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Research Scientist Position: Autism Epidemiologist

Job Description

The Division of Research (DOR) of The Permanente Medical Group of Kaiser Permanente Northern California seeks an early-stage investigator with research experience in the epidemiology of autism and other neurodevelopmental conditions, including etiologic research on the interplay of environmental and genetic factors, and health services research. 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 DOR investigators and Kaiser Permanente physicians and operational leadership in areas related to reducing prenatal exposures to environmental pollutants and enhancing the delivery of healthcare services to autistic individuals across the lifespan, such as in the areas of the transition from pediatric to adult care, co-occurring conditions, and reproductive health.

Investigators in the DOR draw on rich clinical data derived from a comprehensive, state-of-the-art electronic health record system within Kaiser Permanente Northern California and enjoy direct access to a highly diverse population of >4.5 million members including a large and well-characterized autism population ascertained through rigorous developmental screening and diagnostic assessment by clinical experts. DOR has more than 60 research scientists who lead well-developed research programs in women's and children's health, behavioral health and aging, cancer, cardiovascular and metabolic diseases, health care delivery and policy, and infectious diseases. DOR investigators are primarily supported by grant and contract funding from federal sources, especially the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and foundations, as well as selected internal sources and industry sponsors.

This Research Scientist I position calls for relevant expertise in autism epidemiology, children's environmental health, and health services research in patients with developmental disabilities. In addition to autism epidemiology, a candidate may also have expertise in other research areas and methods, including qualitative and mixed methods. The specific areas in which the successful candidate may work should complement content areas of interest to DOR investigators and interest in collaborations with Kaiser Permanente Northern California clinical and operations leaders.

Preferred qualifications include a PhD or equivalent training in epidemiology, health services research, or a related field. A clinical degree along with a master's degree in a research field may also be appropriate. The successful candidate should have a proven track record of obtaining peer-reviewed research grants from the National Institutes of Health, disability advocacy nonprofits, or comparable funding organizations; first-authored and collaborative publications in the peer-reviewed medical and public health literature; an interest in or a demonstrated record of collaboration in research with clinical partners or health systems operational leaders. Evidence of current funding from peer-reviewed grants is highly desirable, as is experience conducting research projects within health care delivery systems and that use data from electronic medical records.

The Division of Research 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 by October 21, 2022 to:  

Research Scientist in Autism Epidemiology Search Committee 
Division of Research, Kaiser Permanente Northern California