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Master's Level Economist - Center for Health Policy Science & Tobacco Research

Company: RTI International
Location: Durham
Posted on: April 16, 2019

Job Description:

The Center for Health Policy Science and Tobacco Research has an opening for a MASTER\'S LEVEL ECONOMIST position in our RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, NC office.

The Center performs economic, policy, and program evaluation research in the area of public health, with an emphasis on tobacco use prevention and cessation. Our funding sources include a diverse set of contracts and grants with the FDA s Center for Tobacco Products, CDC s Office on Smoking and Health, the National Cancer Institute, and various state health departments around the country. The overarching goal of the Center is to conduct objective, theory-driven research and evaluations to guide the development and implementation of tobacco control programs and policies and improve public health. The position offers significant professional development opportunities at a leading research organization with nationally recognized experience in tobacco control research. Economists in the Center perform a wide range of data analyses using econometric and other statistical techniques.
RESPONSIBILITIES:

* Conduct economic analyses of tobacco control programs and policies and other public health interventions

* Develop models of economic costs and benefits of public health programs and policies

* Support implementation and outcome evaluations of public health policies, media campaigns, behavioral health programs and community interventions

* Collect data and compile databases by combining information from one or more sources using Excel, Stata, SAS, or R

* Manage and become proficient with large, complicated datasets

* Implement statistical models to perform statistical and econometric analyses using Stata, SAS, or R

* Prepare tables and charts, and write substantial sections of reports, papers, and proposals

* Present research findings to internal audiences, clients, and professional meetings

* Review the health, economics, and social science literatures to identify specific findings

* Communicate and work well with clients and project team members

* Work independently to efficiently manage multiple and overlapping timelines and deliverables

* Manage tasks for multiple project directors simultaneously

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:

* Master s degree in Economics, Health Economics, Public Health, Health Policy and Management, Biostatistics, Epidemiology, Quantitative Psychology, Statistics, or a related discipline

* Graduate level coursework completed in one or more of the following: Econometrics, Mathematical Economics, Applied Data Analysis, Health Economics, Health Policy Analysis, Micro Economics, Micro Economics Theory, Statistics

* Demonstrated interest in Public Health Policy Analysis, Policy Research or related fields

* Proficiency in Microsoft Word and Excel is required; proficiency in Microsoft Access is a plus

* Proficiency in Stata or similar statistical software, such as SAS or R, is required

* Demonstrated oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills; a writing sample will be requested

* To qualify, applicants must be legally authorized to work in the United States, and should not require now, or in the future, sponsorship for visa employment status.

DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS:

* Design and application of health economic analyses, including cost, cost-utility, and cost-benefit studies

* Experience conducting public policy and/or public health program evaluation impact analyses

* Experience working with large population-based datasets such as the BRFSS, CPS, YRBS, NSDUH, and NHIS

* Advanced statistical software programming experience

* Strong writing skills and ability to synthesize analysis results into clearly written scientific reports

* Work or academic research experience in econometrics

* Work or academic research experience in public health or epidemiology

We are proud to be an equal opportunity employer. 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. Further information is available here.

Keywords: RTI International, Durham , Master's Level Economist - Center for Health Policy Science & Tobacco Research, Healthcare , Durham, North Carolina

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