Research Associate II
The Urban Institute - Washington, DC

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The Health Policy Center is seeking a researcher to help conduct research on U.S. health policy topics such as health reform, the adoption and meaningful us of electronic health records (EHRs) , and provider payment and delivery system reforms aimed at improving the quality of health care (e.g., the patient-centered medical home model of enhanced primary care, accountable care organizations, and other reforms that change the way health care is delivered and providers are paid), in addition to policies related to Medicare, Medicaid, CHIP, and access to health care. The Center’s projects are most often related to federal and state reforms but require an understanding of the responses to policy by stakeholders in the private sector including commercial health plans, doctors and other health care professionals, hospitals, and IT professionals.


Researcher will primarily use qualitative research methods (e.g., conducting semi-structured interviews and focus groups, reviewing scholarly and grey literature, and analyzing qualitative data with and without software such as NVivo or Atlas.ti), but familiarity and experience with quantitative and mixed methods research is a plus (e.g., statistical analysis of surveys and claims databases). Researcher will also help write reports, issue briefs, and other deliverables. Candidate may also be asked to help manage research projects to help senior researchers ensure tasks are completed on-time and within budget.


Master’s degree in Public Policy, Public Health, Public Administration, or a related field (e.g., organizational sociology), and relevant experience preferred. Persons with an undergraduate degree and additional years of relevant work experience will also be considered.
Experience with health policy analysis and research, preferably focused on health reform, Medicare, Medicaid, CHIP, health IT, payment and delivery system reforms aimed at improving the quality of health care, and/or other state and local health initiatives. The candidate must also have some knowledge of and experience with qualitative research methods, including primary data collection. Knowledge of qualitative data analysis software (e.g., NVivo or Atlas.ti) is a plus but not required. The ideal candidate should be well-organized and have good interpersonal skills, have a demonstrated ability to conduct qualitative and/or quantitative research and to manage complicated projects, be able to work independently and as part of a team, and have excellent writing skills.

Only those major job duties necessary for proper job evaluation and/or labor market analysis have been included. Other duties may be assigned by the supervisor.

The Urban Institute is an Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/V/H. Women and Minorities are encouraged to apply.

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