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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.

Specialist Research I (KPWHRI)

Location: Seattle, WA Job Number: 941375 Date posted: 03/09/2021

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Under the general supervision of a Research Project Manager, performs operational activities for research project(s) including complex recruitment, data collection, and database management guided by written protocols. Assists in the development and maintenance of written study materials and protocols. Participates as part of the research team and may provide administrative support for the research study. May provide training and orientation to other staff as it relates to specific tasks. Often performs routine functions of Research Specialist I independently. Involves supervisor or other staff when needed for complex issues and as specified in written protocols. Requires knowledge of basic research methodology and tools.

Essential Responsibilities:
  • Recruitment/Data Collection Activities:a) Performs complex recruitment and/or data collection activities requiring specialized skills, education, or experience (e.g., medical record reviews, interviews, mailed questionnaires, physical measurements, and quality assurance).b) Interacts and communicates with study participants effectively, responding to questions and referring to other staff as appropriate (e.g., when specified in written protocols or when question is outside of Research Specialist I scope).
  • Administration & Communicationa) May provide administrative support for the research study, including ordering supplies, scheduling/coordinating meetings, filing, copying, etc.b) Participates as part of the research team by attending meetings, recording minutes, identifying and communicating problems, and proposing solutions.
  • Systems/Tracking - Development & Maintenancea) Assists in developing and/or maintaining written study materials, protocols, and documentation. b) Maintains and may develop computer files, databases and/or computer tracking systems for project documentation, monitoring, data collection, and data quality.c) Provides data reports.
  • Training/Oversight/Mentoringa) May provide training and orientation to staff performing data collection or project support activities.
  • Basic Qualifications:
  • Minimum one (1) year of working with relevant computer software.
  • Education
  • High School Diploma OR General Education Development (GED) required.
  • License, Certification, Registration
  • N/A

  • Additional Requirements:
  • Basic knowledge of research methodology and data collection modalities relevant to the project, e.g. medical record review, interviewing, participant assessment, recruitment and retention.
  • Depending on project, may require specific experience with data collection modalities.

  • Preferred Qualifications:
  • Written and verbal communication skills.
  • Intermediate or demonstrated knowledge of research methodology and data collection modalities relevant to the project, e.g. medical record review, interviewing, participant assessment, recruitment and retention.
  • Relevant computer proficiency.
  • One (1) year of health research.
  • Associate's degree in health sciences (e.g. health care administration, community health, public health, medical transcription) or related field.
  • 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: 04:00 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 Job Category: Research and Development 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.

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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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