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Research Scientist (PhD), Stanford Research - 1.0 FTE, Days (8HR) at Stanford Health Care

Research Scientist (PhD), Stanford Research - 1.0 FTE, Days (8HR)

Stanford Health Care West Menlo Park, CA Full-Time
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Day - 08 Hour (United States of America)

About the Office of Research Patient Care Services (ORPCS)

The Office of Research in Stanford Health Care's (SHC's) Patient Care Services (ORPCS) conducts original research on patient care delivery and collaborates with Stanford School of Medicine researchers and SHC front-line staff on research aimed at improving patient outcomes by advancing the quality, experience, and equity of patient care. ORPCS's 3 focus areas include: Nursing and Patient Care Services Research, Clinical Trial Facilitation, and Health Equity Research.

Nursing and Patient Care Services Research

ORPCS's Nursing Research division focuses on investigating processes and outcomes of care delivered by front-line nurses and allied health professionals. Nurse and Research Scientists in ORPCS's Nursing and Patient Care Services Research division help SHC front-line staff conduct research on patient care delivery and nursing practice issues identified by staff in the context of everyday patient care delivery. Nurse and Research Scientists actively guide staff on a variety of formal research practices ranging from problem definition to research design, execution, analysis, and dissemination. ORPCS's Nursing Research division partners closely with SHC's Nursing Excellence group to support continued professional education and advancement of front-line nursing as a critical component of SHC's Magnet Program.

Clinical Trial Facilitation

ORPCS's Clinical Trials division supports and facilitates sponsored clinical trials and other clinical research in partnership with Stanford University School of Medicine (SOM). The Clinical Trials division ensures nursing engagement in administrative oversight of clinical trial execution and protection of human subjects in clinical trials. Working in conjunction with a transdisciplinary team and hospital-wide stakeholders, the Clinical Trials team facilitates trial coordination across various Patient Care Services (PCS) departments and oversees execution of physician-led clinical trials and research studies originating at Stanford University's School of Medicine. The Clinical Trials team provides trial oversight and direction involving various operational components including trial intake, review, and facilitation; study placement; staffing; training and education; budgeting and financial oversight; research integrity and patient safety; and general operational oversight.

Health Equity Research

ORPCS's recently formed Health Equity Research division focuses on disparities-driven research with a central focus on deepening SHC's understanding of disparities experienced by diverse racial and ethnic groups and other disproportionately impacted groups within SHC's patient population and patient catchment areas. The Health Equity division follows a Health Equity Improvement framework that begins with Health Equity Research Scientists analyzing and visualizing health system and public data sources to reveal potential disparities in health outcomes across different racial, ethnic, and underserved subpopulations. Armed with evidence of existing disparities, Research Scientists conduct or facilitate research aimed at surfacing root causes for observed disparities, then leverage research findings and insight to inform design and implementation of tailored interventions to reduce observed disparities in measurable ways. Working synergistically with ORPCS's Clinical Trials and Nursing and Patient Care Services Research divisions, the Health Equity division's key focus areas include: (a) identifying and addressing health equity risks across the clinical trial life cycle with the goal of increasing diverse representation of racial and ethnic minorities in SHC clinical research, (b) identifying and addressing disparities in nurse-sensitive quality improvement, and (c) identifying and addressing health equity risks across Stanford Health Care with the goal of improving health care quality, patient-and-family experience and health outcomes.

This is a Stanford Health Care job.

A Brief Overview

The Research Scientist is accountable for the development, implementation, coordination and evaluation of innovative research programs using scientific models, methods and concepts that support and promote the conduct of clinical research, research utilization, and professional development to improve organizational systems and health outcomes for those receiving patient care. The Research Scientist assumes a complex leadership and consulting role as an expert to mentor nurses and other healthcare providers in the conduct, dissemination, integration, and application of research to improve patient care. S/he provides leadership in research programs related to complex healthcare issues that affect the hospital's mission, health care, and policy development.


