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Health Economist

Job ID 978-7

Position Description:

Mathematica applies expertise at the intersection of data, methods, policy, and practice to improve well-being around the world. We collaborate closely with public- and private-sector partners to translate big questions into deep insights that improve programs, refine strategies, and enhance understanding using data science and analytics. Our work yields actionable information to guide decisions in wide-ranging policy areas, from health, education, early childhood, and family support to nutrition, employment, disability, and international development. Mathematica offers our employees competitive salaries, and a comprehensive benefits package, as well as the advantages of being 100 percent employee owned. As an employee stock owner, you will experience financial benefits of ESOP holdings that have increased in tandem with the company’s growth and financial strength. You will also be part of an independent, employee-owned firm that is able to define and further our mission, enhance our quality and accountability, and steadily grow our financial strength.

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 2020. 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. 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 3-5, 2020. The deadline for applying to be considered for an interview at the AEA conference is December 1, 2019. 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.

Mathematica is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. In keeping with our commitment, we strongly encourage women, minorities, veterans, and people with disabilities to apply.

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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