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Open Rank Position - Addiction Psychiatrist

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School / Campus / College: School of Medicine

Organization: Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Title: Open Rank Position - Addiction Psychiatrist

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Position Description

The University of Washington Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences is seeking candidates for two full-time, addiction psychiatrist faculty positions at the rank of Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, or Professor without tenure, on the faculty scientist track.

The University of Washington, located in Seattle, is ranked #1 among public universities in terms of federal research funding.  Its School of Medicine trains physicians and other health care providers for a five-state region (Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana, and Idaho) and is ranked #1 nationally in primary care and rural health.  The Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences has approximately 300 regular faculty, 350 clinical faculty, 200 staff, and over 100 trainees.  The Department’s robust research portfolio totals $35 million in grants and contracts per year for projects ranging from neurosciences to treatment development to health policy and population health.  The Department is recognized as an international leader in developing, testing, and implementing Collaborative Care, an integrated care model increasingly seen as a solution for population-based mental health care.  Department faculty provide clinical services in 5 hospitals, 14 primary care locations, and several outpatient sites in addition to telepsychiatry consultations to more than 100 clinics in Washington and beyond. The Department has a highly competitive psychiatry residency program and subspecialty fellowship programs in addiction, child and adolescent, geriatric, and consultation liaison psychiatry.

Addiction psychiatry is one of the strongest areas in our department and our addictions program is consistently ranked among the top 10 in the country. The Department has research and clinical expertise across the entire age spectrum and in all areas of addiction, including opioid addiction, medication-assisted treatment, interventions in homeless and chronically mentally ill individuals, harm reduction, addiction treatment within primary care, chronic pain and addictions, risk behaviors in college-aged populations, home visitation case management for mothers who abuse alcohol or drugs during pregnancy, adolescent addictions, basic neuroscience, and clinical trials.  The VA Puget Sound Health Care System hosts a Center of Excellence in Substance Abuse Treatment and Education (CESATE).  The University of Washington’s Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Institute provides pilot funding for research in addictions and administers the Northwest Addiction Technology Transfer Center.  The Department’s educational programs in addictions include an ACGME-accredited Addiction Psychiatry fellowship program, a unique addiction psychiatry career development pathway for general psychiatry residents, and a weekly teleconference program designed to expand the mental health and addictions care capacity of health care professionals in remote, underserved areas of Washington.

Candidates will perform high-impact, innovative research in addiction psychiatry; secure independent grant and contract funding to support their research; and teach and mentor the next generation of addiction psychiatrists and psychologists in clinical work, training, and research. These positions may include clinical work in addiction psychiatry, depending on candidates’ interests, background, and expertise.


Candidates for these positions must hold an M.D. or D.O. degree (or foreign equivalent) and have a proven track record as an independent addiction psychiatry researcher, with a history of funded grants and substantial peer-reviewed publications.

For faculty positions to be based at the VA Puget Sound Health Care System, candidates must be US Citizens.  For positions to be based at University of Washington practice sites, in order to be eligible for University sponsorship for an H-1B visa, graduates of foreign (non-U.S,) medical schools 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.

All University of Washington faculty engage in teaching, research, and service.


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religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, pregnancy, genetic information,
gender identity or expression, age, disability, or protected veteran status.

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