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Open Rank Faculty Search for Health Economists or Health Services Researchers

The Division of Public Health Sciences at Wake Forest School of Medicine in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, invites applications for one or more faculty positions in health economics, with the appointment to be in any of the Division’s departments (described below). The Division is committed to developing expertise in health economics to complement existing areas of strength and to contribute to health system efforts centered on population health management. Initial appointments would either be tenure-track or tenured. Ideal candidates will have the following qualifications:

  • A doctoral degree in health economics, health policy, health services research or related fields.  
  • Experience collaborating with medical and public health professionals in a multidisciplinary setting.
  • Demonstrated ability to obtain competitive grant funding.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.

Successful applicants at the level of Associate or Full Professor should have experience obtaining federal funding.  Teaching expectations are minimal as the Division does not offer graduate programs in health economics. While the position will primarily focus on research, prior teaching and mentoring experience is a plus. All outstanding applicants are encouraged to apply. The Division is particularly interested in candidates with expertise in the areas of econometrics, health services research, comparative effectiveness studies, health policy, and research using large existing claims or electronic health record datasets (Medicare claims, Veterans Affairs system, PCORnet, etc.).

The Division of Public Health Sciences includes 65 faculty and 215 staff in four vibrant academic departments: Biostatistics and Data Science, Epidemiology & Prevention, Implementation Science, and Social Sciences & Health Policy.  The Division has consistently ranked in the top 10 of NIH funding for organizations of its type, with $51M in total extramural funding in FY2018. The Division’s overall goals are to further research in the areas of cardiovascular disease, diabetes, obesity, cancer, aging, cognition, women’s and adolescent health, substance use prevention, community interventions, and health disparities, and to strengthen research at the school by providing consultation in the development of research proposals, study design, statistical analysis and other methodological issues. The Division serves as the coordinating center for numerous multicenter observational studies and randomized clinical trials. Wake Forest is a member in PCORnet, a distributed data network that leverages EHR and claims data to conduct large-scale observational and pragmatic experimental research. Specifically, Wake belongs to the STaR (Stakeholders, Technology, and Research) CRN (Clinical Research Network) within PCORnet, creating enormous potential for collaborative research opportunities in health care effectiveness, cost-effectiveness and health services research. The Division offers a Master of Science degree in Clinical and Population Translational Science, a program targeted to the training of physicians and post-doctoral fellows.

Wake Forest Baptist Health is home to more than 20,000 employees, which includes over 1,200 faculty members, making the Medical Center the largest employer in Forsyth County. The Medical Center’s primary service area is a 26-county region in northwestern North Carolina and southwestern Virginia and provides a continuum of care that includes primary care centers, tertiary care, outpatient rehabilitation, dialysis centers, and home health care.

Winston-Salem, North Carolina, has a population of approximately 240,000 (about 370,000 in Forsyth County). The city is nestled in the northwestern region of North Carolina, within easy driving distance to the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains and the pristine beaches of North Carolina.

Applicants should send a cover letter, curriculum vitae, research statement, and contact information for 3 or more references to nbuchhe@wakehealth.edu.  Applications will be considering on a rolling basis starting February 15th until the positions are filled. Wake Forest Baptist Health is an Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Employer with a strong commitment to achieving diversity among its faculty and staff.  EOE/AA.