Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience.
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The Institute of Translational Health Sciences (ITHS) is a $70M health research institute based at the University of Washington, with integrated partnerships with Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and Seattle Children's Hospital, and more than 20 other organizations engaged in health research across the WWAMI (Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana and Idaho) region. The mission of ITHS is to accelerate the translation of scientific discoveries to the clinic and beyond to improve the health of people in our region today. We develop critical resources to help innovators move their discoveries forward. ITHS fosters innovative health research, sustains research resources, and provides education and career development programs. Research projects this position supports span all phases of clinical and translational research, focusing on the process of turning observations in the laboratory, clinic, and community into interventions that improve the health of individuals and the public (e.g., from diagnostics and therapeutics to medical procedures and behavioral changes).
The ITHS has an outstanding opportunity for a Research Navigator.
This position works proactively to offer personalized scientific guidance to the research community regarding relevant translational and clinical research resources to support their work. The core function of this position will be to serve as the primary point of contact for researchers who are accessing multiple ITHS services. The navigator will manage the research help desk, promote scientific outreach, and expand research navigation with our regional collaborators. This position will assess, triage, and respond to inquiries from investigators, trainees, and others connected with the research community. He/she will provide personalized guidance about translational and clinical research as well as referrals to relevant resources such as potential collaborators, consultants, services, training, or funding opportunities. This position will assist with investigators' grant applications by identifying collaboration opportunities with the ITHS community, drafting short descriptions of proposed interactions for inclusion in the applicant's proposal, and preparing Letters of Support representing formal ITHS commitments, in accordance with ITHS policy and practice. It is essential that this position provides project management for inquiries to assure timely and appropriate follow-through and to track and document the inquiries and activities according to ITHS policy and practice.
This position will also conduct Institute outreach activities such as giving talks and presentations about ITHS at events (such as ITHS symposia, training sessions) and to other groups such as UW departments, divisions at Seattle Children's or Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, industry or community organizations, and one-on-one discussions. He/she will collaborate with ITHS Communications and Marketing to develop outreach strategies and materials for use by ITHS with diverse audiences. The navigator will communicate resources to researchers and work closely with ITHS personnel to assure access to services and resources and integrate information about our programs. To do this, he/she must maintain a strong working knowledge of all ITHS services, programs, operations, and personnel and work closely with ITHS personnel to develop research toolkits and other resources.
The research navigator is part of the ITHS Office of Expanding Regional Collaboration which works on establishing formal collaborations with institutions across WWAMI. The navigator serves as a liaison for additional resources, locally, regionally or nationally and works to identify and outreach to potential regional partners. He/she assists in developing mechanisms relevant to integration of ITHS programs and is the main point of contact for all ITHS regional navigators at partner institutions across WWAMI to ensure that ITHS can serve a broad population of investigators. To do this, the navigator holds monthly meetings with regional navigators for bidirectional updates on ITHS related activities, provides referrals to appropriate resources in the WWAMI region and the CTSA consortium.
The navigator will also participate in ITHS efforts to establish or improve programs, services, systems, policies, and procedures. He/she will lead process improvement projects as assigned and support the submission of ITHS Annual Progress Reports, grants, and other applications. It is also important for this role to serve as an internal resource to ITHS programs and staff to address inquiries related to services, processes, metrics, and related topics.
Master's Degree in a biomedical or basic health science field plus a minimum of five years work experience in a clinical research or biomedical research environment, or equivalent combination of education and experience.
Demonstrated experience in basic research or clinical research. Applicants must have a strong working knowledge of technical aspects of translational research.
The successful candidate will be intellectually curious, creative, and resourceful. Must be a self-starter who works both collaboratively and highly independently. Must use informed judgment.
Must have a friendly presence and helpful attitude. Demonstrate consistently excellent customer service. Outstanding interpersonal and communication skills are key to success in this position. Must have a demonstrated ability to communicate tactfully, professionally, and effectively with a diverse group of faculty, scientists, administrative staff, and other members of the research community. Demonstrated success in communicating technical and detailed information.
Must be detail oriented, with strong organizational, planning, time management, and stress-management skills. Must be able to prioritize and manage a changing flow of workload, remaining productive during slow times and multitasking effectively during busy times. Proficiency in Microsoft PowerPoint, Word, Excel, and using databases.
PhD in a biomedical or basic sciences field.
Experience working in peer-reviewed health science programs.
Experience with project management.
Strong knowledge of research and research education programs, procedures, policies, and offices at UW. Knowledge of research programs at Seattle Children's and/or Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center is also desired.
Functional understanding of research grants administration, including NIH regulations and guidelines.
Founded in 1861, the University of Washington is one of the oldest public institutions in the west coast and one of the preeminent research universities in the world. The University of Washington is a multi-campus university comprised of three different campuses: Seattle, Tacoma, and Bothell. The Seattle campus is made up of sixteen schools and colleges that serve students ranging from an undergra...duate level to a doctoral level. The university is home to world-class libraries, arts, music, drama, and sports, as well as the highest quality medical care in Washington State and a world-class academic medical center. The teaching and research of the University’s many professional schools provide undergraduate and graduate students the education necessary toward achieving an excellence that will serve the state, the region, and the nation. As part of a large and diverse community, the University of Washington serves more students than any other institution in the Northwest.