Career opportunities

Are you looking for a meaningful and challenging career that serves to benefit others? At Group Health Research Institute (GHRI), our research is making a difference in health care worldwide. We’re finding answers to universal health care questions that people struggle with every day.

We are seeking talented professionals to join us in our pursuit of improved health care services. Below are select openings. For information on other career opportunities at GHRI, check Group Health Cooperative’s career Web pages at


Open-rank Doctorate Biostatistician Faculty Position

Group Health Research Institute (GHRI) is seeking an experienced, doctorate-level faculty researcher in biostatistics. This position provides an opportunity to collaborate on multidisciplinary research teams and to lead independent methodological research in a setting with access to rich data on a large, defined health plan population. 

GHRI ( is an internationally recognized academic research organization that conducts non-proprietary research to improve health and health care. The Institute’s research is primarily funded through federally grants and contracts that total more than $45 million annually. The scientific faculty consists of more than 34 doctorate-level investigators trained in medicine, epidemiology, behavioral science, economics, and biostatistics. GHRI’s programmatic research areas include health services research, cancer prevention, pharmaco-epidemiology, immunizations, behavioral medicine, women’s health, health informatics, mental health, and aging.

GHRI is part of a vibrant research community in Seattle, including the University of Washington and Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. GHRI is a leader or member of numerous large, national research networks including the NIH Collaboratory, HMO Research Network, NCI’s Cancer Research Network, NIMH’s HMORN Mental Health Research Network, NHLBI’s HMORN Cardiovascular Research Network, CDC’s Vaccine Safety Datalink, and FDA’s Sentinel Initiative.

The Biostatistics Unit is a core resource within in the Institute and includes four PhD biostatistician investigators and eight MS biostatisticians. Biostatistical research areas of emphasis include correlated data, Bayesian methods, medical diagnostic testing, survival analysis, missing data, and sequential testing. GHRI’s position within Group Health, a large not-for-profit health care delivery system, provides an ideal natural laboratory to study important health and biostatistical issues through clinical trials, observational studies, and qualitative research. All biostatistician investigators have affiliate appointments at the University of Washington.

Qualifications: Appointment is open rank (Assistant, Associate, or Senior Investigator). Preference will be given to someone with a demonstrated ability to both collaborate on multidisciplinary research teams and to successfully lead their own research program. 

Applicants must have a doctoral degree (PhD or equivalent) in Biostatistics or Statistics, excellent oral and written communication skills, and a strong interest in interdisciplinary collaboration.

To apply: For full consideration, submit a letter of interest, CV, and research statement to the attention of Stephen Perry ( by September 30, 2014. 

Questions about the position can be directed to the Search Chair, Jennifer Clark Nelson, PhD (

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Additional application procedures may be required. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications. Group Health is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer.

Manager, Survey Research Program

Group Health Research Institute (GHRI) is seeking an experienced Manager to manage its Survey Research Program and provide methods consultation to faculty. This position will have the opportunity to continue to develop an outstanding survey research program and to collaborate with epidemiological and health services researchers on a wide range of clinical and methodological areas. This position offers a unique opportunity to work closely with researchers and to test innovative survey methodologies in a large defined population.

Qualifications: Applicants should hold a master’s degree in a relevant social science, behavioral science, or health sciences discipline. Excellent oral and written communication skills and a strong interest in active collaboration on public domain interdisciplinary research studies are required. Applicants should have a minimum of 3-5 years managing a survey research program in addition to experience working within the field and expertise in all phases and modes of survey research.
They should also have experience and interest in expanding the survey program’s capacity and research volume. Equivalent academic position titles, depending on the size of the institution may be Associate Director or Director of Survey Research.

To apply: Interested applicants should include a cover letter that addresses the following key points:

  1. expertise and experience related to the qualifications, desirable skills, and abilities described in the job announcement;
  2. experience managing and directing survey project teams or programs;
  3. HR/personnel and management experience to date; and
  4. why the applicant would be a good match with the Institute’s mission, vision and values.

Application review will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience and qualifications. To learn more about Group Health Cooperative and apply for this position, visit and reference job number 141663.