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Research Associate in Health Economics

Department of Population Health Sciences

London, Guy's Campus


  • Posted on: 20th Aug 2021
  • Salary: £38,304 - £45,026 per annum, including London Weighting Allowance
  • REF: 030525
  • Closes: 14th September 2021
  • Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
  • Hours: Full Time

Job description

We are seeking an excellent researcher keen to help improve the efficiency of delivering health services for stroke patients and contribute to the methodological development of economic evaluation. The post holder will join a multi-disciplinary team on the NIHR funded programme, ‘Improving the lives of stroke survivors with data.’

The programme aims to improve the lives of stroke survivors by improved use of data, and is strongly multi-disciplinary, including collaboration with statisticians, epidemiologists, social scientists, health economists, policy makers, and stroke survivors and their carers. We aim to improve patient care by allowing effective planning of services, personalised care, and reducing inequalities in access to care and outcomes after stroke. The post holder will have expertise in health informatics and lead and contribute to these aspects in the Programme.

The post holder will be excited about the potential contribution and challenges of using and improving register and routine data to expand our understanding of health service use, cost and health outcomes. This research will focus on the recovery journey over time from acute stroke, including a range of formal and informal care, with a view to the impact of multi-morbidity. The research is embedded within our local population in South London, but with a view to national and international implications.

The candidate will handle large data sets proficiently, provide considered analyses to multi-disciplinary audiences on time, write clearly, and have excellent experience of health service use data.

We are also keen to support someone through many of the excellent career development opportunities here at KCL.

King’s is committed to fostering an environment of equality, diversity and inclusion.

This post will be offered on an a fixed-term contract for 3 years with the possibility of an extension, subject to funding.

This is a full-time post – 100% full time equivalent

Key responsibilities

  • Design and undertake systematic review of costs of informal care following stroke
  • Support the design and analysis of qualitative interviews on inform care received by stroke survivors
  • Support the writing, pre-testing and piloting of survey questions on informal care costs for the South London Stroke Register
  • Develop analysis plans and analyse 15 years of register data linking use of informal care to outcomes to identify efficient combinations of care
  • Provide regular verbal and written reports on progress to interdisciplinary audiences
  • Give conference presentations and write academic papers
  • Provide support for online and face to face teaching (e.g. marking, seminars, online discussions) as directed by line manager
  • Support the development of research proposals as directed by line manager
  • Ensure the success of a multidisciplinary research programme, contributing and leading the conduct of all health economics aspects

The above list of responsibilities may not be exhaustive, and the post holder will be required to undertake such tasks and responsibilities as may reasonably be expected within the scope and grading of the post.

Skills, knowledge, and experience

Essential criteria

1. Post graduate degree in health economics, economics or another relevant discipline

2. PhD in health economics, economics or another relevant discipline (or equivalent, subject to the agreement of the Executive Dean of Faculty)

3. Experience in health economics or health services research

4. Experience in a wide range of relevant statistical methods or econometrics

5. Knowledge of systematic review processes

6. Excellent record keeping and a very high standard approach to research integrity.

7. Ability to work independently and deliver high-quality research in a timely fashion.

8. Ability to solve complex problems and work effectively in matrix teams.

9. Ability to understand, interpret, and communicate complex scientific data to non-specialists.

10. Evidence of consistent contributions to organisational administration and teams

11. Committed to equality, diversity and inclusion, actively addressing areas of potential bias

Desirable criteria

1. Comprehensive knowledge of the national health system in the UK

2. Experience of qualitative and survey research

3. Experience of writing for peer-reviewed publication

Candidates are strongly encouraged to specifically address the essential criteria outlined in the Person Specification in their covering letter.

Please note that this is a PhD level role but candidates who have submitted their thesis and are awaiting award of their PhDs will be considered. In these circumstances the appointment will be made at Grade 5, spine point 30 with the title of Research Assistant. Upon confirmation of the award of the PhD, the job title will become Research Associate and the salary will increase to Grade 6.

Further information

The School of Population Health & Environmental Science’s research comprises Analytics (broadly defined as the discovery and interpretation of meaningful patterns in quantitative and qualitative data), Investigation (broadly exploring analytical solutions to complex problems at the individual as well as population level) and Applied Research (broadly using analytics, including laboratory investigations, to identify needs and propose and evaluate new solutions to global societal health and social problems). This informs our approach and focus to developing and conducting research that addresses major questions, such as long-term conditions, multimorbidity, and environmental impacts on population health.

This is an exciting time to join the Department and the School as we will soon merge with the existing School of Life Course Sciences. This will bring together very considerable clinical, scientific, and population/global health strengths. There are already many examples of joint working and collaboration between the two Schools, and it is envisaged that there will be significant opportunities to collaborate further and draw upon the critical mass of clinical, methodological, and applied researchers in the new, integrated School. The School will be one of the largest in the Faculty with strong links to the NIHR BRC and NIHR Applied Research Collaboration and with King’s Health Partners Clinical Academic Groups and Institutes, with the enormous potential to further leverage these synergies.

About the Faculty: https://www.kcl.ac.uk/lsm/index.aspx

About the School of Population Health and Environmental Sciences: www.kcl.ac.uk/sphes

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