Associate/Full Professor & Director of Digital Health Initiative

Oct 26, 2017
Executive Administration Jobs
C-Level & Executive Directors
Position Type
Tenured & Tenure-Track
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Northeastern University

Associate/Full Professor & Director of Digital Health Initiative

Requisition Number: FTFR001040

Division/College: College of Computer and Information Science

Location: Boston Main Campus

Full-time/Part-time: Full Time


Northeastern University seeks a strategic and collaborative academic leader in health technology, data analytics, HCI, and health to lead a Digital Health Research and Graduate Education Program at Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts. Ongoing research and educational projects at Northeastern will serve as the initial building blocks for this program, such as unique, internationally recognized initiatives focused on personal health informatics, mHealth and AI-based interventions. These efforts—and new projects within the Digital Health initiative—will continue to be supported jointly by the College of Computer & Information Science and the Bouve College of Health Sciences.

The position will involve expanding Northeastern University's existing portfolio of unique programs in digital health: a doctoral program in personal health informatics, two master's degree programs in health informatics and health data analytics, and undergraduate joint degree programs and initiatives in digital health. These efforts could also involve creating novel Boston-area and worldwide partnerships with prominent hospitals and health service providers, medical and health professional schools, payers and managers of health expenses (insurance companies, government agencies) and community health advocacy organizations. Direct report will be to the Dean of the College of Computer & Information Science and Chair of the Department of Health Sciences in the Bouve College of Health Sciences. Candidates are expected to have an independently funded research program of international caliber and to participate in undergraduate and graduate teaching.

Northeastern has identified health as one of three major University-wide interdisciplinary strategic initiatives, and the University is making a major investment in interdisciplinary health research, making faculty hires in the last few years in personal health informatics, data science and visualization (with a health data emphasis), health systems, health policy, urban health, population health, and health administration.

Screening of applications begins immediately. Salary will be commensurate with education, training, and experience and includes an outstanding benefit package. For full consideration, application materials should be received by December 1, 2017. However, applications will be accepted until the search is completed.


Credentials commensurate with appointment as an associate or full professor and a recognized scholar and researcher in an area related to digital health (personal health informatics, health data analytics, mHealth, precision medicine, remote care, self-care, etc.). A PhD in Computer Science, Public Health or a closely related field to one of the above-listed areas of expertise by the start date is required. A strong history of extramural funding from a diverse set of agencies (i.e., governmental, private foundations (NIH, NSF, RWJ), commercial organizations). Ability to develop, lead, and evaluate educational programs. An entrepreneurial spirit and desire to establish and implement a vision with a growth plan for a new university-wide initiative. Demonstrated ability to recruit and orient faculty and staff to fulfil a common vision. Demonstrated collaborative and teamwork skills working within and across schools, departments, and disciplines. Demonstrated record of leading, directing, and managing research groups. Demonstrated skills in negotiations and change management, along with expertise in strategic planning and implementation. Qualified candidates should have experience with and be committed to fostering diverse and inclusive environments as well as to promoting experiential learning, which are central to a Northeastern University education.

Additional Information:
Founded in 1898, Northeastern University is on an exciting trajectory of growth and innovation. The University is a leader in inter- disciplinary research, urban engagement, experiential learning, and the integration of classroom learning with real-world experience. Northeastern University is home to 35,000 students and to the nation’s premier cooperative education program. The past decade has witnessed a dramatic increase in Northeastern’s international reputation for research and innovative educational programs. A heightened focus on interdisciplinary research and scholarship is driving a faculty hiring initiative at Northeastern, advancing its position amongst the nation’s top research universities. Northeastern University is situated on the Avenue of the Arts in Boston’s historic Back Bay, four blocks from the Longwood Medical Area, encompassing Harvard Medical School, Children’s Hospital Boston, Brigham & Women’s Hospital, and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, and eight blocks from the Boston Medical Center. Northeastern University has an enrollment of more than 21,000 undergraduate and 14,000 graduate students and approximately 5,500 faculty and staff. Situated in downtown Boston, it is one of the nation’s most dynamic private educational institutions. Northeastern is recognized as a leader in experiential learning — the integration of classroom learning with real-world experience. Innovative research and educational efforts have led to a dynamic, fast-paced, entrepreneurial environment, and the dramatic changes at the University are reflected in a dramatic rise in the U.S. News and World Report’s rankings of top 100 U.S. research universities in the last few years (to #40 in 2017). Bouvé College of Health Sciences has over 200 faculty members, with approximately 2,000 undergraduate and 2,400 graduate students. It is the leading national model for education and research in the health, psychosocial and biomedical sciences, and, supports the University’s mission of educating students for a life of fulfillment and accomplishment and creating and translating knowledge to meet global and societal needs. The College of Computer and Information Science has hired 42 tenured/tenure-track faculty since 2012 and plans to continue this strategic growth in the coming years. 15 of the 62 faculty members hold interdisciplinary appointments across 6 other colleges. The college has 1,500 undergraduates and 1,450 graduate students. The College of Computer and Information Science has an underlying mission that is best captured by the phrase “CS for Everyone.”

To apply, visit the NU Careers website and click on `Faculty Positions’. Applicants should submit the on-line application with a cover letter of interest and curriculum vitae. Questions concerning the positions or process for applications can be directed to Professor Misha Pavel at [email protected]

Northeastern University Equal Employment Opportunity Policy:

Northeastern University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Educational Institution and Employer, Title IX University. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by the law. Northeastern University is an E-Verify Employer.

To be considered for this position please visit our web site and apply on line at the following link: [email protected]

Northeastern University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Educational Institution and Employer, Title IX University. Northeastern University particularly welcomes applications from minorities, women and persons with disabilities. Northeastern University is an E-Verify Employer.


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