Open Rank Associate or Full Professor of Public Health - Washington State University IREACH


CLOSING DATE: March 31, 2019


JOB #: 13600

POSTED: January 28, 2019


Washington State University (WSU) Health Sciences and the Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine invite applications for an Associate or full Professor, a full-time, 12-month tenure-track position located in either Seattle or Spokane, WA. The faculty member’s primary responsibility will be to participate in a collaborative, extramurally funded program of research focused on Native health within the portfolio of the Initiative for Research and Education to Advance Community Health (IREACH), as well as to develop new areas of research aligned with their interests.

IREACH includes a multidisciplinary faculty who conduct extramurally funded research in the area of Native Health. IREACH is a unit with both core senior and junior faculty, and about 60 staff. It has its own methods unit with epidemiologists and biostatisticians, fiscal unit, an in-house editor, and a dedicated IRB coordinator. More about the work of IREACH can be found on their home page (

Position Details

This position will work closely with clinician and non-clinician scientists to conduct research with a primary focus on improving health in Native, minority, and other underserved populations. The successful candidate’s personal research focus is flexible but must relate in some way to advancing public health, population science, or reducing health disparities in Native, minority, or other underserved populations. Specific areas of need within IREACH include advanced quantitative research methods; neuroepidemiology (including cognitive function, Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias, and brain imaging); social epidemiology; biomarkers for disease susceptibility and trajectory; and implementation science. However, individuals with other research interests relevant to the IREACH mission are encouraged to apply. The expectation is that the successful candidate will plan, obtain funding, and conduct research broadly related to one of the above areas. Publication in peer reviewed journals, presentation at professional societies, and engagement with relevant community groups is expected. Mentor graduate students and postdoctoral fellows is possible. The position also requires that the candidate participate in college and university committees and contribute to IREACH service activities. The majority of the successful candidate’s time, up to 90%, will be focused on extramural research. Academic service and teaching in the form of mentoring graduate students and post-doctoral fellows will make up the remaining effort. Classroom teaching is not required or expected, but may be negotiated if desired. Occasional travel (<10%) is required.


Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. WSU 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

An earned PhD in Public Health, Epidemiology, Biostatistics, an MD, or in another field relevant to public health research by the time of hire and current appointment at the Associate or Professor rank at an academic institution of higher learning. If an Assistant Professor, must be in process of being promoted to Associate Professor and have at least 6 years’ experience as a faculty member. Demonstrated experience conducting research in Native American health, rural health, agriculture and health, behavioral health/addictions, health technology, social determinants of health, environmental health or similar disciplines. At least 5 years’ experience working with underserved populations, preferably American Indian, Alaska Native, or Native Hawaiian populations. Demonstrated high level organizational/multi-tasking competencies. Demonstrated experience mentoring junior faculty, and/or postdoctoral fellows. Demonstrated ability to interact with large groups and individuals at all work levels. Demonstrated experience writing successful grant applications. Track record of external research funding, preferably NIH.

Preferred Qualifications

Demonstrated experience engaging community organizations and academic constituents. Demonstrated experience engaging community groups in the research process. Demonstrated sensitivity to and desire to promote diversity and health equity. Proficiency in the use of computers and software applications.

The University

Founded as the people’s university in 1890, WSU fulfills that commitment by transforming lives through education, research, and community outreach. In 2015, the University celebrated 125 years of delivering lifechanging knowledge and discoveries to citizens across the state, region, nation, and around the world. The state’s only land-grant institution and one of two public research universities, WSU provides a world-class education to nearly 30,000 students through its multi-campus, statewide locations and online. The University strives to ensure that higher education is accessible at an affordable cost—a decades- long WSU commitment to the state’s citizens. The University offers more than 200 undergraduate fields of study and 127 graduate and professional degree programs. Many academic programs win recognition nationally for excellence. WSU is one of just 108 public and private universities in the United States—out of more than 4,500—singled out for its “very high research activity” by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. The University’s research agenda is focused on addressing challenges in health, sustainability, smart systems, national security, and opportunity and equity. WSU is a major driver of Washington’s economy, partnering with many of the state’s leading industries, including agribusiness, aerospace, health care, software, and construction. The University is responsible for nearly 20,600 jobs statewide and generates an overall economic impact of more than $3.3 billion annually. The institution’s operating budget expenditures total nearly $2 billion annually.



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