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The Department of Global Health was established in 2007, bridging the schools of Medicine and Public Health, with a mandate to harness the expertise and interdisciplinary power of all UW schools and colleges. Our mission is to improve health for all through research, education, training, and service; to understand and address the causes of disease and health inequities at multiple levels; and to collaborate with partners to develop and sustain locally-led, quality health systems, programs and policies. Driven by tremendous interest among both students and faculty, the Department has grown explosively to more than 400 graduate students and hundreds more undergraduates. We have more than 380 faculty and 1,000 staff working on projects across 130 countries with our deepest ties in United States, Kenya, Uganda, Peru, Mozambique, India, South Africa, Tanzania, Ethiopia, and Nicaragua. At the Department of Global Health at the University of Washington, diversity is integral to excellence. The Department recognizes that disparities in health around the globe stem from inequity. The Department encourages and supports the multiple identities of staff, faculty and students including, but not limited to, socioeconomic status, race, ethnicity, language, nationality, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, culture, spiritual practice, geography, mental and physical disability and age. The Department strives to become a local, national, and international leader in developing and maintaining increased representation and recognition of each of these dimensions of diversity among its faculty, staff, and students.
This position will sit in the Kenya Research and Training Center (KRTC) which is based in the University of Washington Department of Global Health, School of Public Health and School of Medicine. The Kenya Research and Training Center brings University of Washington faculty, students and researchers together to support research that improves health and informs policy in Kenya and other resource-limited settings across the globe. We aspire to improve health in Kenya and sub-Saharan Africa through high quality mentoring, rigorous scientific research and strong collaborations. For more than 30 years, the research agenda for the Kenya Research and Training Center (KRTC) has emphasized HIV/AIDS, sexually transmitted infections, other infectious diseases (e.g., tuberculosis, malaria, helminthes), maternal and child health, and reproductive health. Our Center has collaborated with numerous institutions, including University of Nairobi, Kenyatta National Hospital, Kenya Medical Research Institute, Ministry of Health, the Coptic Mission, and more. The impact of the Center’s research, capacity-building and training on health outcomes and policy has been enormous and has extended well beyond Kenya’s borders to sub-Saharan Africa and other resource-limited settings.
The Department of Global Health has an opportunity for a full-time Senior Research Engineer/Scientist who will design, apply for funding and execute epidemiological, clinical and implementation science HIV-related research projects. The Research Engineer/Scientist will make decisions independently on technical problems and methods and use a wide application of complex principles, theories and concepts in HIV testing and prevention. They will have working knowledge of related disciplines, such as behavioral sciences and health economics, and work on complex and diverse problems. They must exhibit creativity, foresight and mature judgment in conducting their research programs/projects. Additionally, they must maintain substantial knowledge of state-of-the-art principles and theories. They will develop as an authority with national recognition and apply advanced knowledge to the completion of their assignments/projects. The Research Engineer/Scientist will work without technical supervision and consult with supervisor/principal investigator concerning unusual problems and developments.
This Research Engineer/Scientist (RE/S) position will be located at the Ninth & Jefferson Building on the Harborview Medical Center Campus. The RE/S will report to the Director of the Kenya Research and Training Center.
Project Contribution: •As an individual contributor, designs and carries out complex and novel assignments relevant to the goals of the Kenya Research and Training Center. •Work is expected to result in the development of new or refined evidence, scientific methods and approaches to HIV diagnosis and prevention.
Supervisory: •Plans, develops, coordinates, and directs a number of projects in Kenya and the US, many of which have complex features. •Supervises, coordinates and reviews the work of numerous study staff, research coordinators and students. •Estimates personnel needs and schedules and assigns work to meet completion dates, and integrates project staffing decisions with overall technical strategy.
Staff Specialist: •Develops and evaluates plans and criteria for a variety of projects and activities to be carried out by others. •Assesses the feasibility and soundness of proposed studies and research implementation plans. •Serves as a consultant on HIV testing and prevention within UW.
General: •Organizes and chairs sessions at technical meetings; presents invited papers; primary author or key contributor on major reports, products, papers, presentations, and peer reviewed journals. •Widely recognized by key customers/grantors/investigators as being central to their mission; typically directs/participates in major proposal preparation and presentation. •Provides intensive mentoring and training of graduate students and senior research staff; uses national network to identify high caliber research talent. •Effectively uses peer network to expand technical capability and business development opportunities; significant involvement in external seminars, workshops, professional societies, and committees; develops and initiates technical standards through interactions with professional societies and key clients. •Provides ideas to improve organizational efficiency at all levels of the unit/department. •Participates in strategic planning; plays a key role in the acquisition of research funding; identifies sources of new contract funding and directs the preparation of proposals and presentations.
REQUIREMENTS: •Doctoral Degree in Epidemiology •Six or more years in a related area, or equivalent combination of education/experience.
Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except when there are legal requirements, such as a license/certification/registration.
DESIRED EXPERIENCE •Master's degree candidates with exceptional qualifications may be considered. •Competence with statistical software, including STATA and R.
CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT: •Phone calls/meetings periodically occur in the early morning to accommodate worldwide time differences •Deadline-driven environment, occasionally requiring extended hours
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