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Assistant Research Professor

Washington State University

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Assistant Professor
Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
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Employment Type: Full-time
Posted data: 2021-09-10
Req: R-2378


372-NN - Assistant Research Professor

Business Title:

Assistant Research Professor

Additional Titles:



Employee Type:

Faculty (+) (Fixed Term)

Job Family:

Faculty - Academic - Not OT Eligible

Position Details:

COVID-19 Vaccine Information:

In accordance with 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. People are considered fully vaccinated two weeks after receiving their last shot in a vaccine series. Vaccine 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 vaccine or approved accommodation status will be verified prior to first day of employment. Please reach out to Human Resource Services (HRS) at or 509-335-4521 if you have questions regarding this.

Summary of Duties:

Washington State University Health Sciences Spokane and the Institute for Research and Education to Advance Community Health (IREACH) invites applications for an Assistant Research Professor with expertise in epidemiology or biostatistics, although individuals with training in other relevant quantitative health research fields are welcome to apply. The position will be embedded within the IREACH Methods Core, which comprises a collegial and highly collaborative team of PhD and master’s level epidemiologists and biostatisticians.

This position is classified as a full-time, temporary 12-month position. However, IREACH is seeking candidates interested in long-term employment, with annual renewal subject to satisfactory performance, mutual consent, and available funding. This is an entry level non-tenure track position. This position can be located in either Seattle or Spokane, WA, to be negotiated upon offer.

Position Details

This position will work closely with clinician and non-clinician scientists to conduct research with a primary focus on health disparities research with the IREACH priority populations: US Indigenous, Hispanic/Latino, and rural. The position will initially be fully funded by existing IREACH grants, typically in the role of a project’s quantitative methods lead. Duties include providing support for study design and implementation, monitoring data collection for completeness and quality, crafting appropriate analytic strategies to address scientific aims , and analyzing data or supervising data analyses.

This position provides protected time for writing grant applications, with the goal of securing extramural funding either as Co-Investigator or Principal Investigator. Specific research topics are flexible, so long as they relate in some way to advancing public health or reducing health disparities in the IREACH priority populations. Current research foci among IREACH faculty include neuroepidemiology (particularly cognitive function, Alzheimer’s disease, and other dementias), cardiometabolic health, community-based behavioral interventions, maternal-child health, nutrition and food sovereignty, suicide prevention, addiction-related harm reduction, cancer screening, and health economics. Support provided for securing extramural funding includes professional copy editing, mentoring in grant writing and career planning, and administrative support for preparing budgets and submitting grant applications to the National Institutes of Health and other extramural funding agencies. As funding is procured, support responsibilities for other IREACH projects will be reduced accordingly.

The position also includes an expectation of faculty service consistent with IREACH and WSU policies. Teaching is not required or expected, but may be negotiated if desired.

Occasional travel is required.

The University

Washington State University Overview

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 and with $360.5 million in research and development expenditures. 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 $406.7 million in scholarships and financial aid to students across the WSU campuses.

Washington State University Seattle IREACH

IREACH includes a multidisciplinary faculty who conduct extramurally funded research in the areas of Native health, Latino health, and behavioral health in vulnerable populations. IREACH is a unit with both core senior and junior faculty, and about 40 staff. It has its own fiscal unit and an in-house editor and IRB coordinator. More about the work of IREACH can be found on their home page Initiative for Research and Education to Advance Community Health.

The Seattle Area

Located on the Puget Sound in northwestern Washington, Seattle is a large city, and home to over 650,000 residents as well as Fortune 500 companies and a lively performing arts and sports scene. Known as the “Emerald City” due to the lush surrounding greenery, the city’s proximity to mountains and forest also make it an eclectic mix of urban and rural living. Seattle is one of the fastest growing cities in the country. It is the home to major philanthropic organizations, many institutions of higher learning, a large diversity of cultural events, restaurants, parks and recreational opportunities, and international corporations such as Amazon, Facebook, Starbucks, and Boeing.

