Patient Centered HCQ Senior Scientist
Patient Centered Health Care Quality Senior Scientist – Tenure track position (Associate to full Professor)

The Department of Medical Social Sciences (MSS), Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University invites applications for a tenure-eligible senior scientist (associate to full professor) in the area of patient-centered healthcare quality research. Northwestern Medicine (NM) is an integrated healthcare system of 7 hospitals anchored by a premier academic medical center in the 3rd largest city in the US. As we live and work in the diverse community of Chicago and engage with a very diverse patient population, we are uniquely interested in those with a strong interest in matters of diversity & inclusion. NM has made a substantial investment in health information technology, including a specialized emphasis on patient-centered health and the use of patient-reported outcomes to improve care and assess the value of health care interventions. We are seeking an outstanding scientist with an established, extramurally funded research in outcomes measurement, health care quality and/or safety research, or other patient-centered health services research. Expertise and/or working familiarity is expected in the following areas:

*Clinical informatics and health information technology
*Integration of patient-provided data into electronic health records for clinical use
*Patient engagement, including treatment planning and decision-making
*Patient reported outcome measurement, analysis and interpretation

MSS was established in 2009 in the Feinberg School of Medicine to provide 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. Under the leadership of its founding chair, David Cella, the Department has grown to a faculty of fifty organized under the umbrella of four scientific hubs: Outcomes and Measurement Science, Lifespan Health Promotion, Mechanisms of Health & Disease, and Health Equity. Of particular relevance to this position is MSS' extensive patient-centered research portfolio built around the Department's international scientific leadership in NIH-wide patient-reported outcomes and other standardized measurement initiatives. MSS provides rich resources for conducting research including a broad scientific portfolio with multiple, large scale datasets across the lifespan, biostatistical and health informatics cores, and serving as a collaborative bridge across Northwestern's campuses. The candidate will also have extensive opportunities for collaboration within Northwestern's Institute for Public Health and Medicine (IPHAM).

The Department of Medical Social Sciences exists uniquely to evaluate deeply the characteristics of those at risk for or those affected by disease. Successful patient centered research addresses the fullest extent of the patient experience which is inclusive of race, ethnicity, gender and sexual orientation. It is our goal to have an exemplary Department of Medical Social Sciences that understands the deep cultural roots of patients and reflects through our own diversity the patients we study and serve. We prioritize those candidates who possess a facile awareness of varied populations either by experience or by study. Candidates from diverse backgrounds are therefore strongly encouraged.

Applicants with activity or interest in any clinical area (disease or specialty) are encouraged to apply, with special local existing interest and activity in oncology, cardiology, rheumatology, neurology, orthopedic surgery, urology, organ transplantation, and pediatrics. The ideal candidate will have demonstrated an innovative programmatic approach to his/her research in quantitative methods, psychometrics, assessment, and or psychological/social science measurement with a special emphasis on health applications of quantitative methodology. Candidates should have an exceptional track record of extramural funding and publications in applied quantitative methodology. MSS has a highly collaborative culture in which multiple investigators work in tandem on large-scale, team science research. A critical consideration will be the extent to which the candidates' focus is synergistic with ongoing Departmental research and culture of collaboration.

Collaborative orientation and skills in interdisciplinary and team science are desirable. All faculty at MSS are valued members of the research enterprise and are encouraged to participate at multiple levels in ongoing research. Thus, we are seeking an energetic, flexible and engaged scientist with an entrepreneurial spirit. Participation in Departmental teaching/ training activities and University service are also expected and valued.

The start date is negotiable and the position will remain open until filled.

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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.

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