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Research Coordinator

About the Role

As a UW employee, you have a unique opportunity to change lives on our campuses, in our state and around the world. UW employees offer their boundless energy, creative problem solving skills and dedication to build stronger minds and a healthier world.

UW faculty and staff also enjoy outstanding benefits, professional growth opportunities and unique resources in an environment noted for diversity, intellectual excitement, artistic pursuits and natural beauty.

The Department of Global Health has an outstanding opportunity for a Research Coordinator.

The Department of Global Health was established in 2007. 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. We have more than 380 faculty and 1,000 staff working on projects across 130 countries with our deepest ties in the United States, and Kenya, Uganda, Peru, Mozambique, India, South Africa, Tanzania, Ethiopia, and Nicaragua. At the Department of Global Health at the University of Washington, diversity is integral to excellence.

The Department recognizes that disparities in health around the globe stem from inequity. The Department encourages and supports the multiple identities of staff, faculty and students including, but not limited to, socioeconomic status, race, ethnicity, language, nationality, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, culture, spiritual practice, geography, mental and physical disability and age. The Department strives to become a local, national, and international leader in developing and maintaining increased representation and recognition of each of these dimensions of diversity among its faculty, staff, and students.

This position will sit in the Global Center for the Integrated Health of Women, Adolescents, and Children (Global WACh) that is based in the University of Washington Departments of Global Health, Obstetrics/Gynecology, and Pediatrics. Global WACh brings together expertise in maternal health, neonatal and child, infectious disease, health metrics and evaluation, education, clinical research, and service delivery. These disciplines combine under a methodology that views women, children, and adolescents as three populations interconnected along a shared life course.

Position purpose and complexities

Global WACh has an outstanding opportunity for a permanent full time Research Coordinator position. In all of our work, we seek individuals dedicated to excellence in research programs, committed to public health and invested in social justice, equity and inclusiveness.
For this specific position, the Research Coordinator will work on a suite of projects focused on early childhood development in Kenya. The projects seek to address questions related to the impact of infectious pathogens (eg, HIV, CMV), pathogen related factors (drugs) and environmental factors (eg, microbiome, lead, air pollution, stress, caregiving behavior, parental mental health) on early brain development. This position plays a key role in the coordination and management of research activities, including regular communication with investigators and project staff based in Seattle and Kenya. The Research Coordinator will work in close collaboration with Seattle- and Kenya-based project leads and team members. The coordinator will be especially focused on supporting activities related to supporting teams of dedicated neurodevelopmental assessors and clinicians conducting neurodevelopmental assessments.

Assessments will target a range of child ages from birth to 17 years, and include detailed assessments including the Bayley Scales of Infant and Toddler Development, the Malawi Developmental Assessment Tool and the Kauffman Assessment Battery for Children. These activities will involve becoming familiar with each assessment, managing activities to support training, adherence to assessment protocols and ensuring high quality data collection. Sample activities include managing activities to develop translated material, coordinating practice assessments, developing and revising standard operating procedures and database systems, conducting data quality monitoring, generating progress reports, liaising across a large collaborative team, and responding to staff and leadership inquiries regarding study procedures.

The Research Coordinator will also be responsible for managing ethical approval submissions to institutional review boards, and ensuring completion of any required reporting to funding institutions. This position involves ability to compile and synthesize information from the literature and technical discussions to develop conference abstracts and presentations on study objectives and results. The ideal candidate will be detail oriented, an effective multi-tasker and communicator, and possess strong analytical skills.

The Research Coordinator will work under the supervision of Julia Dettinger, Research Scientist, Global WACh and with Dr. Sarah Benki-Nugent, Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Global Health.


Project Coordination, with a primary focus on aspects related to neurodevelopmental assessments (60%):
• Support training and quality control for neurodevelopmental assessments
• Develop and adhere to study protocols, consents, case report forms, and standard operating procedures (SOPs).
• Lead the team’s ethical review process at UW and our partner institution in Kenya, including preparing and submitting applications, modifications, and status reports
• Lead weekly operational and leadership calls between collaborators in Kenya and Seattle
• Facilitate communication through coordination of additional project-related meetings and calls
• Serve as the point-person for SOP, task and other document tracking between Kenya, UW, and other collaborative sites
• Perform related duties with other related projects as needed
• Coordinate ongoing study activities and respond to project staff questions and concerns

Data Management and Analysis (25%)
• Lead development of data management systems
• Develop and oversee data quality monitoring systems
• Perform data analysis, report generation, and manuscript writing
• Coordinate data collection activities

Reporting (15%)
• Prepare reports and presentations
• Conduct literature reviews
• Coordinate routine study reporting requirements including NIH Progress Reports

• BA/BS with at least two years of experience in Psychology, Public Health, Epidemiology or related field.
• Skills, knowledge, and experience working in population health studies.
• Excellent computer skills with knowledge of MS Word, Excel, Outlook, and PowerPoint (or similar packages)
• Experience in quantitative data management and analysis with statistical software packages (Recap, Stata, R etc)
• Excellent judgment and interpersonal skills with proven ability for effective cross-cultural communication
• Excellent organizational and project management skills
• Ability to work independently
• Interest in maternal child health research and health equity

Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except when there are legal requirements, such as a license/certification/registration.

• Master’s degree in Public Health, Epidemiology or related field.
• Experience conducting child developmental assessments
• Experience working with neuropsychological or psychometric data

• Generally available for phone calls/meetings in the early morning and occasionally in late evenings to accommodate worldwide time differences
• Deadline-driven environment, occasionally requiring extended hours
• Primary work location with be at the Hans Rosling Center on the University of Washington campus. The Research Coordinator will have a designated workspace.

Application Process:

The application process for UW positions may include completion of a variety of online assessments to obtain additional information that will be used in the evaluation process. These assessments may include Work Authorization, Cover Letter and/or others. Any assessments that you need to complete will appear on your screen as soon as you select “Apply to this position”. Once you begin an assessment, it must be completed at that time; if you do not complete the assessment you will be prompted to do so the next time you access your “My Jobs” page. If you select to take it later, it will appear on your "My Jobs" page to take when you are ready. Please note that your application will not be reviewed, and you will not be considered for this position until all required assessments have been completed.

Applicants considered for this position will be required to disclose if they are the subject of any substantiated findings or current investigations related to sexual misconduct at their current employment and past employment. Disclosure is required under Washington state law.

Committed to attracting and retaining a diverse staff, the University of Washington will honor your experiences, perspectives and unique identity. Together, our community strives to create and maintain working and learning environments that are inclusive, equitable and welcoming.

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The 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.

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