Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Open position: School of Informatics and Computing seeking grad student researcher

Dear Graduate Students:

We are seeking a highly motivated graduate student RA/intern, or a researcher to participate in a new collaborative project between the School of Informatics and Computing, the Center for Law, Ethics, and Applied Research in Health Information, the Regenstrief Institute, and the IU School of Medicine.

The project team seeks to make breakthrough progress in technology to enable nationwide health information exchanges. The project focuses on enabling providers and patients to search for and access individual health information through a secure, web-based connection. In particular, the IU-B portion of the project focuses on designing an interface for patients to allow privacy-preserving granular control over personal health information.

The primary activities will include conducting interviews with patients, coordinating the collection of patient data, analyzing interview data, planning study protocols, participating in team meetings, and preparing reports of study findings. Additional responsibilities may include and disseminating results via publications and conference presentations, collaborating with a visual designer to design a user interface for sharing patient health information, and/or conducting usability testing.

This is a 20 hour per week position starting immediately, with the option to extend to Fall and/or Spring semester.

  • BS or BA in Informatics, Computer Science, Psychology, or a related field (MS or PhD preferred) • Knowledge and/or experience in any of the following:
    • Structured interview
    • Card sort
    • Focus group
    • User-centered design
    • Human factors methods
    • User evaluation
  • Excellent interpersonal communication skills and collaboration skills (required to work with hospital staff and patients)
  • Ability to work independently Desirable Attributes • Experience working on a multi-disciplinary team • IRB certification
  • Drivers license
  • Use of car (you would be reimbursed for all work-related travel)
  • Strong publication history
Interested applicants should send their CV and a short email cover letter highlighting relevant experience to: with “Application for Summer RA” in the subject line. Those with an interest in health informatics, privacy, human factors and/or an interest in attending medical school are strongly encouraged to apply. Hiring will proceed on a rolling basis, so early application is encouraged.

Kelly Caine, Ph.D.
Principal Research Scientist
School of Informatics and Computing
Center for Law, Ethics, and Applied Research in Health Information
Indiana University