Oregon Health & Science University

Research Associate III (Center for Evidence-based Policy)

Job Locations US-OR-Portland
Requisition ID
Position Category
Position Type
Regular Full-Time
Job Type
Center for Evidence-based Policy
Salary Range
$70,096 - $105,264, commensurate with qualifications and equity
HR Mission
School of Medicine
Drug Testable

Department Overview

The Center for Evidence-based Policy (Center) is a national leader in evidence-based decision-making and policy design. The Center works with state policymakers in more than 25 states to use high-quality evidence to guide decisions, maximize resources, and improve health outcomes. The Center is objective and non-partisan, working in states across the country to support evidence-based decision-making. The Center does not lobby, and does not accept funding from industry, advocates, or trade associations. Though embedded within OHSU, the Center is entirely self-supporting.


The Center staff members work closely with state and federal policymakers to research existing policies, programs, and develop policy options. The Center actively seeks staff partners who share its commitment to evidence, integrity, innovation, tangible results, and products that are independent, high-quality, evidence-based, and effective in meeting the needs of decision makers. The Center actively recruits and retains the highest quality personnel who are committed and passionate about achieving its mission. The Center strives to be a healthy and thriving work environment where everyone, from any background, can do their best work. We are committed to an inclusive workplace that celebrates and values diversity of age, race, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, physical and mental ability, and perspective. We are dedicated to continuous improvement that enables inclusive collaboration among staff with diverse skills and perspectives with the goal of enhancing quality and accessibility of our work for our clients. The Center promotes leadership that inspires innovation, motivates people to perform at their highest levels, and makes the Center a great place to work

Function/Duties of Position

The position will lead evidence synthesis research products (e.g., systematic reviews, rapid reviews) and data analysis using state-level and multi-agency data for public payers and policy decision makers. Dedicated FTE to these key responsibilities will shift based on the Center’s needs and client demand for services. The Center’s evidence synthesis research is focused on the areas of health technologies, pharmaceuticals and health services, with attention toward their applicability to Medicaid and other state health programs. Duties of the position include:


Independently Develop and Write Evidence Synthesis Research Products

  • Lead the preparation of research products for public payers and health policy decision makers.
  • Present research findings to clients.
  • Research and analyze the context of the question(s) that clients are asking and convert questions into structured, answerable research questions.
  • Work with an information specialist to construct and carry out appropriate search strategies to address research questions.
  • Identify relevant research studies, additional grey literature, clinical practice guidelines, and policy documents.
  • Critically evaluate the risk of bias and applicability of included research studies and clinical practice guidelines.
  • Appropriately assign a certainty of evidence rating (e.g., GRADE) from the body of evidence for select outcomes.
  • Conduct meta-analyses for evidence synthesis projects.
  • Create and manage references in a citation management software program (e.g., EndNote).
  • Manage evidence synthesis steps and workflow using structured systematic review software (e.g., DistillerSR).
  • Develop interview protocols and conduct interviews with key informants.

Lead Data Analysis Research Products and Projects

  • Lead or co-lead data analyses, such as building multivariable models, to assess associations between exposures or interventions, and outcomes.
  • Work with a team to interpret findings from analyses in a clear and succinct manner in written reports and oral presentations focusing on policy-relevant findings and applications.
  • Develop or contribute to scopes of work and outline data analysis plans.
  • Obtain, store, and clean large, state-level and multi-agency datasets containing claims, encounter, administrative data, and other data sources.
  • Provide quality assurance for imported data and work with partner agencies.
  • Provide meticulous recordkeeping in statistical code and decision making for analyses.
  • Contribute to the development and maintenance of data dictionaries.
  • Work collaboratively and closely with colleagues on research projects.   

Project Management  

  • Track report progress, anticipating next steps, and gather required information from internal team, colleagues, and external contacts to produce high-quality, timely research products.
  • Respond to peer review and editor comments in a productive and timely manner; adhere to all timelines for projects.

Communication and Dissemination

  • Develop and maintain effective relationships with Center clients.
  • Represent the Center at selected national, international, and state-level conferences, meetings and other events. 


Required Qualifications

  • PhD and 3 years of experience, or Master's Degree and 5 years of combined experience conducting data analysis using statistical software programs (e.g., R, STATA) and evidence syntheses of health-related research information and communicating this information in written health technology assessments, systematic reviews with or without meta-analyses, and oral presentations of these data
  • Experience conducting data analysis and evidence syntheses for use in decision-making
  • Experience with analyzing primary and secondary datasets, particularly state-level datasets from programs such as Medicaid
  • Experience adapting systematic review research methods to individual research projects
  • Experience assessing the certainty of a body of evidence for an outcome (e.g., GRADE) and risk of bias of a study
  • Experience working with a citation management software application (e.g., EndNote)
  • Experience working with systematic review software applications (e.g., DistillerSR)
  • Experience using a private server to store and analyze datasets
  • Experience conducting meta-analysis using common software applications (e.g., RevMan, Stata)
  • Experience presenting research to various audiences, including public sector decision makers
  • Experience working collaboratively and closely with colleagues on research projects
  • Experience working on multiple research projects simultaneously, with excellent organizational skills ability to manage multiple priorities
  • Exceptional ability to use statistical software programs (e.g., R, STATA) for data analysis and management purposes
  • Expertise in evidence synthesis and review methods (e.g., systematic reviews, health technology assessments, rapid reviews)
  • Ability to work effectively with information specialists to develop and review search strategies
  • Ability to translate complex findings into digestible and actionable written research products, and oral presentations
  • Knowledge in data matching (e.g., deterministic matching, probabilistic matching)
  • Excellent writing, grammatical, and proofreading skills, including the ability to follow Center and client style guides
  • Proficiency in MS Office applications (e.g., Word, PowerPoint, Excel)
  • Excellent interpersonal communication skills; ability to interact with a wide variety of stakeholders and internal and external customers
  • Ability to respond positively and proactively to peer review and editor comments
  • Ability to exercise discretion when dealing with issues of a sensitive nature and to maintain confidentiality at all times
  • Ability to develop interview questions for interviews with key informants
  • Ability to be self-motivated, prioritize effectively, and achieve deadlines

Preferred Qualifications

  • Significant experience tailoring evidence synthesis products to decision makers
  • Experience working on medical devices and technologies, pharmaceutical, and genetics related projects
  • Experience/expertise with data visualization software programs (e.g., Tableau)
  • Experience managing a private server that stores large, integrated datasets
  • Record of peer-reviewed publication
  • Some health policy (local, state, or federal government or equivalent) experience
  • Expertise in DistillerSR
  • Experience conducting cost-benefit-analysis, program evaluation, or economic analyses
  • Knowledge of medical devices and technologies, genetic tests and interventions, and pharmaceuticals

Additional Details

Apply here online. Please be sure to upload a cover letter and resume or CV.

All are welcome

Oregon Health & Science University values a diverse and culturally competent workforce. We are proud of our commitment to being an equal opportunity, affirmative action organization that does not discriminate against applicants on the basis of any protected class status, including disability status and protected veteran status. Individuals with diverse backgrounds and those who promote diversity and a culture of inclusion are encouraged to apply. To request reasonable accommodation contact the Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Department at 503-494-5148 or aaeo@ohsu.edu.

As an organization devoted to the health and well-being of people in Oregon and beyond, OHSU requires its employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.


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