Assistant/Associate/Full Specialist - Philip R. Lee Institute for Health Policy Studies (IHPS)
The Philip R. Lee Institute for Health Policy Studies (IHPS) is seeking an academic specialist with sophisticated technical skills in cost-effectiveness modeling and in engineering, to design and conduct analyses regarding interventions to mitigate the effects of climate change on human health.
Incumbent will be expected to critically assess and adjust intervention designs; understand technical basis for efficacy estimates; and discuss technical details with intervention design engineers. The incumbent will be expected to practice cultural humility in all activities and communications.
Analyses will incorporate data and analysis methods from medicine, economics, and engineering, in order to produce estimates of the cost of feasible and complete mitigation interventions, efficacy in changing climate conditions and/or human health, and cost-effectiveness (eg net cost per QALY gained).
Example analyses include:
Cost-effectiveness of air pollution interventions (e.g., urban forests, home insulation, chimney filters, green roofs). Effectiveness would be based on ability to catch CO2 and other pollutants, or reduced release in the case of insulation. Has direct health impact. Setting TBD.
Cost-effectiveness of oil-spill clean-up methods. Oil-adsorbent sponges vs. traditional methods (skimming, burning). Mass transfer principles would be used to determine amount of oil removed (effectiveness). Related to food insecurity, especially in settings where there is dependency on fish/seafood.
Cloud-seeding vs. desalination for drought mitigation and food insecurity. One uses crystallization and the other uses reverse osmosis to separate solids from the mixture, and mass transfer principles can be used to determine clean water output. Setting would likely be the US – both methods are expensive and seeding requires formation of specific types of clouds limiting the regions where it can be used.
For these examples, an engineering background guides specification of “complete” interventions, i.e., identifying missing elements and adding them in. This informs the costing and efficacy calculations, and thus will yield more comprehensive and correct analyses.
Specialists appointed at the Assistant or Associate rank must possess a Master's degree in Global Health Sciences or in a field related to Global Health.
Specialists appointed at the Full rank must possess a terminal degree in Global Health Sciences or in a field related to Global Health.
Strong working knowledge of cost-effectiveness analysis, including demonstrated capacity to design, implement, and operate decision tree CEAs, including conducting formal deterministic and multi-variate stochastic sensitivity analyses using Excel and @Risk software.
Demonstrated ability to prepare CEA scientific articles and presentations.
Training and/or experience in engineering fields relevant to climate-related health interventions. Relevant engineering areas include thermodynamics; fluid mechanics; heat and mass transfer; process modeling, industrial microbiology, and chemical and biological engineering.
A degree with substantial focus on health and interventions in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs).
Knowledge and understanding of global health concepts and practices will help completing research activities, such as: critical assessment and evaluation of data provided by international collaborators; understanding and design of scientific studies set in LMICs; effective cross-cultural communication with stakeholders and collaborators.
Ability to work with minimal supervision.
UC San Francisco seeks candidates whose experience, teaching, research, or community service that has prepared them to contribute to our commitment to diversity and excellence. The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status.
The University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) is a leading university dedicated to promoting health worldwide through advanced biomedical research, graduate-level education in the life sciences and health professions, and high-quality patient care. It is the only UC campus in the 10-campus system dedicated exclusively to the health sciences.