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The Department of Health Systems and Population Health (HSPop) has an outstanding opportunity for a grant-funded Research Scientist 4 to plan, develop, and implement a novel research agenda for the new Center for Anti-Racism and Community Health (ARCH) in partnership with those most impacted by structural racism to drive transformative change in within systems, organizations, and communities.
ARCH’s mission is to serve as a rigorous and community-driven academic hub focused on the critical interrogation and disruption of racist mechanisms within systems that threaten the health and well-being of Black and Indigenous peoples and other peoples of color. The goals of the center and its research are oriented around the disruption of racist mechanisms rooted in white supremacy culture norms that perpetuate anti-Blackness, anti-indigeneity, and coloniality across identity spaces to expand the conceptualization, discourse, and venues for rectifying power imbalances in service to the liberation of all peoples.
Housed in the UW School of Public Health, the Department of Health Systems and Population Health is a dynamic academic and research department with the mission of working with partners in public health and health care to prepare leaders, design solutions, and conduct innovative research that is translated into practice and policy. The Department is steadfast in its efforts to improve and promote the health of all populations, and staff contribute daily and directly to the work of faculty, students, researchers and other staff, providing support and expertise to the Department's common cause.
Job Duties and Responsibilities:
Day-to-day leadership of the ARCH Center research portfolio, which may include supervision and mentorship of staff, volunteers, and student employees.
Apply scientific knowledge and anti-racism principles to identify and define research questions. Collaborate with the ARCH Center director, staff, advisory, and governance bodies to select research priority areas and research approaches.
Co-design approaches, co-generate hypotheses to be tested, identify methodology to be used, and co-design specific phases of research projects. Select appropriate quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methods research methodologies to include interdisciplinary approaches and application of the Public Health Critical Race Praxis (PHCRP) and CBPR frameworks.
Conduct data collection activities such as: obtaining demographic, spatial, and other quantitative datasets; reviewing and cleaning datasets for analysis; field surveys and conducting qualitative interviews and focus groups; code qualitative data; track and archive data and research results; provide data analysis; and guide teams of faculty, staff, student, and community partners in conducting research collection and data analysis.
Participate in investigator, research project team, and partner meetings; contribute to agenda development and track action items. Communicate with research teams, ARCH Center staff, and local, state, and national partners (which may include state agencies, health departments, community-based organizations, and academic/research organizations). Work with research teams to develop and submit Institutional Review Board applications and ensure compliance with human subject requirements.
Engage with internal and external community stakeholders (e.g., faculty, scholars, staff, students, alumni, higher education institutions, healthcare systems, professional associations, government agencies, non-profit organizations, community leaders) to identify collaborative opportunities that support the UW SPH, HSPop, and ARCH research and strategic goals.
Analyze and present research results in a range of modalities (e.g., peer-reviewed manuscripts, PowerPoint presentations, reports, etc.); engage with research partners in open, collaborative, and respectful communication to review results and conclusions and invite partnership on publications and presentations.
Support advancement and funding efforts which may include delivering presentations that promote the ARCH Center, meeting with individuals and organizations providing philanthropic sponsorship, writing grant proposals, supporting grant submissions and awards, and reporting ongoing deliverables and progress for grants obtained.
Assist with marketing and communications, as well as public relations, to inform and excite interest about ARCH Center efforts and accomplishments. Attend school, university, and community meetings/events that relate to the mission and purpose of the ARCH Center and HSPop. Represent the ARCH Center at local, regional, and national meetings/events when required.
Other duties, as assigned.
As a UW employee, you will enjoy generous benefits and work/life programs. For a complete description of our benefits for this position, please visit our website, click here.
Master’s degree in fields or disciplines related to researching human populations (e.g., public health, epidemiology, biostatistics, nursing, public policy, public administration, history, ethnic studies, sociology, anthropology).
Minimum four years of experience in researching human populations.
Knowledge about anti-racism, critical race theory, diversity, equity, and inclusion; including fundamental topics, concepts, principles, and approaches to promote and advance these ideas in scientific research.
Prior experience in applying Community-Based Participatory Research (CBPR) principles.
Research experience in spatial analysis, including application of GIS mapping software and related tools.
Experience collaborating with diverse stakeholders from underrepresented, and/or historically excluded groups and communities to promote initiatives grounded in anti-racism principles. Ability to interact respectfully, empathetically, and with cultural humility with persons of diverse backgrounds and at all levels of the university and external community groups.
Experience analyzing and presenting research results, including developing manuscripts for peer review.
Experience working independently or as part of a team writing and submitting grant proposals.
Ability to represent ARCH, HSPop, and SPH acting independently, as well as fully operating in accordance with the highest ethical standards and expectations.
Ability to manage priorities, handle and initiate multiple projects, problem-solve, and exercise good judgment in a dynamic environment. Demonstrated skills in writing, proofreading, and electronic as well as verbal communications.
Proven ability to handle sensitive situations and highly confidential information with tact, discretion, integrity, and diplomacy.
Demonstrated proficiency with Microsoft Office applications (Outlook, Excel, Word, PowerPoint, SharePoint), Zoom and other teleconferencing technologies, Adobe reader, website content maintenance, and database management and electronic methods to collect data. Comfort in learning and using technology and technological applications to assist in project management, event management, cloud sharing, and more.
Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except when there are legal requirements, such as a license/certification/registration.
PhD degree in fields or disciplines related to researching human populations (e.g., public health, epidemiology, biostatistics, nursing, public policy, public administration, history, ethnic studies, sociology, anthropology).
Direct experience applying the Community-Based Public Health Critical Race Praxis Framework (PHCRP).
Familiarity and experience with effective employment of project management tools and software.
Demonstrated success working in environments of change, uncertainty, and transition.
This position is eligible for a hybrid telework arrangement, which may include an ongoing, regular remote work arrangement in addition to reporting onsite. The University’s Seattle campus will remain the official work location. All telework, remote, and hybrid working arrangements will be reviewed by the Center and subject to University policies.
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