Stanford Health Care

What you will do

* Accepts substantial and continuing responsibility for planning, organizing, coordinating, and evaluating an integrated research program in areas as assigned by the Director.
* Collaborates with the Director to create and sustain the research mission and vision and to promote the implementation and evaluation of evidence-based patient care.
* Serves as a facilitator, advisor, and consultant to nurses and other healthcare providers in matters related to research and research utilization.
* Collaborates with colleagues across disciplines regarding the conduct of research and utilization of research findings in practice and education.
* Coordinates and participates in a variety of complex activities including the collection, compilation, documentation and analysis of clinical research data. Assists the Director in the determination of guidelines for the collection of clinical data and/or administration of clinical studies.
* Coordinates and implements procedures to collect data from patient charts, medical records, interviews, questionnaires, diagnostic tests and other sources; code, evaluate and interpret collected data and prepare appropriate documentation; obtain blood samples, cultures, tissues and other specimens for laboratory analysis as needed. Ensures compliance with protocol guidelines and requirements of regulatory agencies; identifies problems and/or inconsistencies and monitors patients' progress to include documentation and reporting of adverse events; recommends corrective action as appropriate.
* Evaluates and interprets collected clinical data in conjunction with principal investigator(s) as appropriate; prepares oral presentations or written reports and analyses setting forth progress, trends and appropriate recommendations or conclusions. Collaborates on the preparation of manuscripts for publication.
* Coordinates the development of forms, questionnaires and the application of research techniques; assist in writing procedures manuals for data collection and coding. Reviews journals, abstracts and scientific literature to keep abreast of new developments and trends in clinical research, evidence-based practice, and research utilization as well as to obtain information regarding previous studies to aid in the planning of new studies.
* Develops avenues for professional achievement of patient care staff and leaders to include publishing, presentations, certification and advanced education.
* Assists in the development of education programs and staff development related to research and research-related activities.
* Promotes the recognition of research-related accomplishments and achievements by employees.
* Identifies and pursues funding opportunities in support of innovation and research both independently and collaboratively.
* Creates and sustains an environment that facilitates the integration of clinical research to improve the delivery of patient care and professional standards for healthcare providers.
* Provides guidance to clinical staff involved in planning, implementation, and evaluation of clinical studies; assists in training and orienting new personnel.
* Performs other related and incidental duties as needed/required.

Education Qualifications


Experience Qualifications


Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

* Knowledge, understanding and the ability to use of current theories, principles, practices, standards, emerging technologies, techniques and approaches in patient care, and the health care system, and the responsibility and accountability for the outcome of practice.
* Knowledge, understanding and the ability to use of laws, rules and regulations; standards and guidelines of certifying and accrediting bodies; hospital and department/unit standards, protocols, policies and procedures governing the provision of patient care.
* Knowledge, understanding and the ability to use scientific research models, concepts, theories and methodologies, particularly as they relate to evidence-based practice.
* Knowledge, understanding and the ability to use principles and practices of ethics in medical research.
* Knowledge, understanding and the ability to use biostatistics.
* Knowledge, understanding and the ability to use medical research laboratory practices.
* Knowledge, understanding and the ability to use the Microsoft Office Suite business applications as well as (or ability to quickly learn and become proficient with) database and clinical, statistical, and healthcare applications used in support of patient care delivery and clinical research.
* Ability to work independently and produce results in an unstructured environment.
* Ability to establish a leadership role in multi-disciplinary teams.
* Demonstrated ability to communicate with patients, clinical staff, and university employees

Licenses and Certifications

* None

These principles apply to ALL employees:

SHC Commitment to Providing an Exceptional Patient & Family Experience

Stanford Health Care sets a high standard for delivering value and an exceptional experience for our patients and families. Candidates for employment and existing employees must adopt and execute C-I-CARE standards for all of patients, families and towards each other. C-I-CARE is the foundation of Stanford's patient-experience and represents a framework for patient-centered interactions. Simply put, we do what it takes to enable and empower patients and families to focus on health, healing and recovery.

You will do this by executing against our three experience pillars, from the patient and family's perspective:

* Know Me: Anticipate my needs and status to deliver effective care
* Show Me the Way: Guide and prompt my actions to arrive at better outcomes and better health
* Coordinate for Me: Own the complexity of my care through coordination

Equal Opportunity Employer Stanford Health Care (SHC) strongly values diversity and is committed to equal opportunity and non-discrimination in all of its policies and practices, including the area of employment. Accordingly, SHC does not discriminate against any person on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation or gender identity and/or expression, religion, age, national or ethnic origin, political beliefs, marital status, medical condition, genetic information, veteran status, or disability, or the perception of any of the above. People of all genders, members of all racial and ethnic groups, people with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply. Qualified applicants with criminal convictions will be considered after an individualized assessment of the conviction and the job requirements.

Recommended Skills

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  • Applied Mathematics
  • Design Of Experiments
  • Statistics
  • Research Experiences
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