Abt Associates Associate / Scientist / Pharmacist Health Services Researcher (Rockville, MD, or Cambridge, MA) in United States

Organization Overview

The Division of Health and Environment (DHE) is a trusted advisor to our clients in providing innovative, evidence-driven solutions that contribute to a healthier environment and the health and safety of individuals, families, and communities. We are market leaders in providing policy and regulatory support; advancing public health and clinical epidemiology; providing environmental science, natural resource management, and ecosystem restoration; shaping healthcare policy and health services delivery; responding to mental health and substance use disorders; and studying the criminal justice system. The underpinning of our work is a research-to-practice framework, through which we engage in activities from research to program implementation. DHE provides a dynamic and collaborative work environment to our employees that fosters professional growth and promotes a culture of innovation, thought leadership, technical excellence, and collaboration.


Abt Associates seeks a qualified Pharmacy/Drug Policy or Pharmacist Health Services Researcher to support the Division of Health and Environment. This position is not location specific and may be filled at any of Abt's U.S. office locations, including Rockville, MD, and Cambridge, MA.

Key Roles and Responsibilities

  • Provide technical expertise on pharmaceutical/drug policy, particularly Medicare and Medicaid policy (e.g., drug pricing, formularies, drug utilization, value-based models, Part D/B), or expertise in health services research and experienced pharmacist
  • Provide mixed-methods or quantitative methods expertise in pharmaceutical/drug policy, pharmacy services, or health services research
  • Lead and coordinate scientific/technical components of large projects or series of smaller projects with responsibility for the application of advanced research methods and techniques in pharmaceutical policy
  • Serve as a scientific/technical resource in pharmaceutical policy, and supervise less senior staff in application of quantitative and qualitative analysis, techniques, and methods. Review the work and provide technical guidance to less senior staff
  • Make significant technical contributions to proposal efforts in accordance to the Division of Health and Environment’s business development plan by taking the lead on preparing technical portions of proposals. Coordinate and review the work of less senior staff and troubleshoot questions and problems
  • Collaborate with applications programming staff to design and develop questionnaires, instruments, and databases for data collection
  • Exercise initiative and lead the preparation and review of project reports and findings. Review applications, data sets and models for anomalies to ensure accuracy
  • Identify and recruit substantive peers and actively participate in the development of less senior staff
  • Establish an industry presence as a subject-matter expert by publishing in peer-reviewed journals and/or by presenting at annual conferences and meetings

Preferred Skills / Prerequisites

  • Must have proven technical expertise in pharmaceutical policy, pharmacoepidemiology, or and health services research, ideally pharmacy clinical experience or knowledge, experience in business development, client relationship management and supervision/staff development

Minimum Qualifications

  • MA/MBA with 7 - 10 years of experience OR PhD with 4 - 6 years of experience OR the equivalent combination of education and experience

Abt Associates is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer committed to fostering a diverse workforce. Abt Associates provides market-competitive salaries and comprehensive employee benefits.

As an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, Abt Associates is committed to fostering a diverse, multicultural work environment where our employees respect one another and share a commitment to our firm's values, mission, and strategies. Abt Associates Inc. provides equal employment to all participants and employees without regard to age, race, color, sex, creed, citizenship status, religion, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, marital status, or veteran status.