Rutgers University invites applications and nominations for the position of Director of the Institute for Health, Health Care Policy, and Aging Research (IFH). The Director will play a key leadership role in advancing the mission of the Institute within Rutgers University, the greater New Jersey region and beyond. The Director will be a visionary scholar of national stature with a strong behavioral, social science, and/or health services research orientation who can lead the Institute and foster collaborations with other academic and research units across the University. Building on the Institute's tremendous history, and playing a vital role in building bridges that promote application of the social sciences to pressing questions of clinical practice and health policy, the Director will have the opportunity to redefine the Institute and recruit a new generation of researchers and scholars.
Located on the Rutgers campus in New Brunswick, the IFH was founded in 1985 and is a vibrant, multidisciplinary research institute dedicated to scholarly collaboration and research that focuses on critical questions related to health, health services, population health, mental health, and health policy. The Institute is currently home to 75 core and associate faculty, and is located in a new 57,000 square foot, state-of-the-art, custom-built academic and research facility adjacent to both the Rutgers College of Nursing and the Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. The outstanding faculty have generated award-winning scholarship that has influenced fields including medical sociology, health psychology, history of medicine, economics, nursing, public health, psychiatry, global health, social gerontology, health services, medicine, social work, pharmacoepidemiology, medical ethics, and health policy. The Institute is an approximately $10 million entity with a current research portfolio of approximately $7 million per year. With a long-standing history of federally, private and state funded research programs, the IFH has served as home to six faculty elected to the Institute of Medicine (now renamed the National Academy of Medicine).
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, is a state-wide institution comprised of three universities: Rutgers University – New Brunswick; Rutgers University – Newark; and Rutgers University – Camden; as well as an array of medical and public health schools and institutes organized under the banner of Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, which is aligned with Rutgers – New Brunswick. Rutgers is a large, public land grant and research university with 33 degree-granting schools and colleges, more than 65,000 students and almost 25,000 faculty and staff.
Rutgers University – New Brunswick is a member of the prestigious Association of American Universities (AAU). According to U.S. News and World Report's most recent rankings of national universities, Rutgers University – New Brunswick is among the top 25 public universities in the nation, and among the top five public universities in the northeast. Approximately 50 Rutgers graduate programs rank in the top 50 in the nation according to U.S. News and World Report: Best Graduate Schools. The Times Higher Education World Reputation Rankings include Rutgers among the top 100 universities in the world.
Established by the 2012 New Jersey Medical and Health Sciences Education Restructuring Act, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences (RBHS) is the major health care education, research, and clinical division at Rutgers University. RBHS has greatly expanded Rutgers' mission as it has incorporated medical and health related academic programs and services into its core, effective July 1, 2013. Rutgers is now a stronger comprehensive university, with greater capacity for instruction, research, clinical services, and community outreach. The integration has strengthened Rutgers in overall research dollars and expanded its breadth of research capabilities in the biomedical sciences. Research and development expenditures top $677 million annually, placing Rutgers among the top 20 universities in the nation. With $612.5 million in annual sponsored research grants, Rutgers brings more federal research dollars to New Jersey than all other New Jersey colleges and universities combined.
Reporting to the Chancellor for RBHS, the IFH Director will lead the Institute's development and direction within a larger consolidated university. The University seeks an imaginative and energetic individual with demonstrated intellectual and administrative leadership skills. The ideal candidate will be visionary with a passion for building relationships across and outside of the University. S/he will have demonstrated success in promoting, fostering and conducting funded research, with a distinguished record of achievement and professional credentials consistent with appointment at the rank of Full Professor. An earned doctoral degree and experience working in a university, academic health or institutional research setting are required.
Inquiries, nominations and applications are invited. Interested candidates should submit confidentially, in electronic form (Microsoft Word or Adobe PDF files preferred) a curriculum vitae and letter of interest to:
Dr. Jett Pihakis
Ms. Stephanie Fujii
Rutgers University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer. The University actively encourages applications and nominations of women, minorities, and persons with disabilities and applications from candidates with diverse cultural backgrounds.