Healthcare Systems Engineering


We are seeking qualified, curious, and like-minded individuals to join our team and contribute to our overarching healthcare improvement mission. There are a variety of ways to get involved, ranging from undergraduate through post-doctoral student levels, visiting fellows and sabbaticals, and full-time staff and faculty. We invite you to browse our website and to contact us for more information or to discuss any of the below opportunities.

Dr. James C. Benneyan
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Healthcare Industrial Engineering Faculty

The Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering at Northeastern University invites exceptional applications for two tenure-track/tenured faculty positions in healthcare industrial engineering, broadly defined, at the Associate and Full Professor levels. A doctorate in industrial engineering, operations research, healthcare management science, or a closely related field is required. Successful candidates are expected to develop or continue a funded research program, work closely with our university-level Healthcare Systems Engineering Institute, and excel in teaching. Applicants with exceptional qualifications at the assistant professor level also will be considered. Both positions will remain open until filled. Click here for complete job description. Apply Now.

Joint Faculty Appointments

Joint healthcare faculty position in Northeastern University's Colleges of Engineering and Business at the Full Professor or senior level Associate Professor level focused on healthcare systems (healthcare management, management science, systems engineering, economics, informatics, operations research, or a related discipline). To discuss position, contact us directly. To apply, please email a cover letter, curriculum vitae, statement of research and teaching interests, and contact information for at least three references to, attention: Professor James Benneyan.

Visiting Academic Sabbatical/Faculty Summer Residency

Visiting sabbatical faculty are invited during the academic year (one or two semesters) or for a summer residency. The summer residency can include a combination of helping (1) advise a fellow and/or (2) work on a research problem with with our NSF Healthcare Systems Engineering center or independently. If you would like to work in our centers during your sabbatical leave, please email, attention: Professor James Benneyan. Click here for job posting. Apply Now.


CMS/CMMI Center Project Manager

Day-to-day operational, administrative, project management, relationship management, reporting. Click here for complete job description. Apply Now.

Experiential Education Coordinator

Coordinate, recruit, grow, and evaluate three practice-based experiential education programs (undergraduate IE healthcare coop program, graduate research internships, summer intern program). Click here for complete job description. Apply Now.

Evaluation and Spread Coordinator

Manage evaluation, implementation, and spread of individual projects and overall grant. Click here for the complete job description. Apply Now.

Associate Healthcare Systems Engineer

Conduct and manage a variety of applied industrial engineering projects within several of our partnering healthcare systems. This is an internal non-research position to help conduct applied projects across the greater Boston area through our CMS Innovation Healthcare Systems Engineering Center and across the U.S. through our NSF Center for Health Organization Transformation. Ideal candidates will have a bachelors or masters degree or the equivalent in industrial engineering or a related field, a desire to contribute, ability to work independently, strong time-management skills, and 1-3 years of experience managing and/or supporting industrial engineering and process improvement projects. Prior healthcare experience is preferred but not required. Click here for complete job description. Apply Now.

Academic/Science Writer

Technical writing, editing, and content development assistance needed for a range of needs on a part-time or freelance basis. If interested please submit a current resume and examples of recent work. Responsibilities include editing technical papers and annual reports, writing case studies and dissemination monographs, drafting website content, editing grant proposals, and ad hoc assistance as needed. Click here for complete job description. Apply Now.

Webmaster (part-time)

Part-time position (approximately 10 hours per week). Responsibilities include updating our website, developing content, maintaining member portals and list servers, and knowledge management. If interested please submit your resume and examples of other websites you have worked on. Requirements include experience with modern website software, independence, and creativity. Experience with scripts and on-line forms desirable but not required. Apply Now.


Postdoctoral Research Associate

Talented and motivated post-doctoral fellows with a strong background in statistics, operations research, and industrial engineering are encouraged to contact us. Post-doctoral positions are available throughout the year. All postdoc fellows participate in a structured mentoring and career development fellowship program to help advance their careers, including some combination of research, teaching, mentoring, and application components, along with a schedule of faculty mentoring. Different tracks are available depending on if the postdoc wants to pursue an academic, research, or industry career. Click here for job posting. Apply Now.

VA Fellows Programs

Several post-graduate fellowships are available within the Veterans Health Administration that are related to industrial engineering and operations research. Most directly, the New England VERC (Veterans Engineering Resource Center) has ongoing fellowships that can range from 3 to 24 months to apply systems engineering and related methods within the VA healthcare system. Note that by definition ("post graduate") these fellowships are available to any US citizen or resident with a Masters degree or higher. They also can be used between MS and PhD degrees or during the start of a PhD program.

Related fellowships exist in patient safety, health services research, and medical informatics. Further details can be found below.

