Senior Research Associate

The William Davidson Institute at the University of Michigan
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Senior Research Associate, Healthcare Supply Chain

The William Davidson Institute (WDI) is a non-profit research and educational institute established at the University of Michigan in 1992. Through a unique structure that integrates global healthcare and base of pyramid research, educational outreach, field-based collaborations, and development consulting services, WDI creates long-term value for academic institutions, partner organizations, and donor agencies active in emerging markets. WDI also provides a forum for academics, policy makers, business leaders, and development experts to enhance their understanding of these economies. WDI is the only institution of higher learning in the United States that is fully dedicated to understanding and promoting actionable business and public policy approaches to addressing the challenges and opportunities in emerging market economies.

WDI’s Healthcare Research Initiative is made up of a multidisciplinary team of experts in supply chain, pharmaceuticals, economics, public health, and international development that seek to improve healthcare in emerging markets. To learn more about WDI’s Healthcare Research Initiative, its area of expertise, projects and partners please visit our website here.

Policymakers and business leaders are making significant investments in healthcare supply chain because they recognize that a high-performing supply chain is a key strategic component to a large scale impact in saving lives and improving patients’ quality of life. This role will contribute to WDI’s efforts to provide a strategic outlook on the global health ecosystem in order to better inform decision-making and investments in both the public and private sectors abroad.

This full-time, benefit-eligible position will be based in our Ann Arbor office; domestic and international business travel may account for a significant percentage of time. This position will contribute to WDI’s work in improving healthcare supply chains in emerging markets by leading major projects in a fast-growing portfolio of policy advisory services, practice-focused research, and pilot implementations.




Analysis and Solution Delivery 

  • Conduct and provide strategic analysis on supply chain design, strategic planning, improvement, and policy change

  • Build quantitative models, simulations, and business-oriented statistical analysis tools

  • Implement and coordinate the collection of qualitative and quantitative field data

  • Conduct and summarize literature reviews, documents, stakeholder interviews, and quantitative evidence into clear and concise presentations and papers

Project Management

  • Set clear project scope, priorities, and deliverables

  • Develop and manage project budget and timeline

  • Manage performance of sub-contracted work streams

Communication and Strategic Engagement

  • Facilitate meetings and presentations with external clients and partners

  • Contribute to strategic health supply chain policy discussions

  • Coordinate stakeholder discussions and knowledge exchange

  • Succinctly convey technical and quantitative information to a range of technical, policy, and business audiences

Knowledge Creation

  • Create and catalyze new discussions on areas of future development for healthcare supply chain

  • Contribute to the intellectual development and growth of the healthcare supply chain field

  • Develop a repository of knowledge on supply chain in emerging markets



  • A bachelor’s degree in business, economics, industrial engineering, supply chain management, or related fields with at least seven (7) years of relevant professional experience, or a graduate degree in business, economics, industrial engineering, supply chain management with at least five (5) years of relevant professional experience. (Relevant work experience must include significant experience in supply chain strategy in an industry, management consulting, international development, or research environment.)

  • Strong technical knowledge of supply chain management

  • Demonstrated ability to develop effective collaborations with partners; great interpersonal skills

  • Excellent verbal and written communication and critical thinking skills

  • Exceptional attention to detail

  • Demonstrated in data analysis using Excel; comfortable managing large data sets and statistical packages, cleaning and organizing data sets, developing analysis plans for projects, and provide reports in a clear and organized manner

  • Proficiency in MS Office including Excel and PowerPoint.

  • Diplomacy, tact, and cultural sensitivity for working in emerging market environments

  • Flexibility, self-motivation, and an ability to manage multiple tasks efficiently

  • Able to travel significant amount of time to domestic and international destinations, including emerging markets

  • Able to supervise and/or mentor other staff members, and conduct business with a professional demeanor at all times



  • Graduate degree (in a field listed above, and required number of years of relevant professional experience) is preferred over a bachelor’s degree

  • Experience in consulting and market analysis

  • Experience in global health and pharmaceutical markets

  • Experience working in emerging markets 

  • Professional level written and oral fluency in a French language is a strong plus.



The William Davidson Institute (WDI) is an affiliate of the University of Michigan (UM); WDI employees are not UM employees. Visit this site to learn more about WDI. WDI is a EOE.



Interested applicants who meet the above qualifications should submit a completed WDI “Application for Employment” form (available online at along with a resume and brief cover letter to without delay.  



We will review applications as they are received, and may schedule telephone and in-person interviews without delay. Candidates may apply as long as this posting appears on our webpage: This job posting will be removed from WDI’s website once we have a signed offer from our candidate of choice.

WDI will email an acknowledgement of all WDI applications received with accompanying cover letter (within three business days of receipt); subsequent contact will be limited to candidates invited to interview. 

No calls please.