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Open Position - Specialist Series - Health Informatics

Recruitment Period

Open date: November 25th, 2019

Last review date: Monday, Dec 16, 2019 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications received after this date will be reviewed by the search committee if the position has not yet been filled.

Final date: Tuesday, Jun 30, 2020 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.


University of California, Irvine Department of Informatics

Specialist Series

The University of California, Institute for Prediction Technology (UCIPT) is seeking a specialist in the area of health informatics. This position is full-time and will be at the University of California, Irvine campus (Departments of Informatics and Emergency Medicine) and funded through the UCLA Healthy Campus Initiative The applicant will help lead an initiative to provide digital tools to help public health and policy organizations solve important societal problems, such as opioid overdose, crime, and poverty.

The search is comprehensive and we encourage applicants from a broad range of disciplines to apply. The area of study is highly interdisciplinary, related to backgrounds in computer science, design, education, health informatics, humanities, media arts, organizational studies, psychology, and software engineering. We are especially interested in applicants with data science/machine learning/natural language processing expertise, and/or in developing digital behavioral interventions.

The candidate should be motivated by the potential to lead large-scale social and behavioral change, including implementation science, business applications of digital technologies and artificial intelligence, and knowledge management. The candidate will be jointly supervised by a number of mentors across UCIPT.

Applicants are able to bring their own ideas and/or work on existing projects, with an ultimate goal of helping the specialist develop their own research agenda.

Three related potential projects a specialist could work on with UCIPT are:

  1. Developing the AI software/models/tools that mine social and behavioral data and provide feedback/maps to help public health and safety officials.
  2. Developing and testing digital behavioral interventions (e.g., online communities, social media, wearable devices, AR/VR) that incorporate psychology for behavior change
  3. Overseeing UCIPT hackathons and studies behind how to improve cohesiveness and longevity of teams in our hackathons toward a framework for lasting civic engagement in citizens developing solutions to societal problems. And finally, the postdoc should deliver plans for bringing prototypes to scale.

Preferred Qualifications
PhD or equivalent in public health, human-computer interaction, psychology, social work or related field.

Appointment is for 1 year with an option to extend.
Start Date: As soon as possible. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until position is filled.
Qualified candidates provide a cover letter, CV, and the names of 3 professional references to the following on-line recruitment URL to submit the material requested:
The University of California, Irvine is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer advancing inclusive excellence. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status, or other protected categories covered by the UC nondiscrimination policy.


Document requirements
Reference requirements
  • 3-5 required (contact information only)