Disability Research Fellowship Post-Doctoral Program for 2018-2019

About the Position

The Collaborative on Health Reform and Independent Living (CHRIL) is pleased to announce a new 2018-2019 postdoctoral program in disability policy research. We are seeking qualified candidates who are interested in developing research on people with disabilities to influence policies, opportunities, and outcomes for this community.  This fellowship opportunity provides a personalized 18-month training experience for emerging scholars with disabilities who hold a PhD or similar advanced degree and are  committed to building knowledge and evidence on health policies and services for people with disabilities. All fellows are eligible for accommodations and ongoing support by advisors with experience in disability research.

Salary, Benefits, and Disability Accommodation

This postdoctoral training program recognizes and accommodates the financial and vocational needs of scholars with disabilities. Each fellow will be hired as a research associate at the Washington State University (WSU) Department of Health Policy and Administration, with a competitive salary, conference travel funds, health insurance coverage, and retirement benefits. All fellows are eligible for a tuition waiver. Fellows with significant disability support needs will also receive up to 40 hours of workplace personal assistance per week, plus supplemental funds for moving expenses, adaptive technologies, and conference travel accommodations.

Position Responsibilities include

  • Attend seminars to supplement and advance knowledge in health policy research
  • Participate on existing CHRIL research projects and publications
  • Lead a research project and develop a journal manuscript, (toward end of fellowship)
  • Attend professional conferences related to health policy and/or disability research
  • Develop a five-year research plan and academic CV
  • Publish results as a co-author in peer-reviewed, scientific journals
  • Work independently and as part of the CHRIL team of researchers

The 2018-2019 fellowship will complement and extend the work of the Collaborative on Health Reform and Independent Living (CHRIL), a multisite Disability & Rehabilitation Research Project funded by the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR). The main fellowship site is Washington State University’s health sciences campus in Spokane, Washington. During the latter part of their training period, fellows may choose to spend 3-6 months at one or more CHRIL affiliate sites, including Washington, DC (American Association of Health and Disability), Lawrence, KS (Institute for Health & Disability Policy Studies), or Houston, TX (Independent Living Research Utilization). CHRIL research projects include assessments of outcomes for consumers with disabilities, the training needs of Centers for Independent Living, trends in health coverage, access, and cost, and the impacts of health reform on workplace participation and/or benefit enrollment.

Position Qualifications for Fellowship Candidates

Fellowship candidate qualifications include having received a doctoral degree (or similar advanced degree) within the past five years, a strong interest in a future research career, critical thinking, communication skills, interest in disability policy research, and the ability to work well independently and as part of a team. Preferred  qualifications include experience with research design and a personal commitment to disability research and/or prior advocacy in this area.

How to Apply

If you have questions about the fellowship program or qualification requirements, please email Dr. Jae Kennedy, the principal investigator of the CHRIL, at  jjkennedy@wsu.edu.  To submit an application, go to: https://www.wsujobs.com/postings/34682. Required materials for the application will include: (1) cover letter, (2) CV or resume, (3) a personal statement (1-2 pages) about your prior experiences with a disability, (4) a research statement (1 page), and (5) brief writing sample (research-oriented if possible). Assistance in preparing and/or submitting these materials is available if needed. Please contact Dr. Jae Kennedy at jjkennedy@wsu.edu for more information.

Key Dates

Review of applications will begin as of December 15, 2017 and continue through 2018 until the position is filled. Fellowship start date in 2018 is flexible. WSU is committed to providing reasonable accommodations in its services, programs, activities, education, and employment for individuals with disabilities.  To request a disability accommodation in the application process, please contact Human Resource Services: 509-335-4521(v), Washington State TDD Relay Service: 1-800-833-6384 (v); TDD Callers: 1-800-833-6388 (TDD), 509-335-1259 (f).

Organization: 
Collaborative on Health Reform and Independent Living (CHRIL)