The Division of Research (DOR) of Kaiser Permanente Northern California seeks a senior researcher to become its Associate Director for Cancer Research. This individual will lead one of DOR's six scientific sections and will participate in department-wide leadership activities. S/he will also maintain an independently funded research program and conduct scholarly research that is recognized nationally and internationally. A key part of this leadership role is to foster collaboration with Kaiser Permanente's program, clinical trial, clinical and operational leaders on studies that evaluate ways to improve our understanding of the risk factors, mechanisms, outcomes and effective preventative and therapeutic strategies across the spectrum of different malignancies in children and adults. The Associate Director may be appointed at the Associate Professor or Professor-equivalent level.
Investigators in the DOR leverage the extensive, clinically rich data derived from a comprehensive, state-of-the-art electronic medical record system and enjoy direct access to a diverse population of ~4.5 million members receiving care within Kaiser Permanente Northern California's integrated health care delivery system framework involving >20 medical centers and >250 outpatient facilities. This Oakland-based regional research entity, founded six decades ago, has nearly 60 faculty-level research scientists who lead robust programs in cancer, cardiovascular and metabolic conditions, health care delivery and policy, behavioral and mental health, aging, infectious diseases, and women's and children's health, among others. DOR investigators are primarily supported by grant and contract funding from federal and other external sources, especially the National Institutes of Health. The 12 research scientists in DOR's Cancer Research Section are nationally and internationally respected for their innovative, high-impact research. In addition, Kaiser Permanente Northern California has a highly successful regional Clinical Trials Program, including nationally leading clinical trial networks in adult and pediatric oncology that implement federally-sponsored and industry-sponsored protocols.
This Associate Director position calls for a strong understanding and expertise related to cancer research, which can include epidemiology, evaluation of clinical and patient-centered care, outcomes assessment, and clinical trials. In general, DOR associate directors spend approximately 20% of their effort on leadership activities with their section faculty and for the department, and the remainder of their effort on their own research. The successful candidate is expected to maintain their own externally-funded research portfolio including NIH or other federal funding, collaborate with physicians and program leaders within Kaiser Permanente, work with other DOR researchers on content and methodological issues, and develop national and international collaborations to advance research, quality of care and outcomes related to cancer.
Required qualifications include an MD or PhD and research experience equivalent to a DOR Research Scientist II or III (similar to an Associate Professor or Professor in a university-based setting). The ideal candidate will have experience in productively leading and cultivating research programs and in successfully mentoring researchers and clinicians. The candidate should have a well-established track record of investigator-initiated grant funding, peer-reviewed publications, 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:
Suzanne Furuya, MPH MBA
Division of Research
Kaiser Permanente Northern California
Oakland, CA 94612