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Career Opportunities

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Research specialist Kayne Mettert and Claire Allen, MPH, an implementation and evaluation associate in the Learning Health System Program.


Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute hires talented professionals to join us in our mission to improve health and health care for all. Below are a select openings. For information on other career opportunities at Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute, check Kaiser Permanente Washington's job site.

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Pre-Award Research Administrator II

Location: Seattle, WA Job Number: 867255 Date posted: 03/07/2020

Description:
1) STRICT ATTENTION TO DETAIL.  2) ABLE TO TAKE DIRECTION FROM MULTIPLE SOURCES.  3)  ABLE TO MULTI-TASK WITHOUT ERRORS.  4) FAMILIARITY WITH GRANT APPLICATION PROCESS FOR NIH AND OTHER FUNDERS.  5) MUST WORK WELL WITH OTHERS UNDER TIGHT DEADLINES AND PRESSURE.

The Pre-Award Research Administrator II (RA-II) is a member of Financial Research Administration (FRA) who collaborates with and provides guidance to teams of scientific faculty and research operations staff in the submission of grant and contract proposals to government agencies and private organizations for the Washington region. The RAII interprets funder application procedures, requirements and regulations and advises research faculty and support staff on the implications to the application. Develops timelines for the application process. Develops budgets and budget justifications according to the funder requirements and institutional policies. Serves as subject matter expert to over 60 scientific faculty. Prepares Research Performance Progress Reports (RPPR)s for funded projects. Prepares documents, including reports of faculty Other Support for RPPRs and Just-In-Time requests. Prepares annual and final progress reports; continuation applications, prior approval and carryforward requests and other requests as needed. Provides analytical problem solving to resolve issues on newly funded and ongoing projects. Serves as an engaged member of Pre-Award and Financial Research Administration teams to promote continuous improvement of institutional procedures, policies and processes as well as personal development of other team members.

Essential Responsibilities:

Proposals and Pre-Award Management:

  • Leads application/proposal preparation process and submission activities to ensure all deadlines, requirements and approvals are met.
  • Counsels project scientific faculty and project teams on agency policies and regulatory issues.
  • Develops and maintains accurate budget and budget justification documents that are in compliance with both funder and institutional polices, as well as any requirements by Prime applicants when we are a subawardee.
  • Communicates requirements and deadlines to subawardee grant staff.
  • Uses appropriate information and resources and solicits diverse input from others to make informed decisions.
  • Tracks progress of subawardee budgets and documentation to ensure timely receipt of materials
  • Identifies and resolves potential conflicts between funder and institutional policies and regulations.
  • Provides Quality Assurance reviews of budget and justification documents for other team member's projects to ensure accuracy.
  • Responds to Just-In-Time requests from funders with appropriate materials.
  • Develops accurate Other Support information and collects human subjects training certification.
  • Facilitates response to funder's request for reductions to budgets or changes in scope of work prior to award.
  • Reviews incoming Notices of Award for accuracy and special terms and conditions.
  • Reviews incoming subaward agreements for accuracy and special terms and conditions.
  • Provides leadership and mentorship to RA-I's.
  • Provide ongoing support, tracking and review of complex projects in collaboration with appropriate team members.

Project Continuation Activities:

  • Prepare Research Performance Progress Reports (RPPR)s for funded projects.
  • Develop future year budgets in collaboration with the research team to address any budget modifications or reductions.
  • Communicate with subawardees to coordinate and gather budgets, OS and other required documents.
  • Track receipt of documents, check for accuracy and ensure timelines are met.
  • Gather all required documentation and enter into eRA Commons.
  • Prepare Final RPPRs for completed projects.   
  • Respond to questions from faculty and project staff about deadlines, funder/sponsoring agency rules and regulations, allowable costs.

