Postdoctoral Fellowship in Behavioral Economics and Maternal Health

Cambridge, MA, USA
Aug 11, 2018
Aug 26, 2018
Contract Type
Full Time
Job Type
PhD / Doctoral

Postdoctoral Fellowship in Behavioral Economics and Maternal Health

Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

Global Health and Population (GHP)

Position Description

Associate Professors Jessica Cohen and Margaret McConnell at the Harvard School of Public Health are seeking a post-doctoral fellow to work with them on several projects applying insights from behavioral economics to maternal and newborn health care and health care quality.

Drs. Cohen and McConnell lead several research projects related to maternal health including evaluations of behavioral economic approaches to increasing patient demand for high quality maternal care, increasing take-up of post-partum contraception, and improving the quality of health care delivery for post-partum hemorrhage. Most of their work in this area is in Africa, but they also run projects in the US on maternal health (including in Kansas, South Carolina and Massachusetts). Their work includes both primary and secondary data analysis and bridges the fields of economics and public health.

They are seeking a highly-motivated and capable post-doctoral researcher to pursue innovative analyses with the potential for high policy impact. The analyses will be predominantly quantitative and will use data from field trials, household surveys, and health facility assessments. The successful candidate will have an opportunity to collaborate and lead on developing study protocols, drafting grant proposals, designing research instruments, creating analytical frameworks, analyzing data and preparing manuscripts for publication.

Basic Qualifications

Applicants should have a PhD or equivalent in economics, epidemiology, public health, health policy and/or management, global health, health systems, public policy or a related field. Candidates should also have the following:
1) strong quantitative and analytical skills
2) research experience
3) high-level interpersonal and organizational skills
4) demonstrated ability to work independently.

Training in (aspects of) both economics and public health is desirable. This project may involve limited travel to project countries and/or within the United States. The position is for one year, with the potential for renewal for an additional one to two years.

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Kaitlin Coulter

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Equal Opportunity Employer

We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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