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Research Associate in Public Health Policy Modelling

University of Sheffield

Shelfield, United Kingdom

Summary: You will work on the development of agent based public health policy models, with a specific focus on the international, inter-disciplinary project CASCADE (Calibrated Agent Simulations for Combined Analysis of Drinking Etiologies), funded by the US National Institutes of Health (NIH). The CASCADE project is a five-year collaboration between four world-leading centres in public health research: The University of Sheffield (UK), the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (Toronto), the Public Health Institute (California) and Johns Hopkins University (Baltimore). You will be based in the Sheffield Alcohol Research Group at the University of Sheffield and will work closely with colleagues at the partner institutions to deliver the core aims of CASCADE. The role involves developing a new, transformative, modelling framework for the assessment of alcohol policies and interventions. Within the framework, you will develop agent-based models of alcohol use behaviours and epidemiological models relating alcohol use to alcohol-attributable harm.

You will use model calibration techniques to fit these models to empirical data in settings in the US and UK over the last 40 years. You will implement the modelling framework in open-source software and use it to analyse a number of alcohol policies with relevance to US and UK settings, such as taxation policy and minimum legal drinking age. The role requires a keen enthusiasm to work across disciplinary boundaries in developing world-class and transformative research in the modelling of social behaviours. During the project you will be able to draw on world-leading expertise in alcohol use behaviours, agent-based modelling, Bayesian model calibration, epidemiology and public health policy modelling including impact on health and economic outcomes.


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