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

Research Support Specialist I (170426)


Do you enjoy helping others and learning something new every day? Do you want to work in a fast-paced, research environment with people who are passionate about turning innovative ideas into better health care for everyone? Would you enjoy being part of a highly functioning and collaborative team? Do others commend you on your ability to stay “cool as a cucumber” under pressure, despite multiple demands from multiple people & varied tasks from day-to-day? Then come join our administrative support team!

The Research Support Specialist I (RSSI) is an administrative support position that provides specialized support to research faculty and staff within Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute, a national leader in health care research.

The RSSI will be very organized and detail-oriented and expected to prioritize multiple tasks to meet deadlines. The ideal candidate will have excellent communication skills (written and oral) and experience working with several customers at the same time. In this position, you will reconcile and track expenses, manage staff calendars, schedule meetings, and may organize special projects and events. You will use your expertise in MS Office and visual programs to prepare research manuscripts, compile grant applications and presentation materials including graphics and spreadsheets.
If you are looking for a great opportunity to expand on your already honed administrative support skills while learning about health care research and being a part of a renowned research institute, this is THE position for you!
Please upload your resume and a cover letter in addition to completing the online application. A resume and cover letter are required elements of your application.
Schedule Monday–Friday, 8 a.m.–5 p.m., some flexibility available
Job requires near continuous computer work; accommodations for disabilities available.
Minimum Education Requirements
High School Diploma/GED 

Preferred Education
Some college  
Minimum Knowledge/Skills Requirements
MS Office
Ability to understand and follow specific instructions and procedures
Operate basic office equipment
Ability to rapidly learn new software/new procedures
Prioritize multiple deadlines
Communicate effectively, orally and in writing
Minimum Experience Requirements
1 year Administrative experience (or comparable customer service-oriented experience)

Preferred Experience
3 years Administrative support experience

Apply for Research Support Specialist I

Research Review Analyst – IRB (170308)


Summary of Responsibilities

Provide analytic support for Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute research review committees, research investigators and staff. Develop and implement standardized reporting formats and educational materials. Coordinate and oversee the production of review committee reports. Ensure compliance with federal Office of Human Research Protection (OPHR), Food and Drug Administration (FDA), relevant state laws and Group Health policies regarding research, human subjects protections, confidentiality and privacy. Supervise research review committee administrative staff. May provide ad hoc data and reports.

This is a Part-Time 0.50 FTE position

Minimum Education Requirements
Bachelors degree in science or humanities.

Preferred Education
Masters Degree: MPH or other advanced degree in biomedical or epidemiological field.

Minimum Knowledge/Skills Requirements
Intermediate: Demonstrated knowledge and experience with relevant state and federal laws including OHRP, FDA and HIPAA. Knowledge of the mandates, operations and organization of an IRB. Ability to make independent administrative and procedural decisions and judgments. Communication skills. Ability to gather data, compile information and prepare reports. Interpersonal skills to relate to diverse multidisciplinary teams of clinical, social scientists and project staff and all levels of employees. Computer skills in a Windows environment, including MS Word, Excel and Access.

Preferred Knowledge/Skills
Intermediate: Knowledge of scientific design and methods, epidemiology and statistics.

Minimum Experience Requirements
1 year; Managerial experience.
3 years: Experience directly related to the duties and responsibilities specified.

Preferred Experience
3 years: Biomedical, epidemiological project management experience; experience in research at Group Health. Additional supervisory or management experience.
5 years: IRB administration.

Minimum License/Certifications Requirements
None Required 

Preferred License/Certifications
At time of hire: Certification as Clinical Research Coordinator (CRC), Clinical Research Associate (CRA) or Certified IRB Professional (CIP). 

Apply for Research Review Analyst – IRB (170308)


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.


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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.