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Research Scientist Position - Genetic Epidemiologist

Job Description

The Division of Research of Kaiser Permanente, Northern California (KPNC DOR) seeks a research scientist with strong background and experience in genetic epidemiology and/or statistical genetics to build and contribute to the Division's research program in genetic epidemiology and precision medicine. 

Investigators in the Division of Research 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 ~4.5 million members afforded by its location within Kaiser Permanente Northern California. This Oakland-based group has nearly 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, especially the National Institutes of Health.

The successful candidate will have access to one of the largest genetic epidemiology research resources in the U.S., the Kaiser Permanente Research Bank, which currently comprises a diverse national cohort of 400,000 Kaiser Permanente members with biospecimens and demographic and behavioral surveys that are linked with the longitudinal Kaiser Permanente EHR data. Included in this resource is a cohort of 25,000 pregnant women with samples banked in the first and second trimesters of pregnancy. Genome-wide genotypic and HRC-imputed data are available on a representative general cohort of 100,000 (the GERA cohort), and the resulting data have been used to study genomic and environmental influences on a wide variety of health conditions and traits. DOR Investigators first developed the Research Program on Genes, Environment, and Health (RPGEH) that forms the foundation for the KP Research Bank, and the successful candidate will have opportunities to participate in the further development of the RPGEH and KP Research Bank. The DOR maintains close collaborative relationships with the Institute for Human Genetics at UCSF, and with researchers in the Epidemiology and Biostatistics departments of UCSF, Berkeley, and Stanford.   

The successful candidate is expected to develop their own externally funded research portfolio, collaborate with physicians and program leaders within Kaiser Permanente, work with other DOR researchers, and develop national and international collaborations to advance research in genetic epidemiology.

Preferred qualifications include a PhD or equivalent and postdoctoral research fellowship with prior training and experience in human genetics, epidemiology, and statistical methods used in genetic epidemiology.  Knowledge of state-of-the-art study design and methodology for conducting and analyzing studies of complex traits, including disease susceptibility and pharmacogenetics, is required.  Prior experience in conducting genetic epidemiologic studies, a strong record of productivity, and evidence of good collaborative skills are highly desirable.  A medical or other 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 independent scholarly publications in the peer-reviewed medical literature, demonstrated history of successful collaboration in research, strong methodologic expertise, and experience working with large electronic health record databases. The position is located in Oakland, California.


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
Email: suzanne.furuya@kp.org