Assistant/Associate Research Professor

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Classification:Research Assistant Professor (F9)
Grade:UNAC Grade 30
Work type:Faculty Full-time
Administrative Unit:University of Alaska Anchorage
School/Business unit:UAA Coll of Bus & Public Policy
Location: Anchorage
Categories: Education/Instructional, Research/Science/Grants

Position Summary:

The Institute of Social and Economic Research (ISER) at the University of Alaska Anchorage (UAA) seeks outstanding faculty candidates for an Assistant or Associate Professor, non-tenured position; rank commensurate with qualifications.


25Disseminate research findings to both academic and non-academic audiences.Essential
30Contribute to ongoing research studies focused on human behavior and its relationship to health issues of local and national importance.Essential
30Lead and/or collaborate in developing new grant proposals for extramural fundingEssential
5May engage in mentoring/academic advising of students involved in research projects.Non-Essential
5Other related duties as assigned or needed.Non-Essential
5Provide service to the University, profession, and/or community.Essential

The successful applicant will become a member of the productive, multi-disciplinary Center for Behavioral Health Research and Services (CBHRS; and contribute to CBHRS’ applied research and evaluation activities, including effectiveness, intervention, and dissemination and implementation research.

While CBHRS investigators study a broad range of topics, its studies support an overarching goal of promoting behaviors that contribute to improving physical and mental health, and ISER’s mission to enhance the well-being of Alaskans and others, through non-partisan research.

Through this position, CBHRS hopes to expand its capacity and support ISER’s growing expertise in health economics and health policy. Desired research topics could include any of several relevant and highly fundable areas that complement the current work of the CBHRS team, such as smoking/vaping; physical activity/inactivity; diet/food insecurity. Priority areas include studies of innovations promoting health and/or community services delivery in Alaska (e.g., telehealth; integrated behavioral health); especially those that benefit indigenous people and other vulnerable, under-served populations.

The successful applicant will have experience or demonstrate potential to direct research projects, pursue external grant funding independently and collaboratively, build partnerships, and actively disseminate the results of research activities for multiple audiences, including peer reviewed publications. Support and mentorship will be provided to foster the applicant's own extramurally funded research. The incumbent will be eligible for base salary support and research funding from ISER’s strategic health initiative. Amount of base salary support and initial expectations to offset with external funding are flexible, with increased expectations to offset with external funding over time.

This is an ongoing search with flexible start dates; applications will be reviewed and considered as received with starting dates negotiable.  


Located in Anchorage, Alaska’s biggest city (current population, 285,634), the University of Alaska Anchorage (UAA) is the State’s largest post-secondary institution.  UAA is considered the “Health Campus” for the University of Alaska’s multi-campus system, with undergraduate and graduate programs in psychology, nursing, allied health professional programs and social work. UAA also participates in WWAMI, a decentralized medical school program among universities in five northwestern states, Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana, and Idaho, in partnership with the University of Washington School of Medicine.

The Center for Behavioral Health Research and Services (CBHRS) is a research center within UAA’s Institute of Social and Economic Research (ISER). ISER has been at the forefront of public policy research in Alaska for more than 50 years. CBHRS’ scientists, research professionals, and students engage in research and evaluation that addresses the most pressing community health problems both within and outside of Alaska. Areas of primary interest include promoting evidence-based healthcare practice and policy; addressing and preventing misuse of alcohol, opioids, and other substances; preventing suicide; promoting population health and well-being across the lifespan through behavior-change interventions; promoting health equity.  CBHRS has a number of ongoing research and evaluation projects that are funded through federal (CDC and NIH), State, and Tribal evaluation contracts, and maintains a grant portfolio of over $1M/year. This portfolio fully supports our current non-tenure track faculty (2) and research professional staff (2) as well as several Psychology PhD, masters and undergraduate student research assistants. For more details, please see

Union Representation:

This position is represented by United Academics (UNAC).

Term Position: This position is term-funded and is reviewed annually for contract renewal at the University's discretion.

Reasonable Accommodation Statement:

The University of Alaska (UA) is responsible for providing reasonable accommodations to individuals with disabilities throughout the applicant screening process. If you need assistance in completing this application or during any phase of the interview process, please contact UA Human Resources by phone at 907-450-8200.

Affirmative Action Statement:

UA is an AA/EO employer and educational institution and prohibits illegal discrimination against any individual:

Background Check:

The successful applicant is required to complete a background check. Any offer of employment is contingent on the background check.

Public Disclosure Statement:

Your application for employment with the University of Alaska is subject to public disclosure under the Alaska Public Records Act.

University of Alaska is a Drug-Free Workplace.

University of Alaska campuses are Tobacco-Free. 

Training Policy:

It is the policy of the University of Alaska (UA) that all employees are required to complete training to meet the requirements of the positions they hold, and to complete the required training within a specified period to remain employed at the UA.

Contact Information:

If you have any questions regarding this position, please contact University of Alaska HR at 907-450-8200.

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