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Research Associate III (KPWHRI)

Location Seattle, Washington Job Number 1020202 Date posted 04/15/2022
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The Adult Changes in Thought (ACT) U19 is a newly funded five-year award to support a long-running epidemiologic cohort study of aging, brain health, and dementia. In this newly created position, we are seeking a senior-level Research Associate to provide strategic scientific leadership and administrative direction for ACT’s research and data infrastructure. Preferred qualifications include senior-level leadership experience with applied knowledge of research consortia and a demonstrated ability to drive a complex research program with multiple projects and collaborators. Applicants should have excellent communication, interpersonal, and consensus-building skills. Topical expertise in aging/geriatrics expertise, especially Alzheimer’s Disease/dementia, plus expertise in data management and electronic data collection strongly preferred. Applicants who represent the broad range of diversity and lived experiences in our communities are strongly encouraged to apply.

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 III role is a mid-to-senior career position. RA III's work under the direction of multiple Scientific Investigators, but will function largely independently on assigned tasks. The specific activities RA III's participate in can be variable based on the needs of the project and a person's skillset, but all 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. RA III's will spend more time in the latter two activities than more junior RA's.  They are also expected to be increasingly nationally recognized for their scientific contributions to their field of study.

Essential Responsibilities:

  • Routine activities: RA III's work under the supervision of one or more investigators to provide domain-specific scientific knowledge and research expertise (e.g., knowledge about epi methods, qualitative or quantitative data analyses, intervention design and implementation, etc.) to the projects they support and the Institute, but are senior scientists in this career track and require minimal oversight. They are expected to attend faculty meetings, scientific seminars, and other faculty activities. They independently manage their FTE/work demands and secure future collaborations. On occasion, an RA III may receive approval to submit grants as the Principal Investigator (PI) and lead independent projects. With prior approval from institute leadership, on occasion RA III's may supervise RA I's or II's.

  • Scientific writing: RA III's will draft significant portions of grants proposals and scientific papers, but are also expected to serve as lead author on scientific papers and presentations and their performance will be judged in part on this productivity.

  • Service: RA III's are expected to engage in annual service including service to the organization (KPWHRI or KPWA), local research community (e.g., UW, FHCRC), and national organizations (e.g., professional societies, research funders). Appropriate scientific service includes peer mentoring, serving on committees, teaching, and professional consulting with KPWA leadership, peer review of scientific journals and peer review of research applications. Annual performance will be judged in part on participation in these activities.

Basic Qualifications:
  • Minimum four (4) years of advanced research training and experience at the post-master's level.
  • Minimum ten (10) years of experience in a comparable faculty-level research role.
  • Education
  • Master's degree in epidemiology, behavioral science, anthropology, or a related field.
  • License, Certification, Registration
  • N/A

  • Additional Requirements:
  • Ability to conduct specific activities within one's content domain with minimal supervision.
  • Strong organizational skills, oral and written communication, and interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to work well in a team environment and take direction.
  • Ability to mentor junior scientists.
  • Research skills, with ability to review and synthesize the scientific literature.
  • Ability to conduct qualitative or quantitative analyses.

  • Preferred Qualifications:
  • Five (5) years of experience in comparable faculty level role wih a doctorate degree.
  • Experience working as a senior supporting, non-independent, research scientist.
  • Individuals providing intervention services must have appropriate training, certification or licensures to practice by date of hire/transfer.
  • Ability to review and synthesize the scientific literature, and ability to conduct qualitative or quantitative analyses.
  • Doctorate degree in epidemiology, behavioral science, anthropology, or a related field.
  • 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 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.