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Research Associate or Assistant Scientist

Addiction and Overdose Policy

The Department of Health Policy and Management is seeking to recruit a Research Associate or Assistant Scientist to support analysis, development, and implementation of policy to address the nation’s overdose crisis. The successful candidate will have a primary academic appointment in the Department of Health Policy and Management.

The primary responsibilities of the candidate would include contributing to ongoing technical assistance and capacity-building projects implemented by faculty in coordination with public and private sector partners. This position also includes the possibility of a detail to the federal government, based on experience and opportunity.

Specific tasks may include:

  1. Working with partner organizations to support the development and implementation of effective policy at the state and local level
  2. Developing research-based reviews of promising policy options for the overdose crisis with the primary audience of policymakers
  3. Drafting summaries of effective approaches to reducing overdoses for the public, policymakers, and research communities.

We expect candidates will have: 

  1. Expertise in policy approaches to reducing addiction and overdose, as well as credibility as a technical expert to advise policymakers in the development and implementation of effective strategies
  2. Experience working with policymakers at the local, state, or federal levels
  3. Superb written and oral communication skills, with experience writing for scientific and lay audiences.
  4. Demonstrated ability to work well as a member of a team
  5. A master’s or doctoral degree in public health, public policy, law, or related field

Applicants should send a statement of interest, curriculum vitae, two writing samples, and names of three references to Joshua Sharfstein, Professor of the Practice in Health Policy and Management at Please use the terms “faculty recruitment” in the subject line.

The academic appointment will be commensurate with educational background and academic achievement to date. Salary will be determined by academic appointment. This position is a full-time position with all corresponding benefits from Johns Hopkins University.

The Johns Hopkins University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer committed to recruiting, supporting, and fostering a diverse community of outstanding faculty, staff, and students. All applicants who share this goal are encouraged to apply.