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Post-Doctoral Research Associate - Initiative for Research and Education to Advance Community Health

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Location: Spokane, WA
Full-time position
Closing Date: open until filled
Job #12002
Posted: November 6, 2017

Washington State University Health Sciences Spokane and the Initiative for Research and Education to Advance Community Health (IREACH) invites applications for a Post-Doctoral Research Associate, a full-time, temporary 12-month position. Subsequent renewals are subject to satisfactory performance, mutual consent, and available funding.

Position Details:

Working under the supervision of the Principal Investigator, the Post-Doctoral Research Associate will have the opportunity to be a part of an active dynamic research program focused on improving behavioral treatments for adults with co-occurring alcohol use disorder and serious mental illness.

Research foci also include evaluating and improving behavioral interventions for addiction, co-occurring disorders, individualizing addiction treatment, studying predictors of treatment efficacy and alcohol biomarkers. There are also opportunities to be involved with other research projects, related to first episode psychosis, treatment of substance abuse in the foster care setting, cannabis research, and treatment of alcohol use disorders in American Indian and Alaska Native communities. The Post-Doctoral Research Associate will also have the opportunity to work with other addiction researchers as part of the Program of Excellence in Addiction Research ( at WSU Spokane.

Duties and Responsibilities:

The primary duties of this position will be to define research problems, approaches or hypothesis and methodology, design specific phases of research projects, carrying out complex analyses, analyzing results, developing conclusions and hypotheses, and/or presenting research findings in publishable form. Specific duties and responsibilities include:

  • Assisting in coordination of ongoing research projects (large randomized trial of CM for co-occurring disorders).
  • Carefully keeps research notes, documents findings, and files records.
  • Publishing key results in peer-reviewed publications
  • Assisting, the PI, as well as other collaborating investigators with scientific development, data analyses, and grant writing, as needed.
  • Applying for extramural research funding. Taking appropriate steps towards becoming an independent investigator/faculty member.
  • Participating in didactic training opportunities offered at WSU.
  • Actively participates as a member of the research team, and frequently reports progress.
  • May travel on occasion, including overnight.
  • May perform other duties as required.


Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. Washington State University has comprehensive benefits including medical, dental, life, and long-term disability insurance. We offer excellent retirement programs and a generous leave program.

Minimum/Required Qualifications:

A doctoral degree in psychology, medicine, public health or a related field, at time of hire.

Experience authoring professional presentations or peer reviewed publications.

Experience preparing technical reports and manuscripts.

Demonstrated experience with proactive problem solving.

Demonstrated ability to work independently and to take appropriate autonomous initiative to carry out study related functions.

Outstanding interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills.

Outstanding ethics and confidentiality in dealing with scientific data and result.

Demonstrated aptitude for academic rigor, quantitative method, and scientific writing.

Must be willing to work evenings and weekends on occasion to meet the needs of the project, including scheduling participant visits and contacts, as well as meeting project deadlines.

Preferred Qualifications:

Experience working with adults with addiction and/or severe mental illness.

Excellent scientific writing and oral expression skills.

Experience analyzing scientific data using Stata, R or SPSS.

Experience managing staff at field research offices.

Experience managing research studies.

Advanced computer skills with Microsoft Office.

Demonstrable experience developing, managing, or maintaining research databases.

Experience with online surveys or databases.

Experience preparing reports to National Institutes of Health (NIH) and Institutional Review Boards (IRBs).

Application Process:

Applicants need to apply online through WSU Human Resources at and be prepared to upload:

  • A cover letter addressing how you meet the qualifications for this position
  • Current Curriculum Vitae
  • Minimum of three references: names and contact informatio
  • Once a finalist is determined, three letters of recommendation will be automatically requested of the finalist’s three professional references.

Position will be open until filled. First review of applicaitons will begin November 20, 2017.

Finalist for this position will be subject to a background check as condition of employment. Questions may be sent to the search committee liaison in an email to Jalene Herron at

Washington State University is an EO/AA/ADA educator and employer. WSU Spokane is a tobacco free campus.

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