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Job Title: Assistant Research Professor
Job Number: 122127
Organization: Washington State University
Posted: 1/29/2018
Type: Full-Time
Classification: Epidemiology
Industry: Academic Institutions
Number of Openings: 2
Location: Seattle,  WA    USA
Compensation: Commensurate with qualifications and experience.
Position Description: Washington State University Health Sciences Spokane and the Initiative for Research and Education to Advance Community Health (IREACH) invites applications for an Assistant Research Professor with expertise in epidemiology, although individuals with other relevant training are encouraged to apply. The position will be embedded within the IREACH Methods Core, which comprises a collegial and highly collaborative team of PhD and master’s level epidemiologists and biostatisticians.

This position is a full-time, temporary 12-month position. Subsequent renewals are subject to satisfactory performance, mutual consent, and available funding. This is an entry level non-tenure track position. This position can be located in either Seattle or Spokane, WA, to be negotiated upon offer.

Position Details: This position will work closely with clinician and non-clinician scientists to conduct research with a primary focus on improving health in minority and other underserved populations. Initially, the position will be fully funded by existing IREACH grants and will work with investigative teams to provide quantitative research methods support, including monitoring research implementation and data collection for efficiency, completeness, and data quality; crafting appropriate analytic strategies for scientific presentations and publications; and analyzing data or supervising data analyses with a biostatistician. In addition, this position will provide quantitative methods support for developing grant proposals with IREACH and other Washington State University colleagues, and will provide service consistent with expectations for all IREACH and WSU faculty.

Concurrently, this position will be responsible for developing an independent research program with the goal of securing extramural research funding. Support provided for this expectation includes professional copy editing, formal and informal mentoring in grant writing and career planning, and administrative support for preparing budgets and submitting grant applications to the National Institutes of Health and other extramural funding agencies. As funding is procured, support responsibilities for other IREACH projects will be reduced accordingly.

The successful candidate’s personal research focus is flexible but must relate in some way to advancing public health or reducing health disparities in minority or other underserved populations. Specific areas of need within IREACH include: advanced quantitative research methods; neuroepidemiology (including cognitive function, Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias, and brain imaging); social epidemiology; health economics; biomarkers for disease susceptibility and trajectory; and implementation science. However, individuals with other research interests relevant to the IREACH mission are encouraged to apply.

Occasional travel (<10%) is required.

Teaching is not required or expected, but may be negotiated if desired.

Qualifications: Minimum/Required Qualifications: • A doctorate in epidemiology or in a closely related field (e.g., biostatistics, health policy, health economics). • A minimum of two years of applied experience conducting public health research. • Strong training and experience in quantitative research methods, including statistical analysis with complex data structures. • Experience conducting statistical analyses in SAS, Stata, or R. • Research focus relevant to public health and health disparities of minority and other underserved populations. • Outstanding ethical integrity and strong commitment to confidentiality in dealing with scientific data and results. • Strong writing skills, with the ability to convey scientific concepts with clear language. • Strong interpersonal communication skills, with the ability to communicate clearly about study design and analysis methods to colleagues who are not methodologists. • Proficient in the Microsoft Office suite of products. • Work requires evenings and weekends on occasion to meet the needs of the project.

Preferred Qualifications: • Experience working with American Indian, Alaska Native, or other minority populations or underserved communities. • Experience learning about and adhering to preferences and expectations for research collaboration espoused by various tribal research partners. • Training or experience in cardiovascular disease epidemiology. • Training or experience in structural equation and latent variable modeling. • Training or experience in design and analysis of group randomized trials. • Publication history aligned with previous positions and training. • Experience planning and conducting other sophisticated statistical analyses such as prediction modeling, marginal structural models, quantitative bias analysis, machine learning, image analysis, or Bayesian methods.

Organization Description: The University Washington State University Overview Founded in 1890 in Pullman, Washington State University (WSU) is Washington’s land-grant university with an overarching mission of improving the quality of life for all citizens – locally, nationally, and globally. WSU is committed to innovation and excellence in research and scholarship. WSU has a current enrollment of over 30,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students and approximately 6,000 faculty and staff at its five campuses (Pullman, Spokane, Tri- Cities, Vancouver, and Everett), as well as its numerous other locations across the State of Washington and online through its Global Campus.