Communication and Leadership Activities:

  • Train and mentor fellow research administrators and other research staff in grant and contract proposal and budget development.
  • Provide leadership and communication with study personnel, post-award administration, finance and collaborating institutions, to proactively resolve issues or concerns during contracting, project start-up or once the project has become active.
  • Actively monitor funders for new policies or procedures and advise study teams on changes or impacts to ongoing projects.
  • Mentors RA-Is and newly hired RA-IIs on internal policies, procedures and processes.
  • Participates in new hire candidate interviews and provide feedback to the team and team manager.
  • Participate in Open Session interviews of senior leadership to ensure Pre-Award concerns are represented.
  • Acts with integrity and consistently delivers as promised.
  • Shares knowledge and feedback, contributing to the learning of others.
  • Helps others to achieve shared objectives and works with others to provide the best of KP to customers and stakeholders.
  • Consistently provides equitable, superior and culturally appropriate service to each other, the Institute and KP members and stakeholders.
  • Serve as an active member of KPWHRI, FRA, and Grants and Contracts Administration (GCA) by participating in various workgroups and committees.

Continuous Improvement Activities:

  • Commits to and achieves sustained, effective change by seeking out diverse perspectives.
  • Participate in team efforts on an ongoing basis to improve business processes using Kaiser Permanente's lean improvement methodology.
  • Adhere to standard work practices and established norms.
  • Continuously evaluate standard practices for process improvement/streamlining opportunities.
  • Participate in Pre-Award, GCA and FRA continuous improvement meetings, activities and committees.  

Basic Qualifications:
Experience

  • Minimum two (2) years of experience in pre-award and/or post-award grant/contract work in a research environment or related field with relevant experience.

Education

  • Bachelor's degree OR a minimum four (4) years of directly related experience.
  • High School Diploma OR General Education Development (GED) required.

License, Certification, Registration

  • N/A

Additional Requirements:

  • Ability to develop complex spreadsheets.
  • Ability to analyze and synthesize data from various sources.
  • Knowledge of federal and non-federal policy and regulatory issues related to grant/contract funded work.
  • Ability to problem-solve; strong attention to detail and high degree of accuracy.
  • Ability to work as part of a team as well as independently.
  • Must have excellent proofreading skills.
  • Must have knowledge and skills in Microsoft Office - especially Excel, Word; and Adobe Acrobat.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience working in a deadline-driven environment and developing project budgets.
  • Experience working within a highly regulated industry.
  • Experience managing multiple applications and/or proposals simultaneously.
  • Knowledge of policies and procedures of research funding sources, especially National Institutes of Health; ability to provide trusted counsel to principal investigators and project teams on agency and regulatory issues.

Primary Location: Washington,Seattle,Met Park East 1730 Minor Ave. Scheduled Weekly Hours: 40 Shift: Day Workdays: Mon - Fri Working Hours Start: 7:00 AM Working Hours End: 5:00 PM 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: No

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HRI Human Resources Undergraduate Intern

Location: Seattle, WA Job Number: 865929 Date posted: 02/10/2020

Description:
Summer 2020 Internship

Department Overview:
This internship will be a part of the workforce coordination team helping provide support to our researchers in the KPWA Research Institute.The KPWA Health Research Institute (KPWHRI)employs over 300 employees that study health and health care as it happens in everyday settings. The outcomes of our research benefit people everywhere. To ensure this valuable research happens, we have a workforce coordination team that helps managers and staff with all employment related activities, which includes timekeeping, personnel changes, staffing support, analytics, and terminations. This intern will be a part of the workforce coordination team helping provide support to our researchers.

Intern Project:
Preferred intern candidate will have an interest in business management or HR management. We are looking for an organized and dependable people person who enjoys working in a team setting. The student needs to be a self-starter and has excellent communication skills.

Prior experience with organizing process flows and creating process documentation would be preferred. Experience with Outlook, SharePoint, Visio and/or Dreamweaver software would be preferred as well, but not required.

Provide clerical support to a project, program or department. Perform administrative duties such as filing, data entry, word processing, developing spreadsheets, compiling and preparing reports and analyzing and presenting data.

