RAND Europe is a not-for-profit policy research organisation. Our mission is to help improve policy- and decision-making through evidence-based research and analysis. We realise our mission by undertaking objective, balanced and relevant research, sharing the insights and information widely, and working in partnership with a range of clients and collaborators.
We wish to recruit a Senior Research Leader with an excellent track record in health services, health systems or public health research and good understanding of health and healthcare challenges and priorities in the UK and Europe. The role will be based at RAND Europe’s Cambridge (England) office.
Position Summary: Internationally recognised expert within health and healthcare research providing thought leadership and mentoring across all research groups. Supports Research Group Director in the delivery of group and organisation-wide business objectives. Leads teams in undertaking high quality and objective research and analysis.
About RAND Europe
RAND Europe is a community interest company, and was established in 1992 as an independently chartered European unit of the U.S. policy research institution, the RAND Corporation. RAND Europe has offices in Brussels and Cambridge, and employs approximately 80 researchers: just over half of our research staff have doctorates with the balance holding other post-graduate degrees. Our work lies on the continuum between that of universities and consultancies, combining the academic rigour of universities and the professional, task orientated approach of consultancies. In addition to its strong ethos of evidence based research, RAND Europe is a values-driven organisation and our experience shows that our most successful researchers closely align their behaviours with our value set. RAND Europe has a long-standing collaboration with the University of Cambridge: the Cambridge Centre for Health Services Research (CCHSR).
About the Senior Research Leader post
We are looking for an inspirational Senior Research Leader to support the Research Group Director of the Innovation, Health & Science (IHS) research group. They will be an internationally recognised expert within health and healthcare research and will strategically manage a portfolio of work. They will also be accountable for working with senior colleagues in supporting and motivating the IHS research group on a day-to-day basis, leading groups of talented researchers in winning and delivering research/consultancy tasks across a range of health and healthcare-related topics. The Senior Research Leader will each be responsible for generating an annual fee income of £300k - £500k, leading bid and proposal/business development initiatives to support wider group objectives. This role is based in Cambridge, although there will be some requirement to travel and spend brief periods away visiting clients in the UK and at other European sites.
The role will be involved in developing a programme of research which will be wide-ranging and may include systematic and narrative reviews, intervention design and development, mixed-method evaluations, surveys, qualitative research with staff and patients, and analysis of routine health service data. The role will be actively involved in CCHSR’s research.
The Senior Research Leader will be joining a multidisciplinary team of health and health care researchers in the IHS Group within RAND Europe. IHS team members have backgrounds in public health, health services research, health economics, innovation and technology, psychology, systems design and neuroscience. We collaborate widely with like-minded academic and other organisations across Europe, with RAND Health in the U.S. and we have and continue to build strong research partnerships with collaborators internationally.
The successful candidate will have:
--A health or social science background with a demonstrable and strong track record of applying their research skills to policy problems. Relevant disciplines include health services research, public health, health economics, medical sociology, applied statistics and epidemiology. They will bring knowledge of health and/or healthcare, ideally in more than one setting.
--A demonstrable track record of winning funding for research/consultancy, ideally through a combination of contract research projects and grant funding.
--Excellent evidence of working as part of a team, motivating others and developing colleagues for career progression
--An established network of contacts and partners across the health and healthcare sector with which RAND Europe will be able to develop collaborations and form teams to deliver first class research proposals and projects.
In addition they will have excellent analytical, writing and presentation skills (evidenced by examples) and the proven ability to communicate effectively with clients and to varied audiences. They will have strong project management experience, including experience of budget management.
The role will work in a strong team-based environment to conduct analysis relating to key areas of health services and policy in the UK, European and global settings. Funders of RAND Europe’s health and healthcare research include the National Institute for Health Research, Department of Health, NHS England and Public Health England, the European Commission, the Health Foundation, the World Health Organisation and other funders including charities and industry.
This is an exciting opportunity working with the one of the world’s most respected public policy consultancies. It is ideally suited to a flexible and ambitious individual who is used to engaging with senior levels of government and wishes to make a real impact in health and healthcare policy working alongside a very talented team in a collegiate and meritocratic environment.
Group and other responsibilities
A credible academic track record to Masters Level (or possibly PhD level) in a related subject area, possibly supported by an MBA. Alternatively, demonstrable equivalent experience in a consulting or central government. A background in either the public, private or academic sector will be considered.
Knowledge and Personal Qualities: