Current Research Staff and Postdoctoral Job Opportunities

There are a number of opportunities to work alongside CHERISH investigators, Research Affiliates, staff, and esteemed colleagues.

To add an open position from your institution to this page, please email details to [email protected]. CHERISH welcomes positions related to substance use, HCV, HIV, and health economic research.

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Date Posted:

January 19, 2022

Position Description:

The postdoctoral associate will engage in collaborative research with the IMPOWR research network aimed at developing and testing integrative strategies of chronic pain and opioid use disorder that is funded by the National Institutes of Health Helping to End Addiction Long-term (NIH HEAL) Initiative. The postdoctoral associate will lead the implementation of cost and cost-effectiveness evaluations alongside three clinical trials. In addition, the postdoctoral associate will engage in population data-driven health services and policy studies aimed at improving access to, outcomes of, and equity in evidence-based treatments for substance use, mental health, and co-existing medical conditions.

The postdoctoral associate will be supervised and mentored by Dr. Yuhua Bao, an associate professor at Weill Cornell Medicine and leading health economist in the field. The postdoctoral associate will meet, collaborate, and receive additional support from affiliated investigators with complementary expertise.

This postdoctoral opportunity is enriched by the research infrastructure provided by the Center for Health Economics of Treatment Interventions for Substance Use Disorder, HCV, and HIV (CHERISH), a multi-institutional Center of Excellence, funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA). The Center’s mission is to develop and disseminate health economic research on healthcare utilization, health outcomes, and health-related behaviors that informs substance use disorder treatment policy and HCV and HIV care of people who use substances. 

Responsibilities:

The postdoctoral associate will receive appropriate training and conduct methodological studies in the following areas:

  • Collecting, analyzing, and reporting data from various types of clinical trial designs, including multi-armed, adaptive, stepped wedge and cluster randomized controlled trials
  • Research designs of comparative economic and effectiveness evaluations conducted alongside clinical trials and cohort studies
  • Econometric and advanced statistical methods for analyzing healthcare service utilization, cost, and measures commonly reported in cost-effectiveness studies (e.g., quality-adjusted life-years) of health interventions.

The postdoctoral associate will also leverage several ongoing federally funded projects and receive training and conduct methodological studies in the following areas: 

  • Designing and conducting observational research studies
  • Building analytical files using population administrative data (Medicare, Medicaid, or commercial claims databases) to support specific research questions  
  • Implementing advanced statistical modeling (e.g., embedding quasi-experimental designs and with assessments of assumptions and sensitivity analysis)
  • Disseminating research findings through team manuscript development, conference abstracts, and other venues

Requirements & Preferred Qualifications:

Applicants must currently hold a doctoral degree in a relevant area of study or will receive such a degree before the start of employment. The successful candidate will also have:

  • Extensive experience in health-related research or evaluation work using administrative and/or clinical data
  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • The ability to work well as part of a collaborative team
  • A deep interest in health services research for mental health and substance use disorders and related policy issues

To Apply: Interested applicants should submit a letter of interest highlighting their research interests and career goals and a curriculum vita to Senior Research Manager Jared Leff at [email protected].

Diversity is one of Weill Cornell Medicine’s core values and is essential to achieving excellence in patient care, research, and education. We welcome applications from candidates who share our commitment to fostering a culture of fairness, equity, and belonging. Weill Cornell Medicine is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer, providing equal employment opportunities to all qualified applicants without regard to race, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, color, age, religion, protected veteran or disability status, or genetic information. 

Date Posted:

December 9, 2021

Position Description:

Under direction, provides research and operational support to principal investigators and research staff for substance use health services research studies. The position reports to Yuhua Bao, PhD under shared supervision with Shashi Kapadia, MD, MS. The ideal candidate will provide project support for multiple studies, including coordinating meetings and regulatory approval, interacting with participants, conducting literature reviews, and assisting with manuscript and grant preparation.

