Associate or Full Professor

Penn State University

University Park Campus
Date Announced:
Date Closing:
open until filled
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College of Health and Human Development


Founding Director of the Center for Individualized Health Research and Intervention; Professor. The College of Health and Human Development (CHHD) at The Pennsylvania State University invites applications for the founding Director of the Center for Individualized Health Research and Intervention (CIHRI). The successful candidate for this position will be an experienced faculty member who is dedicated to advancing health through innovative research, and demonstrates an ability to attract external funding. The Director will have an exciting opportunity to establish a vision for this new Center and set the course for highly innovative, interdisciplinary, externally fundable research on individualized health and health behavior by: Conducting high-impact research; attracting faculty from a range of disciplines to affiliate and collaborate around health research; advancing knowledge of the etiological factors driving individualized health; harnessing big data and high-performance computing methods to focus on complex problems; advancing methodological and technical innovations relevant in this area; mentoring the next generation of behavioral health and intervention researchers; and extending strong collaborative relationships with researchers and funding agencies, including the National Institutes of Health. The Director will have access to ongoing CHHD resources to support Center activities and stabilize core functions of the unit that will serve as a springboard for a range of competitively funded projects. Specifically, the Director will provide leadership in developing new, innovative programs of research related to advancing individualized health and health behavior through novel approaches, as well as for unique contributions to training at the undergraduate, graduate and post-doctoral levels. To be successful in this role, the Director must have a strong research portfolio with demonstrated ability to create and foster productive interdisciplinary collaborations. Prior experience with research administration is desirable. In addition, applicants with expertise in cyber-enabled research, including the development and application of innovative computational methods, may be co-funded with Penn State’s Institute for CyberScience (ICS; ICS co-hires are expected to engage in interdisciplinary research that relies substantially on some combination of big data, complex simulations, machine learning and related methodologies. Further information on the institute and its co-hires can be found: The successful candidate will be eligible for tenure at Penn State. The Director will have a faculty appointment at the level of associate or full professor in a department in the CHHD; the specific department will be determined based on fit and discussions with the Dean and corresponding department head. As such, this person also will teach and mentor graduate and undergraduate students. Departments in the CHHD include biobehavioral health, communication sciences and disorders, health policy and administration, hospitality management, human development and family studies, kinesiology, nutritional sciences, and recreation, park, and tourism management. An earned doctorate in the behavioral, biobehavioral, or social sciences, statistics, or a related public-health discipline is required. The successful candidate may also contribute to the interdisciplinary scholarly community of the ICS. The primary mission of the CIHRI is to improve public health by advancing research that leverages new and emerging technologies, methods, and data sources to establish, promote, and sustain health and positive health behaviors through novel data capture and individualized intervention strategies. Research conducted under the CIHRI will focus on the intersection of advanced data analytics and novel theories of health dynamics that will lead to a new generation of interventions that are optimized to meet the needs of individuals in real time and in real place. A core premise of the CIHRI is that many factors driving human health, as well as health behaviors and outcomes, are highly dynamic. They unfold as a function of multilevel contextual factors ranging from social and physical environments to public policy, in interaction with biological and psychological processes. An interdisciplinary approach that can integrate cutting-edge behavioral theory with state-of-the-science techniques, methods, and technologies holds promise to effect meaningful change in human health and health behavior within individuals and, ultimately, in the population. To this end, Center research will focus on innovations in health interventions tailored to both static and dynamic factors of individuals in context, in part through the use of emerging technologies (e.g., wearable sensors), methods (e.g., ecological momentary assessment), designs (e.g., sequential randomization), and delivery systems (e.g., mobile phone applications). The CIHRI will serve as an intellectual hub at Penn State and will act as a catalyst for interdisciplinary research collaborations, both within the College and across the University, focused on understanding influences on complex health behaviors, developing effective individualized interventions to improve health, and developing innovative computational methods to address research challenges. The Center will enable rapid responses to emergent opportunities for research and funding (e.g., NIH mHealth and science of behavior change funding opportunities). The CIHRI will build synergy and facilitate grant submissions relevant to many domains of health and their relevant mechanisms, potentially to include physical activity, diet, stress reactivity, well-being, addictive behaviors, and adherence to behavioral and medical treatment regimens with an aim of promoting health and reducing health disparities. This new Center will join several other established, well-funded research centers in the CHHD. There is significant opportunity for synergy between the CIHRI and several existing centers, including the Edna Bennett Pierce Prevention Research Center, The Methodology Center, the Center for Health Care Policy and Research, the Center for Childhood Obesity Research, and the Center for Healthy Aging. Leveraging these partnerships while maintaining a unique identity is a strategic priority. The CIHRI will contribute to training the next generation of researchers focused on identifying the etiology of highly dynamic health behaviors and outcomes and developing effective and sustainable health interventions designed to meet the needs of individuals in real time and context. Several NIH-funded T32 training programs at Penn State are devoted to advancing the research careers of pre- and post-doctoral fellows. These include the Prevention and Methodology Training Program (PAMT), the Healthy Aging Center’s Pathways training program, and the Biomedical Big Data to Knowledge training program. The College of Health and Human Development enrolls approximately 4,200 undergraduates and 350 full-time graduate students at University Park. The College includes eight academic units and several research centers and service units. For more information about the College, visit: The Institute for CyberScience (ICS; is one of Penn State’s five university-wide research institutes that accelerate discovery and advance interdisciplinary, collaborative team science. The ICS has 20 tenure-line faculty spread across the university, cultivating a diverse and growing community of scholars engaged in interdisciplinary computation- and data-enabled research and learning, and houses the Advanced Cyber Infrastructure (ICS-ACI), the center of high performance computing at Penn State. ICS currently has 22 co-hires, across 18 departments and 6 colleges, coupled with an active community of approximately 250 associates and affiliates. Founded in 1855, Penn State is one of the most comprehensive public institutions in the nation with approximately 44,000 students enrolled at University Park, the administrative and research hub of the University. The University and surrounding community enjoy a lively performing arts calendar, an array of intercollegiate sports, excellent on-campus childcare, and superb public schools. Penn State recognizes and is supportive of dual career situations. Review of applications will begin immediately; applications will continue to be accepted until the position is filled. For more information about this exciting opportunity, please contact the committee chair, Kathryn Drager, Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Education ( Interested parties should upload cover letter, curriculum vitae and supporting information (up to three reprints/preprints, plus the names of three professional references who will not be contacted without checking first with the applicant).

These salary bands have been established to provide salary guidelines for staff positions.

Salary Band Minimum Midpoint Maximum
A $16,584 $24,456 $32,328
B $18,240 $26,904 $35,556
C $19,728 $29,592 $39,456
D $21,708 $32,568 $43,416
E $24,312 $36,468 $48,612
F $27,228 $40,848 $54,456
G $30,012 $45,744 $61,500
H $34,188 $52,140 $70,080
I $38,988 $59,424 $79,908
J $43,716 $67,740 $91,812
K $50,712 $78,600 $106,488
L $58,836 $91,176 $123,528
M $68,232 $105,756 $143,292
N $80,508 $124,788 $169,068
O $93,492 $147,252 $201,024
P $110,340 $173,760 $237,192
Q $126,396 $199,056 $271,728
R $151,668 $238,872 $326,088