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Research Scientist Position - Cancer Care Delivery Research

Job Description

The Division of Research of Kaiser Permanente, Northern California seeks an investigator with a research focus in delivery science related to cancer care. This individual will be expected to develop an independently funded research program, conduct scholarly research that is recognized nationally and internationally, and collaborate with Kaiser Permanente clinicians and leadership in evaluating or developing interventions to enhance the delivery of evidence-based cancer care. The investigator may be appointed at the assistant professor, associate professor, or professor-equivalent level.

Investigators in the Division of Research (DOR) draw on rich clinical data derived from a comprehensive state-of-the-art electronic medical record and enjoy direct access to a diverse population of >4 million members afforded by its location within Kaiser Permanente Northern California. The group has more than 50 research scientists based in Oakland who lead well-developed programs in cancer, cardiovascular and metabolic diseases, health care delivery and policy, behavioral health and aging, infectious diseases, and women’s and children’s health. DOR investigators are primarily supported by grant and contract funding from federal and other external sources, especially the National Institutes of Health.

This Research Scientist position calls for experience in clinical settings and expertise in evaluating clinical and patient-centered care and outcomes among cancer patients. The investigator is expected to spend the majority of his/her time on research on the effectiveness or implementation of clinical interventions and approaches to health care delivery. The successful candidate is expected to develop their own externally funded research portfolio, collaborate with physicians and program leaders within Kaiser Permanente, work with other DOR cancer researchers on content and methodologic issues, and develop national and international collaborations to advance research in implementation and delivery science related to cancer care. This may include research anywhere along the cancer care continuum, from screening, to treatment, to survivorship, to palliative and end of life care. Areas of expertise may include, but are not limited to, patient-reported outcomes, patient-provider communication, survivorship care planning or cost of care/financial burden.

Preferred qualifications include an MD or equivalent plus a Master’s Degree in public health or a related field, or PhD or equivalent in epidemiology, health services research, biostatistics, or a related field and postdoctoral research fellowship experience. The successful candidate should have a proven track record of independent scholarly publications in the peer-reviewed medical literature, demonstrated history of collaboration with clinicians, strong methodologic expertise, and experience working with electronic medical records.


DOR is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and strongly encourages women and applicants of color to apply.


Please email a letter of interest and curriculum vitae to:  

Laurel Habel, PhD, MPH
Associate Director, Cancer Research
Division of Research
Kaiser Permanente Northern California
2000 Broadway
Oakland, CA 94612
Email: laurel.habel@kp.org