Postdoctoral Research Associate - Washington State University in Spokane Washington

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Washington State University

Spokane, Washington

United States

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Detailed Job Description

Position Details:
Working under the supervision of the Principal Investigator, the Post-Doctoral Research Associate will have the opportunity to be a part of an active dynamic research program focused on improving behavioral treatments for adults with alcohol use disorders in communities that experience alcohol related disparities.

This includes adults who suffer from co-occurring severe mental illness, as well as American Indian and Alaska Native Communities. Research foci also include evaluating alcohol biomarkers in clinical populations and treatment of early onset severe mental illness. The fellow will also have the opportunity to work with other addiction researchers as part of the Program of Excellence in Addiction Research ( and Partnerships for Native Health (, two large and well-funded research groups at WSU.

Duties and Responsibilities:
The primary duties of this position will be to define research problems, approaches or hypothesis and methodology, design specific phases of research projects, carrying out complex analyses, analyzing results, developing conclusions and hypotheses, and/or presenting research findings in publishable form. Specific duties and responsibilities include:

•Assisting in coordination of ongoing research projects
•Publishing key results in peer-reviewed publications.
•Assisting, the PI, as well as other collaborating investigators with scientific development, data analyses, and grant writing, as needed.
•Applying for extramural research funding. Taking appropriate steps towards becoming an independent investigator/faculty member.
•Participating in didactic training opportunities offered at WSU.
•May perform other duties as required.

Required Qualifications

A doctoral degree in psychology, medicine, public health or a related field.

Experience authoring professional presentations or peer reviewed publications.

Experience preparing technical reports and manuscripts.

Proactive problem solving skills, ability to work independently, and ability to take appropriate autonomous initiative to carry out study related functions.

Outstanding interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills.

Outstanding ethics and confidentiality in dealing with scientific data and results.

Aptitude for academic rigor, quantitative method, and scientific writing.

Carefully keeps research notes, documents findings, and files records.

Actively participates as a member of the research team, and frequently reports progress.

Proficient in the Microsoft Office suite of products.

Demonstrable experience developing, managing, or maintaining research databases using Access.

Experience using Microsoft SharePoint for collaboration.

Must be willing to work evenings and weekends on occasion to meet the needs of the project, including scheduling participant visits and contacts, as well as meeting project deadlines.

Preferred Qualifications

Experience working with American Indian and/or Alaska Native Communities or adults with severe mental illness.

Experience conducting substance abuse research.

Excellent scientific writing and oral expression skills.

Experience analyzing scientific data using Stata, R or SPSS.

Experience managing staff at field research offices.

Experience managing research studies.

Advanced computer skills with Microsoft Office and experience with SharePoint.

Experience with online surveys or databases.

Experience preparing reports to National Institutes of Health (NIH) and Institutional Review Boards (IRBs).

Monthly Salary

Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Additional Information

University Overview
Founded as the people’s university in 1890, Washington State University fulfills that commitment by transforming lives through education, research, and community outreach. In 2015, the University celebrated 125 years of delivering life-changing knowledge and discoveries to citizens across the state, region, nation, and around the world. The state’s only land-grant institution and one of two public research universities, WSU provides a world-class education to nearly 30,000 students through its multi-campus, statewide locations and online. The University strives to ensure that higher education is accessible at an affordable cost—a decades-long WSU commitment to the state’s citizens. The University offers more than 200 undergraduate fields of study and 127 graduate and professional degree programs. Many academic programs win recognition nationally for excellence. WSU is one of just 108 public and private universities in the United States—out of more than 4,500—singled out for its “very high research activity” by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. The University’s research agenda is focused on addressing challenges in health, sustainability, smart systems, national security, and opportunity and equity. WSU is a major driver of Washington’s economy, partnering with many of the state’s leading industries, including agribusiness, aerospace, health care, software, and construction. The University is responsible for nearly 20,600 jobs statewide and generates an overall economic impact of more than $3.3 billion annually. The institution’s operating budget expenditures total nearly $2 billion annually.

Washington State University Spokane

Located in the University District along the riverfront in downtown Spokane, WSU Spokane is the University’s health sciences education and research campus. The campus is home to the Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine, scheduled to welcome its charter class in August 2017. The University has relocated all of its health sciences disciplines and built new facilities on the campus in recent years. Among the new construction: an $80 million Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Sciences Building and a $34.6 million Nursing Building. Nearly 1,500 undergraduate, professional, and graduate students pursue degrees at the 48-acre campus, which also houses programs offered by Eastern Washington University and is located just across the Spokane River from Gonzaga University.

Spokane Area
Spokane is a major healthcare hub and the largest along the northern corridor of the United States between Minneapolis and Seattle. It offers the latest diagnostic and therapeutic care in all fields of medicine, and boasts four major hospitals, including Providence Health’s 644-bed Sacred Heart Medical Center. Complete with a rich cultural scene, historic neighborhoods, urban appeal, and easy access to four-season outdoor recreation, Spokane supplies a high quality of life for the nearly half million residents who live in the region.
To learn more about the Spokane community, visit

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WSU is committed to excellence through diversity and faculty-friendly policy action, including partner accommodation and NSF ADVANCE Institutional Transformation programs (

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Employment Type:Post-Doc and Graduate Assistants
Degree Required: Doctorate
Experience: See Job Description
Level of Job: Post - Doctorate
Salary: See Job Description
Type of School:Research University
Application Requirements: CV/Resume
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