Research Associate in Decision Modelling and Data Analytics

Location: Sheffield
Salary: Grade 7 £31,302 - £39,609 per annum.
Hours: Full time
Closing Date: 31st July 2019
Contract Type: Fixed-term until 31 August 2022 to start as soon as possible.  

We have an exciting research opportunity for someone looking to use their skills in decision analytic modelling and multi-criteria decision analysis to make a positive difference to the health and wellbeing of our communities.

We are seeking to appoint a talented and highly motivated Research Associate in Decision Modelling and Data Analytics to join the SIPHER Consortium – a large new UK public health research initiative which is being established with funding from the UK Prevention Research Partnership (UKPRP). SIPHER seeks to develop innovative research to prevent physical and mental ill health, and tackle persistent health inequalities. It will work across some of the most important social determinants of health: inclusive economic growth; decent and affordable housing; policies that promote mental wellbeing, and mitigating the long-term effects of adverse childhood experiences. SIPHER is a multidisciplinary, multi-institution partnership bringing together six universities, policy partners at local, regional and national scales of Government, as well as a large number of senior practice partners, e.g. Public Health England, Public Health Wales, the Local Government Association and NICE.

Holding, or being close to completing, a PhD in a quantitative subject of relevance to decision support, you will have a keen interest in developing the methods and tools needed to support policy actors in the cross-sectoral decision-making needed to improve health and wellbeing in their communities. You will work in close dialogue with other SIPHER researchers and practice partners, to formulate and solve multi-criteria decision problems in the context of complex, open systems. You will also develop user-friendly decision support workflows that enable government analysts and other stakeholders to use the methods you have created, and link these to existing and in-development toolsets by Public Health England, NICE and other partner organisations. The role is deeply collaborative, so you must have strong listening and communication skills, together with a willingness to both embrace and influence alternative perspectives and worldviews.

Whilst attached to SIPHER, you will also be joining a highly active and stimulating group of researchers in the Complex Optimization and Decision Making (CODeM) laboratory in the Department of Automatic Control & Systems Engineering. The CODeM lab has a 25-year pedigree in developing innovative methods and applications for a range of organisations, including Rolls-Royce, Ford, Jaguar Land Rover, and Unilever. If you are passionate about using your skills in decision analysis to make a difference to complex problems in the real world then we would love to hear from you.

The SIPHER consortium has further exciting vacancies across our collaborators’ sites in Sheffield, Glasgow and Leeds: a Consortium Manager, Consortium Administrator, Research Associate in Policy Studies, Research Fellow in Data Synthesis and Simulation, and Research Associate in Complex Systems Modelling. For details see

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