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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 Post Doctoral Fellow, Cancer Epidemiology

Location: Aurora, CO Job Number: 902048 Date posted: 08/25/2020

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The Kaiser Permanente Colorado Institute for Health Research (IHR) is an integrated department that conducts, publishes and disseminates health services, clinical trials and evaluation research.  The IHR is a productive, collaborative and supportive learning and mentoring environment.  The Research Post Doctoral Fellow is a two to three year appointment involving research that is directed by an IHR investigator in the investigators area of expertise and interest. The Fellow will assist in research development, publish, serve multiple on-going efforts with an Investigator, and be actively mentored with the goal of moving towards an independent research career.

Essential Responsibilities:

  • Assists or leads research project team. Assists or leads in writing manuscripts, proposals, andpresentations. May play a leadership role on investigator's projects.

  • Collaborates with investigators in development and submission of large federal or foundation grants.

  • Coaches and mentors research staff.

  • Adheres to federal and local regulations and KPCO Standard Operating Procedures governing research. Maintains compliance when manipulating large volumes of patient data, both internal to KPCO and from external agencies. Follows the IRB approved protocols on federally funded grants as well as on internally funded projects. Adheres to the research protocols for maintaining HIPAA compliance when accessing, manipulating, storing, and transferring data. Partners with Investigators to adhere to the research requirements outlined in the study protocol and data use agreements report all violation/deviations immediately to the Investigator and IRB.

  • In year 2 of 3, begin to develop independent research portfolio with mentoring and guidance from Investigators, and develop and submit career development grants.

  • Basic Qualifications:


  • N/A

  • Education

  • Completion of an MD or PHD in public health, epidemiology, or related field within the last two (2) years OR within the next three (3) months.

  • License, Certification, Registration

  • N/A

  • Additional Requirements:

  • Knowledge of research regulations and policies. Ability to adapt to constantly changing environments & priorities.

  • Excellent interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills to work with internal and external customers.

  • Demonstrated ability to solve complex problems & make recommendations for solutions based on independent analysis.

  • Ability to manage multiple tasks/projects and negotiate timelines.

  • Requires minimal guidance to work and communicate with individuals having varying levels of knowledge and expertise, in all areas of job function.

  • Demonstrated success in the areas of strategic/systems thinking, effective team building, change leadership, and results orientation.

  • Demonstrated mentoring and leadership skills.

  • Preferred Qualifications:

  • Scholarly achievement as demonstrated through publications.
  • Primary Location: Colorado,Aurora,Waterpark III 2550 S. Parker Rd. S400 Scheduled Weekly Hours: 40 Shift: Day Workdays: Mon - 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: Entry Level Job Category: Research and Development Department: Institute for Health 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.

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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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