Opportunity Details

Occupational Therapy


Commensurate w/Experience

Clinical Informatics Faculty Opportunities in the Program in Occupational Therapy and Institute for Informatics

The Program in Occupational Therapy and the Institute for Informatics (I2), are seeking highly qualified applicants for a clinical informatics faculty position. We will consider all ranks (Instructor, Assistant Professor, Associate Professor and Professor) and all faculty tracks (Research, Clinical and Investigator). A successful candidate will be engaged in both original scholarship and operational leadership as it relates to the design, delivery and optimization of healthcare information systems and data analytics platforms that support and enable the clinical, research and teaching missions of both the Department of Medicine and the Program in Occupational Therapy. Specific areas of emphasis for this opportunity include but are not limited to:

  • Data science, design and analysis to support rehabilitation and participation science
  • Patient-reported outcomes (collection, representation, analysis)
  • Clinical research informatics
  • Human-factors and workflow analysis
  • Predictive analytics and data visualization
  • Quality improvement

The Institute for Informatics (I2) is a comprehensive home for Biomedical Informatics and Data Science research, education, and services spanning WU, BJC, and affiliated entities.  I2 was created in response to the changes currently being experienced across the modern healthcare and life sciences environments wherein there has been a fundamental shift towards trans-disciplinary, integrative, and data-intensive approaches to basic, clinical, translational, and population level research.  These developments have been coupled with the widespread use of information technology platforms to re-engineer of healthcare delivery and achieve greater value alongside improved outcomes and safety. The complex data, information, and knowledge needs associated with these trends requires a comprehensive and systems-level approach to Biomedical Informatics and Data Science research, education, and practice.  In response to the these trends, and as noted above, WU created I2 to provide an academic and professional “hub” for Biomedical Informatics and Data Science research, training, and practice.   I2  engages faculty, staff, and trainees, as well as external partners, drawn from The School of Medicine as well as the School of Engineering and Applied Science, the Institute for Public Health, the Brown School of Social Work, the Olin School of Business, the Health Systems Innovational Laboratory and Center for Clinical Excellence at BJC HealthCare, and the Cortex Innovation Community.  I2 pursues innovative research, workforce development, and dissemination activities targeting a variety of critical areas of need, including:

  • The integration and dissemination of heterogeneous data, information, and knowledge resources;
  • Computational approaches to the interpretation of bio-molecular, image, and clinical phenotypes to inform precision medicine;
  • The acceleration of clinical and translational research through the systematic management of study protocols, data resources, and analytical pipelines;
  • The creation of learning healthcare systems in which cyclical evidence generation and application becomes integral to care delivery;
  • The use of ubiquitous computing and sensing technologies capable of facilitating population health monitoring and intervention strategies; and
  • Methodological and technical approaches to enable and enhance research reproducibility and rigor.

The Program in Occupational Therapy at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis is ranked as the number one occupational therapy program in the nation by U.S. News & World Report. Located in the heart of the Midwest, the program offers the finest in occupational therapy education and patient care, all built on a strong foundation of innovative research. Through world-class research, the program’s faculty are developing new and better methods to understand and address disabilities. By moving our field forward, we work toward our ultimate goal of empowering people worldwide to live fulfilling, productive lives.

Washington University in St. Louis (WU), founded in 1853, is a medium-sized, private research university with approximately 12,000 full-time students, half of whom are enrolled in graduate and professional programs, and nearly 2,100 part-time students. The diverse student body represents all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Guam, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands and more than 100 countries around the world, with approximately ninety percent of undergraduates derived from outside the state. With 30,000 applicants for 1,600 places in the freshman Class of 2016, the university’s undergraduate program was the 7th most selective in the nation, and the most recent U.S. News & World Report ranks WU 14th among national universities. For 2016, WU undergraduate and graduate programs in entrepreneurship have been recognized as among the top 25 in the United States by The Princeton Review and Entrepreneur magazine survey of more than 300 schools. This strength in entrepreneurial studies complements recent St. Louis recognition as among the best startup cities in the nation, evidenced in the CORTEX Innovation District and their 20 partners. 

The Washington University School of Medicine (WUSM) is a world class research intensive academic health center. Since its founding in 1891, WUSM has trained nearly 9,000 physicians and has contributed groundbreaking discoveries in many areas of medical research. WUSM is internationally known for research in neuroscience, genetics, diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, oncology, immunology, diagnostic imaging, and many other specialty areas.  WUSM was ranked #7 by U.S. News & World Report in its 2017 survey of the nation's research-oriented medical schools and #5 by the Blue Ridge Institute for Medical Research in its 2016 survey of total NIH funding received by Medical Schools in the United States. In addition, WUSM is currently ranked #1 among the nation's Medical Schools of student selectivity. WUSM currently has 1,983 full-time faculty members.

BJC HealthCare (BJC) system includes 13 community hospitals in Missouri and southern Illinois with 3,479 staffed beds, and is one of the largest academically-based health care systems in the country. The system serves regional residents through hospitals, nursing facilities, and a comprehensive outpatient care network. Barnes-Jewish Hospital (BJH) and St. Louis Children’s Hospital (SLCH) constitute the academic core of BJC. BJC is recognized for its ability to integrate health services in a cost-efficient manner, while providing an innovative medical data and imaging repository to enhance physicians’ access to patient data. BJC has more than 100 sites in the St. Louis metropolitan area for medical care and services, and is the dominant health care provider in the region with a 34 percent market share – more than double that of the next largest system. BJC is the first health care system in the nation to integrate an academic medical center with suburban, rural, and metropolitan-based health care facilities. Both BJH and SLCH are on the WUSM campus and serve as regional, national, and international referral centers, offering comprehensive care and providing a full range of health services and research for complex populations across the lifespan.

Candidates should have an advanced degree (e.g., PhD, OTD, MD, DO, MSN/DNP or equivalent) with relevant training or experience in Biomedical or Health Informatics or an analogous area of study.  In addition, candidates at advanced ranks should have a track-record including some combination of clinical excellence, extramural funding, peer-reviewed publications, and trainee mentorship.

Racial, ethnic, gender, and other forms of diversity will be prioritized as part of this faculty recruitment opportunity.

Compensation, start-up packages, and other financial support will be highly competitive and commensurate with candidate rank, experience, and performance.


Candidates should apply online through the faculty opportunities website with a cover letter, CV, research statement, teaching statement, and at least three professional references. Questions about the position can be directed to Philip R.O. Payne, PhD, Director, c/o Cynthia Marich, Program Manager (cmarich@wustl.edu) and Carolyn Baum, PhD, Elias Michael Director, c/o Abby King, Executive Assistant (abigailking@wustl.edu)

Candidates will be evaluated on an ongoing basis, consistent with the needs and priorities of this search.

Carolyn Baum





An Equal Opportunity Affirmative Action Employer

Washington University seeks an exceptionally qualified and diverse faculty; women, minorities, protected veterans and candidates with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.

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