Division of Biomedical Health Informatics

Open Position: Assistant Professor Without Tenure – Department of Biomedical Informatics and Medical Education

Position Overview

Organization: Biomedical Informatics and Medical Education

Title: Assistant Professor Without Tenure – Department of Biomedical Informatics and Medical Education

Position Description:

The Department of Biomedical Informatics and Medical Education (BIME) at the University of Washington (UW) is looking for one full-time faculty at the Assistant Professor Without Tenure level to join our current faculty in growing an ACGME-accredited clinical informatics fellowship program which started enrolling fellows in July, 2016 and has achieved steady-state enrollment of four fellows. This is a full-time position with a 12-month appointment, July 1 – June 30 with 11 months of service. Anticipated start date is July, 2021. All University of Washington faculty engage in teaching, research, and service.

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 as a grant-funded investigator (approximately 40% effort), b) serving as core faculty in the clinical informatics fellowship program (approximately 20% effort), c) working within UW Medicine Information Technology (ITS, e.g. clinical computing) on operational clinical informatics projects within the health system (approximately 20% effort), d) clinical practice (approximately 20%). 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 in BIME which includes recruitment of faculty in the areas of Analytics, Clinical Informatics, Clinical Research Informatics, and Genomic Medicine/Translational Bioinformatics.

The BIME Department consists of 21 core faculty and 51 extended faculty representing 35 academic units across 9 Schools/Colleges within the University. Faculty engage in a broad range of foundational and applied biomedical informatics research, as well as scholarship and practice activities around medical education. In addition to an active informatics research program, the Department faculty are responsible for the operation, evaluation and refinement of the Biomedical Informatics research training programs (MS, Ph.D., Postdoc with currently 56 trainees), the NIH NLM informatics research training grant, and the joint (with School of Nursing) applied MS in Clinical Informatics and Patient-Centered Technologies (CIPCT, currently 59 active students). The CIPCT program is a fully online program that serves as a didactic foundation of our clinical informatics fellowship. Where appropriate, our faculty aim to translate our foundational and applied scholarship into practice at the UW and partner institutions within our operational clinical and research computing groups. It is expected that new faculty will engage in a similar range of activities including informatics research, teaching, and the practice and teaching of clinical informatics. 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 computing areas at UW Medicine in a dynamic real-world health system. The work for this role will include clinical informatics activities and involvement clinical information systems, primarily related to Epic and associated tools as that is now our electronic health record system. This work will be driven by UW Medicine (and UW Medicine ITS) priorities as they overlap with the candidate’s informatics skills. Oversight and accountability for these activities will be provided by the BIME Chair and senior UW Medicine ITS Leadership. The position may involve translating and deploying informatics research and innovations into the practice setting. In addition, the position involves teaching informatics to health sciences students using the appropriate adult learning theory and related pedagogic approaches.


Applicants require an M.D or foreign equivalent. Candidates must also have medical specialty board certification or eligibility, clinical practice expertise, be board certified or board eligible in clinical informatics and actively engaged in clinical practice.

Candidates must also have some experience with the practice of clinical informatics (e.g. production clinical information systems, and have firsthand knowledge of one or more electronic health record systems).

In order to be eligible for University sponsorship for an H-1B Visa, graduates of foreign (non-US) medical schools must show successful completion of all three steps of the U.S. Medical Licensing Exam (USMLE), or equivalent as determined by the Secretary of Health and Human Services.

Visit Academic Personnel page to apply here.

Interested applicants should submit the following:

  • A curriculum vitae (CV)
  • Contact information for three references/letter writers
  • A letter of intent/personal statement highlighting their interests, background, practical experience and career goals pertaining specifically to the research, teaching and service/practice roles in the area of clinical informatics outlined above, which includes:
    • A statement of teaching interests or teaching philosophy
    • A statement of research interest
    • A statement of experiences and goals with regards to practice of applied clinical informatics
    • A statement describing the candidate’s potential to foster diversity in the Department of Biomedical Informatics and Medical Education and the field