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Post-doc position in pharmacoepidemiology open for applicants!

Post-doc position in pharmacoepidemiology open for applicants!

Oct 1, 2019




University of Pennsylvania, Perelman School of Medicine, Department of Biostatistics, Epidemiology, and Informatics, Center for Pharmacoepidemiology Research and Training

Faculty PIs:

Dr. John T. Farrar, Associate Professor of Epidemiology, Neurology, and Anesthesia

Dr. Warren Bilker, Professor of Biostatistics


About the position: The postdoctoral researcher will work on studies of pain therapeutics applying pharmacoepidemiology techniques to data available through a contract with the US-FDA and led by faculty in the Division of Epidemiology.


We are currently recruiting for a post-doctoral fellow interested joining a growing team of researchers and staff in taking on one or more studies examining the efficacy and side-effects of the treatment of pain using opioid and non-opioid medications.  The primary focus will be on the re-analysis of individual patient level data from previously conducted clinical studies available through a collaboration with the US-FDA.  The work will be based on the harmonization and re-analysis of a large number of clinical trials and safety studies that are available for this effort.  The applicant must have some interest in the treatment of symptomatic disease (such as but not restricted to pain), and/or the issues (both good and bad) related to the use of opioids, and/or the need for a clearer picture of how to effectively treat patients with pain.  The applicant must have a strong interest in the use of databases for the answering of interesting clinical questions, facility with the use of statistical software in the manipulation of data and data analysis, and a conscientious approach to ensure the maintenance of the integrity of data throughout the harmonization and analytic process.  A degree and experience in epidemiology and/or biostatistics will be an important consideration in the selection process.   


About the University of Pennsylvania: The University of Pennsylvania’s Perelman School of Medicine is the oldest medical school in the US, founded in 1765. We are rich in tradition and heritage and at the same time consistently at the forefront of new developments and innovations in medical education and research. We prided ourselves on educating the leaders of tomorrow in patient care, biomedical research, and medical education. The Perelman School of Medicine consistently ranks among the top medical schools in US News and World Report’s rankings of research‐oriented medical schools. Our mission is to advance knowledge and improve health through research, patient care, and the education of trainees in an inclusive culture that embraces diversity, fosters innovation, stimulates critical thinking, supports lifelong learning, and sustains a legacy of excellence. The Department of Biostatistics, Epidemiology and Informatics is home to more than 100 faculty and the graduate education programs in these three core disciplines and with interests in almost all areas of medicine. Most faculty are also a member of the Center for Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics, an interdisciplinary and interdepartmental program that links clinical epidemiology and biostatistics within the Perelman School of Medicine and the University of Pennsylvania.


People with a PhD, ScD, or related doctoral degree in epidemiology, and MDs with Masters in some aspect of clinical research are encouraged to apply.   Specific training in pharmacoepidemiology will fit this position but is not a formal requirement.  Applicant must be a US citizen.


Dr. John T Farrar, email:

Start Date:

10/1/2019 (or later – flexible)

End Date:

As late as 9/30/2024, although appointed in sequential single‐year terms at the discretion of the PIs


Stipend set by the University of Pennsylvania’s Office of the Vice Provost for Research,


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About CPeRT

Center for Pharmacoepidemiology Research and Training (CPeRT) members are leaders in the development and use of large administrative and medical record databases for studying drug effects. CPeRT is one of the academic partners of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-funded Mini-Sentinel Initiative. CPeRT members also edit Pharmacoepidemiology, 5th edition and Textbook of Pharmacoepidemiology.

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