Responsibilities:

  • Leads weekly project operations meetings, tracking and enforcing accountability for projects and deadlines.
  • Leads calls with current and prospective researchers regarding collaboration efforts. Takes ownership of relationships with prospective researchers and oversees the project pipeline for research studies.
  • Develops research meeting materials, newsletters (in paper and electronic formats), and research-related promotional materials.
  • Trains new and current staff on research project(s) background, intake processes, standards for quality of work, and general onboarding.
  • Scales tasks and assignments to gauge competency of new staff and provides continuous feedback. Delegates workload as needed.
  • Conducts literature reviews and gains expert familiarity with protocols that will be used as templates.
  • Assists in creation of study database. Manages and enters collected data into study database.
  • Owns quarterly report authoring to funder, development and maintenance of tracking documents, collaboration with funder, planning and structure of reports, assigning ownership and reviewing all content of team members and leading review sessions.
  • Strategically facilitates directives, ensuring funder deadlines and priorities are met. Responsible for outreach, collaboration and prioritization of projects that meet overall goals.
  • Oversees Institutional Review Board (IRB) portfolio, manages IRB deadlines, and submits all governance requests for projects, preventing lapse of approval for all studies. Assists in preparation of materials, submissions and renewals to the IRB or IACUC.
  • Assists faculty in the preparation of grant submissions and associated documentation, which may include just-in-time documents, progress reports, routing forms, abstracts and manuscripts.
  • Develops solutions to structural issues, creates presentations and formal requests to senior leadership for implementation of fixes.
  • Designs, creates, and maintains website(s), leads weekly communications meetings with communications department. Sets communication directives, designs timelines and milestones, and executes on communications strategy.
  • May conduct qualitative coding and thematic analysis of study data.
  • May perform statistical analysis of research data.
  • Assists with special projects and performs other related duties as assigned.

Requirements & Preferred Qualifications:

  • Applicant must have a bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience; Master’s degree is preferred.
  • Approximately two years of related experience.
  • Statistical and database management experience, including proficiency in Stata, SAS, or another program is helpful.
  • Previous health services, health economics, substance use, or public health research experience is helpful.
  • Previous experience with IRB protocols preferred.

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities:

  • Willingness to work under tight deadlines and to manage multiple projects and priorities.
  • Excellent interpersonal, organizational, analytic, communication, time management and writing skills.
  • Demonstrated proficiency with MS Office Suite and database applications.
  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • Flexible individual, motivated to learn
  • Leadership and management capabilities.
  • Ability to collaborate and communicate effectively with teammates and senior leadership.
  • Ability to complete high quality work in response to rapid requests.
  • Ability to plan, track and create deadlines.
  • Ability to effectively delegate work to team members.

To apply: Submit an application through the Weill Cornell Medicine career page.

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Date Posted:

August 31, 2021

Position Description: The Division of General Internal Medicine at the University of Colorado School of Medicine is seeking a Professional Research Assistant who will work alongside the principal investigator and several team members in several states in the analytic aspects of research including data management, advanced statistical analyses, and simulation modeling. This position will be with the Barocas Lab, an innovative, interdisciplinary research program that is aimed at studying the intersection of infectious diseases, substance use disorders, and social determinants of health.

Responsibilities:

  • Conduct deep and thorough review of subject literature
  • Import datasets into a variety of software applications, perform data cleaning
  • Analyze epidemiologic and administrative data using basic and advanced statistical methodologies; interpret results for investigators and prepare reports
  • Synthesize multiple forms of evidence to estimate parameters for simulation modeling
  • Use an established computer simulation model to perform cost-effectiveness analyses
  • Interpret model results to draw conclusions about intervention sustainability and cost-effectiveness
  • Write and edit manuscripts at various stages of development
  • Maintain project records and ensure adherence to established timelines
  • Balance multiple competing priorities and tasks
  • Prepare and coordinate applications to IRBs
  • Track progress of IRB approvals and continued reporting
  • Assist with project documentation, reporting, presentations, and preparation of manuscripts
  • Maintain and update project and regulatory files, as necessary
  • Developing standard operating procedures (SOPs)
  • Collaborating with researchers at other institutions and with government officials
  • Administrative tasks
  • Attend multidisciplinary meetings and work groups

Computer Skills Needed

  • Excellent computer literacy including experience with Microsoft Office Suite (including Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Teams, and Outlook) and applications such as Zoom.
  • Database software experience (proficient or advanced) such as, but not limited to, R, STATA, SAS, C++, or python as well as RedCap.

Requirements & Preferred Qualifications:

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience. BA/BS in analytic area such as mathematics, computer science, engineering, economics, statistics/data science, preferred. Applicants must meet minimum qualifications at the time of hire.

 Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience in foundations of epidemiology
  • Master’s in epidemiology, mathematics, statistics, or computer science preferred.
  • Basic knowledge of advanced mathematics (such as calculus)
  • Database software expertise (proficient or advanced) including but not limited to R, STATA, or SAS, and RedCap
  • Experience with C++, python

Salary Range: $35,600 to $76,000

To apply: Application materials include a cover letter, resume/CV, and a list of references. View more details and submit the application HERE.

Date Posted:

October 1, 2021

Position Description: The Division of General Internal Medicine at the University of Colorado School of Medicine is seeking a Postdoctoral fellow who will work alongside the principal investigator and several team members in several states in the analytic aspects of research. This position will be with the Barocas Lab, an innovative, interdisciplinary research program that will help the Postdoctoral fellow develop skills not obtained during doctoral studies including making research relevant to clinicians, policymakers, and other decision-makers.  At the end of the Postdoctoral fellowship, the fellow should be highly competitive for independent funding.

Responsibilities:

The duties and responsibilities of the position include, but are not limited to:

  • Analyze epidemiologic and administrative data using advanced statistical methodologies including Bayesian synthesis, machine learning, and/or natural language processing
  • Use an established computer simulation model (written in C++) and build out additional modules and features of the model
  • Create natural language processing algorithms
  • Synthesize multiple forms of evidence to estimate parameters for simulation modeling
  • Interpret model results
  • Balance multiple competing priorities and tasks
  • Prepare and coordinate applications to IRBs
  • Write grants and manuscripts, and present at scientific conferences.
  • Assist with project documentation and reporting
  • Maintain and update project and regulatory files, as necessary
  • Developing standard operating procedures (SOPs)
  • Collaborating with researchers at other institutions and with government officials
  • Attend multidisciplinary meetings and work groups

Requirements & Preferred Qualifications:

Minimum Qualifications

  • A PhD degree in an analytic area such as epidemiology, mathematics, computer science, engineering, statistics/data science.
  • Records of first author manuscripts in peer-reviewed journals.

Applicants must meet minimum qualifications at the time of hire.

Preferred Qualifications

  • A background in infectious diseases and/or substance use preferred.
  • Knowledge of advanced mathematics
  • Understanding of transmission dynamics
  • Database software expertise (proficient or advanced) including but not limited to R, STATA, SAS, C++, or python

Salary Range: $53,760 – $65,292, in alignment with current NIH salary range dependent upon years of postdoctoral experience.

To apply: Application materials include a cover letter, resume/CV, and a list of references. View more details and submit the application HERE.

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Date Posted:

June 1, 2021

Position Description: The Associate Research Scientist will work closely with Dr. Jennifer McNeely from the Department of Population Health, Section on Tobacco, Alcohol & Drug Use at NYU Grossman School of Medicine to develop a NIH-funded research portfolio focused on improving the identification and treatment of addiction in general medical settings.

Responsibilities:

  • Conduct quantitative and qualitative data analysis and interpretation and preparation of study findings for publication.
  • Make significant contributions to scientific papers. Is a resource/author/co-author for reports and presentations.
  • Assist with the development of grant proposals.
  • Oversee data registries, including ensuring the quality and completeness of research data.
  • Conduct qualitative research interviews with medical staff and patients and assist with analysis.
  • Assist with study design and implementation of newly funded projects.
  • Identify and participate in the resolution of potential and actual problems in study operations and participant activities.
  • Serve as a liaison between all involved stakeholders for multi-institutional collaborative projects; ensure effective ongoing communications with all collaborators.
  • Represent the research team at meetings and conferences.
  • Maintain/enhance professional growth and development through participation in seminars, professional affiliations, and internal training sessions to keep abreast of trends in the fields of clinical research and addiction.
  • Participate in special projects and perform other duties as assigned.

Requirements & Preferred Qualifications:

  • Candidates should have a doctoral degree (e.g., PhD, Dr PH, ScD, DBA). This position is well suited for a recent PhD.
  • Training and/or experience in public health, health services research, sociology or psychology.

To apply: Send a statement of interest and curriculum vitae to Noa Appleton ([email protected]). 

Date Posted:

January 11, 2022

Position Description:

The Division of Health Services Research and Policy in the Department of Public Health Sciences (DPHS) at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine is seeking an exceptional candidate for a research track faculty position at the Assistant or Associate Professor rank.

