Post-doc Opening in Behavioral Economics & Global Health

January 2021 | Harsha Thirumurthy

Dr. Harsha Thirumurthy is recruiting a post-doc to work in behavioral economics & global health beginning in the spring/summer of 2021. The deadline to apply is February 28, 2021.

Postdoctoral position in behavioral economics and global health, beginning spring/summer 2021
University of Pennsylvania
Department of Medical Ethics and Health Policy
The Center for Health Incentives and Behavioral Economics
PI: Dr. Harsha Thirumurthy

The Center for Health Incentives and Behavioral Economics (CHIBE) at the University of Pennsylvania seeks a qualified candidate to serve as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow to work on global health projects that apply insights from economics and psychology to promote various health behaviors related to HIV/AIDS and non-communicable diseases.

The fellow may also work on research projects that use secondary data. The fellow will work under the supervision of Dr. Harsha Thirumurthy and have opportunities to collaborate with research partners, participate in field research activities when possible, conduct data analysis, lead manuscripts and presentations, and develop grant proposals and research designs.

The position is a one-year appointment based at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia and is renewable depending on performance and funding.

Essential Duties:

  • Conduct research that includes but is not limited to analysis of data from recently
  • Contribute to and lead manuscripts based on empirical research
  • Working on new projects by contributing to protocol development
  • Communicating research to a broad spectrum of stakeholders through conference presentations
  • Assisting in the development of new proposals


  • Ph.D. in economics, psychology, public policy, public health, or related fields
  • Strong capabilities in quantitative data analysis with fluency in Stata or R
  • Research experience on topics related to health outcomes and health behaviors in low-income countries
  • Experience analyzing survey data (required) and working on randomized trials (preferred)
  • Excellent writing skills and ability to contribute to manuscripts and grant proposals

The following application materials are requested:

  • Curriculum vitae
  • Cover Letter
  • Writing sample
  • Three letters of recommendation (can be shared at a later date)

The starting date will be mid-2021, although an earlier start date may be possible.

Please send application materials by February 28, 2021 to:
Noora Marcus
Senior Project Manager;

Additional Information:

  • The applicant can work from home during COVID-19, but will be expected to work in-person in the office once social distancing measures are over and the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine has determined that it is safe to return to the office.