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Research Investigator MD/DO–Division of Health Services Research & Implementation Science(Open Rank)

Kaiser Permanente Southern California Department of Research and Evaluation
Pasadena, California
Very competitive salary
Posted Date
Sep 16, 2022

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The Department of Research and Evaluation (R&E), Kaiser Permanente Southern California (KPSC) is recruiting candidates for a Research Scientist/MD Investigator in the Division of Health Services Research and Implementation Science. This is an open-rank Research Scientist (equivalent to an Assistant, Associate or Full Professor) position. This position is an ideal opportunity for a physician scientist to conduct and lead high-quality health services research that results in improvements to patient care, with the option to maintain a part-time clinical practice with the Southern California Medical Group (SCPMG). Health services research can include the comparative effectiveness of delivery systems; patient-centered care; health care for people with diverse backgrounds; as well as health care access, utilization, and dissemination and implementation of findings and practices. Current areas of high priority for KPSC include cancer care, cardiovascular health, mental health and wellness, and health equity across these domains. 

Qualifications: Medical Doctoral Degree (MD) or Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (DO) with post-doctoral research training in health services, epidemiology, health economics, public health, healthcare administration, or related fields or equivalent training and mastery preferred. Competent in advanced research methods, including statistical techniques and study designs commonly used in health services research, implementation science, epidemiology, behavioral research, economics, or related fields. Experience or interest in partnering with operational leadership across broad clinical areas within a learning health system.  Must be able to consistently demonstrate the knowledge, skills, abilities, and behaviors necessary to provide superior and culturally sensitive service to all.


The successful candidate will be expected to:

  • Design, develop, and direct a blended internally- and externally- funded research program that is aligned with clinical practice resulting in the translation of results directly to patient care.
  • Lead or co-lead oversight of the Care Improvement Research Team (CIRT) embedded research portfolio (Research Scientist Levels II-III only).
  • Collaborate with clinical investigators within R&E and with external investigators in health care and academic settings, to advance knowledge in the diagnosis, treatment, and outcomes for various conditions across diverse populations.
  • Provide service to the scientific community through reviewing manuscripts for publication, serving on editorial boards, and grant review panels.
  • Present at national and international scientific meetings.
  • Maintain awareness of scientific developments within area of expertise, both in terms of new methodology and new research activities.
  • Serve on and may chair departmental committees based on experience and expertise.

The candidate may also serve as a faculty in the Kaiser Permanente Bernard J. Tyson School of Medicine and have the opportunity to teach and mentor students. This position will include a core support package for the successful applicant that can be used to conduct pilot studies that leverage existing infrastructure to facilitate the development of an extramurally funded research program. This support includes staffing for administrative tasks, programming and analysis, and research support as well as funding for non-personnel-related costs.


KPSC is a leading integrated health care organization with 4.8 million members of diverse race/ethnicity living throughout Southern California. They are attended by over 7,800 physicians practicing in an integrated, pre-paid delivery system that provides comprehensive health care and pharmaceutical benefits to members of the non-profit Kaiser Foundation Health Plan and Hospitals. KPSC has deployed an extensive clinical information system, including a fully automated medical record system. A description of R&E is available on the web (  The Department is located in Pasadena, a community of 143,000 residents and the home of the California Institute of Technology, the Rose Bowl, the Jet Propulsion Lab, and other historical and cultural sites. Information about the community can be found online at  Pasadena is in the San Gabriel Valley 15 minutes north of downtown Los Angeles in sunny southern California.

For more information or to apply for this position, please visit the Kaiser Permanente job website at and search Job Numbers: 1078457 (Research Investigator I MD), 1078444 (Research Investigator II MD), or 1078430 (Research Investigator III MD) in the keyword field. Inquiries may be directed to Dr. Huong Nguyen at the research recruitment mailbox (email: Principals only.

KPSC is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and offers a comprehensive compensation package, including employer-paid medical, dental and coverage for eligible dependents. Competitive wages, generous paid time-off and a comprehensive retirement plan are just part of the exceptional benefits offered to Kaiser Permanente employees.


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