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Research Fellow in Health Economics or Medical Statistics (RGRF2)

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Category: Academic | Department: Department of Health Services Research and Policy | Closing Date: 12 Feb 2015 |
We require a health economist or medical statistician with excellent conceptual and analytical skills, to work on an NIHR-funded research project. The London-based post offers the opportunity to gain experience of several sophisticated analytical approaches in a study with direct policy-relevance. LSHTM has large programmes of work in health economics, health policy and medical statistics. The successful applicant will join a team of health economists and statisticians working on improving and applying innovative quantitative methods to health economic evaluations that use observational data.

The aim of the research project is to assess the cost-effectiveness of alternative strategies for maintaining the supply of whole-blood to the NHS. The study has four interlinked components, first, a person-level decision model will provide a framework for assessing the long-term cost-effectiveness of the alternative strategies. Second, Discrete Choice Experiments (DCEs) will be conducted to elicit blood donors' preferences for alternative future changes to the blood collection service, to inform model input parameters. Third, the post holder will re-analyse individual-level data from a large trial (INTERVAL, n=50,000). Fourth, the post holder will analyse longitudinal data from a large observational study (PULSE). The post holder will lead the study dissemination in close collaboration with policy-makers at the NHS Blood and Transplantation Service.

The post will involve joint work with health economists based in the Department of Health Services Research and Policy (Richard Grieve, Neil Hawkins, John Cairns), a PhD student directly linked to the project, and external collaborators, including statisticians from the University of Cambridge (Simon Thompson).

The London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine is a leading postgraduate institution worldwide for research and postgraduate education in global health. The London School is the largest institution of its kind in Europe with a remarkable depth and breadth of expertise encompassing many disciplines. Following the REF2014, the School is ranked in the top 10 of all universities in the UK, and second on the key measure of impact, in tables published by the Times Higher Education. The School has the largest volume of world-leading (rated at the maximum 4* level) research in Public Health, Health Services and Primary Care, with 295, with a research environment ranked as world-leading.

The post holder is required to have a Master's degree in health economics, medical statistics, econometrics, or a related discipline. Previous experience of: designing a decision-model, undertaking a discrete choice experiment, or of analysing large observational datasets is essential. This post is for two years in the first instance. The salary is on the Academic Pathway in the range £37,106 to £42,139 (Research Fellow, Grade 6) per annum inclusive.

Applications should be made on-line via our website at ###.######.### The reference for this post is RGRF2. More details about this post is available from #####@######.### For queries about the application process please contact the HR office by email #####@######.### or telephone (+44 ##### ######). Closing date for the receipt of applications is 12 February 2015.

Informal enquiries are welcome and should be to Professor Richard Grieve #####@######.###

The London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine is committed to being an equal opportunities employer.

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