  • Healthcare Systems Engineering Fellowships
    Both practitioner and research tracks exist, up to two years in length. These positions have been designed to help develop applied and research careers in healthcare systems engineering or related methods, including either engineers or healthcare professionals is areas related to systems engineering (engineering, , computer science, medical informatics, business and management, health care administration, nursing, economics, sociology, anthropology, and others.)
    Further details: Practitioner HSE Fellowship and Research HSE Fellowship
  • VA National Center for Patient Safety fellowship
    A one year fellowship in patient safety to provide post-residency trained physicians and post masters or post doctoral degree trained associated health professionals in-depth education in patient safety practice and leadership.
  • Medical Informatics
    Provides two years of post-residency / postdoctoral research and educational opportunities in research and educational activities relevant to VA to board eligible or board certified physicians and dentists and postdoctoral associated health professionals.
  • Health Services Research and Development Fellowship
    Provides two years of post-residency research, education, and clinical learning opportunities to eligible physicians. Fellows spend approximately 75 percent of their time in research and education and 25 percent in clinical care at competitively selected VA sites. Graduates are expected to be role models in leading, developing, conducting, and evaluating innovative health services research.
  • Harvard Medical School Fellowship in Patient Safety and Quality
    • Massachusetts General Hospital
      Fellows may participate in the activities of the Edward P. Lawrence Center for Quality and Safety (CQS) as it carries out its work through three key activities: Performance Improvement, Applied Informatics, and Research.
    • Brigham and Women's Hospital
      BWH is dedicated to serving the needs of our local and global community; providing the highest quality health care to patients and their families; expanding the boundaries of medicine through research; and educating the next generation of health care professionals

Graduate Students

Graduate Student Assistantships

To be considered for a graduate assistantship position, please email your resume, transcripts, contact information for three references, writing sample (project summary, thesis abstract, sample publication), and answers to the below questions to, attention: Professor James Benneyan. If your qualifications meet our specific requirements, we will contact you to set up a phone interview. Apply Now.

  1. Why do you think you are a good fit to our research team?
  2. Briefly summarize your previous research accomplishments.
  3. Briefly describe your experience applying theoretical methods to real world problems and any lessons learned.
  4. List any peer reviewed publications and conference presentations.

Graduate Research Internship Positions

Several graduate internship opportunities exist in our centers and in our partner hospitals both in the greater Boston area and across the United States. Each type of position is structured to provide the student with an appropriate experiential educational experience or help discover interesting research projects. Excellent and motivated students are encouraged to contact us with a letter of interest and current resume. Open only for current NEU graduate students with solid GPAs and professional attitudes. Apply Now.

Graduate research internships: Part-time one-semester internships (10-20 hours/week) conducting an applied project within a partner sponsoring hospital. Students register for an independent study project and are expected to submit an acceptable final report and presentation to receive a grade (grade is pass/fail). Incomplete grades continue for one semester maximum, after which they automatically convert to an F. Apply Now.

Undergraduate Students

Undergraduate Research Projects

1 to 4 credit research projects exist for exceptional undergraduate students interested in healthcare industrial engineering. Examples of past projects include surgery scheduling simulation, avoidable rehospitalization, predictive modeling, analysis of hospital infection data, and literature reviews on patient no-shows, innovation centers, and specialty care centers. Preference is given to students with high GPAs, prior healthcare experience, or potential interest in exploring graduate school. Apply Now.

Undergraduate Coop Positions

Several undergraduate coop opportunities exist in our centers and in our partner hospitals in the greater Boston area, Seattle, Charlotte, and across the United States. Each type of position is structured to provide the student with an appropriate experiential educational experience or help discover interesting research projects. Excellent and motivated students are encouraged to contact us with a letter of interest and current resume. Open only for current undergraduate students with solid GPAs and professional attitudes.

Undergraduate coop jobs: Full-time (40 hours /week) cooperative education positions in a variety of healthcare organizations. Students complete 3 primary tasks: assisting internal teams on quality improvement projects; conducting or leading a project of their own (with appropriate mentorship);and identifying, proposing, and executing a useful application of some industrial engineering method from their course work to-date. Apply Now.

Summer Internship Program

Northeastern Healthcare IE Summer Internship program, sponsored in part by our CMS Healthcare Systems Engineering Center. The objective of this program is to allow interested students an opportunity to gain experience working in healthcare, discover important research topics, and/or test their current research. This program is open to early undergraduate students through advanced PhD students and can last from 1 to 3 months.

Internship responsibilities: Participants follow a defined structure that includes an applied project, specific learning objectives, participation in ongoing CHOT projects, and several learning activities tailored to each students particular interests and level of advancement. Students work day-to-day with an identified CHOT graduate student mentor, a healthcare industry sponsor (within one or more hospitals), and a post-doc. All students also meet routinely with the Center director and other senior leaders, and are expected to prepare a summary report and presentation at the end of their internship. Apply Now.

Work Study Positions

We have several work study positions within our centers. Provide administrative support to faculty, graduate students, and staff on an as needed basis. Responsibilities include copying, filing, faxing, data entry, and other general office tasks. We are looking for ongoing basic help in four areas:

1. Clerical and administrative assistance
2. Writing and editing assistance
3. Website maintenance
4. Data analysis

Requirements: Knowledge of MS Office software, positive work ethic, interest in healthcare or industrial engineering is preferred but not required. If you would like to be considered for any of these positions, please use the Student Employment website to apply.