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Core Investigator/Research Assistant Professor

Posted: 2/26/2018 (Employment)

The Seattle Health Services Research and Development (HSR&D) Center of Innovation (COIN) ( at the Department of Veterans Affairs Puget Sound Health Care System, and the Department of Health Services in the School of Public Health at the University of Washington ( are jointly searching for a Core Investigator/Research Assistant Professor (without tenure) to pursue health services research at the VA in Seattle. We seek applicants with scholarship experience in women’s health.

The COIN is a nationally-renowned health services research program located jointly in Seattle and Denver with an extensive portfolio of more than 100 research projects led by 35 core investigators; an annual budget of $20 million dollars; and a training program for both MD and PhD postdoctoral researchers. The COIN’s objective is to conduct research to improve the delivery of health services to veterans and to contribute to scientific progress in the following:

Veteran-Centered Care which includes self-management across community and healthcare settings, palliative care, and interventions targeting providers and the healthcare system.

Value-Driven Care which includes identifying high value modes of delivering care (best outcomes at lower cost), comparative effectiveness research, and methods of quantifying value.

The mission of the University of Washington Department of Health Services is to work with partners in public health and health care to prepare leaders, design solutions, and conduct innovative research that is translated into practice and policy.

Applicants must hold a PhD or equivalent terminal degree in health services research, psychology, sociology, economics, or a related field, and be a US citizen. We seek applicants who:

  • exhibit potential for a distinguished record of scholarship marked by creative, innovative, visionary thinking;
  • demonstrate the ability to work in collaborative, interdisciplinary research teams, and across institutions;
  • exhibit excellent communication skills, and collaborative working and leadership styles;
  • conduct research in one of the fields described above related to women’s health;
  • conduct research that will contribute to the COIN and University of Washington priorities;
  • demonstrate the ability to work with clinical and administrative partners; and
  • have a track record of success in securing competitive grant funding.

The position does not include salary support, and the successful applicant is expected  to support themselves though existing grants, such as a VA career development award or NIH K award.

The successful applicant will be a Core Investigator at the VA HSR&D COIN, eligible to apply for research funding from the extensive VA HSR&D research programs ( as well as other funding sources. The successful applicant will be appointed to the faculty of the Department of Health Services, University of Washington. Additioanlly, the candidate will have opportunities to work with faculty and graduate students, and contribute to the research, teaching, and service missions of the Department, including the School of Public Health’s Center of Excellence in Maternal and Child Health, an interdisciplinary program that provides graduate-level training in maternal and child health research and practice.

The position is full-time for an indefinite term appointment at the VA and is a full-time, non-tenure track Research Assistant Professor position at the University of Washington. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. University of Washington faculty members engage in teaching, research and service. This position is contingent on available funding.

Application Instructions

Applicants should provide the following with their application:

  • A formal letter of interest indicating their research interests;
  • Curriculum vitae;
  • A minimum of four letters of recommendation;
  • Two to three samples of research publications or reports; and
  • A statement noting how their research, service and teaching (if applicable) have the potential to support the University of Washington’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion (

Review of applications will begin March 19, 2018 and continue until up to two positions are filled. Interested candidates should submit their application materials to: Barbara Majerczyk / HSR&D COIN Search Committee / 1660 Columbian Way, S-152, Seattle, WA 98108 or by email to Direct any questions to Christian D. Helfrich, Search Committee Chair

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Location: VA Puget Sound Health Care/University of Washington