Essential Responsibilities:

  • Uses computer to develop spreadsheets, input data, compile/prepare reports and analyze and/or present data. Verifies accuracy of reports. Uses computer to complete work including composing correspondence, letters, memos, etc.
  • Operates a variety of office equipment including photocopier, typewriter, document scanner, 10-key and/or fax.
  • Establishes & maintains filing system for project, program or other special need.
  • May provide non-clerical support for a department. May answer questions via the telephone or email.

Basic Qualifications:
Experience

  • Minimum one (1) year of work experience using a computer, developing spreadsheets and working independently.

Education

  • High School Diploma OR General Education Devlopment (GED) required.
  • Currently in college at time of submission.

 License, Certification, Registration

  • N/A

Additional Requirements:

  • Communication, organizational and analytical skills.
  • Computer skills in a Windows environment, including MS Word and Excel.
  • May require knowledge of designated department processes and procedures.
  • Work experience in the designated department or similar environment may be required.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree and must have completed some coursework in a related study to the department or relevant work experience.

​​Primary Location: Washington,Seattle,Met Park East 1730 Minor Ave. Scheduled Weekly Hours: 40 Shift: Day Workdays: Mon - Fri Working Hours Start: 8:00 AM Working Hours End: 4:30 PM Job Schedule: Full-time Job Type: Internship Employee Status: Temporary Employee Group/Union Affiliation: Non-Union, Non-Exempt Job Level: Individual Contributor Job Category: Human Resources/HRIS Department: KPWHRI Travel: Yes, 5% of the Time

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Research Specialist I

Location: Seattle, WA Job Number: 868980 Date posted: 02/20/2020

Description:
This is a position with the Vaccine and Treatment Evaluation Unit, which is part of the Immunization Studies team. We conduct NIH and industry sponsored clinical trials of investigational vaccines. We are looking for someone to join our team who has the ability to work in a fast paced, stressful environment, who has extreme attention to detail and the ability to learn quickly and multi-task. Lab experience and/or experience collecting samples from study participants a plus.

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 & 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.
  • Systems/Tracking - Development & Maintenance: a) 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/Mentoring: a) May provide training and orientation to staff performing data collection or project support activities.

Basic Qualifications:
Experience

  • 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 1730 Minor Ave. Scheduled Weekly Hours: 1 Shift: Day Workdays: Mon - Sun Working Hours Start: Varies Working Hours End: Varies Job Schedule: Per Diem Job Type: Standard Employee Status: Temporary Employee Group/Union Affiliation: Non-Union, Non-Exempt Job Level: Individual Contributor Job Category: Research and Development Department: KPWHRI Travel: No

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Research Specialist II

Location: Seattle, WA Job Number: 867199 Date posted: 02/06/2020

Description:
**THIS IS A POSITION WITH THE VACCINE AND TREATMENT EVALUATION
UNIT, WHICH IS PART OF THE IMMUNIZATION STUDIES TEAM. WE CONDUCT NIH AND INDUSTRY SPONSORED CLINICAL TRIALS OF INVESTIGATIONAL VACCINES. WE ARE LOOKING FOR SOMEONE TO JOIN OUR TEAM WHO HAS THE ABILITY TO WORK IN A FAST PACED, STRESSFUL ENVIRONMENT, WHO HAS EXTREME ATTENTION TO DETAIL AND THE ABILITY TO LEARN QUICKLY AND MULTI-TASK. LAB EXPERIENCE AND/OR EXPERIENCE COLLECTING SAMPLES FROM STUDY PARTICIPANTS A PLUS.

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 & Maintenancea) 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/Mentoringa) May provide functional oversight and training of Research Specialist Is and other study staff (e.g., Research Interventionists).
  • 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.

