Resource Economics - Assistant Professor in Health Economics

University of Massachusetts Amherst
UMass Amherst

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Job Details

Job no: 520766
Work type: Faculty Full Time
Location: UMass Amherst
Department: Resource Economics
Union: MSP
Categories: Faculty, College of Social and Behavioral Sciences

About UMass Amherst

UMass Amherst, the Commonwealth's flagship campus, is a nationally ranked public research university offering a full range of undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. The University sits on nearly 1,450-acres in the scenic Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts, and offers a rich cultural environment in a bucolic setting close to major urban centers. In addition, the University is part of the Five Colleges (including Amherst College, Hampshire College, Mount Holyoke College, and Smith College), which adds to the intellectual energy of the region.

Job Description

The Department of Resource Economics invites applications for a tenure-track assistant professor position, expected to start on September 1, 2024. Under exceptional circumstances, highly qualified candidates at other ranks may receive consideration. Applicants should have a research focus in the area of Health Economics. The new hire is expected to develop a nationally recognized research agenda to add to the Department’s growing Health Economics research focus. Teaching responsibilities will include undergraduate and graduate courses in Microeconomics, Econometrics, Managerial Economics, and/or Health Economics. A wide range of interdisciplinary research opportunities are available across the University of Massachusetts Amherst campus, including through the Computational Social Sciences Initiative and the Institute for Social Science Research.


Applicants are required to have a Ph.D. in Economics, Applied Economics, Public Policy, Econometrics or a related field as of September 1, 2024. Applicants with an Applied Microeconomics and Applied Econometrics research focus, specifically in the area of Health Economics, will be given preference. Research complementarities with the department’s other focus areas will also be considered.

Additional Information

The Department of Resource Economics has 20 faculty, approximately 400 undergraduate majors, and 25 graduate students (70% are Ph.D. students). We place special emphasis on high quality research, faculty-student interaction, and cooperation among faculty. We share a fundamental commitment to teach and attract a diverse student body.

Application Instructions

Along with the application, please submit the following:

  • A letter of interest addressed to Professor Emily Wang, Search Committee Chair, Department of Resource Economics, 80 Campus Center Way, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA 01003, USA.
  • A curriculum vitae.
  • Up to three (3) sample works published within the past five (5) years that the applicant believes show their strongest work.
  • A teaching statement describing the candidate’s teaching philosophy and, if the candidate has prior teaching experience, evidence of quality teaching (such as summaries of teaching evaluations).
  • A one-page statement outlining the skills, experience, and commitment the candidate will bring to bear in teaching, mentoring, and professional service to promote equity, inclusion, and diversity for the University’s historically underrepresented and other marginalized groups of students, as well as for the discipline as a whole.
  • Names and contact information for three (3) references who are willing to submit letters upon request through the UMass online application system.

To guarantee full consideration, applications need to be received by the review date, November 10, 2023. The search will continue until the position is filled. We will be conducting preliminary interviews remotely in December 2023. Inquiries should be sent to Professor Emily Wang, the Search Committee Chair, at

The University is committed to active recruitment of a diverse faculty and student body. The University of Massachusetts Amherst is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer of women, minorities, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities and encourages applications from these and other protected group members. Because broad diversity is essential to an inclusive climate and critical to the University’s goals of achieving excellence in all areas, we will holistically assess the many qualifications of each applicant and favorably consider an individual’s record working with students and colleagues with broadly diverse perspectives, experiences, and backgrounds in educational, research or other work activities. We will also favorably consider experience overcoming or helping others overcome barriers to an academic career and degree.

Advertised: Sep 26 2023 Eastern Daylight Time
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The University of Massachusetts Amherst is one of the preeminent public research universities in America. Nestled in idyllic Amherst, Massachusetts—often called “The top college town in North America”—the campus is consistently ranked among the top public research universities in the nation, and offers a rich cultural environment in a rural setting close to major urban centers. 

As one of the nation's top public research universities – as measured by national and international rankings, academic citations, and research funding – the campus spends more than $180 million on research each year, demonstrating its contribution to the nation’s position as a technological and economic leader. The university works in conjunction with academic, government, and private partners to translate new knowledge and scientific discoveries into technical innovations and scholarly works that create opportunities for students, faculty and the public. 

Eight schools and colleges offer more than 85 undergraduate majors, 68 master’s and 48 doctoral degree programs, many counted among the top programs in the nation and world. UMass Amherst is also home to New England's premier honors college.

The 1,159 full-time faculty members are dedicated teachers and world-renowned researchers and the campus has regularly been listed among the top performers in terms of faculty awards. With over 24,000 students from all 50 states and over 70 countries, the student body is the most academically successful in the history of the campus. Students participate in 240 organizations, 21 NCAA Division I athletic teams, extensive intramurals, living-learning residence halls, community service, and internships. With one of the largest residential life systems in the nation, UMass Amherst houses approximately 12,000 students on campus. The university is enjoying a facilities renaissance, including new buildings in the sciences, the arts, and recreation. UMass Amherst is part of the Five College consortium with Smith, Mount Holyoke, Hampshire and Amherst colleges.

As an employer, the University of Massachusetts Amherst is a national leader in developing family-friendly policies, benefits and amenities designed to help faculty members develop both productive careers and satisfying personal lives. The university offers one of the nation’s most generous parental leave policies. The university is also part of the Academic Career Network, a regional consortium formed to serve dual-career couples and encourage greater diversity in the academy.


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