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Please note that this section is updated monthly. The following positions are still open as of 06/01/16.

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(06/16/16) Healthcare Research Analyst - Boston, MA



The Center for Healthcare Organization and Implementation Research (CHOIR) is a health services research Center of Innovation located on the Jamaica Plain campus of the VA Boston Healthcare System. We seek a research programmer/analyst with very strong command of SAS, including use of data steps to merge multiple datasets from different sources to create new working databases. In addition to 2-3 years of current SAS programming experience, other desirable skills include: working knowledge of SQL; experience with other statistical software packages (e.g., SPSS, MPLUS); experience working with large data sets; experience creating and administering web-based surveys; experience working on multiple projects simultaneously. The ideal candidate will have a background in health services research or public health with graduate-level training in research methods and statistics. Major responsibilities include:

  • Creating and maintaining project databases from multiple primary and/or secondary sources.
  • Developing data management protocols to ensure quality and accessibility.
  • Taking the initiative to identify and understand documentation for existing complex corporate databases using both web-based resources and direct interpersonal contact.
  • Working with PhD investigators to develop appropriate sampling plans and/or select the appropriate statistical techniques needed to analyze study data and test hypotheses.
  • Executing data analyses, primarily in SAS.
  • Preparing graphic, tabular and written summaries of results of statistical analyses for internal project meetings, reports, grant applications, and papers submitted for publications.
  • Preparing feedback reports for distribution to medical centers and other administrative units that participate in research studies.
  • Interacting professionally with senior and junior colleagues throughout the organization as needed to accomplish project goals.

Excellent communication skills, organizational skills, creativity, teamwork skills and attention to detail are required.

We offer a full benefits package and competitive salary. U.S. citizenship required. Please e-mail, mail or fax resume to:

Administrative Officer
Center for Healthcare Organization and Implementation Research (152M)
Boston VA Healthcare System
150 South Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02130
Phone: (857) 364-4433
Fax: (857) 364-4438
Email: CHOIR.boston@.va.gov

VA is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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(06/16/16) Co-Director (Senior MD or PhD investigator) - Boston, MA



VA Boston Healthcare System seeks a dynamic, academically oriented leader for its Health Services Research and Development (HSR&D) Center of Innovation (COIN) jointly based at VA Boston Healthcare System and Edith Nourse Rogers VA in Bedford, MA. The COIN – the Center for Healthcare Organization and Implementation Research (CHOIR) – contains an extensive portfolio (in FY15) of 88 funded research projects and programs, with a total annual budget of over $13 million. The 52 doctorally-trained core investigators at CHOIR are highly productive academically and contribute to a large, vibrant pre- and post-doctoral training program for both MD and PhD researchers.

Potential candidates will be senior MD or PhD investigators with scholarly expertise in health services research and/or one or more of its many constituent fields, with leadership and administrative experience, and with a strong, proven track-record of obtaining peer-reviewed funding. The position will be a full-time appointment based at VA Boston, Jamaica Plain Campus. Candidates should hold, or be eligible for academic appointment as a Professor or Associate Professor at Boston University or Harvard University. Full salary and benefits package are competitive and commensurate with experience (e.g., GS-15). A recruitment incentive is approved.

The mission of CHOIR is to conduct health services, organization and implementation research that promotes Veteran-centered high-quality healthcare, identifying best practices and working with operational and policy leaders within VA to implement findings to improve clinical care. CHOIR investigators have broad expertise across the research spectrum, with particular focus on Recovery of Veterans with social and behavioral vulnerabilities; Medication use and its outcomes; and Health communication between Veterans and providers or the broader healthcare system. Other areas of research include patient safety, organizational science, patient-centered care, and genomic health services. Details can be found at: http://www.choir.research.va.gov/.

