Prospective Faculty

The Department of Biomedical Informatics and Medical Education at the University of Washington in Seattle is recruiting up to 4 faculty in 2017 and 2018. We are seeking faculty 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 four broad areas: Analytics, Clinical Research Informatics, Genomic Medicine/Translational Bioinformatics, and Clinical Informatics including Fellowship training. We are seeking faculty with foundational and applied expertise relevant to, but not restricted to these broad areas.

If you are interested in applying for or in finding out more information about specific searches, please contact us at bhihires@uw.edu. 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 57 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 is ranked in the top five among public universities nationally to receive federal research and training funds and 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.

Department faculty are engaged in a broad range of foundational and applied biomedical informatics research, as well as scholarship and practice activities around medical education. Department 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 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. Where appropriate, our faculty aims to translate our foundational and applied scholarship 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
pth@uw.edu

Heidi Kelm
Administrator
heidi5@uw.edu

 

Clinical Informatics and Translational Bioinformatics/Clinical Research Informatics

2 Positions Remaining, Assistant or Associate Professors

We are seeking exceptional candidates who have documented evidence of research success across a broad range of biomedical informatics. We are especially seeking excellence in research that touches on clinical applications, as well as faculty engaged in foundational and methods-focused research that supports clinical application areas. As an example, this might include work (applied or foundational) in secondary use of EHR data. However, we are not seeking a specific niche of research expertise, but rather, excellence in biomedical informatics research broadly, including the ability to work with clinicians and clinical applications. 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. These positions include a 20% service role with UW Medicine Information Technology Services 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.

New faculty will join the numerous other BIME faculty, graduate students, and ~100 UW staff who are working on the spectrum of foundational, applied and operational aspects of clinical informatics and TBI/CRI. The scope of clinical and analytics resources includes: a) inpatient and outpatient electronic health records deployed across 4 hospitals and affiliated clinics and a primary care clinic network, b) multiple data warehouses extracting data from the clinical systems, c) an Accountable Care Organization reporting team, and d) multiple grants in the comparative effectiveness research and Learning Healthcare System domains. The scope of CRI/TBI includes: a) the local CTSA informatics core including being one of the lead sites for a recently funded CD2H grant, b) a research informatics consult service, c) secondary use of EHR data for research including phenotyping (using data repositories from analytics above plus i2b2 instances), d) electronic data capture (REDCap), e) biospecimen acquisition system, f) expanding precision medicine informatics infrastructure, g) acquiring and implementing a Clinical Trial Management System, h) universal consent and consent management. A full position description can be found here.

Clinical Informatics Fellowship Program

2 Positions, Assistant or Associate Professors

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.