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Research Scientist Position: Diabetes Epidemiologist

Job Description

The Division of Research (DOR) of The Permanente Medical Group of Kaiser Permanente Northern California (KPNC) seeks an early-stage investigator with research experience in the epidemiology of diabetes and other chronic conditions related to diabetes incidence and complications, including etiologic research on the interplay of environmental and genetic factors, social determinants of health, and health equity, 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 leaders in areas related to reducing diabetes incidence and complications, and enhancing the delivery of healthcare services to people with diabetes and prediabetes across the lifespan.

Investigators in the DOR draw on rich clinical data derived from a comprehensive, state-of-the-art electronic health record system within KPNC and enjoy direct access to a highly diverse population of more than 4.5 million members including a large and well-characterized diabetes population documented in the KPNC Diabetes Registry. 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 diabetes epidemiology, the epidemiology of related chronic conditions such as non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD), health equity research, social determinants of health, and health services research in people with diabetes and prediabetes. In addition to diabetes epidemiology, a candidate may also have expertise in other research areas and methods, including quantitative and biostatistical methods. The specific areas in which the successful candidate may work should complement content areas of interest to DOR investigators and promote collaborations with KPNC 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 is preferred. The successful candidate should have first-authored and collaborative publications in the peer-reviewed medical and public health literature and an interest in or a demonstrated record of research collaboration 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 that use data from electronic health 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 to:  

Research Scientist in Diabetes Epidemiology Search Committee


Posted: May 2022
Applications will be accepted through June 31, 2022