27 November 2019


Bath / UK



Research Associate (fixed term) – University Of Bath

The School of Management seeks to recruit a Research Associate for a collaborative project with the NHS Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group (BNSSG CCG). 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).

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Main duties and responsibilities :

  • To generate a good understanding of the relevant health system and the nature of how a population evolves in terms of health status, and how this affects demand and utilization of healthcare resources.
  • Code, verify and validate a number of mathematical and computer simulation models using one or more appropriate approaches to systems modelling and simulation.
  • To address modelling requirements using appropriate qualitative (e.g. interview, facilitated workshop) and quantitative (e.g. data collection, statistical analysis) methods.
  • To code, verify and validate a baseline computer simulation model using relevant methods and an appropriate simulation software package (R).
  • In collaboration with project partners, to formulate a number of different scenarios exploring how alternative plausible trajectories of disease incidence and population growth can affect baseline results.
  • To explore how policy decisions can impact the health status of individuals within the population and thus estimate the effect on healthcare demand and utilization.
  • To take a lead with project management: e.g. timetabling and meeting project milestones; participating in regular discussions with collaborative partners; preparing and facilitating project meetings.
  • To disseminate results of project as appropriate e.g. by presentations at local meetings, national and/or international conferences etc.
  • To facilitate and participate in group meetings and prepare and deliver presentations to project team, internal and external stakeholders or funders.
  • To potentially assist with the supervision of graduate students and undergraduate project students.
  • To continually update knowledge and understanding in field or specialism to inform research activity.
  • To write up results of research and to contribute to publishing of results in highquality peer-reviewed academic literature.

Opportunity Focus Areas:

  • operational research
  • computer science
  • epidemiology
  • management

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Program Period

This is a fixed-term post for up to 12 months commencing on 6th January 2020, or as soon as possible after that date.

Eligibility Requirements (Criteria)

  • A PhD degree (completed or near completion) in a relevant subject area such as operational research, computer science, or
    epidemiology, or equivalent significant relevant experience and professional qualification (such as an MSc degree in a relevant
    subject area such as operational research, computer science, or epidemiology).
  • Demonstrate significant depth and breadth of specialist knowledge of subject matter to contribute to the study.
  • Demonstrate awareness of latest developments in the field of research and in research design.
  • Demonstrate potential to publish in high quality, peer reviewed journals.
  • Ability to specify and describe dynamic population models using one or more of different modelling techniques (SIR, System Dynamics, Markov model).
  • Previous experience in some area of health and social care (public health, health services research etc.) and/or willingness to learn.
  • Ability to write code and script in programming languages, including object-oriented programs.
  • Ability to organize and priorities own workload.
  • Ability to write research reports and to effectively disseminate outcomes.
  • Excellent oral, interpersonal and written communication skills.
  • Experience or willingness to quickly develop ability to communicate effectively with health care professionals.
  • Proficiency in IT skills.
  • Innovation and developing creative solutions.
  • Enthusiasm and self-motivation.
  • Organization – able to plan and deliver work to meet required deadlines.
  • Tenacity – working to achieve own and team objectives and to overcome obstacles.
  • Ability to be an effective team worker.

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Opportunity Cost


  • Salary Starting from £33,797, rising to £40,322.
  • The University offers assistance with relocation expenses for those who have to move to the vicinity of Bath. Expenses are approved according to circumstances. If all criteria are met, the total amount claimable will be up to £1,500, or the equivalent of one month’s gross salary of the newly appointed member of staff

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