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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.


Location: Portland, OR Additional Locations:
Job Number: 768184 Date posted: 01/25/2019

With minimal oversight provide high-level professional, substantive, technical, and administrative support to senior investigators and investigators in the design, implementation, day-to-day operations, and dissemination of findings from research, demonstration, and evaluation projects

Essential Responsibilities:

  • Participate with senior investigators and investigators in designing, developing, implementing, and conducting research projects in the substantive field of knowledge on which the research is based (e.g., economics, sociology, epidemiology, anthropology, psychology, etc.). May lead specific project initiatives. Make independent scientific contribution in area of knowledge and expertise.

  • Functionally supervise project staff and coordinate and direct a diverse set of research activities on one or more research projects.

  • Participate in operationalizing conceptual variables and translating specific research questions into appropriate functional and analytic designs and protocols.

  • Participate in designing, conducting, and interpreting statistical analyses of research data.

  • Participate in preparing presentations and publications to disseminate findings from research projects to scientific and technical audiences. Co-author on published manuscripts; lead author on scientific and community presentations.

  • Active participant in writing proposals; may write substantive sections of proposals. May serve as key personnel on grants.

  • Use appropriate computer programs to assist in data collection, tracking, ordering laboratory tests or procedures, or communication, such as RRS, Health Connect, study specific programs, CAS, and other computer software as needed. Perform other duties as requested.

  • Basic Qualifications:


  • Minimum three (3) years of experience in social, behavioral, medical, or health services research.

  • Education

  • Doctoral degree in an appropriate health research-related discipline, OR a master's degree with more than five (5) years of research experience, OR additional education and training equivalent to a master's degree plus seven (7) years of research experience.

  • High School Diploma or General Education Development (GED) required.

  • License, Certification, Registration

  • N/A

  • Additional Requirements:

  • Experience in the application of word processing, spread sheeting, Internet Browsers, statistical software packages, and database management software to research activities.

  • Various combinations of research training and experience can qualify persons with graduate degrees or the equivalent for the RA-II

  • position.

  • Licenses are necessary only for those whose substantive field and work assignments require it (e.g., M.D., R.N., R.P.T., R.Ph., M.S.W.).

  • RA IIs from an academic discipline typically hold membership in their respective professional associations. The appropriate master's or Doctoral degree is usually sufficient for admission to membership.

  • Working knowledge of standard desktop computing software packages (word processing, spreadsheeting, presentation software, Internet browsers, etc.).

  • Working knowledge of statistical theory and hypothesis testing, quantitative or qualitative analysis methods, and database management techniques relevant to the design, conduct, and analysis of research projects in the pertinent substantive area.

  • Working knowledge of medical and health care issues sufficient to communicate effectively and to collaborate with investigators in the conduct of research.

  • Working knowledge of specialized models and theories in a discipline area applicable to the research.

  • Excellent writing and communications skills.

  • Basic level of computer operations skills, including word processing, spread sheeting, presentations, and Internet use.

  • Good organizational and supervisory skills to carry out research activities under the general direction of an investigator

  • Preferred Qualifications:

  • Extensive research experience in social, behavioral, health services, clinical, or related areas; Research experience within an operating health care system; Some college-level teaching experience in substantive discipline; and, Some research administrative and management experience.

  • Working knowledge of medicine, public health, and health services issues relevant to the application of research to health care phenomena and health care policy.

  • Some training in management or administration and supervision would be helpful.

  • Excellent organizational, writing, communication, and supervisory skills.

  • Excellent word processing, spread sheeting, and Internet skills.
  • Primary Location: Oregon,Portland,Center for Health Research 3800 N. Interstate Ave. 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: Team Leader/Supervisor Job Category: Research and Development Department: Research and Development 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

    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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