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We're Hiring a Post Doc

January 16, 2020

Job Description

Evidence for Action (E4A), a program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, awards grants to support innovative, rigorous research on how systems, programs, and policies influence population health and health inequalities. The E4A National Program Office (NPO) reviews research proposals and recommends the most rigorous and high-impact proposals for funding.  Numerous methodological challenges arise in efforts to field rigorous, cost effective, and convincing research in E4A's priority areas. In 2018, the NPO launched an internal initiative with the goals of identifying these methods issues, providing relevant evidence and tools to overcome these challenges, and sparking attention to these challenges from the broader community of quantitative researchers.  We seek to hire a postdoctoral fellow to play a key role in this initiative. Specific projects will be priortized on an ongoing basis by the NPO and National Advisory Committee but may include:  (1) writing manuscripts or developing teaching tools to bridge disciplinary differences in approach to causal inference; (2) conducting empirical research on major sources of bias or uncertainity in common approaches to evaluating determinants of population health and health inequities; (3) running simulation studies to evaluate the performance of recently proposed methodological advances when applied to E4A's priority research areas in population health or health inequities; (4) contributing to E4A's Methods Blog, where we communicate core methods ideas in brief, accessible form (for examples, see: Previous projects have included manuscripts and teaching tools that crosswalk different disciplinary approaches to causal inference and that discuss considerations for selecting plausible and actionable effect sizes as inputs to power and sample size calculations for studies of social interventions.


The E4A NPO is housed in the Center for Health and Community at the University of California, San Francisco. The post-doctoral fellow will work with NPO leadership team and most closely with Maria Glymour, Associate Director for the NPO, and Ellicott Matthay, the E4A Methods Lab’s inaugural postdoctoral scholar.


  • PhD or equivalent training in epidemiology, sociology, or a related discipline.
  • Experience with quantitative research, including expertise in statistical software (SAS, Stata, or R)
  • Familiarity with quasi-experimental methods, such as difference-in-difference, regression discontinuity, or instrumental variables
  • Strong writing skills, ideally for technical, applied, or non-research audiences.
  • Commitment to methodologically strong research that advances health equity.

About UCSF

Evidence for Action (E4A), a program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation is housed in the UCSF Center for Health and Community.

To apply, please email your CV and a statement of your research and population health interests to Please also direct any inquiries to

Deadline to apply: March 31, 2020.