Basic Qualifications:
Experience

  • Minimum five (5) years of experience working in health care or health research with progressively increasing responsibilities or a commensurate combination of education and experience. Such commensurate experience could include; A working knowledge of the fundamental principles of research involving human subjects; Demonstrated ability to accurately apply medical and research terminology; Experience tracking and reporting quantitative and qualitative research measures; Experience working with Protected Health Information and HIPAA and; Experience with data collection modalities relevant to the project.

Education

  • 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. Such commensurate experience could include; A working knowledge of the fundamental principles of research involving human subjects; Demonstrated ability to accurately apply medical and research terminology; Experience tracking and reporting quantitative and qualitative research measures; Experience working with Protected Health Information and HIPAA and; Experience with data collection modalities relevant to the project.
  • Prior supervisory experience as required by project.
  • 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.
  • Bachelor's degree OR four (4) years of experience in a directly related field.

Primary Location: Washington,Seattle,Met Park East 1730 Minor Ave. Scheduled Weekly Hours: 40 Shift: Day Workdays: Mon - Fri Working Hours Start: Varies Working Hours End: Varies Job Schedule: Full-time Job Type: Standard Employee Status: Regular Employee Group/Union Affiliation: Non-Union, Non-Exempt Job Level: Individual Contributor Job Category: Research and Development Department: KPWHRI Travel: No

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Project Manager Research III

Location: Seattle, WA Job Number: 868238 Date posted: 02/14/2020

Description:
THE IDEAL CANDIDATE IS HIGHLY ORGANIZED, POSSESSES EXCELLENT VERBAL AND WRITTEN COMMUNICATION SKILLS, AND IS FLEXIBLE, ADAPTABLE AND COMFORTABLE WORKING IN A FAST-PACED RESEARCH ENVIRONMENT.

S/HE WILL IDEALLY HAVE EXPERIENCE WORKING IN MENTAL HEALTH RESEARCH, MANAGING CLINICAL TRIALS, AND WORKING ON LARGE SCALE MULTISITE, FEDERALLY FUNDED RESEARCH.

THEY SHOULD ALSO HAVE DIRECT EXPERIENCE SUPERVISING, TRAINING, AND MENTORING OTHER STAFF.

Oversees and implements research projects of high complexity in a variety of health-related or programmatic areas of research. Leads the project team and oversees daily operational activities of the project, including hiring and supervising study staff and managing participant recruitment/enrollment and data collection. Ensures compliance with grant/contract and regulatory requirements. Collaborates on study design and protocol development. Develops study materials and Institutional Review Board (IRB) applications. May participate in study analyses, quality assurance, and data interpretation. May participate in the dissemination of research findings. Communicates with Principal Investigator (PI) regarding progress of research. Manages or oversees administrative resources by conducting long-range project planning and developing and managing project budgets. Meets quality standards and deliverables during all phases of the research project life cycle from research application development to project closeout. Works with research operations leadership to mentor and train staff, build and maintain scientific quality, and implement strategies to continuously improve study management protocols and procedures. Understands and manages crucial interactions between enterprise-wide business and clinical environments, project implementation, and achievement of scientific aims.

Essential Responsibilities:

