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Washington State University
Initiative for Research and Education to Advance Community Health
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Posted: 01/28/2019
Open Rank Associate or Full Professor of Public Health

Notice of Vacancy

Open Rank Associate or Full Professor (Tenure-Track)

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.

The College and the Department

The Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine is Washington’s premier community-based medical school. It is named after the university’s late president, Elson S. Floyd. Dr. Floyd believed that Washington State University, as the state’s land-grant institution, should train doctors to serve all of Washington. The mission of the School is to: Develop practical solutions to challenging problems in disease prevention, health care access and delivery; Train primary care physicians who will work in Washington and help alleviate a shortage of doctors, especially in rural and under-served areas; and Develop a strong research component, with faculty members who work on innovative projects, sharing what they know with students in classroom and research settings. The Department of Medical Education and Clinical Sciences is a unique department within the Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine that aims to prepare insightful and compassionate physicians. Designed to ensure faculty unity and continuity across a range of clinical disciplines and specialties, members of the department work to establish educational goals, plan and teach course content and conduct research. The department’s primary focuses include:

□ Delivering the MD program

□ Fostering scholarship

□ Providing service to the university and community

□ Serving as the academic home for clinicians and researchers

The Area


Located on the Puget Sound in northwestern Washington, Seattle is a large city 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 in the middle of Seattle’s three major urban hot spots – South Lake Union, the Central Business District, and Capitol Hill – and is easily accessible from almost anywhere. 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 makes attending meetings and even teaching classes possible at a distance


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, scheduled to welcome its charter class in August 2017. 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.

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

□ Research Statement

□ Minimum of three references: names and contact information

□ Optional: Up to 3 publications of professional work

□ Three (3) recommendation letters will be requested from candidates invited to interview for the position.

Review of applications will begin March 1, 2019 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 Caitlin Oberst at Tenure criteria and other information is available in the WSU Faculty Manual at

WSU is an EEO/AA/ADA educator and employer. WSU Health Sciences Spokane seeks candidates who are prepared to contribute to our commitment to diversity and inclusion in higher education.