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Operating one of the industry’s largest and most respected research programs, Kaiser Permanente employs nearly 1,800 research experts at 9 specialized centers across the country. With a research budget of $221 million and more than 2,500 studies and clinical trials underway at any given time, this is a place where you can have a profound impact on the future of health.

Lead Data Scientist

Location: Oakland, CA Job Number: 902077 Date posted: 09/01/2020

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Performs advanced data design and analysis using the Electronic Medical Record (EMR) to create new knowledge useful to KP and outside organizations. Extracts and cleans large volumes of healthcare data across dozens of sources. Applies expert statistical methodologies to clinical outcomes. Partners effectively with physicians, other clinicians, software engineers and business managers to communicate findings using data visualization techniques.

Essential Responsibilities:
  • Works with physicians, epidemiologists, statisticians, business managers, and software engineers, to formulate and scope questions and translate knowledge into care transformation
  • Develops algorithms and predictive models to solve critical health service problems
  • Influences a general audience to understand the quality, completeness, and appropriate use of data
  • Provides advice about choice of statistical approaches, perform statistical analysis
  • Develops tools and libraries to create efficiencies for future work
  • Develops systematic approaches to assure data validity.
  • Identifies new sources of data within the electronic medical record that will improve information about target diseases and clinical processes.
  • Establishes links across existing data sources; process large volumes of data needed for complex research/operational studies
  • Trains Data Consultants and other data workers.
  • Kaiser Permanente conducts compensation reviews of positions on a routine basis. At any time, Kaiser Permanente reserves the right to reevaluate and change job descriptions, or to change such positions from salaried to hourly pay status. Such changes are generally implemented only after notice is given to affected employees.
  • Basic Qualifications:
  • Minimum eight (8) years of experience with multivariate data analysis commonly used in epidemiology (e.g. logistic regression, linear regression, cluster analysis, Cox proportional hazard analysis, GEE, and hierarchical models).
  • Minimum eight (8) years of experience writing and executing complex queries to extract/process data (e.g. SQL), including linking tables and variables from very large datasets.
  • Minimum eight (8) years of programming experience to build and validate machine language and statistical algorithms and to perform statistical analysis (e.g. R, Python, SAS)
  • Education
  • Master's degree required in a quantitative health field (epidemiology, math/statistics, bioinformatics) or computer science.
  • License, Certification, Registration
  • N/A

  • Additional Requirements:
  • Demonstrated understanding of data systems and architecture.
  • Experience using data science, AI, and machine-learning platforms to build and deploy supervised and unsupervised models.
  • Demonstrated ability to create and execute solutions to complex data science problems.
  • Demonstrated ability to lead project efforts, communicate effectively with team members, and guide decision making.
  • Advanced knowledge of data visualization tool principles, theories, and concepts.

  • Preferred Qualifications:
  • Experience working with electronic medical record, to conduct health research and analytics.
  • Experience using novel open source software for analytic and non-analytic processing.
  • Experience with health record standards, including HL7 and other interchange and coding standards highly desirable.
  • Advanced training in biostatistics and/or statistics (degree or continuing education).
  • Demonstrated scholarly activities to advance the field (e.g., teaching, presentations at conferences, lead or co-authorship of scientific manuscripts).
  • Demonstrated understanding of clinical workflows.
  • Demonstrated proficiency with Natural Language Processing.
  • Well versed in open source libraries and methodologies for creating data workflows composed of most appropriate technologies, including command line tools, containerized tools, microservices, etc.
  • Primary Location: California,Oakland,1800 Harrison Scheduled Weekly Hours: 40 Shift: Day Workdays: Mon - Fri Working Hours Start: 8:00 AM Working Hours End: 5:00 AM Job Schedule: Full-time Job Type: Standard Employee Status: Regular Employee Group/Union Affiliation: NUE-NCAL-09|NUE|Non Union Employee Job Level: Individual Contributor Job Category: Research and Development Department: TPMG Consulting Services Travel: Yes, 5 % of the Time Kaiser Permanente is an equal opportunity employer committed to a diverse and inclusive workforce. Applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), age, sexual orientation, national origin, marital status, parental status, ancestry, disability, gender identity, veteran status, genetic information, other distinguishing characteristics of diversity and inclusion, or any other protected status.

    External hires must pass a background check/drug screen. Qualified applicants with arrest and/or conviction records will be considered for employment in a manner consistent with federal and state laws, as well as applicable local ordinances, including but not limited to the San Francisco and Los Angeles Fair Chance Ordinances.

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    Careers in Research & Development

    Recognized worldwide for their scientific expertise, our researchers collect data on topics including cardiovascular disease, diabetes, mental health, and drug safety — just to name a few.

    In addition to studies centered at these facilities, our physicians and researchers conduct clinical trials of new drugs, medical devices, and other therapies through several organized centers and independently at single sites. Put together, Kaiser Permanente's research centers and scientists comprise one of the largest and most comprehensive nonacademic research programs in the United States.

    As a member of this team, you'll engage in meaningful work that has the power to affect outcomes and improve global health. Focused on areas like public-sector health services, epidemiology, and behavioral and clinical research, the work you do will ultimately allow us to improve the cost effectiveness and quality of the care we deliver — all while saving lives.

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