The Boston Co-Director is expected to have collaborative responsibility for leadership of CHOIR, and to have line authority for the Boston site. The leadership role includes setting and promoting a vision for conducting research that engages with VA systems and improves care for Veterans. Success will require an understanding of VA funding mechanisms, or the ability to rapidly develop such an understanding. Administrative duties include managing Center research funds, and mentoring research investigators on scientific, professional, and administrative matters.

Competitive candidates for this position will have a record of successful, extramurally-funded research including VA, DoD, and NIH grants, a background in the conduct of health services research, and have US citizen status. Faculty at the Universities affiliated with CHOIR engage in teaching, research, and service and are expected to collaborate on research projects, mentor students and junior faculty and contribute to the teaching missions of their appointed Department.

VA Boston contains one of the largest programs of research in VA encompassing a total of ten federally funded research centers. Areas of expertise include: posttraumatic stress disorder, women’s health, Alzheimer’s Disease, Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy, Traumatic Brain Injury, Cognitive Neurosciences, Schizophrenia, and the Addictions. It is also home to MAVERIC a research center providing national leadership to the Million Veterans Program, VA’s major genomic medicine initiative.

Interested candidates should submit electronically a letter of interest and CV directly to: Terence M. Keane, Ph.D., Associate Chief of Staff for Research, VA Boston Healthcare System, 150 S. Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA 02130. Electronic address: ChoirDirector@va.gov . Applications will be reviewed as received and will be accepted until the position is filled. Letters of recommendation will be requested later in the process.

The VA Boston Healthcare System is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer.

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(06/16/16) Health Services Research Investigator - Boston, MA



VA Boston Healthcare System seeks a dynamic, academically oriented health services research investigator for its Health Services Research and Development (HSR&D) Center of Innovation, which is jointly based at VA Boston Healthcare System and Edith Nourse Rogers VA Medical Center in Bedford, MA. The mission of the Center–the Center for Healthcare Organization and Implementation Research (CHOIR)–is to conduct health services, organization and implementation research that promotes Veteran-centered high-quality healthcare, identifying best practices and working with operational and policy leaders within VA to implement findings to improve clinical care. CHOIR supports an extensive portfolio of 88 funded research projects and programs, with a total annual budget of over $13 million. The 52 doctorally-trained core investigators at CHOIR are highly productive academically and contribute to a large, vibrant pre- and post-doctoral training program for both MD and PhD researchers.

Potential candidates will be PhD (or equivalent) investigators with scholarly expertise in health services research and/or one or more of its many constituent fields (including health policy, psychology, sociology, economics, and related areas), optimally with a track-record of obtaining peer-reviewed funding. Successful candidates will be able to establish a scientific leadership role as a principal investigator that aligns with or extends CHOIR’s main scientific foci, particularly: Health communication between Veterans and providers and the broader healthcare system; Medication use and its outcomes; and Recovery of Veterans with social and behavioral vulnerabilities; or CHOIR’s other areas of research including patient safety, organization science, implementation science, patient-centered care, and genomic health services. Details on the CHOIR research and training portfolio can be found at: http://www.choir.research.va.gov/.

The position will be up to a full-time appointment based at VA Boston, Jamaica Plain Campus. VA Boston contains one of the largest programs of research in VA encompassing a total of ten federally funded research centers. Areas of expertise include: posttraumatic stress disorder, women’s health, Alzheimer’s disease, chronic traumatic encephalopathy and traumatic brain injury, cognitive neurosciences, schizophrenia, and the addictions. It is also home to MAVERIC, a research center providing national leadership to the Million Veterans Program, VA’s major genomic medicine initiative.

Candidates should be eligible for academic appointment as an Assistant, Associate, or Full Professor at Boston University. Full salary and benefits package are competitive and commensurate with experience. The VA Boston Healthcare System is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer.

Interested candidates should submit a letter of interest and CV to: John Brown, Administrative Officer (john.brown50@va.gov). Applications will be reviewed as received and will be accepted until the position is filled. Letters of recommendation will be requested later in the process.

