Faculty Positions in the Department of Medical Social Sciences: Assistant to Associate Professor

Faculty Positions in the Department of Medical Social Sciences:

Assistant to Associate Professor

The Department of Medical Social Sciences (MSS), Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University invites applications for two junior-midcareer positions in the area of Medical Social Sciences.

MSS provides a unique scientific home for applied researchers who integrate biomedical and social science approaches to improvement of health and health care delivery across the lifespan (www.mss.northwestern.edu).  MSS provides rich resources for conducting research including a broad scientific portfolio with multiple, large scale datasets across the lifespan, biostatistical and health informatics cores, expertise in multi-level assessment methods and serving as a collaborative bridge across Northwestern’s campuses. MSS research is organized around three broad scientific clusters: Patient-centered Outcomes and Measurement ScienceHealth Promotion and Disease Prevention/Intervention, and Mechanisms of Health & Disease.

          Patient-centered Outcomes and Measurement Science: We are interested in development and application of novel psychometric approaches that incorporate clinic- and e-health-based measurement, and integration of such approaches in electronic health records to facilitate continuity of care and improve patient-centered outcomes. Candidates with experience in industry or educational testing settings are also encouraged to apply for this position.

Health Promotion and Disease Prevention/Intervention: Approaches of interest include development and implementation of pragmatic and adaptive tailored interventions that are informed by state of the art measurement approaches to deliver necessary precision care to optimize health outcomes. We are interested in prevention/intervention research that builds on the strengths of extant MSS programs and transcends specific disease areas.  We are particularly interested in approaches that capture multi-level mechanisms of the impact of stress on health or targets prevention at the early phase of the disease susceptibility sequence.

Developmental Mechanisms of Health and Disease:  We are interested in translational research about the mechanisms shaping behavior, health and disease trajectories from the prenatal period to the end of life. In particular, we are interested in work that builds on our strengths in investigating the mechanisms of quality of life across a range of diseases, the impact of personality on health, the relationship between brain and behavior atypicalities, and how social experience beginning in the prenatal period shapes behavioral development and disease onset and progression.   


Of particular interest for our work in early life influences on emergent mental health pathways are applicants with expertise in neuroscience-oriented prevention and neurodevelopmental mechanisms of adverse prenatal exposures. We are also keenly interested in developmental cognitive neuroscientists with exceptional skill at design and analysis of task-based fMRI for various cognitive domains who seek the opportunity to collaborate with diverse interdisciplinary teams on novel applications of task-based fMRI on a range of disease areas and developmental populations.


One position is on the tenure track and one is on the team science track. MSS has a highly collaborative culture in which multiple investigators work in tandem on large-scale, team science research. A critical consideration will be the extent to which the candidates' focus is synergistic with ongoing Departmental research and culture of collaboration. All faculty at MSS are valued members of the research enterprise and are encouraged to participate at multiple levels in ongoing research regardless of track.  The broad parameters of the tracks are as follows:

Tenure track scientists are expected to have demonstrated an innovative programmatic approach to his/her research, an outstanding record of scholarly publication and a history of extramural funding or exceptional promise of such for junior investigators. Participation in Departmental teaching and training activities and University service are also expected and valued.

Team scientists have a vital collaborative role in providing critical expertise to a program or group of research teams as a co-investigator. Team scientists who wish to develop new lines of research as principal investigators that dovetail with Departmental programmatic initiatives are also encouraged to do so. Candidates should have a record of scholarly publication, and of leading or collaborating on extramurally-funded research. Collaborative orientation and skills in interdisciplinary and team science are desirable. Participation in Departmental teaching and training activities and University service are also expected and valued. In particular, the candidate will teach in the MSS Social Science and Health track of the Health Sciences Integrated PhD Program.

Applications will be considered until positions are filled. Salary will be commensurate with experience and credentials.   Additional information about the Department of Medical Social Sciences can be viewed atwww.mss.northwestern.edu.

Please send a letter of interest (please reference position #P-179N-16 for team scientist and# 27794 for tenure track) and research statement, curriculum vitae, representative reprints and names of three references to Judy Moskowitz, PhD Search Chair, c/o Katie Lambert.  Email: mss@northwestern.edu.

Northwestern University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer of all protected classes, including veterans and individuals with disabilities. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.  Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the United States.