Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Department of Preventive Medicine

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Division of Behavioral Medicine, Division of Biostatistics, Division of Epidemiology, Division of Health and Biomedical Informatics, Division of Nutrition, Center for Behavioral Intervention Technologies

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Research Assistant or Associate Professor for NIH Precision Medicine Initiative

Division of Epidemiology

Lead Investigator for Northwestern University’s Participation as a HealthCare Provider Organization in the All of Us Cohort Study (NIH Precision Medicine Initiative)

Background:  The “All of Us” study is a large (at least 1 million people) voluntary national research cohort started in 2016.  Cohort recruitment will begin in 2017 and continue, according to current plans, through 2020 or longer.  Participant follow-up is expected to last for at least 10 years.  Study sponsors are the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the White House. 

The All of Us Study is described by the NIH as a national, patient-powered research cohort of one million or more Americans who volunteer to participate in research.  Participants will be involved in the design of the Initiative and will have the opportunity to contribute diverse sources of data—including medical records; profiles of the patient’s genes, metabolites (chemical makeup), and microorganisms in and on the body; environmental and lifestyle data; patient-generated information; and personal device and sensor data.  This ambitious project will leverage existing research and clinical networks and build on innovative research models that enable patients to be active participants and partners.  The cohort data will be broadly accessible to qualified researchers and will have the potential to inspire scientists from multiple disciplines to join the effort and apply their creative thinking to generate new insights.  The overall goal of the project is to improve the scientific understanding of what contributes to differences in disease risks and treatment responses between individuals (i.e., precision medicine).  The hope is that a very large and unprecedented study size, combined with novel sources of data collection, will create a research platform for precision medicine to be realized.

Northwestern University and its local partner organizations have a goal to enroll 150,000 Illinois participants in the study.  In addition to the funding for participant enrollment, the NIH will also support a data and research support center, of which Northwestern is a sub-awardee, and a participant technologies center to help build the All of Us Cohort Program.

Research Assistant or Associate Professor Position:  The Northwestern University Department of Preventive Medicine is currently the contact organization with NIH for the Illinois Consortium.  A researcher with experience in recruitment and engagement of participants in research studies is sought who can lead the Northwestern effort.  The individual holding this key position will work with other Northwestern faculty and staff to design and implement recruitment strategies, supervise a Project Director who will lead the field efforts, interact with local and national collaborators on the All of Us Study through frequent conference calls and webinars, as well as attend national meetings as required by the study.  The person in this position will coordinate communications nationally and locally on behalf of Northwestern as the contact organization with NIH.  The position will require interaction with the national IRB, with local regulatory and business agencies (such as Office of Sponsored Research), and with Northwestern Medicine and all of its medical care delivery sites as a major partner in this large, long-term, and complex research infrastructure.  This position will oversee a staff that eventually will include as many as 20 individuals working in recruitment and data collection roles across the Chicagoland area. 

We seek an experienced researcher with confidence and maturity to lead this complex and demanding study.  This individual will work closely with senior faculty in the Department of Preventive Medicine at Northwestern who will help direct the research plans and data collection processes.  Minimal requirements are a PhD degree in a relevant field (Public Health, Community Medicine, Behavioral Research, Epidemiology, or other related field) and at least 5 years of previous research experience including a major role in a previous cohort study.  The successful candidate will be appointed as a full-time Research Assistant or Associate Professor in the Department of Preventive Medicine at Northwestern and will be able to participate in departmental and university activities as time allows. Salary will be based on rank and commensurate with experience and a full and competitive benefits package will be available to the selected candidate.

We hope to hire this critical position before recruitment starts in July 2017; however the start date is negotiable and the position will remain open until filled. Applicants should send letter of interest and CV, along with names of 5 possible references, to:

Dr. Philip Greenland; Department of Preventive Medicine; 680 North Lake Shore Drive; Suite 1400; Phone: 312-908-1723; e-mail: p-greenland@northwestern.edu.

Northwestern University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer of all protected classes, including veterans and individuals with disabilities. Women, racial and ethnic minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply. Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the United States.

