Duke University, Margolis Center for Health Policy

Position ID:Duke-MCHP-PFDH [#17531, 1094]
Position Title: Policy Fellow, Digital Health
Position Type:Other
Position Location:Washington, DC, District of Columbia 20004, United States [map]
Subject Area: Health Policy and Health Services Research
Appl Deadline:2020/11/25 4:59PMhelp popup* finished (2020/11/11, finished 2020/12/14, listed until 2020/11/25)
Position Description:    

*** this position has been closed and new applications are no longer being accepted. ***

The Robert J. Margolis, MD, Center for Health Policy at Duke University seeks to address critical health policy challenges and deliver practical, innovative, and evidence-based solutions to improve health and the value of health care. The interdisciplinary nature of Duke-Margolis brings together policy experts, researchers, health care professionals, and students from across Duke’s schools of medicine, nursing, law, public policy, business, and engineering, and fosters extensive relationships with stakeholders both internal and external. These relationships span foundations, private-sector organizations, state and federal governments, and global entities. The Center fosters excellence, leadership, and scholarship at every level.

Duke-Margolis has an opening for a Policy Fellow, Digital Health, to develop and manage major components of the Center’s research and policy analysis related to digital health, including mHealth, Artificial Intelligence (AI), and digital health data. The Policy Fellow will interact regularly with external project sponsors and collaborators, including government agencies, public health organizations, medical product manufacturers, and health care organizations. The individual in this role will collaborate with Duke-Margolis leadership and manage the day-to-day implementation of multiple projects to ensure the successful execution of project objectives and the Center’s strategic goals. The Policy Fellow will take a lead role in collaborations to write policy white papers, policy memos, evidence-based procedural best practices, and other related policy deliverables. The Policy Fellow will take a lead role in convening relevant stakeholders around digital health policy issues such as the regulation and implementation of AI-enabled health software, use of mHealth for real-world data collection, and the regulation and reimbursement of digital therapeutics. The Policy Fellow will identify financial support and prepare grant proposals for the successful development, planning, and execution of these projects. 

The worksite for this position is the Duke-Margolis office (currently working virtually) in Washington, DC. This position will require approximately 10% travel between Duke-Margolis offices in Washington, DC and Durham, NC when appropriate after travel restrictions are lifted to collaborate across Center faculty and staff.

Education/Experience Requirements

  • Minimum education/ work experience requirements:
    • Advanced professional degree (e.g., PhD, MD, PharmD) in a relevant field and five or more years of relevant work experience OR
    • Master’s degree with training in a relevant scientific discipline (e.g., computer science, bioinformatics, engineering), policy area (e.g., health policy, health economics, public health), or other relevant field and 10 or more years of relevant work experience.
  • Specialized experience in areas of digital health, such as digital health data collection or evaluation, mHealth, and/or AI-enabled health software.
  • Work experience in fast-paced environment, preferably in a government or policy organization

Knowledge/Skills Requirements

  • Strong organizational and interpersonal skills, high initiative, discretion, poise, and mature judgment.
  • Ability to coordinate a variety of tasks simultaneously and provide senior-level advisement across multiple portfolios effectively.
  • Able to function independently while effectively collaborating with diverse teams.
  • Proven competence in leading and managing research projects.
  • Proven ability to plan and organize content with creativity and attention to detail.
  • Strong research, writing, and analytical skills.
  • Demonstrated proficiency in policy research.
  • Demonstrated proficiency in qualitative and quantitative analysis.
  • Record of impactful policy-relevant publications.
  • Ability to travel 10% when appropriate (Duke travel is currently restricted).


The above statements describe the general nature and level of work to be performed in this position and are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities and duties required. Employees may be directed to perform job-related tasks other than those specifically presented in this description.

This position will be renewable annually upon funding availability from the Center. To be considered for this position, applicants must submit materials online. Review of applications will begin as they are received.

Application Materials Required

  • Cover letter
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Three References (names and email addresses)

Duke University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer committed to providing employment opportunity without regard to an individual's age, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran status.

Duke aspires to create a community built on collaboration, innovation, creativity, and belonging. Our collective success depends on the robust exchange of ideas-an exchange that is best when the rich diversity of our perspectives, backgrounds, and experiences flourishes. To achieve this exchange, it is essential that all members of the community feel secure and welcome, that the contributions of all individuals are respected, and that all voices are heard. All members of our community have a responsibility to uphold these values.

Application Materials Required:
Submit the following items online at this website to complete your application:
And anything else requested in the position description.

Further Info:
Duke-Margolis Center for Health Policy
1201 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Suite 500
Washington, DC 20004

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