Cancer population Sciences Division Chief, Department of Population Health Sciences, University of Utah School of Medicine, Salt Lake City, UtahPosting Date: 02/08/2019
University of Utah – Cancer population Sciences Division Chief
Department of Population Health Sciences
University of Utah School of Medicine
New Position to Begin: TBD Based on Candidate
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
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.
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.
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:
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-researchprograms/
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
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
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Candidates are encouraged to apply at the following link:
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, postdoctoral
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
For questions regarding this position, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org 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.