University of Washington   Seattle, WA   Full-time     Research
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Posted on May 18, 2020
Req #: 171081
Job Location: Seattle Campus
Posting Date: 01/07/2020 
Closing Info: Open Until Filled 
Salary: Salary is commensurate with experience and education 
Shift: First Shift 

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 five consecutive years. 

The Department of Oral Health Sciences (OHS) brings together faculty from different ends of the dental and oral health research spectrum into a single department that has expertise ranging from the modern experimental life sciences through the public health and behavioral sciences.  OHS faculty teach in the pre-doctoral dental curriculum and offer the School of Dentistry’s only MS / PhD graduate degree program.  The graduate program also offers a DDS-PhD dual degree track as well as an MS degree track for dental hygienists.

The Department of Oral Health Sciences is seeking a part-time Research Scientist (50%). The successful candidate will contribute scientific expertise, execute small and large scale duties related to study coordination, and disseminate findings from multiple NIH-funded and other research projects.

This position must be able to work independently and with little oversight on multiple aspects of large federally-funded research projects. The research scientist will be responsible for directly managing research staff and students; providing scientific expertise on all elements of research including project development, planning, coordination, and evaluation; managing budgets and timelines; assuring project compliance with funding agency, university regulatory offices, and local entities; managing IRB activities; collecting, analyzing, and interpreting qualitative and quantitative data; disseminating findings through manuscripts, reports, and conference presentations; contributing intellectual expertise to the development of new grants; and providing mentorship to junior researchers. The position will involve significant travel to the various study sites, including the ability to travel to and work from Alaska and other study locations.

Duties & Responsibilities
Grants & Study Oversight
  • Collaborate with PI to develop new ideas for grant proposals. Draft proposals and prepare paperwork for new grant submissions
  • Co-author and submit manuscripts for peer-reviewed journals
  • Draft and submit progress reports to funding and regulatory agencies

    Analysis and Reporting
  • Write and complete interim reports for PI, NIH, and IRB
  • Develop presentations, posters, and manuscripts and conducting literature reviews
  • Take the lead on writing and submitting manuscripts

    Data Analysis, Abstraction and Management
  • Perform data analysis and develop analysis tools; ensuring the quality control of data. Design databases to optimized data collection efficiency
  • Responsible for editing and modifying data entry forms and managing complex data synthesis for managing and processing hard copy and electronic data collection materials
  • Manage data coordination and collection activities and data security protocols across multiple study sites
  • Organize training and calibration exercises prior to data collection
  • Manage data and overseeing data repository
  • Maintain quality assurance and integrity of quantitative and qualitative data

    Operations Design, Documentation and Action
  • Contribute to the design and implementation of the study. Develop and implement study protocol, manual of operations, and quality assurance plan
  • Oversee IRB documentation and reporting
  • Develop and implement strategies and action plans to ensure protocol adherence
  • Responsible for implementing and managing quality assurance and quality improvement plan and reports
  • Oversight of study timeline goal posts for study completion
  • Problem solve to improve mechanics of pilot intervention
  • Track progress of studies, including recruitment of participants and follow up
  • Prepare training materials for study staff, manual of operations and study protocols for federal agencies, and other study documents

    Supervision and Participants
  • Manage research coordinators and other research staff and volunteers
  • Coordinate and oversee data collection at study visits from study participants
  • Liaise with local study sites and maintain strong connections

  • 3 or more years of related experience in a scientist or equivalent role
  • BA in social sciences, health services research, public health, or related fields.

  • MA in social sciences, health services research, public health, or related fields
  • PhD degree in social sciences, health services research, public health, or related fields
  • Minimum of 8 years of experience in project evaluation, community-based research, research coordination, project coordination or equivalent experience
  • Experience with being lead author on scientific manuscripts published in high-impact factor journals
  • Excellent logistic, coordination, scheduling, and organization skills
  • Excellent verbal communication, and written communication skills
  • Strong quantitative and qualitative data analytic skills
  • Experience with federal grant writing and submission
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, Powerpoint, and Outlook
  • Proficiency in statistical software (SAS, Stata, R, SPSS)
  • Highly motivated, personable self-starter who excels in taking the lead and in working independently
  • Identifies problems, work tasks, identifies next steps and completes tasks, derives solutions and recommendations

    Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except when there are legal requirements, such as a license/certification/registration.

    As a UW employee, you will enjoy generous benefits and work/life programs.  For detailed information on Benefits for this position, click here.

    Application Process:
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    Please note that your application will not be reviewed, and you will not be considered for this position until all required assessments have been completed
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