JOE - October 2012

Acumen, LLC
Research Associate/Senior Research Associate
Position Title/Short Description
Title: Research Associate/Senior Research Associate
Section: 5 -- Full-Time Nonacademic
Location: Burlingame, CA, USA
JEL Classifications:
C -- Mathematical and Quantitative Methods
C1 -- Econometric and Statistical Methods: General
C3 -- Multiple or Simultaneous Equation Models
C4 -- Econometric and Statistical Methods: Special Topics
C5 -- Econometric Modeling
C6 -- Mathematical Methods and Programming
C8 -- Data Collection and Data Estimation Methodology; Computer Programs
H -- Public Economics
H4 -- Publicly Provided Goods
H5 -- National Government Expenditures and Related Policies
H6 -- National Budget, Deficit, and Debt
H7 -- State and Local Government; Intergovernmental Relations
I -- Health, Education, and Welfare
I1 -- Health
I3 -- Welfare and Poverty
J -- Labor and Demographic Economics
J3 -- Wages, Compensation, and Labor Costs
R1 -- General Regional Economics
Deadline Information: ASAP
Deadline Date: 00/2012
Salary Range: DOE

JOE ID Number: 201210_4363

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Research Associate/Senior Research Associate

Acumen LLC and The SPHERE Institute, affiliated small business and not-for-profit policy firms established by scholars from Stanford University in 1996, conduct public policy research and statistical analysis on health and social service programs at the national, state, and local levels. We are growing rapidly and seek new and experienced economists with strong quantitative analysis skills and interest in health and social service policy.

Acumen's research focuses on the areas of health, labor and social policy. In particular, Acumen has developed an expertise in topics such as: comparative effectiveness research, value-based purchasing, drug safety, drug pricing, expenditure forecasting, and outcomes measurement for various health, welfare, education and labor programs. Some of our current clients include:

--Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS)
--Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE)
--Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)
--National Institutes of Health (NIH)
--National Institute of Aging (NIA)
--Program Support Center (PSC)
--United States Department of Justice (DOJ)
--Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
--Social Security Administration (SSA)
--Congressional Budget Office (CBO)
--Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC)
--State of California Department of Health Services
--State of California Department of Social Services

As a result of our numerous federal and state government contracts, we have access to an extensive amount of healthcare and social welfare data. A small sampling of our current work includes:

--Evaluating Pay for Performance in Medicare
--Using claims data to perform post-market surveillance of drugs and biologics
--Understanding the implications of Medicare payment policies
--Creating research files that link with multiple survey data sources
--Assessing case-mix adjusted incident trends and multiple-medication use among individuals with developmental disabilities
--Collaborating with county social workers in developing a safety and risk assessment tool for child welfare services, including analysis of case management data to identify factors leading to positive outcomes for children

Acumen and SPHERE are seeking Research Associates and Senior Research Associates to lead and support our research staff in data analysis and writing tasks for contracts with government agencies. Research Associates generally work on teams, conducting quantitative analyses, interacting with clients, writing reports, and directing statistical programmers. Senior Research Associates also manage projects and support proposal writing.

Candidates for Research Associate should have a Ph.D. in economics, statistics, public health, public policy, or a closely related field.

Candidates for Senior Research Associate should have a Ph.D. and at least six years of professional experience.

Strong quantitative and communications skills, and excellent interpersonal abilities are essential.

Salary is negotiable based on education and experience. Benefits provided. To apply, please visit our website at

Acumen and SPHERE are located in Burlingame, CA, about 15 miles south of San Francisco. Additional information is available at: and

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, physical or mental handicap, disability, age or status as a disabled veteran, or veteran of the Vietnam era.
Application Instructions:

Apply by sending a cover letter, resume, writing sample, and letters of recommendation to

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500 Airport Blvd.
Burlingame, CA 94010

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