Exciting post for a Research Fellow working on TB vaccines, digital adherence technologies, and equity projects
We are looking for an enthusiastic and self-motivated Health Economist to join a world leading group of tuberculosis epidemiologist and modellers (http://tbmodelling.lshtm.ac.uk at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) to work on a set of exciting health economics projects around treatment adherence and TB burden. The post-holder would work across projects which best align with their
research interests, previous experience, and areas they would like to develop. For example, if the post-holder has an interest in equity analyses,
they would be able focus on this across projects. There are three exciting projects which require health economics input. In addition, there is
considerable scope to take initiative for research within the field, in collaboration with colleagues at LSHTM and international partners. The
project will involve a range of complex and original scientific research that requires a high degree of personal motivation.
First, 2018 was a landmark year for TB vaccines, with, for the first time in the history of TB vaccine development, two phase IIB trials reporting
significant positive efficacy results. The post-holder will work on a Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF)-funded project to inform key
implementation and development decisions for these vaccines, including estimating the cost-effectiveness of different vaccination strategies in
varying health system performance scenarios, in the context of different definitions of value and decision rules (BMGF, PI Richard White).
The second project looks at digital TB treatment adherence technologies. Currently, all individuals receiving TB treatment have to regularly report to a health clinic to receive drugs, which for a lot of individuals contributes little to improving treatment adherence, yet leads to costs for both patient and provider. Part of this role is to lead on health system and patient cost data collection and cost-effectiveness modelling as part of a trial on introducing new mobile adherence technologies in Ethiopia and other LMIC countries (UNITAID-ASCENT, LSHTM leads Finn McQuaid, Rein
Houben). The third project looks at socioeconomics factors and TB burden. The association between poverty and TB burden has been well-known for centuries, but remains poorly quantified. The post-holder will have the opportunity to contribute to a statistical analysis of macro- and household socio-economic indicators and TB burden in Viet Nam, as part of a larger grant looking at TB natural history (ERC-TBornotTB, PI Rein Houben).
The post-holder will be supervised by Dr Matthew Quaife, with input from Prof Richard White and Dr Rein Houben. They will join a highly successful and supportive group of TB epidemiologists and modellers, with considerable scope to take initiative for research within the field, in
collaboration with colleagues at LSHTM and international partners. It is expected that the project will involve coordination of data collection,
both from a health system and patient perspective, travel, data analysis and cost-effectiveness modelling, as well as some training of trial staff
from LMICs. In addition, econometric data analyses will be required. The post-holder will be expected to show ability to plan their own work and
display a high degree of personal motivation. The role will involve some travel to international partners to facilitate staff training and data collection, and to obtain expert input on the work.
The successful applicant will have a postgraduate degree, MSc or ideally a PhD, in Health Economics, Epidemiology, Public Health or another relevant discipline with a strong quantitative component, and experience in line with the role. Candidates should also show experience with health
system data collection in a low- or middle income setting and have an established publication record. Experience in tuberculosis or HIV research
is desirable, but not necessary. Applicants are encouraged to contact Dr Matthew Quaife (email@example.com) for an informal discussion
prior to submitting a formal application
- London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
- United Kingdom
- Closing date
- March 18th, 2020
- Posted on
- February 19th, 2020 10:08
- Last updated
- February 19th, 2020 10:08