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Health Disparities Scientist

University of Wisconsin-Madison
Madison, Wisconsin, United States
Salary Not Specified
Date posted
Jun 14, 2024

Minimum $68,000 ANNUAL (12 months)
Depending on Qualifications
The anticipated minimum starting salary for the position is $68,000 for hire as Scientist I, $73,000 as Scientist II, or $78,000 for Scientist III. Starting salary is negotiable based on experience and qualifications.

Employees in this position can expect to receive benefits such as generous vacation, holidays, and sick leave; competitive insurances and savings accounts; retirement benefits. Benefits information can be found at ( ).

Job Summary:

This position is located in the lab of Dr. Ozioma Okonkwo, within the Wisconsin Alzheimer's Disease Research Center at the UW School of Medicine and Public Health.

Dr. Okonkwo co-leads the Alzheimer's Disease Neuroimaging Initiative (ADNI) Engagement Core, which is dedicated to 1) increasing the engagement of underrepresented populations (URPs) in the landmark ADNI study; 2) cultivating a competent workforce to work with URPs; and 3) investigating ethnocultural disparities in dementia.

The Engagement Core is excited to bring on an energetic and skilled PhD-level scientist to join our dynamic team. The successful candidate will work in collaboration with members of the Engagement Core team to identify and address critical scientific questions related to recruitment science and health disparities. Such questions include, but are not limited to, investigating the frequency and etiology of biomarker and cognitive profiles across ethnocultural groups, and understanding the extent to which biological, psychological, and sociocultural factors modify such associations. They will also use the very rich and multifactorial ADNI data to generate and tackle additional questions of scientific interest to them and the team. They will organize their findings into presentations for both lay and scientific audiences, generate manuscripts for publication in peer-reviewed journals, and as needed, participate in grant writing. Additionally, they will supervise and mentor research trainees. Lastly, the individual will aid in any other research-related tasks necessary for the overall success of the lab.

Responsibilities: Scientist I (RE043)
Scientist II (RE044)
Scientist III (RE045) Institutional Statement on Diversity:

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Terminal Degree
PhD preferred, though other doctoral-level degree holders (e.g., MD/DO, PsyD, PharmD, etc.) are also eligible to apply. Study in psychology, neuroscience, social work, public health, biomedical engineering, computer sciences, the life sciences, or other related fields strongly preferred.


- Experience with data analyses using standard statistical packages (such as R, SPSS)
- Interest in engaging in health disparities research
- Experience with scientific writing

- Experience being part of an academic clinical research group
- Experience with supervision or mentorship of research personnel
- Familiarity with research on diverse populations and community-engaged research methodology

The applicant should have excellent writing skills, good communication skills, strong attention to detail, the flexibility to work both independently and collaboratively, and should understand key elements of research studies including hypotheses generation, study design & objectives, statistical analyses, and presentation of results. Interested candidates need not satisfy each of the foregoing preferences to apply.

Work Type:

Full or Part Time: 80% - 100%

This position may require some work to be performed in-person, onsite, at a designated campus work location. Some work may be performed remotely, at an offsite, non-campus work location.

Appointment Type, Duration:


Additional Information:

Applicants for this position will be considered for the titles listed in this posting. The title is determined by the experience and qualifications of the finalist.

University sponsorship is not available for this position, including transfers of sponsorship. The selected applicant will be responsible for ensuring their continuous eligibility to work in the United States (i.e. a citizen or national of the United States, a lawful permanent resident, a foreign national authorized to work in the United States without the need of an employer sponsorship) on or before the effective date of appointment. This position is an ongoing position that will require continuous work eligibility. UW-Madison is not an E-Verify employer, and therefore, is not eligible to employ F1 STEM OPT Extension participants. If you are selected for this position you must provide proof of work authorization and eligibility to work.

This position has been identified as a position of trust with access to vulnerable populations. The selected candidate will be required to pass an initial caregiver check to be eligible for employment under the Wisconsin Caregiver Law and every four years.

How to Apply:

To apply for this position, please click on the "" button. You will be asked to upload a current resume/CV and a cover letter briefly describing your qualifications and experience. You will also be asked to provide contact information for three (3) references, including your current/most recent supervisor during the application process. References will not be contacted without prior notice.


Sarah Lose
Relay Access (WTRS): 7-1-1. See RELAY_SERVICE for further information.

Official Title:

Scientist I(RE043) or Scientist II(RE044) or Scientist III(RE045)



Employment Class:

Academic Staff-Renewable

Job Number:


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