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Assistant/Associate Professor of Implementation Science

University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, Michigan
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Tenure Track Faculty Position: Assistant/Associate Professor

Implementation Science

Department of Learning Health Sciences

University of Michigan (U-M) Medical School


The Department of Learning Health Sciences at the University of Michigan Medical School in Ann Arbor, Michigan, is seeking a full-time, tenure-track faculty member at the Assistant or Associate Professor level with rank and salary commensurate with education and experience. We seek an innovative scholar with special interest and expertise in implementation science. The scholar’s background may be based in a wide range of dissemination, implementation, knowledge translation, and/or quality improvement sciences such as (but not restricted to): public health, health services research, psychology, sociology, economics, anthropology, education, social sciences, systems science, organizational behavior, operations research, nursing, social work, or clinical sciences.

We seek candidates in the field of implementation science, knowledge translation, or improvement science (quality improvement) who will focus on understanding, designing, and evaluating multilevel strategies to improve performance and/or improve the uptake of effective innovations in real-world health care settings with an eye towards impacting health care quality, safety, cost, outcomes, equity, and patient and provider experience. Successful candidates will apply dissemination and implementation frameworks combined with insights from multilevel stakeholders at the consumer, frontline provider, clinical manager, health system, community, and policy levels. In addition, successful candidates will conduct novel studies that develop, refine, and test different strategies to improve health care performance and/or improve the uptake and sustainment of effective innovations designed to impact health and health care across different settings (e.g., hospital networks, medical clinics, schools, community-based organizations). Especially desired are candidates with experience in development and/or application of implementation science methods including but not limited to the following areas:

  • Quantitative and qualitative assessment of patient experience, provider behavior, organization/system change, and/or policy analysis
  • Adaptation of effective innovations based on multi-stakeholder (e.g., patient, provider, organization, community, and policymaker) input
  • Design of novel implementation strategies that employ multiple levels of provider behavior and organizational change using different modalities (e.g., learning innovations, participatory systems dynamics, human factors design, economic and policy incentives, community and stakeholder engagement)
  • Development and application of multisite pragmatic trials using implementation science study designs, especially identifying outcomes, contextual factors, and mechanisms from electronic health record, social media, and other digital health sources
  • Systems science, economic evaluation, or business case analyses of implementation strategies and processes


  • Develop and conduct an externally funded research program aligned with the Department’s mission (particularly regarding implementation, knowledge translation, or improvement science) and with the individual’s scholarly interest.
  • Foster scholarly initiatives with other faculty members for improving implementation science and methods application in learning health systems.
  • Participate as a faculty member teaching in the Health Infrastructures & Learning Systems (HILS) MS/PhD and HILS online programs.
  • Co-lead development and administration of the Michigan Implementation Science Network, bringing together faculty with implementation science-focused work to build pathways to successful research funding and career development.
  • Provide leadership and service that promotes implementation science and its utility and value in enhancing Learning Health Systems in medical and other health care settings.

A start-up package is available to help the successful candidate establish a sustainable research program. Joint appointments with other departments across the University will be available and encouraged.

Qualifications. Applicants must have:

  • A terminal research degree (PhD, MD, or equivalent) in a relevant discipline
  • A clear research focus on implementation science, including dissemination, knowledge translation, or improvement science (quality improvement)
  • A record of scholarly achievement and funding capabilities appropriate to the applicant’s seniority and professional experience
  • Demonstrated potential for successfully teaching learners and practitioners, preferably in health care professions
  • Exceptional organizational and communication skills for work in an interdisciplinary department

Application. To apply, assemble and submit the following information:

  • Letter of application that addresses the five qualifications listed above as applied to the position description and responsibilities
  • Current curriculum vitae (CV)

Application materials should be sent to

For further information about DLHS, see and for additional questions about this position please contact: [email protected]

Review of applications will continue until the position is filled.

Department of Learning Health Sciences (DLHS).

The DLHS is a first-in-the-nation academic department focused on learning applied to health at all levels of scale: individuals, teams, organizations, and ultra-large-scale systems. DLHS focuses on research in four main areas to support our overarching goal: improve learning to improve health: (1) Education research (e.g., learning by individuals and teams in health settings); (2) Infrastructure research (e.g., complex organizations and large scale systems that span states and nations that apply biomedical informatics, behavior change, organizational change theory, and implementation and quality improvement science, (3) Implementation research (e.g., formation of learning communities around specific health problems employing implementation science methods and best practices to solve or improve that health problem, and (4) Simulation research (e.g., learning by individuals and teams in environments with advanced simulation technology that model the real world of health care practices.

DLHS Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.

DLHS sees diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) as a core component of its research, training, and educational missions, notably through its HILS graduate program and through an active DEI committee that sponsors educational and research opportunities. DLHS is also actively recruiting faculty for the U-M Provost-led Anti-Racism Cluster Hire in Data Science, available here. More information on how DEI is part of the DLHS research goals is also available here.

DLHS is also the current hub of the Michigan Implementation Science Network, an emerging initiative with the goal of advancing both the science and practice of implementation by aligning research, education, and clinical initiatives with an eye towards improving health and health care in Michigan. The ISN is bringing together a wide range ongoing implementation and quality improvement initiatives and resources at U-M and beyond including but not limited to the Institute for Healthcare Policy and Innovation’s Implementation Incubator, the Michigan Institute for Clinical and Health Research (MICHR, CTSA), Michigan Program on Value Enhancement (MPrOVE), the Michigan – Blue Cross Blue Shield Clinical Quality Improvement Collaboratives, and the VA Quality Enhancement Research Initiative (QUERI).

The University of Michigan seeks to recruit and retain a diverse workforce as a reflection of our commitment to serve the diverse people of Michigan and to maintain the excellence of the University. We welcome applications from anyone who would bring additional dimensions to the University’s research, teaching, and clinical mission, including women, members of minority groups, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities. The University of Michigan as a whole, is committed to a policy of nondiscrimination and equal opportunity for all persons and will not discriminate against any individual because of race, color, national origin, age, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, disability, religion, height, weight, or veteran status. The University of Michigan is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.

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