Postdoctoral Research Associate

Job description

Job location: Charlottesville, VA

Employment Type: Full-time
Posted data: 2021-04-16
Req: R0022436

The Department of Public Health Sciences (PHS) at the University of Virginia seeks a postdoctoral associate position. The successful candidate will work closely with Dr. Wen You and Dr. Achla Marathe. The candidate will contribute to our efforts to integrate health economics and behavioral economics into dissemination and implementation public health sciences with the goal of pushing forward the frontier of translational sciences to close health disparities.

Duties & Responsibilities: The successful candidate will contribute to our efforts to close health disparity gaps across several chronic diseases including (but not limited to) cancers, diabetes, obesity etc. The candidate will be expected to utilize a wide-range of economic and analytical methods and tools, including principal-agent modeling, agent-based simulation methods, econometric longitudinal analysis and selection models, and behavioral incentive designs, among others. This position offers an exciting opportunity to immerse in implementation and dissemination interdisciplinary research and translational research. The candidate will start with primarily working closely with Dr. Wen You on several projects related to economic program evaluation and cancer center catchment area data analysis. The candidate will have the opportunity and flexibility to lead projects of interests derived from the individual interests related to the PHS and Cancer Center missions. The candidate will be expected to work both independently and in a team setting, and be responsible for writing manuscripts describing their work, advising graduate student and undergraduate students, and presenting at local, national and international conferences and seminars.

Qualifications: Necessary qualifications include a Ph.D. in economics, applied economics, public health, computer science, biostatistics or a related field; knowledge of statistics, econometrics, cancer/obesity/program evaluation; experience in translational science and working with a multidisciplinary team of scientists; excellent written and oral communication skills; a strong work ethic; proficient in one or more data management and analysis software (e.g., R, Python, Stata, Matlab). Desired qualifications include working knowledge of advances in economic program evaluation, experience in data management and econometric analysis, experience with health/cancer research.

Notes: This position is based in UVA Charlottesville, Virginia. The initial appointment is for 1 year, with 1 to 2 years of additional funding available, contingent on performance. The position is available starting from April of 2021, but a start date is negotiable.

Please visit UVA job board, search for "R0022436" Complete the application and see below for documents to attach. Please note that multiple documents can be uploaded in the CV/Resume box.

Required Application Materials:

  • CV
  • Cover Letter
  • Contact information for 3 references

Please note multiple documents can be submitted in the CV/Resume Box. Applications that do not contain all of the required documents will not receive full consideration.

This position will remain open until filled. For questions about the application process please contact Greg Haskins, Senior Recruiter, at

For questions about the position please contact Wen You, PhD at

The selected candidate will be required to complete a background check at time of offer per University Policy.

The University of Virginia, including the UVA Health System which represents the UVA Medical Center, Schools of Medicine and Nursing, UVA Physician’s Group and the Claude Moore Health Sciences Library, are fundamentally committed to the diversity of our faculty and staff. We believe diversity is excellence expressing itself through every person's perspectives and lived experiences. We are equal opportunity and affirmative action employers. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, disability, gender identity or expression, marital status, national or ethnic origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, veteran status, and family medical or genetic information.




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Job No:
Posted: 4/18/2021
Application Due: 5/8/2021
Work Type: Full Time