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Open Rank Associate Professor or Professor of Public Health

Job description

Washington State University (WSU) Health Sciences and the Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine invite applications for an Associate Professor, a full-time, 12-month tenure-track position located in either Seattle or Spokane, WA. The faculty member’s primary responsibility will be to participate in a collaborative, extramurally funded program of research focused on Native health within the portfolio of the Initiative for Research and Education to Advance Community Health (IREACH), as well as to develop new areas of research aligned with their interests. The position requires strong expertise in quantitative research methods, such as epidemiology or biostatistics. The successful candidate will provide mentoring and supervision to Assistant Professors who are members of the IREACH Methods Core (see below).

IREACH includes a multidisciplinary faculty who conduct extramurally funded research in the area of Native Health. IREACH is a unit with both core senior and junior faculty, and about 60 staff. It has its own methods unit with epidemiologists and biostatisticians, fiscal unit, an in-house editor, and a dedicated IRB coordinator. More about the work of IREACH can be found on their home page (https://ireach.wsu.edu/).

This position will work closely with clinician and non-clinician scientists to conduct research with a primary focus on improving health in Native, minority, and other underserved populations. The successful candidate should have an earned doctoral degree in epidemiology, biostatistics, statistics, or another related field with a similar level of quantitative training by the start date of the position. The personal research focus is flexible but must relate in some way to advancing public health, population science, or reducing health disparities in Native, minority, or other underserved populations. Specific areas of need within IREACH include advanced quantitative research methods; group-randomized trials; neuroepidemiology; social epidemiology; biostatistics; and implementation science. However, individuals with other research interests relevant to the IREACH mission are encouraged to apply.

The expectation is that the successful candidate will plan, obtain funding, and conduct research broadly related to one of the above areas. Publication in peer reviewed journals, presentation at professional societies, and engagement with relevant community groups is expected. The position will assume a leadership role in the IREACH Methods Core, directing or co-directing a team that comprises epidemiologists, biostatisticians, and a demographer. Mentoring graduate students and post-doctoral fellows is possible. The position also requires that the candidate contribute to academic life, including participating in ESFCOM and university committees and contributing to IREACH and ESFCOM service activities. Classroom teaching is not required or expected, but may be negotiated if desired.

As a faculty member you are expected to participate in all required faculty development opportunities and to monitor your WSU issued email account for official college communications.

The majority of the successful candidate’s time, up to 90%, will be focused on extramural research. Academic service which may include mentoring graduate students and post-doctoral fellows will make up the remaining effort.

Occasional travel (<10%) is required.




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Job No: 20152516F
Posted: 3/29/2019
Application Due: 5/28/2019
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Salary: Commensurate with qualifications and experience.