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Harvard University Postdoctoral Fellowship in Health Policy and Management in Cambridge, Massachusetts


Title Postdoctoral Fellowship in Health Policy and Management

School Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

Department/Area Health Policy and Management

Position Description

The Department of Health Policy and Management has an immediate opening for a postdoctoral fellow in health policy and management. This position is for an exceptional, independent, and motivated postdoctoral fellow supervised by Dr. Michael Barnett. The candidate will pursue NIA -funded projects in US health care delivery in outpatient specialty care and nursing homes using comprehensive, state-of-the-art medical claims data from multiple sources. These projects are focused on understanding how the health care delivery system meets or fails to meet the needs of the most vulnerable Americans and how policies can improve gaps in care, particularly in the COVID -19 era. There is ample freedom to pursue projects in health policy and health care delivery outside of these focus areas. This position provides an opportunity to conduct independent research on cutting edge questions in health policy, be first author on multiple manuscripts, and draft grant proposals. Dr. Barnett’s publications and recent work can be reviewed at his Harvard Catalyst site:

We are particularly seeking individuals looking for training and research experience in health services research, health economics, and health policy.

This is a 24-month position, conditional on performance, based in Boston with possibility for extension.

Basic Qualifications

  • Doctoral degree in health services research, health policy, economics, or a related social science discipline preferred.

  • Ability to manage multiple projects.

  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills.

  • Expert skills with at least one statistical software package is required, e.g., SAS , R.

  • Excellent scientific writing ability and strong oral communication skills.

    Additional Qualifications

Experience writing papers for clinical/policy journals (e.g., JAMA network or Health Affairs style) is a strong plus.

Special Instructions

Please submit a cover letter stating career goals and specific interest in this area of research. Please also submit your CV and a publication or manuscript (i.e., a representative first author manuscript).

Note: Applicants will be asked to provide the names and contact information for 2-4 references. Recommendation letters will only be requested for position finalists.

Contact Information

Julie Deland

Director of Administration

Health Policy and Management Department

Contact Email

Equal Opportunity Employer

We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Minimum Number of References Required 2

Maximum Number of References Allowed 4


health policy, health services, nursing homes, health care policy

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