The Department of Biomedical Informatics (DBMI) at the University of Utah is recruiting faculty members to lead cutting-edge research in clinical informatics and health data science while promoting and facilitating collaboration to impact lives daily and to address real-world problems.
We are recruiting Assistant, Associate or Full Professors (Track and Rank commensurate with qualifications that includes the tenure-track) with demonstrated abilities in research. As part of DBMI’s Strategic Initiatives, the department plans to recruit over 7 new faculty members in 2023-2024. Candidates for this position should have research experience in clinical informatics and health data science. Experience at the Veterans Health Administration (VA) and prior funding with national funding agencies, such as NIH, DOD, AHRQ, HRSA, or NSF, is desirable. Candidates who are recipients of NSF or NIH career awards will be specially considered.
Major responsibilities include maintaining an ambitious research program in health data science and clinical informatics that improve clinical processes or clinical care with informatics implementations. This research requires a high degree of inventiveness and a deep understanding of clinical data science or clinical process analytics. Alternatively, the research program could focus on developing methods to monitor clinical pathways and process execution that inform on clinical process improvement cycle. Energetic, self-directed individuals with a record of achievement and commitment to excellence in research, teaching, and the design and implementation of healthcare technologies are encouraged to apply.
Prospective faculty will join a culture of collaborative and innovative research that crosses departments and schools within the University of Utah. Unique opportunities at the University of Utah include research on health care quality in a health system that has rated among the top 10 hospitals in the United States for a decade. Resources include the VA Informatics, Decision-Enhancement and Analytic Science (IDEAS) Center, a Health Services Research & Development-supported center housed at the VA Salt Lake City Health Care System.
Existing areas of strength at the University of Utah and VA Salt Lake City Health Care System include biomedical informatics, clinical and population health, decision support systems, medical decision making and patient preference assessment, survey research and measure development, data science, mixed methods, genomics, addiction medicine, neuroepidemiology, and infectious diseases.
Candidates are expected to have a PhD degree from a quantitative field, such as Biomedical informatics, bioinformatics, computer science, engineering, computational biology, applied mathematics, statistics, applied physics, etc. Candidates with a professional doctoral degree (MD, PharmD, DNP, DDS, DO, etc.) are also welcomed to apply if they have a demonstrated track record in the relevant areas and have previous training in the quantitative fields listed above (e.g., post-doctoral degree in biomedical informatics). Candidates with a physician or nursing license in Utah can be co-appointed in a department of the School of Medicine and the School of Nursing. Candidates with a doctoral degree from other fields are required to have completed a post-doctoral degree in the quantitative fields listed above and a strong track record of publications in scientific, medical, and/or nursing journals. Publications of computational and/or informatics methods development or application is required (e.g., in computational biology, digital health, bioinformatics, and biomedical informatics journals).
The successful candidate will receive a start-up package and enjoy a stimulating, highly collaborative, and supportive research environment across multiple health care systems. Depending on individual qualifications and interests, the candidate can be offered a joint or adjunct position in other departments, as well as membership(s) in Institutes and Centers. The University of Utah Department of Biomedical Informatics is one of the oldest informatics departments in the country, having graduated more PhDs than any other program in the world. The Department has a long history of collaboration that crosses the University of Utah Health Sciences Center, the Veterans Health Administration, Intermountain Healthcare, and the Utah Department of Health. The Department works in a rich environment that emphasizes research in life sciences, health sciences, health services research, and informatics in collaboration with colleagues in various Schools and Colleges including Medicine, Nursing, and Pharmacy. The Department is a National Library of Medicine Biomedical informatics training site. The Department is co-located with the program in Nursing Informatics.
The University of Utah Health (U of U Health) is a patient focused center distinguished by collaboration, excellence, leadership, and respect. The U of U Health values candidates who are committed to fostering and furthering the culture of compassion, collaboration, innovation, accountability, diversity, integrity, quality, and trust that is integral to our mission.
The University of Utah values candidates who have experience working in settings with students, staff, faculty and patients from diverse backgrounds and possess a strong commitment to improving access to higher education, employment opportunities, and quality healthcare for historically underrepresented groups.
Individuals from historically underrepresented groups, such as minorities, women, qualified persons with disabilities and protected veterans are encouraged to apply. Veterans’ preference is extended to qualified applicants, upon request and consistent with university policy and Utah state law. Upon request, reasonable accommodations in the application process will be provided to individuals with disabilities.
The University of Utah is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and educator. Minorities, women, and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply. Veteran’s preference. Reasonable accommodations provided. For additional information, see www.regulations.utah.edu/humanResources/5-106.html. The University of Utah values candidates who have experience working in settings with students from diverse backgrounds and possess a strong or demonstrated commitment to improving access to higher education for historically underrepresented students.