The Division of Health Services Research and Policy conducts innovative health services, health economics, and health policy research across a broad range of areas including health systems financing, economic impact, decision making, organizational structures and processes, population health, chronic disease, substance use and mental health disorders, clinical intervention development and implementation, global health and ethics, and provider and patient personal behaviors that affect access, quality, and cost of health care.

Responsibilities:

  • Conduct innovative scholarly research in a dynamic, multidisciplinary, collaborative environment.
  • Obtain peer-reviewed funding to support research program.
  • Be open to collaboration with other departments, divisions, centers, and institutes within the Miller School of Medicine and across the University of Miami.
  • Teach and mentor students in the Master of Public Health program, the MD/MPH program, and other joint degree programs in the DPHS.
  • Contribute to the development of graduate joint degree programs featuring combinations of public health, law, business, and health administration.
  • Publish research findings in high impact journals, book chapters, books, policy briefs, and op-ed pieces.
  • Serve on DPHS committees (e.g., Admissions Committee, Curriculum Committee).

Requirements & Preferred Qualifications:

  • Doctoral degree (MD or PhD) in health services research, economics, health policy, or related area.
  • An extramurally funded program of research and solid track record of high impact publications.
  • Effective oral and written communications including teaching experience and presentations at scientific meetings.
  • Teaching experience with excellent course evaluations.
  • Experience mentoring graduate students through independent projects, participation in master’s thesis and dissertation committees.

To apply: Submit a letter of interest, a detailed resume, and three letters of reference to Kathryn McCollister, PhD, Director of Health Services Research and Policy, [email protected]. View full application details on the University of Miami career page.   

Date Posted:

December 9, 2021

Position Description:

The Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics at the University of Pennsylvania (Penn LDI) is a mission-driven organization, dedicated to improving health and health care by catalyzing collaborative, multidisciplinary research that influences policy and practice.  Penn LDI is powered by a team of dedicated staff who are committed to creating impact through better health policy and health care, and we are currently looking for a new Policy Coordinator to join our team.

Responsibilities:

The Policy Coordinator will provide instrumental support for multiple facets of Penn LDI’s operations, including the identification, creation, dissemination, and communication of LDI’s written policy-related content.  These duties provide exposure to many aspects of health policy and cutting-edge health services research. This position is an exciting growth opportunity for an individual interested in learning about and facilitating impactful work in influencing and improving health care access and coverage, health equity, care for older adults, the opioid epidemic, and population health.

The Policy Coordinator will assist with researching, writing, and editing of LDI’s policy content. This includes co-drafting content for LDI newsletters, and co-creating and co-executing customized dissemination plans for all LDI output, and generating and monitoring policy content for LDI social media accounts.

The Policy Coordinator will also help coordinate LDI’s weekly editorial meetings and the production, the publication of written content, and keeping LDI’s website up to date. The Policy Coordinator will also track and report LDI’s impact on health policy through policy makers, social media, and related activities. The Policy Coordinator will oversee the day-to-day work of LDI’s student workers.

Successful candidates will be motivated by creating an impact, thriving alongside highly ambitious and creative colleagues, and enjoy a dynamic and exciting work environment. Candidates must excel at effective communication with multiple constituencies including faculty, staff, students, internal and external partners, and government agencies. The role also requires flexibility and the ability and willingness to support multiple projects and priorities at LDI.

Requirements & Preferred Qualifications:

A Bachelor’s Degree and 2 to 3 years of experience or equivalent combination of education and experience is required. The Policy Coordinator must be detail oriented, excel at problem solving and multitasking, have very strong writing skills, and be a self-starter with a results orientation. Familiarity with health care, health policy, population health and/or health services research is strongly preferred.

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities:

A successful candidate would have a strong publication history and record of securing external funding, excellent social, organizational, writing and data analysis skills, ability to work independently and collaboratively with internal and external partners.

There will be opportunities for independent data analysis, manuscript preparation, and grant writing will be available and encouraged. This fellowship has the potential to lead to a faculty position depending on the candidate’s ability to develop his or her own clinical research portfolio, teaching and supervision interests, and interest in collaborating on existing funded projects.

Salary Range: $42,953.00 – $65,861.00

To apply: View full application details and apply through the University of Pennsylvania career page.