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Postdoctoral Scholar-Health Sciences Research Institute

Position overview

Position title: Postdoctoral Scholar
Salary range: The posted UC salary scales set the minimum pay determined by rank and step at appointment. See Table 23 for the salary range for this position. A reasonable estimate for this position is $60,000 - $ 71,952.
Percent time: 100
Anticipated start: July 1, 2023
Position duration: 2 Year

Application Window

Open date: March 24, 2023

Most recent review date: Saturday, Apr 8, 2023 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications received after this date will be reviewed by the search committee if the position has not yet been filled.

Final date: Monday, Jun 12, 2023 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.

Position description

A postdoctoral scholar position is available at the University of California, Merced to assist with a research project funded by the California Department of Public Health (CDPH). The project broadly seeks to combine insights from behavioral economics and health economics to improve the predictive analytics of health behaviors. Specifically, the project focuses on how culture and identity affect advice-heeding in the context of public and private health advice. The position is for the academic year 2023/2024.

The postdoc will assist Jeffrey V. Butler (Associate Professor of Economics, in all aspects of the project. Duties include producing written summaries of existing relevant research across several disciplines and preliminary analyses of data from available data sets. The position entails the opportunity to help design surveys and experiments related to the study's hypotheses and to analyze the resulting data using relevant statistical and econometric techniques. The successful candidate will also assist with the design and delivery of instructional material to public health staff and officials. Finally, upon mutual agreement additional duties may be assigned according to the interests of the candidate.

As a condition of employment, you will be required to comply with the University of California SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) Vaccination Program Policy: All Covered Individuals under the policy must provide proof of Full Vaccination or, if applicable, submit a request for Exception (based on Medical Exemption, Disability, and/or Religious Objection) or Deferral (based on pregnancy) no later than the applicable deadline. New University of California employees should refer to Appendix F, Section II.C. of the policy for applicable deadlines. (Capitalized terms in this paragraph are defined in the policy.) Federal, state, or local public health directives may impose additional requirements.


Basic qualifications

PhD in economics, public health (Health Economics), social psychology (culture) or related field. Strong quantitative skills and an interest in the behavioral economics of culture and identity.

Application Requirements

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

  • Cover Letter - Cover letter describing research experience and interests as well as a writing sample (e.g., dissertation chapter)

Reference requirements
  • 3 letters of reference required

References must contain contact information such as phone number, physical address and email address.

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Campus Information

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 over 9,000 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 (

UC Merced is a smoke & tobacco free campus (

Job location

UC Merced Campus or Remote