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Postdoctoral Fellow (KPWHRI)

Location: Seattle, WA Job Number: 968183 Date posted: 07/08/2021

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Description:
APPLICANTS WHO REPRESENT THE BROAD RANGE OF DIVERSITY AND LIVED EXPERIENCES IN OUR COMMUNITIES ARE STRONGLY ENCOURAGED TO APPLY. IDEAL APPLICANTS WILL HAVE EXPERIENCE PURSUING QUALITATIVE RESEARCH ON HEALTH CARE SERVICES AND/OR THE EXPERIENCES OF PATIENTS THAT IS INFORMED BY CURRENT RESEARCH IN THE SOCIAL SCIENCES. EXPERIENCE USING QUALITATIVE DATA ANALYSIS SOFTWARE IS DESIRABLE. ALSO DESIRABLE IS PRIOR EXPERIENCE WITH INTERDISCIPLINARY TEAM RESEARCH, ACADEMIC PUBLISHING, AND/OR GRANT WRITING.




Postdoctoral fellows will work with 1+ Investigator(s) to provide substantive scientific & technical support for the design, implementation, operations & dissemination of findings from research, demonstration & evaluation projects. They are also expected to write papers, assist in grant development, & engage in other professional activities (eg, attending scientific conferences, presenting research, engaging in service) which will enhance their development & prepare them for an independent research career. Specific tasks & expectations may vary based on the funding source & the training needs of each fellow. Fellows are supervised by an Investigator but may work with multiple Investigators. Their work may be semi-autonomous, but Fellows require close mentoring & supervision by senior faculty. Overall, this is a training position. Fellowships are time-limited, typically lasting 1-2 years based on funding. Fellows must have a relevant doctorate degree & prior research experience.




Essential Responsibilities:



  • Routine activities: Fellows contribute to the ongoing design, implementation, analysis, and reporting of research at the Institute. Individual responsibilities can vary from person to person based on the funding source of their fellowship and any expectations associated with the funders training goals. Typical responsibilities will include working closely with one or more investigators, attending regular research meetings, and providing scientific expertise to one or more projects as appropriate to the Fellows doctoral training and experience. Fellows may be involved in intervention delivery, data collection, and data analyses.

  • Professional development: Fellows are expected to engage in a range of professional activities to enhance their career development. This includes attending scientific seminars, participating in faculty meetings (as non-voting faculty members), attending scientific conferences, presenting their research, and engaging in scientific service (e.g., peer review of papers, professional society service).

  • Scientific writing: Fellows are expected to assist in writing scientific papers and grants.  They are highly encouraged to lead the development of one or more manuscripts during this training period. Fellows do not typically write independent grants.

  • Job placement: Fellows should devote a reasonable amount of this training period seeking long-term placement as an independent research scientist. Most likely, this position will be external to KPWHRI.


Basic Qualifications:

 


Experience



  • N/A

     



Education



  • Current, or will obtain in the next year, a doctoral degree (Ph.D, Dr.PH, MD, Sc.D) in epidemiology, health services research, economics, biostatistics or related field or similar degree designation, OR a clinical doctoral degree plus a masters degree with formal research training. Note: Start of employment contingent upon verification of Doctoral degree and/or official transcript.

     



License, Certification, Registration



  • N/A

     



Additional Requirements:



  • Knowledge of scientific methodology and best practices.

  • Relevant research skills; This may include clinical skills, data analytic skills, and/or content expertise in one or more other domains as appropriate to the research opportunities at the Institute.

  • Strong organizational, oral and written communication.

  • May vary based on individuals professional training and research contributions while at KPWHRI. For example, individuals providing intervention services must have appropriate training, certification or licensures to practice by date of hire/transfer.

     



Preferred Qualifications:



  • Previous experience in a research environment.


Primary Location: Washington,Seattle,Met Park East Scheduled Weekly Hours: 40 Shift: Day Workdays: Mon - Fri Working Hours Start: 08:00 AM Working Hours End: 05:00 PM Job Schedule: Full-time Job Type: Standard 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 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.

Learn 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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