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Research Project Assistant

Los Angeles, California

The mission of the Leonard D. Schaeffer Center for Health Policy and Economics is to measurably improve value in health through evidence based policy solutions, research excellence, transformative education, and private and public sector engagement. With its extraordinary breadth and depth of expertise, the Schaeffer Center will have a vital impact on the transformation of healthcare.

The Schaeffer Center for Health Policy and Economics has an immediate opening for a Project Assistant to assist in a portfolio of research designed to inform policy-making pertaining to the U.S. hospital industry.  This position will report to the Health Economics Research Manager – Hospital Initiative. This is a 2-year (renewable) fixed term position.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:


  • Reviewing the academic literature to identify and summarize important and relevant findings.
  • Review, collect and analyze available data sources to identify relevant facts and statistics using statistical software including SAS and STATA.
  • Assist in creating and formatting figures and tables, document review and other aspects of research support.
  • Assist in preparing research reports, issue briefs and other research dissemination materials. 


  • Provide proposal preparation assistance, including budget preparation and document compilation.
  • Coordinate and schedule meetings to support major research initiatives; keep and synthesize technical minutes and identify action items; provide follow-up to participants as needed.

Essential skills include but are not limited to:

  • Excellent communication (written and oral) skills
  • Ability to prioritize and multitask
  • Meticulous attention to details
  • Highly organized and efficient
  • Strong background in data analytics and quantitative methods
  • Experience with (or desire to become proficient in) data visualization software (e.g. Tableau)

Minimum Qualifications

Minimum Education:

Bachelor’s Degree in Health Policy, Health Services Research, Health Economics, Public Health or related field

Minimum Experience:

1 Year professional experience


Competitive and commensurate with experience and qualifications.

Position is 100% FTE on a 2-year (renewable) fixed term.

Performs other related duties as assigned or requested. The university reserves the right to add or change duties at any time.

Required Documents

Cover letter Resume/CV

Optional Documents

Writing sample (journal article, white paper, term paper, etc.) demonstrating quantitative and/or analytic proficiency.

About the Sol Price School of Public Policy:

The Price School of Public Policy is one of the oldest and most highly regarded schools of public policy in the United States. Founded in 1929, the mission of the Price School is to improve the quality of life for people and their communities worldwide. Early this year, US News and World Report ranked the Price School #4 out of 272 graduate programs in public affairs. The school enrolls 1,800 students of which 15% are from foreign countries and 37% are from under-represented groups. The school offers graduate and undergraduate programs in urban planning, real estate development, public policy, public administration, nonprofit leadership and management, and health policy and management, all of which closely link theory with practice. Our faculty are engaged in significant research and have over 130 active contracts and grants totaling $35 million. Much of the research takes place in the 13 research centers and through conferences and forums.

The University of Southern California is an Equal Opportunity Employer that Values Diversity.

Minimum Education: High school or equivalent
Minimum Experience: 1 year
Minimum Field of Expertise: Knowledge of data collection procedures and some experience with proposal preparation and production of technical documents

REQ20046811 Posted Date: 09/13/2017

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