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 - $96,472, commensurate with qualifications and equity
M-F, can telecommute
9am - 5pm
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 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. 

Function/Duties of Position

The position’s primary functions are split between 1) leading the development and presentation of evidence synthesis research products such as systematic reviews, health technology assessments, and rapid reviews; and 2) data management and analysis using state-level and multi-agency data for public payers and policy decision makers.


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. Responsibilities include:


Independently develop and write evidence synthesis research products

  • Lead the preparation of research products for public payers and health policy decision makers according to Center style or client guidelines and research methods, ensuring accuracy and clarity, and using narrative text, tables, and appropriate illustrations
  • Work closely with external stakeholders to comprehend and address their research questions and interest
  • Present research findings to clients via webinar or in-person meetings or conferences
  • Research and analyze the context of the question(s) that clients are asking and convert questions into structured, answerable research questions
  • Identify relevant research studies, additional grey literature, and clinical practice guidelines, and determine their relevance to the research question(s)
  • 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, as needed

Data management and analysis of state-level and multi-agency datasets

  • Co-lead data analyses, such as building multivariate models, to assess associations between exposures or interventions, and outcomes
  • Establish trusting relationships with data partners and data transfer processes
  • Obtain, store, and clean large, state-level and multi-agency datasets containing claims, encounter, and administrative data and other data sources
  • Provide quality assurance for imported data and work with partner agencies, as needed
  • Provide meticulous recordkeeping in statistical code regarding data management processes and decisions
  • Aid in the development and execution of data use agreements (DUAs) with programs, organizations and agencies, and institutional review board (IRB) protocols
  • Use data visualization software for relevant data dashboards and research products, as needed
  • Support data analysts in variable (e.g., covariates, exposures, outcomes) development and decision making

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

Required Qualifications

  • Master’s degree in relevant health research field and 5 to 7 years of relevant combined experience; OR
    Master’s degree in biostatistics or statistics and 5 to 7 years of relevant combined experience in biostatistics and statistics; OR PhD in relevant health research field and at least 3 years of relevant combined experience
  • Experience conducting data analysis using statistical software programs (e.g. R, STATA), particularly focused on the management of large datasets, 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
  • Proficiency in evidence synthesis methods, which includes topic identification and scoping, study selection, risk of bias assessment, certainty of evidence determination, and quantitative and narrative evidence synthesis
  • Significant skills in data management, including but not limited to, obtaining, storing, and cleaning datasets to prepare for data visualization programs and data analysis
  • Ability to translate complex findings into digestible and actionable written research products, and oral presentations
  • Experience presenting research to various audiences, including public sector decision makers
  • Experience with analyzing primary and secondary data datasets, particularly of state-level, multi-agency, or other “big data” datasets

Preferred Qualifications

  • Master’s degree in epidemiology or biostatics with more than 7 years of experience
  • PhD in epidemiology or biostatistics with more than 3 years of experience
  • Experience working on medical devices and technologies, pharmaceutical, and genetics related projects
  • Record of peer-reviewed publication
  • Some health policy (local, state, or federal government) experience
  • Experience using data visualization software (e.g., Tableau)

Additional Details

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