Quality and Medical Informatics
We are currently hiring for the following staff positions:
- Research Associate, Non-Faculty Academic Appointment (Ph.D.)
- Research Coordinator (M.P.H. or other masters-degree)
The Research Associate will report to Rainu Kaushal, M.D., M.P.H., Director of the Center for Healthcare Informatics and Policy (CHIP) at Weill Cornell Medical College. The Center for Healthcare Informatics and Policy is a multi-departmental entity at Weill Cornell Medical College dedicated to improving health and healthcare particularly through the use of informatics and technology.
Dr. Kaushal is a leading expert in improving healthcare, including through the use of health information technology. Dr. Kaushal is the executive director of CHiP and leads many efforts in research, education, service and innovation. Dr. Kaushal is seeking a talented and experienced person with previous training in informatics, health policy or a related field to assist in the strategic and operational research management of CHiP.
The primary responsibilities of the Research Associate will be: (1) project management of CHIP's multiple federally or state funded research projects and service contracts for research and evaluation in healthcare informatics, (2) development of novel research relationships, particularly surrounding industry and the new CornellNYC Tech Campus, (3) development and articulation of short- and long-term vision, strategy, goals, and objectives for CHIP in close collaboration with Dr. Kaushal, and (4) management of personnel.
- Project management: The Research Associate will help ensure timely adherence to deliverable schedules; supervise research coordinators; maintain communications with funders; stay informed of the activities and data needs of the research teams; facilitate receipt of necessary data from external organizations; keep project leadership informed of progress, barriers to progress, and proposed solutions; and prepare presentations and reports summarizing research progress and findings.
- Research relationship development: The Research Associate will help pursue novel research relationships, including actively participating in and assisting in managing meetings pertaining to CHIP's relationship with industry, CornellNYC Tech Campus, and other external organizations. The Research Associate will work to develop relationships with external organizations interested in information technology research, potentially including software vendors, insurers, foundations, healthcare organizations, and others. The research associate will assist in identifying novel opportunities for extramural funding and participate in proposal development.
- Policy development: The Research Associate will work closely with Dr. Kaushal to formulate CHIP vision and policy; and produce communications on this policy for internal and external audiences. The Research Associate will supervise the management of CHiP's websites.
- Personnel management: The research associate will supervise multiple research coordinators and assistants as well as master level biostatisticians, in conjunction with Dr. Kaushal.
A minimum of 5 years of operational project management experience in a research environment and deep knowledge of the field of health informatics and/or of health policy are required. The successful candidate must have excellent organization skills, demonstrated abilities in oral and written communication, and skills in problem solving and negotiation. Previous experience managing personnel is required. Experience with multi-site projects highly desired. A Ph.D. degree in informatics, health policy, or a related field or a Master's degree with sufficient skills, education and experience to be the equivalent of a Ph.D. is required. To apply please send a resume and cover letter to with the subject heading "Research Associate" to email@example.com.
Under direct faculty supervision within the Department of Pediatrics of Weill Medical College of Cornell University, candidate will coordinate research projects that are part of the Center for Healthcare Informatics and Policy, the Division of Quality and Medical Informatics including the Health Information Technology Evaluation Collaborative (HITEC). The candidate will be expected to contribute to the advancement of research both scientifically and operationally. Scientifically the candidate will be expected to assist faculty in the development of evaluation tools and methods associated with various projects. Operationally, the candidate will coordinate research projects, including meetings, timelines, and deliverables, assist with Institutional Review Board protocols, the design of data collection tools, in data collection, data analysis and in manuscript preparation and presentations.
- Assist in the development of methods to evaluate the impact of health information technology on health care outcomes. In conjunction with faculty, develop specifications of clinical and financial data sets to be used for analysis.
- Coordinates various research studies on health information technology, patient safety, quality of care and outcomes of care across a diverse group settings including hospitals, ambulatory care facilities, specialty institutes, and other sponsored and affiliated organizations across New York State.
- The candidate should be able to independently perform medical literature reviews and library searches. The candidate should have experience with formatting, presenting and writing abstracts or journal articles for publication or presentation at medical society meetings. The candidate should have excellent writing skills and be able to write portions of a scientific manuscript with direction.
- Experience with government and non-government funded agencies to help coordinate and assist with grant proposals. Coordinates with the divisional administrator on creating budgets for one-year, multi-year, and multi-site budgets for grants. Prepares internal routing forms for grant submission. Assists with subcontract/consortium agreements across institutions.
- Acts as liaison between researchers and grants administrators.
- Experience working with new HIPAA regulations. Prepares Institutional Review Board (IRB) applications and submissions. Maintains files of Institutional Review Board approvals and coordinates re-submissions in a timely manner.
- Performs primary data collection for clinical studies, including telephone surveys, analysis of administrative databases, analysis of electronic medical records, and analysis of electronic clinical data sources.
- Develops and maintains research databases. The candidate should have exceptional knowledge of and experience with data management software such as Microsoft Excel and Microsoft Access.
- Perform primary data entry into research databases
- Analyzes research data, including performing basic tests for statistical significance, as well as developing graphical and tabular presentations of the results. A basic working knowledge of software packages (SPSS, SAS) is preferred. Must have sufficient familiarity and experience with presentation software such as Microsoft PowerPoint.
- Travels to institutions as needed across New York State. (All expenses associated with travel will be reimbursed by the Center for Healthcare Informatics and Policy).
Performs other related duties as assigned.
The successful candidate must possess a bachelor's degree, Master's degree preferred. At least 2 years of work experience and/or research experience in a clinical or public health setting required. Familiarity with basic concepts of healthcare economics, clinical epidemiology and health services research methodologies. Knowledge of research methods associated with the economic evaluation of healthcare interventions, patient safety and health information technology are a plus. The successful candidate should possess good organization skills, time management skills, excellent writing skills and the ability to manage several concurrent tasks. Computer proficiency in Word, Excel, Access, statistical software programs such as SAS or SPSS, and decision analysis software such as DATA Pro is highly desirable.
To apply please send a resume and cover letter to with the subject heading "Research Coordinator" to firstname.lastname@example.org.