Position: Principal/Senior Researcher – Health Economics

The Health Economics and Epidemiology Research Office (HE2RO) of the University of the Witwatersrand, based in Parktown, Johannesburg, is seeking a dynamic, enthusiastic, and self-motivated quantitative senior researcher to be part of our health economics research portfolio. Research in this portfolio focuses on the costs, cost-effectiveness, and benefits of healthcare interventions, health financing and health systems, and other priority public health challenges, with opportunities for both primary data collection and mathematical modeling. Successful applicants will develop and lead studies and analyze and publish data that contribute to the evidence base for improving access to and delivery of health care services and population health.

The position is based at the head office in Parktown, Johannesburg.  National and international travel, overtime/weekend hours, and working in rural and under-resourced areas will be required.

Responsibilities and Duties

  • Implement and oversee all aspects of research projects including: 1) developing important policy relevant questions; 2) obtaining ethical approval; 3) writing research protocols and SOPs; 4) developing and designing research tools; 5) coordinating fieldwork (data collection, interviews etc.); 6) monitoring study progress; 7) writing progress reports to stakeholders including networks and funders; 8) training research staff; and 9) conducting data analysis and writing up results.
  • Present scientific findings at research conferences, publish in peer-reviewed journals, and disseminate research findings to other stakeholders such as research networks, universities/academic institutions, government departments, funders, the community, and media.
  • Write research and funding proposals and obtain research funding.
  • Supervise, manage and train research staff and study teams.
  • Perform other tasks and contribute to organizational management as needed.

Requirements

  • Doctoral or master’s degree in health economics or a related quantitative field.
  • Minimum 5 years research experience or comparable professional experience.
  • Experience implementing independent projects and managing study staff.
  • Expertise with data analysis software.
  • Expertise in health economics modelling desirable.
  • Demonstrated writing and communication skills, with a relevant publications record.
  • Self-motivated, able to work independently and as part of a multidisciplinary team.
  • If not a South Africa citizen, the candidate should be eligible for a work permit in South Africa.

Closing Date31/10/2018
Parktown, Johannesburg
Position TypePermanent
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