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Associate Investigator

Primary Location Seattle, Washington Worker Location Flexible Job Number 1256651 Date posted 02/15/2024
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Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute (KPWHRI) is accepting applications for research positions at the Associate Investigator level (equivalent to Associate Professor appointment at an academic university). We welcome applications from all well-qualified candidates who have a proven track record of sustained extramural research funding and scholarly productivity in Health Services Research, Behavioral Science, Health Policy, Epidemiology or other health science disciplines well-aligned with our mission and environment. KPWHRI is part of a world-class research hub in Seattle, Washington with a flexible work setting accommodating both onsite and remote work in the states of WA or ID. Applicants reflecting the broad diversity and lived experiences in our communities are particularly encouraged to apply. Learn more at and

Job Summary:

Develop, lead and execute an independent program of research and evaluation resulting in grant and contract awards and recognition for Kaiser Foundation Health Plan of Washington and the Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute (KPWHRI).

Essential Responsibilities:

  • Build and maintain an independent, programmatic research portfolio as a Principal Investigator (PI).

  • Also includes planning, initiating and conducting scientific research and evaluation studies; securing extramural funding; and collaborating with others as a co-investigator while continuing to build a sustained independent research program as a PI or Multiple PI on extramural grants and contracts.  

  • Provide leadership to research team, whether local or at other research sites.

  • This includes clearly communicating with team members and other staff to implement project activities; being knowledgeable about and compliant with applicable organizational, federal and other regulatory practices and policies; serving as a content expert when serving as a collaborator; and effectively leading projects/teams when acting as PI.  

  • Analyze, interpret, and disseminate research findings to KPWHRI, KFHPW, and the broader scientific community through publications, presentations at scientific meetings, and other appropriate forums.

  • Increasingly serve as lead presenter/author, maintaining a national reputation for ones scientific content expertise.

  • Meets regularly with scientific mentoring team to advance knowledge and skills and provides mentoring to staff and junior scientists at KPWHRI.

  • Participates in service at KPWHRI (e.g., serving on committees, mentoring), in the local scientific community, and on a national level (e.g., serving on committees of professional societies, serving on study sections for peer review, etc.).

  • Maintain a national reputation as a leader in ones area of expertise.

  • Participate in scientific planning and activities to support the growth and success of KPWHRI.

Basic Qualifications:


  • Minimum four (4) years of experience as an Assistant Investigator or equivalent position (e.g., Assistant Professor).

  • Minimum one (1) major, extramural grant or contract or three (3) mid-sized grants or contracts in a programmatic area of research as a Principal Investigator.

  • Minimum fifteen (15) peer-reviewed scientific publication with at least seven (7) as first author, including published and in-press manuscripts.

  • Minimum three (3) years of experience mentoring junior colleagues (e.g., students, faculty, postdoctoral fellows, or research staff) as a primary or secondary mentor.


  • Doctoral degree (PhD, DrPH, Sc.D.) in health care relevant field including but not limited to medicine, epidemiology, behavioral science, and health services.

License, Certification, Registration

  • N/A

Additional Requirements:

  • Familiarity with appropriate external funding sources and regulatory requirements for individuals' field of research.

  • Successful establishment of a coherent, independent body of research as evidence by being Principal investigator (PI) on one or more major, extramural grant (e.g., NIH R01 or equivalent) or contract, or PI on a several mid-sized grants and contracts in a programmatic area of research (e.g., NIH R21, R03).

  • Evidence of a national reputation for ones scientific program, as demonstrated by a combination of: publication in moderate/high impact scientific journals, national level service (e.g., scientific peer reviewer, service to professional societies), invited talks as lead presenter at national scientific conferences, and the peer review of senior scientists. Content expertise in ones scientific field, including sophisticated knowledge of research design and methods.

  • Service contributions as an Assistant-level Investigator in the local research community and at the national level. Local service includes, but is not limited to, activities such as serving on internal administrative committees, faculty search committees, student selection committees, student thesis or dissertation committees, or teaching. National service includes, but is not limited to, activities such as acting as a peer reviewer for journals and grant funding agencies or serving on high-profile committees and advisory boards with professional organizations and/or external research funding agencies. Strong oral and written communication skills.

  • Strong interpersonal skills, organizational skills, emotional intelligence, and ability to collaborate with a diverse group of colleagues.

  • Ability to effectively manage a programmatic body of research. This includes the ability to successfully lead multi-disciplinary research teams, build consensus and cohesion within teams, meet project milestones, manage project budgets, execute on deliverables, and remain compliant with applicable regulations.

  • Ability to embody KPWHRI organizational values including, but not limited to: integrity, service, respect, courage, learning, justice, and joy.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience serving on one or more investigators mentoring committees as an assistant level scientist.

  • Significant service contributions to Kaiser Permanente (KPWHRI, KPWA, KP School of Medicine, and/or WPMG).

Primary Location: Washington,Seattle,Met Park East Scheduled Weekly Hours: 40 Shift: Day Workdays: Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri Working Hours Start: 08:00 AM Working Hours End: 05:00 PM Job Schedule: Full-time Job Type: Standard Worker Location: Flexible Employee Status: Regular Employee Group/Union Affiliation: NUE-WA-04|NUE|Non Union Employee Job Level: Individual Contributor Department: Met Park East - Research Administration - 1130 Pay Range: $150600 - $194810 / year The ranges posted above reflect the location in the job posting. The salary range may vary if you reside in a different location or state than the location posted. Travel: Yes, 10 % of the Time Flexible: Work location is on-site at a KP location, with the flexibility to work from home. Worker location must align with Kaiser Permanente's Authorized States policy. At Kaiser Permanente, equity, inclusion and diversity are inextricably linked to our mission, and we aim to make it a part of everything we do. We know that having a diverse and inclusive workforce makes Kaiser Permanente a better place to receive health care, a more supportive partner in our communities we serve, and a more fulfilling place to work. Working at Kaiser Permanente means that you agree to and abide by our commitment to equity and our expectation that we all work together to create an inclusive work environment focused on a sense of belonging and wellbeing.

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. Submit Interest