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Job Summary

Division of Learning and Knowledge Systems
Department of Learning Health Sciences
The Department of Learning Health Sciences at the University of Michigan Medical School is seeking a distinguished scholar to join its Division of Learning and Knowledge Systems. The successful applicant will academically be qualified for appointment as a tenured Associate Professor or Professor, and will be offered an (untenured) administrative role as Associate Chair of Research. The successful candidate may also be considered for an endowed professorship. We are seeking an innovative scholar whose background may come from disciplines including, but not restricted to: information, computing, and statistical sciences; informatics; public health; complexity & systems science; behavioral & social sciences; organizational & policy sciences; engineering; and economics.  The successful applicant will have a record of significant accomplishments in the sciences that enable the transformation of health-related systems, locally and globally, into entities that learn and improve.  The successful applicant will have demonstrated ability to mentor junior faculty members and administriatvely manage multiple research portfolios.
The 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 operates in three sub-units:  (1) The Division of Learning and Knowledge Systems primarily focuses on learning at the organizational and systems level;  (2) the Division of Professional Education primarily addresses learning by individuals.  (3) the Clinical Simulation Center deploys advanced simulation technology and conducts a related program of research. 
The Division of Learning and Knowledge Systems (DLKS): Within the department, DLKS is an interdisciplinary group of scientists dedicated to improving health with focus on complex organizations, diverse communities, regional networks, national and multi-national systems. DLKS addresses how these entities can routinely “learn” and improve through continuous self-study and self-surveillance, applying analytical methods that convert data to knowledge, and subsequent application of that knowledge to drive beneficial change.  In collaboration with colleagues across the campus and around the world, the Division’s research programs examine fundamental questions and develop novel methods related to the creation, operation, and sustainability of “learning systems” that support health care, public health, and biomedical research. Its educational programs include an MS and PhD program in Health Infrastructures and Learning Systems, and opportunities to participate in the curricula of other schools and colleges within the University including the Master of Health Informatics.  The Division’s service activities engage health systems in pursuit of becoming  “learning systems.”  For further information, see
Responsibilities include:
  • Provide guidance and administrative oversight for multiple research portfolios across the entire department.
  • Contribute to a cohesive, collaborative academic division consisting of approximately 13 faculty members with primary appointments in DLHS, associated doctoral students and research staff, and affiliated faculty members from across campus.
  • Mentor junior faculty in developing successful, productive careers in learning and knowledge systems.
  • Develop and secure external funding for collaborative, cutting-edge research programs for the design, development, operation, and/or evaluation of learning health systems at the organizational, regional, national, and/or global levels.
  • Advance the field of learning systems through scholarly development/dissemination of theory, research, & innovation.
  • Play a senior role in developing graduate curricula & courses, offering courses relevant to the individual’s background.
  • Help position the University of Michigan as a leader in improvement of health through learning systems.
A generous start-up package will be available.  Joint appointments with other University departments will be encouraged. 
To qualify for a position, an applicant must have:
  • A terminal research degree (PhD or equivalent, MD not required) in a relevant discipline – see examples in the first paragraph. (We welcome applications from active clinicians with relevant postgraduate research training.)
  • Demonstrated leadership, organizational and communication skills to lead a dynamic and growing academic division.
  • Successfully mentored junior faculty in developing productive careers in learning and knowledge systems.
  • A sustained research focus related to the Division’s mission to advance large-scale learning health systems.
  • A record of scholarly leadership and achievement that would merit a tenured faculty appointment.
  • Successfully developed and offered graduate curricula and courses relevant to the individual’s background. 
Application.  To apply, please submit a letter of application, addressing the six qualifications listed above, along with a current Curriculum Vitae.
Send application materials by email to:  Tana O’Lone (, Associate Administrator, Department of Learning Health Sciences University of Michigan Medical School.  Application review will continue until position is filled.
The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. 

Underfill Statement

This position is posted as Associate Professor/Professor.  Rank of selected candidate is dependent upon qualifications.

Background Screening

Michigan Medicine conducts background screening and pre-employment drug testing on job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent job offer and may use a third party administrator to conduct background screenings.  Background screenings are performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Report Act. Pre-employment drug testing applies to all selected candidates, including new or additional faculty and staff appointments, as well as transfers from other U-M campuses.

Application Deadline

Job openings are posted for a minimum of seven calendar days. This job may be removed from posting boards and filled anytime after the minimum posting period has ended.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.