Qualitative Health Researcher, Research Asst Professor

Northwestern University

Deadline Open until filled
Date Posted October 4, 2013
Type Non tenure track
Salary Commensurate with experience
Employment Type Full-time

We are recruiting for a research faculty position in Medical Social Sciences, a department within Northwestern Universitys Feinberg School of Medicine. Established in March, 2009, under the direction of Dr. David Cella, the Department provides a unique scientific home for applied researchers who integrate biomedical and social science approaches to improvement of health and health care delivery across the lifespan. The Department also serves as a catalyst for the Universitys One Northwestern initiative, promoting scientific integration across its biomedical and life sciences campuses, including collaborative ties with Centers, Institutes and basic and clinical departments across the University.  Scientific themes of Departmental research are: (1) outcomes research including clinical trials and observational studies across multiple diseases; (2) measurement science including psychometrics and tool development ranging from patient-reported outcomes to direct assessments; (3) psychosocial health promotion research including quality of life, multi-component and symptom management; (4) applied methods including health information technology and advanced statistical modeling; (5) health disparities reduction including healthy literacy and gender-related disparities; (6) generation of standardized phenotypes including developmental and behavioral/social phenotypes and; (7) Linkage of these phenotypes to underlying mechanisms including psychosocial, genetic and neuroscientific processes.

In collaboration with other departmental research faculty and staff, the Research Assistant Professor prepares qualitative proposals for industry funding, coordinates qualitative and mixed-methods industry funded research projects, conducts appropriate qualitative analyses for research projects, and actively participates in publication and presentation of results both in support and as a lead author.  This position may also collaborate with research faculty and staff across the Feinberg School of Medicine.

Specific Responsibilities:

  • Coordinates drafting, budget preparation, and submission of qualitative research proposals;
  • Identifies critical tasks and personnel required to complete projects successfully;
  • Monitors project status and ensures that tasks and deliverables are completed on time;
  • Conducts and leads project planning meetings and/or conference calls when required;
  • Is involved with all phases of project from design to deliverables;
  • Performs qualitative analyses, including analysis of patient interviews, expert interviews, and focus groups;
  • Serves as principal investigator and assists others in the preparation of manuscripts, reports, abstracts, and protocols;
  • Presents research findings at regional and national meetings;
  • Develop new skills as needed to meet project demands;
  • Perform related duties as required or assigned.

Commitment to help foster the department's culture of respect and teamwork are equally important as job qualifications.

Minimum Qualifications:

Successful candidates must have a Ph.D. or equivalent and a minimum of two years of relevant research training experience in a medical or social science research environment ;

Knowledge of qualitative research theory, study design, and data analysis;

Experience analyzing qualitative data using Microsoft Word, Excel, Atlas.ti, and NVivo;

Minimum 1-2 years of experience with project coordination including scientific proposals, budgets, contracts and tracking of project timelines;

Ability to plan, direct and coordinate an outcomes research project proposal;

Demonstrated effective written and verbal communication skills and the expertise to translate technical terminology into understandable terms;

Generally needs little direction in addressing day-to-day tasks and able to manage competing priorities;

Demonstrated ability in high-level problem solving;

Communicates effectively one-to-one, in small groups and in public speaking contexts.


Preferred Qualifications:

More than five years experience in a medical or social science research environment including experience in qualitative study design, project coordination, and data analysis;
Knowledge of clinical trials, the pharmaceutical industry and regulatory authorities.


Please send a curriculum vitae, representative reprints and names of three references to Department Chair, David Cella, Ph.D , c/o of Peter Connor.  Email (preferred): mss@northwestern.edu Fax: 312-503-9800; Mail: Department of Medical Social Sciences, Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University, 633 N. St. Clair Street, Suite 1900, Chicago, IL 60611.

Northwestern University is an Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity Employer. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply. Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the United States.


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