Assistant Professor Biomedical Informatics and Medical Education (BIME) and Radiation Oncology

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Assistant Professor Biomedical Informatics and Medical Education (BIME) and Radiation Oncology

Seattle, WA
Open Date:
Jul 30, 2019

The Departments of Biomedical Informatics and Medical Education (BIME) and Radiation Oncology at the University of Washington (UW) are looking for one full-time faculty at the Assistant Professor Without Tenure (Job Code 10113) level to join our current faculty in radiation oncology and in growing an ACGME-accredited clinical informatics fellowship program which started enrolling fellows in July 2016 and has achieved steady-state enrollment of four fellows. This is a full-time, indefinite term position with a 12-month appointment with an anticipated start date of July 1, 2020. All University of Washington faculty engage in teaching, research, and service.

Under the supervision of the Radiation Oncology Chair, this position will work closely with the Director of the Clinical Informatics Fellowship. Responsibilities include: a) expanding our basic and applied biomedical informatics research program (approximately 40% effort), b) serving as core faculty in the clinical informatics fellowship program (approximately 20% effort), c) working within UW Medicine Information Technology (ITS, e.g. clinical computing) on operational clinical informatics projects within the health system (approximately 20% effort), d) clinical practice (approximately 20%) in radiation oncology. Successful candidates will be appointed to the Department of Radiation Oncology, with a joint appointment in BIME. The position is part of a broader effort in BIME which includes recruitment of faculty in the areas of Analytics, Clinical Informatics, Clinical Research Informatics, and Genomic Medicine/Translational Bioinformatics.

The Department of Radiation Oncology treats over 2,800 patients yearly from a multi-state region (WWAMI) covering over 25% of the U.S. geographic area. The University of Washington has the only Radiation Oncology Department in North America that has clinical particle beam delivery systems for both proton and neutron therapy. Our clinical approach is collaborative with numerous multidisciplinary clinics and tumor boards. We enjoy strong collaborations with the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and several imaging research laboratories. The Department has 24 physicians, 8 advanced practice providers, 22 physics and 2 research faculty, who engage in active multi-disciplinary clinical and basic research. Educational opportunities in our residency programs, fellowship programs and post-doctoral fellowships abound.

The BIME Department consists of 31 core faculty and 52 extended faculties representing 24 departments across the University engaged in a broad range of foundational and applied biomedical informatics research, as well as scholarship and practice activities around medical education. In addition to an active informatics research program, the Department faculty are responsible for the operation, evaluation and refinement of the Biomedical Informatics research training programs (MS, Ph.D., Postdoc with currently 54 trainees), the NIH NLM informatics research training grant, and the joint (with School of Nursing) applied MS in Clinical Informatics and Patient-Centered Technologies (CIPCT, currently 62 active students). The CIPCT program is a fully online program that serves as a didactic foundation of our clinical informatics fellowship. Where appropriate, our faculty aim to translate our foundational and applied scholarship into practice at the UW and partner institutions within our operational clinical and research computing groups. It is expected that new faculty will engage in a similar range of activities including informatics research, teaching, and the practice and teaching of clinical informatics. The Department of BIME, the Department of Radiation Oncology, and the UW Medicine health system believe there is a critical synergy between biomedical informatics research and informatics service/practice within the health system.

The 20% role mentioned in c) above involves deeply engaging in key areas in the practice of biomedical informatics in the operational clinical computing areas at UW Medicine in a dynamic real-world health system. The work for this role will include clinical informatics activities and involvement with production of clinical information systems including multiple electronic health records. This work will be driven by UW Medicine (and UW Medicine ITS) priorities as they overlap with the candidate’s informatics skills. Oversight and accountability for these activities will be provided by the BIME Chair and senior UW Medicine ITS Leadership. The position may involve translating and deploying informatics research and innovations into the practice setting. The position involves teaching informatics to health sciences students using the appropriate adult learning theory and related pedagogic approaches.


Applicants must have an M.D or foreign equivalent. Candidates must also have medical specialty board certification or eligibility, clinical practice expertise, be board certified or board eligible in clinical informatics and actively engaged in clinical practice.

Candidates should also have 1 year experience with the practice of clinical informatics (e.g. production clinical information systems, ideally with firsthand knowledge of more than one electronic health record system). A strong interest and commitment in research and education is expected, as well as strong collaboration with the multidisciplinary teams.

In order to be eligible for University sponsorship for an H-1B Visa, graduates of foreign (non-US) medical schools must show successful completion of all three steps of the U.S. Medical Licensing Exam (USMLE), or equivalent as determined by the Secretary of Health and Human Services.

Application Instructions:

Interested applicants should submit the following:

  • A letter of intent/personal statement highlighting their interests, background, practical experience and career goals pertaining specifically to the research, teaching and service/practice roles in the area of clinical informatics outlined above. The letter should include experiences with diversity in training, professional work, previous teaching, and/or in service, and describe the candidate’s potential to foster diversity in the Departments of Radiation Oncology and Biomedical Informatics and Medical Education and the field.
  • A CV
  • Contact information for three references/letter writers
  • A statement of teaching interests or teaching philosophy.




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Posted: 9/9/2019
Application Due: 10/20/2019
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