Research Program Scientist

Job Summary

The communicable disease research program led by Dr. Ryan Westergaard at the University of Wisconsin-Madison (UW) conducts multi-disciplinary research projects aiming to improve the health and well-being of people affected by injection drug use, incarceration, poverty, stigmatization, and other socioeconomic factors. We are currently recruiting a PhD-level (or equivalent) Scientist to co-lead this research program, working alongside a dedicated and energetic team spanning the Division Infectious Diseases at the UW School of Medicine and Public Health and the Bureau of Communicable Diseases at the Wisconsin Department of Health Services. Additional information about our past and current work can be found on our program website here:

The program conducts multiple NIH-funded projects that are part of national collaborative research networks, including the NIDA Rural Opioid Initiative ( and the Justice Community Opioid Innovation Network ( In the fall of 2022, our team was selected as one of 8 awardees to comprise the new NIH HEAL Initiative’s Harm Reduction Network ( The successful candidate will help lead and coordinate Wisconsin’s Harm Reduction Network project, working closely with Multiple Principal Investigators Dr. David Seal and Dr. Ryan Westergaard and a team diverse faculty across UW and other institutions who have expertise in domains including statistics, engineering, public health, nursing, and epidemiology.

The candidate’s responsibilities will be divided in roughly equivalent proportions across three areas: (1) Conducting research aligned with the scientific goals of The Program, including analysis of data generated by ongoing projects and publication of manuscripts; (2) Oversight of project management staff to ensure grant-funded projects are conducted with appropriate rigor and fidelity to established protocols; (3) Coordination and project management of the new multi-site Harm Reduction Network. Additional responsibilities will include identifying research problems, designing research studies, writing study protocols, supervising research staff including trainees, interpreting research results, and presenting results at professional meetings. Additionally, the scientist will identify and secure research funding in conjunction with the Principal Investigator and the rest of the team.

SMPH is committed to being a diverse, equitable, inclusive and anti-racist workplace and is an Equal Employment Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer. Applications from Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) individuals, LGBTQ+ and non-binary identities, women, persons with disabilities, military service members and veterans are strongly encouraged.



Required: 2 years of experience in epidemiology, health services, or related research field. This must include experience developing and implementing clinical and/or health services research protocols, including research quality assurance and Institutional Review Board applications. Experience communicating with a variety of audiences, collaborators, and partners from diverse backgrounds and academic fields required. Applicant should have excellent writing and communications skills, strong attention to detail, and the flexibility to work both independently and collaboratively. Applicant should have demonstrated experience and expertise in research design, research methods, statistical analyses, and presentation of results.

Preferred: Experience in qualitative research skills, implementation science, community-based participatory research, and/or evaluation methodology is also valued but not required.


How to Apply

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Charles Amble
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Organization: UW School of Medicine

Job Location: Madison, WI

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