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Investigator Careers

The Kaiser Permanente Center for Health Research (CHR) is currently seeking applicants for investigator positions at the Distinguished Investigator, Senior Investigator, and Investigator levels. The science at CHR is fueled by our investigators, who are conducting a broad portfolio of research within a very supportive infrastructure. We are especially interested at this time in scientists who are working on social determinants of health; cancer screening, treatment, and survivorship care; and infectious disease epidemiology/vaccine safety and efficacy. Links to the applications are provided below.

Senior Investigator
Job Number: 1207836

Posted 8/9/2023

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Distinguished Investigator
Job Number: 1207833

Posted 8/2/2023

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Job Number: 1207832

Posted 8/2/2023

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Working at CHR

CHR has a strong history of collaboration and partnership both internally and across integrated and non-integrated delivery systems. The Center is a founding member of the Health Care Systems Research Network, a collaboration of the research centers affiliated with 20 health plans and systems. This network developed and maintains a Virtual Data Warehouse, the first “common data model” that uses a federated data system structure. CHR serves as the data coordinating center for the VDW and staff are leaders for key data committees.

More about CHR:

  • CHR is a world-class research center.
  • CHR has extensive expertise as a data coordinating center for large research networks.
  • CHR is a leader in conducting embedded research in support of the learning health system.
  • CHR includes a workforce experienced in genomic research.
  • CHR is very active in vaccine safety and effectiveness research.
  • CHR has experience in collecting a wide variety of biospecimens and participates in the KP National Research Bank, linking member specimens and genotypes with patient-level electronic health record data and self-report surveys. We also have access to tissue specimens collected at KPNW during clinical procedures from as far back as 1971.
  • CHR’s commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion is reflected in its strong Health Disparities Research program, long-standing partnerships with Latino-serving health centers, and research involving African American churches and tribal organizations. CHR also has strong data resources for research in sexual and gender minority populations. This research receives support from an endowment named after the late Dr. Mitch Greenlick.
  • CHR’s strong history of collaboration with integrated delivery systems, community clinics, Medicaid health plans, and rural clinics creates an outstanding environment for research on adapting and translating evidence-based clinical practices into diverse practice settings.
  • Kaiser Permanente investigators, including those at CHR, have led research and collaboration toward gathering and analyzing data on social factors (i.e., social connection, food, housing, and transportation) that can influence health outcomes. This emphasis is supported by the SONNET consortium and funded grants that address patients’ social needs in pursuit of improving cancer screening outcomes (e.g., PRIME).
  • Our commitment to science across the research continuum is strongly anchored by our Clinical Research and Trials Unit, with over 120 active clinical trials in 14 clinical areas at any given time.
  • CHR has a robust qualitative core (Q-CORE) of expert staff trained in traditional and innovative qualitative and mixed-method approaches.
  • CHR has centralized departments that provide grant application support, recruitment, data analysis and biostatistics, medical record abstraction, behavior assessment and change interventions, financial management, editing, and graphic design.

Throughout Kaiser Permanente's 75-plus-year history, equity, inclusion, and diversity have been inextricably linked to our mission. We know that having a diverse and inclusive workforce reflective of the communities we serve makes Kaiser Permanente a better place to receive health care, a better partner in our communities, and a better place to work. Most staff at CHR are working remotely at present. However, this is subject to change with the possibility of regular time in the Portland office required in the future. Residence in Oregon or Washington is required.

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