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SNAC Postdoctoral Scholar in Learning Health Systems

Arizona State University

Arizona State University

Phoenix, AZ, USA
Posted on Wednesday, June 5, 2024

Arizona State University: Office of the University Provost Downtown: College of Health Solutions


Phoenix, AZ

Open Date

Feb 19, 2024


The College of Health Solutions (CHS) at Arizona State University (ASU) is seeking to fill a postdoctoral fellowship vacancy in learning health systems (LHS) to join the Safety Net Advancement Center (SNAC). The ideal candidate will have a background or interest in LHS, particularly in addressing critical challenges facing healthcare disparities and health-related social needs.

This two-year fellowship provides an exceptional opportunity for an early-career scholar to develop independent research skills and gain experience in LHS research, a rapidly growing field focused on improving healthcare through real-world data and innovation. You will join a vibrant, interdisciplinary research center (Safety Net Advancement Center, or SNAC) and collaborate with leading faculty on cutting-edge projects. The fellowship will focus on learning health system programs and research, rapid learning cycles in healthcare delivery, patient-centered interventions, grant proposal writing, manuscript writing, and program evaluation.

The Safety Net Advancement Center (SNAC) at Arizona State University (ASU) focuses upon interventions to improve equity and access for underserved populations; and determining how organizations that help underserved populations respond to payment reform and care delivery reform. SNAC works with health systems, community partners, and healthcare payers to develop and implement evidence-based approaches to improve access, equity, and population health. We are experts in healthcare finance and delivery, improvement science methods and techniques, and program evaluation. Our vision is to be a leading force in transforming Arizona healthcare into a continuous learning and improvement ecosystem, where knowledge seamlessly translates into better care and equitable outcomes for all.

The postdoctoral scholar will have the opportunity to contribute to multiple projects funded by PCORI, AHRQ, AHCCCS, SAMHSA, and more. They will also collaborate on future grant applications. Currently funded team projects examine the impact of peer learning collaboratives and financial incentives on practice transformation and the impact of a central, digital registry for advance directives. The scholar will design data collection tools, collect data, plan and conduct analysis, prepare first-author, peer-reviewed publications, collaborate with other team members, and present at national and international conferences. This position is also expected to apply for a K99/R00 and publish at least 3 manuscripts (1 as lead author) within the first 12 months of position.

At ASU and the College of Health Solutions, we work to maximize opportunities for people from diverse backgrounds, abilities, and perspectives. We value and encourage inclusive excellence as outlined in our ASU Charter and strive to foster a welcoming and inclusive environment for all faculty, staff, and students — which we believe is critical to our success as a community. All individuals who can strengthen our academic community are encouraged to apply and will be considered without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other basis protected by law.

About the College of Health Solutions

The College of Health Solutions is committed to translating scientific health research and discovery into practice to improve health outcomes through education, research, and service. We equip students with the knowledge and skills to influence healthier lifestyle choices; develop creative interventions to improve the health of people and populations; analyze and translate large amounts of health data into solutions; and maximize the technology, science, business, and application of diagnostics. Through teaching, academic programs, service and research, all faculty at the College of Health Solutions address one or more of our three major areas of focus: 1) The systems of health care and the health needs of populations; 2) Health and human performance of individuals across the lifespan; 3) Personalized interventions through precision health. Across these areas, we work to address complex and difficult health problems which require transformative collaboration, translational research, and innovation. We are particularly interested in making an impact on populations with significant health disparities.

Our research programs encompass basic science, discovery science, clinical trials, intervention science and measurement of health outcomes. In all cases, our faculty use interdisciplinary approaches to address the complex systems that underpin health problems. We are highly collaborative, transparent and team-oriented. Our innovative organizational structure includes translational teams that move science from labs into communities with evidence-based interventions that make a difference, as well as affinity networks where teams of people work together to improve methodologies and processes. All our programs, in and out of the classroom, are designed with the goal of improving the health of people and communities.

Current training programs include behavioral health, biomedical diagnostics, biomedical informatics, exercise science, health promotion, health sciences, kinesiology, medical studies, nutrition, population health, the science of health care delivery, and speech and hearing science. Our programs are offered at the ASU Downtown Phoenix, Tempe, Polytechnic, West and Lake Havasu campuses, as well as on Mayo Clinic’s campus in north Phoenix.

About Arizona State University

Arizona State University is a new model for American higher education, an unprecedented combination of academic excellence, entrepreneurial energy, and broad access. U.S. News & World Report ranks ASU #1 in the U.S. for innovation for nine years in a row. ASU has been named a Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI) by the U.S. Department of Education, a major milestone in its enterprise-wide commitment to increase the diversity of its student body. ASU is also part of the prestigious Association of American Universities (AAU), which comprises the nation’s most elite research universities.

This New American University is a single, unified institution comprising multiple differentiated campuses positively impacting the economic, social, cultural, and environmental health of the communities it serves. Its research is inspired by real world application blurring the boundaries that traditionally separate academic disciplines. ASU serves 144,800 students across all campuses and on-line as of the Fall 2023 semester. ASU champions intellectual and cultural diversity and welcomes students from all fifty states and more than one hundred nations across the globe.

For more information about ASU and the College of Health Solutions, visit http://about.asu.edu/ and https://chs.asu.edu.


Required Qualifications

  • Doctorate or terminal degree in a field relevant to public health, health policy, healthcare management, health services research, or a related field.
  • Existing research focus in health policy, healthcare management, or health services.
  • Strong analytical skills and expertise using statistical packages like Stata, SPSS, SAS
  • Demonstrated ability to apply for a K99/R00 and publish at least 3 manuscripts (1 as lead author) within the first 12 months of position.
  • Demonstrated ability to work, collaborate, and communicate effectively with diverse colleagues, community partners, and staff.
  • Shows support of ASU’s commitment to inclusive excellence as outlined in the ASU charter

Desired Qualifications

  • Experience working with healthcare data and electronic health records
  • Familiarity with health policy, healthcare systems, and patient-centered care delivery models
  • Experience or familiarity with comparative effectiveness research and patient-centered outcome research
  • Expertise in qualitative research methods
  • Expertise in research methods and study design
  • Knowledge of US food and nutrition policies and programs
  • Background, knowledge, and/or research that could be conducted or relevant to the needs of Arizona's diverse populations
  • Potential for high impact research
  • Evidence of participation in translational, trans-disciplinary, and team science initiatives

Application Instructions

Applications will be reviewed beginning April 30, 2024. Applications will continue to be accepted on a rolling basis for a reserve pool. Applications in the reserve pool may then be reviewed in the order in which they were received until the position is filled.

To apply submit the following:

  • A letter of interest including the name of the position for which you are applying, your qualifications and professional experience, and an example(s) of how your work has exemplified Arizona State University’s Charter and its values of Inclusive Excellence
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Copies of up to three publications;
  • Information for three professional references (their position, title, e-mail, phone number). References will not be contacted until the candidate progresses to the latter stages of the search process.

Informal inquiries and questions can be directed to Dr. William Riley at william.j.riley@asu.edu