Assistant Research Scientist (Data)

21002682 Requisition #

This Professional and Scientific position will be filled as either an Assistant Research Scientist / Engineer (PRJ1) or Associate Research Scientist / Engineer (PRJ2) based on candidate qualifications and interview evaluation.  To express interest for consideration at both levels, please apply to both requisitions, 21002682 and 21002684.

The position is open to a full time equivalent of 50-100%.  Part-time or full-time appointments are available within the stated range. Part-time remote or telework may be considered.

The Health Policy Research Program (HPRP), of the Public Policy Center (PPC) is seeking a research scientist to join our team. This is a contract-funded position supported by the State of Iowa for evaluation of its Medicaid expansion. Initial funding is for three years. Research skills and experience should include large secondary data management and analytic experience; conceptual research methods and design; data management; data analysis; and demonstrated academic journal writing. Topical area(s) of expertise could include health services research, public health, behavioral health, and/or social science disciplines such as sociology. This person may have supervisory duties depending on experience and area(s) of expertise. 

P&S Status:  3 Year Specified Term, renewable

For additional information and a detailed job description, please visit the departmental website at:

About the Public Policy Center
The Public Policy Center (PPC) is an interdisciplinary research center in the central administration of the University of Iowa (Office of the Vice-President for Research) with a large, intramural research program. PPC researchers investigate some of the most important issues affecting our daily lives in Iowa and beyond. Our faculty and staff investigators receive research support from federal, state, and local agencies, including the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the National Institutes of Health, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the U.S. Department of Justice, the Iowa City Community School District, Johnson County, and the Iowa Departments of Public Health and Human Services, among others.

The PPC’s health policy research program (HPRP) is a robust, interdisciplinary program that incorporates faculty and research staff from across campus including the Colleges of Public Health and Liberal Arts and Sciences, the department of Economics, and the health science colleges on campus. HPRP investigators have grant funding from federal, state and foundation sources, resulting in substantial scholarly work; they publish in the top journals in our field including Health Affairs and Health Services Research. Much of our work also has an applied component, providing research results directly to policymakers in units such as the Iowa Department of Human Services and Iowa Department of Public Health.


Education Required

A PhD in health services research, public health, behavioral health, or other social science discipline, or related field is required.

Required Qualifications

  • 1-3 years of experience. 
  • Experience with SPSS, SAS or R.
  • Demonstrated experience with multiple regressions methods such as logistic regression, linear regression or survival analyses.
  • Demonstrated ability to promote collaborative teamwork, creativity, and open communication with diverse constituencies.

Highly Desirable Qualifications

  • Demonstrated development of data documentation.
  • Previous experience with large, secondary datasets.
  • Previous experience with publicly available data.
  • SQL programming skills.
  • Previous work in health-related research.

Desirable Qualifications

  • At least one published manuscript (first author not required).
  • Understanding of health outcomes.
  • Experience with sensitivity analyses.
  • Experience with survival analyses.
  • Presentation skills.

Application Details and Instructions:

Upload the following documents and mark them as a “Relevant File” to the submission:

  • Cover Letter
  • Resume

Job openings are posted for a minimum of 14 calendar days and may be removed from posting and filled any time after the original posting period has ended. Successful candidates will be subject to a criminal background check and verification of academic credentials. Up to 5 professional references will be requested at a later step in the recruitment process.

Contact:  Sarah Tillman (

Equal opportunity/affirmative action employer

The University of Iowa is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment free from discrimination on the basis of race, creed, color, national origin, age, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, religion, associational preference, status as a qualified individual with a disability, or status as a protected veteran.

Persons with disabilities who need assistance or accommodations with the application or interview process may contact University Human Resources/Faculty and Staff Disability Services, (319) 335-2660 or  For jobs in UI Health care, please contact UI Health care Leave & Disability Administration at 319-356-7543.

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