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Research Scientist Position - Mental Health

Job Description

The Division of Research of The Permanente Medical Group (Kaiser Permanente, Northern California) seeks an investigator to establish a successful mental health research program within Kaiser Permanente, including treatment developments and implementation research. The focus of this position is on delivery science in specialty mental health clinics, primary care and other health care departments.

This individual will be expected to develop an independently funded research program, conduct scholarly research that is recognized nationally and internationally, and collaborate with other Division of Research investigators and Kaiser Permanente clinicians and leadership to advance knowledge in interventions to address access, outcomes, and/or cost effectiveness.

Research approaches used will range from epidemiology and outcomes research to clinical trials, patient health outcomes, the effectiveness of health care delivery, and implementation of evidence-based interventions for the range of clinical and health services research.

Investigators in the Division of Research 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 >3.9 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 cardiovascular and metabolic diseases, health care delivery and policy, behavioral health and aging, cancer, 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 relevant experience and research expertise in mental health research. The successful candidate is expected to develop his/her own externally funded research portfolio, work with other DOR scientists on content and methodologic issues, collaborate with physicians and program leaders within Kaiser Permanente, and develop national and international collaborations to advance research in their respective topic area.

Preferred qualifications include an MD or equivalent plus a master’s degree in public health or a related field, or a PhD or equivalent in epidemiology, health services research, psychology, or a related field. The successful candidate should have a proven track record of independent scholarly publications in the peer-reviewed medical literature, demonstrated history of successful collaboration in research 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:

Constance Weisner, DrPH, LCSW
Chair, Search Committee
Chief, Behavioral Health, Aging, and Infectious Diseases Section
Director, Faculty Development
Division of Research, Kaiser Permanente, Northern California
2000 Broadway, Oakland, CA 94612
Email: Constance.Weisner@KP.org