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University of Utah Post Doc Res Assoc w/Ret - Health Policy and Economics in Salt Lake City, Utah


Open Date 01/17/2024

Requisition Number PRN37457B

Job Title Post Doc Res Assoc w/Ret

Working Title Post Doc Res Assoc w/Ret - Health Policy and Economics

Job Grade A00

FLSA Code Administrative

Patient Sensitive Job Code? No

Standard Hours per Week 40

Full Time or Part Time? Full Time

Shift Day

Work Schedule Summary

M-F 8-5

VP Area U of U Health - Academics

Department 02171 - Education Program and Trainees

Location Campus

City Salt Lake City, UT

Type of Recruitment External Posting

Pay Rate Range 20000 to 500000

Close Date

Open Until Filled Yes

Job Summary

The Department of Population Health Sciences at University of Utah Health is accepting applications for a Postdoctoral Fellowship in Health Policy and Economics, in collaboration with the University of Utah CTSI Health Economics Core and the Matheson Center for Health Care Studies. The primary focus of the Fellowship is on advancing research related to Medicaid, mental health care, and economic evaluation. However, other related opportunities for research will be available.

The Fellowship will train fellows for independent academic research careers. Fellows are expected to collaborate on established projects and are encouraged to conduct independent research with an emphasis on study inception. Fellows will also be expected to be productive manuscript writers and apply for their own research grants.

A breadth of resources and collaborative support will enable Fellows to establish and build their own research programs. For interested candidates, there are opportunities to develop qualitative as well as quantitative and statistical expertise. Salary is competitive with excellent fringe benefits.

The Fellowship is supervised by Dr. Megan Vanneman and Dr. Fernando Wilson. The mentoring team has an exceptional track record of helping fellows succeed in scholarship and obtain independent funding as principal investigators of NIH and VA awards.

Required materials:

  • Letter of interest (cover letter)
  • CV
  • Research statement
  • List of three references

Questions should be directed to

About the PHS Department

The Department of Population Health Sciences is a hub for education, investigation and methodological expertise in population health. Through a diverse faculty in three Divisions (Cancer Population Sciences, Biostatistics, and Health Services Innovation & Research), we provide expertise and infrastructure to advance capacity for impact-driven research, and support clinical professionals in providing better patient and population-oriented care in an increasingly complex healthcare delivery system. Through our research, education, and community engagement activities, we promote patient-centered healthcare and the delivery of evidence-based health innovations that improve population health and reduce health disparities within our community. Through high impact research, we strive to contribute to a world where all individuals—regardless of socioeconomic status, race, ethnicity, gender identity or sexual orientation—have the opportunity to enjoy the highest attainable standard of health. The department is highly interdisciplinary, collaborative, and innovative.

Work Environment

The Department of Population Health Sciences is strongly committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion in all areas of our mission: research, education, and service. We have an activediversity/equity/inclusion ( committee, and policies to ensure diversity of leadership roles and inclusion of all members of our department.

The Department of Population Health Sciences is one of 23 departments in the School of Medicine in the Health Sciences Campus. The University of Utah Health (U of U Health) is a patient focused center distinguished by collaboration, excellence, leadership, and respect. The U of U Health values candidates who are committed to fostering and furthering the culture of compassion, collaboration, innovation, accountability, diversity, integrity, quality, and trust that is integral to our mission. The Health Sciences Campus is home to 23 Institutes and Centers including The Utah Clinical and Translational Science Institute ( CTSI ; our NCATS funded CTSA ), the Huntsman Cancer Institute, the Huntsman Mental Health Institute, the Nora Eccles Harrison Cardiovascular Research Institute, the Center for Medical Innovation, and the Utah Center on Aging.

The University of Utah and Department of Population Health Sciences is committed to supporting our faculty, staff and students to lead balanced lives, while achieving success in their professions. The goal is to create a space that is safe and welcoming for all, and where all faculty, staff, and trainees are meaningfully engaged and have equal opportunity to succeed. The University of Utah is strongly committed to the training and mentoring of scientists that are underrepresented in science and medicine.

Facts about University of Utah and Utah

Utah is known for stunning natural wonders, including five National Parks, and world-class recreation for outdoor enthusiasts. The University of Utah is the state’s oldest and largest institution of higher education and offers an exceptional research and teaching environment. The University is located in Salt Lake City, which has been named one of the top 10 mid-sized American cities. It is a diverse and vibrant city and is a thriving hub for innovation and the arts. Salt Lake City is 22% Latino and has the 11th highest proportion of LGBTQIA+ residents among U.S. cities. It is surrounded by the Wasatch Mountains, which offer ample opportunity for outdoor adventure, including nine ski resorts within an hour of campus. Salt Lake City and the surrounding areas offer diverse neighborhoods, great schools, restaurants, arts and entertainment, and endless possibilities for sports and recreation.Learn more about living in Utah ( .


Fellows are expected to collaborate on established projects and are encouraged to conduct independent research with an emphasis on study inception. Fellows will also be expected to be productive manuscript writers and apply for their own research grants.

Minimum Qualifications


A Ph.D. in economics, health services research, or related disciplines is required at the start of the Fellowship. Applications will be reviewed as they are received. Applicants from underrepresented groups are especially encouraged to apply.

Type Benefited Staff

Special Instructions Summary

Additional Information

The University is a participating employer with Utah Retirement Systems (“URS”). Eligible new hires with prior URS service, may elect to enroll in URS if they make the election before they become eligible for retirement (usually the first day of work). Contact Human Resources at (801) 581-7447 for information. Individuals who previously retired and are receiving monthly retirement benefits from URS are subject to URS’ post-retirement rules and restrictions. Please contact Utah Retirement Systems at (801) 366-7770 or (800) 695-4877 or University Human Resource Management at (801) 581-7447 if you have questions regarding the post-retirement rules.

This position may require the successful completion of a criminal background check and/or drug screen.

The University of Utah values candidates who have experience working in settings with students and patients from all backgrounds and possess a strong commitment to improving access to higher education and quality healthcare for historically underrepresented students and patients.

All qualified individuals are strongly encouraged to apply. Veterans’ preference is extended to qualified applicants, upon request and consistent with University policy and Utah state law. Upon request, reasonable accommodations in the application process will be provided to individuals with disabilities.

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