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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 Associate II - Behavioral Research

Location: Pasadena, CA Additional Locations:
Job Number: 864477 Date posted: 02/20/2020

Coordinates day-to-day activities of several small scale project(s) or phases of one or more larger projects. May oversee assigned work of project staff. Works under general supervision. Final review required for each phase of project.

Essential Responsibilities:

  • Coordinates day-to-day activities of several small scale project(s) or phases of one or more larger projects. Collects project data through interviews, chart review or other methods. May collect, secure and assist with biospecimen management.

  • May assist in development of study tools (e.g. tracking forms, questionnaires, chart review forms, etc.).

  • Assists with and/ or oversees assigned study activities (e.g. data collection and validation, recruitment activities, pilot studies, focus groups, etc).

  • Drafts project progress reports collaboratively.

  • May participate in the training of new team members and/or clinical staff. If assigned to clinical trial, may work with Sponsors/ monitors at clinical sites.

  • Adheres to compliance and privacy/ confidentiality requirements and standards. Adheres to GCP and compliance regulations for clinical trials.

  • Assists with and/ or oversees quality assurance of study activities; ensures quality data.

  • Acquires and maintains knowledge of KP systems and databases.

  • Identifies, recommends and implements solutions to study issues.

  • May interface with IRB and/ or draft portions of IRB protocols, amendments, continuing reviews, etc.

  • May supervise the day-to-day activities of project staff (ex. assign work and evaluate performance, etc).

  • May assist with staff hiring and training.

  • May contribute to portions of study presentations.

  • Serves as a member on department or study-related committees.

  • May track expenses and monitor budget. May recommend budget actions/ decisions.

  • May provide information and oversight for invoices.

  • Reviews scientific literature and synthesizes and summarizes information.
  • Basic Qualifications:
  • Minimum two (2) years of experience in public health, healthcare administration, epidemiology, or healthcare-related field.
  • Minimum one (1) year of experience coordinating research projects under specific guidance.
  • Minimum one (1) year of training and/or experience in research methodology/research study design, hypothesis testing; OR
  • Minimum one (1) year of experience in clinical trials protocols involving research methodology/research study design, and hypothesis testing; OR
  • Minimum one (1) year experience in handling, processing, and preparing biospecimens for laboratory analysis and/or transport.
  • Education
  • Bachelor's degree in public health, healthcare administration, epidemiology, or health-related field (ex. Biology, Psychology, etc.), OR four (4) years of experience in a directly related field.
  • High School Diploma or General Education Development (GED) required.
  • License, Certification, Registration
  • N/A

  • Additional Requirements:
  • Experience with interviewing (by phone and/or in-person) and medical chart review.
  • Experience in quantitative and/or qualitative data interpretation.
  • Experience coordinating one or more projects OR
  • Experience with biospecimen handling, collection, and processing
  • Experience with Clinical lab activities
  • Professional oral and written communication skills.
  • Must be able to work in a Labor/Management Partnership environment.

  • Preferred Qualifications:
  • Master's degree in public health, healthcare administration, epidemiology or related field.
  • Strong qualitative research skills, including but not limited to materials development, data management, and coding and analysis.
    -   Experience developing stakeholder engagement strategies.
    -   Very strong verbal and written communication skills, including the ability to contribute to patient-facing materials, manuscripts and reports.
    -   Experience in photo-elicitation and ethnography techniques.- Strong knowledge and experience in qualitative research methodology
    - Experience executing qualitative research protocols
    - Experience using semi-structured interview guides and surveys to collect qualitative data.
    - Experience participating in literature reviews of validated surveys and data collection tools
    - Experience facilitating group discussions and focus groups and collecting field observations
    - Experience participating in qualitative data coding and analysis activities.
    - Software Experience - Nvivo or Altas Ti (or Dedoose)
    - An educational background in Anthropology, Sociology, and/or Mixed Methods
  • Primary Location: California,Pasadena,S. Los Robles Administration 100 S. Los Robles Ave Scheduled Weekly Hours: 40 Shift: Variable Workdays: Variable Working Hours Start: Variable Working Hours End: Variable 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: Research and Evaluation Travel: Yes, 10 % 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

    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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