State Policy Network

Mercatus Center at George Mason University

Senior Research Fellow

  • Type: Full-Time
  • Discipline: Policy
  • Location: 3434 Washington Blvd, 4th Floor Arlington, VA 22201
  • Application Deadline: January 31, 2020


The Mercatus Center seeks a Senior Research Fellow to join us in conducting world-class research to answer pressing healthcare policy questions. Open Health, our healthcare initiative, brings together economists and healthcare experts that conduct research and apply economics to address pressing issues related to healthcare quality, access, and costs. You’ll help shape the Open Health strategy by conducting meaningful quantitative economic research on healthcare issues and communicating the impact of this research to policymakers and media audiences at conferences and public events.

You’ll join also join an agile, forward-thinking team committed to applying Mercatus’ economic toolkit (including mainline economics, namely Austrian and Ostrom economics, public choice theory, and the Bloomington school of economics) to healthcare questions with a view to bringing about a healthcare system where patients receive the healthcare they need, when they need it, and at a price they can afford. Professional development opportunities include publication in peer-reviewed journals, media appearances in national outlets, mentoring of MA and PhD students, and ability to shape Open Health’s research agenda.


  • Conduct quantitative economic research on healthcare issues relevant to policymaking.
  • Effectively collaborate with scholars to meet deadlines and peer-reviewer expectations.
  • Expand the body of research on the role of mainline economics, namely Austrian and Ostrom economics, public choice theory, and the Bloomington school of economics in healthcare.
  • Write op-eds, policy briefs, and other materials derived from research in response to current healthcare developments in policy and industry.
  • Engage with the media (radio, TV, etc.) about research findings and current events.
  • Design the research agenda of the Quantitative Health lab.
  • Perform research based on data analyzed in the Quantitative Health lab.
  • Inform the direction of the Open Health program’s strategy.
  • Participate in ongoing Open Health initiatives through research papers, colloquia, etc.


  • Doctoral degree in economics, health economics, or related discipline required.
  • Bachelor’s degree in economics, health economics, political science, or related discipline (master’s degree preferred).
  • Knowledge of Austrian and Ostrom economics, public choice theory, and the Bloomington school of economics.
  • Experience in healthcare policy at the state or federal level.
  • Published research on healthcare economics issues.
  • Excellent communication skills, including the demonstrated ability to speak knowledgeably about research findings to audiences of different sizes and in the media.
  • Proficiency in MS Office applications (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook).
  • Strong organizational skills and the ability to prioritize independently.
  • Demonstrated success performing in a team-oriented environment.

Benefits and Compensation

Salary is competitive and will be commensurate with experience. In addition, Mercatus provides excellent benefits to all individual employees, including full health and dental coverage, flexible spending accounts, long-term disability and life insurance, a 403(b) retirement savings program, parking/travel benefits, and twelve free credits per year at George Mason University.

About the Mercatus Center at George Mason University

For nearly 40 years, the Mercatus Center at George Mason University has been the world’s premier university source for market-oriented ideas—bridging the gap between academic ideas and real-world problems. A university-based research center, Mercatus works to advance knowledge about how markets work to improve our lives by training graduate students, conducting research, and applying sound economics to offer solutions to society’s most pressing problems.

EEO Statement: We are an equal employment opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law.

How to apply

Please submit your cover letter and resume in a single PDF through our online application process. Your cover letter must indicate your interest in the Mercatus Center’s mission.

Mercatus Center at George Mason University
Arlington, VA