Postdoctoral Research Associate in Medicine and Epidemiology

Rutgers The State University of New Jersey Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School

United States

Position Details

Recruitment/Posting Title -Postdoctoral Research Associate

Department -Inst-Hth,Hth Care Pol&Agng Res

Salary -Commensurate With Experience

Posting Summary

A research team lead by Soko Setoguchi, MD DrPH, Professor of Medicine and Epidemiology at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and School of Public Health and the Center for Pharmacoepidemiology and Treatment Science (PETS), a unit of the Institute for Health, Health Care Policy and Aging Research invites applications for a Postdoctoral Research Associate with experience in working with large administrative datasets in a research setting ,especially with Medicare and Medicaid databases or other claims databases. Candidates must have and maintain competence in pharmaco- and device-epidemiological research methods and programming skills for large relational databases. This is a two year position that will be supported by an active NIH funding and provide the Postdoctoral Research Associate with hands on experience in conducting and assisting in studies examining interaction between climate factors (extreme heat and air pollution) and medications and devices in older adults with chronic conditions on adverse health outcomes as well as other funded and unfunded projects. The successful candidate will further develop research skills under the mentorship of Dr. Setoguchi and will have opportunities to develop their own research question, compose and submit their own grants, write and publish in scientific journals, and continue their own scholarly and research development under the guidance of Dr. Setoguchi, with input from other faculty and experts, including Dr. Brian L. Strom and others at the Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences.

The Postdoctoral Research Associate will be expected to be able to work collaboratively with the study team and staff on all aspects of the studies, including: writing protocols and statistical analysis plans, creating analytic datasets with support from a programmer, conducting analyses of data, participation in regular study progress meetings, interpretation of the results of the study, preparation of manuscripts and reports, and communicating the results of the study in written and oral format.

Posting Number- 20FA1200

Posting Open Date- 12/08/2020

Posting Close Date -01/31/2021

Minimum Education and Experience

A doctorate degree in pharmacoepidemiology, epidemiology, biostatistics or related fields or a master’s degree with equivalent knowledge and skills.

• Experience working with large databases such as Medicare, Medicaid, or commercial insurance databases and/or electronic health record databases in a research setting. Applicants with experience working with Medicare and Medicaid databases or other claims databases are preferred.
• Knowledge in pharmacoepidemiological research methods and programming skills for large relational databases using SAS, R, Python and/or SQL
• Demonstrated oral and written communication skills, and the ability to present scientific findings in various formats, and to compose manuscripts for publication in peer-reviewed journals.
• Ability to work well independently and in a collaborative team environment.
• Excellent organizational, planning, project management, and problem solving skills


A research team lead by Professor Setoguchi at the Center for Pharmacoepidemiology and Treatment Science (PETS)/IFH facilitates and performs innovative, multidisciplinary science related to the use and outcomes of therapeutics and diagnostics in large populations. PETS/IFH is a part of Rutgers Biomedical and Health Science (RBHS). RBHS was created during the 2013 integration of the health professional schools from Rutgers University and the former University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. The eight schools, six centers and institutes and a behavioral health care network of RBHS collectively comprise one of America’s largest, most comprehensive university-based centers for studying and improving human health and health care.

The Institute for Health, RBHS, and the substantial resources of Rutgers University offer a rich collaborative environment for conducting pharmacoepidemiology and health services research. RBHS is home to Rutgers Health Group, New Jersey’s largest multi-specialty medical group that includes the state’s only NCI-designated comprehensive cancer center, a large behavioral health delivery system, and Robert Wood Johnson Partners, a commercial and Medicare ACO. RBHS partners with RWJBarnabas Health, the state’s largest healthcare delivery system. Research among these units expands considerably the opportunities for researchers. The Institute for Health has faculty and other researchers with expertise in pharmacoepidemiology the social and clinical sciences, health research and policy, public health, and related fields. Its faculty have exceptional capacity to address the most pressing health and healthcare challenges.

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