Department Chair, Department of Biomedical Informatics, School of Medicine

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Department Chair, Department of Biomedical Informatics, School of Medicine
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The University of Utah, an AA/EO employer, encourages applications from women and minorities, and provides reasonable accommodation to the known disabilities of applicants and employees.The University of Utah values candidates who have experience working in settings with students from diverse backgrounds, and possess a strong or demonstrated commitment to improving access to higher education for historically underrepresented students.


Position/Rank Tenure Track
Department 00193 - Office of SR VP Health Sci
City Salt Lake City, UT
Track Tenure Track
New Position to Begin Once Filled
Details

University of Utah School of Medicine (SOM) seeks a dynamic, collaborative leader to serve as its next Chair, Department of Biomedical Informatics (BMI Chair). This is a unique opportunity to lead a growing department—the first of its kind in the country—and one of the most prestigious programs internationally, into its future. The position is located in Salt Lake City, Utah.

The BMI Chair will lead institutional efforts to evolve educational offerings, facilitate research, define the next frontiers in biomedical informatics and promote its researchers as global thought leaders. The BMI Chair will have the opportunity to collaborate in the translational application of biomedical informatics to clinical care and with clinical partners in the development of novel tools and technologies that advance high quality patient care. The BMI Chair serves at the intersection of biomedical informatics education, research, and the improvement of clinical care while innovating and enabling the mission of the SOM. The BMI Chair will provide the vision for the future of the Department and the field including direction for its faculty, staff, students and collaborators. The BMI Chair will be responsible for finance and operations, working with outstanding staff members in the Department, SOM, and University of Utah Health System.

The BMI Chair will collaborate with the Chief Medical Information Officer, Knowledge Management and Mobilization team (led by Departmental faculty), and other department chairs on informatics and data science initiatives that look to transform patient care, including genomics and precision medicine. The BMI Chair will also work closely with the Co-Directors of the Center for Clinical & Translational Science on institutional informatics efforts. Another significant clinical and research partnership is with the Huntsman Cancer Institute, where the BMI Chair will collaborate closely with the Institute’s research informatics team.

This position with the University of Utah School of Medicine’s rich history of educating the next generation of biomedical informatics leaders. The Department degree and non-degree programs include the PhD, Master’s, graduate certificate, AMIA training program and National Library of Medicine (NLM) training programs, among others. The SOM has graduated more biomedical informatics leaders than any other program in the country and looks continually for ways to innovate its curriculum.

This is an exciting opportunity for a visionary biomedical informatics leader to take a leadership role at a highly respected organization during a time of transformation and innovation. The BMI Chair, must be a thought-leader in the field with a robust record in grant funding, institutional partnership development, recruitment and retention, and mentorship of junior faculty, and a proven ability to collaborate with external organizations.

The Chair, Department of Biomedical Informatics (BMI Chair) will be expected to lead the faculty, staff, and students of the well-established Department, numbering around 138 (92 faculty and 45 staff), in successfully furthering the missions of the Department and the University of Utah School of Medicine (SOM), including supporting educational programs, research, and clinical systems and processes.

The BMI Chair offers an opportunity for a new leadership vision to advance the talented Department by continuing to build bridges and strengthen relationships with key population and genetic scientists, with data-generating and data-driven partners, as well as work with the clinical enterprise to implement transformational health services research initiatives. She/he will also encourage the development of clinical research tools by department faculty and staff. The BMI Chair will seek to increase the amount of external grant funding and philanthropy.

The BMI Chair will assist Vice Chair, Biomedical Informatics in serving as a strategic liaison between the SOM and its Center for Clinical & Translational Science (CCTS) partners in the core area of informatics and in related cooperative ventures. She/he will serve on internal and external governance committees, including those focused on information systems, advance health sciences research and health care delivery innovations.

Candidate Qualifications
Education/Certification
– An MD, a PhD, or both, with a sustained record of extramural funding
– Recognition in the field of biomedical informatics
Knowledge and Work Experience
– Demonstrated experience leading a complex biomedical informatics department, division or unit; preferably in an academic health setting
– Deep scholarly publication record that would meet the requirements for appointment at the rank of professor with tenure

Procedure for Candidacy
Please direct all nominations and resumes to Hillary Ross and Zach Durst, preferably via e-mail, to zdurst@wittkieffer.com.

Information that cannot be sent electronically may be forwarded to:
Hillary Ross and Zach Durst
WittKieffer
2015 Spring Road, Suite 510
Oak Brook, Illinois 60523
Phone: 630-990-6956

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.

EEO/Diversity Information

The University of Utah is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and does not discriminate based upon race, national origin, color, religion, sex, age, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, status as a person with a disability, genetic information, or Protected Veteran status. Individuals from historically underrepresented groups, such as minorities, women, qualified persons with disabilities and protected veterans are encouraged to apply. Veterans’ preference is extended to qualified applicants, upon request and consistent with University policy and Utah state law. Upon request, reasonable accommodations in the application process will be provided to individuals with disabilities. To inquire about the University’s nondiscrimination or affirmative action policies or to request disability accommodation, please contact: Director, Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action, 201 S. Presidents Circle, Rm 135, (801) 581-8365.

The University of Utah values candidates who have experience working in settings with students from diverse backgrounds, and possess a strong commitment to improving access to higher education for historically underrepresented students.

Notice

The University is a participating employer with Utah Retirement Systems (“URS”). Eligible new hires with prior URS service, may elect to enroll in URS if they make the election before they become eligible for retirement (usually the first day of work). Contact Human Resources at (801) 581-7447 for information. Individuals who previously retired and are receiving monthly retirement benefits from URS are subject to URS’ post-retirement rules and restrictions. Please contact Utah Retirement Systems at (801) 366-7770 or (800) 695-4877 or University Human Resource Management at (801) 581-7447 if you have questions regarding the post-retirement rules.

This position may require the successful completion of a criminal background check and/or drug screen and immunizations.

Special Instructions for Candidates

Please direct all nominations and resumes to Hillary Ross and Zach Durst, preferably via e-mail, to zdurst@wittkieffer.com.

Information that cannot be sent electronically may be forwarded to:
Hillary Ross and Zach Durst
WittKieffer
2015 Spring Road, Suite 510
Oak Brook, Illinois 60523
Phone: 630-990-6956

Open Date 07/01/2020
Close Date
Open Until Filled Yes
Requisition Number PRN02471F
Type Faculty

Posting Specific Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  • * Do you have an MD, PhD, or MD, PhD degree?
    • Yes
    • No
  • One measure of faculty diversity at the School of Medicine is the proportion of faculty members who come from a rural background. Did you graduate high school from a town with less than 10,000 persons?
    • Yes
    • No

  • Applicant Documents
    Required Documents
  • Cover Letter
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Optional Documents
  • Appropriate discharge document (such as a DD-214 – Member Copy 4) – Veteran Only – Call 801.581.2169
  • Addendum to the University of Utah - Veteran Only - Call 801.581.2169 after submission
  • Commitment Statement - Explain how you will further the goal of building a culturally diverse and inclusive educational environment.

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