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Recruiting Tenured/Track Faculty in Health Systems and Clinical Data Analytics

Advances in data analytic and computing capacity, electronic health records, and healthcare quality measurement have dramatically increased the value of research drawing on large medical and healthcare administrative data sets. These trends have been recognized by major research sponsors, including PCORI, AHRQ, NIH, private foundations and others, which have made funds available for research on the comparative effectiveness of alternative healthcare delivery systems and healthcare policy strategies. Drawing on faculty in economics, social sciences, health policy, and related fields, Rutgers has considerable strength in the analysis of large, integrated health-related datasets. In particular, the Institute for Health, Health Care Policy and Aging Research, a unit of Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences (RBHS), offers a rich collaborative environment with active health policy and services research programs offering a substantial analytic infrastructure with data of national scope; stakeholder-engaged research-to-policy translation capacity; outcomes measurement expertise; health behavior intervention programs; and strong quantitative, qualitative and mixed methods and theory-driven research capabilities.

Building on these strengths, Rutgers is recruiting a highly qualified individual who can apply clinical expertise to developing and leading health policy, health services, and/or comparative effectiveness research in large health-related databases. There will be ample opportunities for the successful applicant for this position to succeed at Rutgers. RBHS is home to New Jersey’s largest multi-specialty medical groups, the state’s only NCI-designated comprehensive cancer center, and the Robert Wood Johnson Partners, a commercial and Medicare Shared Savings Program ACO. Data integration among these units, through the newly established Rutgers Health enterprise, will expand opportunities for advanced clinical analytics. Investigators within the Institute for Health and other RBHS units have great depth of expertise and experience in the analysis of Medicare, Medicaid and private insurance claims data and the application of social science theory and advanced statistical techniques for large data sets. In January 2016, the New Jersey governor signed legislation creating the Integrated Population Health Data (iPHD) Project, which will create rich new opportunities for analysis of statewide, linked data across multiple health and social services sectors.

High-impact research drawing on large healthcare datasets requires expertise from multiple disciplines as well as engagement with policymakers, healthcare practitioners, patients and other stakeholders. This position will create new opportunities for collaboration across RBHS, other Rutgers departments and schools, as well as government and the private sector. Health services and policy research drawing on large datasets cut across the five signature areas of the RBHS Strategic Plan, most explicitly addressing the development of the new emerging signature program in Community Health and Health Systems.

We seek to recruit an early- to mid-career individual with the distinctive combination of research focus, expertise, and skills that best support development of a robust line of research in this challenging area, incorporating clinical perspectives in analyses related to healthcare delivery and policy questions. Training and experience in medicine, nursing or a related clinical profession are strongly preferred, although non-clinicians with advanced training and experience in clinical informatics or related fields will be considered. The incumbent of this position will have advanced training and experience in research modalities such as econometrics, statistics, pragmatic study techniques, or the evaluation of planned and natural experiments in health policy or healthcare systems as well as a record of funded research. Individuals with expertise in analyzing administrative data to study the impact of healthcare financing and delivery changes in programs such as Medicaid are of particular interest, as is experience in designing and conducting research on clinical innovations using electronic health record data. The successful candidate will be jointly appointed in a tenure track or tenured position within the Institute for Health and the appropriate RBHS clinical unit.

Interested applicants should submit, via email, a cover letter, curriculum vita, writing sample, and three letters of reference to FacultySearch@ifh.rutgers.edu.

Review of applications will begin immediately, and the posting will remain open until the position is filled.

Rutgers University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. Women, minorities and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

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