Measurement and Regulatory Science (MaRS) Postdoctoral Fellowship Program

Why Do We Need Health Measurement Researchers?

Incorporating the patient voice in health research is critical to healthcare advancements. But, to do this effectively, industry and government need skilled researchers who:

The MaRS Postdoctoral Fellowship Fills the Gap

The two-year Measurement and Regulatory Science (MaRS) Fellowship is the only program in the United States where you get on-the-job training while building and strengthening your research skillset in COA, stated-preference research, and patient-centered research.

Fellows will:

  1. Engage in coursework and self-directed research projects, and are exposed to real-world regulatory issues related to patient-centered research
  2. Train one-on-one with expert Duke faculty who’ve developed measurement tools that are being used globally
  3. Get real-world experience through mentor-guided industry research
  4. Develop research skills that are disease- and setting- agnostic and can answer regulatory questions
  5. Build a professional network from our industry partners and Duke’s world-renowned faculty
Bryce Reeve, PhD

"There has been a major shift over the past decade toward patient-centered research. Our fellowship program provides training on the methods for capturing and including the patients' voices in the evaluation of safety and efficacy of interventions under study."

 —Bryce Reeve, PhD, Dir. Center for Health Measurement

MaRS Fellowship Core Skillset

  • Designing, selecting or evaluating clinical outcomes assessments (COAs)
    • Best practices for survey design
    • Measurement theory and models
    • Qualitative methods for concept elicitation
    • Qualitative methods for cognitive testing
    • Quantitative methods for evaluating psychometric properties of COAs
  • Integrating COAs in clinical trials
    • Endpoint positioning of COAs
    • Analytic considerations for COA endpoints
  • Survey methods for valuing outcomes and assessing preferences
    • Random-utility theory and models
    • Economic models for choice under uncertainty
    • The use of preference data for patient-centric benefit-risk analysis
  • Patient-focused drug and device development
    • Engagement of stakeholders throughout development programs
      • Best practices for patient engagement
    • Conceptual models relevant to a development program (e.g., of disease, endpoint model, context of use)
Kevin Weinfurt, PhD

"We recognize that each fellow comes to the program with unique experience and training. Rather than requiring a standard curriculum, we customize the coursework and mentoring to meet each individual's goals." 

— Kevin Weinfurt, PhD, Co-Dir. Center for Health Measurement

Be Job-Ready

With an 80/20 split between coursework/COA research experience and on-the-job training, the MaRS Postdoctoral Fellowship is your launchpad to a position in industry or a regulatory agency.

Our Approach

Recommended as an 80/20 program, MaRS will provide early-career investigators training and experience with clinical outcomes assessments and patient-centered research opportunities to prepare them for their next career in industry or with regulatory agencies. See below for information regarding each year of the program. 

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Location: The Center for Health Measurement within the Department of Population Health Sciences at Duke University School of Medicine in Durham, N.C. 
Focus: Strengthening skills via didactic training and participation in ongoing studies involving COAs

During this time, fellows will attend graduate-level courses offered through: 

  • Duke's Clinical Research Training Program
  • The Department of Population Health Science's graduate program
  • Ad hoc courses offered throughout Duke
  • Independent studies with program faculty

Location: Industry 
Focus: Real-world, experiential patient-centered research

Fellows will also conduct a mentored project that is both related to patient-centered research and can contribute to regulatory decision-making and policy-making. 








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The Duke MaRS Fellowship Program is excited to collaborate with industry partners Takeda, Lilly, and GSK. If you are interested in sponsoring a MaRS Fellow, please contact Molly McFatrich.


Applicants should have a doctoral degree in public health, psychometrics, education measurement, biostatistics, medical sociology/anthropology, nursing, medicine, or related fields. Candidates would also need to move to the Durham, N.C. area for the first year of the program. 

This is a fully-funded position with benefits and cost of living raises.

Important Dates

Applications are now open. Apply at:

  • Applications are due December 5, 2023
  • Duke faculty will review applications in late December/early January
  • Candidates will be invited to interview with Duke faculty and industry sponsors in January 2024
  • Selected candidates will receive offers mid-February/Early March 2024
  • Start date for the fellowship is July 1, 2024

Contact Molly McFatrich for more information.

Meet Our MaRS Fellows

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The MaRs postdoc training program has been great for helping me translate my research skills gained in academia to a career in industry.  The first year of the program helped me get up to speed on how research around clinical outcome assessments is conducted.  In the second year, I’ve been able to apply those new skills to research at a pharmaceutical company.  After this program, I feel like I will be able to confidently begin a career in industry studying clinical outcome assessments

–Cara Arizmendi, PhD, Former MaRS Postdoctoral Fellow

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