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Associate Director for Behavioral Health, Aging, and Infectious Diseases

Job Description

The Division of Research of Kaiser Permanente, Northern California seeks a senior researcher as Associate Director for Behavioral Health, Aging, and Infectious Diseases.  This individual will lead one of DOR's six scientific sections and will participate in department-wide leadership. 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 program leaders and clinicians on studies that evaluate ways to enhance care delivery in behavioral or mental health, aging populations, and/or infectious diseases. The associate director may be appointed at the 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 4.4 million members afforded by its location within Kaiser Permanente Northern California. This Oakland-based group has 58 faculty-level research scientists who lead robust programs in cancer, cardiovascular and metabolic diseases, health care delivery and policy, behavioral and mental health, 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. The 10 research scientists in DOR's Behavioral Health, Aging, and Infectious Diseases section are nationally and internationally respected for their innovative, high-impact research.

This associate director position calls for expertise in evaluating clinical and patient-centered care and outcomes in behavioral health, aging, or infectious diseases. 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, 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 related to behavioral and mental health, aging, genetics, and infectious diseases.

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 full professor in a university). The ideal candidate will have experience in leading and cultivating research programs and in 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
2000 Broadway
Oakland, CA 94612