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Advising the Congress on Medicare issues
MedPAC > Career > Research Director

Research Director

The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) is a small, nonpartisan support agency established by the Balanced Budget Act of 1997 (P.L. 105-33) to provide independent policy and technical advice to the Congress on issues affecting the Medicare program. MedPAC analyzes and reports on all aspects of Medicare payment policy and is frequently called upon by the Congress to provide expert testimony and technical assistance during development of legislation. MedPAC seeks a Research Director to help develop, oversee, and review staff analyses of Medicare policy issues in support of the Commission’s analytic agenda.


The Research Director is a member of the executive team and has the following responsibilities:

  • Advise the Executive Director about how to strategically enhance MedPAC’s analytic capacity
  • Review research methods and analytic work plans, and provide technical feedback
  • Review analytic results, suggest additional analyses for improving robustness, and assist in interpreting findings and identifying policy implications
  • Develop, coordinate, and review special studies of Medicare payment policies in support of the Commission’s analytic agenda
  • Develop, coordinate, and review special written projects, ranging from reports to the Congress, blog posts on MedPAC’s website, and papers for submission to peer-reviewed publications
  • Help translate MedPAC’s technical analytic work for different audiences, including congressional staff and other health policy researchers, and increase transparency about analytic methods
  • Mentor MedPAC analysts, including providing support with analyses, interpreting analytic results into policy discussions, and managing projects
  • Communicate effectively with multiple research teams and executive staff


MedPAC is looking for a health economics expert with:

  • Experience conducting health economics research, writing health economics papers and reports, and presenting results in professional settings
  • Superlative analytical skills, with graduate training in quantitative methods, including econometrics, statistics, or similar fields
  • Experience managing or collaborating with other health policy researchers
  • Extensive knowledge of health care policy, with preference given to Medicare payment policy
  • Experience working in a nonpartisan, congressional support environment is a plus, though not required

A Ph.D. in economics, statistics, health/public policy, or related field is strongly preferred. Candidates with a Ph.D. must have at least 5 years of relevant professional experience after completion of their graduate training.

Candidates with a master’s degree in economics, statistics, health/public policy, or a related field, and at least 15 years of relevant professional experience reviewing health policy research may also be considered.

This is a full-time position based in downtown Washington, DC. Interested applicants should be available to work in the office three days per week with flexibility to attend other in-person events as needed. MedPAC staff have flexibility for telework twice per week, and other times as needed.

Salary and benefits

Salaries at MedPAC are competitive with those at other organizations and are commensurate with experience, education, and other qualifications. MedPAC offers excellent benefits and a collegial, collaborative, respectful work environment.

How to apply

Please submit a cover letter, resume, writing sample, and contact information for three references to

The writing sample should demonstrate the ability to clearly communicate health economics research and methods.

References will not be contacted without prior approval from the applicant.

Must be a U.S. citizen.

To ensure consideration, apply by January 5, 2024.

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