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Research Scientist Position - Vaccine Study Center

Job Description

The Division of Research of The Permanente Medical Group (Kaiser Permanente Northern California) seeks a Research Scientist I for its Vaccine Study Center. The ideal candidate will be a trained clinician with experience conducting vaccine research. This individual will be expected to contribute to the design and execution of vaccine clinical trials and observational studies, conduct scholarly research that is recognized nationally and internationally, and collaborate with the director of the Vaccine Study Center, other Division of Research (DOR) investigators, and Kaiser Permanente clinicians and leadership to advance knowledge in the field of vaccine safety and effectiveness.

Investigators in the DOR draw on rich clinical data derived from comprehensive electronic medical records and access the diverse population of >4.5 million members of Kaiser Permanente Northern California (KPNC). DOR has more than 60 research scientists 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.

Embedded within the DOR, the Kaiser Permanente Vaccine Study Center (KPVSC) is a leader in evaluating vaccines with a long history of collaboration with multiple agencies, particularly the CDC's Immunization Safety Office. The KPVSC has also been engaged in Phase II, III, and IV vaccine trials, collaborating with the pharmaceutical industry and FDA to help bring new vaccines into licensure and then to evaluate and ensure their safety. The KPVSC currently has a team of over 40 individuals, including programmer analysts, project managers, research assistants, nurses, and physicians (located at medical centers throughout the KPNC Region).

This Research Scientist I position ideally calls for experience in human vaccine immunology, vaccine implementation science, including monitoring and evaluation, vaccine safety, clinical trials and related legal, regulatory and ethical issues. The successful candidate is expected to have a fundamental understanding of epidemiologic principles, infectious diseases and vaccine study designs, along with excellent communication skills, a track record of peer-reviewed publications and successful grant applications and an ability to manage others.

Required qualifications include:

  1. an MD degree or equivalent;
  2. board certified in a primary care specialty, or equivalent;
  3. current, active U.S. medical license.

Subspecialty training in infectious diseases, or another subspecialty with strong interest in infectious diseases and MPH or MSc in clinical trials, epidemiology or equivalent experience is also highly preferred. The successful candidate should have the ability to successfully compete for external research funding and independent scholarly publications in peer-reviewed medical literature, demonstrated history of successful collaboration in research and/or with clinicians, competence in common statistical techniques, study designs and general research methods used in epidemiological and health services research, and preferably 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:

Nicky Klein, MD, PhD
Director, Kaiser Permanente Vaccine Study Center
Division of Research
Kaiser Permanente Northern California
One Kaiser Plaza, 16th Floor
Oakland, CA 94612
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