The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute searching for scientific program officers

The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) is conducting a national search for scientific program officers to support the Improving Healthcare Systems (IHS) program.  The mission of the IHS program is to develop, fund, and manage comparative effectiveness research studies of strategies (e.g., policies, interventions, service designs) employed by healthcare systems and organizations to improve the quality, and efficiency of care for the patients they serve. To this end, PCORI employs a variety of funding initiatives designed to address high priority research questions about how personnel, technology, program design, and incentives drive effective and efficient health care solutions to real world problems facing patients, caregivers, clinicians, and other stakeholders. The ultimate purpose of this research is to improve health outcomes that matter to patients, their families, and society.  For more information on the research activities of IHS, visit

The incumbent provides support, direction and leadership in planning, guiding, and encouraging a program of research in three major areas:

  1. Conceptualizing, developing and managing national research initiatives designed to improve healthcare system solutions in the delivery of preventive, diagnostic, treatment, and post-treatment services. This area encompasses comparative effectiveness research studies and implementation of research results from such studies into clinical practice.
  2. Development of funding initiatives and oversight of research contracts.  This would include application of methodological standards related to health system level observational and interventional studies (such as multi-level research design and analysis).
    1. Leading and/or participating in small teams or working groups to conceptualize research topics, perform or assess systematic reviews of evidence, strategic research portfolio management, and facilitate the prioritization of research questions by experts or advisory panels.  These reviews may be summarized in reports, web pages, fact sheets, or manuscripts for publication.  

Specific projects will depend upon the background, experience and research interests of the incumbent.    

This challenging and highly visible role requires broad scientific expertise, commitment to collaboration, and an ability to develop effective strategies for overcoming barriers to scientific progress and its application. The successful applicant will be an experienced scientist (doctoral or equivalent-level training) with excellent communication skills and a record of peer-reviewed publications. Individuals with master’s level training but relevant expertise and experience also will be considered. The incumbent should have advanced training or experience in health services research and methods, background in evaluating clinical care processes and systems, and experience relevant to applying these skills to the field of comparative effectiveness research. Clinical training is desired, but not required.   

This is a career position with PCORI and requires that the applicant is a citizen of the United States. The salary range is negotiable. Inquiries may be submitted immediately to Steven Clauser, PhD, Program Director, Improving Healthcare Systems, 1828 L Street NW, Washington DC 20006, Applications should be submitted through the PCORI career site available at

Selection for this position will be based solely on merit, with no discrimination for non-merit reasons such as race, color, gender, national origin, age, religion, sexual orientation, or physical or mental disability.   

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