Graduate Research Assistant: Health Economics York Health Economics Consortium

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Interview date:

First stage interviews: Tuesday 11th July 2023

Second stage interviews: Tuesday 18th July 2023

We are looking to recruit three Research Assistants to undertake a wide range of projects in our health economic and outcomes research (HEOR) and digital health technologies (DHT) teams. We are a health economics research and consulting company owned by, and based at, the University of York. We provide consultancy and research to a wide range of public and private sector bodies.

Our HEOR team undertakes research to quantify the cost-effectiveness of a range of health technologies (pharmaceuticals, medical devices, public health interventions) for a range of large and small clients within the public, private and charity sectors. The HEOR team also undertake projects to quantify the patient experience in a range of conditions for the same clients. We work across a broad range of therapy areas including orphan and ultra-orphan indications developing budget impact models, and undertaking statistical analyses of individual patient-level data in order to parameterise our economic models. We also work closely with our clients in preparing their submission dossiers to agencies such as NICE and we actively look to publish our work in peer-reviewed journals.

We are currently seeing an increase in the number of new, innovative, digital health technologies (DHT) and artificial intelligence (AI) health care tools within our dedicated DHT and population health workstream. These new technologies have introduced new challenges in health economics and the methods used to evaluate DHT and AI tools. We are working with a range of organisations including the NHS, Academic Health Science Networks, clinical groups and DHT / AI manufacturers. This creates an exciting opportunity to work on the cutting edge of digital health technology analysis in the UK and to help shape the way DHT and AI technologies are evaluated in the future.

Hours of work: 36.5 hours a week

Based at York Science Park

Main Purpose of the Job

The main purpose of this role is to undertake research and administrative tasks on all projects undertaken by a team of researchers in YHEC. The post holder will work alongside other Research Assistants in the health economic modelling team. The role will suit a recent graduate who would like to gain an understanding of health research.

Main Duties

The main responsibilities of a Research Assistant are:

  • Undertaking discrete small research projects / tasks, e.g. data analysis, collating cost information, literature reviewing, qualitative telephone interviews, writing sections of reports.
  • Development of simple health economic models and costing tools in Excel using an existing template.
  • Involvement in preparing proposals for project work, e.g. background research, gathering literature, drafting / collating standard sections of proposal.
  • Proactive management of projects, including project monitoring, e.g. ensuring minimal slippage, flagging up deadlines to team.
  • Preparation of brief notes, agendas, minutes, reports and related project correspondence.
  • Collating and managing team procedures/handbooks for general office use. House-styling of proposals, tenders, questionnaires and reports.
  • Occasional supervision of other support staff if helping on specific projects.

Supervision Received

The post holder is expected to work largely without direct supervision but closely in cooperation with other members of central business services and project teams. There are currently ten Research Assistants within YHEC.

Essential Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills and Attributes are:

  • Educated to degree level in a numerical based discipline such as Economics, Psychology, Bio-Medical Sciences, Mathematics or Statistics.
  • Good educational background (including English and Mathematics GCSE grade B or equivalent).
  • Experience of undertaking and or contributing to quantitative research projects.
  • Good IT skills in Excel including basic knowledge of functions.
  • Ability to produce work with a high level of accuracy and attention to detail within tight deadlines.
  • Ability to work as part of a team and on own initiative with a high degree of self-motivation and proactivity.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to work under pressure with an adaptable approach to work.
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality and use tact and discretion.

Excellent planning and organisational skills

o Time management.

o Prioritising workload to meet specific deadlines.

o Working to deadlines and ensuring project team are aware of these.

Terms of Employment

Posts at YHEC are permanent and subject to regular review of performance. Staff are appointed for a trial period of six months, following which employment will be confirmed, subject to successful performance.


The salary will be in the range of £21,840.00 to £26,000.00 subject to qualifications and experience. There is a performance-related pay scheme in operation at YHEC. Membership of a defined contribution or defined benefit pension scheme is available subject to eligibility criteria being satisfied. Annual leave entitlement will be 30 days per year, plus bank holidays.

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