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SHOCKS AND RESILIENCE RESEARCH PROJECT
Measuring policy impact in the Covid-19 crisis and building resilience against future shocks.
The Covid-19 crisis has highlighted how vulnerable societies and governments are to shocks. This vulnerability is exacerbated by the propensity to design policy for narrow siloes relating to singular policy areas and government departments, without adequate consideration of the interdependencies between them and the interconnected nature of local and global societies. The pandemic has brought into focus that resilience in one policy area (e.g. health) can come at the cost of resilience in another (e.g. the economy). The overall aim of this large-scale, 2-year research project is to develop a better understanding of resilience in interconnected health, social, and economic systems and to use this understanding to identify robust policy measures.
The project brings together multidisciplinary expertise from across the Turing community, including in health, public policy, economics, and urban analytics. We are hiring nine postdoctoral research associates for this project, who will work collaboratively to develop a rigorous understanding of societal responses to shocks and a clear strategy for how to engender policy resilience. To achieve our aims, we will require reliable, consistent, real-time, fine-grained data sources, as well as integrative, highly-granular models that bring together policy areas and cross disciplinary boundaries.
The Shocks and Resilience project consists of the following five work packages, and we are hiring nine postdoctoral research associates (PDRAs) in total:
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This project is supported entirely by public funds, through Wave 1 of the UK Research and Innovation Strategic Priorities Fund, under EPSRC Grant EP/T001569/1.
Work package 1: Modelling COVID-19 (x2 PDRAs)
The aim of this work package is to use the current pandemic as an initial exemplar of a specific shock. Our primary focus is to develop a coupled epidemiologic and socio-economic model of Covid-19 dynamics and its societal effects. A crucial part of this package is the identification and curation of data sources that can be used to monitor the impact of policy interventions and inform subsequent models. Alongside data collection and curation, we are building an epidemiological model that allows for variations in social patterns as well as societal and economic factors, such as inequality, to affect the dynamics of spread.
One of the postdoctoral research associates that we are hiring for this work package will bring expertise in health and focus on building the epidemiological model, while the other research associate will bring social science expertise and focus on modelling the pandemic’s socio-economic impacts. The two post-holders will work closely together to integrate and link the models that they will be building.
For this post, we are looking to recruit a postdoctoral research associate who will build the epidemiological model for the spread of Covid-19. The post-holder will report to the Deputy Director of the Turing’s Health Programme and will work closely with the Social Science Postdoctoral Research Associate assigned to the same work package.
DUTIES AND AREAS OF RESPONSIBILITY
SOCIAL SCIENCE ROLE
For this post, we are looking to recruit a postdoctoral research associate who will build the socio-economic model capturing the effects of Covid-19. The post-holder will report to the Deputy Director of the Turing’s Public Policy Programme and will work closely with the Health Postdoctoral Research Associate assigned to the same work package.
DUTIES AND AREAS OF RESPONSIBILITIES
SOCIAL SCIENCE ROLE
These full-time posts are offered on a fixed-term basis for a period of two years. The annual salary is £35,000 to £41,000 (dependent on skills and experience) plus excellent benefits, including flexible working and family friendly policies, https://www.turing.ac.uk/work-turing/why-work-turing/employee-benefits.
Candidates who have not yet been officially awarded their PhD will be appointed as Research Assistant within a salary range of £32,000 to £34,000 per annum.
This job description is written at a specific time and is subject to change as the demands of the Institute and the role develop. The role requires flexibility and adaptability, and the post holder needs to be aware that they may be asked to perform tasks and be given responsibilities not detailed in this job description.
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CLOSING DATE FOR APPLICATIONS: 6 December 2020
EQUALITY, DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION
The Alan Turing Institute is committed to creating an environment where diversity is valued, and everyone is treated fairly. In accordance with the Equality Act, we welcome applications from anyone who meets the specific criteria of the post regardless of age, disability, ethnicity, gender reassignment, marital or civil partnership status, pregnancy and maternity, religion or belief, sex and sexual orientation.
Reasonable adjustments to the interview process can also be made for any candidates with a disability.
Please note all offers of employment are subject to continuous eligibility to work in the UK and satisfactory pre-employment security screening which includes a DBS Check.
Full details on the pre-employment screening process can be requested from HR@turing.ac.uk.