidence of:

  • Undertaking economic evaluations in the early detection of disease
  • Undertaking discrete choice experiments in health care
  • Taking responsibility for significant aspects of research activity, e.g., as Principal Investigator or theme lead on a research grant
  • Successful research grant funding in health economics from EITHER external funding bodies as Principal Investigator and/or co-applicant OR a fellowship application

This is a full-time position and funding is available until 31 March 2024.

Location - Department of Public Health and Primary Care, East Forvie Building, University Forvie Site, Robinson Way, Cambridge Biomedical Campus, Cambridge CB2 0SR (approx 2 miles south of city centre)

Informal enquiries can be made to Cassie Woodfin -

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Closing Date: 30th November 2020

Interview Date: TBC

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