Assistant-Associate Professor in Ehealth/Mhealth, Center for Behavioral Intervention Technologies, Department of Medical Social Sciences, Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University

Center for Behavioral Intervention Technologies

The Department of Medical Social Sciences (MSS) and the Center for Behavioral Intervention Technologies (CBITs), www.cbits.northwestern.edu, in the Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University seek an outstanding scientist for a tenure-eligible position at the rank of Assistant or Associate Professor.  The successful candidate will be based within CBITs, with the faculty position in MSS.  CBITs is a multidisciplinary center, including faculty with backgrounds in behavioral science, computer science, engineering, statistics, and implementation science focused. CBITs also has a software development facility that that has supported more than 60 funded projects (including 35 NIMH as well as others from PCORI, NSF and the DoD). CBITs’ mission is to develop, evaluate, and implement innovative eHealth/mHealth technologies. Core academic strengths of the center lie in mental health and wellness, however, the center has many collaborations across a broad range of health problems.

MSS provides a unique scientific home for applied researchers who integrate biomedical and social science approaches to improvement of health and health care delivery across the lifespan (www.mss.northwestern.edu). The department has a strong emphasis on transdisciplinary science and houses a number of health informatics, mental health and mind-body researchers who are synergistic with CBITs. Thus, MSS will provide an outstanding academic home for the candidate.

We are searching for an exceptional scientist to help build our research capacities in any of a number of diverse areas related to design, development, evaluation, and implementation of eHealth/mHealth technologies. The successful candidate will have demonstrated an innovative programmatic approach to his/her research, an outstanding record of scholarly publication, and a history of extramural funding.  We are also looking for expertise that builds on existing strengths in digital mental health and builds new bridges across CBITs and MSS, as well as with other schools in Northwestern, such as Engineering, Communications, and Education and Social Policy. For example, scientists with expertise in real world implementation of ehealth/mHealth interventions using patient-reported outcomes or computational models of implementation in complex systems would be of great interest. CBITs and MSS have highly collaborative cultures in which multiple investigators work in tandem on large-scale, team science research. A critical consideration will be the extent to which the candidate’s focus is synergistic with ongoing CBITs and MSS research and culture of collaboration. The successful candidate will be expected to maintain a strong body of independent research; submit grant applications as principal investigator; publish research results in leading peer-reviewed sources; collaborate broadly across Northwestern and beyond; mentor trainees and/or faculty as appropriate; and contribute to CBITs, MSS, and the University through service.

Applicants may have a doctoral degree in any of a variety of fields, including psychology, medicine, computer science, or engineering, and must have a strong record of federal funding and scholarly productivity. Rank and salary are to be determined based on qualifications and experience. Please send a letter explaining your career goals, a CV, and a list of 3 references to the attention of David C. Mohr, Ph.D., c/o Regime Dean (regime.billingsly@northwestern.edu). Review of applications will continue until position is filled.  Please refer to job ID-30265 when applying.  Northwestern University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer of all protected classes, including veterans and individuals with disabilities. Women, racial and ethnic minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply. Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the United States.

Assistant or Associate Professor, Team Science Track, Division of Health and Biomedical Informatics, Department of Preventive Medicine, Feinberg School of Medicine

Division of Health and Biomedical Informatics

The Center for Data Science and Informatics (CDSI) at the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine (http://nucats.northwestern.edu/centers-programs/cdsi) seeks an outstanding, collaborative Biomedical Data Scientist to serve as the Director of Data Science Services. The CDSI is a component of the Northwestern University Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute (NUCATS). The CDSI is the nexus for both data science strategy and services across Feinberg and NUCATS. This full-time faculty position is at the Assistant Professor or Associate Professor level in the Team Scientist faculty track.

The Director of Data Science Services will contribute to the evolving vision for CDSI and the growth of data science at Feinberg. This position will be highly collaborative with a focus on developing and applying leading data science and analytics methodologies to the large collection of clinical data available in Feinberg’s nation-leading Enterprise Data Warehouse.  It will also involve developing systems biology resources by integrating multi-scale and heterogeneous data types, such as integrating genomic, clinical and exposome data.  This data scientist is expected to: provide day-to-day oversight of data science activities within CDSI; work closely with the CDSI Director on the CDSI long-term strategy; collaborate with the high performance computing group of Northwestern University IT and other groups to advance computation support for data science; compete successfully for extramural funding by developing and writing the data science portion of collaborative grant proposals; publish research results in leading peer-reviewed sources; collaborate with and support Principal Investigators through the application of data science methods to a variety of projects; teach graduate-level data science courses; and, participate in Departmental and national scientific duties, such as committee membership, presentations at professional conferences, and peer review of research proposals and publications. The Director of Data Science Services will also develop strategic relations with government, healthcare, and industry partners to develop collaborations. With a finger on the pulse of new innovations and the needs of a broad range of investigators, this position will have unique and valuable input into the evolving vision for the center.

