Bachelor’s Level Economist - Center for Health Policy Science & Tobacco Research

RTI International - Durham, NC

RTI’s Center for Health Policy Science and Tobacco Research has an opening for a Bachelor’s Level Economist position. The Center conducts contract and grant funded work in health policy, public health, and health economics, with a primary focus on tobacco use prevention and cessation. The successful applicant will utilize health policy and economic research methods in support of projects that evaluate the impact of state and federal tobacco control programs and policies, counter-tobacco media campaigns, and other behavioral health interventions. Additionally, the successful applicant will be familiar with programming languages to help support website and database development, and fraud detection procedures. Candidates with excellent quantitative skills are encouraged to apply. This position offers significant professional development opportunities with a leading research organization.

This position will be located in our Research Triangle Park, NC office.

Please include a cover letter and include your overall GPA on your resume.

Conduct economic and policy analyses on a range of projects for federal, state, and local governmental and non-profit clients

Support evaluations of public health policies, media campaigns, behavioral health programs, and community interventions

Support development and implementation of front-end and back-end fraud prevention procedures for online surveys using programming language such as JavaScript, Python, HTML, and CSS

Ability to work on a dynamic team to problem solve and develop innovative solutions to increase security procedures with online surveys

Assist in the creation of scientific publications and technical reports by providing research support for senior staff

Code, clean, and manage datasets using statistical software including Stata, Excel, and/or SAS

Implement statistical models to perform econometric and statistical analyses under the direction of senior staff

Prepare tables and charts; write sections of reports

Review the health, economics, and social science literatures to identify specific findings

Compile meeting notes and manage basic project correspondence

Minimum Qualifications:
BA/BS in Economics or other quantitative health, public policy, or social science field required and one year of relevant research experience

Must have graduated with a GPA of 3.0 or higher
Quantitative research experience or course work in applied economics/econometrics or other quantitative health, public policy, or social science field required

Familiarity or experience with JavaScript, Python, HTML, and CSS required

Familiarity or experience with cloud computing platforms like Amazon Web Services or Microsoft Azure is a plus

Proficiency in Microsoft Word and Excel is required; proficiency in Microsoft Access is a plus

Proficiency in Stata or similar statistical software, such as SAS or R, is required; proficiency in other programming software and applications such as Python or Qualtrics is a plus

Exemplary oral, written, and inter-personal communication skills

Ability to manage tasks for multiple project directors simultaneously

To qualify, applicants must be legally authorized to work in the United States and not require sponsorship now or in the future