Postdoctoral Associate in Health Economics and Policy Research with a Focus on Opioid Use Disorder, Chronic Pain, and Co-existing Conditions

The postdoctoral associate will engage in mentored research in population data-driven health services and policy research aimed at improving access to, outcomes of, and equity in evidence-based treatments for substance use disorder, cancer- and non-cancer- related chronic pain, mental health, and other co-existing conditions. This position will be supported by several recently awarded NIH grants, a strong and growing portfolio of research in these intersecting areas, and a rich collection of population claims and EHR data and strong data infrastructure at the Department of Population Health Sciences, Weill Cornell Medicine.

The postdoctoral associate will be supervised and mentored by Dr. Yuhua Bao, an associate professor at Weill Cornell Medicine and a leading health economist in the field. The postdoctoral associate will meet, collaborate, and receive additional support from affiliated investigators with complementary expertise, such as in medicine, health informatics, and implementation science.

The postdoctoral associate will also receive training in research designs and statistical methods of comparative economic and effectiveness research including cost-effectiveness analysis (CEA) conducted alongside clinical trials. In particular, they will have the opportunity to implement CEA, guided and mentored by experienced health economists, alongside three ongoing clinical trials in IMPOWR, a research network funded by the NIH HEAL initiative to develop and test integrative strategies of chronic pain and opioid use disorder.

This postdoctoral opportunity is enriched by the research infrastructure provided by the Center for Health Economics of Treatment Interventions for Substance Use Disorder, HCV, and HIV (CHERISH), a multi-institutional Center of Excellence, funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA). The Center’s mission is to develop and disseminate health economic research on healthcare utilization, health outcomes, and health-related behaviors that informs substance use disorder treatment policy and HCV and HIV care of people who use substances. 


  • Designing and conducting observational research studies
  • Building analytical files using population administrative data (Medicare, Medicaid, or commercial claims databases) to support specific research questions  
  • Implementing advanced statistical modeling (e.g., embedding quasi-experimental designs and with assessments of assumptions and sensitivity analysis)
  • Disseminating research findings through team manuscript development, conference presentations, and other venues

Salary established below per annum commensurate with qualifications experience:

Applicants must currently hold a doctoral degree in a relevant area of study or will receive such a degree before the start of employment. The successful candidate will also have:

  •  Experience in health-related research or evaluation work using administrative and/or clinical data
  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • The ability to work well as part of a collaborative team
  • An interest in health services research for mental health and substance use disorders and related policy issues

To Apply or for Inquiries
Interested applicants should submit a letter of interest highlighting their research interests and career goals and a curriculum vita to Senior Research Manager Jared Leff at

Diversity is one of Weill Cornell Medicine’s core values and is essential to achieving excellence in patient care, research, and education. We welcome applications from candidates who share our commitment to fostering a culture of fairness, equity, and belonging. Weill Cornell Medicine is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer, providing equal employment opportunities to all qualified applicants without regard to race, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, color, age, religion, protected veteran or disability status, or genetic information. 


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