U.S. News & World Report's 2016 "America's Best Colleges" rankings place WSU in the top 75 public national universities. WSU was one of only three Northwest universities to be placed in the top two tiers, along with the University of Washington and the University of Oregon. WSU is ranked as a "highest research activity" institution by the Carnegie Foundation and is in the top 12 percent of research universities as reported by the National Science Foundation. Also, WSU was recognized by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching for its engagement activities with its Community Engagement Classification.

WSU employs approximately 6,000 faculty and professional staff and the University deeply values diversity among its faculty, students, and staff. WSU students represent diverse social, economic, and ethnic backgrounds: approximately 10 percent of WSU students hail from outside the state of Washington, and approximately 6.8 percent are international students. WSU annually awards more than $280 million in scholarships and financial aid to approximately 17,000 undergraduate students.

Washington State University Seattle IREACH IREACH includes a multidisciplinary faculty who conduct extramurally funded research in the areas of Native health, Latino health, and behavioral health in vulnerable populations. IREACH is a unit with both core senior and junior faculty, and about 40 staff. It has its own fiscal unit and an in-house editor and IRB coordinator. More about the work of IREACH can be found on their home page Initiative for Research and Education to Advance Community Health.

The Area Seattle Located on the Puget Sound in northwestern Washington, Seattle is a large city, and home to over 650,000 residents as well as Fortune 500 companies and a lively performing arts and sports scene. Known as the “Emerald City” due to the lush surrounding greenery, the city’s proximity to mountains and forest also make it an eclectic mix of urban and rural living. Seattle is one of the fastest growing cities in the country. It is the home to major philanthropic organizations, many institutions of higher learning, a large diversity of cultural events, restaurants, parks and recreational opportunities, and international corporations such as Amazon, Facebook, Starbucks, and Boeing.

IREACH’s office in Seattle is located in the middle of Seattle’s three major urban hot spots – South Lake Union, the Central Business District, and Capitol Hill – and is easily accessible from almost anywhere in the metropolitan area. On-site perks include green space and patio gathering spots, complimentary citywide shuttle, EV charging stations, on-site showers/locker rooms, and bike storage. The Seattle office is linked to both the Spokane and Pullman campuses through a sophisticated videoconferencing system that makes attending meetings and even teaching classes possible at a distance.

Spokane Located in the University District along the riverfront in downtown Spokane, WSU Spokane is the University’s health sciences education and research campus. The campus is home to the Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine, scheduled to welcome its charter class in August 2017. The University has relocated all of its health sciences disciplines and built new facilities on the campus in recent years. Among the new construction: an $80 million Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Sciences Building and a $34.6 million Nursing Building. Nearly 1,500 undergraduate, professional, and graduate students pursue degrees at the 48-acre campus, which also houses programs offered by Eastern Washington University and is located just across the Spokane River from Gonzaga University.

Spokane is a major healthcare hub and the largest along the northern corridor of the United States between Minneapolis and Seattle. It offers the latest diagnostic and therapeutic care in all fields of medicine, and boasts four major hospitals, including Providence Health’s 644-bed Sacred Heart Medical Center. Complete with a rich cultural scene, historic neighborhoods, urban appeal, and easy access to four-season outdoor recreation, Spokane supplies a high quality of life for the nearly half million residents who live in the region.

Closing Date: 4/29/2018
Desired Starting Date:
Contact Name: Caitlin Oberst,  Assistant Research Professor
Contact Location: 1100 Olive Way
Suite 1200
Seattle   WA  98101
United States
Contact Location: 1100 Olive Way
  Suite 1200
  Seattle   WA  98101
  United States
Contact Phone: 206.708.8677 
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Contact Email:
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How to Apply: Application Process: Applicants need to apply online through WSU Human Resources at and be prepared to upload:

1. A cover letter addressing how you meet the qualifications for this position 2. Current Curriculum Vitae 3. Minimum of three references (names and contact information) 4. Finalist will need to provide 3 letters of recommendation.

Review of applications will begin December 27, 2017.

Finalist for this position will be subject to a background check as condition of employment. Questions may be sent to the search committee liaison in an email to Caitlin Oberst at Washington State University is an EO/AA/ADA educator and employer.

Additional Information: Compensation/Benefits: Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. Washington State University has comprehensive benefits including medical, dental, life, and long-term disability insurance. We offer excellent retirement programs and a generous leave program.

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