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Postdoctoral Scholar - Health Policy AY 2020-21

Recruitment Period

Open April 27th, 2020 through Monday, Jun 8, 2020 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)


The Health Policy Research Group in the Department of Public Health ( at the University of California, Merced is seeking a qualified Postdoctoral Fellow to collaborate on health services research projects in the San Joaquin Valley region and in California. Qualified candidates with a Ph.D. in Health Policy, Public Health, Public Policy, Sociology, Political Science, or other related social, behavioral, or population science field are invited to apply. We are specifically seeking a Fellow with a high level of interest in health policy research.

UC Merced’s Health Policy Research Group ( is led by Dr. Denise Payán who is involved in a variety of health policy research projects, including studies on state policymaking, nutrition program and policy evaluation, food insecurity, evidence-based health policy, and policy implementation. The successful candidate will be expected to: (1) work independently with guidance from the principal investigator and collaborators; to, (2) develop and implement research plans; (3) contribute to policy research data collection; (4) assist with data analyses of qualitative, quantitative, or mixed methods projects; and, (5) advance dissemination of study findings for academic and policy audiences. Funds will be available for travel to 1-2 conferences. The position is a full-time, 12-month academic position with an anticipated start date of August 1, 2020.

Required Qualifications
• Ph.D. in Health Policy, Public Health, Public Policy, Sociology, Political Science, or other related social, behavioral, or population science field.
• Interest in health services research (particularly health policy).
• Strong methodological and data analysis skills (quantitative, qualitative, or mixed methods).
• Highly self-motivated individuals who have demonstrated the ability to conduct independent and collaborative scientific research.

Preferred Qualifications
• Demonstrated evidence of strong contributions to scholarship, including peer-reviewed publications.
• Experience conducting or collaborating on health services research studies, particularly health policy research.
• Willingness to mentor and supervise undergraduate and graduate research assistants.

Salary and benefits: Salary is commensurate with experience per University of California Postdoctoral union salary scales. In addition, benefits and funds for research expenses including travel to 1-2 conferences are provided.

Why the University of California, Merced?
Idyllically situated between San Francisco, Monterey, and Yosemite National Park, UC Merced opened September 2005 as the tenth campus of the University of California and the first American research university of the 21st century. The beautiful campus is first in the nation for sustainable research and campus infrastructure. UC Merced boasts a diverse faculty who are committed to social justice and who work to empower underrepresented students. UC Merced has been recognized as first in the nation for student outcomes and seventh for social mobility, and earned the prestigious Carnegie Classification for commitment to community engagement.

For more information, please contact Dr. Denise Payán at

1) Cover letter: Include a brief description of your relevant experience, training, and career goals.
2) Curriculum vita
3) Research Statement: Two pages, single-spaced (1-inch margins)
4) List of 3 professional references with contact information including mailing address, phone number, and e-mail address (reference letters will be automatically requested upon application submission)
5) 2 writing samples (publications or dissertation chapters)

The University of California is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and invites applications from all qualified applicants, including women, minorities, veterans, and individual with disabilities, who will enrich the teaching, research and public service missions of the university. All qualified applicants will be considered for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy, see: UC Nondiscrimination & Affirmative Action Policy (

The University of California, Merced, is the newest of the University of California system’s 10 campuses. With 8,500 undergraduate and graduate students (, UC Merced provides outstanding educational opportunities to highly qualified students from the heart of California, the nation, and abroad. The campus has special connections to nearby Yosemite National Park; is on the cutting edge of sustainability in construction and design; and supports the economic development of Central California. The Merced 2020 Project doubled the physical capacity of the campus, and enhanced academic distinction, student success, and research excellence (

Job location

Merced, CA


Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.

  • Cover Letter - Include a brief description of your relevant experience, training, and career goals.

  • Statement of Research - Two pages, single-spaced (1-inch margins)

  • Writing Sample #1 - Writing sample (publications or dissertation chapters)

  • Writing Sample #2 - Writing sample (publications or dissertation chapters)

Reference requirements
  • 3-5 letters of reference required