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Thank you for your interest in working at the Prevention Research Center for Healthy Neighborhoods. Our mission is to foster partnerships within Cleveland’s urban neighborhoods for developing, testing, and implementing strategies to prevent and reduce the burden of chronic disease utilizing a community-participatory approach.
As part of the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, we offer a stimulating, dynamic work environment that is part of one of the nation's top research universities.
The PRCHN is committed to the goal of building a culturally diverse staff and strongly encourages applications from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups. 
Current Postings

Assistant/Associate-Level Faculty in Community-Based Intervention Research with Low-Income Populations


The Department of Population and Quantitative Health Sciences (PQHS) at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine (http://epbiwww.case.edu/), in collaboration with its Prevention Research Center for Healthy Neighborhoods (PRCHN)(www.prchn.org) seeks to fill a tenure-track position at the level of Assistant or Associate Professor who has research expertise in development of school, community, environmental or policy interventions that address tobacco use (priority), healthy eating, and/or physical activity aimed at impacting population level indicators.  Expertise with developing interventions for low-income populations will receive priority.

Applicants must have an earned doctorate in epidemiology, nutrition, behavioral sciences or relevant field with training, experience and commitment to community-based research, a commitment to excellence in teaching and advising graduate students, and an established publication record, including peer-reviewed publications and research funding commensurate with rank.  Rank will be determined by the candidate's qualifications and experience; however, it is expected that candidates applying at the Assistant level will have at least 10 publications and evidence of research funding as PI while those applying at the Associate level must have at least 25 publications, a more extensive funding portfolio (as PI and Co-I) and have held an Assistant faculty position for at least three years.

The successful candidate will be expected to establish an independent, extramurally funded research program in alignment with the mission of the PRCHN, focusing a significant part of their research portfolio on the Greater Cleveland community. They will contribute to the PQHS educational mission and mentoring mission of the PRCHN, teaching at least one graduate level course per year within PQHS.  PQHS has 35 primary faculty, three unique PhD programs and four Master’s programs. Faculty research expertise in PQHS includes health promotion and prevention research; infectious diseases; global health; genetic epidemiology; cancer; and health disparities.

The PRCHN is housed within PQHS and provides the foundation for much of the community-based research conducted by PQHS and across the school. The PRCHN’s mission is to foster partnerships within Cleveland’s urban neighborhoods to develop, implement and test strategies to prevent and reduce the burden of chronic disease – by addressing not only environmental and lifestyle issues, but also conditions, inequities and resources of community that are linked to chronic diseases. PRCHN priority focus areas include research to reduce obesity and the tobacco use within Cleveland. Tobacco use is nearly 40% among adults, twice that of the county and state; youth experience high rates of non-cigarette tobacco use. Cleveland touts above average rates of obesity and associated diseases (i.e., hypertension, diabetes), which is partly explained by poor access to healthy food and safe places to be physical activity. We seek candidates that are committed to developing strategies to address these specific priority areas.

Cleveland offers a rich and supportive environment for community-based research.  The PRCHN has an engaged Network of Community Advisors and well-established community partnerships in public health, social services, health care and government. PRCHN faculty are active in city and county level health initiatives, such as the Health Improvement Partnership-Cuyahoga (www.hipcuyahoga.org), Healthy Cleveland (https://www.healthycle.org/), as well as numerous state level initiatives through the Ohio Department of Health.  CWRU and its affiliated hospital systems also provide a rich environment for clinical and population health research with support and resources available through the Clinical and Translational Science Collaborative (CTSC, http://casemed.case.edu/ctsc/).

In employment, as in education, CWRU is committed to Equal Opportunity and Diversity. Women, veterans, members of underrepresented minority groups, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. CWRU provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process should contact the Office of Inclusion, Diversity and Equal Opportunity at 216-368-8877 to request a reasonable accommodation. Determinations as to granting reasonable accommodations for any applicant will be made on a case-by-case basis.  Interested applicants should send their Curriculum Vitae, statement of research and teaching expertise, and the names of three references to Chair, PRCHN Search Committee at PRCHNsearch@case.edu.


CLEVELAND, OHIO 44106-4945

Graduate Student Research Assistant

The Prevention Research Center for Healthy Neighborhoods is conducting an evaluation of the Cuyahoga County Board of Health’s Teen Pregnancy Prevention (TPP) project funded by the Office of Adolescent Health. The project involves the implementation of evidence-based comprehensive sexual health curricula in schools and the community. The project is seeking a graduate student research assistant to assist with qualitative and quantitative data collection and analysis and the development of evaluation reports for project partners and funders. The preferred candidate will have a strong background in applied public health research, community engaged research, and research with adolescents.

Primary responsibilities of the graduate student research assistant:
  • Assist the project director and project coordinator with data collection, entry, and analysis of survey, fidelity checklist, and focus group data.
  • Assist with the development of reports and presentations related to the evaluation research.

The graduate student research assistant will possess the following skills:

  • Knowledge of evaluation research methodology.
  • Experience with statistical analysis of large data sets. 
  • Experience with qualitative methodologies.
  • Ability to communicate findings effectively.
  • Capacity to work in an interdisciplinary team as well as independently.
  • Strong organizational skills.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite (e.g., Word, Excel, Power Point) and SPSS.
  • Familiarity with Qualtrics Survey Software

Hours: 20 hours/week
Payment: $15-17 per hour commensurate with experience
Please direct questions to Dr. Sarah Koopman Gonzalez at sjk98@case.edu.