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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 I (KPWHRI)

Location: Seattle, WA Job Number: 969522 Date posted: 07/08/2021

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Research Associate's (RA's) provide content specific scientific expertise (e.g., epi methods, qualitative or quantitative data analyses, intervention design and implementation, etc.) to support one or more scientific programs.  RA's typically work in collaboration with other scientists (ie, RA's or scientific investigators), Project Managers, Programmers, biostatisticians and other research staff. The RA track is considered a faculty track, as distinct from other staff roles in the Institute which also directly or indirectly support the scientific programs.  As such, RA's are subject to the same academic standards for hiring and promotion as other faculty which include consideration of time within rank, local and national scientific service, scientific reputation, one's role in generating and disseminating scientific findings as well as one's overal skill competencies and annual performance. The RA track is a supporting faculty track distinct from the Scientific Investigator track, which is an independent scientific track. The RA I position is an entry level role, but requires a master's degree, research training, and advanced skills in one's field of competence.  RA I's work under the direction of one or more Scientific Investigators, but are expected to function largely independently on assigned tasks.  The specific activities RA's participate in can be variable based on the needs of the project and a person's skillset, but all RA's are expected to (1) apply advanced research methods, as relevant to their area of expertise, to the projects they support,  (2) participate in scientific writing (such as grant applications and scientific papers), and (3) participate  in the dissemination of scientific findings to a national audience.

Essential Responsibilities:

  • Routine activities: RA I's work under the supervision of one or more investigators to provide domain-specific scientific knowledge and research expertise to the projects they support (e.g., knowledge about epi methods, qualitative or quantitative data analyses, intervention design and implementation, etc.). RA I's will conduct these specific research activities with supervision and mentoring from more senior scientific faculty and in collaboration with Project Managers, programmers, and other research staff. RA I's are expected to attend faculty meetings, scientific seminars, and other faculty activities. They will work with their supervisor to manage their current FTE/work demands and to identify future work. In exceptional cases, an RA I may receive institutional approval to submit grants as the Principal Investigator (PI) and lead small independent projects.

  • Scientific writing: RA I's are expected to assist in scientific writing (grants and papers). Appropriate writing contributions at the RA I level include conducting literature reviews, making substantive edits to scientific content, and/or drafting sections of work. Persons meeting performance expectations with regard to scientific writing should meet the criteria necessary to be listed as a co-author in scientific journals. RA I's may also lead the development of secondary papers or presentations, with mentoring and assistance.

  • Service: RA I's are expected to engage in annual service to the organization (KPWHRI or KPWA) or local research community (e.g., UW, FHCRC). Appropriate scientific service includes peer mentoring, serving on committees, and professional consulting with KPWA leadership.

  • Basic Qualifications:


  • N/A

  • Education

  • Master's degree in a relevant field to KPWHRI's research, such as Epidemiology, Behavioral Science, Anthropology, etc.

  • License, Certification, Registration

  • N/A

  • Additional Requirements:

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

  • Organizational skills.

  • Oral and written communication, and interpersonal skills.

  • Ability to work well in a team environment and take direction.

  • Research skills as appropriate to the needs of the study and project team, including ability to review and synthesize the scientific literature and ability to conduct qualitative or quantitative analyses with supervision.

  • Ability to conduct specific activities within one's content domain with supervision.

  • Proficiency consistent with advanced graduate training.

  • Preferred Qualifications:

  • Previous experience conducting health related research or training in research design and implementation relevant to public health.

  • 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: 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.

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