Employment Opportunities

We invite outstanding individuals to apply for new faculty positions at any rank (Assistant/Associate/ Professor) and Research Associate opportunities in the Center for Community Health Integration (CHI).  

The CHI Center is a highly collegial team that conducts collaborative research, development, and education to advance equitable community health and integrated, personalized health care.  We work across multiple levels of complex systems to develop shared understanding of the effects of social, environmental and human systems on health, and we work to improve health and equity.   We seek faculty members with systems science expertise and experience working in/with practices and communities, to take on some of society’s most challenging problems involving the health effects of:

  • social and health inequities,
  • primary health care and the mechanisms by which it provides value,
  • the interface between health care and public health systems.

Open Rank Faculty position(s) (Tenure Track)

Research & Development for Community Health & Integrated, Personalized Care - School of Medicine

Required Qualifications:

Applicants for a position as Assistant Professor should have a Ph.D. and/or M.D. degree and a strong record of scholarly activity.  Competitive candidates for Associate Professor should have a Ph.D. and/or M.D. degree, 5-7 years postdoctoral or equivalent experience, a record of scholarly activity, a strong publication record, and competitively awarded funding and a national reputation.  Competitive candidates for Professor should have a Ph.D. and/or M.D. degree, have achieved records of leadership in the profession, a national/international reputation, and a substantial record of scholarly publications and competitively awarded funding.

A track record of publication and competitively awarded funding commensurate with rank is required.
 
Strongly Preferred Qualifications:

  • Expertise in integrated quantitative and qualitative methods, large database analyses, computational simulation modeling, or network analysis.
  • Experience is highly desired in working collaboratively across multiple disciplines and levels of a complex system to develop shared understanding of the effects of social, environmental and human systems and to use that understanding to improve the health of individuals, vulnerable populations, and communities.  
  • Candidate must be able to demonstrate excellent oral and written communication skills, a record of leadership accomplishments, including the ability to attract external funding, as well as faculty and student development.

Based on the interests/goals/qualifications/discipline of the candidate, a dual appointment with another department within the eight schools and multiple centers at CWRU is possible and desirable.  Clinical work and/or community partnership with multiple collaborating health care systems and community-based organizations also is possible and desirable.

How to Apply

Applicants should send a letter of interest, CV and three references to Executive Director James Bindas at chi-information@case.edu.

Research Associates

The Research Associates will work collaboratively and take leadership roles in the refinement and implementation of transdisciplinary, mixed method, and community-engaged research that supports the CHI Center’s research and development for community health, equity, and integrated, personalized care.  Working closely with faculty, staff and community partners, the Research Associates will: 

1) participate in the conceptualization and design of research studies focused on collective impact, systems science and shared learning approaches to address the health effects of: 

  • inequity, poverty, an unprepared workforce, and a fragmented community,
  • understanding, assessing and improving what provides value in primary health care,     
  • advancing health care and community health as relationships, not just commodities
  • an effective interface between health care and public health systems,
  • understanding the interaction of social structures, behavior, environment, and genetics.  

2) work on multiple projects,

3) identify and implement research methods and analysis protocols, and 

4) collaborate on, and selectively lead, scholarship, dissemination and stakeholder engagement.

CONTEXT

The work of the CHI Center is boundary-spanning, cross-disciplinary, methodologically innovative, rigorous, and highly collaborative. The opportunity for these positions builds on decades of internal and external relationship building and development work, funding of a new Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Cross-sector Innovation Initiative that builds on this work, and the recent recruitment of Professor Hovmand with support from the CWRU Provost’s Think Big Early Investment Initiative.   Multiple other projects are ongoing and in various stages of planning and funding.

We seek two Research Associates with complementary skills to work together to meet the essential functions outlined below.  Neither person is expected to have all the skills listed below, but candidates should have experience and expertise in several of them, and should have an ability to work in a collaborative, transdisciplinary fashion across multiple methods. We seek highly motivated individuals who work well with diverse team members including faculty, staff, and community members.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

  1. Synthesize qualitative and quantitative data to advance understanding of complex problems and how they can be addressed.
  2. Contribute to the generation of innovative research questions informed by synthesis of scholarly literature and collaborations, and to the formulation of appropriate research design and methods to pursue selected research questions.
  3. Provide computational modeling and analysis infrastructure development in a cluster computing environment, R and C++ package development for system dynamics tools,  development of simulations of design/community prevention interventions, model calibration, data visualization and sensitivity analyses to support community-based system dynamics research and development.
  4. Conduct big data collection and analysis, building on the infrastructure developed for the Population Cancer Analytics Shared Resource and the NEOCASE (Northeast Ohio Cancer Risk Assessment and Surveillance Engine) platform, a relational database with a search interface built in Shiny R.
  5. Develop and carry out qualitative data analysis protocols, (e.g. comparative case studies, ethnographies) including processes for team training and communication, quality control, documentation, post analysis data cleaning, storage, analysis, management and reporting.
  6. Manage a growing portfolio of research and development projects, including IRB submissions and updates, setting up and analyzing survey data, and producing required reports.
  7. Prepare, assemble, edit, format, and collaboratively write research publications, including articles, proposals and presentations for diverse audiences. Ensure all materials meet established standards of appearance and content.  
  8. Screen, interview, train and supervise research team members, including student workers.
  9. Develop and deepen relationships and coordinate communication with academic and community partners, and provide content for website updates and newsletters.
  10. Actively participate in writing and revising grant applications.

NONESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

  1. Work collaboratively with other project teams within the University on novel projects.
  2. Support design and facilitation of community-based system dynamics workshops, both online and in person
  3. Support scheduling and facilitation of community workshops such as Bridges Out of Poverty, Workplace Stability and poverty simulations

SKILLS

  • Strong communication, data presentation and visualization skills. Ability to work both independently and collaboratively, and to handle several concurrent, fast-paced projects.
  • Strong organization skills; ability to manage time and relationships to work on multiple projects, prioritize and meet deadlines.  Must demonstrate attention to detail, accuracy, and follow-through.  
  • Effective problem-solving skills; must demonstrate excellent analytical skills, sound judgment and good decision-making. 
  • Must demonstrate flexibility; must be able and willing to work in a changing environment, and to proactively manage and adapt to shifting priorities, demands and timeline. 
  • Must demonstrate eagerness to learn new techniques, procedures, processes, and computer programs as needed.

CONTACTS 

  • Department: Continuous contact with CHI Center faculty and staff (35%)
  • University: Frequent contact with collaborating faculty, staff and students across the CWRU community (25%)
  • External: Regular contact with diverse community partnering individuals and organizations, including those from health care systems, local public health departments, social service agencies, neighborhood residents, and collaborating Centers and individuals across the US and in other countries. (30%)
  • Students: Regular contact with students working with the CHI Center on various projects. (10%)

SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITY

The Research Associates will supervise a growing staff of research and development employees and student workers.

QUALIFICATIONS 

  1. Experience working on multiple cross-disciplinary projects is required.
  2. Experience with mixed methods research is highly desirable.  This may include system dynamics, computational modeling, large and small data analyses, quantitative and qualitative data collection and analysis, and participatory methods.
  3. Education/Licensing: a doctoral or other terminal degree in a relevant health, social science or quantitative field and experience in modern techniques is required.

REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS and ABILITIES 

  1. Knowledge and understanding of commonly-used concepts, practices, and procedures in several of the following fields: computational modeling, large database analysis, ethnographic or case study methods, survey research, participatory research methods, system dynamics, social network analysis, agent-based modeling, and mixed methods.  
  2. Ability to perform multivariable parametric statistical analysis and simulation modeling, and interest and willingness to acquire new quantitative skills including machine learning methods; or ability to perform qualitative analyses and ability to organize and conduct small group participatory research. 
  3. Ability to independently and collaboratively gather and manage qualitative research data and to conduct coding, thematic analyses, and interpretive analyses.
  4. Demonstrated ability to write and revise grant applications for NIH, NSF, and foundations, preferred.
  5. Professional and effective oral and written communication and data visualization skills; and good interpersonal skills with the ability to work and communicate with various individuals within and external to the University.
  6. Strong organization skills; ability to work on multiple projects, prioritize and meet deadlines.  Must demonstrate attention to detail and accuracy, time management skills, and reliable, proactive follow-through.   
  7. Excellent team development skills; ability to maintain effective working relationships and address the potential and current needs of diverse collaborators and sometimes competing partners.
  8. Effective management skills; ability to lead, train, work with, and elicit cooperation from team members and staff.  
  9. Ability to work with sensitive information and maintain confidentiality.  
  10. Ability to maintain familiarity and demonstrate knowledge of CHI Center and collaborators’ priorities, leadership and programs. 
  11. Effective problem-solving skills; must demonstrate excellent analytical skills, sound judgment and good decision-making.  
  12. Must demonstrate flexibility and ability to work under pressure when required; must be able and willing to work in a self-funded, changing environment, and adapt to shifting priorities, demands and timeline.  
  13. Ability to use statistical analysis, computational modeling, and/or qualitative analysis software programs to manage data and conduct analyses.
  14. Knowledge and experience with isee Systems Stella Architect including model development and interface design is desirable. 
  15. Assist in the development of computing resources (hardware + software licenses + custom toolkits for production work) that can support research on a class of Ssystems dynamics modeling problems in human service organizations and community health that benefit from and are uniquely suited to high performance computing based on advanced graphics processing units and more broadly through cloud computing (e.g., Amazon Web Services, Google Cloud).  Must demonstrate willingness to learn new techniques, procedures, processes, and computer programs as needed.
  16. Previous publications in peer-reviewed journals strongly preferred.

WORKING CONDITIONS

The position involves working in a highly-collegial, collaborative office; working in community and group settings; and travel to work with local partners.  When pandemic-related travel restrictions end, there will be opportunities for national and possibly international travel to work with diverse partners and to present research findings and attend professional meetings.

Send all application materials to CHI-Information@case.edu

Diversity Statement

In employment, as in education, Case Western Reserve University is committed to Equal Opportunity and Diversity.  Women, veterans, members of underrepresented minority groups, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

Case Western Reserve University provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities.  Applicants requiring a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process should contact the Office of Inclusion, Diversity and Equal Opportunity at 216-368-8877 to request a reasonable accommodation.  Determinations as to granting reasonable accommodations for any applicant will be made on a case-by-case basis.

Case Western Reserve University is a top ranked, private research university located in one of the leading biomedical research and medical education centers in the world. Core values of academic excellence, inclusiveness and diversity, integrity and transparency and effective stewardship, makes CWRU an extraordinary place to work and develop an academic career.