Assistant Professor

University of Colorado - School of Medicine

Assistant Professor

The Department of Surgery, Division of Urology in collaboration with The Research in Outcomes for Children's Surgery (ROCS) Center and the Center for Children's Surgery (CCS) is seeking applications for a tenure-track faculty position.

The mission of ROCS is to provide a central infrastructure to support surgical outcomes research across the surgical divisions of the Center for Children's Surgery. Domains of support include research development, data coordination, project support, and faculty education and mentorship.

This position will also be affiliated with the Adult and Child Consortium for Health Outcomes Research and Delivery Science (ACCORDS). ACCORDS serves as a center for health care professionals, researchers and analysts from across the University to pool skills and provide support to pursue health outcomes research and education. The ROCS research initiative is dedicated to assessing the quality, efficiency, and effectiveness of surgical care delivered to children as it pertains to the benefits, risks, and broader population health outcomes of surgical care.

The position will include opportunities in collaborative research with surgeons, surgical fellows, and other health outcomes and translational researchers. Candidates will have the opportunity to pursue original research in health outcomes and research methods, as well as teaching opportunities in the ACCORDS/ROCS sponsored faculty scholar training programs. Professional and research activities include the design and analysis of various types of clinical translational research and health outcomes research in the area of pediatric surgery. Consultation activities will include advising on statistical/analytic approaches, working with disease information services, research databases and more. Additionally, the successful applicant will have potential career development opportunities with the Children's Hospital Colorado, and University of Colorado Schools of Medicine and Public Health.

The University of Colorado School of Medicine and Children's Hospital Colorado is consistently ranked among the best in the nation. Our subspecialties, programs and affiliates together embody one of the largest and most skilled groups of pediatric experts in the world, and our multidisciplinary approach ensures that top-quality care is coordinated between research, education and clinical services. The Children's Hospital Colorado performs over 14,000 surgical procedures for infants, children and adolescents each year and is a founding member in the American College of Surgeons National Pediatric Surgical Quality Improvement Program.

Specific Position Duties:

The successful candidate will devote the majority of their efforts to supporting the research and faculty education mission of ROCS, including mentoring junior faculty, providing methodological support for study design and development, assisting with grant writing and manuscript preparation, and supporting operations for ROCS leadership (75%). Approximately 25% of effort may be reserved for independent research and tasks therein. The ideal applicant should have an interest in developing and executing a wide variety of health outcomes research methodologies including comparative effectiveness/cost-effectiveness research, health related quality of life research, secondary dataset analysis, observational cohort studies, and decision analysis; as well as have familiarity with related statistical analytic methods. Ideally, the applicant should also have knowledge and/or experience with mixed method design and integrating qualitative and quantitative methods. Target faculty for center collaboration will be from the surgical divisions in the CCS (general surgery, ENT, urology, plastic surgery, orthopedics, trauma, neurosurgery, maternal-fetal surgery).

Supervision Received:

The faculty member will report to Dr. Duncan Wilcox, MD, interim Surgeon-in-Chief and Professor of Urology. In addition, the Director of ROCS Center, Dr. Lisa McLeod, will provide day-to-day supervision and annual metrics. Other faculty appointed in Department of Surgery, Department of Pediatrics and Department of Biostatistics and Informatics are available for mentorship and guidance.

Supervision Exercised

This position can have limited supervisory responsibilities among early-career research instructors, professional research assistants, or graduate research assistants seeking MS or PhD degrees.

Examples of Work Performed

Responsibilities for the faculty member may include but are not limited to: (1) assisting with development of research questions and study design for surgical junior faculty, (2) participation as a methodologist on a surgical research project team from design to publication, (3) contributing to preparation of internal and extramural grants, (4) leading didactic sessions on basic principles of outcomes research.


Minimum qualifications:
  • PhD degree in clinical epidemiology, public health, biostatistics, or related fields
  • Or equivalent combination of education, training, and experience that provides the individual with the required knowledge, skills and abilities

Competencies, Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
  • A desire to apply research methods to a variety of problems and research questions related to the surgical care of children including population health outcomes
  • Strong knowledge of basic statistical principles relevant in health services and outcomes research
  • Enthusiasm for creatively applying a diverse array of methodological designs to answering important clinical and health outcomes research questions in children's surgeries
  • Evidence of strong knowledge and experience in outcomes, translational, or patient safety and quality research study design
  • Strong programming skills in a common statistical software package (such as SAS, R, S-Plus, Python, MATLAB and/or SPSS)
  • Strong organizational skills across individual projects, managing own work load
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Positive attitude and the ability to work with clinical investigators and colleagues in the ROCS, ACCORDS and other units on the Anschutz Medical Campus
  • Excellent problem-solving skills

Preferred Qualifications

  • 2+ years of research experience
  • Expertise in ‘big data' analysis with primary areas of interest including electronic health records, pragmatic trial design including cluster-randomized trials, advanced techniques to approach causal inference and confounding in observational studies, and structural equation modeling
  • Experience in mixed method study design and/or with mixed method project teams
  • Evidence of independent research through publications
  • Experience in project team leadership
  • Or equivalent combination of education, training, and experience that provides the individual with the required knowledge, skills and abilities
  • Demonstrated expertise in presentation of results - both didactic and publications

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

Application Materials Instructions:

Applications are accepted electronically at CU Careers, refer to requisition ID: 10369

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: Aurora

Department: H0001 -- Anschutz Medical Campus - 20341 - SOM-SRG-UR DIV Clinical

Schedule: Full-time

Posting Date: Jul 21, 2017

Closing Date: Ongoing

Posting Contact Name: Kirk McCrimmon

Posting Contact Email:

Position Number: 00735061


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