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Digital Health Faculty, Assistant or Associate Professor

Population Health Sciences Department, University of Utah
Salt Lake City, UT
Closing date
Feb 13, 2024

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Digital Health Faculty Position

Assistant or Associate Professor

Department of Population Health Sciences

University of Utah School of Medicine

The Department of Population Health Sciences (PHS) at the University of Utah Spencer Fox Eccles School of Medicine in collaboration with the Digital Health Initiative (DHI) has an opening for an Assistant or Associate Professor-level faculty member to expand its strength in digital health. We are particularly interested in candidates who possess the research skills and experience required to successfully become leaders in multi-disciplinary research teams within the institution and in national and international research networks.

Successful candidates will have an outstanding record of research productivity in digital health. Research in design, development, evaluation, methods, and theory surrounding digital health and digital health interventions will be considered.

Applicants with PhDs, MDs, or other Doctorates in a diverse array of disciplines (e.g., Psychology, Public Health, Biomedical Informatics, Human Factors, Communication, Health Services Research, Implementation Science, Kinesiology, Nutrition, Nursing, Physical Therapy, Computer Science) will be considered. The successful candidate will develop independent, extramurally-funded research programs, collaborate with colleagues across campus, and train and mentor graduate students.

We are seeking collaborative colleagues with a strong record or potential for independent scholarship in digital health and who value team science. Scholarship that advances methodologies and/or demonstrates innovative digital health interventions designed to improve the health of our community are especially sought.

Examples of research areas include the use of digital health technologies for assessment and building the conceptual foundation for human behavior change, as well as development, evaluation, and/or implementation of interventions using serious games, apps, XR interventions, texting apps, conversational agents, and/or integration of tools into electronic health records. Other relevant areas are welcome as well.

We seek candidates who share the department's commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion. We particularly encourage applications from a broad and diverse range of faculty candidates interested in supporting diversity and inclusion within our research community, as well as those focused on advancing health equity and resolving existing inequities. Applications at Assistant or Associate Professor will be considered.

Appointed faculty will have exceptional opportunities to conduct cutting-edge research, collaborate with multidisciplinary faculty, and work in close partnership with healthcare systems (e.g., University of Utah, FQHCs) and community-based agencies in Salt Lake City, the state of Utah, and the Intermountain West.

The University of Utah offers highly competitive salaries and start-up packages and exceptional benefits. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and the start date is flexible. The job announcement will remain active until the position is filled.

About the PHS Department

The Department of Population Health Sciences is a hub for education, investigation, and methodological expertise in population health. Our faculty are diverse and form three Divisions: Cancer Population Sciences, Biostatistics, and Health Systems Innovation & Research. Faculty, staff, and students engage in research, education, and community activities to promote patient-centered healthcare and the delivery of evidence-based health innovations that improve population health and reduce health disparities within our community and beyond.

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 faculty who will thrive in this environment.

Work Environment

The Department of Population Health Sciences is strongly committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion in all areas of our mission: research, education, and service. We have an active diversity/equity/inclusion committee, and policies to ensure diversity of leadership roles and inclusion of all members of our department.

The Department of Population Health Sciences is one of 24 departments in the School of Medicine in the Health Sciences Campus. 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 Health Sciences Campus is home to 23 Institutes and Centers including The Utah Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI; our NCATS funded CTSA), the Huntsman Cancer Institute, the Huntsman Mental Health Institute, the Nora Eccles Harrison Cardiovascular Research Institute, the Center for Medical Innovation, and the Utah Center on Aging.

The University of Utah and Department of Population Health Sciences is committed to supporting our faculty, staff and students to lead balanced lives, while achieving success in their professions. The goal is to create a space that is safe and welcoming for all, and where all faculty, staff, and trainees are meaningfully engaged and have equal opportunity to succeed. The University of Utah is strongly committed to the training and mentoring of scientists that are underrepresented in science and medicine.

About the Digital Health Initiative

The Digital Health Initiative serves as a cross campus hub for advancing the development, research, and commercialization of transformative digital technologies for patients, their families, and their health care teams by cultivating a thriving research community of digital health researchers. DHI aims to develop and validate technology in real-world clinical environments, operates a software development core to assist in the development of interventions, and is developing an infrastructure and community to accelerate the scalability and dissemination of digital health interventions. DHI also emphasizes the important role that gamification and EHR integration has in health and health care and recognizes the potential for generative AI in health. Relevant areas include the intersection of digital health and gaming in therapeutics, adherence, engagement, and inclusion. Scalability and engagement are cornerstones of DHI's values. DHI holds a number of events to build community and offers programs and funding to accelerate research in digital health.

Facts about University of Utah and Utah

Utah is known for stunning natural wonders, including five National Parks, and world-class recreation for outdoor enthusiasts. The University of Utah is the state's oldest and largest institution of higher education and offers an exceptional research and teaching environment. The university is located in Salt Lake City, which has been named one of the top 10 mid-sized American cities. It is a diverse and vibrant city and is a thriving hub for innovation and the arts. Salt Lake City is 22% Latino and has the 11th highest proportion of LGBTQIA+ residents among U.S. cities. It is surrounded by the Wasatch Mountains, which offer ample opportunity for outdoor adventure, including nine ski resorts within an hour of campus. Salt Lake City and the surrounding areas offer diverse neighborhoods, great schools, restaurants, arts and entertainment, and endless possibilities for sports and recreation. Salt Lake City has become the center of Silicon Slopes and is home to a vibrant innovation ecosystem. Learn more about living in Utah.

How to Apply
Rank and salary are commensurate with qualifications and experience. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Only online applications will be accepted. Interested candidates must submit the following required materials
  • Cover letter
  • CV
  • Research statement (no more than 3 pages)
  • Teaching statement (no more than 2 pages)

Apply online at:

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