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Public Health Researcher

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Location: USA – CA, PA, DC
Job ID: 4688

Description – Overview:

The RAND Corporation is a research organization that develops solutions to public policy challenges to help make communities throughout the world safer and more secure, healthier and more prosperous. RAND’s research and analysis address issues that impact people everywhere, including security, health, education, sustainability, growth, and development. Headquartered in Santa Monica, California, RAND has approximately 1,700 people from more than 45 countries working in offices in North America, Europe and Australia, with annual revenues of more than $260 million.

RAND is nonprofit, nonpartisan, and committed to the public interest.  Our research is sponsored by government agencies, foundations, other nonprofit organizations, and the private sector. We rely on philanthropic support to reach beyond the scope of client-sponsored work to tackle questions that may be too big, too complex, or too new for our clients to address. RAND values objectivity and integrity in both its research processes and internal interactions. We emphasize a collegial environment that respects the contributions and dignity of all staff.

Position Description

RAND Health is looking for researchers at all levels of experience who can support, expand, and extend our population health research agenda. Persons with strong training in population health research and analysis, an interest in building a population health research portfolio, and a collaborative, entrepreneurial spirit are encouraged to apply.

Current RAND Health research focuses on a broad array of topics, including public health (including, but not limited to, environmental health, epidemiology, social and behavioral sciences, and global health), medical care, organization and financing of care, access, health behaviors, and quality of care. Research encompasses issues that affect the population at large, as well as vulnerable and hard-to-reach groups, such as the frail elderly, children with special health care needs, those with mental health needs, substance abusers, women’s health, and HIV-positive individuals.

Researchers at RAND work on solving real-world problems, including identifying how population health can inform health and social policy. In addition to a large array of government- and foundation-funded research projects, RAND Health also conducts research and analysis on issues of public interest on behalf of private health care organizations and firms. Researchers also work in multidisciplinary teams that include public health practitioners, health policy researchers, economists, natural scientists, psychologists, and others with relevant training. They apply rigorous, empirical research designs to analyze health policy issues and evaluate programs.


Candidates should have demonstrated quantitative and/or qualitative research skills. All research positions at RAND require excellent analytic skills; the ability to communicate clearly and effectively in English, both orally and in writing; the ability to work effectively as a member of a multidisciplinary team; a willingness to work on both government and private-sector projects; and a strong commitment to RAND's core values of quality and objectivity.

Candidates should have demonstrated expertise in an area of public health research. Researchers with substantive concentrations in a variety of different areas will be considered.

Education Requirements

PhD in public health, epidemiology, environmental health, community health, social or behavioral sciences, or other closely related fields. MD with public health research training and/or experience may also qualify.

Specializations of Interest

Specializations of particular current interest include:

Community Based Participatory Research

Environmental Health

Maternal and Child Health

Infectious Disease

Mental Health and Substance Abuse



Social Determinants of Health

Neighborhood Research

Health Disparities

Disaster and emergency preparedness

Health communication



Positions are available at all levels of experience. A record of peer-reviewed publications consistent with experience is expected. At least one writing sample submitted should be a published or draft first authored journal article. Experience working with public health agencies or departments is desirable. Senior researchers are expected to show a demonstrated ability to obtain extramural funding, lead multidisciplinary teams, mentor junior staff, and communicate interim and final results to the RAND community and to policymaking audiences.


Santa Monica, Pittsburgh, or Washington, DC

Special Note

Three letters of recommendation are required. These can be submitted by email at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Positions Open


Writing Sample Required

A writing sample is required for this position.  Please click on "How to Apply" for further instructions regarding the writing sample.

How to Apply

RAND is an Equal Opportunity Employer Minorities/Females/Vets/Disabled

To Apply:

Apply online
here https://jobs.rand.org/psp/erprod/EMPLOYEE/HRMS/c/HRS_HRAM.HRS_CE.GBL
Visit us here http://www.rand.org

Posted on 18 March 2017
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