Posted: Jul 29, 2022

Postdoctoral Scholar

Salary: $6,666.67 Monthly
Application Deadline: Sep 30, 2022

Postdoctoral Scholar Position

The University of Chicago, Medicaid Working Group with the Center for Health Administration Studies (CHAS) seeks to hire a full-time Postdoctoral Scholar to work on a National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) funded project titled “Medicaid Managed Care Coverage and Utilization Management of Opioid Use Disorder Treatment.” Professor Colleen M. Grogan is the Co-PI of the project, which is a multi-state study of state Managed Care Organization (MCO) coverage requirements pertaining to opioid use disorder (OUD) treatments and resulting MCO OUD coverage parameters. The study will break new ground by examining the effects of MCO coverage and utilization management designs on OUD treatment receipt and subsequent opioid-related outcomes. The research team has created a unique dataset of MCO plan coverage and utilization management design for MCO plans using publicly available documentation and MCO contracts. This dataset will be linked to patient-level Medicaid Transformed Medicaid Statistical Information System Analytic Files (TAF) to conduct a series of retrospective, longitudinal analyses to determine how these policies influence progression through the OUD Cascade of Care and subsequent opioid-related acute care utilization and mortality.

The Postdoctoral Scholar will receive mentorship from the PI at the University of Chicago and collaborate with an interdisciplinary, multi-university research team comprised of faculty and trainees with expertise in Medicaid design, Medicaid claims data analysis, health services research, health economics, policy analysis, and clinical medicine and practice. Primary responsibilities will include constructing data sets and variables from raw Medicaid TAF; conducting data analysis; and providing clear analytic interpretations. There will also be opportunities for the Postdoctoral Fellow to write manuscripts as a first author and contribute as a coauthor; present at national conferences; and contribute to grant proposals. The Postdoctoral Scholar will also have the opportunity to engage with the broader University of Chicago community. Examples of opportunities for engagement include inter-disciplinary Medicaid Working Group research meetings and events, lectures, and workshops held at the Center for Health Administration Studies; Center for Health and the Social Sciences; Crown Family School of Social Work, Policy, and Practice; Department of Public Health Sciences; and Harris School of Public Policy.

The initial two-year appointment will begin on November 1, 2022 (or later) and will end two years later on October 31, 2024 (or later depending on start date) with the possibility of renewal for one additional year (e.g., to October 31, 2025).


Successful applicants will have a doctoral degree in a relevant field (e.g. computer science, economics, public health (biostatistics, epidemiology, health policy), public policy, social work, statistics). Ideally, the successful applicant will also have a research agenda related to health policy and/or substance use disorder treatment with a strong interest in Medicaid policy.

The core requirements of this position are: 1) Strong coding skills in Python and strong statistical analysis software skills in at least one statistical software packages (preferably Stata, SAS, or R); 2) Experience analyzing large-scale administrative data (preferably Medicaid claims data); 3) Excellent written and verbal communication skills (preferably for public health and/or public policy audiences); and 4) strong interpersonal skills and a collaborative spirit.

Interested candidates should send an email to Professor Colleen Grogan at [email protected] with the following materials:

  1. Cover letter
  2. Curriculum Vita
  3. Sample of Python code
  4. Writing sample (either a publication or chapter of dissertation)


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