Research Associate (fixed term)

Job title Research Associate (fixed term)

Department School of Management

Salary Starting from £33,797, rising to £40,322

Grade Grade 7

Placed on Tuesday 07 January 2020

Closing date Sunday 02 February 2020

Interview date To be confirmed

Reference JB7207R

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The School of Management seeks to recruit a Research Assistant or a Research Associate for a collaborative project with the NHS Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group (BNSSG CCG). This is a fixed-term post for up to 12 months commencing as soon as possible.

The overall aim of the project is to develop a dynamic simulation model and accompanying prototype software tool in R for studying how a patient population evolves over time. 

The model itself is expected to take the form of a ‘micro-simulation’, where the future attributes of persons within a population are individually considered in respect of some global options, such as specified temporal parameters relating to outflow (e.g. deaths, emigration), inflow (e.g. births, immigration), and any increasing or decreasing trends in disease (e.g. diabetes) and lifestyle factors (e.g. smoking). The model will dynamically age individuals as time progresses, accounting for the onset of chronic conditions with advancing years. The simulation will likely work in a similar fashion to established stochastic methods, where results are aggregated from a number of runs which are performed; each using different streams of random numbers in order to capture variability and uncertainty. Simulation output will comprise population and patient attributes at future points in time.

Working with academics and practitioners the successful applicant will address a gap in the literature as well as providing a novel and robust solution to aid long term planning in the NHS. This therefore represents an exciting opportunity to apply and develop cutting-edge techniques in producing a research output with demonstrable real-life application

The successful candidate will join the Bath Centre for Healthcare Innovation & Improvement (CHI2) at the University of Bath School of Management. There is some flexibility with regard to base but it is expected that the successful candidate will maintain a substantial routine presence at the CCG offices in central Bristol and at the main campus of the University of Bath.

Full details of duties, responsibilities and selection criteria can be found in the relevant job descriptions below.

For further information and an informal discussion about the role, please see the Bath Centre for Healthcare Innovation & Improvement site and contact Prof Christos Vasilakis (c.vasilakis@bath.ac.uk) or Dr Richard Wood (richard.wood16@nhs.net or rw926@bath.ac.uk).  

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The University of Bath is an equal opportunities employer and has an excellent international reputation with staff from over 60 different nations. To achieve our global aspirations, we welcome applicants from all backgrounds.