Assistant Research Professor in Epidemiology and/or Biostatistics

Updated: about 15 hours ago
Location: Seattle, WASHINGTON
Job Type: FullTime


155-NN - Research Assistant Professor - Career

Business Title:

Assistant Research Professor in Epidemiology and/or Biostatistics

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Employee Type:

Faculty (+) (Fixed Term)

Job Family:

Faculty - Academic - Not OT Eligible

Position Details:

The Institute for Research and Education to Advance Community Health (IREACH) at Washington State University is seeking applications for an Assistant Research Professor in Epidemiology and/or Biostatistics. IREACH is comprised of more than 70 faculty and staff engaged in community-facing multidisciplinary public health research, training, and education. At IREACH we are deeply committed to equitable research partnerships and promoting racial justice in both academia and public health, and collaborate with faculty across the University including the College of Medicine, as well as research partnerships with universities across the country and internationally. Our priority population foci are American Indian, Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander, Hispanic/Latin X, and rural peoples.

This position will be located within the IREACH Methods Core, a collegial group of epidemiologists, biostatisticians, and related methods experts. Faculty members within the Methods Core pursue independent research funding as well as provide methodologic support to others on a variety of topics, including quantitative analysis for both associative as well as predictive inference; qualitative and mixed methods analysis; and clinical trial or intervention research. Community-engaged research requires careful methods support, to balance scientifically rigorous study design while also meeting the logistical realities of community partners. Such skills are urgently needed, but are not typically emphasized in doctoral or fellowship programs.

This position seeks applicants who will focus on scientific problems that improve methodologies used in neuroepidemiology research of underserved or understudied populations. A background in research methods, including epidemiology and/or biostatistics, and a background in independent analytic and coding skills are needed to be successful in this role. Added areas of desired expertise include: neurology, neuroepidemiology, imaging/biometrics, and neuropsychology; a background working in the context of health disparities research is not required but is an added plus.

This fellow or junior faculty member will be supervised by an epidemiologist faculty member within WSU Elson S Floyd College of Medicine and IREACH, and can be primarily located in Seattle or Spokane, Washington. The primary job functions will include support of ongoing research programs in neuroepidemiology of underserved populations on topics related to resilience, stress, and cognition; brain imaging; biomarkers; public health genetics and population risk; traumatic brain injury; social determinants of health; machine learning for diagnostics. Additional job functions will include support of grant writing programs as needed; support of other IREACH Methods Core programs. The fellow or faculty member will also be expected to develop their own independent research ideas, with an ultimate goal to ultimately acquire funding through competitive grant applications, such as (but not limited to) mentored (e.g. K01) and, later, independent (e.g. R01) NIH grant funding. IREACH provides extensive support for development, including design, career development plan, and writing funding applications, and career development and diversity supplement awards are particularly encouraged for early stage applications. 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

Required Qualifications:

  • PhD in Epidemiology, Biostatistics, or related field.
  • Training and experience in quantitative research methods.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Publications and/or project experience as project lead, primary author, and/or primary analyst.
  • Ability to communicate clearly about epidemiological and biostatistical concepts, methods, and findings to non-specialists including lay audiences.
  • Ability and desire to undertake new and/or uncomfortable challenges with a high level of independence.

Additional Information:

COVID-19 Vaccine Information:

In accordance with Washington State Governor's Proclamation 21.14.3, as a condition of employment, you must be fully vaccinated or have an approved medical/religious accommodation by time of hire. People are considered fully vaccinated two weeks after receiving their last shot in a vaccine series. Full vaccination status or an approved accommodation will be verified prior to your first day of work. Should you not be fully vaccinated or have an approved medical/religious accommodation you will not be able to start employment with WSU. Information regarding vaccine verification and/or requesting a medical/religious accommodation is available at  Please contact HRS at or 509-335-4521 if you have questions.
Area/College: WSU Spokane
Department Name: Institute for Research and Education to Advance Community Health (IREACH)
City, State, Zip: Seattle, WA 98101 or Spokane, WA 99202
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Monthly Salary: Commensurate with qualifications and experience.
FTE: 100%
Tenure Track: No
This is a Temporary position.
Temporary End Date: This is a temporary position expected to end 12 months after the start of the appointment. Renewal is dependent on the need for extension and/or if additional funding is secured to extend employment.
Screening Begin Date: September 1, 2022; open until filled
Background Check: This position has been designated by the department to require a background check.
Application Instructions: Applicants must attach the following documents to their online application: 1) curriculum vitae and 2) cover letter. Applicants are required to include contact information for professional references within the application. Application materials should clearly communicate how the applicant meets all required qualifications and additional requirements.
Required Documents: Current Curriculum Vitae and Cover Letter

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.

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