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Physician Research Scientist Position - Hospital Outcomes Research

Job Description

The Division of Research of Kaiser Permanente, Northern California (KPNC DOR) seeks an investigator with strong informatics expertise interested in studying and improving the hospital as a system. 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 hospital care. The investigator may be appointed at the assistant professor, associate professor, or professor-equivalent level.

Investigators in the KPNC 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 KPNC. The DOR 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 position will be part of an established DOR program, the Systems Research Initiative (SRI), which focuses on the processes and outcomes of hospital care, hospitalization/rehospitalization prevention, and use of advanced analytics (including cloud computing, machine learning, provision of clinical decision support in real time, and visualization techniques). The SRI, which has tight links to KPNC leadership and EMR staff, draws on granular data from KPNC’s 22 hospitals’ more than 250,000 annual discharges. The SRI also plays an important role in developing new approaches used by KPNC for internal benchmarking of hospital performance.

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 hospital care. 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 researchers on content and methodologic issues, and develop national and international collaborations to advance research in implementation and delivery science related to hospital care.

Preferred qualifications include an MD or equivalent plus appropriate research experience (masters, PhD, and/or fellowship) in clinical informatics, health services research, statistics, and/or clinical epidemiology. 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. Opportunities for clinical practice are available, as it is desirable that the successful candidate remain connected with hospital care.


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:  

Gabriel J. Escobar, MD
Regional Director for Hospital Operations Research
Director, Systems Research Initiative
Kaiser Permanente Division of Research
2000 Broadway
Oakland, CA 94612
Email: gabriel.escobar@kp.org
Phone: 510-891-5929