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(06/16/16) Statistician - Bedford, MA



Edith Nourse Rogers Memorial VA seeks an academically-oriented, doctorally-trained Statistician or statistical scientist for its Health Services Research and Development (HSR&D) Center of Innovation (COIN) jointly located at Edith Nourse Rogers Memorial VA in Bedford, MA and at VA Boston Healthcare System. The COIN - the Center for Healthcare Organization and Implementation Research (CHOIR) - contains an extensive portfolio (in FY15) of 88 funded research projects and programs, with a total annual budget of over $13 million. The 52 doctorally-trained core investigators at CHOIR are highly productive academically and contribute to a large, vibrant pre- and post-doctoral training program for both MD and PhD researchers.

Potential candidates will be PhD (or similar doctoral degree) investigators with expertise in mathematical statistical and/or biostatistical methods. She/He will contribute to CHOIR health services research across its many constituent fields, and will contribute technical and statistical knowledge and assist in the preparation of research proposals and reports, and prepare and submit articles for publication in scientific journals. Responsibilities include finding the best and innovative quantitative ways to analyze novel data. The position will be a full-time appointment based at Edith Nourse Rogers Memorial VA in Bedford, MA. Candidates should hold, or be eligible for academic appointment at Boston University or at the University of Massachusetts. Full salary and benefits package are competitive and commensurate with experience.

The successful candidate will have the ability to expertly lead analysis of all varieties of health systems data, including patient record data and survey data. She/He will convey data analysis results, recommendations, and other information in clear, concise English to research team members, collaborators, and management. The statistician will read, hear, comprehend, and dissect important components of conversations and documents relating to research questions under consideration, and have the ability to synthesize, summarize, and apply the results and write clearly about the conclusions. She/He will frequently be required to extend analyses beyond the original problems, apply intelligence and creativity to problems and develop new ideas. He/she will be expected to work closely with and advise programmer/statistical analysts.

The mission of CHOIR is to conduct health services, organization and implementation research that promotes Veteran-centered high-quality healthcare, identifying best practices and working with operational and policy leaders within VA to implement findings to improve clinical care. CHOIR investigators have broad expertise across the research spectrum, with particular focus on Recovery of Veterans with social and behavioral vulnerabilities; Medication use and its outcomes; and Health communication between Veterans and providers or the broader healthcare system. Other areas of research include patient safety, organizational science, patient-centered care, and genomic health services. Details can be found at: http://www.choir.research.va.gov/.

Competitive candidates for this position should have a record of developing or participating in successful, extramurally-funded research, or have the training, commensurate experience and interest in developing a successful research trajectory. U.S. citizen status is required. Faculty at the Universities affiliated with CHOIR engage in teaching, research, and service and are expected to collaborate on research projects, mentor students and junior faculty and contribute to the teaching missions of their appointed Department.

Interested candidates should submit electronically a letter of interest and CV directly to: Allen L. Gifford, Acting Director, CHOIR, care of Joanne Dussault (Joanne.Dussault@va.gov, 781-687-3417). Applications will be reviewed as received and will be accepted until the position is filled. Letters of recommendation will be requested later in the process.

The Edith Nourse Rogers Memorial VA is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer.

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(06/15/16) Associate Chief of Nursing Service/Research (ACNSR) - Tampa, FL



This position of Associate Chief of Nursing Service/Research for the VA HSR&D Center of Innovation on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (CINDRR) at the James A. Haley Veterans' Hospital in Tampa, Florida. This nurse scientist will lead a program of health services research in the area of rehabilitation and disability including but not limited to innovative rehabilitation (technology and engagement), rehabilitation analytics research (measurement, patient-reported outcomes, natural language processing, text mining, network techniques), and implementation research. In addition, the ACNSR will be responsible for implementing evidence practices locally, regionally and nationally in the areas of fall and fall injury prevention. The ACNSR makes significant contributions to the profession of rehabilitation nursing by publication, securing ROI-level research funding, leadership on task forces, workgroups, and review panels, intramural and extramural committees, consultation, scientific inquiry, and use of creative approaches to study quality of patient care and patient and organizational outcomes.

