Cancer Population Sciences Division Chief, Department of Population Health Sciences, University of Utah School of Medicine, Salt Lake City, UT

Cancer Population Sciences Division Chief, Department of Population Health Sciences, University of Utah School of Medicine, Salt Lake City, UT

Posting Date: 01/22/2019


Job Information/Description:

Cancer Population Sciences Division Chief

Department of Population Health Sciences

University of Utah School of Medicine

The Department of Population Health Sciences is seeking a vibrant and visionary scientist who values team science to lead the Division of Cancer Population Sciences within the Department of Population Health Sciences. We are seeking candidates who have a proven track record of leadership experience, evidence of an innovative and successful research career, and a passionate commitment to education and mentoring. The successful candidate will have a demonstrated ability to collaborate across disciplines and departments and will have significant strengths in interpersonal communication. Furthermore, the division chief should be strongly committed to the key missions of the Department of Population Health Sciences: education, research, and collaboration with clinical partners.

We seek outstanding scientists in a number of areas including, but not limited to: behavioral science, dissemination and implementation science, cancer epidemiology, cancer survivorship, medical decision making, risk communication, and health outcomes.

Responsibilities

The Division Chief is responsible for defining the vision of the division in collaboration with the Department Chair. The three division chiefs within the Department of Population Health Sciences work closely with the Department Chair to develop the overall vision for the Department as well as to develop policies for the relatively new department. The Chief will also take a strong mentoring role with faculty and graduate students and work with curriculum members and with the director of graduate studies on the development of the PhD program.

Minimum Qualifications

Applicants for Division Chief are expected to hold a PhD, MD, or MD/PhD (or equivalent), to have a proven track record of leadership experience, a history of successful mentoring and/or teaching, and evidence of an innovative and successful research career with a track record of peer-reviewed extramural funding. The successful candidate will have a demonstrated ability to collaborate across disciplines and departments and will have significant strengths in interpersonal communication.

Institutional Details

The Department of Population Health Sciences at the University of Utah School of Medicine, launched in 2014, drives health care transformation and is a hub for

education, investigation and expertise in health services, cost, quality, outcomes,

health delivery systems research, biostatistics, and epidemiology. The department provides methodological expertise and infrastructure to advance capacity for population health scientists to pursue impact-driven research and allow clinical professionals to provide better patient and population-oriented care in an increasingly complex health care delivery system. Our faculty lead and collaborate with colleagues from across campus including the Schools of Medicine and the Colleges of Nursing, Pharmacy, Health, Dentistry, Social and Behavioral Sciences, Engineering, Law, and Architecture and Planning. Many of our faculty also hold VA appointments.

The University of Utah Department of Population Health Sciences offers an innovative graduate program for training PhD and MD/PhD students.

For more information about the Department of Population Health Sciences, please visit: http://medicine.utah.edu/population-health-sciences.

Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) at the University of Utah is an NCI-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center and a member of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN), supporting and fostering a vibrant research enterprise in a highly collegial environment. HCI has a strong history of scientific achievement and impact as well as a commitment to excellence in patient care, research, teaching and service.

The cancer center is organized around 4 scientific programs, 2 that are basic science focused and 2 that are clinical and population based. The program most relevant to the Division of Cancer Population Sciences is HCI’s Cancer Control and Population Sciences program (https://uofuhealth.utah.edu/huntsman/cancer-center-research- programs/cancer-control.php).

Collaborations with the Center for HOPE (Health Outcomes and Population Equity) are also available. The Center for HOPE is focused on discovering new ways to prevent and control cancer and chronic disease among underserved populations. There are exceptional opportunities to conduct cutting-edge research in implementation/dissemination science, collaborate with multidisciplinary faculty, and work in close partnership with health care systems and community-based agencies. The Center is actively engaged with traditionally underserved populations to address

health inequities. This Center provides state of the science facilities for conducting cancer prevention and control research with both community participants and patients.

The University and HCI are home to exceptional shared resources, including the Utah Population Database, with more than 16 million records linking genealogies, health records, and vital statistics. Our integrated health system provides superb resources for multidisciplinary collaborations. We participate in multiple data sharing networks including ORIEN, SEER, a network of leading cancer centers, the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Network, TRINetX, and the CTSA Accrual to Clinical Trials.

The Utah Center for Clinical and Translational Science (CCTS), our NCATS funded CTSA, is a partnership among the University; the Salt Lake VA; Intermountain; Health Insight, which leads our regional Medicare Quality Improvement Network and Organization; the Utah Department of Health; Community Faces of Utah; and the UHealth Regional Network. The infrastructure of the Utah CCTS and these collaborations provide a rich research and training environment.

University of Utah Health and HCI provide access to state-of-the-art equipment and services through exceptional Core Facilities (see www.cores.utah.edu) that enhance both discovery and translational science.

Utah is known for stunning natural wonders, including 5 National Parks, and world-class recreation for outdoor enthusiasts. Salt Lake City and the surrounding areas offer diverse neighborhoods, great schools, restaurants, arts and entertainment, and endless possibilities for sports and recreation. Learn more at: http://healthsciences.utah.edu/living_in_utah/index.php.

Candidates are encouraged to apply at the following link: http://utah.peopleadmin.com/postings/86921



Contact Information:

Applicants will be asked to submit: 1) their CV, 2) a description of their educational philosophy and their experience with mentoring graduate and medical students, post- doctoral fellows, and junior faculty (it is not required that an applicant has experience with mentoring all of the aforementioned), 3) a description of their leadership experience and philosophy, and 4) a research statement.

Cover letter may be addressed to: Dr. Kathi Mooney and Dr. Tom Varghese, Search Committee Co-Chairs,

For questions regarding this position, please email: sandy.drollinger@hsc.utah.edu or call: (801) 587-0742.

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 is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and does not discriminate based upon race, national origin, color, religion, sex, age, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, status as a person with a disability, genetic information, or Protected Veteran status. 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. To inquire about the University’s nondiscrimination or affirmative action policies or to request disability accommodation, please contact: Director, Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action, 201 S. Presidents Circle, Rm 135, (801) 581-8365.

The University of Utah values candidates who have experience working in settings with students from diverse backgrounds, and possess a strong commitment to improving  access to higher education for historically underrepresented students.



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