Successful candidates will have an MD, PhD or equivalent, with training in Biomedical Informatics, Bioinformatics, Computational Biology, Data Science, Computer Science, or similar computational domain, combined with a desire and ability to work in both multidisciplinary teams as well as independently. Experience applying Data Science methodologies to large clinical data expected.  Successful candidates will have record of extramural funding through collaborations with PIs. Experience managing the Data Science components of large U- or P- grants is a plus. An ability to plan, staff, and execute data science research projects is required. Formal project management experience is a plus. Excellent interpersonal, organizational, mentoring, and communications skills are required. Demonstrated experience in education and training is important. This full-time position is based in the Feinberg School of Medicine at the Chicago lakefront campus. Primary academic appointment would be in the Department of Preventive Medicine, Division of Health and Biomedical Informatics. (Upon formation of a Department of Health and Biomedical Informatics, the position would transfer to the new department.) The Director of Data Science Services will report to the CDSI Director. Salary is commensurate with experience and duties. The proposed start date is as soon as the position is filled. Northwestern University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer of all protected classes, including veterans and individuals with disabilities. Women, racial and ethnic minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply. Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the United States.

Please send a letter explaining your career goals, a CV, and a list of 3 references to the attention of Dr. Justin Starren, MD, PhD., c/o Lindsay Varasteh (lindsay.varasteh1@northwestern.edu). Please refer to job ID: 27489 when applying.  We will continue to accept applications until the position is filled.

Assistant or Associate Professor, Tenure Track, Division of Health and Biomedical Informatics, Department of Preventive Medicine, Feinberg School of Medicine

Division of Health and Biomedical Informatics

The Division of Health and Biomedical Informatics (HBMI) at the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine seeks an outstanding candidate for a tenure-track position at the Assistant or Associate Professor level, with a focus on Clinical Informatics.

We are searching for an exceptional scientist to help build our research capacities by leveraging the unique Health IT and Clinical Informatics resources at Northwestern Medicine. Northwestern Medicine represents a unique opportunity for clinical informatics research.  The rich collaborative environment includes nation-leading projects in: Enterprise Data Warehousing, Precision Medicine, Patient Reported Outcomes, Healthcare Quality and Outcomes, and Multi-site Data Integration, to name a few.  The Division of Health and Biomedical Informatics is the nexus of informatics and data science research at Northwestern Medicine. Research foci may include areas such as: data integration, data mining and machine learning, natural language processing, EHR design and implementation, clinical decision support, data science and analytics, clinical workflows or informatics support for clinical genomics.  The successful candidate will have demonstrated an innovative programmatic approach to his/her research, an outstanding record of scholarly publication, and a history of extramural funding. 

Successful candidates will have an MD, PhD or equivalent, with training in Biomedical Informatics, Bioinformatics, Computational Biology, Data Science, Computer Science, or similar computational domain, and must have a strong record of federal funding and scholarly productivity, combined with a desire and ability to work in both multidisciplinary teams as well as independently. An ability to plan, staff, and execute informatics research projects is required, as demonstrated by an appropriate record of peer-reviewed publications. While not a requirement, special consideration will be given to candidates who combine deep domain knowledge through clinical practice with leading-edge informatics research.

This full-time position is based in the Feinberg School of Medicine at the Chicago lakefront campus. Primary academic appointment would be in the Department of Preventive Medicine, Division of Health and Biomedical Informatics. A secondary appointment in a relevant clinical department will be available for practicing clinicians.  Rank and salary are to be determined based on qualifications and experience. The proposed start date is mid-2017. Northwestern University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer of all protected classes, including veterans and individuals with disabilities. Women, racial and ethnic minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply. Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the United States.

Please send a letter explaining your career goals, a CV, and a list of 3 references to the attention of Dr. Justin Starren, MD, PhD., c/o Lindsay Varasteh (lindsay.varasteh1@northwestern.edu). Please refer to job ID: 30977 when applying.  We will continue to accept applications until the position is filled. 