Closes Tuesday 7/5/2016

For complete details and application procedures, go to https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/PrintPreview/441488600.

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(05/16/16) Director of Clinical Informatics - Boston, MA



The Massachusetts Veterans Epidemiology Research and Information Center (MAVERIC) at the VA Boston Healthcare System invite applications for a full-time faculty position as Director of Clinical Informatics. The Director is an integral member of the MAVERIC leadership team and is responsible for the vision, design, development, and execution of the informatics required to support a national portfolio of clinical research and rapid learning healthcare system activities.

The Director is charged with leading an experienced informatics team to manage a successful solution architecture that combines multiple Informatics domains including clinical informatics, natural language processing, machine learning, phenotyping, clinical analytics, imaging informatics, and bioinformatics. Success requires both creative independent thinking and collaboration skills but not mastery of all informatics domains. Examples of informatics requirements of active projects include developing platforms and applications to match patients to clinical trials, aggregate relevant clinical data from multiple sources, perform predictive analytics, return analytic results to the VA electronic health record for decision support and provide decision support tools (e.g. tumor board) capable of complex workflows essential to learning healthcare system activities.

The successful candidate will be a skilled collaborator who can learn and navigate the VA information technology world to provide sophisticated and creative informatics solutions for the complex business requirements of clinical care and research activities. They will maintain relationships with key VA administrators at the local and national level, with academic collaborators and with a wide variety of venders and be skilled at managing a team of 30 employees. The position requires US citizenship and M.D. or D.O. with licensure, board certification in clinical informatics is preferred. Accomplishments should be commensurate with academic appointment as assistant or associate professor at either Harvard Medical School or Boston University School of Medicine. Women and minorities are strongly encouraged to apply. VABHS is an equal opportunity employer.

Please send inquiries along with your CV to: Louis.Fiore@va.gov. Include "Applicant, Clinical Informatics" in the e-mail subject line.

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(05/05/16) Implementation Scientist, Center for Clinical Quality and Implementation Research, Vanderbilt University Medical Center - Nashville, TN



Vanderbilt University Medical Center is seeking qualified researchers to join the Center for Clinical Quality and Implementation Research. Located in Nashville, TN, Vanderbilt is a leading academic medical center with strong traditions in health services research, quality improvement, biomedical informatics, and health system innovation. The medical center is a site for the VA National Quality Scholars Fellowship Program, as well as the IHI Open School.

The mission of the Center for Clinical Quality and Implementation Research is to advance research on the quality, safety, value, and delivery of health care through scholarship, service, and education. Faculty in the Center lead and mentor the implementation and evaluation of quality initiatives locally in the medical center, regionally across the growing Vanderbilt Health Affiliated Network, and nationally through quality improvement collaboratives. The Center is interdisciplinary and interdepartmental, with faculty having primary appointments in the Schools of Medicine, Nursing, and Management. The Center has a robust portfolio of extramural funding from the VA, NIH, AHRQ, PCORI, and CMS. It is integrated with the Vanderbilt Center for Health Services Research and the Institute for Medicine and Public Health, which provide space and infrastructure support.

Faculty research candidates (MD or PhD) with expertise in dissemination, implementation, health care delivery, and evaluation science are desired to expand the Center. Opportunities are available for tenure or non-tenure track positions, and for junior or senior faculty. We also seek senior research staff and post-doctoral applicants. Successful candidates will be expected to lead interdisciplinary research teams, teach and mentor trainees, perform quantitative and qualitative program evaluations, author scientific manuscripts, and develop grant applications. Experience in statistical analysis, program evaluation, and scientific writing is necessary. The ideal candidate will also have excellent written and verbal communication skills, organizational skills, and experience in quality assessment/improvement or implementation science.

