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Position Available


Location: San Francisco,CA

Kaiser Permanente


K12 Scholar

Compensation: Salary of up to $100,000 per year
Minimum Requirements: See below  
Contact Name:

Stephen K. Van Den Eeden, PhD

Contact Phone: (510) 891-3718
Contact Email / Web: 
Posted: 7/19/2017
EpiMonitor ID: 2017-2369

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The UCSF-Kaiser Permanente Urological Epidemiology Research Career Development Program (UCSF-KPNC UroEpi) provides interdisciplinary training to prepare scholars to become independent investigators in Benign Urological Epidemiology.   The Program is funded by the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) as an Institutional Mentored Career Development Program (K12).   The joint program between the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) and Kaiser Permanente Northern California (KPNC) brings together unparalleled opportunities for research in Benign Urological Epidemiology with access to accomplished mentors from the UCSF and KPNC faculty.   In addition, the access to the data resources of these institutions and the KPNC membership allows the conduct of unique epidemiological studies.

The program seeks to:

         Recruit highly qualified, motivated, and socio-demographically diverse MDs, PhDs, and MD/PhDs committed to becoming independent clinical researchers in the epidemiology of benign urological conditions.

         Develop Scholarsí proficiency in epidemiology, research field methods, research ethics, leadership, manuscript preparation, and grantsmanship.

         Individualize each scholarís career development plan according to his or her background and future career goals.


The K12 Award under this program is considered a career development award. These awards are directed at individuals planning an academic career, who have a PhD, MD, or comparable doctoral degree and are in early faculty or final year post-doctoral positions.    This K12 award supports early career investigators with 2- to 5-years of intensive mentored research, combined with patient care for clinician-investigators. Successful candidates will have experience formulating and conducting research studies, publishing manuscripts and applying for funding with a focus on epidemiology and/or benign urological conditions.

The UroEpi Program provides faculty at UCSF or KPNC total salary support of up to $100,000 per year.  The awardee must devote 75% of full-time professional effort (50-75% for surgical specialties) to conducting research and research career development. The program also provides Scholar support for research related activities. Scholars should have no more than five years of postdoctoral research experience and not more than 10 years should have elapsed since receiving the terminal doctoral degree. Mid-career and senior researchers are not eligible. Scholars must be a US citizen or Permanent Resident.  Salary and academic rank in the appropriate department at UCSF or in the Division of Research at KPNC will be commensurate with experience and achievements. Clinicians will practice part-time in the faculty practice.

Scholars will be matched with a team of experienced mentors from diverse disciplines. Each mentor team will assure that each scholar is integrated into clinical and translational programs at UCSF and/or KPNC. The mentors will support scholar research by providing access to resources and by integrating scholar training in core disciplines critical to their future success. Mentors are available from a wide range of disciplines and include internationally recognized senior researchers with expertise in benign urologic disease and/or epidemiology.

Examples of areas of focus include:

         The genetics of benign urological diseases

         Use of electronic health records (EHRs) in benign urological epidemiology.

         Etiological epidemiology related to lifestyle (e.g., diet, physical activity, body mass index (BMI), pharmaceutical use)

         Disparities in benign urological disease among potentially sensitive populations such as the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community or by race/ethnicity

         The epidemiology of urological complications of other conditions (e.g., diabetes, cardiovascular disease, neurodegenerative diseases, multi-morbidity)

         Potential role of environmental factors in benign urological disease


For additional information, please contact the individuals below:


Stephen K. Van Den Eeden, PhD                  Alison Huang, MD

Division of Research                                       Associate Professor Medicine, Epidemiol. & Biostatistics

Kaiser Permanente Northern California             University of California, San Francisco

2000 Broadway                                              1545 Divisadero Street, Box 0320                            

Oakland, CA 94612                                        San Francisco, CA 94115-1732

Ph:  510.891.3718                                 






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