Open positions at NEWDIGS

Drug Development Pipeline Researcher

Healthcare Finance & Economics Researcher

Patient Perspectives Research Assistant



We currently have 2 research positions available in our FoCUS Project:

About FoCUS

The MIT NEWDIGS consortium FoCUS Project seeks to collaboratively address the need for new, innovative financing and reimbursement models for durable and potentially curable therapies that ensure patient access and sustainability for all stakeholders. Our mission is to deliver an understanding of financial challenges created by these therapies leading to system-wide, implementable precision financing models. This multi-stakeholder effort gathers developers, providers, regulators, patient advocacy groups, payers from all segments of the US healthcare system, and academics working in healthcare policy, financing, and reimbursement in this endeavor.

Please send CV and cover letter to Deborah Young at:

Drug Development Pipeline Researcher:  Students (undergraduate/graduate/post-doc)  to assist in the analysis of the potential of the products in the pipeline to reach the market. Under the guidance of experts in the Healthcare Economics field, the researcher will use a current data set to map and catalog products by indication, as well as do detailed research into the status of clinical trials for cell and gene therapies. The ideal candidates (two or three individuals) are interested in Healthcare/Biology/Economics/Pre-Med and are available to work 10-15 hours per week and up to full-time during the summer months with possible extension into the Fall Semester, on this exciting academic research project using actual drug development pipeline data with more than 200 indications, medical background, and applied economics.

Healthcare Finance & Economics Researcher:  Students (undergraduate/graduate/post-doc) to assist in a mixed-methods workstream on the use of “pooling” within the current health care system. Pooling ensures that the risk related to financing health interventions is borne by all the members of the pool and not by each contributor individually. Its main purpose is to share the financial risk associated with health interventions for which there is uncertain need.  The research purpose is to provide: background on where healthcare specific risk pools (such as statemandated Medicaid risk pools) have and have not been useful in the past, particularly considering the difference between those risk pools intended to spread risk and those focused on managing cost. The use of the four classes of risk pooling should also be explored: no risk pool, under which all expenditure liability lies with the individual; unitary risk pool, under which all expenditure liability is transferred to a single national pool; fragmented risk pools, under which a series of independent risk pools (such as local governments or employer-based pools) are used; and integrated risk pools, under which fragmented risk pools are compensated for the variations in risk to which they are exposed.  Under the direct supervision of MIT researchers, and the guidance of the wider stakeholder group comprising senior leaders in a range of organizations, the student will perform a literature review including some gray literature to formulate a hypothesis and create a potentially peer-reviewed manuscript. The ideal candidate will be interested in healthcare, finance/economics and health policy, have demonstrated research and communication skills,

Please send CV and cover letter to Deborah Young at:


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