Postdoctoral Research Associate in Biostatistics

Employer
Washington State University
Location
METRO PARK WEST-WSU OFFICE SPACE - SEATTLE

Job Details

Job location: METRO PARK WEST-WSU OFFICE SPACE - SEATTLE


Employment Type: Full-time
Posted data: 2021-02-01
Req: R-239

Title:

306-YN - Postdoctoral Research Associate

Business Title:

Postdoctoral Research Associate in Biostatistics

Additional Titles:

Location:

MET PARK

Area:

Spokane

Department:

IREACH

Employee Type:

Faculty (+) (Fixed Term)

Job Family:

Faculty - Academic - OT Eligible

Position Number:

131789

Position Details:

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. IREACH focuses on improving the health and quality of life of American Indian, Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander populations. IREACH and P4NH research include 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 data points 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 core of the IREACH method 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.

Required Qualifications:

PhD in Biostatistics or related 􀃘eld by the 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.

Additional Information:

Monthly Salary: Commensurate with experience.
Position Type: Full-Time
Position Status: Temporary
Position Term in months: 12
City, State, Zip: Seattle, WA 98101
Department Link: Institute for Research and Education to Advance Community Health
Background Check: Yes, this position has been determined to require a background check.
Screening Begin Date: March 1, 2021
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 (3) professional 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. The screening of application materials will begin on March 1, 2021 and continue until the position has been filled.
Required Documents:

1) Cover Letter

2) Curriculum Vitae

3) Contact information for at least 3 professional references

4) Research Statement

5) An example of your work in published form.

Time Type:

Full time

Position Term:

12 Month

Posting Close Date (If empty, open until filled):

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 veteran, persons of disability and/or persons age 40 and over are encouraged to apply.

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WSU is Washington’s land-grant university with campuses located statewide in Everett, Pullman, Spokane, Tri-Cities, Vancouver, and online through the Global Campus. WSU also has research centers located throughout the state and extension offices in every county. Learn about WSU’s statewide reach.

WSU employees promote academic excellence and innovative research with nationally recognized academic programs, renowned professors, students who make a difference, and vibrant communities.

WSU offers staff and faculty a comprehensive benefits package as well as professional development and a host of work/life quality programs. Explore WSU’s benefits.

Review the application instructions for instructions and tips on using the WSU Jobs site and applying for jobs at WSU.

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WSU is committed to achieving an ethical and socially just society for all. Instituting social change on a large scale begins at home with system-level policies that actively promote equity. The University is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion throughout every aspect of its statewide system. We strive to create a climate that enables underrepresented students, faculty, and staff to thrive in communities that foster a sense of belonging in a culture of inclusion. The ultimate goal? Creation of institutional culture in which inclusion and equity are the norms, a model that helps move the world toward a place in which all people are treated with dignity and respect.

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WSU’s core ideology can be found in its System Strategic Plan. 

WSU’s Student Body

WSU's student body statewide is ethnically diverse: 31 percent of our students are underrepresented minorities, and first-generation students represent nearly 33 percent of the total enrollment. About 15 percent of WSU students hail from outside the state of Washington and about 7 percent are international students. System-wide enrollment reached a record 31,607 students in fall 2019.

Associate Vice Provost for Inclusive Excellence Recently Announced

Dr. Lisa Guerrero was recently named associate vice provost for inclusive excellence. Guerrero has been an active advocate for diversity and inclusion since joining the WSU faculty in 2004. She is currently a professor of Comparative Ethnic Studies in WSU’s School of Languages, Cultures, and Race. She will maintain her faculty position, while serving as associate vice provost in a half-time appointment.

Dr. Guerrero will provide leadership to academic affairs in implementing WSU’s commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion. She will help to identify and implement best practices and evidence-based approaches in faculty hiring, tenure and promotion, research support, faculty retention, teaching and mentoring, and curriculum planning. One of her first areas of responsibility will be to oversee the Racism and Social Inequality in the Americas faculty cluster hire program for Fall 2021.

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WSU Human Resource Services supports a climate of integrity and equity that actively reflects open, respectful dialog. Additional resources are available on the Human Resource Services website.

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