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With a staff of approximately 600, an annual budget of more than $100 million, and hundreds of projects under way at any given time, our research program is one of the largest and most respected in the industry.

Investigator, Research - Atlanta

Location: Atlanta, GA Job Number: 626947 Date posted: 08/28/2017
Description: The purpose of this position is to develop an independent program of research through designing specific projects for submission to funding agencies, implementing research and demonstration projects in the investigator's area of specialization, preparing papers reporting research results for presentation to scientific/professional organizations, translating research into practice and for publication in the scientific/professional literature, and participating in the overall development of the Center for Health Research Southeast's research agenda.

Essential Functions:
  • Design, develop, obtain funding for, and lead well defined research, demonstration, and evaluation projects in the investigator's area of particular expertise to advance knowledge that will improve health and health care delivery.
  • Develop an ongoing program of research through coordinating a series of research proposals and projects into a logical investigation of a particular research question, topic, or area.
  • Communicate research results to other scientists, clinicians, professional groups, the media and the community through presentations and publications in scientific and professional journals, books; and public presentations.
  • Promote a positive, science-focused work culture by assisting in the development of Center policy, providing technical services and consultation, and by helping to define the CHR's future research agenda, and by maintaining security and confidentiality of research and medical data.
  • Participate in education by helping to train undergraduate, graduate, and post doctoral students pursuing health and health services research careers.
  • Work with partners in the health care system to improve the health of Kaiser Permanente and non-Kaiser Permanente members. This includes providing technical consulting and professional service to KP, serving on various KP committees and task forces, and soliciting clinical input into research, where appropriate. May also provide service to the scientific and professional community through membership on scientific peer review groups and national boards; and consult with local, state, and national voluntary and governmental agencies.


  • Basic Qualifications:
  • Doctoral degree (PhD, MD/MPH or DrPH) in one of the social sciences, medicine or health disciplines;
  • Thorough knowledge of quantitative methods (from mathematics and statistics) for dealing with methodological and analytic problems in the investigator's substantive area of expertise e/g/ epidemiology, sociology, economics);
  • Working knowledge of health care organization, policy, practice, and management (to facilitate application of research to medical and health care phenomena);
  • Working knowledge of a standard statistical software library (e.g., SAS or SPSS) and design of relational databases;
  • Research methods and theory in health-research related discipline; and Substantive knowledge in health-related discipline.
  • A minimum of 4years of scientific investigation work in health care
  • A minimum of 2 years of experienceas a Principal Investigator or Co-Investigator of research projects
  • Published author and co-author in national, peer-reviewed scientific journals;
  • Experience in organizing and transmitting the knowledge of their disciplines, such as through teaching at the college or university level as an assistant or associate professor; and Experience presenting research findings at national scientific meetings

    Preferred Qualifications:
  • A minimum of 3years of experienceas a Principal Investigator or Co-Investigator of research projects
  • Published author and co-author in national, peer-reviewed scientific journals;
  • Experience in organizing and transmitting the knowledge of their disciplines, such as through teaching at the college or university level as an assistant or associate professor;
  • Experience presenting research findings at national scientific meetings;
  • Track record of health-related research grant funding in investigator's name;
  • Experience working in or with a health maintenance organization;
  • Experience with diverse populations;
  • Experience with submitting protocols to an Institutional Review Board;
  • Data Analysis and interpretation skills; and 2+ years of demonstrated leadership ability as evidenced by key leadership role on complex research studies including supervision of research project staff and management accountability of the project budget

    Primary Location: Georgia,Atlanta,Regional Office - 9 Piedmont 9 Piedmont Center 34 Scheduled Weekly Hours: 40 Shift: Day Workdays: Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri Working Hours Start: 8:00 AM Working Hours End: 4:00 PM Job Schedule: Full-time Job Type: Standard Employee Status: Regular Employee Group/Union Affiliation: Salaried, Non-Union, Exempt Job Level: Individual Contributor Job Category: Research and Development Department: Center for Clinical & Outcomes Research 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.
  • About Research & Development Careers

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    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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