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Position: Director, Health Services Research at Regenstrief Institute


Co-hire of Regenstrief Institute, Inc. and Indiana University School of Medicine


Regenstrief Institute, Inc. (RI) and the Indiana University School of Medicine (IUSM), are an innovative individual to serve as Director of The William M. Tierney Center for Health Services Research at Regenstrief Institute. The Director provides strategic vision, intellectual and academic leadership, and administrative oversight to the Center, and promotes its mission to improve the delivery and outcomes of health care through research in innovative advances in health services.  Along with a university faculty appointment, the Director of this Center reports to the President/CEO of Regenstrief Institute.

The Director oversees 22 academically appointed Regenstrief scientists and 20 associated staff, actively participates in mission-driven academic initiatives, and serves as a member of Regenstrief’s executive leadership council. The qualified candidate who successfully fills this position will have access to Institute and University resources, including administrative and operational support, and biostatistics, data analytics, and informatics cores.

Over 20 years ago, Regenstrief Institute and Indiana University School of Medicine leaders co-founded a health services research working group to advance the science of improving the delivery and outcomes of health care. Today, this robust community successfully maintains both Veterans Affairs (VA) and non-VA research platforms. Health services research faculty apply expertise from the fields of health care, social and behavioral sciences, health informatics, industrial and human-factors engineering, and other disciplines, to drive high-impact lines of research through attention to the following:

  • Health information and health information technology
  • Health communication
  • Health systems and coordination of care
  • Health economics
  • Medication safety, patient safety, and pharmacoepidemiology
  • Implementation science
  • Chronic pain, stroke, cancer, and mental health
  • Local/global community health services
  • Medical education, fellowship training, and professionalism in medicine
  • Methodological strengths in mixed-methods research, clinical trials, observational studies, community-based participatory research, analyzing and linking large databases, outcomes research, implementation science, program evaluation, clinical decision support, and fidelity measurement

Qualified candidates from any medicine or health service specialty are encouraged to apply. A successful candidate would have sufficiently comprehensive knowledge of the domains listed above, to mobilize the future efforts of the Center’s multidisciplinary, collaborative community, and advance interdisciplinary research partnerships across the Institute and the life sciences community within Indiana, including institutions such as:

In particular, the Director in this position would engage creatively to address the center’s priorities, including the following.

  • Maintenance of the robust and fluid working partnership with the VA HSR&D Center for Health Information and Communication, continually fostering collaboration across VA and non-VA platforms.
  • Programmatic opportunities that can support the work of center faculty, including those who are dually appointed in the VA and Regenstrief Institute.
  • Recruitment, mentoring, and training strategies that intersect with, complement, and expand existing research and methodological foci, with the goal of increasing the impact of Regenstrief’s health services research.

The ideal candidate for this Director position is an accomplished researcher, well-established in her or his career, who has considerable experience leading researchers and research teams and executing programmatic initiatives. The Director should demonstrate a commitment to policy-relevant research and be energized by the possibilities of cultivating and sustaining productive relationships with faculty and staff, external research collaborators, funders, operational partners, and other key stakeholders. The Director holds experience leading research in one of the Center’s research foci or other areas of research strategically aligned with imminent challenges for health services research: organizing and financing of care, clinical evaluation and outcomes research, monitoring and accountability, clinical decision making, populations and communities, and provider and consumer behavior.

We seek a Director who demonstrates innovation, vision, thought leadership, intellectual curiosity, integrity, excellence, and a level of research expertise that is required to lead the collective work of this research community. The Director should have the agility required to shift from discovery to program development to translating and sharing findings, to foster a deeper understanding of key issues in health care, and to pave and illuminate the pathways to achieving better health care for everyone. This is a full-time position and will remain open until filled, with an expected start date in 2019 or 2020.

The Indiana University School of Medicine is comprised of 26 academic departments that cover basic science and clinical science areas of medicine. Faculty here enjoy a collaborative professional environment, where research scientists and clinical physicians at all stages of their career work together to address the world’s most pressing health care challenges. IU The School offers a world-class medical education throughout nine statewide campuses that offer rural and urban settings that are consistently recognized for livability. With access to leading medical researchers, a large hospital network and top NIH funding in many areas of medicine, IUSM offers outstanding opportunities for career growth, development and continuous learning.

Regenstrief Institute is a dynamic, people-centered research organization passionate about its mission to connect and innovate for better health. We envision a world where better information empowers people to end disease and realize true health, and we pursue this vision through research and development. Our talented and dedicated staff support an award-winning group of group of faculty investigators from both Indiana University and Purdue University focused on methodological research and/or health research/applications. Across the Institute, we pursue ways to collaborate to integrate research discovery, technological advances, and systems improvement into the practice of medicine.

The Indiana University School of Medicine and Regenstrief Institute are jointly committed to building a culturally diverse faculty, and strongly urge applications from women and minorities. It is the University’s policy to provide reasonable accommodations for qualified persons with disabilities. Indiana University is an EEO/AA equal opportunity and affirmative action employer, M/F/D/V.


Requirements: candidates must have all of the following.

  • MD or PhD (or equivalent)
  • Minimum of 5 years of relevant administrative experience
  • Demonstrated expertise in strategic planning, leadership, and long-range program development
  • Expertise equivalent to an appointment with tenure as an Associate Professor or Professor

Desired qualifications: to be successful in this position, candidates should have all of the following.

  • A history of independent extramural funding
  • Published record of scholarly achievement and scientific productivity
  • Experience mentoring faculty and trainees
  • The skills and vision required to recruit talented scientists, and to cultivate interdisciplinary research

Demonstrated expertise in identifying and securing research support from diverse sources such as government or private organizations.

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Documents required to apply:

  • Short letter of interest noting key leadership experience
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Statement of and/or vision for, research, service, and teaching

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