JOE - October 2012

American Institutes for Research
Researcher/Health Economist
Position Title/Short Description
Title: Researcher/Health Economist
Section: 5 -- Full-Time Nonacademic
Location: Washington, DC, USA
JEL Classification: C4 -- Econometric and Statistical Methods: Special Topics

JOE ID Number: 201210_397502

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The American Institutes for Research (AIR) is one of the largest behavioral and social science research organizations in the world. Our overriding goal is to use the best science available to bring the most effective ideas and approaches to enhancing everyday life.

AIR's Health Program offers tremendous career opportunities at the heart of health care reform, evidence-based care and the future of public health. AIR health experts provide high-impact research, policy analysis, evaluation, communication, and technical assistance in a stable, yet growing and entrepreneurial environment. Our researchers apply diverse methodologies and interdisciplinary approaches to a variety of health issues, including health reform, delivery system improvement, health care cost and financing, performance measurement, access and disparities, and consumer engagement. Our communication work includes behavior-change communication, communication strategy, national health communication campaigns, and community engagement. Our pursuits are enhanced by the contributions of our web application, digital media, database management, conference planning, and creative and publication services groups. AIR's Health Program offers a balance of depth, breadth, and collegiality in combination with professional development, leadership opportunities, competitive compensation, premier benefits and flexible work arrangements. Our work is mission-driven with a strong focus on improving the health and well-being of the American public, especially disadvantaged populations.

AIR Health's major clients include government agencies (e.g., U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the National Institutes of Health), private foundations, and state governments.

The Researcher/Economist will work on several projects with responsibilities that may include:
--Serving as client contact for analytical or statistical expertise
--Managing or leading projects or tasks
--Developing conceptual frameworks that guide project work
--Applying appropriate techniques to collect, analyze and report quantitative data
--Organizing and documenting analytical results and research procedures
--Preparing technical reports and journal articles and present findings to clients and to the public
--Assisting in developing and drafting new business proposals
--Mentoring junior research analysts, sharing their approaches to solving concrete problems, and providing feedback on the work of others

A Ph.D. in a social science, economics or related field and expertise in econometrics or applied statistics. Highly proficient in SAS, STATA, or R, and open to learning new statistical tools in a relatively short period of time as required by different projects. Knowledge or experience with the analysis of data collected through complex sample designs multilevel modeling, or the design of experiments and quasi-experiments. Able to apply advanced statistical methods (for example, hierarchical linear models, fixed effects analyses, or instrumental variables), and able to communicate effectively about these methods to non-technical audiences.
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AIR offers an excellent compensation and benefits package, including a fully funded retirement plan, generous paid time off, subsidized garage parking, and tuition assistance. For more information, please visit our website at To apply, please go to and conduct a job title search. EOE.

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