Associate Professor or Professor (Without Tenure), Rural Health Research Center (RHRC), Family Medicine: Research Section

Position Overview

School / Campus / College: School of Medicine

Organization: Family Medicine

Title: Associate Professor or Professor (Without Tenure), Rural Health Research Center (RHRC), Family Medicine: Research Section

Position Details

Position Description

The University of Washington (UW) Department of Family Medicine (DFM) has a unique opportunity to join the Department’s nationally acclaimed Research Section. We invite applications for a full-time associate professor or professor rank (without tenure due to funding) to join an exciting and growing Research Section with long established successes in the areas of rural health and health workforce. The UW is a recognized leader in primary care, family medicine, and rural medicine by U.S. News and World Report, in part due to the long-standing research relevance and productivity of the Department of Family Medicine’s Research Section in both primary care and rural health.

The UW DFM is the home of the WWAMI Rural Health Research Center (RHRC), whose mission is to improve and sustain rural health through research that engages policymakers, planners, and practitioners advancing equity in rural access to care. The WWAMI RHRC has been continuously funded since 1988 by a multi-year cooperative agreement grant from the U.S. Health Resources & Services Administration and other sources. Our multidisciplinary team conducts research on the preparation, recruitment, and retention of the rural health workforce—including primary care, behavioral health, and other types of health care professionals. Other priority research focus areas include substance use, home health care, obstetrical care, emergency medical services, access to preventive care, and other topics. A commitment to health equity is a core driver of our work.

WWAMI RHRC faculty and staff also work closely with the co-located UW Center for Health Workforce Studies (CHWS), founded in 1998 with a mission to elevate the importance of the health workforce in policy discussions. CHWS is funded by multiple grants and contracts from federal, state, and local agencies including two multi-year HRSA cooperative agreement research grants in the areas of (1) allied health workforce and (2) the role of the health workforce in addressing health equity. Many of CHWS research topics include special attention to geographic and other dimensions of health equity. The overlapping and complementary interests of the WWAMI RHRC and UW CHWS create a uniquely rich and synergistic multidisciplinary environment in which to thrive as a researcher.

Associate Professors and Professors (Without Tenure) hold indefinite appointments that align with a 12-month service period (July 1-June 30). Faculty with 12-month service periods are paid for 11 months of service over a 12-month period (July-June), meaning the equivalent of one month is available for paid time off.

The base salary range for this position will be: $5,753 - $21,121 per month ($69,036 - $253,452 annually) commensurate with experience and qualifications, or as mandated by a U.S. Department of Labor prevailing wage determination.

The successful applicant will be in the Regular Track: Clinician Scientist/Faculty Scientist Pathway (open to both clinicians and non-clinicians: see requirements below). The expected start date is July 1, 2023, or soon thereafter.

The primary responsibility of this faculty position is to advance rural health research both regionally and nationally by securing external research funding and translating findings effectively to policy makers and other stakeholders. This position was created as part of succession planning with the intent of assuming future leadership of the WWAMI RHRC. This position will also work closely and collaboratively with UW CHWS, Research Section faculty, the Department of Family Medicine, and external collaborators to build a strong program of research advancing our strategic missions.

Other duties expected of the successful applicant will include mentoring and training professional staff research scientists as well as residents, fellows, students, and/or non-research faculty, and service to the department, school, and university.

All University of Washington faculty engage in teaching, research, and service. Salary and academic appointment at University of Washington will be commensurate with experience, qualifications, and academic rank.

The Department of Family Medicine is committed to promoting health equity and creating an inclusive culture by building a diverse workforce and valuing each individual’s unique contributions. Positive factors for consideration include, but are not limited to, candidates with experience and interest that align with the research priorities described above who have demonstrated a commitment to Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (JEDI). The Department of Family Medicine is committed to building a diverse faculty and strongly encourages applications from candidates from underrepresented groups.


Applicants must have:

  • a PhD in a relevant field, or foreign equivalent; an MD or DO (or foreign equivalent) is also acceptable,
  • a record of leading externally funded research projects,
  • a publication record in health services research journals,
  • demonstrated skills in advanced quantitative and/or qualitative methods,
  • expertise in managing complex data analyses and conducting policy analysis and/or program evaluation,
  • research expertise in rural health and health equity,
  • interests in health workforce assessment (including professional education and career pathways, workforce diversity), behavioral health, maternal health, and/or other topics of health care access.

Candidates who wish to engage in clinical practice in the Department of Family Medicine must also meet the following requirements:

  • Have a license or be license-eligible in Washington State
  • Be board-certified or -eligible by the American Board of Family Medicine

To be eligible for University sponsorship for an H-1B visa, graduates of foreign (non-U.S.) medical schools who wish to practice must show successful completion of all three steps of the U.S. Medical Licensing Exam (USMLE), or equivalent as determined by the Secretary of Health and Human Services."


Applicants should apply with a letter of interest, statement of past and planned contributions to diversity, equity and inclusion (i.e. diversity statement), curriculum vitae and contact information for at least two references.

For informal inquiries, potential candidates may contact Davis Patterson, PhD, Research Associate Professor and Director of the WWAMI RHRC at

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

Benefits Information

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Commitment to Diversity

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