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Specialist Research II (KPWHRI)

Primary Location Seattle, Washington Job Number 1113199 Date posted 11/29/2022
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Under the general supervision of a Research Project Manager, independently performs and may oversee operational activities for research project(s) including complex recruitment, data collection, and database management guided by written protocols. Participates in the development and implementation of research protocols and procedures. Participates as part of the research team and may provide administrative support for the research study. Provides leadership to Research Specialist Is, which may include providing functional oversight and training. Receives minimal instruction on routine work and general instructions on new projects. Requires a minimum of one year of research experience and some use of independent judgment and discretion in non-routine matters.

Essential Responsibilities:

  • Recruitment/Data Collection Activities: a) Independently performs (and may oversee) 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 their questions, including more difficult issues escalated by other study staff (e.g., when specified by written protocols or when the issue needs interpretation). c) May be expected to make impromptu judgment calls about sensitive situations or protocols when working unsupervised (e.g., after hours in clinic, or when supervisor is unavailable).

  • Systems/Tracking - Development & Maintenance a) With appropriate guidance, develops and/or maintains written study materials, protocols, and documentation. Develops components of study procedures (e.g., recruitment strategies). b) Develops and maintains computer files, databases, and/or computer tracking systems for project documentation, monitoring, data collection, and data quality. c) Provides data reports and identifies data quality issues.

  • Training/Oversight/Mentoring a) May provide functional oversight and training of Research Specialist Is and other study staff (e.g., Research Interventionists).

  • Administration & Communication a) 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.

Basic Qualifications:



  • Minimum five (5) years of experience working in health care or health research. If candidate has bachelors degree or higher, will accept one (1) year experience working in health care or health research. Relevant paid intern or volunteer experience may be considered towards the experience requirement.



  • High School Diploma OR General Education Development (GED) required.


License, Certification, Registration

  • N/A


Additional Requirements:

  • 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.

  • Intermediate written and verbal communication skills.


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Six (6) years of experience working in health care or health research with progressively increasing responsibilities or a commensurate combination of education and experience.

  • Prior supervisory experience as required by project.

  • Bachelors degree in health sciences or health-related discipline.

  • Advanced and applied knowledge of research methodology and data collection modalities relevant to the project, e.g. medical record review, interviewing, participant assessment, recruitment and retention.

  • Advanced written and verbal communication skills.

Primary Location: Washington,Seattle,Met Park East Scheduled Weekly Hours: 40 Shift: Variable Workdays: Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat Working Hours Start: 08:00 AM Working Hours End: 09:00 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 - RI Survey Core - 1130 Travel: Yes, 5 % 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.