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.


Assistant, Associate or Full Professor (Tenure-track or Tenured)

Health Services Research


The Department of Health Services, Policy & Practice within the School of Public Health, and the School of Professional Studies at Brown University invite applications for a shared, open rank faculty position in health services research at the (tenure-track or tenured) Assistant, Associate or Full Professor level.

Applicants must have a doctoral degree (MD or PhD) in health services research, epidemiology, economics or a related discipline, with evidence of rigorous training and research, and a capacity to secure external funding. Areas of research focus which the Department wishes to expand include, but are not limited to, health care quality, value and quality improvement; implementation science; health system organization, design and delivery; health information technology; and health policy evaluation. 

Academic responsibilities will be divided between the Department of Health Services, Policy & Practice and the School of Professional Studies. For instance, the selected individual will be expected to teach two courses per academic year, one for the Department and one for the School of Professional Studies. The Department of Health Services, Policy & Practice offers a doctoral degree, an MPH concentration, and some undergraduate courses; the successful candidate will also be expected to mentor graduate students and post-doctoral fellows, as appropriate. The School of Professional Studies offers an Executive Master of Healthcare Leadership, where the candidate will be expected to contribute to mentorship of Critical Challenge Projects and service needs for the program.  Combined, the Schools of Public Health and of Professional Studies offer an extensive research infrastructure and strong linkages to academic medical center investigators and campus-based social science faculty.  

The level of academic appointment will depend on the overall experience, publication record, and external funding history of the candidate.  Applicants for the Associate or Full Professor level must also have a national/international reputation in health services research, an independently funded program of research, and a proven track record of leadership in research, teaching and professional service.  Interested applicants should submit a letter of application and curriculum vitae through Interfolio at the following link:  http://apply.interfolio.com/56671.

Candidates for Assistant Professor should arrange for at least three letters of recommendation to be submitted through Interfolio.  Please indicate in your letter of application whether you are applying for Assistant, Associate, or Full Professor. 

The application system will open on October 15, 2018.  Review of applications will begin on December 1, 2018 and will continue until an appropriate candidate is identified.  Applications will be reviewed until the position is filled or the search is closed.

Brown University is committed to fostering and maintaining a diverse work culture that respects the rights and dignity of each individual, without regard to race, color, national origin, ancestry, religious creed, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, gender expression, height, weight, marital status, disability, medical condition, age, or veteran status. The University is also supportive of the needs of dual career couples.