Title: Senior Research Leader: Innovation, Health and Science
About RAND Europe
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 have a long-standing collaboration with the University of Cambridge: the Cambridge Centre for Health Services Research (CCHSR). CCHSR aims to inform policy through evidence-based research on health services in the UK and internationally.
We are a values-driven organisation and our experience shows that our most successful researchers closely align their behaviours with our value set.
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.
About the team
The Innovation, Health & Science (IHS) team is a multidisciplinary team of health and health care researchers. 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. 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.
About the post
This is an exciting opportunity working with 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.
We are looking for an inspirational Senior Research Leader to support the Research Group Director of the IHS team. 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 revenue of £300k - £500k, leading bid and proposal/business development initiatives to support wider group objectives.
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 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.
Group and other responsibilities
Required skills and experience:
Although this role is based in Cambridge there will be some requirement to travel and spend brief periods away visiting clients in the UK and at other European sites.