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Abt Associates Health Senior Analyst/PhD Economist in Cambridge, Massachusetts

Job Summary

Abt Associates seeks a Senior Analyst / PhD Economist to support the Division of Health and Environment. The Senior Analyst / PhD Economist will apply general and specialized knowledge of principles and concepts in the field of economics across a range of research projects. Using independent judgement and discretion, the successful candidate will apply standard and innovative quantitative and/or qualitative methods and techniques. The position holder will draft and manage the implementation of procedures for data collection, manipulation, and analysis during all project phases.

Work in the Division of Health and Environment helps shape healthcare policies that benefit millions of Americans, while improving program efficiency and effectiveness. Federal government agencies, such as the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and National Institutes of Health call on us to help launch and evaluate their key programs. Our work includes:

  • evaluating healthcare, public health, and behavioral health programs and policies;

  • reforming payment systems;

  • infectious and chronic disease modeling; and

  • analyzing access to and quality and outcomes of healthcare services.

The Senior Analyst / PhD Economist will exercise initiative to resolve complex non-routine matters. The position holder will implement and manage project schedules, plans, goals, and budgets under the indirect supervision of more senior staff, independently analyze issues to reconcile and resolve problems, and apply their knowledge and experience of general operations, systems, and project procedures. The position holder may assume a role in proposal efforts by preparing drafts of sections and establish an industry presence as a subject-matter expert by publishing in peer-reviewed journals and/or by presenting at annual conferences and meetings. The Senior Analyst / PhD Economist may participate in identifying and recruiting substantive peers and actively participate in the development of less senior staff. Additionally, they will review project reports and findings and will also be responsible for reviewing data sets, documentation, and models for anomalies to ensure accuracy.

Key Role and Responsibilities

  • Perform/manage a variety of research analysis tasks, including leading team members.

  • May provide training and technical supervision to less experienced staff.

  • Review collected data and analyses using standard practices and techniques in their field(s) of specialization.

  • Devise methods and lead the design of computer modeling, simulation, or simple to complex forecasting using standard software packages.

  • Apply quantitative and/or qualitative analysis techniques and methods.

  • Work on complex assignments under indirect supervision where there is latitude for independent action and decision-making.

  • Economists will be expected to apply standard economic theory and econometric methods to the implementation of impact evaluations and other research projects.

  • Using standard economic theory, economists should contribute to the design of our evaluations in a variety of ways, including identifying potential unintended consequences of the programs we evaluate.

Preferred Qualifications

  • PhD in Economics, or related field, by Summer 2022.

  • Strong empirical skills.

  • Strong interest in public policy research.

  • Communicates effectively in English, orally and in writing.

  • Works effectively on teams.

  • Thrives in a dynamic environment.

  • Conducts research with attention to detail and schedule.

Minimum Qualifications

PhD + 0-2 years of relevant experience

Abt Associates is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer committed to fostering a diverse workforce. Abt Associates provides market-competitive salaries and comprehensive employee benefits. Local candidates strongly encouraged to apply.

Disclaimer: Abt Associates will never ask candidates for money in exchange for an offer of employment.

The Division of Health and Environment (DHE) is rapidly growing our domestic health and environment portfolios as we expand our footprint in these thriving markets. As we race into the years ahead, we will continue to serve as a trusted advisor to our clients in providing innovative, evidence-driven solutions that contribute to a healthier environment and the health and safety of individuals, families, and communities. We are market leaders in providing policy and regulatory support; advancing public health and clinical epidemiology; providing environmental science, natural resource management, and ecosystem restoration; shaping healthcare policy and health services delivery; responding to mental health and substance use disorders; and studying the criminal justice system. If you want to work in a dynamic and collaborative work environment that fosters professional growth and promotes a culture of innovation, thought leadership, technical excellence, and collaboration, Abt is the right place for you!

At Abt Associates, we are committed to creating a lasting culture of equity, diversity and inclusion and recognize that in order to achieve full participation, our practices must be free of prejudice, discrimination, and bias that result in inequitable outcomes. We are actively working to advance equity for everyone, and while we still have much work to do, we know that racial and cultural diversity are an asset to our business and the communities where we live and serve. Our ongoing commitment is focused on creating business practices that advance racial and social equity, investments in community impact programs for the benefit of Black, Indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC), and expand upon project work related to racial equity and social justice.