Current Opening: Scientific Director
The Surgical Outcomes Research Center (SORCE) has an outstanding opportunity for a Scientific Director. In conjunction with the SORCE Medical Director, this position provides senior-level, seasoned professional planning and execution of surgical outcomes, health services and patient-centered research programs.
This position will oversee 5-10 major research programs. S/he will independently applies advanced knowledge of scientific research principles, strategies and methodologies to achieve research program aims; devises approaches to meet complex research program needs; makes decisions independently on technical problems and methods; and provides solutions to a wide range of difficult problems. This position will act as a scientific and technical lead on day-to-day project operations, significantly contribute to material production of research materials, and serve as a program management lead across several diverse projects and investigative teams. S/he will facilitate and address technical development and timely completion of scientific objectives. This position will be responsible for the thorough understanding of research program aims, timelines and milestone goals and must be able to effectively conceptualize and translate this into project operations. S/he will effectively communicate goals and priorities to investigators and collaborators and provide direction to project staff. S/he must exhibit creativity, foresight and mature judgment in conducting research programs and projects.
As a member of the SORCE leadership team, the position is a critical participant in strategic planning efforts and decisions for the center on whole. S/he will have responsibility for establishing and fostering a strong working environment and relationships across all SORCE investigators, collaborators, staff and internal/external stakeholders. S/he will have specific charge in providing scientific leadership and programmatic oversight to 1-3 functional teams at SORCE, which may include grant writers, analysts, post-doctoral fellows or research coordinators. S/he will lead the oversight, development and implementation of technical or operational capabilities that will impact current or future research projects in these two functional areas. The Department of Surgery and SORCE are committed to a culture of excellence, and this individual must embrace a culture of continuous improvement.
This position’s time will be divided as follows:
Scientific Development and Conduct of Research = 40%
As an individual contributor, carries out complex or novel assignments requiring the development of new or improved research techniques and procedures;
Senior Level Project Management = 40%
In a senior level project supervisory capacity, plans, develops, coordinates, and directs a large and significant project, or a number of small projects with numerous complex features;
Center Leadership = 20%
As a member of the SORCE leadership team, develops and evaluates plans and criteria for a variety of projects and activities to be carried out by others.
Summary of Requirements:
- Master's Degree in social, life, or health sciences, or relevant. Phd in relevant field strongly desired. Master’s degree candidates with exceptional qualifications may be considered.
- Credible scientific background with experience in comparative effectiveness research, patient centered research or outcomes research methodologies.
- Eight or more years of relevant work experience, including successfully planning and managing all aspects of research projects and operations.
- Experience making independent decisions on matters of significance, free from immediate direction, within the scope of responsibilities.
- Demonstrated experience and skills in building positive and productive collaborative relationships and ability to manage teams and ability to meet deadlines under tight time constraints.
- An effective approach to managing key networks and relationships, investigative teams and staff demonstrating an appropriate balance between empowerment, support and assertiveness.
- Ability to write advanced manuals and project documentation, as well as author executive reports and journal articles.
Current Opening: Research Coordinator
The Surgical Outcomes Research Center (SORCE) has an outstanding opportunity for a Research Coordinator. The purpose of this position is to provide overall program operations coordination for the Surgical Outcomes Research Center (SORCE) Survey Center (SC). The Surgical Outcomes Research Center is a health services research center established by the Department of Surgery at the University of Washington. SORCE’s mission is to support the use of outcomes research to improve quality of surgical care at the local, regional, and national levels. The SC was created in order to capture and incorporate patient-reported outcomes into outcomes assessments for quality improvement (QI) activities and comparative effectiveness research (CER). The SC currently conducts surveys for multiple projects related to surgical QI and CER. The SC is responsible for complex survey distribution and management across 5-20 sites and 3-5 survey protocols at any given time.
This position will independently manage the requirements of multiple projects and studies in the SC, including scheduling, internal and external communications, data management, adherence reporting, and auditing. This position will work directly with PIs, scientific collaborators, and support staff to intake new projects; train and oversee junior staff; track all participant contacts; and perform quality control on procedures and data. This position provides high-level professional program and project support under the direct supervision of the Informatics Project Manager. The program operations specialist should have experience in administrative and/or research program support, research program knowledge, experience managing data, and experience in surveying operations.
The major responsibilities of this position fall into these categories:
- Survey Center Project Coordination (75%)
- SORCE Survey Center Programs Coordination (25%)
Summary of Requirements:
- BA/BS in social, life, or health sciences, public health, health administration, or similar
- 2-3 years of experience in positions including responsibilities for research project coordination, operations management, or administrative management, preferably in an academic or healthcare-related setting; combination of education and experience may be substituted on a case by case basis
- Demonstrated ability and interest in working with data
- Ability to see/understand the big picture and translate to implementation
- Exhibits the ability to excel on both the creative side and the analytic side – able to demonstrate why their ideas are analytically sound.
Modified June 25, 2015 - MDH