  • Project Planning, Implementation & Quality Assurance:  Create/oversee creation and maintenance of timelines, ensuring adherence to milestones, prioritizing study tasks, and reviewing progress.  Plan/facilitate meetings (internally & multi-site) and develop content (agendas/minutes).  Develop/oversee development of study materials, recruitment procedures, data collection instruments and tracking systems.  Oversee recruitment & data collection.  Develop/implement data quality procedures.  Liaise across organizational departments, facilitating coordinated strategies to effectively implement research protocols.  Create/maintain operational documentation.  Problem-solve on recruitment/retention, quality assurance, and resource allocation issues.  Continuously identify/implement process improvements to enhance team functioning.  Champion key technical/operational needs to management.  Develop/maintain virtual sites or collaboration tools for multi-site content and data sharing.
  • Communication, Supervision & Leadership: Hire, train, and supervise project staff.  Facilitate effective communication among study personnel, collaborators, and consultants.  May serve as primary point of contact for subcontractors and funding agency officers. Manage contracts with outside vendors and independent contractors.  Develop/maintain project communication platforms such as newsletters or websites.  Play leadership role within the unit and KPWHRI by participating in workgroups & improvement initiatives and taking on ad hoc work.  May play leadership role in multi-site networks.  Train/mentor other Project Managers (PMs), faculty, unit managers, and staff.  May act as matrix or direct supervisor for other PMs.  Identify/promote best practices across the unit and KPWHRI.  When working in a programmatic area of research, may determine priorities and allocation of shared resources, participate in strategic planning, and monitor ongoing & anticipated project needs.
  • Budget Management: Oversee the development and management of budgets for highly complex research projects (including multifaceted or multi-site studies).  Identify/forecast personnel and other resource requirements (including long-range forecasting across multiple budget years).  Participate in priority setting and resource allocation decisions, and take actions to meet resource needs.  Coordinate and/or approve labor distribution for staff charging effort to projects.  Assure timely submission of budget related items for grant and contract applications.  Approve and reconcile project-related budget expenditures.  Forecast expenditures, monitor spending, and identify discrepancies using available financial tools.  Anticipate budget variances and independently implement corrective measures when indicated.
  • Funding & Regulatory Compliance: Prepare IRB applications, modifications, and annual continuation reports.  Ensure compliance with IRB and HIPAA regulations.  Ensure adherence to federal or other agency requirements.  Prepare and maintain Data Use Agreements and other data compliance documentation.  May monitor subcontracts to ensure compliance, under direction of PI.  Manage multi-site IRB approval where KPWHRI is the IRB of record for multiple sites.  In collaboration with PI, prepare and submit study progress reports as needed.  Maintain comprehensive knowledge of federal and other agency grant & contract management policies to be able to serve as a resource to other PMs.
  • Science & Analysis/Research Partnership:  Assist in development, preparation and timely submission of new research proposals.  Independently prepare sections of new research proposals.  As project needs dictate, conduct analysis and interpretation of data.  Participate in research study design.
  • Independently write technical reports.  Provide consultation in particular areas of expertise to project team members.  Contribute to study manuscripts as a lead or co-author.  Disseminate research findings through presentations and/or posters.  Extensive interaction with programmers, which may include: collaborating on the development of plans for study design and analysis; providing guidance or setting priorities for ongoing programming activities; participating in the review of analytic tables/results.

Basic Qualifications:
Experience

  • Minimum five (5) years of direct supervisory experience.
  • Minimum ten (10) years of experience managing sponsored research projects, including multi-site or complex studies with progressively increasing level of responsibility, or a commensurate combination of education and experience managing sponsored research projects.

Education

  • Bachelor's degree.

License, Certification, Registration

  • N/A

Additional Requirements:

  • Excellent communication, interpersonal, and written skills, with ability to relate to diverse multidisciplinary teams of scientists, analysts, clinicians, and project staff.
  • Excellent organizational and project management skills.
  • Exceptional supervisory skills, including change management, conflict resolution, coaching/mentoring.
  • Effective leadership skills, including critical thinking, sound judgment, systems thinking, and holding self & others accountable.
  • Ability to balance confident decision-making with respectful collaboration and judicious reliance on others' counsel.
  • Recognized as an expert, mentor, and spokesperson by peers.
  • Extensive knowledge of research design and methodology.
  • Specific knowledge of federal reporting requirements.
  • Expertise in budget development and management.
  • Relevant computer proficiency.
  • Demonstrated ability to implement research protocols; Demonstrated ability to manage complex research studies.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Seven (7) years of direct supervisory experience.
  • Twelve (12) years of experience managing sponsored research projects, including multi-site or complex studies with progressively increasing level of responsibility, or a commensurate combination of education and experience managing sponsored research projects.
  • All minimum requirements plus strong background in epidemiology and extensive quantitative and qualitative skills including familiarity with basic statistical methods.
  • Expert knowledge of health care or biomedical research design and methodology.
  • Expertise in relevant area of specialization (e.g. survey methodology, clinical trials, etc.)
  • Master's degree or higher in health sciences or health-related discipline requiring a research-based thesis.

