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University of Utah Research Assistant Professor in Salt Lake City, Utah

Position Information

Position/Rank Research Assistant Professor

Department 00241 - Biomedical Informatics

City Salt Lake City, UT

Track Non Tenure Track

New Position to Begin January - August 2024


The Department of Biomedical Informatics ( DBMI ) at the University of Utah is recruiting to build on a nation-leading clinical informatics program that is impacting lives on a daily basis to address real-world problems. We seek an Assistant Professor in the Career Line (Research Track) to join our (I) DBMI Digital Health Initiative, and (II) ReImagine EHR initiative, which is a nation-leading program to improve patient health and the user experience through innovative and standards-based digital health interventions. The Department of Biomedical Informatics has recently received substantial funding to expand its faculty and grow its research and education portfolio. In addition to this position, the Department has recruited 13 new faculty members since 2022. As described in JAMIA Open (, since its launch in 2016, the ReImagine EHR initiative has developed more than 10 EHR -integrated digital innovations that have been implemented to address a variety of pressing clinical issues including COVID -19, health equity, preventive care, cancer prevention, shared decision making, chronic disease management, and acute clinical care. The program has extensive ties to a variety of community partners including federally qualified health centers across the Mountain West.

Led by Professor Ken Kawamoto, MD, PhD, MHS , FACMI , ReImagine EHR has brought in over $50 million in external grant funding and has led to multiple corporate partnerships. The candidate will work directly with Dr. Kawamoto and join a thriving, multidisciplinary team-science environment where individuals bring together their various talents and passions to improve health and health care. Collaborators include investigators and staff from the Center for Health Outcomes and Population Equity ( HOPE ) at the Huntsman Cancer Institute, the Department of Population Health Science, and various clinical departments.

As a valued member of the team, the faculty member will contribute to and co-lead clinical informatics and digital health intervention research, particularly in the areas of health equity, patient-centered digital health, clinical application of artificial intelligence, and precision medicine. The faculty member will contribute to the writing of manuscripts and grants, co-lead projects, and present research at local, regional, and national conferences. Additional responsibilities will include advising and supervising students, fellows, and/or staff; serving on PhD student committees; and contributing to course instruction. The faculty member will also attend faculty meetings and potentially serve in additional capacities in service to the department or the institution. The faculty member will be mentored and provided opportunities to advance their careers in alignment with their professional and personal goals.

A M.D. or Ph.D. in biomedical informatics or related field is required. The successful candidate will have expertise and an interest in conducting research in areas such as health equity; patient engagement; clinical informatics; clinical decision support; artificial intelligence; healthcare quality improvement; sociotechnical methods; standards and interoperability; electronic health record systems; and precision medicine. The successful candidate will have first-authored or co-authored publications in peer-reviewed journals or conference proceedings demonstrating research interest and commitment in the areas above. Teaching experience in the field of biomedical informatics is a plus.

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. Further details about the Department can be found at

For additional information, please contact Dr. Julio Facelli – 801.581.4080 or

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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.

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Special Instructions for Candidates

Open Date 11/10/2023

Close Date

Open Until Filled Yes

Requisition Number PRN03418F

Type Faculty