Global Health – Research Assistant Professor or Assistant Professor WOT (AA23566)


Position Overview


Organization: School of Medicine, Global Health

Title : Assistant Professor without Tenure, Research Assistant Professor

Search Number : AA23566


Position Details


The Departments of Global Health and Medicine at the University of Washington are jointly recruiting for a full-time faculty position at the rank of Assistant Professor without tenure (0113) or Research Assistant Professor (0143) to work in the area of laboratory diagnostics for infectious diseases.   These are non-tenured, 12-month, indefinite appointments.

The Department of Global Health was established in 2007, bridging the Schools of Medicine and Public Health, with a mandate to harness the expertise and interdisciplinary power of all University of Washington schools and colleges. Our mission is to improve health for all through research, education, training, and service; to understand and address the causes of disease and health inequities at multiple levels; and to collaborate with partners to develop and sustain locally led, quality health systems, programs and policies. Driven by tremendous interest among both students and faculty, the Department has grown explosively to more than 380 faculty and 1,000 staff working on projects across 130 countries. The Department trains more than 400 graduate students and hundreds more undergraduates.

The Division of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, which is housed within the Department of Medicine, has over 85 full-time faculty members, 50 clinical faculty members, and 20 adjunct or affiliate faculty members. Members of our faculty have been nationally and internationally recognized for their work in a variety of subspecialties, including phagocyte biology and function, HIV/AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases and infections, viral diseases, immunocompromised hosts, bacterial pathogenesis, geographic medicine, urinary tract infections, and the molecular biology of infectious diseases.

The individual will direct the University of Washington’s Neisseria Reference Laboratory (NRL) and the Chlamydia Laboratory (CHL).  In this role, the director will supervise research and clinical technologists and student assistants and will be responsible for ensuring the laboratories successful work, including compliance with CLIA standards and reviewing the competency of laboratory staff.

The NRL’s primary objective is to conduct research and support public health activities related to Neisseria gonorrhoeae.  The lab is largely supported by three grants from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), one to participate in the Gonococcal Isolate Surveillance Program (GISP), and two new grants related to CDC’s Antibiotic Resistance Solutions Initiative.  Working with Public Health – Seattle & King County and the Washington State Department of Health, the NRL is part of CDC’s Antibiotic Resistance Laboratory Network.  The director will work in close collaboration with CDC to ensure adherence to national surveillance protocols.  Under the auspices of the co-located CHL, the director will also oversee the performance of nucleic acid amplification testing for Chlamydia trachomatis, N. gonorrhoeae, Trichomonas vaginalis, and Mycoplasma genitalium. The director will be responsible for overseeing all aspects of the lab’s involvement in ongoing laboratory activities.  In addition, the director should develop new research projects related to N. gonorrhoeae, C. trachomatis, and other sexually transmitted diseases.  As a member of the UW faculty, the faculty member will play a role mentoring and training students, fellows, post-doctoral trainees and junior faculty.  The position may also work providing technical assistance to the International Training and Education Center and Health (I-TECH).  All faculty in the Departments of Global Health and Medicine participate in research, teaching and mentoring, and service.

Requirements: the candidate must hold a Ph.D. (or foreign equivalent) in microbiology or a related field, have demonstrated experience performing agar dilution antimicrobial susceptibility testing, and have experience performing laboratory work related to N. gonorrhoeae.

The UW School of Medicine is committed to a diverse academic community. We view diversity as essential to our mission, for more information please see the following website: http://www.washington.edu/diversity/.  At the Departments of Global Health and Medicine at the University of Washington, diversity is integral to excellence.

Application Instructions

Applicants should submit their curriculum vitae, a brief statement outlining their research interests and at least 4 letters of reference to Interfolio: http://apply.interfolio.com/41616

University of Washington is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, age, protected veteran or disabled status, or genetic information.