Career Opportunities

Clinical Research Director Tricia Buscio, RN, MHA, and Research Support Specialist Kelli O'Hara

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.

Open positions

Open-rank Doctorate-level Biostatistics Faculty Position

The Biostatistics Unit at Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute (KPWHRI) is seeking a doctoral-level faculty researcher in biostatistics to lead independent methodological research and to collaborate with multidisciplinary research teams on observational studies and pragmatic clinical trials in a setting with access to rich electronic healthcare data. Areas of potential collaboration include aging, behavioral medicine, cancer prevention, health informatics, immunizations, mental health, and pharmacoepidemiology. 

KPWHRI (formerly Group Health Research Institute) is an internationally recognized research organization that conducts practical epidemiologic, health services, behavioral, and clinical research to improve health and health care. The Institute’s research is primarily funded through federal grants and contracts that total more than $45 million annually. 

KPWHRI’s position within Kaiser Permanente Washington (www.kp.org/wa), a not-for-profit health care delivery system in the Pacific Northwest, provides a natural laboratory to leverage healthcare data to study important health issues through clinical trials and observational studies. KPWHRI has over 200 employees, including a faculty of over 35 doctorate-level scientists trained in medicine, epidemiology, behavioral science, and biostatistics. The Biostatistics Unit is comprised of 6 PhD biostatistician investigators, 7 MS biostatisticians, and 3 University of Washington (UW) biostatistics graduate students with collective expertise in Bayesian methods, causal inference, correlated data, large scale prediction modeling, missing data, sequential testing, spatial statistics, and survival analysis. KPWHRI is an active member of a vibrant regional research community that includes the UW, the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, and Seattle Veterans’ Affairs Medical Center. Investigator biostatisticians at KPWHRI typically have affiliate appointments at the UW Department of Biostatistics.

Appointment is open rank (Assistant, Associate, or Senior level). Preference will be given to those with a demonstrated ability or strong potential to collaborate on multidisciplinary research teams and successfully lead their own research program.  Applicants must have a doctoral degree (PhD or equivalent) in Biostatistics or Statistics, excellent oral and written communication skills, and a strong interest in interdisciplinary collaboration.

To apply, please submit a letter of interest, CV, and research statement to Annie Shaffer (shaffer.ax@ghc.org). Questions about the position can be directed to the Director of Biostatistics, Jennifer Nelson, PhD (nelson.jl@ghc.org). Review of applications will begin immediately. Salary and title commensurate with training and experience. 

Senior Research Interventionist

Location: Seattle, WA Job Number: 180058 Date posted: 01/08/2018

Description: Description
Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute (KPWHRI) improves the health and health care of Kaiser Permanente members and the public. The Institute has conducted nonproprietary public-interest research on preventing, diagnosing, and treating major health problems since 1983. Government and private research grants provide our main funding.
The Senior Research Interventionist for the Oncology Clinical Trials program utilizes professional clinical skills, education, and/or experience in project planning and implementation of data collection for complex clinical/health research trials. Closely collaborates with NCI NCORP Investigators and delivery system professionals in designing, planning, executing, and overseeing a variety of Oncology clinical research study activities. May directly or functionally train and supervise Research Interventionists, Clinical Research Specialists, or other research staff in the conduct of clinical study procedures and protocol parameters in Oncology. Contributes professional clinical expertise, and serves as a resource to, related programmatic areas in the Kaiser Permanente Health Research Institute and in the Oncology Clinical Group Practice.
This position may occasionally travel to our KP area clinics such as: Seattle (Capitol Hill), Bellevue, Tacoma.
Minimum Education Requirements
Bachelor’s Degree as determined by the needs of the research projects. Registered Nurse, Nurse Practitioner, or Physician Assistant

Preferred Education
Master’s Degree or PhD in health-related field. AND Certifications, licenses, or degrees as determined by the needs of the research projects. Registered Nurse, Nurse Practitioner, or Physician Assistant
Minimum Knowledge/Skills Requirements
Intermediate: Knowledge of research data collection requirements and specialized clinical intervention/measurement/assessment skills as required by the projects. A thorough understanding of regulatory policies governing industry practices, HIPAA requirements for clinical research, and knowledgeable about patient safety and quality control requirements. Excellent written and verbal communication skills, organizational skills and interpersonal skills. Ability to work independently, and to provide leadership in a team setting.

Preferred Knowledge/Skills
Intermediate: Clinical knowledge of general cancer prevention, screening, staging, and treatment. General medical and Oncology-related vocabulary.
Minimum Experience Requirements
5 years’ Experience - with clinical activities required by the research projects. Two years of clinical trials research or clinical data collection experience. Experience with protocol development and clinical monitoring procedures required. Demonstrated experience in working through the development, implementation, and closeout phases of research projects.

Preferred Experience
5 years medical and/or Radiation Oncology clinical care experience. Oncology clinical trials research or clinical data collection experience. Experience with Oncology protocol requirements and research protocol compliance. Familiarity with clinical research implementation and monitoring procedures. Demonstrated experience in working through the development, implementation, and closeout phases of research projects, plus 7-10 years’ experience as research interventionist or clinical professional. Prior staff training and leadership experience.
Minimum License/Certifications Requirements
At time of hire: One of the following: Active unencumbered Washington State License as a Registered Nurse, Nurse Practitioner, or Physician Assistant

Preferred License/Certifications
Healthcare CPR, OCN, CCRC or CCRA
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, state and local laws, including but not limited to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, protected veteran, or disability status.

Job Type: Standard Employee Status: Regular Job Level: Individual Contributor Job Category: Research & Development Travel: Yes, 25 % of the Time

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Kaiser Permanente is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to a diverse and inclusive workforce. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, marital status, age, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other legally protected status.

Our culture

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

KPWHRI’s Mentorship Awards honor Ron Johnson and Dr. Lisa Jackson

Being a mentor is about selflessly supporting and inspiring others to grow, writes Dr. Jennifer McClure. It also feels good to know you’re helping others.

Read it in Healthy Findings.


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.