Working together to tackle health inequalities
and improve the health of the public

Vacancies and Placements

Links to these vacancies will be added during 9th May.

Consortium Manager

University of Sheffield: School of Health and Related Research

Grade 8:
£40,792 to £48,677 per annum
Potential to progress to £54,765 per annum through sustained exceptional contribution.

Full time, fixed term for 5 years, starting in September 2019

This is a senior managerial role with significant scope to influence the strategic direction of this exciting new national research initiative. You will work closely with the two Directors to develop and deliver SIPHER’s strategic objectives and will be responsible for the operational, risk and administrative management of the Consortium, supported by the consortium administrator and the Consortium Management Group. You will design and implement Key Performance Indicators and oversee their use in evaluation. A key part of the role is to promote and manage excellent working relationships within the Consortium, and to develop strategies for communicating SIPHER research to external audiences including policy makers and the general public.

Research Associate in Policy Studies

University of Strathclyde, Glasgow: School of Social Work and Social Policy

Grade 7:
£32,236 to £39,609

Full time, fixed term for 5 years, starting in September 2019

Your work will primarily consist of qualitative research to explore (via interviews, document analysis and direct and indirect ethnographic observations) the policy questions, practices, evidence needs and challenges that shape efforts to achieve joined-up policy progress in improving health and reducing health inequalities. You will elicit policy partner narratives to understand shifts in cause-and-consequence thinking and the contexts, aims, targets, delivery mechanisms, evidence use, beliefs, assumptions, synergies and tensions associated with policies.

Research Associate in Complex Systems Modelling

University of Sheffield: Department of Automatic Control and Systems Engineering

Grade 7:
£31,302 to £39,609

Full time, fixed term for 3 years, starting in September 2019

As Research Associate in Complex Systems Modelling you will develop models that capture the dynamic relationships between societal conditions, such as economic growth, affordable housing or adverse childhood experiences, on the one hand and health and wellbeing on the other.  You will liaise with other SIPHER researchers to formulate causal and dynamic model structures, use data evidence from a wide range of sources, and knowledge elicited from experts to build models for prediction and provide quantification of associated uncertainties. You will develop novel methodologies for multi-level and multi-scale modelling, including state-of-the-art algorithms to capture the dynamics and complexities of the parameters underpinning health and wellbeing of populations. You will also calibrate and validate these models in close dialogue with other SIPHER researchers and practice partners.

Research Associate in Decision Modelling and Data Analytics

University of Sheffield: Department of Automatic Control and Systems Engineering

Grade 7:
£31,302 to £39,609

Full time, fixed term for 3 years, starting in September 2019

You will develop the methods and tools needed to support policy actors in the cross-sectoral decision-making needed to improve health and wellbeing in their communities. In close dialogue with other SIPHER researchers and practice partners, you will formulate multi-criteria decision problems in the context of complex, open systems, and integrate the complex systems models needed to evaluate policies and interventions against those criteria. You will then develop search and optimization methods to identify policy solutions which maintain effectiveness in a changing implementation environment. You will also develop user-friendly decision support workflows that enable government analysts and other stakeholders to use the new methods.

Research Fellow in Data Synthesis and Simulation

University of Leeds: Leeds Institute for Data Analytics, School of Geography

Grade 7:
£32,004 to £38,183 per annum

Full time, fixed term for 5 years, starting in September 2019

You will be responsible for dealing with data from a large range of sources, this will include undertaking data curation, data analytics, manipulation and linkage; and using and developing tools to synthesise and model populations and their attributes, for example using individual based modelling. You will build models for different policy areas, including economic growth, housing, adverse childhood experiences and mental wellbeing, and produce estimates of distributional (inequality) impacts needed for policy appraisal.

Consortium Administrator

University of Sheffield, School of Health and Related Research

Grade 4:
£19,202 to £21,414 per annum

Full time, fixed term for 5 years, starting in September 2019

You will provide administrative support to the Consortium, working closely with the two Directors and the Consortium Manager. You will be responsible for providing a high quality clerical support service to all aspects of SIPHER’s research and will often be the first port of call for consortium members’ and external stakeholders’ email or telephone queries. Tasks include diary management for the Directors and Consortium Manager, organising and supporting meetings, booking equipment, hospitality, travel and accommodation, dealing with expense claims and uploading content to the Consortium’s website.

We are happy to discuss potential research visits/placements, hear from prospective PhD students or from researchers with an interest in social determinants and whole-systems policy design.who would like to get involved in SIPHER research.

We are always keen to develop new links with interested research centres, local and national governments, as well as health- and social justice-focused charities and interest groups. We want to ensure our new methods and findings are helpful to everyone who may use them. Please get in touch!

Please contact Consortium Directors
Professor Petra Meier
p.meier@sheffield.ac.uk
Dr Robin Purshouse
r.purshouse@sheffield.ac.uk.