Senior Health Economist - IHE

Location: Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Posting Date: March 1, 2019
Start Date: June 1, 2019 or as soon as possible thereafter
Salary: $100,000–$120,000, plus benefits
Closing Date: Position will remain open until a suitable candidate is found

About the IHE:

The Institute of Health Economics (IHE) is a not-for-profit organization that assists decision-makers in health policy and practice with the results from economic evaluations, costing, organizational performance, and cost-effectiveness analyses, and with syntheses of findings from research in health technology assessment (HTA). We specialize in producing health economic evidence including decision analytic modelling, econometric analysis, HTA, and knowledge transfer/exchange.

The IHE’s core objectives are to:

  • support decision-making in health policy and practice with evidence from research in health economics and HTA;
  • assess the medical, economic, social, and ethical implications of both established and new health practices, procedures, and technologies; and
  • facilitate discussions and partnerships among government, academia, industry, and healthcare providers to address important issues in health care.


The IHE is recruiting a senior health economist to provide leadership on health economics components of the HTA team’s projects. They will also act as a point of contact between the IHE and government, academia, professional societies, and not-for-profit organizations.

The successful candidate will be involved in the development of all areas of HTA work within the IHE. The senior health economist will be expected to make significant contributions to the development of lifecycle HTA capacity within the IHE, including the development of innovative methods for evaluating expensive and complex health technologies (such as gene and regenerative medicine technologies), post-adoption technology monitoring, and re-evaluation criteria using real-word evidence. This is a unique opportunity for a motivated individual to influence Canadian and international standards and practices in the evaluation and reimbursement of innovative technologies.

Roles and Activities:

Specific responsibilities include the following:

  • Leading the development of methodology for the evaluation of expensive and complex health technologies (including drugs, gene and regenerative medicine technologies)
  • Establishing standards for the post-adoption evaluation of health technologies using administrative data
  • Leading the development of health economics project proposals
  • Supporting the HTA team in developing HTA project proposals
  • Developing workplans for the successful execution of commissioned work
  • Analysis of data and presentation of results to a range of stakeholders
  • Preparation of results for submission to peer-reviewed journals, as reports to funders, or in other formats as required
  • Project management of commissioned health economics projects
  • Health economic personnel management, to support recruitment and retention
  • Deputize for the Director of Health Economics, as required

For interested candidates, there are opportunities for adjunct appointments at the Universities of Alberta and Calgary.


The ideal candidate would possess the following qualifications:

  • PhD or Master’s-level qualification in Economics/Health Economics, or a closely related field
  • Minimum of 3 (PhD) or 5 (Master’s) years post-qualification experience
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills and strong inter-personal skills are essential
  • Evidence of successful working in a multidisciplinary team
  • A specialization in health econometrics, decision analytic cost-effectiveness analyses, or economic evaluations alongside clinical trials would be an asset
  • Knowledge of Canadian health care systems would be an asset

Salary and Benefits:

$100,000–$120,000/year, depending on skills and experience, plus a comprehensive benefits package, including a health/dental plan.

Application Process:

Interested individuals are invited to submit a letter of interest and CV and cover letter by March 29, 2019, close of business (4 pm MST) to (Note that the position will remain open until a suitable candidate is found). For further enquiries about the post or to arrange an informal discussion, please contact Dr. Christopher McCabe via (

We thank all applicants for their interest;
however, only candidates selected for interview will be contacted.

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