Faculty - Health Services Research/Health Policy (Tenure Track, Rank Open)
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The Center for Health Services Research (CHSR) of the Institute for Health, Health Care Policy and Aging Research, a unit of Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences (RBHS), invites applications from Health Services Researchers with health care delivery and/or policy research experience or training for faculty positions within a multidisciplinary research group with a strong program of studies on the use and outcomes of health services, with particular strength in research on Medicaid and Medicare beneficiaries; behavioral health services research; substance use, treatment and outcomes; and mental health treatment for children, the elderly, and those with severe mental illness. Research resources include extensive health services data on hundreds of millions of individuals covered by Medicaid, Medicare, and private insurance. We are seeking exceptional researchers at all career states (Instructor, Assistant Professor, Associate or Full Professor) who are dedicated to developing or maintaining strong programs of funded research, have a commitment to collaborative work, and show the ability to be leaders in health services and policy research. Faculty candidates must have a strong interest in building a health services or policy research portfolio working collaboratively with a multidisciplinary group of social scientists, policy scholars and clinicians. Candidates should also have demonstrated ability to develop strong, well-designed applications for federal research funding. In addition to their appointment at CHSR, applicants will receive academic appointments at Rutgers University as relevant to their background, in an appropriate school of the university. The majority of the facultys effort will be dedicated to health services research at CHSR. The position is full-time, tenure- or research-track, with a competitive start-up.
Within the broad framework of the strategic plans of RBHS and the Institute for Health, developing and leading programs of research in substance abuse and mental health services would be especially of interest. Many opportunities exist at the Institute for collaboration with significant existing lines of research on behavioral health including individuals with substance use disorders, psychotropic oversight for foster care children, quality of care for persons with severe mental illness, psychotropic treatment in nursing homes, integrated behavioral health care, health system response to the opioid epidemic and other substance abuse and mental health topics. Research addressing population health, translation of health services research findings into practice and the needs of vulnerable and disadvantaged groups is valued. Expertise with health services research data resources, such as Medicaid, Medicare and private insurance datasets, would be welcomed. Substantial data resources including multiyear national Medicaid, Medicare, long-term care, private insurance data and state Medicaid and other data, are available to a candidate with interests in these areas. Opportunities exist for research with electronic health record data from the extensive Rutgers health system and affiliated health systems.
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Minimum Education and Experience
The ideal candidate will have a doctoral degree and doctorate-level training in health services research, health policy, public health, epidemiology, or related disciplines, with strong quantitative training and skills; a strong track record of peer-reviewed journal articles; post-doctoral training and/or other evidence of preparation to become R-01 funded principal investigators, or peer-reviewed funding appropriate to career stage. Successful applicants will have strong theoretical grounding and empirical skills, excellent oral and written communication skills to support developing a rigorous program of research; excellent organization, research, planning, project management, and problem-solving skills; a demonstrated ability to provide leadership in a line of research and to collaborate across multi-disciplinary teams; and enthusiasm for contributing to and expanding an innovative program in health services research and policy. The successful candidate will be jointly appointed in the Institute for Health with tenure-track or tenured appointment in an appropriate Rutgers school or department with teaching, clinical, and/or mentoring responsibilities. Opportunity exists for appointment as a Chancellors Scholar.
Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
Salary and academic rank will be commensurate with scholarly achievements including funded research, scholarly publication record and relevant professional experience. Initial support for establishing a strong program of research will be provided with the expectation that the research program will be increasingly supported by extramural funds.
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Located on the Rutgers campus in New Brunswick, New Jersey, the Institute for Health was founded in 1985 and is a vibrant, multidisciplinary unit dedicated to scholarly collaboration and research that focuses on critical questions related to health care services and policy, population health, aging, and health and mental healthcare. Within the Institute, the Center for Health Services Research is home to a vibrant, multidisciplinary program of research that utilizes healthcare big data and a range of research methods to address critical issues in the use and outcomes of health services, the impact of health policies on treatment and outcomes; and other issues critical to population health.
In July 2013, Rutgers University and the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ) were integrated into a single consolidated university creating enhanced possibilities for innovative, integrative, interdisciplinary research on biomedical and socio-behavioral health and health care. The Institute is formally part of Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences (RBHS) that is headed by a chancellor reporting directly to the President of Rutgers. In addition to the Institute, RBHS is comprised of the following schools, centers, and institutes: Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, New Jersey Medical School, School of Dental Medicine, Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy, School of Nursing, School of Public Health, School of Health Professions, School of Graduate Studies, Brain Health Institute, Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences Institute, Center for Advanced Biotechnology and Medicine, Institute for Translational Medicine and Science, Cancer Institute of New Jersey and University Behavioral Health Care. The Institute for Health serves as a central bridge among scholars pursuing health-related social science, humanities, and policy research in the arts and sciences within departments and schools of the greater Rutgers University and with biomedical scientists and practitioners in RBHS units.
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Under Policy 60.1.35 Immunization Policy for Rutgers Employees and Prospective Employees, Rutgers University requires all prospective employees to provide proof that they are fully vaccinated and have received a booster (where eligible) against COVID-19 prior to commencement of employment, unless the University has granted the individual a medical or religious exemption. Employees who are not eligible for a booster at the time of an offer of employment must provide proof they have received a booster upon eligibility and upload proof of same. Under Policy 100.3.1 Immunization Policy for Covered Individuals, if employment will commence during Flu Season, Rutgers University may require certain prospective employees to provide proof that they are vaccinated against Seasonal Influenza for the current Flu Season, unless the University has granted the individual a medical or religious exemption. Additional infection control and safety policies may apply. Prospective employees should speak with their hiring manager to determine which policies apply to the role or position for which they are applying. Failure to provide proof of vaccination for any required vaccines or obtain a medical or religious exemption from the University will result in rescission of a candidates offer of employment or disciplinary action up to and including termination.