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(04/04/24) Informatics/Health Services Faculty Researchers - Salt Lake City, UT

The Department of Internal Medicine at the University of Utah is recruiting faculty to lead cutting-edge analytics sciences, artificial intelligence, machine learning and health services informatics research while promoting and facilitating collaboration. Candidates will have strength in one or more of the following areas: able to develop, implement and evaluate health information technologies, process modeling, digital health, analyze sociotechnical systems, patient safety and areas of health services research. Full time faculty may be employed at Assistant/Associate or Full Professor levels. A doctoral degree is required. The opportunities at the University of Utah include research on healthcare quality in a health system that has been rated among the top 10 hospitals in the United States for a decade. Resources include the VA Informatics, Decision-Enhancement and Analytic Science (IDEAS) Center, a Health Services Research supported center housed at the VA Salt Lake City Health Care System.

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Contact for inquiries: Brian Rood, Administrator:


(04/03/24) Assistant or Associate Professor - Implementation Science - Nashville, TN (on-site or remote)


Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) invites applications for an Assistant or Associate Professor with expertise in implementation science and its application to improve healthcare delivery and health outcomes. The selected candidate will join a large and growing group of researchers in VUMC’s Center for Clinical Quality and Implementation Research (CCQIR), who lead investigator-initiated research and collaborate with academic and operational programs across the medical center in a learning health system.

The successful candidate will have demonstrated methodologic expertise and a track record of funding, either as a principal investigator or as a methodology co-investigator. Both tenure track and non-tenure track candidates will be considered. The faculty appointment will be in the academic department most aligned with the candidate’s background and interests and may include in the Department of Health Policy, Department of Medicine, Department of Biomedical Informatics, or other. This position is based in Nashville, TN. Remote work may be considered for this position.

The CCQIR is part of the Vanderbilt Center for Health Services Research, a large interdisciplinary research Center that supports many research and training programs to improve quality, safety, value, and equity in health care delivery and health outcomes. Both Centers are housed within the Vanderbilt Institute for Medicine and Public Health, which provides academic, research, and infrastructure support for a wide array of efforts aimed at improving individual and population health nationally and internationally. More than 250 affiliated faculty across departments in the Schools of Medicine, Nursing, and Arts and Sciences are engaged in a robust array of funded research, making it one of the top funded programs of public health in the nation. The Institute also provides support for multiple junior faculty and postdoctoral training programs and masters and doctoral programs.

Required qualifications:

  • Doctoral degree in Health Services Research, Social Sciences, or related fields, including but not limited to public health, health policy, biomedical informatics, organizational science, epidemiology, psychology, anthropology, or sociology.
  • Current appointment as an Assistant or Associate Professor.
  • Demonstrated research productivity in implementation science in the healthcare setting, including a strong publication record and participation in externally funded research.
  • Demonstrated expertise in implementation science methods (e.g., frameworks/theories, strategies, outcomes) and study designs (e.g., qualitative, mixed-methods, hybrid, pragmatic, quasi-experimental), with application to clinical settings and healthcare delivery.
  • Ability to engage in collaborative research to develop and support implementation science components of research projects across the institution with varied scientific and clinical focus.
  • Willingness to mentor postdoctoral and junior faculty in implementation science methods by serving as a research mentor and on scholarship oversight committees and attending weekly seminars.

Desired qualifications:

  • Previous experience conducting embedded research with clinical and operational programs in a learning health system model.
  • Expertise in design, implementation, and evaluation of technologies used in support of learning health systems.
  • Advanced training in implementation science, such as a masters or certificate programs, post-doctoral training programs (e.g., implementation research institutes), or completion of career development award (e.g., K12 in learning health systems or implementation research).
  • Experience in grant writing on topics related to implementation science or learning health systems.
  • Existing independent research program supported by external funding in a Principal Investigator role.
  • Previous experience mentoring postdoctoral fellows or junior faculty.

Deadline: Open until the position is filled; applications will be considered on a rolling basis.

How to apply:

Please submit your CV and a letter of interest here:

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

For questions about this position, please contact

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(02/16/24) Generalist Physician Health Services Researcher - Minneapolis, MN

The Center for Care Delivery & Outcomes Research (CCDOR) within the Minneapolis Veterans Affairs Healthcare System is seeking highly qualified family or internal medicine physician health services researchers for two full-time positions: a mid/senior career Associate Director and an early career Physician Investigator. CCDOR’s mission is to improve Veterans’ health and well-being by designing, evaluating, and implementing healthcare interventions in collaboration with Veterans and healthcare system partners. CCDOR is a collaborative, multidisciplinary center that includes investigators focused on trauma recovery and posttraumatic stress disorder, chronic pain, opioid use disorder, implementation science, and other conditions. It houses Health Services Research and VA Quality Scholars advanced fellowships. The Minneapolis VA is a major teaching hospital affiliated with the University of Minnesota; candidates will be eligible for a faculty appointment commensurate with their qualifications. 

Positions include substantial protected time for research; the Associate Director position includes time for administrative responsibilities. Responsibilities include obtaining grant funding as PI, publishing in peer-reviewed journals, conducting center and national service, and mentoring as appropriate to career stage. Physicians are expected to provide 20% clinical effort (primary care clinic or inpatient). At the Minneapolis VA, primary care physicians care for a panel of patients in a team-based environment that offers integrated mental health, pharmacy, and physical therapy services.

This position offers a competitive VA salary, annual performance bonuses, regularly salary increases, and support for work/life balance with 11 federal holidays, 26 days of vacation/year, and excellent federal benefits, including the Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS), Thrift Savings Plan (401K), and federal health/vision/dental insurance.

Please contact Dr. Shannon Kehle-Forbes with questions: Please submit CV and letter of interest to Dr. Kehle-Forbes & Dr. Elizabeth Goldsmith ( for consideration.

Required Qualifications:

  • MD and current, full and unrestricted license to practice medicine or surgery in a State, Territory, or Commonwealth of the United States, or in the District of Columbia
  • BC/BE in Internal or Family Medicine
  • Excellent interpersonal communication and creative problem-solving skills
  • Ability to work with multidisciplinary teams
  • Peer reviewed publication history
  • Demonstrated training (early career) or expertise (mid/senior career) in health care delivery improvement, implementation science, or health services research
  • Ability to obtain (early career) or demonstrated history of successfully obtaining (mid/senior-career) extramural research funding
  • For Associate Director: Demonstrated leadership skills and experience working in and fostering a diverse environment. Proven trainee and faculty mentorship skills

CCDOR strives to foster an inclusive and accessible work environment that honors its employees’ diverse identities, perspectives, backgrounds, values, and cultural practices. We believe that a diverse workforce enriches our research teams and the quality of our research to improve health and healthcare delivery for all. CCDOR is deeply committed to just treatment, equitable opportunity, accessibility, and cultivating a community based on respect for everyone.

To achieve this, CCDOR encourages applicants of all races, ethnicities, abilities, gender identities or expressions, sexual orientations, ages, ancestries, religious practices, socioeconomic backgrounds, and various work or military experiences to apply for our center positions.


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