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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


Survey Research Program Manager (KPWHRI)

Location: Seattle, WA   Job Number: 718761  Date posted: 07/17/2018

Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute (KPWHRI) is seeking an experienced Manager to manage its Survey Research Program and provide methods consultation to faculty. This position will have the opportunity to continue to develop an outstanding survey research program and to collaborate with epidemiological and health services researchers on a wide range of clinical and methodological areas. This position offers a unique opportunity to work closely with researchers and to test innovative survey methodologies in a large defined population.

KPWHRI (http://www.kpwashingtonresearch.org/) is an internationally recognized academic research organization that conducts non-proprietary research, primarily through federally funded grants and contracts that total over $50 million annually. KPWHRI’s scientific faculty consists of doctorate-level investigators trained in medicine, epidemiology, behavioral science, economics, and biostatistics. KPWHRI’s programmatic research areas include cancer prevention, pharmacoepidemiology, immunizations, behavioral medicine, women's health, and aging. KPWHRI is part of a vibrant research community in Seattle, including the University of Washington and Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, among others. The Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute is affiliated with Kaiser Permanente, a non-profit integrated health care system. Founded in 1945, Kaiser Permanente is recognized as one of America’s leading health care providers and not-for-profit health plans. We currently serve 11.8 million members in eight states and the District of Columbia. Kaiser Permanente is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer.

Applicants should hold a master’s degree in a relevant social science, behavioral science, or health sciences discipline. Excellent oral and written communication skills and a strong interest in active collaboration on public domain interdisciplinary research studies are required. Applicants should have a minimum of 5 years managing a survey research program in addition to experience working within the field and expertise in all phases and modes of survey research. They should also have experience and interest in expanding the survey program’s capacity and research volume. Equivalent academic position titles, depending on the size of the institution may be Associate Director or Director of Survey Research.

Interested applicants should include a cover letter that addresses the following key points: 1) expertise and experience related to the qualifications, desirable skills, and abilities described in the job announcement; 2) experience managing and directing survey project teams or programs; 3) HR/Personnel and management experience to date; & 4) why the applicant would be a good match with the Institute’s mission, vision and values. Application review will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience and qualifications.

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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.
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Qualifications
Education
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
 
Knowledge/Skills
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.
 
Experience
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.
 
License/Certifications
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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Web Producer - Part-Time 20 hr/wk

Location: Seattle, WA   Job Number: 712289  Date posted: 06/27/2018

Description
Writes, edits, and manages editorial content areas on Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute websites. This includes managing work plans and working collaboratively with cross-disciplinary teams to improve site architecture and usability.
 
Essential Responsibilities
Writes, edits, and manages new content for KPWHRI's main external website, newsletter, social media, and other digital communication assets as assigned. Ensures that content is current, accurate, and well written-meeting design, editorial, and usability standards.
 
Works collaboratively with KPWHRI Communication Unit colleagues to create coherent content structures & navigation, produce and re-purpose content, and manage content within the content management system. Serves as a liaison with the website developers to manage requirements for changes to site design and architecture (i.e., creation of new templates needed for new site features, etc.)
 
Develops and oversees website and newsletter editorial schedule and content maintenance plan.
 
Basic Qualifications
Experience:
Minimum three (3) years of basic competency and experience in using content management and web editing software.
Minimum three (3) years of ability to manage multiple projects.
Minimum three (3) years of experience writing & developing content for websites.
Minimum three (3) years of experience with Windows platforms and associated software, including MS Office, and Access.
 
Education:
Bachelor's degree in journalism, communications, information management, library science OR a minimum four (4) years of experience in a directly related field.
High School Diploma OR General Education Development (GED) is required.
License, Certification, Registration: N/A
 
Additional Requirements:
Knowledge of search engine optimization.
Knowledge of web standards, accessibility, and usability.
Working knowledge of digital content management processes, content management systems, and development tools.
Basic understanding of HTML.
Ability to work well with health scientists, understand complex medical and scientific information, and translate it into plain language for consumer and professional audiences.
Excellent written and oral command of English, including correct grammar and syntax, editing, and proofreading skills.
Familiarity with other web publishing tools.
Familiarity with Adobe Photoshop and Acrobat.
Understanding and respect for diverse customers.
Proven success in a team environment.
Exceptional interpersonal, verbal, and written communication, organizational, and editing skills.
Proven ability to communicate with diverse audiences in a competent manner.
 
Preferred Qualifications:
Professional experience writing and editing health and science-related content a plus.
Dreamweaver experience a plus.
Knowledge of AP style and medical terminology.
 

Primary Location: Washington, Seattle, Met Park East 1730 Minor Ave. Scheduled Weekly Hours: 20 Shift: Day Workdays: Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri Working Hours Start: Varies Working Hours End: Varies Job Schedule: Part-time Job Type: Standard Employee Status: Regular Employee Group/Union Affiliation: Salaried, Non-Union, Exempt Job Level: Individual Contributor Job Category: Communications Travel: No

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Administrative Research Coordinator

Location: Seattle, WA   Job Number: 713178   Date posted: 07/10/2018
 
Description
Independently provides highly advanced administrative support to KPWHRI Directors, faculty and/or complex research programs. Serves as the central contact with other departments and external collaborators in the initiation and resolution of administrative matters concerning the program(s). Leads the program teams to effectively coordinate administrative activities and program tasks. May provide supervision of other research administrative staff with hire, fire, training and performance management responsibility. Produces expected deliverables and communicates with KPWHRI Directors or program leaders regarding status of tasks and deliverables. Provides leadership and direction to staff performing diverse administrative functions and may provide backup support to the Research Admin Manager in their absence.
 
