Assistant, Associate, or Full Professor of Health Services, Policy and Practice, Research Scholar Track (Evidence Synthesis) - PH 308

The Department of Health Services, Policy & Practice of the Brown University School of Public Health invite applications for a faculty position in the areas of evidence synthesis, or development of evidence-based policy or guidance at the Assistant, Associate, or full Professor level in the University’s research track.

Applicants’ contributions may involve applied, empirical-methodological (e.g., meta-epidemiological), or fundamental-methodological research (e.g., development and validation of novel quantitative, qualitative, or mixed methods).

The above-mentioned areas of interest are meant broadly. For example, “evidence synthesis” includes systematic review or meta-analysis, evidence fusion (synthesis of very different types of information), qualitative synthesis, mathematical modeling, and related objects of study. Evidence synthesis in all health contexts is of interest (e.g., synthesis of laboratory, -omic, epidemiological, clinical data), but special consideration is given to health technology assessment (i.e., assessing the efficacy, effectiveness, or utility of medications, interventions, or policies in medicine and public health). “Development of evidence-based policy or guidance” is also broadly meant and refers to using all practically available and applicable knowledge to inform clinical practice guidelines or public policy development. 

Applicants’ contributions should include applied, and optionally, methodological research in evidence synthesis. Relevant methodological research directions include, but are not limited to, statistical, qualitative, or mixed methods for evidence synthesis, empirical meta-epidemiological research, text mining and natural language processing, evidence-based decision making, learning across designs or across data presented at different granularities, and causal inference in evidence synthesis. The department is especially interested in qualified candidates who can contribute, through their research, teaching, and/or service, to the diversity and excellence of the academic community within the School of Public Health and the University.

This scientist may serve as a Senior Project Lead at the AHRQ-designated Brown Evidence-based Practice Center (EPC), housed at the Center for Evidence Synthesis in Health. She or he will be assisting the EPC Directors in the day-to-day operation of the EPC and applying for, leading, and conducting systematic review and related projects. The successful applicant is expected to serve as mentor and trainer for other projects at the Center for Evidence Synthesis in Health; mentor others to serve as project leads at the Brown EPC; and mentor/train graduate students, trainees, clinical research methodologists, and biostatisticians.

The position will likely be affiliated with the Center for Evidence Synthesis in Health, which is led by TA Trikalinos. The object of study of this center includes methods and applications of evidence synthesis and health decision analysis, broadly meant. More information about Brown’s Center for Evidence Synthesis in Health is available here:

Information about Health Services, Policy & Practice Department can be found at: 



  • MD or equivalent, or PhD in biostatistics, epidemiology, economics, or other quantitative disciplines
  • Highly promising potential (for Assistant Professors) and documented record (for Associate and Full Professors) of applied and methodological contributions in the areas of interest.
  • Highly promising potential (for Assistant Professors) and documented record (for Associate and Full Professors) for securing competitive funding.
  • Prior experience with AHRQ’s Effective Healthcare EPC program or equivalent is a plus.

Application Instructions

Academic rank will be determined by the qualifications and experience of the applicant. Interested candidates should submit a letter of application, curriculum vitae and a brief research statement outlining their interests via Interfolio.

The letter of application should indicate the rank of the position (Assistant, Associate, Full).

Candidates who wish to be considered for Assistant Professor should arrange for three letters of recommendation to be submitted through Interfolio. Applicants for the Assistant Professor Rank should exhibit a potential to become top caliber researchers. They should demonstrate autonomy in developing their own research agenda and the potential to obtain competitive funding.

Candidates who wish to be considered for Associate or Full Professor should submit a list of five prospective referees. Applicants for the Associate (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. Review of applications will begin on May 1, 2024.   Applications received after the priority deadline (on March 30, 2024) may be reviewed until the position is filled or the search is closed. 

This institution is using Interfolio's Faculty Search to conduct this search. Applicants to this position receive a free Dossier account and can send all application materials, including confidential letters of recommendation, free of charge.

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