For More Information Contact:
Sunil Kripalani, MD, MSc, SFHM
Director, Center for Clinical Quality and Implementation Research
sunil.kripalani@vanderbilt.edu

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(05/03/16) Research Programmer/Analyst - Seattle, WA



The Seattle Epidemiologic Research and Information Center (ERIC), Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), is recruiting a Research Programmer/Analyst to work with an experienced and growing group of researchers committed to high-quality epidemiologic investigations using large, complex health data to address Veteran health issues.

The Center is recruiting 1 or more part or full-time positions that will support the large, national epidemiologic research studies within the ERIC as well as smaller-scale, investigator-initiated studies. The Research Programmer/Analyst will work closely with the Center's Senior Data Manager, Biostatisticians, and scientific and administrative personnel in the conduct of observational epidemiologic studies addressing environmental/occupational exposures, pharmacotherapy, and genetics/genomics. Primary responsibilities will be to extract, merge, and manipulate data and data sets from national and local VA data warehouses for research purposes.

Key Duties:

  • Extract information from national and local VA data bases to create analytic files for staff epidemiologists and biostatisticians
  • Work with investigators and staff to identify key data elements required for specific analyses
  • Troubleshoot data issues uncovered by staff
  • Design and create databases, tables and files to meet the needs of study staff
  • Validate incoming data from field sites
  • Manage, administer, and ensure security, maintenance and operations of data files and database systems
  • Update and maintain data from past epidemiologic studies

Qualifications:

Candidates must have a minimum of a masters-level degree in a scientific field and 1 year of experience working with relational databases. Applicant must be proficient in SQL and either SAS or R/Bioconductor. Excellent data management, programming and communication skills are required, as is the ability to work effectively in a team setting. Desired qualifications include 3 or more years of experience, knowledge of Stata software, familiarity with VA data systems, files and data security, and knowledge of genomic data.

Candidates must be US citizens. Depending on the candidate's experience, the target salary will be in the GS-11 to GS-12 range according to the Office of Personnel Management General Schedule table at opm.gov.

Please send a cover letter and resume to SeattleCSPEC@va.gov. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled; however, preference will be given to materials received by May 27, 2016.

For more information about the Seattle ERIC, please see seattle.eric.research.va.gov

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(05/03/16) Health Research Biostatistician - Seattle, WA



The Seattle Epidemiologic Research and Information Center (ERIC), of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Office of Research and Development, is seeking to expand its biostatistics research group, a dynamic and growing team of researchers committed to the Seattle ERIC mission of improving the health of US Veterans by promoting the principles and practice of state-of-the-art epidemiologic research.

Background: The Seattle ERIC is recruiting one or more full-time biostatisticians or similarly-qualified applicants with an advanced degree (either master's or doctoral degree) to perform epidemiologic research using large, complex health data from the VA and from other sources. The position also provides biostatistics support to smaller, investigator-initiated VA-based studies. The Center is one of four epidemiologic centers within the VA Cooperative Studies Program (CSP) and engages in high-quality science and prioritizes a collegial, collaborative, learning-based research environment.

Responsibilities: Primary scientific responsibilities will be the application of statistics to observational health research including the design, analysis, interpretation, and documentation phases. The biostatistics team is led by the Senior Biostatistician and currently includes 2 master's-level biostatisticians. The Seattle ERIC biostatisticians typically enjoy contact with the Department of Biostatistics at the University of Washington.

Key Duties (depending on experience level):

  • Collaborate with Principal Investigators, the Senior Biostatistician, and other scientific staff to select appropriate study designs and analyses to address research on Veteran-related health issues
  • Develop/assist with data analysis plans and oversee/perform advanced statistical analyses of observational data from multiple sources including VA administrative data, pharmacy data, genetic and genomic data, and correlated data from twin studies
  • Prepare statistical and scientific reports and work with other scientific staff to publish the findings in peer-reviewed journals
  • Supervise and mentor junior biostatisticians
  • Participate in national collaborations that include biostatisticians, epidemiologists and scientific staff at other VA CSP epidemiologic research centers

Qualifications: Candidates must have a minimum of an advanced degree in biostatistics, statistics, or a closely related field and be proficient in standard statistical software packages such as Stata and R, possess excellent communication skills, and work well in a team setting. Applicants with doctoral degrees should have strong leadership and mentoring skills. Desired qualifications include 5 or more years of relevant research experience, plus familiarity with VA data systems, twin research, statistical genetics, and with gene expression and genomic data.

