Recruitment/Posting Title Inaugural Director of the Center for Biomedical
Department Inst-Hth,Hth Care Pol&Agng Res
Salary Commensurate With Experience
Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences (RBHS) invites exceptional candidates
to apply for the role of inaugural Director of a new Center for Biomedical
Informatics that is being launched to promote excellence in the broad area of
biomedical informatics. The Center will incorporate existing expertise in
biomedical informatics, including bioinformatics, clinical informatics,
clinical research informatics, public health informatics, and translational
bioinformatics, and will facilitate and expand novel programs in this area to
transform research, education, and patient care. It is envisioned to be a
matrixed organization, where faculty will have their academic home in the
Center but their primary appointments in appropriate departments.
The Director will be an experienced and visionary biomedical informatics
researcher and academic leader of national stature who can lead the
development and growth of biomedical informatics research and education at
RBHS and across the University, ultimately supporting new research and its
applications to improve the quality and delivery of health care and human
health locally, nationally, and internationally. In creating this new
initiative, Rutgers University seeks to create a world-class environment in
which Biomedical Informatics enriches all relevant aspects of the institution.
The Director will identify and work with an Advisory Committee and will be a
tenured member of the RBHS faculty.
The inaugural Director of the Center for Biomedical Informatics will be
expected to demonstrate excellence in the leadership of their own research, as
well as stimulating collaborative research in biomedical informatics across
RBHS and other parts of Rutgers, to recruit and mentor faculty, and to
leverage and expand the already diverse and rich biomedical informatics assets
at Rutgers University to advance the University's missions effectively. The
successful Director will establish multidisciplinary research and educational
initiatives to promote biomedical informatics in its various facets. Rutgers'
recent alliance with RWJ Barnabas Health Systems creates a unique opportunity
to conduct biomedical informatics research in collaboration with a statewide
health system. Collectively, Rutgers Health and partners will have
approximately 5 million lives under a single system, unified with a single
electronic medical record system. The Director will be responsible for faculty
recruitments in partnership with departments across RBHS and the rest of
Rutgers, including its Department of Computer Science, and, along with the
Center's faculty, will be responsible for developing academic research and
training programs. The Director will have the opportunity and resources to
develop the Center into a nationally and internationally recognized entity.
The Director will in fundamental ways shape the Center's trajectory,
structure, eminence, and value to the institution. In this role, the Director
will initially define and prioritize the elements necessary for an
institutional approach to Biomedical Informatics. In particular, the Director
is expected to:
• Inform and focus a RBHS-wide biomedical informatics strategy and a
distinctive identity for the Center and for Biomedical Informatics at Rutgers
University relative to peer institutions.
• Develop an academic program in Biomedical Informatics at RBHS.
• Advance the research and education missions of RBHS by enhancing the
institution's activities in Biomedical Informatics and by increasing the
impact of its investments.
• Collaborate with the Vice Chancellor for Information Technology & CIO to
leverage resources and expertise housed in the University's and the School's
established information technology infrastructure.
• Contribute to the excellence of RBHS's clinical partners, University
Hospital in Newark and the statewide RWJBarnabas Health, by catalyzing new
activity in clinical informatics – for instance by integrating large-scale
electronic health records, clinical research-, human genomics-, imaging-,
epidemiological-, AI/ML ready-, and other data relevant to biomedical research
and health care – and by energizing translational research that will improve
• Foster inter-professional and interdisciplinary approaches in research and
education to resolve and address research and health issues.
• Expand extramural funding for biomedical informatics research. To sustain a
focus on strategic opportunities while also taking advantage of immediate
ones, the Director of Biomedical Informatics will be supported by an Advisory
Committee of Department Chairs and other senior leaders at Rutgers University.
