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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.

Research Investigator - PharmD

Location: Aurora, CO Additional Locations:
Job Number: 831557 Date posted: 10/03/2019
Serves as investigator or co-investigator on study projects for the Kaiser Permanente Colorado Institute for Health Research (IHR). Participates in and develops an ongoing program of research in area of expertise. Designs, develops, and obtains funding for well-defined research. Disseminates research results through presentations and publications in scientific and professional journals. Participates in the ongoing development and maintenance of the IHR by assisting in IHR policy, serves on relevant KP committees and provide technical consulting and professional service to KP. Maintains and supports a culture of compliance, ethics and integrity. Maintains knowledge of policies and procedures and performs in accordance with the Principles of Responsibilities and applicable regulatory requirements, external laws and accreditation standards. Appropriately reports observed fraud or abuse.

Essential Functions:
- Within the framework of the IHR goals and objectives, investigators pursue their professional work with some autonomy. Investigators' professional role and autonomy are equivalent to the rank of assistant professors or early to mid-career associate professors in a university setting. Most research activities entail substantial collegial interaction between and among other investigators and senior investigators. 
- Designs, develops, and obtains funding for research questions he or she has identified. 
- Individually and collaboratively prepares grant proposals, internal reports and publications; Leads interpretation and dissemination of research results. Serves on IHR committees 
- Mentors junior investigators, research project and technical staff. 
- Assumes selected administrative responsibilities. 
- Presents papers at national scientific meetings and/or reviews papers for national journals. 
- Collaborates with investigators outside of the IHR. 
- Is accountable for consistently demonstrating service behaviors and principles defined by the Kaiser Permanente Service Quality Credo, the KP Mission as well as specific departmental/organizational initiatives. Also accountable for consistently demonstrating the knowledge, skills, abilities, and behaviors necessary to provide superior and culturally sensitive service to each other, to our members, and to purchasers, contracted providers.

Basic Qualifications:
- Minimum three (3) years of experience as co- or principal investigator in conducting research and research experience during graduate and post-graduate training.
- Experience and skills in organizing, translating and transmitting knowledge (e.g., through teaching).
- Doctoral degree (e.g., PhD, MD, or similar) in a social sciences, medicine, health care discipline, or other relevant field.
Licenses, Certifications, Registrations
- N/A.

Additional Requirements:
- Area of expertise is relevant to the IHR's research agenda.
- Knowledge of research methods and theory in health services research-related discipline, knowledge of approaches to dealing with methodological and analytic problems in area of expertise.
- Clearly advancing towards a successful independent research career as evidenced from receipt of grant funding, published materials, and written recommendations from at least three (3) recognized experts in the investigator's area of expertise.
- Ability to guide a research team to accomplish project tasks in a timely and efficient manner.
- Demonstrated ability to publish articles in peer-reviewed journals, including six (6) or more first-authored and co-authored articles.
- Ability to write and communicate effectively to scientific/technical audiences as evidenced by presenting research findings at national meetings.

Preferred Qualifications:

** PharmD Degree Highly Preferred **
- Experience working in or with a health maintenance organization.
- Understanding of statistical software packages and analytic databases.
- Membership in professional/scientific association(s) associated with research discipline.
- Record of obtaining extramural funding.
- Evidence of knowledge of health care organization, policy, practice, and management sufficient to facilitate application of research to medical and health care topics.
- Evidence of success working in an applied setting with a multi-disciplinary group of scientists and clinicians.
Primary Location: Colorado,Aurora,Waterpark III 2550 S. Parker Rd. S400 Scheduled Weekly Hours: 40 Shift: Day Workdays: Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri Working Hours Start: 8:00 AM Working Hours End: 5:00 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: Institute for Health Research Travel: No 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

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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