Candidates must be US citizens. Depending on the candidate's experience, the target salary will be in the GS-11 to GS-13 range according to the Office of Personnel Management General Schedule table at opm.gov.

Contact: Please send a cover letter and resume to SeattleCSPEC@va.gov. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled; however, materials will be considered starting May 6, 2016.

For more information about the Seattle ERIC, please see seattle.eric.research.va.gov.

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(04/08/16) Associate Director / Professor, Associate Professor, Research Professor, or Research Associate Professor - Seattle, WA



The Seattle Health Services Research and Development (HSR&D) Center of Innovation (COIN) (www.pugetsound.hsrd.research.va.gov), Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and the Department of Health Services, School of Public Health, University of Washington (UW) (http://depts.washington.edu/hserv) are jointly searching for an Associate Director of the Seattle Division of the HSR&D COIN and a Professor, Associate Professor, Research Professor, or Research Associate Professor (without tenure) in the Department of Health Services to pursue health services research at the VA in Seattle.

The multi-institutional HSR&D COIN Veteran-Centered and Value-Driven Care is located in Seattle WA and Denver CO. The Associate Director for the Seattle Division is responsible, with the Seattle and Denver Co-Directors and the Denver Associate Director, for the administration of a nationally-renowned health services research program with an extensive portfolio of more than 100 research projects, 35 core investigators, an annual budget of $20 million, over 100 publications per year, and a training program for both MD and PhD postdoctoral researchers. The Center’s mission is to conduct health services research that promotes Veteran-centered, value-driven care, generate and disseminate knowledge that contributes to the well-being of Veterans, and work with VA policy and operational leaders to implement research findings into clinical care. The Center focuses on Veterans with complex chronic conditions with emphasis on:

  • Improving patient-centered care by targeting self-management across community and healthcare settings, palliative care, and the healthcare system.
  • Identifying high value modes of delivering care, comparative effectiveness research, and methods of quantifying value.
  • Emerging areas, including preventive screening and novel models of specialty care delivery.

Details about the Center can be found at its website: http://www.pugetsound.hsrd.research.va.gov/.

The Associate Director is expected to have a demonstrated track record of leadership, as well as his/her own independent, nationally funded research program in health services research. The Associate Director is expected to be a leader who fosters the careers of young investigators and supports the career promotion and satisfaction of mid and senior level researchers, as well as provides administrative direction to all investigators. The Associate Director will serve as a close liaison with other intra- and extramurally-funded investigators and research centers, as well as the VA’s academic affiliate, the UW, and will work closely with the Center Director in fulfilling the Center’s mission. The selected candidate would hold a joint appointment as faculty at the Associate or Full Professor level within the appropriate UW School (e.g. UW Schools of Medicine, Nursing, Public Health, Pharmacy) depending upon qualifications of the selected candidate. Faculty positions will not be tenured due to funding. Candidates for this position should hold either the MD or PhD degree, have a record of successful, extramurally-funded research, a strong background in the management of health services research, and have U.S. citizen status. UW faculty engage in teaching, research and service.

The VA Puget Sound Health Care System and UW are equal opportunity/affirmative action employers. The University of Washington is an Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity Employer. The University is building a culturally diverse faculty and staff and strongly encourages applications from women, underrepresented minorities, individuals with disabilities, and covered Veterans. The School of Public Health is committed to a diverse academic community. We view diversity as essential to our mission. For more information please see the following website: http://www.washington.edu/diversity/.

