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Research Scientist Position — Surgical Outcomes

The Division of Research of The Permanente Medical Group (Kaiser Permanente Northern California) seeks a clinical researcher with a focus on surgical and perioperative outcomes and care delivery 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 Division of Research investigators and Kaiser Permanente clinicians and leadership in researching surgical, perioperative, and/or procedural care delivery to advance scientific knowledge and improve clinical outcomes. Candidates should demonstrate methodological expertise in areas that could include health care delivery and health services research, electronic health record or other large database analysis, biostatistics, machine learning/artificial intelligence, outcomes research, clinical trials, and/or implementation/delivery science. These methods will be applied to improve health system approaches to the delivery of surgical services to our diverse patient population, design, and test interventions to improve procedural care processes, and optimize the effectiveness of surgical and procedural services in the outpatient and inpatient setting. The successful candidate is expected to develop their own externally funded research portfolio; work with other DOR scientists on content and methodologic issues; collaborate with physicians and program leaders within Kaiser Permanente; and develop national and international collaborations to advance research in their respective interest areas.

Investigators in the Division of Research draw on rich clinical data derived from a comprehensive, state-of-the-art electronic health record system and enjoy direct access to a highly diverse population of >4.5 million members afforded by its location within Kaiser Permanente Northern California, an integrated health care delivery system delivery comprehensive care through 21 hospital-based medical centers and >200 outpatient offices. The group has more than 60 research scientists who lead well developed programs across the broad spectrum of research disciplines related to health and medical care. DOR investigators are primarily supported by grant and contract funding from federal sources, especially the National Institutes of Health (NIH), foundation and industry-based funding sources, as well as competitive internal sources.

Preferred qualifications include an MD or equivalent, or a PhD or equivalent in epidemiology, outcomes research, implementation science, health services research, biostatistics, or a related field and postdoctoral research fellowship experience. 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 with clinicians, strong methodological expertise, and experience working with electronic health records.


DOR is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and strongly encourages women of color and other underrepresented groups to apply.

Please email a letter of interest and curriculum vitae to:

Suzanne Furuya, MPH MBA

Kaiser Permanente Northern California

Posted Sep. 2023

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