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Research Fellow x 2

Centre for Health Economics
Based at
Malawi (Lilongwe) & Uganda (Entebbe)
Hours of work
Contract status
Open or fixed-term (see job details)
31,604 - 47,722 a year
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Role Description

The Centre for Health Economics (CHE), wishes to appoint two Research Fellows at Grade 6/7 to work on a long-term project recently awarded through the RCUK Collective Fund ‘Growing Capability’ Award titled: GCRF Thanzi la Onse (Health of All), in collaboration with project partners in the UK, Malawi and Uganda. The project centres on supporting health and health care resource allocation decisions in sub-Saharan Africa, and involves collaboration with specialists in epidemiology and modelling, as well as policy decisions and governance. 

The roles will involve regular visits to sub-Sahara Africa; one Research Fellow will be based at the Health Economics & Policy Unit (HEPU) of the School of Public Health & Family Medicine, College of Medicine at the University of Malawi (Lilongwe campus) or Public Health Institute of Malawi; the other will be based at CHE, in York, but with frequent visits to the MRC/UVRI Uganda Research Unit on AIDS.  The Malawi-based Research Fellow will be required to attend annual project meetings and training sessions in the UK.  Please indicate for which of the two positions you are applying (we welcome applications to either location; please state your preferred location in this case).

The main duties of the roles are to conduct research under the supervision of senior colleagues and to contribute to the production of research. This will also include communicating the results of research to different groups through written reports and papers, presentations at conferences and other forums, and at workshops and other meetings. You will be required to assist in the identification and development of potential areas of research and the development of proposals for independent or collaborative research projects.

In addition at Grade 7 the post holder must:

  • Supervise the research activities of less experienced colleagues, providing expert advice and guidance
  • Participate actively in the planning and management of research projects more generally (e.g. communication with relevant stakeholders)
  • Lead on or contribute to the leadership of the production of research outputs and research outcomes
  • Provide student supervision and mentorship

A Master’s degree in economics, with a significant focus on health economics and/or development economics, is essential in both roles and a PhD in health economics or relevant experience is mandatory for appointees to Grade 7.  Well-developed analytical skills, including a strong quantitative background and knowledge in relevant areas of economics to engage in high quality research is required.  Experience in conducting economic analysis (e.g. economic evaluation) to inform public policy in a low- and middle-income country setting is required, and a commitment to the field of global health is mandatory for both positions.  Appointees to Grade 7 are required to demonstrate ability to source research funding and supervise research activities of less experienced staff and/or students.

The posts are full-time on a fixed-term basis of 36 months (for appointees to Grade 6) and open contract (for Grade 7 appointees). The salary range is on the Grade 6/7 scale: £31,604 - £38,832 (appointees to Grade 6); £38,832 - £47,722 Per year (appointees to Grade 7).

Applications for these roles close on 27 November 2017. Shortlisting will take place on 18 December and the interviews will take place on 4 January 2018. 

Appointees will be invited to participate in an informal meeting via Skype with the partners in Malawi and Uganda prior to commencing work during which you will have the opportunity to ask questions about your role and the partner organisations.

Informal enquiries may be made to Paul Revill ( or Trish Smith (

Further information:

  • A budget has been allocated to cover travel costs to/from the UK /Malawi & Uganda
  • Prior to commencing employment, a briefing session covering key issues such as taxation and pension arrangements, for example, will be arranged. 

CHE is also advertising another Research Fellow position to work on the GCRF Thanzi la Onse (Health of All) programme, based full time at the University of York.  Applications to both roles are welcome.  Further information:

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