Postdoctoral Research Fellow (Policy Research Unit)
University of Exeter
Exeter, United Kingdom
3d ago

University of Exeter Medical School


We are seeking to appointa talented and experienced health researcher for a five-year post delivering research in the early diagnosis of cancer.

The post forms part of the Policy Research Unit (PRU), a multi-institution programme led by Queen Mary's, London, with Prof Willie Hamilton in Exeter as lead in early diagnosis.

Department of Health funded, PRU's remit is to produce policy-relevant research in cancer screening, awareness and early diagnosis.

This post provides an exceptional opportunity for an experienced researcher in cancer detection / diagnosis to work with leading UK researchers in this area.

Most of the research agenda is determined by the PRU team, though an important component is responding to urgent research reviews by health policymakers.

You will be based in the Institute of Health Research at Exeter, a large interdisciplinary group of academic and research staff, with particular strengths in methodological work and applied health research.

The PRU post will be hosted by the DISCOVERY group, which conducts diagnostic research, in close collaboration with the Health Economics Group and Health Statistics Group.

You will have the opportunity to join exciting research collaborations with a range of local, regional, national and international partners, and our close internal and external links will provide excellent opportunities to interact with other economists, statisticians, psychologists, operational research modellers, clinicians, and a wide range of related scientists.

The post

  • You will conduct policy-relevant research in early diagnosis of cancer. Two initial projects will be : i) methodological work on establishing a suitable measure for time to diagnosis in patients with multiple morbidities;
  • and ii) establishing the optimum thresholds for faecal immunochemical tests for possible colorectal cancer in patients with low risk symptoms.

    Future projects will be mutually agreed and you will participate in agenda setting over the later years of the PRU.

    About you

  • You will be ambitious, motivated and have experience / knowledge in cancer diagnosis research including; quantitative skills, particularly in large datasets;
  • health economics or modelling experience. Applicants with a relevant PhD, or equivalent research experience, are encouraged to apply.

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