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
- Participate in the study coordination calls and follow-up on
- Make recommendations to the principal investigators on critical
- 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
- 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
- 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
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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- Ability to work both independently and in collaboration with a
- Willingness to travel and participate in early morning
- Experience with epidemiologic and data science methods and
- Experience mentoring and developing students on soft and
- Experience with project management methods.
- Peer-reviewed publication record.
CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT:
- Periodically available for phone calls/meetings in the early
morning and late evenings to accommodate worldwide time
- Deadline-driven environment, occasionally requiring extended
Applicants should submit the following via Interfolio (https://apply.interfolio.com/96553):
1. A curriculum vitae
2. A brief statement (500-word limit) outlining research
3. One letter of recommendation