Postdoctoral Research Associate – Disability Scoop Jobs

Job Description

WSU’s Department of Community and Behavioral Health is recruiting our final two postdoctoral fellows in disability policy.  Candidates will have earned their Ph.D. or other terminal degrees (e.g. MD, DPT, OD, JD, DNP, DSW, DPH, or PsyD) in the past 5 years and be interested in disability research and health policy.  Our target hire date is by Spring 2023.

The primary goal of this fellowship is to provide a highly personalized research training experience to scholars who hold doctorates or similar advanced degrees and are personally committed to understanding and improving health policies and services for all Americans with disabilities. Fellows will participate in research activities from grant proposals to research articles, and will have the opportunity to further their professional training by attending graduate courses at Washington State University, including the Certificate in Medical Ethics.

After more than two years of COVID-related disruptions in recruitment and placement, we have redesigned the 18-month research faculty appointment to allow remote or hybrid work. We hope that this change will encourage applications from recent PhDs with disabilities, who cannot easily leave their existing support networks to relocate for a temporary academic position.

The fellowship will extend the work of the Collaborative on Health Reform and Independent Living (, a multisite Disability and Rehabilitation Research Project funded by the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR).

Position Responsibilities:
* Meeting weekly with the CHRIL-F principal investigator or co-investigator.
* Developing a five-year research plan and academic CV.
* Attending a grant-writing workshop.
* Completing and submitting at least one grant proposal.
* Conducting collaborative and independent research on disability and health policy (including research design, statistical analysis, and preparing journal articles).
* Co-authoring and presenting research at professional and scientific conferences.
* Publishing project results in peer-reviewed, scientific journals.

Required Qualifications:
* Graduate research training.
* Strong academic writing skills.
* Critical thinking, communication skills, interest in disability policy research, and the ability to work well independently and as part of a team.

Preferred Qualifications:
* Experience with research design.
* A personal commitment to disability research and/or prior advocacy in this area.

How to Apply

The position can be accessed and applied to via our WSU jobs site, LinkedIn, or

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Postdoctoral Research Associate