Post-Doctoral Fellow In Implementation Research

Denver, CO
Feb 21, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

University of Colorado - School of Medicine
Post-Doctoral Fellow in Implementation Research

This position is within the ACCORDS (Adult and Child Consortium for Health Outcomes Research and Delivery Science) Dissemination and Implementation (D & I) Program and is supported by ACCORDS, the Center on Aging, and an AHRQ-funded research grant. The D & I Program team includes several D&I scientists with a variety of interests and expertise and the successful candidate will work actively with this team. This position reports directly to Dr. Jodi Holtrop, Senior Implementation Scientist, with assistance from Dr. Russell Glasgow, the Program Co-Director and other core team members. The academic home for the position is within the Department of Family Medicine, but the post-doc will spend the majority of time working at ACCORDS. This is a 1-year fellowship with the opportunity for a second-year renewal. This position is immediately available and open until filled.

Areas of scientific inquiry include, but are not limited to:
  • Dissemination and implementation science, including planning and evaluation models (e.g. RE-aim, study of adaptations, interactive D & I tools)
  • Qualitative and mixed methods
  • Quantitative social science or public health (including but not limited to social network analysis)
  • Healthcare systems, including work in primary care and other national research networks
  • Research experience in management of chronic illnesses and issues facing older adult
  • Tailored research experiences in the candidates areas of interest

Specific Position Duties:

Implementation Research (80%)

The successful candidate will be involved in data collection and analysis of ongoing funded implementation research studies. Part of the fellow's time will be devoted to a specific AHRQ-funded study (Dr. Holtrop, PI) involving mixed methods evaluation of the implementation of obesity management services in primary care. Additional projects will be determined based on the fellow's interest and available funded studies. Effort will also be devoted to development of the field of D & I research including evaluating existing and creation of new methods, models and perspectives. The fellow will also have the opportunity to pursue grant funding for research projects.

Educational Training (10%)

The selected candidate will have access to and may actively participate in D&I courses, health services seminars, the ACCORDS seminar series, grant writing and work in progress seminars, as well as other training opportunities. Additionally, the fellow will be involved in providing seminars, webinars and participation in for-credit graduate courses in the area of D & I research to gain teaching and supervisory experience.

Scientific Dissemination (10%)

The successful candidate will have opportunities to participate in project and D & I Program meetings, manuscript preparation and editing, and dissemination of results through scientific conferences or other related venues. Innovative approaches to dissemination and sustainability will be studied. It is anticipated that support for presentation of results from these studies at one scientific conference per year will be available.


Minimum Qualifications:

  • PhD in relevant scientific area (public health, social sciences such as anthropology, sociology, psychology, medicine or other), health communications, or other related area; some clinical or other doctoral degrees are also appropriate
  • Must be within 6 years of completion of his/her doctoral degree
  • Evidence of strong quantitative and/or qualitative methodological skills and research productivity
  • Strong interest in a career in implementation science research
  • Ability to utilize relevant theory (e.g., from health psychology, sociology, behavioral economics, organizational and leadership models, policy frameworks) to understand mechanisms of action and explore effect modifiers of complex health and quality improvement interventions

Required Competencies/Skills:

  • Excellent communication skills using the English language
  • The ability to work in a supervised/mentored research environment
  • Computational skills to compile and analyze data
  • Ability to work in interdisciplinary teams

Desired Qualifications:

  • Coursework and applied research experience in implementation science or outcomes research
  • Experience conducting research or clinical experience in applied healthcare or community settings
  • Commitment to public health and reduction of health disparities
  • Experience in chronic illness prevention or management
  • Interest in and/or experience in geriatric issues
  • Demonstrated expertise in presentation of results - both didactic and publications
  • Qualitative research skills and experience
  • Eligible for NIH training grants and fellowships

Salary and Benefits:

Salary is commensurate with skills and experience. The University of Colorado offers a full benefits package. Information on University benefits programs, including eligibility, is located at Employee Services.

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The University of Colorado strongly supports the principle of diversity. We encourage applications from women, ethnic minorities, persons with disabilities and all veterans. The University of Colorado is committed to diversity and equality in education and employment.

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Special Instructions to Applicants:You may be asked to provide contact information, including e-mail addresses, for up to 5 references if you are referred to the Hiring Authority for an interview. We will notify you prior to contacting both on and off-list references.

Application Materials Required:Cover Letter, Resume/CV, List of References

Application Materials Instructions:

Applications are accepted electronically at CU Careers, refer to requisition ID: 7343

When applying, applicants must include:
  1. A letter of application which specifically addresses the job requirements and outlines qualifications
  2. A current Resume/CV
  3. The names, addresses, daytime telephone numbers and e-mail addresses for three professional references, either attached to your resume/CV or uploaded as a separate document
Please be advised that the University does check references as part of the employment process.

Please do not submit any of your application material (via email) to the job posting contact.

Job Category: Faculty

Primary Location: Denver

Department: H0001 -- Anschutz Medical Campus - 20148 - SOM-Family Medicine

Schedule: Full-time

Posting Date: Oct 28, 2016

Closing Date: Ongoing

Posting Contact Name: Kyle Osborn

Posting Contact Email:

Position Number: 00729612


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