Lancet Citizens' Commission on Reimagining India's Health System Opportunity for Quantitative Researchers

About the Commission

The Lancet Citizens’ Commission (LCC) on Reimagining India’s Health System aims to develop a roadmap to achieving universal healthcare in India in the coming decade. It is guided by the principle that structural change towards universal health coverage must be premised on close engagement with leaders in diverse sectors and, more importantly, with India’s citizenry. To this end, the recommendations of the Commission will be based on input from across academia, the private sector, government, and civil society, as well as from those who deliver and receive healthcare on the frontline. The work of the Commission is structured across five workstreams spanning various aspects of the health system: governance, human resources, technology, financing, and citizen’s engagement.

Summary of position

There are multiple positions open for experienced quantitative researchers who will be working on datasets collected in two large-scale surveys being conducted by the Comission:

  • A survey of 50,000 residents across India that aims to understand their experiences and preferences related to the Indian healthcare system; and
  • A survey of ~3000-5000 physicians to understand their perceptions regarding their practice, motivation, and roles in relation to health system reforms in India towards achieving universal health coverage.

Specifically, the researchers’ main responsibilities will be:

Data Analysis: Researchers will conduct data cleaning and descriptive and advanced statistical analyses. They will work with the lead investigators to understand and analyze the quantitative data and present it engagingly. The researchers must have expertise in quantitative analysis skills and have their own STATA (or other required software) licenses.

Literature review: Conduct reviews of studies on a topic of interest relevant to the background of the relevant survey. The literature reviews will entail desk research in coordination with other members of the research study teams.

The positions are open immediately and will be for the duration of completion of the project and resulting publications over the next year. The researchers will be mentored by a small number of Commissioners and research leads, led by Professor Vikram Patel, The Pershing Square Professor of Global Health, Harvard Medical School, and Co-Chair of the Commission. The position is voluntary – the researchers will be recognized as Commission Fellows, joining a growing community of Fellows, with recognition on the website and invitations to participate in the monthly Commission meetings. In addition, based on their contribution to the research and writing, researchers will be invited to participate as authors on manuscripts for publication.

Essential Requirements:

  1. At least a Masters’ degree in a relevant research discipline (e.g., statistics or biostatistics, public health, health systems, public policy, or economics)
  2. Demonstrated skills in quantitative research, particularly in STATA or R (experience with econometric methods is desired but not required), evidenced by authorship of research publications in peer-reviewed journals.
  3. Able to start immediately and available for the next year till the completion of the project for at least 4 hours a week (and ideally 6-8 hours a week during the course of analysis).
  4. Ability to work independently with attention to detail and meeting deadlines.
  5. Ability to do remote work, work flexibly and across time zones, in close coordination with remaining members of the team.

Reporting to: Professor Vikram Patel, The Pershing Square Professor of Global Health, Harvard Medical School; and Co-Chair of the Commission.

If you are interested in this position, please share your resume and up to 3 writing samples (which must include at least two publications reflecting your quantitative research skills) with Dipanwita Sengupta at [email protected] by November 30.

Shortlisted candidates will be contacted for an interview.