Senior Research Fellow in Health Technology Assessment and Data Science

University of Edinburgh

The Edinburgh Cancer Research Centre is seeking a Senior Research Fellow in Health Economics, Health Technology Assessment and Data Science to join a team delivering applied research as part of the Edinburgh Cancer Informatics Programme, affiliated with the Edinburgh Health Economics Group. The role is linked to the Health Data Research UK Hub for Cancer (DATA-CAN), working as one of the partner organisations within the HDR-UK network .

The Opportunity:

The post holder will position themselves as a member of the new and emerging discipline as a Real World Data Scientist using routine NHS data to enhance Health Technology Assessment. There will be a focus on the adoption of innovative new interventions and the data needs of new adaptive medicines pricing and reimbursement schemes. The use of Real World Evidence to develop and inform Health Economic Decision models will be a key methodology.

The position will suit an individual with skills and an academic track record spanning applied quantitative methods that focus on health economics but with broad skills that may include data science, medical statistics, operational research, pathway analysis or similar with be of value. Familiarity with related applied policy would also be of value.

The Edinburgh Cancer Informatics Programme is a collaboration between the NHS and University that is liberating the use of clinical and genomic data for clinical and scientific research into cancer prevention, treatment and better outcomes for patients. Our team brings together data scientists with clinical researchers, methodologists and industry to improve cancer care. The development and application of new methods in analytics such as artificial intelligence and big-data processing is central to our mission. The successful applicant will be expected to work closely with other academic groups within the Institute of Genetics and Cancer and the Usher Institute as part of the University’s strategic prioritisation of data-driven research. 

The successful applicant will join the Edinburgh Health Economics Group which a new and dynamic team of Health Economics supporting a broad portfolio of Health Economics Research at the University.

Whilst the main purpose of this position is to work within the HDR-UK DATA-CAN programme , there will be the opportunity for the successful applicant to identify their own research portfolio as the basis of future academic career progression.

The post is available for 14 months in the first instance but contract renewal is likely beyond this.

For further information please contact Dr Peter Hall (

Grade UE08: £41,526.00 – £49,553.00

Full time 35 hours per week

Fixed term for 14 months, extendable.

More information and application via the University of Edinburgh

Senior Research Fellow in Health Technology Assessment and Data Science

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