We are hiring! Research Fellow
Fixed Term Contract for 3 Years
We are looking for an aspiring Research Fellow to join a dynamic and growing team of health economists at one of the UK’s highest-ranking universities.
The work will primarily involve undertaking economic analyses within a broad portfolio of publicly funded research in health and social care. Applicants should hold a PhD (or have equivalent work experience) in health economics, economics or a similar relevant background. A strong, demonstrable interest in statistical and econometric methods applicable to economic evaluation and policy impact evaluation is essential.
In addition to working on funded research, the post holder will be encouraged to develop their methodological interests and will be supported with initiating research ideas, undertaking further training and acquiring skills to enable high quality empirical and methodological research in health economics.
The post holder will be part of the newly established Centre for Health Economics at Warwick, working within multidisciplinary teams including health economists, social scientists and clinicians to design research, undertake analyses, generate economic evidence and report findings on the broader value of health and social care interventions. Work undertaken is expected to be disseminated through impactful journal publications and reports, and to directly inform policy at both the national and international level.
Where you have not yet been awarded your PhD, any offer made to you will be an under-appointment to the post of Research Assistant at a salary of £30,046 per annum. Once your PhD has been awarded and you have evidenced this, you will be appointed to the substantive post of Research Fellow at a salary within the range shown above.
If you have any questions or would like to have an informal conversation about this vacancy please contact Dr Lazaros Andronis: L.Andronis@warwick.ac.uk, 02476 574490.
Interview date: w/c 16 November 2020
We are delighted to say that Edmund, one of our PhD students, presented a poster at the WMS Virtual Postgraduate Research Symposium and came top in the Health Sciences/Clinical Trials Divisions! Well done Edmund and supervisors, a great achievement!
Congratulations to Dr Lazaros Andronis who was selected as a 2020 WATE (Warwick Awards for Teaching Excellence) winner. The team here at CHEW and wider Medical School are very proud of his achievements. You can read his interview about the award below and learn more about the awards here. Well done Laz!
Why did you start teaching? What (or who) inspired you?
I would have liked to say that teaching is what I always wanted to do, and that the first time I stood before students a childhood dream came true. When I was starting out in academia, I had a great deal of interest in research but little appetite for teaching. Like many of my colleagues, I wrongly saw teaching as one of the most intimidating and thankless parts of my research-focused job. But, over the years, lecture by lecture, teaching turned from frightening to bearable, to interesting, to exciting and eventually, to what I now see as one of the best parts of my job.
What pearls of wisdom have you been given over the years that have helped you with your teaching?
Make sessions interactive. Fortunately, long gone are the days when a typical lecture was an hour long, uninterrupted monologue. To teach is to engage and interact.
Is there anything you wish someone had told you when you started out?
For years, I was terrified by the prospect of being asked questions that I would not be able to answer. When I did get such questions, I felt like a failed academic and an imposter. I eventually came to realise that educators are not supposed to have all the answers, and that most students recognise this. I just wish someone had told me this earlier...
If you were mentoring a first-time teacher, what advice would you give?
In no particular order:
- Observe and learn from others, but develop your own style.
- As much as possible, get out of your comfort zone.
- Take every possible opportunity to receive constructive feedback.
What advice/top tips would you give to more experienced teachers?
Make sure your teaching is evolving. The way people learn, and our understanding of it, has changed over the years, so sticking to what was the norm 20 or 30 years ago is unlikely to work nowadays.
What new technologies are you currently using to enhance your teaching? What are your top tips for using them?
I use Tabula, Moodle, TurnItin, and TalisAspire religiously and I keep an eye out for new software and applications. Last year, I used Prezi for most of my sessions and students, especially undergraduates, liked it a lot. I plan to use Prezi more in the future. Of course, one should be putting substance and content over style, and remember that software should facilitate, rather than dominate, a teaching session.
What does winning a WATE award mean to you?
A great deal. I am primarily a researcher but I feel that teaching is an important part of my academic identity. I know for a fact that there are many people like me at Warwick. To my mind, recognition through WATE sends a clear message that, at our University, being a researcher and a committed educator is not only compatible, but it is actually encouraged and celebrated.
What do you enjoy the most about teaching? What’s the best part of your job?
Without a doubt, the fact that I get to teach students from a range of disciplinary backgrounds. The subject I teach, health economics, is just about as multidisciplinary as it gets and, nowadays, I get to teach health sciences students in Warwick Medical School and economics students in the Department of Economics, sometimes on the same day! The fact that some students come to class resolute that ‘health’ and ‘economics’ are terms that should not be even used in the same sentence is an additional challenge that I’m always happy to accept...
What lessons have you learned from your students?
To think about, and question, everything I teach. If theories or concepts—even well-established ones—do not make much sense to students, it is usually worth casting a critical eye over them.
If you could write a recipe for the perfect inspiring teacher, what ingredients would you need?
Enthusiasm, motivation, commitment, patience, openness, willingness to experiment and respect for all learners, all in equal measure.