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Senior Research Associate, Office of Health Affairs

Part of the broader WVU System, its flagship campus is located in Morgantown, W.V., a vibrant city consistently named one of the best places to live in the U.S. Home to 26,269 students (nearly 30,000 in the WVU System), the Morgantown campus offers a combined 359 majors at the baccalaureate, master’s and doctoral levels across 14 colleges and schools: agriculture; natural resources and design; arts and sciences; business and economics; creative arts; dentistry; education and human services; engineering and mineral resources; law; media; medicine; nursing; pharmacy; physical activity and sport sciences; and public health. Hundreds of distance education and online classes are also available. The student-faculty ratio is 18-1.

WVU Morgantown prides itself on diversity, with students coming from 110 nations, all 50 U.S. states (plus D.C.) and all 55 West Virginia counties. Educational opportunities are top-notch, with 79% of full-time instructional/tenure-track faculty holding the highest academic degree in their field and 19 having been named Carnegie Foundation Professors of the Year.

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Office of Health Affairs

The Office of Health Affairs is an independent office within the WVU Health Science Center whose goal is to deliver expertise through partnerships to improve the health of West Virginians via the provision of world-class services. It focuses on partnering with organizations that share a common purpose; delivering professional services that enhance and extend the capabilities of those partners; and engaging in work that positively transforms the community, by promoting the use of data to drive informed decision making, contributing to development of policies that foster a positive health impact and cultivating West Virginia’s national reputation through research and scholarship.

About the Position

West Virginia University invites applications and nominations for the position of Senior Research Associate – Office of Health Affairs beginning immediately upon availability.

The Senior Research Associate is a key participant in the State-University partnership between the West Virginia University Health Sciences Center and the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR). The Senior Research Associate will serve as a principal investigator on contracts leading interdisciplinary research, policy research, or program implementation and trainings translating research findings. Overarching responsibilities include working with the State to leverage their data and conducting relevant policy and evaluation research, or program implementation training. This position reports to the Director of Program Evaluation and Research.

West Virginia University’s Office of Health Affairs frequently engages in collaborative efforts with West Virginia’s DHHR. Ideal candidates will have work experience that aligns with the mission of DHHR’s Bureau for Medical Services, Bureau for Children and Families, Bureau for Behavioral Health and Bureau for Public Health.

For a complete list of essential responsibilities, skills and qualifications, click on the Position Profile below.

Morgantown, West Virginia

Home to nearly 31,000 residents (138,176 in the greater metropolitan area), Morgantown combines the sophistication of big-city amenities with the friendliness of a small community and lively spirit of a college town.

Best known as the home of West Virginia University (during the academic year an additional 26,269 students call Morgantown home) and the one-of-a-kind Morgantown Personal Rapid Transit system, Morgantown has developed many top-notch educational, research, industrial, health and transportation facilities in the area. A healthy business atmosphere and strong community effort have led to rapid growth and an expansion of Morgantown’s diverse multicultural heritage, upon which the city prides itself.

It is easily accessible via Interstates 79 and 68, both of which traverse the city; and served by the Morgantown Municipal Airport (MGW), which offers direct, daily flights to both Washington Dulles Airport (IAD) and Pittsburgh International Airport (PIT).

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Candidates for this position will be considered through November 12, 2021.

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Martha Lavender, Ph.D. and  Thomas Moorman, Ed.D. will be assisting the University and the OHA with the search. If you have questions or would like to have a confidential conversation about the position, call 256-239-2305 or e-mail – or

West Virginia University is an Equal Opportunity Employer and specifically invites applications from women, minorities, veterans and people with disabilities.