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Chair, Department of Medical Social Sciences

Northwestern University
Illinois, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted Date
Jan 25, 2022

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Health & Medicine, Other Health & Medicine, Social & Behavioral Sciences, Other Social & Behavioral Sciences
Employment Type
Full Time
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Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine invites applications and nominations for the position of Chair of the Department of Medical Social Sciences. The new Chair will report directly to the Dean of the medical school. In this role, the Chair is responsible for oversight of the academic, research, and administrative affairs of the Department. This includes responsibility for building and maintaining world-class programs in translational, clinical, and outcomes research. Recruiting, developing, and retaining outstanding academic investigators is also an important responsibility of the Chair.

The Department of Medical Social Sciences leverages the social sciences, such as psychology, sociology, anthropology and economics, to forge innovations and effective applications of those innovations to improve the health of the community and society.

The Department is one of the premier departments in the country and is home to over 60 faculty with research interests that include patient-reported outcomes, outcomes science, health outcomes measurement, developmental mechanisms of health and disease clinical trial design and interpretation, and qualitative and quantitative analytic methods. Natural partnerships across the University, including with the Institute for Public Health and Medicine and Department of Preventive Medicine, create a rich research environment that encourages collaboration.

Principal investigators appointed through the Feinberg School of Medicine are supported by $610.4 million of annual research funding.

The successful candidate will have training in a field relevant to the medical social sciences with a PhD and/or MD or equivalent, a national and international reputation as an expert and leader in their discipline, significant sponsored research funding, and qualifications for appointment as a professor.

Interested faculty should email their CV and a brief personal statement describing their interest in and qualifications for the position to:

Dr. Ila Allen

Recruitment Coordinator

Applications will be taken until the position is filled.


Northwestern requires all staff and faculty to be vaccinated against COVID-19, subject to limited exceptions. For more information, please visit our COVID-19 and Campus Updates website.

The Northwestern campus sits on the traditional homelands of the people of the Council of Three Fires, the Ojibwe, Potawatomi, and Odawa as well as the Menominee, Miami and Ho-Chunk nations. We acknowledge and honor the original people of the land upon which Northwestern University stands, and the Native people who remain on this land today.

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. Click for information on EEO is the Law.

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