Primary Location: Washington,Seattle,Met Park East 1730 Minor Ave. Scheduled Weekly Hours: 40 Shift: Day Workdays: Mon - Fri Working Hours Start: 8:00 AM Working Hours End: 5:00 PM 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, 5% of the Time

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Research Associate II

Location: Seattle, WA Job Number: 863676 Date posted: 02/14/2020

Description:
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 II position is an entry level role for persons with a doctorate degree or an early-mid career role for someone with a master's degree. RA II'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 II'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.).  They conduct these activities with supervision and mentoring from more senior scientific faculty, but will require limited day to day supervision and act as content experts for the teams they support.  They are expected to attend faculty meetings, scientific seminars, and other faculty activities. RA II's will work with their supervisor to manage their current FTE/work demands and to identify future work, but will largely be responsible for managing these activities independently. In rare cases, an RA II may receive institutional approval to submit grants as the Principal Investigator (PI) and lead small projects.
  • Scientific writing: RA II's are expected to assist in scientific writing (grants and papers). Appropriate writing contributions at the RA II level include conducting literature reviews, making substantive edits to scientific content, independently drafting large sections of grant proposals or papers, or writing papers as first author with limited assistance. RA II's will be expected to routinely co-author scientific products and, as appropriate, lead the development of secondary papers or presentations of research findings.
  • Service: RA II'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, teaching, and professional consulting with KPWA leadership.

Basic Qualifications:
Experience

  • Minimum four (4) years of advanced research training and experience in a comparable faculty-level research role (with Master's) OR minimum two (2) years relevant of advanced research training and experience in a comparable faculty-level research role (with Doctorate).

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:

  • 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 limited supervision.
  • Ability to conduct specific activities within one's content domain with supervision.
  • Proficiency consistent with advanced graduate training and several years of work experience.
  • Strong organizational skills, oral and written communication, and interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to work well in a team environment and take direction.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Previous experience conducting health related research or training in research design and implementation relevant to public health.
  • Prior research experience or postdoctoral fellowship in a relevant field to KPWHRI's research, such as Epidemiology, Behavioral Science, Anthropology, etc.
  • Doctorate degree in a relevant field to KPWHRI's research, such as Epidemiology, Behavioral Science, Anthropology, etc.

Primary Location: Washington,Seattle,Met Park East 1730 Minor Ave. Scheduled Weekly Hours: 40 Shift: Day Workdays: Mon - Fri Working Hours Start: 8:00 AM Working Hours End: 5:00 PM 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

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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.

Our culture

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About 300 people work at Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute (KPWHRI) with a commitment to improving health care for all. In return, the Institute provides competitive wages and excellent benefits, including medical coverage for permanent staff and eligible dependents from the first day of work. We have a relaxed and intellectually stimulating working environment and we value diversity.

We work on about 300 research projects at any given time. Many are multi-site studies conducted in collaboration with researchers from other health care and academic organizations, including the University of Washington, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, and other leading research institutions.

Our offices and research clinic are located in downtown Seattle, close to South Lake Union and Seattle’s biotech community.

Mentorship Award

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KPWHRI’s Mentorship Awards honor honor Deborah King and Dr. Diana Buist

Being a good mentor to co-workers is highly valued at Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute (KPWHRI). Each year, the Institute presents awards to two individuals who provide outstanding service in promoting the career development of others.

Proud

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KPWHRI analyst ran international ultramarathon in Italy

KPWHRI's Ladia Albertson-Junkans recently rant for Team USA at the International Association of Ultrarunners Trail World Championships

Read about it in Healthy Findings.