In the American system of federalism, states play vital roles in the formation and implementation of policies addressing the health of the public, especially society's most vulnerable. They also serve as laboratories for important innovations in health care financing, delivery, and population health improvement. Rigorous research is essential to inform effective state health policy. Since it was established in 1999, the Rutgers Center for State Health Policy (Center/CSHP) has become one of the nation's premiere research groups focused on critical health policy issues in the states. The Center's mission is to inform, support, and stimulate sound and creative state health policy in New Jersey and around the nation.
CSHP seeks to broaden its capacity to contribute important new knowledge to inform effective state health policies by recruiting an experienced scholar to join its leadership team. Candidates are sought who bring deep expertise in one or more areas relevant to major US state health policy issues, such as health equity and disparities, health care financing and delivery, aging and long-term services and supports, and population health improvement. The successful candidate will be expected to advance a portfolio of research that explores and addresses significant health policy challenges facing states, assume an active role in the Center's strategic planning, and take on increasing leadership and mentorship responsibilities within the Center over time.
Minimum Education and Experience:
An earned doctoral degree in a relevant discipline such as political science, economics, or sociology, or other professional or applied research field such as law, public policy, or health services research is required. Candidates with clinical practice degrees who also have advanced research training and experience are encouraged to apply. The successful candidate will have the strong empirical skills and theoretical grounding needed to support the development and leadership of a rigorous extramurally funded program of research. A demonstrated record of success competing for federal or other substantial research grants is essential. Experience and enthusiasm in contributing to the professional development and mentorship of junior faculty, fellows, research staff, and students are strongly desired.
Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
The incumbent will work within CSHP as a member-in-residence of the Institute for Health, Health Care Policy and Aging Research (Institute/IFH), CSHP's parent unit; and will hold a tenured appointment in a Rutgers school or department appropriate to her/his academic credentials where s/he will teach and mentor students. Salary and rank will be commensurate with academic achievements including peer-reviewed funded research, scholarly publication record, and other relevant professional experience. Qualified candidates with additional experience in pertinent government agencies or similar positions are encouraged to apply. Initial support for establishing a strong program of research will be provided with the expectation that the incumbent will independently support and grow their research program with extramural funds over time.
While publication of research findings in high-impact peer-reviewed journals is an important Center objective, CSHP also greatly values its direct engagement with diverse groups of policy audiences to effectively translate its findings to policy and practice. The Center is viewed as a long-standing trusted resource for rigorous, informative, and impartial research across the political and policy spectrum.
The new faculty member will join the Center's core team of accomplished full-time and affiliated faculty and highly skilled data and research analysts, project managers, and administrative staff. Center faculty also partner with other faculty across a broad range of disciplines within the Institute for Health and other Rutgers units. This rich collaborative environment includes faculty in the social sciences, public policy, geography, demography, public health, nursing, medicine, nutrition, and other fields. Rutgers scholars have exceptional capacity to address the most pressing health and healthcare challenges with considerable strength in the analysis of large, integrated health-related administrative and clinical datasets, national surveys, and other data. In particular, investigators within the Institute have great depth of expertise and experience in the analysis of Medicaid, Medicare, and private insurance data and the application of social science theory and advanced statistical techniques to analyze large data sets.
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