Faculty Leadership Opportunity: Director, Clinical Research Informatics

Help us develop a new enterprise-wide clinical research infrastructure at USC.

May 09, 2013

The Keck School of Medicine (KSOM) of the University of Southern California (USC) and the Southern California Clinical and Translational Science Institute (SC CTSI) are pleased to announce the recruitment of a faculty member to serve as Director, Clinical Research Informatics.

Under the direction of the KSOM Vice Dean for Translational Research, the successful candidate will provide leadership, vision and oversight for clinical research informatics and clinical research data systems within the School of Medicine and in collaboration with other health science disciplines at USC. 

The director, who will also serve as the informatics lead in the SC CTSI,  will partner with the USC Health System’s Deputy CIO for Research Informatics and Healthcare Exchange, the CIO for USC Health, and the CIO for Children's Hospital Los Angeles to create and sustain a robust information infrastructure and tools for clinical research, including a clinical data warehouse for research. S/he will also coordinate requirements definition and end user engagement among the faculty among all of the schools who are engaged in clinical and translational science.

USC has a strong track record of focus in this area and, under the aegis of the SC CTSI, is investing in creating a comprehensive infrastructure for clinical research scientists. The various health science schools at USC collaborate on matters of human subjects’ protection, research administration and interdisciplinary research projects and programs. 

Cores of expertise in high performance computing, biostatistics, and health services research exist in USC’s schools and departments. In collaboration with the newly formed USC Health enterprise and with USCs academic partner, Children's Hospital Los Angeles, USC’s health science schools have potential access to the living laboratory of nearly 2 million patient lives. 

The Keck School of Medicine and the School of Pharmacy are also the academic partners of the LAC+USC Medical Center, one of the largest public hospitals in the U.S. and the largest of the Los Angeles County Department of Health Services facilities.

The ideal candidate will have formal informatics training (e.g., PhD preparation or MD with an informatics fellowship) together with a track record of engaging in or facilitating clinical research.  Experience with leveraging data derived from electronic health records is strongly preferred.  The position will carry an academic appointment in the Division of Biomedical Informatics, Department of Preventive Medicine; academic rank will be commensurate with the research portfolio and experience of the candidate. 

In addition to prior academic experience, the ideal candidate will have expertise in program management, institutional leadership, and experience working in a university environment, including collaboration among health profession schools.  Skills in faculty recruitment and professional mentoring are also valued.

Interested candidates should forward their curriculum vitae and cover letter describing qualifications and interest in the position to:
Thomas Buchanan, MD, Vice Dean for Translational Research, Keck School of Medicine of USC; Director, SC CTSI
c/o Kevin Barney (kbarney@usc.edu)

NIH Funding Acknowledgment: Important - All publications resulting from the utilization of SC CTSI resources are required to credit the SC CTSI grant by including the NIH funding acknowledgment and must comply with the NIH Public Access Policy.