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Research Associate in Health Economics or Health Policy

Business School

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Imperial College London, Exhibition Road, London, UK


  • Posted on: 22nd Dec 2021
  • Salary: £41,593 - £49,210
  • REF: BUS00426
  • Closes: 19th January 2022
  • Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
  • Hours: Full Time

Job description

Job summary

The Centre for Health Economics & Policy Innovation (CHEPI) was established in 2017 and is currently one of the largest and most active research centres at Imperial College Business School . CHEPI’s mission is to research incentives and environments that encourage individuals and organisations to make health-enhancing decisions. CHEPI is currently participating in over 15 large scale funded research projects involving faculty across Imperial College London and other leading academic institutions.

To complement our existing faculty, researcher and student base, CHEPI is seeking to appoint a Research Associate to support the work of the centre, and in particular to contribute to a newly funded project looking at how food taxes can be redesigned to incentive healthier consumption.

We are looking for an outstanding junior scholar, preferably with experience in health or food economics, with a good understanding of the principles of taxation, particularly indirect taxes, and good quantitative skills that will enable them to carry out advanced analyses of household expenditure data and of diet and nutrition data, and to contribute to microsimulation modelling and analyses of fiscal policy impacts. The successful candidate will have to work closely with academic partners and with a range of stakeholders in the development of fiscal policy scenarios and in their evaluation.

Fiscal INCentives for Health improvement (FINCH) is a three year project funded by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR). The project will look at how consumption taxes on food can be repurposed to nudge people towards healthier choices. Currently, VAT is applied to some food and non-alcoholic beverages while not others, and for various reasons, none of them relating to health. Following the success of the UK Sugar, FINCH will work with the public and a range of relevant stakeholders including consumer organisations to identify a set fiscal policy scenarios aimed at influencing behaviour before estimating their impact on consumptions patterns and population health through applying them to a microsimulation model jointly being developed between CHEPI and the Centre for Microsimulation and Policy Analysis (CeMPA) at the University of Essex.

Duties and responsibilities

Support the research activities of the FINCH project, particularly in the analysis and statistical matching of household expenditure data and diet and nutrition data, in the development of fiscal policy scenarios, their refinement and analysis based on microsimulation models<strong>; Draft academic manuscripts, along with interim and final project reports, on research findings for publication<strong>; Communicate findings to a variety of audiences including funders, academics, and policy makers at seminars and international conferences.

Essential requirements

    • PhD in a relevant discipline e.g. in health economics, food/agricultural economics, behavioural sciences, statistics, nutrition, public health. Candidates with a PhD near to completion will also be considered.


    • Experience in the design, implementation and evaluation of fiscal policies


    • Experience of statistical / econometric analysis using appropriate software (e.g. STATA)


    • Expertise in statistical or econometric analyses, or mathematical modelling


    • Ability to work as part of a multidisciplinary team


    • Excellent time management skills


  • Flexible attitude towards work

Further information

This full-time post will commence in February 2022 for a fixed term of 36 months.

Should you require any further details on the role please contact: Professor Franco Sassi f.sassi@imperial.ac.uk or Dr Jack Olney jack.olney@imperial.ac.uk .

Additional information

Please note that job descriptions cannot be exhaustive, and the post-holder may be required to undertake other duties, which are broadly in line with the above key responsibilities.

Imperial College is committed to equality of opportunity and to eliminating discrimination. All employees are expected to follow the Imperial Values & Behaviours framework . Our values are:

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  • Excellence
  • Integrity
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In addition to the above, employees are required to observe and comply with all College policies and regulations.

We are committed to equality of opportunity, to eliminating discrimination and to creating an inclusive working environment for all. We therefore encourage candidates to apply irrespective of age, disability, marriage or civil partnership status, pregnancy or maternity, race, religion and belief, gender identity, sex, or sexual orientation. We are an Athena SWAN Silver Award winner, a Disability Confident Leader and a Stonewall Diversity Champion.

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