Deadline: November 17, 2015

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The Center for Bioethics and Humanities is seeking a full-time Associate Director for Research to help guide our work through a period of growth. The primary aim of this position is to develop a solid and diverse program of empirical bioethics and health humanities research, worthy of and successful in obtaining external funding and recognition.

The Center for Bioethics and Humanities is entering a new phase of growth following the completion of our home, the beautiful Fulginiti Pavilion for Bioethics and Humanities, located at the heart of the Anschutz Medical Campus in Aurora, Colorado. Moving forward, the Center’s expanding research enterprise will focus on novel uses of survey methods to investigate sensitive issues at the intersection of ethics, health and policy, especially at the state level.

Examples of issues that may be of particular interest include legislative, regulatory and practical implications of personalized medicine, measuring the ethical climate of health care organizations, patient and community-engaged research, the development and enforcement of professional standards, stewardship of health care resources, shared decision-making, and care at the beginning and end of life. Issues of special interest to the state of Colorado recently include those around legalization of recreational marijuana, nuances of inter-professional team-based care, and state-level consideration of physician assistance in dying legislation.

Working in close collaboration with the Director of the Center, and in tandem with investigators across the University (including the Anschutz, Boulder, Colorado Springs and Denver campuses), the Center’s Associate Director for Research will have major responsibility for the successful pursuit of avenues of collaborative inquiry, including by facilitating the research of others, collaborating with others on studies of shared interest, and undertaking and spearheading research consistent with his or her own expertise. The successful applicant will be expected to build upon the Center’s history of effective collaboration with local organizations such as Kaiser Permanente, Denver Health, the Denver VA, the Center for Improving Value in Health Care and others.

The Associate Director for Research will also work closely with the Center’s Associate Director for Education and Training to ensure effective teaching of research ethics, including programming for the University’s CTSA award, and will oversee Center staff responsible for designing assessment protocols for Center teaching, training, clinical consultation and community outreach programs.

Applications are accepted electronically ONLY at, refer to job posting RF02948. Review of applications will continue until the position is filled.

Salary is commensurate with skills and experience. The University of Colorado offers a full benefits package. Information on University benefits programs, including eligibility, is located at

The University of Colorado Denver is dedicated to ensuring a safe and secure environment for our faculty, staff, students and visitors. To assist in achieving that goal, we conduct background investigations for all prospective employees.

The University of Colorado Denver is committed to recruiting and supporting a diverse student body, faculty and administrative staff. The university strives to promote a culture of inclusiveness, respect, communication and understanding. We encourage applications from women, ethnic minorities, persons with disabilities and all veterans. The University of Colorado is committed to diversity and equality in education and employment.

Minimum Qualifications
- A doctoral degree (PhD, MD or other) with at least 5 years of experience carrying out research on health care ethics and/or health humanities
- Education, training and experience in the use of both quantitative and qualitative research methods and in data analysis, including multivariable modeling
- A record of success in obtaining grants to support research work and/or successful participation on teams that received funding
- A record of publications of empirical research findings related to bioethics and/or health humanities
- Excellent written and oral communication, interpersonal, leadership and teamwork skills
- Experience with research mentoring, especially of students in health professional training programs

Required Competencies/Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
- Excellent written and oral communication, interpersonal, leadership and teamwork skills.
- Education, training and experience in the use of mixed (both qualitative and quantitative) methods for empirical inquiry.
- Proficiency in data analysis, including multivariable modeling.

Desired Qualifications
Solid background in survey research methods and experience using survey tools such as Qualtrics are strongly preferred
- Demonstrated familiarity with issues and questions in bioethics; example topics include but are not limited to personalized medicine (including genetics and genomics), patient and community engagement, shared decision-making, health equity and disparities, public health ethics, care at the end of life, professionalism and professional self-regulation
- Experience using methods of quality improvement research
- Experience teaching about ethical issues in human subjects research
- Experience in the education of health professional students using team-based learning in interprofessional settings

Required Application Materials:

When applying for job posting RF02948 at, applicants must include:

1) A letter of application which specifically addresses the job requirements and outlines qualifications
2) A current CV/resume
3) The names, addresses, daytime telephone numbers and e-mail addresses for three professional references
4) A record of publications of empirical research findings related to bioethics and/or health humanities

Reference checks are a standard step in our hiring process. You may be asked to provide contact information, including e-mail addresses, for up to 5 references if you are referred to the Hiring Authority for interview. We will notify you prior to contacting both on and off-list references.

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