Research Associate II, III, or IV

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Research Associate II, III, or IV

In this role, you will 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. As a Research Associate (RA), you will typically work in collaboration with other scientists (i.e., 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 overall 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.

The RA III role is a mid-to-senior career position.

The RA IV position is the senior role within this career track.

In the RA roles, you will work under the direction of one or more Scientific Investigators but will be expected to function largely independently on assigned tasks. The specific activities you will participate in can be variable based on the needs of the project and your skillset, but you will be expected to (1) apply advanced research methods, as relevant to your area of expertise and to the projects you 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.

The RA III and IV will spend more time in the latter two activities than more junior RA’s and will also be expected to be increasingly nationally recognized for their scientific contributions to their field of study. RA IV’s will also mentor less senior scientists and research staff.

Preferred Qualifications Include:

  • Expertise in both the theoretical and practical aspects of conducting qualitative research in health care and community settings
  • Experience engaging and facilitating communication between and among individuals from diverse backgrounds
  • Experience writing scientific publications and/or grants
  • Qualitative data analysis skills and experience working on projects that involve mixed methods and/or collaborating with others from different scientific disciplines
  • Advanced training in anthropology and ethnography also preferred

RA II Qualifications Include:

  • At least four years of advanced research training and experience in a comparable faculty-level research role (with master's degree) OR two years of relevant advanced research training and experience in a comparable faculty-level research role (with doctorate degree)
  • A master's degree in a relevant field such as epidemiology, behavioral science, anthropology, etc.
  • Research skills as appropriate to the needs of the study and project team, including the ability to review and synthesize the scientific literature and conduct qualitative or quantitative analyses with limited supervision
  • The 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
  • The ability to work well in a team environment and take direction

RA II Preferred Qualifications Include:

  • 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 such as epidemiology, behavioral science, anthropology, etc.
  • A doctorate degree in a relevant field such as epidemiology, behavioral science, anthropology, etc.

RA III Qualifications Include:

  • At least four years of advanced research training and experience at the post master’s level
  • At least ten years of experience in a comparable faculty-level research role
  • A master's degree in epidemiology, behavioral science, anthropology, or a relevant field
  • The ability to conduct specific activities within one’s content domain with minimal supervision
  • Strong organizational skills, oral and written communication, and interpersonal skills
  • The ability to work well in a team environment and take direction
  • The ability to mentor junior scientists
  • Research skills, with the ability to review and synthesize the scientific literature
  • The ability to conduct qualitative or quantitative analyses RA III Preferred Qualifications Include:
  • Five years of experience in comparable faculty level role with a doctorate degree
  • Experience working as a senior supporting, non-independent, research scientist
  • Individuals providing intervention services must have appropriate training, certification, or licensures to practice by date of hire/transfer
  • The ability to review and synthesize the scientific literature and the ability to conduct qualitative or quantitative analyses
  • Doctorate degree in epidemiology, behavioral science, anthropology, or a related field

RA IV Qualifications Include:

  • At least eight years of advanced research training and experience at the post master’s level
  • At least eight years of relevant experience in a comparable role with a doctorate degree or twelve years of experience in a comparable role with a master’s degree
  • A master's degree in epidemiology, behavioral science, anthropology, or a relevant field
  • The ability to conduct specific activities within one’s content domain without supervision
  • Strong organizational skills, oral and written communication, and interpersonal skills
  • The ability to work well in a team environment and take direction
  • The ability to supervise/mentor junior or mid-career scientists
  • Research skills as appropriate to the needs of the study and project team, including the ability to review and synthesize the scientific literature, and the ability to conduct qualitative or quantitative analyses

RA IV Preferred Qualifications Include:

  • Five years of experience in comparable faculty level role with a doctorate degree and ten years of experience in a comparable faculty level role
  • Experience working as a senior supporting (i.e., non-independent) research scientist
  • Doctorate degree in epidemiology, behavioral science, anthropology, or a related field

For immediate consideration, please visit http://kp.org/careers for complete qualifications and job submission details, referencing the above job numbers.

Questions about the position can be directed to Erin Bowles, Senior Research Associate erin.a.bowles@kp.org, Hiring Manager or Stacey.D.Adams@kp.org, Talent Acquisition Consultant.

Additional application procedures may be required. For full consideration, please submit a cover letter & academic CV by December 1, 2021; however, review of applications will continue until the position is filled.

Salary will be commensurate with qualifications 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.

This position supports Kaiser Permanente’s code of conduct and compliance by adhering to all laws and regulations, accreditation and licensure requirements, and internal policies and procedures. kp.org/careers 

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