Assistant or Associate Professor in Cancer Population Science, Department of Preventive Medicine and Robert H. Lurie Cancer Center, Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine

Division of Epidemiology

The Division of Cancer Epidemiology and Prevention in the Department of Preventive Medicine (DPM) together with the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, seeks an excellent population researcher with a strong line of research in cancer, particularly with a focus on multiple myeloma. This is a full time position on the tenure-eligible track at the rank of assistant or associate professor.  DPM and the Lurie Cancer Center jointly provide a rich platform for research including a diverse and broad scientific portfolio of cancer-related studies, biostatistical and health informatics cores, expertise in multi-level assessment methods and technology implementation and collaborative relationships across Northwestern’s biomedical and life sciences campuses. Because an interdisciplinary, collaborative orientation is a defining element of the Department and the Cancer Center, both provide an ideal home for scholars whose work is collaborative, integrative and cuts across traditional content areas.

Faculty in this tenure track position will collaborate on existing projects and will develop an independent research portfolio leading to tenure. This will include: publishing research results in leading peer-reviewed sources; presenting at relevant national conferences; collaborating and consulting with other investigators at Northwestern; teaching graduate-level courses; competing successfully for extramural funding; and participating in departmental and national scientific duties, such as committee membership and peer review of research proposals and publications.

Successful candidates will have an MD, PhD or equivalent. A strong potential to become independently funded is expected of junior candidates. An ability to work in both multidisciplinary teams as well as independently is essential. This full time position is based in the Feinberg School of Medicine at the Chicago lakefront campus. Primary academic appointment will be in the Department of Preventive Medicine.

The Department of Preventive Medicine is comprised of nationally and internationally recognized faculty with expertise in biostatistics, bioinformatics, epidemiology, cancer epidemiology, behavioral medicine, chronic disease prevention, nutrition and exercise. The Cancer Center has an established and dynamic prevention and control program, involving a variety of prevention and control scientists. The Medical School recognizes this as an important area for further development. Successful candidates can anticipate favorable startup package, benefits, and a competitive base salary commensurate with experience. The start date is estimated for September 2017; however, is flexible. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

Interested candidates please submit a CV and a statement of research interest to Ms. Julianna Lee (julianna.lee@northwestern.edu), addressed to Lifang Hou, MD, PhD, Associate Professor in Preventive Medicine and Chief, Cancer Epidemiology.

Northwestern University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer of all protected classes, including veterans and individuals with disabilities. Women, racial and ethnic minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply. Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the United States.

Associate Professor in Biostatistics, Department of Preventive Medicine, Northwestern University - Feinberg School of Medicine, and The Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center

Division of Biostatistics

Northwestern University’s Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center (RHLCCC) and the Department of Preventive Medicine in the Feinberg School of Medicine seek a highly qualified applicant in Biostatistics at the Associate Professor level.  Appointment to either the Investigator (tenure-eligible) or Team Science (non-tenure eligible) faculty track can be considered.  Primary responsibilities include biostatistics collaboration and related methodological development with Cancer Center investigators in the basic, clinical and population sciences.  The RHLCCC, with 8 research programs and 14 shared resources, is a national leader in scientific discovery, advancement of medical knowledge and delivery of state-of-the-art cancer care.  This position would include affiliation with the Center’s Quantitative Data Sciences Core (QDSC), the central resource for biostatistics, bioinformatics and clinical informatics support for the cancer research community. Strength of expertise is sought for all phases of cancer clinical trials that span a range of complexity in terms of design, implementation and analysis.  The position will include participation in protocol development, protocol review, data monitoring review and cancer-related educational initiatives.  Applicants with an interest in conducting research in related areas of statistical methodology (for example targeted therapeutics, radiomics, integration of multiple data sources) with a track record of cancer related collaborations are encouraged to apply. Opportunities for potential management responsibilities within QDSC exist.  There is an expectation that faculty will teach in the departmental graduate programs. 

Applicants must have a Ph.D. in Biostatistics or Statistics, with evidence of scientific productivity from biostatistical collaboration and statistical methodology development with cancer researchers.  Good communication skills and the ability to work as part of multidisciplinary teams are essential.  Academic appointments will be in the Department of Preventive Medicine, Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago.  The Department has a Division of Biostatistics consisting of 15 faculty biostatisticians who provide a collegial biostatistical environment, with a departmental history of mentoring junior and mid-level faculty biostatisticians.  Salary and benefits package is competitive and commensurate.  Proposed start date for the position is September 2017; however, this is flexible and the position will remain open until filled.   

To apply, email a letter of application and curriculum vitae to Ms. Tameka L. Brannon at t-mann@northwestern.edu. Address your letter to Alfred Rademaker, PhD, Professor of Preventive Medicine; reference search #30876.

Northwestern University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer of all protected classes, including veterans and individuals with disabilities. Women, racial and ethnic minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply. Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the United States.