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Postdoctoral Research Associate in Biostatistics

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Postdoctoral Research Associate

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Postdoctoral Research Associate in Biostatistics

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WSU Spokane

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Institute for Research and Education to Advance Community Health

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Institute for Research and Education to Advance Community Health

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98101 or 99202

Summary of Duties:

The Institute for Research and Education to Advance Community Health (IREACH) at Washington State University is seeking applications for a Postdoctoral Research Associate in Biostatistics.

IREACH is a team of about 70 faculty and staff engaged in conducting community-centered, multidisciplinary research, training and education, and outreach with underserved populations. Partnerships for Native Health (P4NH) is a unit within the IREACH umbrella that focuses on improving the health and quality of life of American Indian, Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander populations. IREACH and P4NH research includes observational longitudinal studies on cultural, social, and behavioral determinants of health; chronic disease and aging; and neurodegenerative evaluation including imaging and cognitive assessment.

This is a temporarily funded, one (1) year postdoctoral fellowship with subsequent renewals subject to satisfactory performance, mutual consent, and available funding.

The position emphasizes management and analyses of observational data including interview, clinical examination, cognitive assessment, medical imaging, assays, and other participant data.

The successful applicant will work with IREACH faculty, including a lead epidemiologist, other biostatisticians, physicians, neuropsychologists, neurologists, and other experts on the analysis of observational data from American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander communities. IREACH supports a Research Methods Core, a collegial group of quantitative methodologists from various disciplines that are responsible for study design and quantitative research support for studies led by IREACH and other Washington State University investigators; the postdoctoral fellow will be a member of this group.

Current research with a priori specified neuroepidemiology aims includes an NIH-funded Center focused on Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias in American Indians and Alaska Natives, including several ongoing research projects using a multi-year cohort study with hundreds of participants and thousands of datapoints over multiple examinations. Additional research collaborations include the University of Washington Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center, Banner Alzheimer’s Institute, and others, working on volumetric estimations and longitudinal atrophy using supervised and unsupervised machine learning based processing of cranial magnetic resonance images. The postdoctoral fellow will integrate into the IREACH methods core and will attend regular meetings with a team of epidemiologists, biostatisticians, and other specialists to coordinate all aspects of providing quantitative research methods support to ongoing Center projects.

IREACH is involved with numerous other research studies with potential for biostatistics and machine learning, and the postdoc will receive mentoring and support in grant writing and other activities necessary to obtain funding for additional projects based on their interests and professional goals. The postdoc will be assigned other duties as appropriate. The fellow will also be expected to participate in institute-wide efforts to acquire additional funding through competitive grant applications.

The postdoctoral fellow will be directly supervised and mentored by a senior epidemiologist / biostatistician in the Elson S Floyd College of Medicine who is lead and/or Principal Investigator of the aforementioned projects, and by the Director of IREACH. Additional support and mentoring will come from faculty in other disciplines, as appropriate and needed.

Additional Information:

Competitive benefits available hrs.wsu.edu/benefits
The University
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.

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Full Time

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Commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Required Qualifications:

PhD in Biostatistics or related field by time of appointment and experience in statistics or biostatistics.

Preferred Qualifications:

Aptitude for communicating clearly about biostatistical concepts, study design, and research findings to non-specialists and lay-audiences.

Experience analyzing longitudinal data.

Experience working with observational and cohort data.

Experience with Native populations.

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Type of Recruitment:

Open Recruitment

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Open Until Filled (overrides close field) :


Special Instructions to Applicants:

At the time of application, please be prepared to submit the following documents 1) cover letter, 2) curriculum vitae, 3) contact information for at least three professional (3) references, 4) research statement, and 5) an example of your work in published form. Application materials should clearly communicate how the applicant meets all required qualifications and additional requirements.

Recommendation letters will be automatically requested of your three professional references for candidates identified as top finalists.

The screening of application materials will begin on August 11, 2020 and continue until the position has been filled.

EEO Statement :

WASHINGTON STATE UNIVERSITY IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY/AFFIRMATIVE ACTION EDUCATOR AND EMPLOYER. Members of ethnic minorities, women, special disabled veterans, veterans of the Vietnam-era, recently separated veterans, and other protected veterans, persons of disability and/or persons age 40 and over are encouraged to apply.

WSU is committed to excellence through diversity and faculty-friendly policy action, including partner accommodation and NSF ADVANCE Institutional Transformation programs (http://www.advance.wsu.edu/).

WSU employs only U.S. citizens and lawfully authorized non-U.S. citizens. All new employees must show employment eligibility verification as required by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.

WSU is committed to providing access and reasonable accommodation in its services, programs, activities, education and employment for individuals with disabilities. To request disability accommodation in the application process, contact Human Resource Services: 509-335-4521(v), Washington State TDD Relay Service: Voice Callers: 1-800-833-6384; TDD Callers: 1-800-833-6388, 509-335-1259(f), or [email protected]

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Posted: 11/10/2020
Application Due: 2/8/2021
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