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Health Economist

Job ID 821-8

Position Description:

Mathematica Policy Research is seeking economists to conduct public policy research and analysis in the areas of health and health care, disability, health information technology and data science. Our mission is to improve public well-being through rigorous, objective research using state-of-the-art methods.

Health economists collaborate with senior staff to design rigorous methods for evaluating programs and policies, conduct analyses, draft reports, present findings to policy and professional audiences, and publish in professional journals. A qualified researcher should have strong analytic and quantitative skills and possess a Ph.D. in economics or a related field by fall 2019. They should also have a strong interest in working in a collaborative, multidisciplinary environment that emphasizes quality, rigor, critical thinking, objectivity, and professional development. Excellent written and oral communication skills are essential. Experience in policy research is a plus.

Mathematica, a nationally recognized, nonpartisan research organization, has offices in Princeton, NJ; Washington, DC; Cambridge, MA; Ann Arbor, MI; Oakland, CA; Chicago, IL; Seattle, WA; and Woodlawn, MD. Mathematica offers competitive salary and benefits packages ( We encourage and provide support for staff to engage in professional activities such as journal publications and conference participation. For additional information, please visit our website:

To Apply for a Health Economist Position

A cover letter, CV, and writing sample or job market paper must be submitted at the time of application via our online application system. Mathematica will be conducting interviews at the AEA conference January 4-6, 2019.  The deadline for applying to be considered for an interview at the AEA conference is December 1, 2018. Please note in your cover letter if you will be attending the AEA conference.

Additionally, three letters of recommendation should be submitted directly by your references to

Position Requirements:

  • Ph.D. or equivalent in economics, public health, epidemiology, public policy, health services research, social sciences, or other relevant discipline.
  • Strong foundation in quantitative research methods and a broad understanding of health policy issues.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, including an ability to translate research findings for a policy audience.
  • Ability to work well in teams.

Various federal agencies with whom we contract require that staff successfully undergo a background investigation or security clearance as a condition of working on the project. If you work on such a project, you will be required to obtain the requisite security clearance.

Available Locations: Princeton, NJ; Washington, DC; Cambridge, MA; Ann Arbor, MI; Oakland, CA; Chicago, IL; Seattle, WA; Woodlawn, MD

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer and do not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, sex, age, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, status as a veteran, and basis of disability or any other federal, state or local protected class.

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