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Postdoctoral Scholar - Research Associate

Sol Price School of Public Policy Los Angeles, California

The METRANS Transportation Center and the Schaeffer Center for Health Policy and Economics is seeking candidates for a one year, renewable for a second year, full-time Postdoctoral Research position. METRANS and Schaeffer have joined together to support research at the intersection of transportation and health.  We are particularly interested in questions of accessibility to health services and health outcomes.  For example, do restrictions imposed by various types of insurance plans result in traveling longer distances to obtain medical care?  Do some communities have more access to health care services than others?  If so, do these differences affect consumption of health care services, all else equal?

The ideal candidate will have experience in multidisciplinary research and working knowledge of travel behavior.  The candidate should have the following qualifications: 1) PhD in  transportation planning, public policy, or a closely related field completed within the past two years; 2) experience in constructing, processing, cleaning, and analyzing large datasets; 3) experience with database management software; 4) expertise in ArcGIS, including mapping as well as geostatistical and network analysis; 5) expertise in statistical analysis, econometrics and spatial econometrics using standard software such as Stata, R or SAS. Familiarity with multiple computer programming languages is a plus. The preferred candidates would also be willing to write new grant proposals.

The position is 12 month, fixed term, with the possibility of a second year conditional upon performance and funding availability.

REQUIRED DOCUMENTS: In order for your application to be considered, you must attach a cover letter and CV.

About the METRANS Transportation Center:

The METRANS Transportation Center was established in 1998 through the Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century (TEA-21) as the first University Transportation Center in Southern California. METRANS is a joint partnership of the University of Southern California (USC) and California State University Long Beach (CSULB). METRANS is housed at the Sol Price School of Public Policy, USC.  At USC METRANS researchers span urban planning, public policy, economics, and all fields of engineering.

The mission of the METRANS Transportation Center is to solve transportation problems of large metropolitan regions through interdisciplinary research, education and outreach.  METRANS has three primary objectives: 1) Foster independent, high quality research to solve the nation's transportation problems; 2) Train the next generation transportation workforce; and 3) Disseminate information, best practices, and technology to the professional community.  We accomplish these objectives through a comprehensive and collaborative program of research, education, information dissemination and technology transfer organized around three topical focus areas:

  • Integrated management of freight and passenger systems
  • Sustainable and efficient urban freight transportation
  • Mobility of urban populations

About the Leonard D. Schaeffer Center for Health Policy & Economics:

The Schaeffer Center was established in 2009 to serve as an intellectual hub for health policy research at USC.  The result of a unique partnership between the School of Pharmacy and the Sol Price School of Public Policy, the Schaeffer Center takes an interdisciplinary approach to advance health policy and health economics.  Its mission is to measurably improve value in health through evidence based policy solutions, research excellence, transformative education, and private and public sector engagement to raise awareness and produce groundbreaking research in the areas of health economics, health policy and pharmaceutical economics.  The Center supports over 50 faculty affiliated with 9 schools at USC—including three winners of the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economics (Angus Deaton, James Heckman, and Daniel McFadden). Additionally, 40 staff provide support for research, administrative, and external affairs activities. The Center supports programming and microsimulation staff and a data core with access to national survey data and large claims databases from various sources. An External Affairs group supports a sophisticated dissemination strategy to ensure Schaeffer Center research informs health policy. Through an established partnership with the Brookings Institution, the Center regularly convenes health policy conferences and publishes policy briefs on salient policy issues, often in collaboration with other universities and institutions. Finally, the Schaeffer Center supports interdisciplinary training opportunities for students and scholars at all levels—ranging from high school all the way to junior faculty. For additional information, see our website:

About the Sol Price School of Public Policy:

The mission of the Price School is to improve the quality of life for people and their communities, here and abroad. We achieve this mission through education and research that promote innovative solutions to the most critical issues facing society. Over the past 85 years, the USC Sol Price School of Public Policy has earned the public trust by creating path-breaking research and scholarship. We believe it is our ethical responsibility to continue serving our global community at the highest level of excellence.  Sustainability, healthcare, immigration, infrastructure, urban development, social policy, affordable housing, and governance – these are just a few of the modern challenges that require leaders who look beyond their area of expertise to find the most effective solutions. Solving societal issues of such complexity requires not only great minds but also great action. USC Price fosters collaboration and partnerships to better understand problems through varied perspectives. We use the vast influence of California and greater Los Angeles as a resource for setting new paradigms. And we translate research into communities by working directly with the public, private and nonprofit sectors.


The University of Southern California’s postdoctoral scholar benefits package is designed to closely match the benefits offered to faculty and staff and includes health, dental, vision, life, accidental death and dismemberment, short-term and long-term disability insurance plans, credit union membership; and participation in cultural and social events, as well as access to athletic and recreational facilities.

The University of Southern California (USC), founded in 1880, is located in the heart of downtown L.A. and is the largest private employer in the City of Los Angeles. As an employee of USC, you will be a part of a world-class research university and a member of the “Trojan Family,” which is comprised of the faculty, students and staff that make the university what it is.

An Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer:

USC is an equal opportunity affirmative action employer that actively seeks diversity in its workplace.

METRANS and the Schaeffer Center have joined together to support research at the intersection of transportation and health.

REQ20067284 Posted Date: 10/25/2018

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