Essential Responsibilities
  • Independently provides highly advanced administrative support to KPWHRI Directors, faculty and/or complex research programs.
  • Conducts project planning related to administrative function, developing goals and objectives for planned work.
  • Assists in the development of strategies and approaches to accomplish the work.
  • Creates and updates work plans and timelines for administrative projects.
  • Assists in implementing new work procedures and operations within a research environment.
  • Utilizes advanced critical thinking skills to identify appropriate resources needed, develop schedules and ensure timely completion of tasks.
  • Coordinates collaboration involving internal leaders and external stakeholders. 
  • Tracks complex threads of communication among multiple stakeholders. 
  • Designs processes for new administrative projects and learns specialized software as needed. 
  • Ensures program requirements or processes are properly documented.
  • Assists faculty with the most complex grant applications.
  • Proactively analyzes administrative process and outcome data to define problems and identify development opportunities or new projects for the program.
  • Develops recommendations on how to successfully execute program administrative activities/projects. 
  • Anticipates problem areas and plans for contingencies.
  • Independently resolves critical administrative issues based on business knowledge using general guidelines and research techniques. 
  • Keeps stakeholders appraised of progress.
  • Analyzes administrative project outcomes.
  • Functions as a liaison with counterparts in the Enterprise and with external collaborators to accomplish the goals of the program. Liaison activities could include:
  • Anticipating cross functional needs.
  • Developing complex communications with senior executives.
  • Facilitating agendas, trips, and other logistics the specific program area requires.
  • Utilizing excellent written and verbal communication skills to convey full picture of project as well as specific details as appropriate for context.
  • Utilizing knowledge of scope of job to make independent decisions, while also knowing when consultation is needed.
  • Provides unit support, ensuring seamless coverage of administrative needs, assisting to project future needs and strategically applying knowledge/expertise.
  • May supervise and train more junior members of the Research Administration team.
  • May provide backup support to the Research Admin Manager in his/her absence.
  • May provide input in direction setting and strategic goals for unit and support staff.
  • Works cross functionally and applies lessons learned strategically to the unit.
 
** LOOKING FOR A PERSON WITH HIGHLY ADVANCED ADMINISTRATIVE EXPERIENCE WHO CAN PROACTIVELY AND INDEPENDENTLY MANAGE THE NEEDS OF COMPLEX RESEARCH PROGRAMS AND WHO HAS THE ABILITY 1) TO TRACK COMPLEX THREADS OF COMMUNICATION AMONG MULTIPLE PROJECTS WITH OVERLAPPING TEAMS AND STAKEHOLDERS AND THE SOPHISTICATED COMMUNICATION SKILLS (READING, WRITING AND VERBAL) TO REPLY TO THOSE THREADS, 2) TO DEVELOP EFFICIENT SYSTEMS TO PROVIDE RELIABLE, AND FLEXIBLE ASSISTANCE THAT INVOLVES THE ABILITY TO WORK AND PROBLEM SOLVE INDEPENDENTLY. THE REQUIRED SKILLS FOR THIS POSITION INCLUDE EFFICIENCY AND RELIABILITY, EXCELLENT JUDGEMENT, AND HIGH MOTIVATION TO SERVE THE LEADERSHIP OF A TEAM DOING CUTTING EDGE PRAGMATIC TRIALS AND IMPLEMENTATION RESEARCH ON ADDICTIONS. PLEASE COMPLETE THE ONLINE APPLICATION AND UPLOAD A RESUME AND COVER LETTER.
 
Basic Qualifications
Experience:
  • Minimum six (6) years of experience with administrative support, including four (4) years in a health care or sponsored research environment, with progressively increasing responsibilities.
    Education
  • Associate's degree OR two (2) years of directly related experience.
  • High School Diploma or General Education Development (GED) required.
    License, Certification, Registration
  • N/A
 
 
 Additional Requirements:
  • All skills of a Research Support Specialist III position.
  • Ability to assist with analytical tasks and to prepare reports.
  • Strong communication, interpersonal, and written skills, with ability to relate to diverse multi-disciplinary teams.
  • Strong organizational skills.
  • Work experience that includes managing a complex workload with some project management.
 
Preferred Qualifications:
  • Eight (8) years of experience with executive level administrative support in a research/scientific environment with direct or matrixed supervision.
  • Bachelor's degree
 

Primary Location: Washington, Seattle, Met Park East 1730 Minor Ave. Scheduled Weekly Hours: 40 Shift: Day Workdays: Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri Working Hours Start: 8 am Working Hours End: 5 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 Travel: No

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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

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.

Proud

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.