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Vacancies and Placements

College of Medical, Veterinary and Life Sciences

Grade, level 6/7 Salary: £29,176 – £32,817/£35,845 – £40,322 per annum

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Researcher who will be based in the MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit. You will contribute to the use of systems science methods (e.g. soft systems methodology, systems mapping, group model building or similar) within an exciting programme of complex intervention research led by Professor Sharon Simpson and policy research led by Professor Petra Meier.

You will be expected to contribute to the formulation and submission of research publications and research proposals as well as help manage and direct complex projects within the Complexity in Health Improvement and Systems Science Programmes of the MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit (SPHSU).

Applicants will be qualified SCQF Level 10 [Honours degree] in a relevant subject or a cognate discipline, or equivalent with sufficient relevant research experience, or equivalent, appropriate to an early career researcher.

Informal enquiries on this post should be directed to Professor Sharon Simpson,

This is a full time post and has funding for 3 years.

For further information, including how to apply, please see

PhD Studentship

Due to uncertainty surrounding the impact of Covid-19 we have paused recruitment to this PhD Studentship. We will provide an update as soon as we have more information on when this opportunity may be re-opened. In the mean time if you would like an informal conversation about the post please contact Aki or Robin.

Aggregating multi-domain wellbeing across individuals

This PhD studentship is offered as part of the SIPHER Consortium.  Preventing ill health related to the “social determinants of health” requires well-coordinated policies across many sectors.  SIPHER is a major investment by the UK Prevention Research Partnership, which brings together scientists across six universities, three government partners at local, regional and national level, and ten practice partner organisations.  SIPHER will deliver novel evidence of the costs and benefits of the complex, interlinked and long-term consequences of policy decisions.

The PhD will be part of Work Stream 6 of the SIPHER consortium.  This Work Stream concerns social valuations of cross-sectoral outcomes and equity implications, to provide insight into how people value different policy outcomes (e.g. increased income versus improved health) and different distributions of outcomes (increased total income versus increased income inequality).

More Information and How to Apply

For an informal conversation about this opportunity please contact Aki Tsuchiya () or Robin Purshouse ().

Closing Date: To Be Confirmed

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
Professor Robin Purshouse