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Senior Fellow (Health Research)
  • Job ID #: 1530
  • Functional Area: Health Research
  • Position Type: Regular-Status Full-Time
  • Experience Required: More than 10 years
  • Location: Multiple
  • Department: Policy - 24
  • Education Required: Doctorate Degree or Equivalent
  • Relocation Provided:


Position Description:

Mathematica is seeking a senior fellow with the ability to discern national health policy needs and translate those needs into both policy and technical evaluation frameworks. The position requires extensive experience evaluating federal Medicare payment models, expertise in cutting-edge methods appropriate to those evaluations, and demonstrated knowledge of and work with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Deep understanding of Medicare payment and value-based purchasing approaches is required and expertise in Medicare Part D and/or Medicare Advantage is highly desirable. Senior fellows typically serve as a principal investigator or project director on one or more projects and play a senior advisor role across multiple projects. Fellows also assist with strategic business development and play a key role in mentoring staff.

The successful candidate will join our group of over 600 health policy professionals, including staff with degrees in public health, public policy, economics, data science, statistics, behavioral or social sciences, medicine, nursing, and other relevant disciplines.

Duties of the position:

  • Serve as principal investigator or project director or for major Mathematica projects, working effectively in multidisciplinary teams.
  • Regularly contribute to or lead technical proposal content development.
  • Lead quality assurance reviews of proposals written by other staff.
  • Represent Mathematica to clients as subject matter expert or project leader; effectively engage clients to work through challenges and offer research or program expertise to help solve problems.
  • Demonstrate thought leadership in one or more subject matter areas through extensive published material including papers, journal articles, blog posts, and other communications.
  • Represent Mathematica externally by speaking at conferences, serving on technical expert panels, providing testimony, or other means of professional development.
  • Serve as mentor and thought leader at Mathematica for staff on one or more areas of subject matter expertise, and develop ways to engage staff and share knowledge.
  • Contribute to the development of new research and program practice areas with Mathematica’s senior leadership.
  • Assist substantially in developing policies and processes for determining which research and program areas the company should pursue, and propose strategies for putting together an integrated package of research or other project activity.

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. Read more about our benefits here: https://www.mathematica.org/career-opportunities/benefits-at-a-glance

Position Requirements:

  • 15 to 20+ years of experience working in health policy or health research; this experience should demonstrate considerable subject matter expertise in at least 1-2 policy areas and include an extensive track record of thought leadership through published work and other activities
  • Masters or doctoral degree or equivalent experience in public health, public policy, data science, statistics, economics, behavioral or social sciences, economics, or other relevant discipline
  • Strong foundation in quantitative and/or qualitative methods, a broad understanding of health policy issues, and a detailed and nuanced understanding of at least 1-2 policy areas
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, including an ability to explain observations and findings to diverse stakeholder audiences including program administrators and policymakers
  • Demonstrated ability to provide project leadership and coordinate the work of multidisciplinary teams
  • Excellent client relations
  • Strong organizational skills and high level of attention to detail; flexibility to lead and manage multiple priorities, sometimes simultaneously, under deadlines

To apply, please submit a cover letter, CV, and writing sample at the time of your application.

Various federal agencies with whom we contract require that staff successfully undergo a background investigation or security clearance as a condition of working on a project. If you are assigned to such a project, you will be required to obtain the requisite security clearance.

In accordance with Executive Order 14042 and its implementing guidelines, all Mathematica employees must provide documentation that they have been fully vaccinated or obtain an accommodation through Human Resources by providing documentation from a licensed health care provider that they are unable to be vaccinated against COVID-19 because of a disability (which would include medical conditions) or provide an attestation that they are entitled to an accommodation because of a sincerely held religious belief, practice, or observance.

All of our offices are currently closed, but we will consider candidates to work from any of the below locations, including the option to work remotely at another location within the U.S. Within the application, you will be asked to identify your top location choice(s). When responding, please consider your future preferred location(s).

Available locations: Princeton, NJ; Washington, DC; Cambridge, MA; Ann Arbor, MI; Oakland, CA; Chicago, IL; Woodlawn, MD

This position offers an anticipated annual base salary range of $155,000 - $220,000. This position is eligible for a discretionary bonus based on company and individual performance.

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.