Research Epidemiologist

North Chicago, IL

Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine & Science

Position Summary  

We at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science (RFU), the only graduate health Sciences University in the United States named after a woman scientist, invite applications for a Research Epidemiologist. This is a full-time, twelve-month tenure-track faculty position with 100% salary support at the assistant or associate professor level. The successful candidate will be expected to direct an extramurally funded research program with a focus on improving health and health equity in Lake County, IL, a county with vast socioeconomic inequities. This individual will be the key faculty member around which we plan to develop a Center for Health Equity Research. This faculty member will report directly to the Office of the RFU Executive Vice President for Research and will be offered primary and secondary academic appointments within RFU schools of their choice. 

This is a unique opportunity for an epidemiologist to build new research programs focused on health equity. It offers a chance to work with community and public health agencies, within an interprofessional environment.  To be considered, applicants must apply via the university’s website and include a resume/CV, cover letter, and statement of research interest.

We are seeking an epidemiologist to:

  • Develop a research agenda focused on improving health and health equity in Lake County; 

  • Seek funding opportunities and lead grant writing activities aligned with RFU strategies; 

  • Work within established, and develop new, research partnerships with the Lake County Health Department, as well as with community members, community organizations, and local researchers;

  • Mentor student interns from graduate health sciences programs throughout the university as they develop research projects;

  • Lead and support the preparation of manuscripts for publication;

  • Provide guidance regarding study design, data analysis, and methodology to clinical, epidemiologic, health services, and public health research endeavors;

  • Contribute to the intellectual environment at RFU and perform other faculty duties and responsibilities as assigned by the EVP for Research. 

The successful applicant will have the following qualifications:

  • Doctoral degree in public health, epidemiology, or closely related field with significant community health and/or community engaged research experience; 

  • An interest in social epidemiology and the use of epidemiological research as tools in addressing the needs of marginalized communities;  

  • Evidence of ability to generate extramural funding, including federal funding, for research;

  • Experience leading epidemiological and/or community health intervention research;

  • Strong record of peer-reviewed publications in public health;

  • Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing to a variety of audiences.

About RFU

RFU’s history dates back to the founding of the Chicago Medical School more than 100 years ago; the University was renamed in 2004 to honor Dr. Rosalind Franklin’s groundbreaking contributions to modern biology. RFU places unique emphasis on interprofessional training, practice, and discovery of knowledge. It comprises six postgraduate health professions schools and colleges: Chicago Medical School, College of Health Professions, College of Pharmacy, Dr. William M. Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine, School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies and a planned College of Nursing.  The University provides graduate-level education to more than 2,000 students.  This faculty position will benefit from a collaborative interdisciplinary research community and 100% FTE salary support. 

The University is located in the city of North Chicago, Illinois, a richly diverse community. Centered between the thriving cities of Chicago and Milwaukee at the northeast corner of Illinois, the area boasts a broad array of cultures, religions, and ethnic heritages. RFU is situated on a spacious suburban campus next to Lake Michigan with easy access to Chicago, Evanston, and Milwaukee, as well as rural countryside and convenient suburbs. 

Research at RFU is organized around centers of excellence in discovery and translational science. There are nine such centers designed to nurture collaboration among scientists and clinicians, and facilitate relationships with potential industry partners. RFU’s new 100,000 square foot Innovation and Research Park opened in January 2020. This state-of-the-art facility is designed to accelerate clinically-relevant research advances across complementary fields, including brain function and repair, stress and affective disorders, neurodegenerative diseases, cancer and immunology, genetic diseases, and proteomics and therapeutics, and will facilitate growth opportunities with industry, biotech firms and startups that are also housed in the research park. Through this position, RFU is seeking to utilize and expand existing community and clinical partnerships, as well as on-going faculty research, via development of a Center for Health Equity Research.  

Inclusiveness and diversity are integral to RFU’s commitment to excellence in research, engagement, and education, and we encourage applications from candidates that identify with groups that are historically underrepresented in the health sciences, and others who would enrich and add unique perspectives to the University.  RFU is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.  Inquiries can be directed to Ronald Kaplan at    

Posted: 08/31/2021