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Postdoctoral Research Associate

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Postdoctoral Research Associate

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Postdoctoral Research Associate

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WSU Spokane

Hiring Unit:

Institute for Research and Education to Advance Community Health

Department Link:

Institute for Research and Education to Advance Community Health

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Zip Code:

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 focusing on health disparities research in American Indian and Alaska Native populations. IREACH comprises a team of about 70 faculty and staff engaged in conducting community-engaged multidisciplinary research, training and education, and outreach with underserved populations. Our priority populations are American Indian, Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander, Hispanic/LatinX, and rural people. Our research includes both observational and randomized controlled trials. At IREACH we are deeply committed to community capacity building, equitable research partnerships, and promoting racial justice in academia and public health research.

At IREACH we conduct public health research aligned with this mission, collaborating with other faculty at the College of Medicine, the College of Nursing, and other Colleges across the University.

As the state’s land-grant university, the College of Medicine features a community-based curriculum with the stated mission of “equipping students to become health care leaders of the future, ready to serve in communities where they are needed most.”

Specific areas of interest are flexible, so long as they relate to health disparities research with one or more of the IREACH priority populations and overlap with existing IREACH expertise.

The postdoctoral fellow will be supervised and mentored by the IREACH Director, and can be located in Seattle or Spokane. The postdoctoral fellow will be expected to participate in efforts to acquire additional funding through competitive grant applications. We typically encourage our postdoctoral fellows to submit a K01 application within the first year of their employment, although other mechanisms may be substituted on a case-by-case basis. We provide extensive support for study design, crafting the career development plan, and writing the funding application. Although business travel is currently on hold due to the Covid-19 pandemic, this position could require occasional travel (< 5%) to locations including Washington; and Native communities in the Dakotas and Alaska.

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

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 Epidemiology, Biostatistics, or related field primary interest in American Indian and Alaska Native health disparities research.

Preferred Qualifications:

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

Ability and desire to undertake new and/or uncomfortable challenges with a high level of independence.

Commitment to, or interest in, addressing health disparities.

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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 a suitable candidate has been identified.

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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