Faculty position in health policy or health services research

Assistant or Associate Professor

Health Policy or Health Services Research

Institute for Health, Health Care Policy, and Aging Research

The Institute for Health, Health Care Policy and Aging Research; Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track assistant or associate professor in health policy or health services research.

The successful candidate will be appointed as a core member of the Institute for Health with a joint appointment in an academic department appropriate for the candidate’s discipline or profession. Of special interest are candidates whose work and training would make them suitable for appointment within a unit of Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, including its schools of medicine, nursing, pharmacy, or public health.

The Institute provides a rich collaborative environment with active health policy and services research programs offering a large “big data” analytic infrastructure with longitudinal public and private insurance claims and encounter data, stakeholder-engaged research-to-policy translation capacity, outcomes measurement expertise, health behavior intervention programs, in-house clinical research facilities, and strong quantitative, qualitative and mixed methods and theory-driven research capabilities.

The position requires an earned doctoral degree in a relevant discipline or profession such as sociology, economics, political science, psychology, medicine, nursing, law, public health or public policy. A strong theoretical grounding and research skills appropriate to health policy and services research are essential. Direct experience in health policy formation or implementation, research translation, or delivery system leadership is also desirable.

Qualifications & Key Responsibilities

We seek an imaginative and energetic individual with a demonstrated record and clear potential to lead and take senior collaborative roles in important scholarly work in the fields of health policy and/or health services research. The ideal candidate has:

  • Strong training in theory and practice relevant to health policy or health services research;
  • Excellent quantitative, qualitative, or mixed methods research skills;
  • A strong desire to work in inter-disciplinary teams;
  • Ability to successfully develop peer-reviewed funding proposals as principal and senior collaborating investigator, particularly for federal support (e.g., NIH, AHRQ, and
  • Demonstrated ability to publish in top-tier peer-reviewed scholarly and professional outlets and engage in the translation of research to policy and practice audiences; and
  • Skills to engage in their discipline or profession, the university, and society at large to advance productive discourse on important and emerging health policy and services

Depending on the academic department in which the incumbent is appointed, he or she may also have teaching or clinical duties. Senior members of the faculty from the Institute and the incumbent’s academic department will be available for mentorship and assistance in identifying and developing collaborative research opportunities.

Salary and rank will be commensurate with academic achievements, including funded research and scholarly publication records, as well as relevant professional experience. See http://uhr.rutgers.edu/documents/FacultyBenefitsGuide.pdf for additional information about the University’s competitive benefit package. The position will be fully supported for 3 years, with the expectation that the incumbent will bring in substantial grant support by the beginning of their 4th year.

The Institute for Health, Health Care Policy & Aging Research 

Located at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, NJ, the Institute for Health was founded in 1985 and is a vibrant, multidisciplinary research institute dedicated to scholarly collaboration and research that focuses on critical questions related to health, health services, population health, mental health, and health policy. The Institute currently houses 88 faculty and researchers who have generated award-winning scholarship in fields including medical sociology, health psychology, history of medicine, economics, nursing, public health, psychiatry, global health, social gerontology, health services, medicine, social work, pharmacy, medical ethics, and health

The Institute includes several research centers: the Center for State Health Policy; Center for Health Services Research on Pharmacotherapy, Chronic Disease Management and Outcomes; and Center for the Study of Health Beliefs and Behavior. Faculty members hold research and training grants funded by the National Institutes of Health, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and other major funding organizations. The Institute has served as home to six faculty elected to the Institute of Medicine (IOM) of the National Academy of Sciences (NAS). Faculty also are actively involved in developing future scholars through training programs in health, mental health, and health services research at the undergraduate, graduate, and postdoctoral levels.

The Institute is located in a new 57,000 square foot state-of-the-art custom-built academic and research facility. Adjacent to the Rutgers School of Nursing and Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, the Institute is located in the heart of New Brunswick, an ethnically diverse and lively city with easy public transportation access to New York City and Philadelphia.

Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences

Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences (RBHS) comprises eight schools and their attendant faculty practices, centers, institutes, and clinics; New Jersey’s largest behavioral health care network; and numerous additional centers, institutes, and clinics. RBHS also includes New Jersey’s leading comprehensive cancer care center, the Cancer Institute of New Jersey. These units are located in New Brunswick, Newark and other locations in New Jersey. RBHS, integral to Rutgers’ mission, works synergistically with many other academic, research, and clinical units throughout the university and the region.

Rutgers University

Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, is one of the nation’s leading comprehensive public research universities. Rutgers’ social sciences, humanities, and life sciences programs are widely recognized for their excellence. The integration of Rutgers and UMDNJ is providing new opportunities for collaborative socio-medical research and translational medicine. Rutgers’ student body is among the most racially and ethnically diverse in the nation, and the University has a strong and demonstrated commitment to maintaining and increasing diversity within its community of students, faculty, and staff. Rutgers faculty are well represented among the nation’s most prestigious scholarly societies including the National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Engineering, Institute of Medicine, and American Academy of Arts and Sciences. The University is a member of the Association of American Universities (AAU), and entered the Committee on Institutional Cooperation (CIC) and Big Ten in July 2013.

More information is available online about Rutgers University (rutgers.edu), Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences (rbhs.rutgers.edu), and the Institute for Health (ihhcpar.rutgers.edu).

Application Process

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.