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University of Utah Division Chief, Health System Innovation and Research, Faculty Position in Salt Lake City, Utah

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Position/Rank Division Chief, Health System Innovation and Research (Associate or Professor, Tenure Track)


City Salt Lake City, UT

Track Tenure Track

New Position to Begin TBD Based on Candidate


The Department of Population Health Sciences is seeking a vibrant and visionary scientist to lead the Division of Health System Innovation and Research ( HSIR ) within the Department of Population Health Sciences. Through Department’s research, education, and community engagement activities, we promote patient-centered health care and the delivery of evidence-based health innovations that improve population health and reduce health disparities.

Candidates for the HSIR Division Chief should have a:

  • Proven track record of leadership,
  • History of innovative and successful investigation,
  • Strong appreciation of diverse health service research areas, and
  • Commitment to program development, team science, mentoring across career stages, and education.


Candidates should have a track record of successful, extramurally-funded health services research. Experience with integrating research into the healthcare setting is strongly desired. Demonstration of leadership capacity and ability to communicate effectively is essential. The position will entail engagement with individuals across a wide variety of clinical, operational, and investigative roles. The Division Chief will be charged with continuing to grow and sustain a program of excellence.

Applicants for Division Chief are expected to hold a PhD, MD, or equivalent, and 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 peer-reviewed extramural funding. The successful candidate will have a demonstrated ability to collaborate across disciplines and departments and will have considerable strengths in interpersonal communication.


The Division Chief should:

  • Be an accomplished mid-career to senior health services researcher who excels at interacting with clinicians, research methodologists, and administrators
  • Have a history of successful engagement in operational partnerships
  • Have a record of forward-thinking leadership needed to help the Division, Department, and University of Utah Health Care prepare for and lead delivery system reform
  • Have a national/international reputation in health services research
  • Be able to serve as an advocate for the Division as a resource for the mission of the University of Utah Health Sciences
  • Have a demonstrated ability to work effectively with multiple investigators with diverse research expertise and projects and to facilitate others’ success
  • Have a demonstrated ability to build successful interdisciplinary research teams, mentor early-career investigators, and obtain the committed support of a wide range of institutional stakeholders
  • Take an active role in partnering with the Director of Graduate Studies and Director of Postdoctoral Fellows to support the educational mission of the Department as well as pre- and post-doctoral trainees in the Division.


The Division Chief is responsible for defining the vision of the HSIR 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 and policies for this relatively new department. The Division Chief will also take a strong mentoring role with faculty. Finally, the Division Chief will work with faculty and the directors of graduate studies and postdoctoral fellowships to ensure a successful training experience for post-docs and graduate students.

Strategic Planning and Division Growth:

To succeed, HSIR must maintain its current trajectory in independent and collaborative research. Additionally, it is vital that the division continue as a cross-institutional resource that helps advance the University’s clinical delivery system and outcomes assessment, while building robust, interdisciplinary collaboration for research and education. To this end, the Division Chief will engage with relevant academic department chairs and division chiefs across University of Utah Health Sciences, and will work closely with the University of Utah Hospitals and Clinics ( UUHC ) and University of Utah Medical Group ( UUMG ) leadership to develop and validate enhanced and innovative approaches to health care delivery and outcomes assessment, with the expectation that program goals will be informed by the vision and expertise of the Division Chief.

The Division Chief will also:

  • Accelerate the University of Utah’s progress toward becoming a premier, top-ranked academic institution in health services research

  • Develop programmatic lines of research, such as: implementation science; patient-centered digital health (e.g., apps, games, decision support interventions) and decision science; pharmacoepidemiology; and comparative effectiveness

  • Expand the University’s capacity in key methodological areas such as: measurement of patient outcomes; simulation and modeling; and health economic and health policy analysis
  • Recruit new health services researchers to the University of Utah Health Sciences
  • Work collaboratively with other health systems in regional and national programs of research, innovation, and quality
  • Partner with clinical leadership of University of Utah Health Care

  • Support the development of the University of Utah Healthcare system as a laboratory for advanced innovations in the design of healthcare delivery systems and health systems research

  • Develop shared priorities between academic and clinical stakeholders to focus research activities on outcomes that matter to administrators, clinicians, academicians, patients, and society
  • Coordinate with UUHC / UUMG initiatives to understand and improve clinical value

  • Continue to develop and refine HSIR’s 1-, 3-, and 5-year strategic plan, including performance measures

Financial Accountability and Sustainability:

  • Maintain a robust portfolio of external funding
  • Develop and submit annual operating budgets and related documents

Personnel Management and Development:

  • In collaboration with other departments across Health Sciences, support recruitment of new faculty members in health services research and related disciplines across the health sciences
  • Mentor faculty, trainees and staff across disciplines and operational units to optimize program performance

About the Department of Population Health Sciences

The Department of Population Health Sciences had $18M in Research Expenditures in the last fiscal year and is a hub for education, investigation and methodological expertise in population health. Through a diverse faculty in three Divisions (Cancer Population Sciences, Biostatistics, and HSIR ), we provide expertise and infrastructure to advance capacity for impact-driven research, and support clinical professionals in providing better patient and population-oriented care in an increasingly complex healthcare delivery system. Through our research, education, and community engagement activities, we promote patient-centered healthcare and the delivery of evidence-based health innovations that improve population health and reduce health disparities within our community. Through high impact research, we strive to contribute to a world where all individuals—regardless of socioeconomic status, race, ethnicity, gender identity or sexual orientation—have the opportunity to enjoy the highest attainable standard of health. The department is highly interdisciplinary, collaborative, and innovative, and we seek a leader who will thrive in this environment.

About the Division of Health System Innovation and Research

HSIR currently has 12 tenure/tenure track faculty and 5 research track faculty. Faculty’s overarching areas of interest include:

  • Health Policy and Health Economics (including the Matheson Center for Health Care Studies),
  • Implementation Science and Health System Improvement,
  • Digital Health,
  • Patient Centered Care and Decision Science, and
  • Pharmacoepidemiology and Pharmacoeconomics.


Deadline for priority review is November 1, 2022. We will continue accepting applicants on a rolling basis until position is filled. Applicants should submit to Ms. Karina Pritchett ( ) their CV, cover letter, and the following three statements regarding: (1) leadership experience and philosophy, and (2) research expertise.

To apply, please follow the link:


Please contact Ms. Karina Pritchett ( ) or Department Chair Dr. Angie Fagerlin ( ) with any questions or information requests.

For additional information about the Department of Population Health Sciences:

For additional information about this opening:

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.

EEO/Non-Discrimination Information

All qualified individuals are strongly 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 Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and does not discriminate based upon race, ethnicity, color, religion, national origin, age, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, pregnancy, pregnancy-related conditions, genetic information, or protected veteran’s status. The University does not discriminate on the basis of sex in the education program or activity that it operates, as required by Title IX and 34 CFR part 106. The requirement not to discriminate in education programs or activities extends to admission and employment. Inquiries about the application of Title IX and its regulations may be referred to the Title IX Coordinator, to the Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights, or both.

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Special Instructions for Candidates

Open Date 08/10/2022

Close Date

Open Until Filled Yes

Requisition Number PRN03050F

Type Faculty