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RESEARCH SCIENTIST/ENGINEER 4

University of Washington
Seattle, WA Full-time
Posted on November 24, 2019
Req #: 170186
Department: ANESTHESIOLOGY AND PAIN MEDICINE
Posting Date: 09/06/2019 
Closing Info: Open Until Filled 
Salary: Salary and benefits are competitive. Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience. 
Shift: First Shift 
Notes: As a UW employee, you will enjoy generous benefits and work/life programs. 
For detailed information on Benefits for this position, click here.
 

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 University of Washington’s Harborview Injury Prevention & Research Center (HIPRC) is a nationally recognized leader in the field of injury and injury prevention research, education, training and community outreach. HIPRC is jointly supported by the UW School of Medicine and the Harborview Medical Center. HIPRC’s multi-disciplinary membership includes faculty members from the UW Schools of Medicine, Public Health, Social Work, Nursing, Engineering, Pharmacy, and Law.

HIPRC seeks a Research Scientist to work with the recently established Firearm Injury & Policy Research Program (FIPRP) developing, conducting and implementing research on the topic of firearm violence and injury prevention and control. Issues to be considered include:
  • Interventions to improve safe storage of firearms;
  • Interventions to prevent firearm injury and crime recidivism;
  • Observational studies on the relationship of firearm ownership and risk of death due to homicide or suicide;
  • Identifying risk factors for firearm injury/death among children, adolescents, adults, the mentally ill, and individuals with dementia;
  • The effect of laws and public policy changes on firearm injuries and deaths.

    Investigators will be actively involved in examining causes and consequences of firearm violence and injury, and evaluating the implementation and effectiveness of public policy for firearm violence and injury prevention.
    This person has responsibility for the following areas:
  • Development of research proposals,
  • Leading and managing firearms research projects;
  • Providing expertise for advanced methodologic study design and data collection for research projects;
  • Providing data management and advanced data analysis for research projects;
  • Supervising implementation and maintenance of information infrastructure in support of research projects;
  • Substantial contributions to creation of sophisticated and inter-related instruments and surveys for firearms research purposes;
  • Drafting project reports and manuscripts for publication in peer-reviewed journals.
  • Supervision of graduate students and more junior staff in various portions of research;

    This position reports to HIPRC Director, Monica Vavilala, MD, with additional supervision provided by FIPRP directors Fred Rivara, MD, MPH, and Ali Rowhani-Rahbar, MD, PhD, MPH. The position works under limited supervision and must demonstrate an ability to work independently with sound judgment. Must be able to work effectively as a member of a team.

    Major responsibilities of this position are in three areas:
    Development of research proposals, advanced study design and data collection methodology and creation of instruments and surveys for firearms research = 40%
    Conduct of research, data collection, analysis and management and drafting project reports, manuscripts and other material for publication; = 40%
    Supervision of junior staff and graduate students in research project data collection management and maintenance of information infrastructure= 20%

    Development of research proposals, advanced study design and data collection methodology and creation of instruments and surveys for firearms research:
  • Develop and prepare competitive research proposals on the topic of firearm violence and injury prevention and control
  • Contribute substantially to determining feasibility of goals and deliverables of FIPRP research projects.
  • Provide advanced methodologic expertise on study design and data collection for firearm research projects
  • Evaluate the implementation and effectiveness of public policy for firearm violence and injury prevention
  • Develop and contribute to the creation of sophisticated and inter-related instruments and surveys for firearm research purposes.

    Conduct of research, data collection, analysis and management and drafting project reports, manuscripts and other material for publication:
  • Lead and manage research projects and ensure compliance with research policies and procedures
  • Contribute to the design, implementation, and maintenance of the information infrastructure within HIPRC in support of research projects.
  • Conduct data collection, management and analysis for firearm research projects
  • Draft internal reports summarizing work of the FIPRP
  • Develop and give presentations to academic and public audiences to disseminate work and research of FIPRP
  • Contribute to the literature and scholarly work on firearm violence and injury research by drafting manuscripts for publication in peer-reviewed journals regarding firearm research projects and policy evaluations performed by the FIPRPR research team
  • Meet regularly with and report to the FIPRP and HIPRC leadership to consult, collaborate, report and expand on projects.

    Supervision of junior staff and graduate students in research project data collection management and maintenance of information infrastructure:
  • Supervise graduate students, data analysts and other staff as they assist with data collection and analysis to ensure integrity of research projects conducted by FIPRP
  • Provide leadership, training, and research support for professional and classified staff members of the FIPRP
  • Foster collaborative research environment

    MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS
    Education: Master’s degree in quantitative health or social sciences, or related field.
    Type and Years of Experience:Minimum of 4 years of increasingly responsible and relevant experience in writing grant proposals and scientific papers, study design conceptualization, conduct of research and research data management and analysis, preferably in firearm violence research or other injury research.

    OTHER REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS
  • Demonstrated ability to write and submit grants that are competitive to all major funding organizations;
  • Ability to draft and edit scientific publications.
  • Expertise in research study design conceptualization and development.
  • Solid understanding of empirical research including quantitative and qualitative analytical research skills.
  • Ability to think flexibly about the use of analytic methods and demonstrated openness to working on research projects that integrate qualitative and quantitative research methods.
  • Demonstrated ability to provide inferential statistics by applying advanced analytic skills to a variety of research projects.
  • Collaborative orientation, flexibility, and the ability to be proactive in decision-making and carrying out work.
  • Strong organizational abilities, problem-solving skills, attention to detail, and ability to work on multiple projects simultaneously.

    DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS
  • PhD highly desired- in quantitative health, social sciences, or related field;
  • 3-4 years’ experience in field of firearm violence research and/or firearm policy development and evaluation
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Comfortable with juggling demands of a busy, frequently changing plan of work in a professional manner, while exhibiting sound judgment about priorities and work scope.
  • Expertise in deterministic and probabilistic linkages of large databases.
  • Proficiency with relational database, data linkage, and statistical software including one (and preferably several) of following packages: REDCap, SQL, LinkPlus, LinkKing, LinkSolv, Stata, R, SPSS, SAS, ArcGIS, Microsoft Access, NVivo, and Atlas.ti.
  • Experience managing research staff
  • Experience leading academic research projects
  • Commitment to the injury control mission of HIPRC.

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