Prospective Faculty

The Department of Biomedical Informatics and Medical Education at the University of Washington in Seattle is recruiting one more Biomedical and Health Informatics (BHI) faculty.

We seek candidates with diverse backgrounds in foundational and/or applied biomedical informatics research who are interested in working and teaching in a highly collaborative and interdisciplinary academic setting. The departmental vision is to use biomedical information to improve health through research, training, and the practice of informatics in healthcare and research operations. We are focusing our recruitment on further expanding our existing research, education and practice in Clinical Informatics including Fellowship training. We are seeking faculty with foundational and applied expertise relevant to this area.

If you are interested in applying for or in finding out more information about specific searches, please contact us at and review the job description(s) below (and the link(s) to the full job postings). Also please explore this website further for information about our current events, people, educational programs, research programs, and service activities of our department.

The University and the Department

The Department currently has 31 core faculty and 56 extended faculty representing 30 schools and departments across the University of Washington, 7 companies, and 14 universities and research organizations in WWAMI (Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana, Idaho) and around the world. The University of Washington (UW) is ranked in the top five among public universities nationally to receive federal research and training funds, and UW has received more federal research funding than any other U.S. public university since 1972 (more information about UW research is available here). University of Washington is home to a number of top ranked programs including the School of Medicine (nationally known both for research and primary care), the School of Nursing, the School of Public Health, the School of Computer Science and Engineering, the Information School and the Departments of Linguistics and Biostatistics. The Department was ranked number 3 in the world for clinical informatics according to US News and World Report. We collaborate with regional academic and industry partners including Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Seattle Children’s Hospital, Center for Infectious Disease Research, the Washington Department of Health, Microsoft, Intel and Caradigm.

The Department has two Divisions with a shared mission of using biomedical information to improve health. The Division of Medical Education and Evaluation focuses on the science, implementation and evaluation of the transmission of biomedical information (knowledge) to the next generation of physicians and other health care providers. The Division of Biomedical and Health Informatics focuses on the foundational and applied science and the implementation of systems that use biomedical data, knowledge and information to improve health. In the Division of MEE, faculty focus on a) research around development, implementation, and evaluation of health sciences curricula, b) teaching leaders in medical education (through the MEE led Teaching Scholars Program and the Center for Leadership and Innovation in Medical Education), and c) a key operational/service role in the School of Medicine around curriculum and course development, implementation and evaluation. In the Division of BHI, faculty are engaged in a broad range of foundational and applied biomedical informatics research. BHI faculty are also responsible for the operation, evaluation and refinement of the Biomedical Informatics research training program (M.S., Ph.D., Postdoc), which has at steady state 65 full-time enrolled students and postdoctoral fellows. In collaboration with the Information School we offer two undergraduate biomedical informatics courses. In collaboration with the School of Nursing, an applied M.S. in Clinical Informatics and Patient Centered Technologies is offered which at steady state has ~55 enrolled students. In collaboration with Family Medicine and UW Medicine’s Information Technology Services we have an ACGME-accredited Clinical Informatics Fellowship program with 4 Fellows. BHI faculty play key operational and leadership roles in research and clinical computing at UW Medicine.  Where appropriate, our faculty aims to translate our foundational and applied scholarship in MEE and BHI into practice at the University of Washington, with our partner institutions, within our medical school curriculum, and with UW operational and clinical research computing groups.

Please contact us or explore this website further for information about our current events, people, educational programs, research programs, and service activities of our department.

Peter Tarczy-Hornoch, M.D., FACMI
Professor and Chair

Heidi Kelm


Clinical Informatics Fellowship Program

1 Position, Assistant or Associate Professor

Join our current faculty including our Chief Research Information Officer and Chief Analytics Officer in growing an ACGME-accredited clinical informatics fellowship program which started enrolling fellows in July 2016 and has achieved steady-state enrollment. This position will work closely with the Director of the Clinical Informatics Fellowship. Responsibilities include: a) expanding our basic and applied biomedical informatics research program (approximately 40-60% effort), b) serving as core faculty in the clinical informatics fellowship program (approximately 20% effort), c) working within UW Medicine Information Technology on operational clinical informatics projects within the health system (approximately 20% effort), d) clinical practice if applicable (approximately 20% for physician applicants). Successful candidates will be appointed to the appropriate clinical department, such as Medicine, Surgery, Family Medicine, or Pediatrics, with a joint appointment in BIME. The position is part of a broader effort which includes recruitment of faculty in the areas of Analytics, Clinical Informatics, Clinical Research Informatics, and Genomic Medicine/Translational Bioinformatics.

The Department of BIME and the UW Medicine health system believe there is a critical synergy between biomedical informatics research and informatics service/practice within the health system. The 20% role mentioned in c) above involves deeply engaging in key areas in the practice of biomedical informatics in the operational clinical, analytics and research computing areas at UW Medicine in a dynamic real world health system. A full position description can be found here.

Undergraduate Paid Internships

The Department of Biomedical Informatics and Medical Education (BIME) offers occasional undergraduate research assistant paid internships focused on data science and health. Current opportunities are below.

Preparing Patients with Cancer for Goals-of-Care Discussions in the Hospital

The purpose of this project is to develop a digital educational intervention to prepare patients with cancer for a discussion with a clinician about their goals of care.  This is a difficult, emotional, and yet critical discussion.  We are looking for a user experience (UX) research assistant who is interested in developing the digital interface for this intervention with us.  The intervention will be built on a WordPress platform, and you will work with the faculty mentor to select and customize a suitable WordPress theme for this project.  In addition, you will interview patients to obtain feedback on prototypes that we develop along the way.  If you are interested in working on this meaningful project, enjoy and/or would like to work with patients in healthcare settings, and are interested in user-centered design, we would like to hear from you. This is a 10 week paid internship for spring quarter.

To apply: Please send an email describing your interest in the project, along with your resume, to Dr. Annie Chen:

Field testing a digital fitness program for older adults

This paid 10-week internship involves assisting the research team with study administration and data collection for a 6 week field test of a digital fitness program designed to increase walking in older adults.  This is a great opportunity for an undergraduate student interested in health informatics and user research. The digital fitness program is comprised of using Fitbit, a Facebook private group, and having a walking buddy.  The program will be used by up to 20 participants and tested for acceptability, engagement, and preliminary efficacy to improve walking. Internship tasks range from sending materials to study participants, monitoring the Facebook group for user activity, assisting with data collection from surveys, interviews, and Fitbit data pull, and assisting with technical support for participant. There is an opportunity to work with the Facebook APIs using python or Java to extract social media data. The intern will meet regularly with the research team (Thursday mornings 9am-10am) and report to the team lead. The intern must complete the web-based human subjects training through CITI to participate.

To apply: Please email Dr. Andrea Hartzler the following by Friday 3/8/19:  (1) a brief description of why you are interested in this particular opportunity and how you would contribute to the team, (2) your resume, and (3) confirm your availability to meet each TH 9-10am spring quarter for a team meeting at UW Medicine South Lake Union. There is a shuttle to and from campus.