Position Openings

Director, Center for Gerontology and Health Care Research

Associate Professor or Professor, Health Services Policy & Practice

The Brown University School of Public Health invites innovative, experienced, and highly collaborative leaders to apply for the position of Director of the Center for Gerontology and Health Care Research, a position that comes with a tenure-track appointment in the Department of Health Services, Policy and Practice in the School of Public Health. Candidates should have a national reputation, a record of scholarly achievements and substantial leadership experience. The current Director, Richard W. Besdine, MD, is stepping down after nearly two decades of leadership, during which the size of the faculty and research grants has more than doubled. The next Director will have an opportunity to build new research programs, while managing existing areas of strength and enhancing the research and administrative infrastructure that underpins the Center’s success. The Director provides strategic vision, intellectual leadership, and administrative oversight to the Center, and advances and promotes its mission to enhance the quality of life of persons with chronic illnesses, especially older adults, through both methodological and substantial research. 

The Center for Gerontology and Health Care Research is one of 12 research centers in the Brown School of Public Health, and is nationally and internationally respected for its leadership research in health services, aging and chronic disease.  Twenty-seven faculty investigators do research in the Center, supported by a full-time administrative staff that manages more than 60 active research grants (total grant revenue FY ’18 exceeded $13 million).  The Center has a large full-time professional research staff of programmers/analysts, biostatisticians, research managers and coordinators adept at managing and analyzing big data, including Medicare claims data matched with clinical assessments for the entire Medicare population. These resources serve as a springboard for 3 distinct, well-funded research programs: 1) observational analyses of policy and market effects; 2) pharmaco-epidemiology studies in the aged population; and 3) conducting large scale cluster randomized clinical trials. Other research staff and faculty have extensive research experience with qualitative and mixed methods research, often linked to these 3 programs of research.

Most Center faculty have appointments in the Department of Health Services, Policy & Practice in the School of Public Health, but others have appointments in other Public Health Departments, as well as in the Warren Alpert Medical School (Medicine, Emergency Medicine) and in the College (Economics). There is a highly regarded doctoral program in health services research, and many advanced students are supported by Center faculty grants. The Center hosts a long standing AHRQ-funded pre- and post-doctoral training program, as well as an NIA-supported pre-doctoral training program; high proportions of these students win dissertation awards. There is a vibrant relationship with the Division of Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine, as well as with multiple other clinical departments and programs in the Medical School. There is a robust health services research program at the Providence VA Medical Center that has fueled a series of VA awards, including the VHA HSR&D Center of Innovation (COIN) in Long Term Services and Supports and a VA-funded fellowship in health services research. Multiple Center faculty have joint appointments in the VA.

The Director of the Center for Gerontology & Health Services Research is responsible for managing Center finances and Center resources, supported by an administrative team.  An Executive Committee of faculty leadership and the financial administrator advise the Director on all matters. The Director reports to the Dean of Public Health.

Required qualifications include a record of scientific productivity and grant funding appropriate for a senior tenured (associate or full professor) academic appointment at Brown, and successful mentoring and academic leadership. Primary appointment will be in the Department of Health Services Policy & Practice in the School of Public Health. Secondary appointment in the Alpert Medical School and in its Division of Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine will be considered for interested and qualified candidates.

Please upload your cover letter, CV and three letters of recommendation to Interfolio at: http://apply.interfolio.com/54183.  You may address your cover letter to Vincent Mor, PhD, Search Committee Chair, Department of Health Services, Policy and Practice, 121 South Main Street, Providence, RI 02903.  Please contact Audrey Kydd at 401-863-3631 or by email at Audrey_Kydd@brown.edu if you have any questions or issues uploading your documents to Interfolio. To receive full consideration, applications should be received by February 1, 2019. Applications received after this date may be reviewed until the position is filled or the search is closed.

Brown University is committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive academic global community; as an EEO/AA employer, Brown considers applicants for employment without regard to, and does not discriminate on the basis of, gender, race, protected veteran status, disability, sexual orientation, religion, or any other legally protected status.