University of Washington   Seattle, WA   Full-time     Research
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Posted on March 4, 2020
Req #: 177432
Job Location: South Lake Union
Posting Date: 03/03/2020 
Closing Info: Open Until Filled 
Salary: Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience.  
Shift: First Shift 
Notes: As a UW employee, you will enjoy generous benefits and work/life programs.
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As a UW employee, you have a unique opportunity to change lives on our campuses, in our state and around the world. UW employees offer their boundless energy, creative problem solving skills and dedication to build stronger minds and a healthier world.

UW faculty and staff also enjoy outstanding benefits, professional growth opportunities and unique resources in an environment noted for diversity, intellectual excitement, artistic pursuits and natural beauty. All of which has allowed the UW to be nationally recognized as a “Great College to Work For” for six consecutive years.

The Institute of Translational Health Sciences (ITHS) is a $70M health research institute based at the University of Washington, with integrated partnerships with Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and Seattle Children’s Hospital, and numerous organizations engaged in health research in five states in the Northwest region.  The mission of ITHS is to accelerate the translation of scientific discoveries to the clinic and beyond to improve the health of people in our region today.  We develop critical resources to help innovators move their discoveries forward.  ITHS fosters innovative health research, sustains research resources, and provides education and career development programs.

The ITHS Community Engagement Program has an outstanding opportunity for a Research Scientist to support its work of engaging and collaborating with clinicians, clinical organizations, patients and community-based organizations in research. Supporting investigators in translating their discoveries into practice involves numerous disciplines (e.g., medicine, engineering, informatics) and studies of varying types (e.g., drug and device trials, public health, basic science) at different stages of development (e.g., phase I-IV, observational, implementation).  The ITHS is a multi-institutional organization, serving investigators with differing levels of experience (senior, early-career and trainee) across a vast geographic region by providing resources such as research networks and facilities, technical cores, scientific services and educational and training programs.

The Research Scientist must be able to adapt to the operations, priorities and policies of and establish a rapport with members of research networks, take direction from multiple program leaders, manage competing priorities, use good judgment and critical thinking to problem solve and function under strict deadlines.  This position involves remote and in-person interactions with investigators, clinicians, patients and community members.


Research and program administration:
  • Leverages understanding of complexities of conducting research in real-world settings to help investigators align studies with communities’ health needs and improve research design and methodology by consulting and collaborating with investigators and implementing tools, resources and methodologies, under the direction of program faculty and senior staff.
  • Collaboratively develops materials for grant/contract applications, presentations, manuscripts, reports and other scholarly works with program faculty and staff, investigators and research teams.
  • Orients investigators new to the Connections Program and facilitates development of research teams that include community-based organizations, clinicians and clinical organizations, patients and investigators with support from senior staff.
  • Coordinates the Community Voices Program and facilitates matching of community ideas with investigators under the direction of program faculty.
  • Conducts standardized qualitative and quantitative methods and analysis (e.g., focus groups and interviews, electronic health record database studies, observational studies) under direction of program faculty and staff.
  • Compiles and analyzes data to determine research capabilities of partner organizations, assess partnership opportunities and evaluate programs.

    Study and Project Activities:
  • Provides project management of a diverse project portfolio of active consultations, pre- and post-award studies and projects, centers and networks, including fulfillment and tracking of objectives, IRB applications, data collection and entry and scheduling.
  • Acts as lead coordinator for WWAMI region Practice and Research Network – includes project management for WPRN operations, new investigator consultation, grant development and member practice recruitment and engagement.
  • Serves as a central point of contact, coordinates outreach efforts, provides staff support for steering and advisory committees and coordinating center activities (e.g., agenda development, minutes, tracking action items).
  • Develops and organizes annual meetings, training and education events in collaboration with Community Engagement personnel, network steering committees and other ITHS programs.

    Evaluation & Coordination with other ITHS teams:
  • Under the supervision of the Director of Evaluation, collects key metrics for evaluation and coordination with other ITHS components and teams.
  • In conjunction with the Translational Workforce Development team, coordinates regional educational functions.


    Bachelor’s degree in health or health policy field.

    3-5 years of experience that includes:
  • Using community-engaged research principles and methods
  • Project and/or program management, at least 1 year must include research-related project management and/or coordination
  • Excellent writing and oral communication skills
  • Ability to work efficiently and independently
  • Excellent time management and organizational skills
  • Collaborative, team player
  • Working knowledge of frequently used software tools (e.g., Outlook, Word, Excel, Power Point)
  • Proficiency in qualitative data analysis and use of analytic software (e.g., Atlas ti, Nvivo, or Dedoose)

  • Master’s degree or equivalent in health or health policy field
  • Familiarity with routine statistical analysis methodologies
  • 2 years of federal grant development and/or reporting experience
  • 2 years of data management or analytical experience
  • 2 years of communications and/or marketing experience
  • Familiarity with Continuous Process Improvement, Toyota Lean Six Sigma or similar performance improvement methodologies
  • Familiarity with human subjects research protections and federal research compliance

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