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Postdoctoral Scholar of Global Health

Global Center for Integrated Health of Women, Adolescents, and Children (Global WACh) at the University of Washington Department of Global Health
Washington, United States
Salary Not specified
Posted date
Nov 5, 2021

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The Global WACh Gut Health and Child Survival team at the University of Washington Department of Global Health has an excellent opportunity for two Postdoctoral Scholars. The positions will play a leading role in pediatric studies on gut health and malnutrition in Kenya alongside investigators at the Kenya Medical Research Institute.

One study is a four-arm randomized controlled clinical trial testing the effect of breast-milk derived nutrition supplements on nutritional recovery following diarrhea.  For this study, the Postdoctoral Scholar will help coordinate this trial, including designing data collection instruments, standard operating procedures, and quality and data management plans in collaboration with the Kenya-based study coordinator and investigative Kenya. The second study is a prospective cohort study evaluating the association between breast milk oligosaccharides and the gut microbiome on infant growth for which the Postdoctoral Scholar will conduct data analyses, manuscript writing, and supplementary grant preparation. The Postdoctoral Scholars may support analyses and manuscript writing on multiple other studies.

The ideal candidate is someone with experience in infectious disease epidemiology, study implementation, and statistical analysis with a desire to grow their skills in randomized controlled trials, leadership, grant writing, and analysis of longitudinal data. Through this position, the Postdoctoral Scholar will have opportunities to work directly with epidemiologists, pediatricians, and implementation scientists at Kenya Medical Research Institute, Global WACh, and Seattle Children’s as well as serve as a mentor to students in these fields. 


A successful candidate will help lead studies, produce, critique and disseminate results; will be capable of managing projects to meet deadlines and research objectives; has experience with project management, the publication process and grant writing and is capable of working on multiple projects concurrently while meeting deadlines. Anticipated start date is November 2021.

Study Leadership and Coordination (50% FTE)

  • Provide scientific guidance and decision-making support to Seattle and Kenya-based research coordinators and data managers.
  • Participate in the study coordination calls and follow-up on action items
  • Make recommendations to the principal investigators on critical scientific decisions.
  • Coordinate scientific advisory committee meetings
  • Prepare study progress reports
  • Co-create randomized clinical trial documents including standard operating procedures, case report forms, quality management plans, training materials, and data systems.
  • Participate in grant writing and assist students with grant writing.
  • Participate in group leadership calls.

Data Analysis (25% FTE)

  • Develop statistical analysis plans
  • Independently carry out quantitative and/or mixed-methods analyses related to pediatric infectious disease clinical epidemiology research
  • Support junior investigators (PhD students, recent MPH graduates/candidates, staff) in designing and interpreting data analyses and manuscript preparation.
  • Participate as co-author on manuscripts, including study protocol papers.

Career Development (20% FTE)

  • Pursue independent research interests (manuscript/grant writing, training courses, etc.), with support of UW or external investigators, and any available support for our center/group.

Other duties as assigned (5%)

  • PhD or foreign equivalent in public health, epidemiology, implementation science or related discipline (must be conferred by the appointment start date but not at time of application).
  • Excellent analytic, critical thinking, and quantitative skills.
  • Experience coordinating international research studies, including case report forms (CRF) and standard operating procedures (SOP) development with a multidisciplinary team.
  • Evidence of a commitment to fostering a diverse and inclusive workplace.
  • Results and detail-oriented individual that can initiate and complete tasks under tight deadlines and changing priorities both independently and in a team environment. Flexibility with hours and workload is key.
  • Experience designing and executing statistical analysis plans.
  • Demonstrated ability to problem solve.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills required, including track record of success in co-authorship on scientific papers, presenting results, and representing research at meetings.
  • Ability to work both independently and in collaboration with a team.
  • Willingness to travel and participate in early morning calls.
  • Experience with epidemiologic and data science methods and analytic techniques.
  • Experience mentoring and developing students on soft and technical skills.
  • Experience with project management methods.
  • Peer-reviewed publication record.


  • Periodically available for phone calls/meetings in the early morning and late evenings to accommodate worldwide time differences.
  • Deadline-driven environment, occasionally requiring extended hours.
Application Instructions

Applicants should submit the following via Interfolio (
1. A curriculum vitae
2. A brief statement (500-word limit) outlining research interests
3. One letter of recommendation 

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