Postdoctoral Fellow in Policy Evaluation
Job no: 502234
Work type: Full-Time
Location: University City - Philadelphia, PA
Categories: Drexel University, Dornsife School of Public Health

Job Summary
The Urban Health Collaborative at the Dornsife School of Public Health at Drexel University is seeking to fill a postdoc position beginning in summer/fall 2024. We are especially interested in individuals with an interest in the effects of policy on health and health disparities and experience with quantitative policy analysis using non-experimental methods (e.g. Differences in differences, comparative interrupted time series, regression discontinuity, etc.).
Reporting to Alina Schnake-Mahl, Assistant Professor in the Department of Health Management and Policy and the Urban Health Collaborative (, the scientist will work on a combination of NIH and CDC funded grants.
The first project is the collaborative center for legal epidemiology: evaluating law as an intervention to improve health outcomes and reduce disparities related to HIV, viral hepatitis, STDs and tuberculosis. The project is a collaborative agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and led by the Temple Center for Public Health Law Research. The project aims to strengthen the ability of health decision makers to identify and deploy laws and policies that improve health and health equity, with a focus on HIV, viral hepatitis, STDs and tuberculosis and disparities in these outcomes.
The second project is titled Social and policy determinants and impacts on COVID-19 and influenza disparities. The project examines neighborhood social determinants of COVID-19 and influenza acute care utilization under varying contexts and examines the effects of paid sick leave and rent regulation on these outcomes.
Under the mentorship of Drs. Schnake-Mahl and Diez Roux, the scientist will focus on analyzing quantitative data from these projects as well as related social policy exposures. The scientist will also focus heavily on manuscript writing and other dissemination activities. They will have the opportunity to lead publications and develop their own research ideas, as well as contribute as a co-author to publications led by other researchers. The position will provide ample opportunities to network and collaborate with other investigators, CDC staff, and project partners at the Temple Center for Public Health Law Research.
The scientist will be housed in the Urban Health Collaborative, in the Drexel Dornsife School of Public Health, which offers unique mentoring and research opportunities. The scientist will meet weekly or biweekly with their mentors and members of their research teams and attend various UHC activities and school-wide research presentations. Financial support may be available for travel to present results at scientific meetings and to visit the CDC.
Essential Functions
Conducting quantitative policy analyses and multilevel descriptive articles and writing papers as lead or co-author, presenting results at scientific meetings.
Developing white papers and other dissemination products (e.g. policy briefs, blog posts, op-eds).
Developing new research ideas linked to the general project themes.
Contributing to and potentially leading grant writing.
Actively participating in collaborative research meetings.
Other duties as assigned.
Required Qualifications
A PhD or Doctorate in Health policy, epidemiology, health economics, sociology, or related field is required.
2 + years of experience is required.
A strong quantitative background is required, particularly in using non-experimental/quasi-experimental methods (DiD, CITS, IV, RD, etc.).
Excellent writing and verbal communication skills are required.
Intermediate to advanced R programming skills.
Preferred Qualifications
Experience with infectious disease epidemiology and analysis, with a preference for experience with HIV, STDs, viral Hepatitis or Tuberculosis.
Candidates should also have a strong interest in furthering their expertise and publications in the area of policy impacts on disparities.
Experience working with surveillance and legal epidemiology data.
Experience with Github.
Students with interest and experience examining the effects of policies/laws on health and health disparities are strongly encouraged to apply.
Physical Demands
Typically sitting at a desk/table
University City - Philadelphia, PA
Additional Information
This position is classified as exempt with a grade of I, Minimum: $ 41,120.00 - Maximum: $ 61,680.00. The offered salary is dependent upon internal equity and the successful candidate's competencies, education, and experience.
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Special Instructions to the Applicant
Please make sure you upload your CV/resume, Research Statement or cover letter, and contact Information for 2 references when submitting your application.
Review of applicants will begin once a suitable candidate pool is identified however the position will not begin until summer/fall 2024.
Informal queries should be directed to Dr. Alina Schnake-Mahl (as5494@drexel.edu). Subject header: Applying for post-doctoral fellowship.
Advertised: Nov 15 2023  Eastern Standard Time
Applications close: Dec 16 2023  Eastern Standard Time

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