Post-doctoral Fellow in Health Policy and Technology Assessment

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San Francisco, CA 94158
United States
Job Posted Date: 
March 1, 2021
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The UCSF Center for Translational and Policy Research on Personalized Medicine (TRANSPERS) – a global leader on the translation of personalized/precision medicine and other new technologies into clinical care and health policy – is seeking a post-doctoral fellow.  This position offers the unique opportunity for fellows to  (1) develop their own research program with direct mentorship (2) utilize the exceptional training resources throughout UCSF including fellowship seminars, and (3) get hands-on training by working with a multidisciplinary, global team of leading faculty and collaborators within one of the best health sciences universities in the world. We particularly focus on helping fellows obtain independent grant funding, based on our three decades of success in obtaining NIH funding. Our team is highly collaborative and supportive, and we provide hands-on mentorship to help fellows achieve their goals and to conduct high-quality research. Fellows will also have the opportunity to engage with senior level industry and policy officials and there is the possibility of conducting consulting projects with these groups.  

Fellows will collaborate with members of the health policy, economics, and personalized medicine research communities at UCSF. Fellows will develop skills in health economics, policy, technology assessment, personalized/precision medicine, and qualitative/quantitative research, and they will have the opportunity to attend seminars and conferences. Activities are tailored to the fellows’ interests and may include reimbursement and coverage policies, systematic evidence review, economic evaluation, registry database development, and survey research. The program seeks to enhance the fellow’s knowledge of scientific literature evaluation, research design, health economics, and policy research while providing training and experience in these fields. The fellow will have opportunities to publish and present data at professional meetings.

A particular focus of this post-doctoral fellowship is the translation of new technologies such as precision medicine into clinical care and health policy. Launched in 2008, TRANSPERS brings together a broad spectrum of experts from across the world — from academia, government, and groups representing patients, providers, and payers — to examine critical issues that impact the translation of precision medicine into practice and policy. Using an evidence-based approach, we launch projects and establish working groups to explore key areas with an emphasis on coverage and reimbursement policies, costs and cost-effectiveness analysis, stakeholder decision-making, and evidence development.  Our methods include both quantitative approaches (systematic evidence review, economic evaluation, registry database development, surveys) and descriptive approaches (interviews, meetings).  

TRANSPERS has a stellar record of funding, publications, and policy impact, with continuous funding from the National Institutes of Health for over a decade;  over 100 publications including JAMA, Science, Health Affairs, Genetics in Medicine, Value in Health, and many others; and engagement with senior officials in industry, payer groups, and government.  The position is located in the UCSF School of Pharmacy – consistently ranked the best pharmacy school in the country. UCSF is ranked one of the top biomedical schools in the world and offers fellows a wide range of collaborative opportunities through the UCSF Philip R. Lee Institute for Health Policy Studies, the UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center, the Institute for Human Genetics, and many other groups.

Job Requirements: 

The fellow must be a graduate of an accredited doctoral program with a PhD or equivalent degree in health services research, health economics, health policy or a related field by the start of the fellowship. Preferred qualifications:

  • Expertise or interest in precision medicine/genetic testing and other new technologies
  • Expertise or interest in reimbursement and coverage policies, systematic evidence review and meta-analysis, economic evaluation, data analysis and database development, and/or multi-methods research
  • Strong communication skills
  • Demonstrated ability to work both independently and in teams
  • A desire to become a leader in academia or other organizations


The fellow will receive a stipend consistent with NIH post-doctoral fellowship standards (based on experience), with a supplemental amount in accordance with UCSF policy. Additional start-up funds beyond salary may be available. All postdocs also receive a generous benefits package that encompasses health, dental, vision, and short-term disability insurance, including coverage for their dependents.  In addition, vacation, sick and professional leave are provided and there are possibilities for travel and conference funds in addition to funded consulting activities or stipend supplements. This position is federally funded: U.S. Citizenship, residency, or appropriate visa required.

How to Apply: 

Applications for the fellowship will continue to be accepted until the position is filled. Start dates are negotiable.  To apply, send a curriculum vitae and statement of interests to: [email protected]

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