Northwestern University: Research Assistant or Associate Professor in Preventive Medicine

Position: Lead Investigator for Northwestern University’s Participation as a HealthCare Provider Organization in the All of Us Cohort Study (NIH Precision Medicine Initiative)

Background: The “All of Us” study is a large (at least 1 million people) voluntary national research cohort started in 2016. Cohort recruitment will begin in 2017 and continue, according to current plans, through 2020 or longer. Participant follow-up is expected to last for at least 10 years. Study sponsors are the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the White House.

The All of Us Study is described by the NIH as a national, patient-powered research cohort of one million or more Americans who volunteer to participate in research. Participants will be involved in the design of the Initiative and will have the opportunity to contribute diverse sources of data — including medical records; profiles of the patient’s genes, metabolites (chemical makeup), and microorganisms in and on the body; environmental and lifestyle data; patient-generated information; and personal device and sensor data. This ambitious project will leverage existing research and clinical networks and build on innovative research models that enable patients to be active participants and partners. The cohort data will be broadly accessible to qualified researchers and will have the potential to inspire scientists from multiple disciplines to join the effort and apply their creative thinking to generate new insights. The overall goal of the project is to improve the scientific understanding of what contributes to differences in disease risks and treatment responses between individuals (i.e., precision medicine). The hope is that a very large and unprecedented study size, combined with novel sources of data collection, will create a research platform for precision medicine to be realized.

Northwestern University and its local partner organizations have a goal to enroll 150,000 Illinois participants in the study. In addition to the funding for participant enrollment, the NIH will also support a data and research support center, of which Northwestern is a sub-awardee, and a participant technologies center to help build the All of Us Cohort Program.

Research Assistant or Associate Professor Position: The Northwestern University Department of Preventive Medicine is currently the contact organization with NIH for the Illinois Consortium. A researcher with experience in recruitment and engagement of participants in research studies is sought who can lead the Northwestern effort. The individual holding this key position will work with other Northwestern faculty and staff to design and implement recruitment strategies, supervise a Project Director who will lead the field efforts, interact with local and national collaborators on the All of Us Study through frequent conference calls and webinars, as well as attend national meetings as required by the study. The person in this position will coordinate communications nationally and locally on behalf of Northwestern as the contact organization with NIH. The position will require interaction with the national IRB, with local regulatory and business agencies (such as Office of Sponsored Research), and with Northwestern Medicine and all of its medical care delivery sites as a major partner in this large, long-term, and complex research infrastructure. This position will oversee a staff that eventually will include as many as 20 individuals working in recruitment and data collection roles across the Chicagoland area.

We seek an experienced researcher with confidence and maturity to lead this complex and demanding study. This individual will work closely with senior faculty in the Department of Preventive Medicine at Northwestern who will help direct the research plans and data collection processes. Minimal requirements are a PhD degree in a relevant field (Public Health, Community Medicine, Behavioral Research, Epidemiology, or other related field) and at least 5 years of previous research experience including a major role in a previous cohort study. The successful candidate will be appointed as a full-time Research Assistant or Associate Professor in the Department of Preventive Medicine at Northwestern and will be able to participate in departmental and university activities as time allows. Salary will be based on rank and commensurate with experience and a full and competitive benefits package will be available to the selected candidate.

We hope to hire this critical position before recruitment starts in July 2017; however the start date is negotiable and the position will remain open until filled. Applicants should send letter of interest and CV, along with names of 5 possible references, to:
Dr. Philip Greenland; Department of Preventive Medicine; 680 North Lake Shore Drive; Suite 1400; Phone: 312-908-1723; e-mail: [email protected].

Northwestern University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer of all protected classes, including veterans and individuals with disabilities. Women, racial and ethnic minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply. Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the United States.


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last updated 27-Apr-2017