Researcher 6 - Center for Public Health Systems

The University of Minnesota School of Public Health is seeking applications for a Researcher 6 with the Center for Public Health Systems.

The School of Public Health (SPH) is committed to anti-racism and anti-oppression and welcomes you to join us in our pursuit of building equity and driving justice. We particularly encourage applications from those who belong to groups that have been historically underrepresented in our School, including those who are Black, Indigenous, and people of color, those with disabilities, veterans, and those from LGBTQIA+ communities.

Are you excited about this job and meet the required qualifications, but your past experience doesn't align perfectly with every preferred qualification? Studies have shown that women and people of color are less likely to apply to jobs unless they meet every single qualification. If this is you, we strongly encourage you to apply because you just may be the right candidate for this role.

The primary purpose of this position is to develop an independent research portfolio aligned with the mission, vision, and values of the Center for Public Health Systems (CPHS) while concurrently executing CPHS's existing research portfolio. The candidate will partner with Founding Director Dr. JP Leider as a member of the CPHS team to support the implementation of research projects that address issues around public health workforce, finance, infrastructure, equity, and policy. This person will possess strong quantitative skills and have experience in methodological innovation in conducting public health systems research.

Research and evaluation (60%)

  • Under limited supervision, conduct research and evaluation activities related to Center projects, including but not limited to research on public health systems, including public health workforce, public health finance, and the operations of public health departments
  • Collect and analyze data using quantitative research methods
  • Lead and contribute to grant and contract proposals.
  • Lead and co-author manuscripts for publication in peer-reviewed journals.

Project Management (30%)

  • Lead research teams to complete assigned projects within allotted timelines and budgets;
  • Create reports, summaries, and presentations as required by various grant projects, including annual and evaluation reports;
  • Other duties as assigned

Mentorship and Supervision (10%)

  • In collaboration with the Center Director, provide mentorship and supervision to Center-affiliated students, future researchers, and postdoctoral associates.


  • Applicants must have a Ph.D. in a field relevant to public health workforce research (e.g., in public health, statistics, evaluation studies, systems science, sociology, or related field). The ideal candidate will have a solid track record of conducting practice-oriented, evidence-based research in public health workforce, finance, infrastructure, or policy.
  • Experience writing proposals for grant-funded projects
  • Experience leading and contributing to a research team
  • Demonstrated experience in managing multiple complex projects simultaneously 

Preferred Qualifications

  • Strong organizational and communication skills
  • Training and demonstrated excellence in quantitative research, including survey and/or administrative data analysis.
  • Mixed methods project experience (either through qualitative research methods or in qualitative evaluation methods)
  • Experience with advanced statistical programming and complex data management using statistical packages (Stata is used in CPHS, though R may be an option)
  • Demonstrated the ability to efficiently conduct rigorous research in a fast-paced, policy-relevant, community-engaged environment.
  • Experience in governmental public health practice (federal, state, local) or with projects supporting governmental public health practice

About the Department

Learn more about the Center for Public Health Systems here:


At the University of Minnesota, you’ll find a flexible work environment and supportive colleagues who are interested in lifelong learning.  We prioritize work-life balance, allowing you to invest in the future of your career and in your life outside of work.

The University also offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes:

  • Competitive wages, paid holidays, and generous time off
  • Continuous learning opportunities through professional training and degree-seeking programs supported by the Regents Scholarship
  • Low-cost medical, dental, and pharmacy plans
  • Healthcare and dependent care flexible spending accounts
  • University HSA contributions
  • Disability and employer-paid life insurance
  • Employee wellbeing program
  • Excellent retirement plans with employer contribution
  • Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) opportunity
  • Financial counseling services 
  • Employee Assistance Program with eight sessions of counseling at no cost

Please visit the Office of Human Resources website for more information regarding benefits.

How To Apply

Applications must be submitted online.  To be considered for this position, please visit