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Postdoctoral Research Associate (Health Policy)

Chapel Hill, NC 27514
Posting Information

Position Title

Postdoctoral Research Associate (Health Policy)

Vacancy ID



SOP-Medication Optimization - 452502

Position Type

Postdoctoral Scholar

Salary Range

Dependent on qualifications and experience


Full Time

If part-time, hours per week



Proposed Start Date


Estimated Duration of Appointment

12 Months

Posting Open Date


Posting Close Date

Open Until Filled


Work Location

Chapel Hill, NC

Position Summary

The Center for Medication Optimization (CMO) Health Policy Fellow will work at the intersection of policy education and research. The Fellowship will prepare clinically trained individuals to critically evaluate legislation, develop and teach policy in the pharmacy curriculum, advance research skills, and improve communication and dissemination skills, especially to diverse audiences. Graduates of the fellowship program will be well positioned for careers in health policy and advocacy and/or research.

This two-year fellowship will be based at UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy in the Center for Medication Optimization (CMO). The fellow will have the opportunity to do up to two approved externships over the course of the fellowship as well as audit relevant courses offered at the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill.

In this position, the Health Policy Fellow will:

Collaborate with other policy organizations
Conduct research projects in conjunction with new or ongoing CMO research
Participate in Local and National Rulemaking Process
Engage payer and policy stakeholders to inform research focus
Teach others about US health care system and policy making process
Managing CMO Scholars
Contribute to policy-driven dissemination plan

Upon the completion of the fellowship program, graduates will have gained experience and exposure in the following areas:

1. Increased understanding and ability to navigate the regulatory process
2. Critically assess and prioritize existing policies and draft proposals through formal analysis and impact evaluation
3. Engage with key stakeholders to inform research and produce timely, relevant policy comments
4. Develop effective verbal and written communication skills
5. Educate others on the US health policy landscape and methods for policy change
6. Gain additional training in the legislative process, policy theory and analysis methodology, as needed

Educational Requirements

Candidate must hold a doctoral degree from an accredited program.

Qualifications and Experience

Preference will be given to candidates who have health policy or relevant research experience.

Equal Opportunity Employer

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, race, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or status as a protected veteran.

Special Instructions

Requesting doctoral transcript.

1 year with chance for 2nd year renewal.

Priority review will be given to applicants who submit by April 15, 2020.

The cover letter should describe your reasons for pursuing this Health Policy fellowship and how completion of the program will help you achieve your career goals.

Writing sample/essay question (limit 2 pages total):
Value-based care is playing a more prominent role in healthcare payment and delivery than ever before. Please describe what value-based care is, why the transition to this form of care is occurring, and what role pharmacists can play within this model.

Please submit three (3) professional letters of recommendation. Letters of recommendation should be submitted separately to Tashani Gaskins (tgaskins@email.unc.edu) via email from the authors, not uploaded in the system.

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Special Physical and Mental Requirements

Department Contact Name and Title

Nicole Kenney, HR Consultant

Department Contact Telephone or Email


Postdoctoral Affairs Contact Information

If you experience any problems accessing the system or have questions about the application process, please contact the University's Equal Employment Opportunity office at (919)-962-1091 or send an email to equalopportunity@unc.edu.

Please note: The Equal Employment Opportunity office will not be able to provide specific updates regarding position or application status.

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