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Post-doctoral fellowship in health economics

mer, 22/07/2015 - 18:25

Working environment: The SESSTIM (UMR 912 INSERM – IRD – Aix-Marseille University) is inviting applications for a postdoctoral position in health economics based in Marseille, in a high quality research environment. This lab is one of the French research units with the longest experience in health economics and policy. Since 2000, it has extended its research activities in low and middle income countries, especially in the field of economics of HIV/AIDS and has been strongly involved on the issue of access to treatment.

A strong experience in operational research conducted alongside national ART programs in sub-Saharan Africa has been developed. More recently, research programs dealing with the economic evaluation of HIV care and treatment strategies have been developed within trials in partnership with international research teams.


Job description:

The post-doctoral position will take place at SESSTIM in Marseille within the TasP ANRS research project. This project is ongoing in South Africa since 2012 in partnership with ISPED at Bordeaux and the Africa Center in South Africa (Principal Investigors: François Dabis and Deenan Pillay). This is a cluster randomized control trial which aimed to estimate the effect of ART initiated immediately after HIV diagnosis, irrespective of CD4 count criteria, on the reduction in incidence of new HIV infections in the general population in the same setting.

Within the trial, the SESSTIM is more specifically involved in the economic evaluation of the intervention with as early objective to assess the cost of the intervention and as further objective to assess its cost-effectiveness based on modeling. The post-doctoral position is expected to contribute to this economic aspect of the project with the support of the health economics researchers and engineer involved in the project.


Main responsibilities:

- Conception of the methodology and tools for the costing study

- Data collection at the Africa Center for the costing study

- Empirical data analysis and treatment including costing analysis

- Elaboration of the modeling for the cost-effectiveness analysis

- Contribution to scientific publications Skills and requirement We are particularly interested in young researchers who already have skills (or would be inclined to work) on economic evaluation in healthcare.


Qualification: PhD in health economics or econometrics (applicants must have obtained their PhD when taking up the position).


- Technical skills :

Skills in economic evaluation methods

Skills in mathematics and applied statistics

Good knowledge of usual statistical tools

- Operational et relational skills :

Working autonomy

Analytical and synthesis capacities

Good written skills

Capacity to work in team spirit and good relational skills

- Linguistic skills :

English (read, written and spoken)


Applicants should send a detailed vitae and one paper to .

These must be in pdf format and the files must be named as follows: candidatesurname-cv and candidatesurname-paper. Two reference letters must also be sent directly by referees to


The deadline for application is September 15th 2015.

Interviews are expected to take place second half of September and the job to start mid-October.