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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.

Scientific Investigator I

Location: Seattle, WA Job Number: 895250 Date posted: 08/11/2020

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Develop 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 (GHRI).

Essential Responsibilities:
  • Plans, initiates and conducts scientific research and evaluation studies. Identifies research issues, designs projects, obtains funding and conducts research individually and collaborates with other researchers.
  • Analyzes research findings. Represents KPWHRI within KFHPW and to the health care & scientific community when reporting research findings in journals and presenting papers at scientific meetings and KFHPW forums.
  • Responsible for the hiring, development and performance management of direct reports. May supervise Research Associates, Biostatisticians, postdoctoral fellows or other faculty staff. Delivers clear verbal and written communications to their staff to implement, monitor, and support the achievement of clinical, professional and regulatory/policy standards within the team. Establishes a purposeful, productive, and engaging work environment for staff. Adheres to all appropriate and regulatory requirements with HR and KPWHRI leadership.
  • Serves as an expert and develops research skills of other KPWHRI & KFHPW staff by reviewing & critiquing work.
  • Participates in the development of KPWHRI goals & objectives and research & evaluation agendas. Provides support for organizational growth and operation.
  • Basic Qualifications:
  • Minimum two (2) years of pre-doctoral research experience, including graduate training.
  • Education
  • Doctorate degree OR a minimum eight (8) years of experience in a directly related field.
  • High School Diploma OR General Education Development (GED) is required.
  • License, Certification, Registration
  • N/A

  • Additional Requirements:
  • Strong oral and written communication skills; exceptional leadership; Interpersonal, collaboration; organizational skills, and ability to interact successfully with diverse professionals in various scientific and managerial disciplines.
  • Operational management and leadership competencies, staffing management.
  • Verbal and written communications, people management, team development, and emotional intelligence.
  • Familiarity with appropriate external funding sources for individual's field of research; Ability to successfully compete for external research funding.
  • Content expertise in individual's professional scientific field; Knowledge of research methods appropriate to individual's content field.
  • Ability to establish independent research career based on area of expertise, training & research experience to date.

  • Preferred Qualifications:
  • Minimum two (2) years of post-doctoral professional experience (i.e., research and clinical) and an active independent program of research in public health.
  • Primary Location: Washington,Seattle,Met Park East 1730 Minor Ave. Scheduled Weekly Hours: 40 Shift: Day Workdays: Mon - Fri Working Hours Start: Variable Working Hours End: Variable Job Schedule: Full-time Job Type: Standard Employee Status: Regular Employee Group/Union Affiliation: Salaried, Non-Union, Exempt Job Level: Individual Contributor Job Category: Research and Development Department: KPWHRI 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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    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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