Postdoctoral Scholar for Biomedical and Health Information Sciences

  • University of Illinois at Chicago
  • Chicago, IL, USA
  • Feb 16, 2018
Full time Education

Job Description

The University of Illinois at Chicago, Department of Biomedical & Health Information Sciences, College of Applied Health Sciences is seeking one qualified candidate for a Postdoctoral position. This position will provide individuals (who are ABD or recently received a doctoral degree) with an advanced academic research training under the guidance of a supervising faculty mentor. The appointment will run for one to two years and is designed to develop the postdoctoral scholar as an independent scientist.

The desired candidate must have a terminal degree (PhD) in psychology or the social sciences, health or biomedical informatics, human-computer interaction, human factors or industrial engineering, computer science or information technology, or communication.

The candidate will work within our health informatics team to lead research studies, which may include the development of mobile health technologies. Part of the research will focus on health information technologies that support the healthcare of African-American and Latino populations. It is expected that this individual will split their time between conducting their own independent scholarly research and supporting the research of their direct supervisor. In the former case, the individual will have available the strength from the entire team to support their independent research.


Duties and Responsibilities

The following are examples of typical duties. Other duties may be assigned.

  • Assist faculty researchers and other collaborators, or may act independently, in planning and designing research experiments
  • Present research results to internal and external parties
  • Perform data collection/processing, data statistical analyses, including selecting the appropriate analysis procedure
  • Set up data for analysis, judging validity and reliability of data
  • Write and submit IRB documentation
  • Engage in fieldwork and writing of research and technical publications
  • Supervise graduate assistants, e.g. Master’s and PhD students
  • Write grant manuscripts and proposals
  • Participate in seminars, lectures, poster sessions and presentations at national meetings



To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.

  • Organizational and project management skills
  • Written and oral communication skills
  • Skill in leading, coordinating, and/or supervising the work of others
  • The ability to work effectively with people from a variety of culturally diverse backgrounds
  • Research design, methods, and practices


Other Preferred Skills and Abilities

  • Proficiency in R or similar commonly used statistical languages
  • Prototyping of mobile health apps
  • Values research integrity and collaborative research
  • Effective problem solving/critical thinking skills
  • Ability to work independently and with a strong work ethic
  • High level of motivation
  • Excellent communication/interpersonal skills
  • Ability to exercise discretion and judgment

Description of Department, College, and University

The Department of Biomedical and Health Information Sciences is within the College of Applied Health Sciences at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). UIC is a public research university with a Carnegie One Research University classification. In addition to the College of Medicine, collaborative efforts span six additional health science colleges—as well as Engineering, Computer Science, and Business. UIC is a major research university with $350 million in annual external funding. As a $1.5 billion enterprise, the UI Health System is unique among U.S. academic medical centers in its focus in delivering personalized health to “at risk” populations.

BHIS houses programs at the undergraduate, graduate, and post-professional level, including a new PhD program in Biomedical and Health Informatics. The four programs include: Biomedical and Health Informatics (BHI), Biomedical Visualization, Health Informatics, and Health Information Management, consisting of 22 full-time tenure track and clinical rank faculty and 65 adjunct faculty. BHIS’s projected 2018-19 total enrollment will be approximately 700 students, and is the second largest department in the College. Importantly, of the four BHIS programs, Biomedical and Health Informatics remains the primary research unit in the department. In 2011-16, BHIS managed $4.8M in awarded grants.

Currently, research faculty in the area of BHI pursue the effective uses of biomedical data, information, and knowledge for scientific inquiry and decision-support––motivated by efforts to improve human health, particularly through the use of health information technology. Particular faculty interests include: clinical information systems and decision-support, electronic/data visualization, data simplification, communication and care coordination, mobile computing and personal health records, human-computer interaction and human factors, social networking, clinical data warehouses/data marts, natural language processing, terminology/ontologies, population health and health disparities, simulation-intelligent systems, patient safety/health information technology, social and organizational issues in computing, and privacy/security.


The University of Illinois at Chicago is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer. Minorities, women, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.


The University of Illinois may conduct background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer. Background checks will be performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act.


Candidates must submit a cover letter, research statement, and a comprehensive curriculum vitae that outlines all publications, presentations, grants and scholarships, courses taught, title of dissertation and date of graduation, and three references. Courses taught should describe if the course was co-taught with a faculty member or solo-taught.


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