The purpose of this post is to develop integrated transmission-dynamic and health-economic models to evaluate the cost-effectiveness of interventions against TB, HBV, HCV and HIV in hard-to-reach groups (including homeless persons, prisoners, and immigrant groups), with the emphasis on TB and HCV. It provides an ideal opportunity for an ambitious modeller to gain experience in policy-driven infectious disease research in a multidisciplinary environment that combines scientific rigour with addressing questions of practical importance. The post-holder will be based in the MRC Centre for Outbreak Analysis and Modelling in the Department of Infectious Disease Epidemiology at Imperial College. This is an excellent environment in which to develop one’s skills, experience, and research interests.
The post-holder will join a multidisciplinary collaborative group, led by Dr Peter White, Head of the Modelling and Economics Unit at Public Health England, and Prof Ibrahim Abubakar, Head of the TB Section at Public Health England (), involving Imperial College, UCL, Public Health England, and others. This dynamic and stimulating group uses empirical study (both observational and trials) and modelling to understand the epidemiology of TB and other infections (HBV, HCV, and HIV), and evaluate the (cost-)effectiveness of interventions to find and treat infections (both of which can be challenging): see www.ucl.ac.uk/iph/research/cide/tbprogrammegrant and www.ucl.ac.uk/iph/research/cide/halt. The group has a track record of obtaining substantial grant funding from the Department of Health, NICE, NIHR, MRC, Wellcome Trust and others, of publishing in high-impact journals such as BMJ and Lancet Infectious Diseases, and of having impact on policy-making (e.g. see https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/11663364/TB%20research%20highlights.pdf).
The successful candidate will have substantial technical proficiency in programming infectious-disease transmission-dynamic models. Whilst experience in health economics is desirable it is not essential, as the successful applicant will have the opportunity to learn on the job from a highly-experienced group.
Please contact Dr Peter White (email@example.com) if you have any questions.
Job reference: SM077-14
Application deadline: 14 May 2014
Salary range: £32,750 to £41,540 per annum
Duration: Available immediately, until 30 June 2015 initially, with the possibility of extension to a total duration of 2 years (There is sufficient funding for ~2 years but we need to get agreement from the funder to use funds after 30 June 2015)
Location: MRC Centre for Outbreak Analysis and Modelling, Department of Infectious Disease Epidemiology, Imperial College London, Paddington
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