IREACH’s office in Seattle is located at the intersection of South Lake Union, the Central Business District, and Capitol Hill, and is easily accessible from almost anywhere in the metropolitan area. On-site perks include green space and patio gathering spots, complimentary citywide shuttle, EV charging stations, on-site showers/locker rooms, and bike storage. The Seattle office is linked to both the Spokane and Pullman campuses through a sophisticated videoconferencing system that simplifies attending meetings and even teaching classes.

The Spokane Area

Located in the University District along the riverfront in downtown Spokane, WSU Spokane is the University’s health sciences education and research campus. The campus is home to the Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine, the College of Nursing, and the College of Pharmacy. The University has relocated all of its health sciences disciplines and built new facilities on the campus in recent years. Among the new construction: an $80 million Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Sciences Building and a $34.6 million Nursing Building. Nearly 1,500 undergraduate, professional, and graduate students pursue degrees at the 48-acre campus, which also houses programs offered by Eastern Washington University and is located just across the Spokane River from Gonzaga University.

Spokane is a major healthcare hub and the largest along the northern corridor of the United States between Minneapolis and Seattle. It offers the latest diagnostic and therapeutic care in all fields of medicine, and boasts four major hospitals, including Providence Health’s 644-bed Sacred Heart Medical Center. Complete with a rich cultural scene, historic neighborhoods, urban appeal, and easy access to four-season outdoor recreation, Spokane supplies a high quality of life for the nearly half million residents who live in the region.

Required Qualifications

•A doctorate in epidemiology, biostatistics, or a closely related field.

•A minimum of two years of applied experience conducting public health research (time spent as a research assistant during graduate school does not count towards this requirement).

•Experience conducting statistical analyses in Stata (preferred) or R.

•Research interests relevant to public health and health disparities for one or more of the IREACH priority populations.

•Outstanding ethical integrity and strong commitment to confidentiality in dealing with scientific data and results.

•Strong scientific writing skills.

•Demonstrated ability or willingness to improve science writing skills, specifically plain-language communication about complex epidemiologic and statistical concepts to lay audiences.

•Strong team science ethic, ability to collaborate on equal footing with Co-Investigators from a wide background of disciplines and with community partners following the principles of Community-based Participatory Research.

•Proficient in the Microsoft Office suite of products, primarily Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.

•Willingness to work evenings and/or weekends when needed to meet project needs and deadlines.

Preferred Qualifications

•Experience in health research with one or more of the IREACH priority populations.

•Expertise in design and analysis of group-randomized trials.

•Publication history aligned with previous positions and training.

•Experience planning and conducting sophisticated statistical analyses such as prediction modeling, marginal structural models, quantitative bias analysis, machine learning, image analysis, or Bayesian methods.

Additional Information:

Area/College: Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine
Department Name: Institute for Research and Education to Advance Community Health (IREACH)
City, State, Zip: Seattle, WA 98101 or Spokane, WA 99202
Department Link: IREACH
Monthly Salary: Commensurate with experience
FTE: 100%
Tenure Track: No
Permanent/Temporary: Temporary.

Temporary End Date: This is a temporary position expected to end on one year from hire date. Renewal is dependent on the need for extension and/or if additional funding is secured to extend employment.
Posting Close Date: Open until filled.
Screening Begin Date: September 23, 2021
Background Check: This position has been designated by the department to require a background check.

Special Instructions to Applicants: At the time of application, please be prepared to submit the following documents 1) cover letter, 2) curriculum vitae, and 4) research statement. Applicants are required to include contact information for three (3) professional references within the application. Application materials should clearly communicate how the applicant meets all required qualifications.
Required Documents:

1) Cover Letter

2) Curriculum Vitae

3) Research Statement

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


Working at Washington State University

Founded as the people’s university, WSU embraces its land-grant heritage, seeking to transform lives through education, research, and community engagement and service. The University has been delivering life-changing knowledge and discoveries to the state, region, nation, and the world for nearly 130 years. WSU enjoys productive partnerships with major industries in the state, including agribusiness, aerospace, health care, software, technology, and construction. The colleges at WSU Health Sciences Spokane have formed robust partnerships across the state of Washington, both with large medical centers and hospitals, as well as a variety of rural and community hospitals and clinics.

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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