Position: Post-Doctoral Position in Health Economics

The Health Economics and Epidemiology Research Office (HE2RO), a multidisciplinary research office of the Wits Health Consortium at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa (www.heroza.org), is seeking candidates for a post-doctoral position in health economics. The position is under the direct supervision of HE2RO staff in collaboration with the Center for Global Health & Development at Boston University (www.bu.edu/cghd). Boston University faculty will provide mentorship and support to economists interested in developing a career focusing on field-based, applied, policy- and program-relevant research and evaluation on issues of public health importance in South Africa, predominately related to HIV and TB. The position includes opportunities for leadership roles on ongoing projects, grant writing, and developing an independent area of research within the scope of HE2RO’s work. The position will focus on developing and leading research studies, analyzing quantitative data, and publishing papers from ongoing and future studies.

HE²RO’s main focus, since it was established in 2004, has been on researching the economic and epidemiological consequences of the HIV and TB epidemics and the effectiveness, benefits, and costs of related interventions. HE2RO responds directly to requests for information and technical assistance from the National Department of Health and National Treasury, the National Health Laboratory Service, provincial departments of health, PEPFAR partners, healthcare providers, and international organizations, answering questions of immediate practical relevance to these stakeholders. As a result of strong and longstanding relationships with key local institutions, researchers at HE2RO have access to program-relevant primary data housed in South Africa’s large system of national healthcare databases. The HE²RO team of approximately 40 Johannesburg-based senior and junior researchers and staff includes expertise in health economics, epidemiology, study design, data management, and quantitative and qualitative research methods. The position will also provide the opportunity to collaborate with HE2RO affiliated researchers based at Boston University.

Responsibilities and Duties

Consideration will be given only to applicants who will have completed their doctoral degree by June 2015, and no earlier than 2013. Applicants will be prioritized based on: quantitative analytic skills; writing skills, as evidenced by peer reviewed publications or working papers; and interest in publishing work relevant to HE2RO’s mission.


Interested individuals should email a cover letter, CV, 2 representative papers/publications, and names and contact information for three references to [email protected]. This position will remain open after the closing date if no suitable candidate has been found. Please visit the HE2RO website at www.heroza.org to check whether this position is still vacant and to view other positions. HE2RO reserves the right not to fill this position should it deem it necessary not to.

Closing Date01 January 1970
Parktown, Johannesburg
Position TypeContract
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