Postdoctoral Research Associate (Health Policy)

    The University of North Carolina
    Chapel hill, NC

    Job Description

    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 ( via email from the authors, not uploaded in the system.

    For information on UNC Postdoctoral Benefits and Services click here

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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

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

    Applicant Documents
    Posting ID: 552776267Posted: 2020-05-21