Postdoctoral Research Associate in Epidemiology

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: 2021-08-27
Req: R-2317

Title:

306-YN - Postdoctoral Research Associate

Business Title:

Postdoctoral Research Associate in Epidemiology

Additional Titles:

Location:

MET PARK

Employee Type:

Faculty (+) (Fixed Term)

Job Family:

Faculty - Academic - OT Eligible

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 and/or Assistant Research Professor in Epidemiology. 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 peoples. 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.”

This position will be located within the IREACH Methods Core, a collegial group of epidemiologists, biostatisticians, and a demographer. Faculty members within the Methods Core pursue their own independent research funding as well as provide methodologic support on a wide variety of topics including quantitative analysis, Bayesian statistics, and causal inference, community engaged research, and mixed/qualitative methods. Community-engaged research frequently requires careful methodological support to achieve scientifically rigorous study designs that also meet the needs and logistical realities of community partners. These skills are urgently needed but are not typically emphasized in epidemiology doctoral programs; this position seeks applicants who wish to focus on scientific problems that improve methodologies that can be used in underserved or understudied populations. Specific areas of interest for this role include Neurology, Neuroepidemiology, and Imaging/Biometrics, in the context of health disparities research, with opportunity for directed and independent data analysis and manuscript preparation.. Assignment of postdoctoral fellow or junior faculty status will depend on interest and be commensurate with candidate knowledge and experience.

The fellow or junior faculty member will be supervised by an epidemiologist who also serves as an Independently funded Assistant Professor at Washington State University. Therefore, this position can be located in Seattle or Spokane in Washington. The fellow or junior faculty member will be expected to support a research program in Neurology, Neuroepidemiology, Imaging/Biometrics; some experience in these or related fields is desired. The fellow or faculty member will also participate in efforts to acquire additional funding through competitive grant applications, and ultimately toto also pursue application of mentored and, later, independent grant funding for their own research program—e.g. K99-R00 or K01 career development award, followed later by R funding. IREACH provides extensive support for development of study design, crafting a career development plan, and writing the funding application; the fellow or junior faculty member will also be mentored by their supervisor in these efforts. Although business travel is currently on hold due to the Covid-19 pandemic, this position may require occasional travel to research locations around the United States.

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

Competitive benefits available hrs.wsu.edu/benefits


Required Qualifications:

Recent PhD in Epidemiology, Biostatistics or related field with strong training and primary interest in quantitative research methods.


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.

Additional Information:

Area/College: WSU Spokane Health Sciences

Department Name: IREACH

Appointment Status: Temporary

Tenure/Non-Tenure: Non-tenure
Position Term in months: 12 Months

Salary: Commensurate with experience.

FTE: 100%
City, State, Zip: Seattle, WA 98101
Department Link: https://ireach.wsu.edu
Background Check: This position has been designated by the department to require a background check.
Posting Close Date: Open Until Filled.

Screening Begin Date: September 15, 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.
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.

COVID-19 Vaccine Information: In accordance with the Washington State Governor’s Proclamation 21-14.1, as a condition of employment, all WSU employees must be fully vaccinated or have an approved medical/religious accommodation no later than October 18, 2021. One is considered fully vaccinated two weeks after receiving the last shot in a vaccine series. Vaccination status or an approved accommodation for new employees will be verified no later than October 18, 2021. If the effective date of appointment is October 18, 2021, or later, vaccination or approved accommodation status will be verified prior to first day of employment. For any questions related to this information, reach out to Human Resource Services (HRS) at hrs@wsu.edu or 509-335-4521.

Time Type:

Full time

Position Term:

12 Month

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.

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 hrs@wsu.edu.

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Working at Washington State University

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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.

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.

Diversity Profile: Washington State University

As a land-grant institution, diversity, equity, and inclusion serve as core values and beliefs of Washington State University (WSU). At the university, college, or department level, WSU is committed to fostering open, proactive dialogue to create a more inclusive culture at all its locations including the five physical campuses and its online Global Campus, as well as its 39 Extension offices, four research centers, and 25 small business development centers.

Core Belief

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.

Core Value

Equity, diversity, inclusion, and belonging. Promotion of an ethical and socially just society through an intentional commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion.

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.

Representative Affinity Groups

Representative affinity groups within the Washington State University system include the following:

WSU Resources and Offices

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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