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Postdoctoral Associate in Health Policy and Management

A postdoctoral fellowship is available with Professor Abigail Friedman in the Department of Health Policy and Management at the Yale School of Public Health. Professor Friedman is a health economist whose research focuses on the policy drivers of tobacco and substance use. This postdoctoral fellowship will focus on a series of grant-funded projects investigating the policy determinants of tobacco/nicotine and cannabis product use.

The successful candidate will hold a PhD by the start of appointment, be proficient in Stata with strong econometric skills, and have experience executing difference-in-differences analyses using newer methods that address concerns about bias from heterogeneous and/or dynamic treatment effects. Attention to detail as well as the ability to work both independently and as part of a larger, multidisciplinary team are critical for this role, as collaborators include health economists, mathematical modelers, and policy experts across several academic institutions. Responsibilities will focus on data preparation, coding and implementation of quasi-experimental analyses under the guidance of Professor Friedman, preparing data tables and figures for presentation and manuscripts, and contribution to manuscript revisions and project development at a level consistent with co-authorship. The candidate may also contribute to the development of new grant applications.

Successful applicants may come from backgrounds in a variety of fields, including but not limited to economics, health policy, public policy and sociology. Priority will be given to applicants with an active interest in applying quasi-experimental research designs to understand the policy-relevant determinants of tobacco and substance use. Contingent on success during the postdoctoral periods, opportunities for advancement within this research team may be available.

Start date: Fall 2023

Length of appointment: One year, renewable for two additional years, with possibility of promotion thereafter.

To apply, please submit the following to

  1. a cover letter describing your research interests and interest in the position,
  2. a curriculum vitae,
  3. contact information for two references, and
  4. (preferred but not required) a research or job market paper.

Applicants must have a doctoral degree from an accredited institution (expected completion by January 1, 2024 is acceptable). Applications will be considered on a rolling basis.

Yale University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer. Yale values diversity among its students, staff, and faculty and strongly welcomes applications from women, persons with disabilities, protected veterans, and underrepresented minorities.