The biomedical informatics program is expected to have large and beneficial
effects on the broader mission of Rutgers University, including advances in
research, education, and clinical care. The Center will be expected to
facilitate research across the biomedical research spectrum through
collaboration and consultation; to develop and provide research and health
education through collaborations with existing programs and by developing new
graduate programs in biomedical informatics, and to collaborate with
healthcare informatics groups at RWJBarnabas Health and the RBHS Faculty
Practice. Biomedical Informatics at Rutgers University The landscape at
Rutgers University offers countless opportunities for biomedical informatics
research. Characteristically for a decentralized organization in which faculty
can create, fund, and grow programs according to their vision and ability,
there are many organizations of varying size distributed across Rutgers that
developed their own informatics core to support their own needs. While there
are countless opportunities to leverage existing and emerging areas, Rutgers
has not yet implemented an overarching plan or vision to coordinate and lead
these initiatives. We see the Center for Biomedical Informatics will act as
the catalyst to making this vision a reality. Existing resources across RBHS
that are funded and managed by several units, including the informatics team
and services within the New Jersey Alliance for Clinical and Translational
Science (NJ ACTS), the Rutgers CTSA, which is committed to advancing
clinical and translational science in the development of new therapies and
treatments and to improve health and health care in New Jersey, the Institute
for Health, Health Care Policy and Aging Research Survey/Data Core, which
provides state-of-the-art survey research services and houses extremely large
national, and international claims- and EHR data resources, and the Biomedical
Informatics group located within the Cancer Institute of New Jersey (CINJ),
which provides leading-edge data acquisition and analysis tools, computational
informatics expertise, data analysis, and intensive training to foster
advances in research and discovery in investigative oncology. Other
informatics groups include, the Department of Health Informatics, within the
School of Health Professions, the Department of Genetics, within the School of
Arts and Sciences Division of Life Sciences, Biological Mass Spec Facility,
Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Center for Advanced Proteomics Research,
New Jersey Medical School, New Jersey Medical School Genomics Center, Immune
Monitoring and Advanced Genomics, CINJ, Metabolomics Shared Resource, CINJ,
Microbiome Analysis Core Facility, School for Environmental and Biological
Sciences, and Waksman Genomics, Rutgers – New Brunswick. An exciting set of
additional opportunities for the Center exist in the rapidly developing local
technology and start-up environment including The Hub, which is scheduled to
open in New Brunswick in 2024. The primary mission of The Hub is to nurture
the growth of startup companies and new technologies in a range of industries
and to support the rapid translation and real-world application of innovation
so that those new ventures grow and expand the New Jersey economy.
Posting Number 22FA0019
Posting Open Date 01/06/2022
Posting Close Date
Minimum Education and Experience
To succeed in this new role, the successful candidate must bring the following
experience and demonstrate the following attributes:
• A record of accomplishment of innovation and results in the development and
deployment of biomedical informatics resources in research and clinical
• A degree of M.D. and/or Ph.D.
• Academic and disciplinary distinction suitable for nomination as a tenured
associate or full professor.
• Experience in collaborative research, including interdisciplinary and
• A strong record of accomplishment of securing internal and extramural
funding and of fostering research productivity in biomedical informatics.
• Excellent interpersonal skills with the ability to build effective
partnerships and successful collaborations with faculty and external partners
in a large, complex, decentralized environment.
A degree of M.D. and/or Ph.D
Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
The Director will also possess most if not all the following qualities and
• Exceptional leadership skills and the ability to articulate an institutional
• An entrepreneurial mentality combined with effective leadership skills that
promote others' successes.
• A strong understanding of both basic research and clinical medicine.
• A commitment to transparency and an inclusive management style.
• Demonstrated experience in recruiting top faculty and/or students.
• Financial budgeting and resource management skills.
• Demonstrated ability to function effectively and collaboratively in an
entrepreneurial, complex, fast-moving, decentralized environment with multiple
• Exceptional planning and organizational skills and superb follow-through.
Physical Demands and Work Environment
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, is a statewide institution
comprised of three universities: Rutgers University – New Brunswick; Rutgers
University – Newark; and Rutgers University – Camden; as well as an array of
medical and public health schools and institutes organized under the banner of
Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, which is aligned with Rutgers – New
Brunswick. Rutgers is a large, public land grant and research university with
33 degree-granting schools and colleges, more than 65,000 students and almost
27,000 faculty and staff. The University also provides educational programs in
many other communities throughout the state and has educational and research
partnerships with institutions around the nation and the world. The
integration with New Jersey Medical School in 2012 has strengthened Rutgers in
overall research dollars and expanded its breadth of research capabilities in
the biomedical sciences. Research and development expenditures top $677
million annually, placing Rutgers among the top 20 universities in the nation.
Additionally, with $430 million annually in life sciences research and
development expenditures, Rutgers places among the top 25 universities in the
nation. With $612.5 million in annual sponsored research grants, Rutgers
brings more federal research dollars to New Jersey than all other New Jersey
colleges and universities combined. Rutgers' students have opportunities
through the expansion of scientific programs to participate in
seminars/workshops on innovative research discoveries, undergraduate and
graduate research programs, and other opportunities for experiential learning.
Regarding clinical training, Rutgers has numerous affiliation agreements for
clinical training sites for medicine, dentistry, nursing, and health-related
professional programs, and has developed comprehensive affiliation agreements
with the Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick and
University Hospital in Newark to address undergraduate medical education,
graduate medical education, and all other clinical training at the facility.
University Hospital provides medical care services to a large, underserved
urban population in Newark and is the main safety net hospital for the State
of New Jersey. In 2016, all health care delivery units within Rutgers
University are coming under a newly developed umbrella brand of Rutgers
Health. In coordination with the new branding, all RBHS faculty practices are
being organized into a new Rutgers Health Group where over one thousand
clinical care providers will see more than one million patient visits annually
in sixteen counties across the state.
Special Instructions to Applicants
For submission, please follow Rutgers HR system for online submission. For
additional information about the position please contact us at
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Campus Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences (RBHS)
Home Location Campus Downtown New Brunswick
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