Interested candidates should submit a letter of inquiry and CV directly to: Jason A. Dominitz, MD/ Associate Director HSR&D COIN Search Committee Chair /VA Puget Sound Health Care System, Mailstop 111-S-Gastro, 1660 S. Columbian Way, Seattle, WA 98108. or by email to James.Wilson8@va.gov.

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(03/23/16) Associate Director for the Center for Mental Healthcare & Outcomes Research - North Little Rock, AR



The Center for Mental Healthcare & Outcomes Research (CeMHOR), an HSR&D-funded Center of Innovation (COIN), is seeking an Associate Director. CeMHOR is located at the Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System (CAVHS) in Little Rock, Arkansas and has a rich 25 year history. Our mission is to optimize outcomes for Veterans by conducting innovative research to improve access to and engagement in evidence-based mental health and substance use care.

The Associate Director works closely with the CeMHOR Director to provide scientific and programmatic leadership for CeMHOR. The Associate Director is responsible for overseeing the day-to-day operations of the center and will serve as a mentor/and advisor to junior faculty and staff. He/she will foster growth and recognition of the center by promoting and facilitating applications for funding from VA and other sources; making education and training opportunities available for investigators and staff; and helping investigators disseminate and implement research results.

The ideal candidate should be a mid-level to senior-level investigator with a track record of publications in the areas of mental health, specialty settings, primary care, rural mental health, tele-mental health and/or access and engagement in mental health care or substance abuse care. Candidates should have an MD or a doctorate in health services research, epidemiology, public health, or other health-related discipline. The candidate should have considerable experience as a Principal Investigator and have experience obtaining funding from VA, NIH, DoD, and/or PCORI. Management experience would also be advantageous.

If interested, please send your resume/curriculum vitae and letter of interest to: Richard R. Owen, MD (Richard.owen2@va.gov).

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(03/09/16) Lead Biostatistician - Philadelphia, PA



The Center for Health Equity Research and Promotion (CHERP), a VA HSR&D Center of Innovation (COIN) and an affiliate of the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine is seeking qualified applicants for the position of PhD level Biostatistician to become the Director of Biostatistics and Informatics Core for Philadelphia CHERP COIN, which is based at the Corporal Michael J. Crescenz VA Medical Center in Philadelphia, PA.

Candidates for the position should have some experience designing and leading clinical research projects, including data management systems and operations, preparation and presentation of reports to data monitoring committees, and development and implementation of ongoing quality control procedures. They should be knowledgeable about statistical issues related to the design and analysis of clinical trials and other longitudinal studies, such as adaptive designs, methods for missing data, analytical procedures for causal inference, and statistical monitoring approaches. The incumbent will have a wide range of responsibilities in providing data management and statistical expertise.

Tasks and Responsibilities Include:

  • Manage, analyze and interpret data from administrative databases, surveys, and other data sources.
  • Plan data collection, analysis, and interpret numerical data; apply statistical methods to provide inferences and information for the fields of health services and statistics for development of research proposals, power and sample size calculations, and co-authoring manuscripts.
  • Conduct primary studies as well as secondary analysis of existing databases, including VA/non-VA medical system administrative databases, vital and health statistics, cross-sectional surveys, retrospective and prospective cohort studies, and case-control studies.
  • Evaluate the reliability of source information, adjust and weight raw data, and organize results into the format necessary for computer analysis.
  • Analyze and interpret statistics to point out significant differences between study samples and prepare conclusions and forecasts based on data summaries and analyses.

A summary of the activities of our Center of Innovation are available on our website: http://www.cherp.research.va.gov .

Required Qualifications:

  • PhD degree in biostatistics preferred; background in mathematics, statistics, biostatistics, epidemiology, psychometrics, or related area. Faculty appointment may be considered commensurate with applicant experience.
  • Excellent computer programming skills, especially with SAS or other statistical programs.
  • Applicants must be a U.S. citizen or U.S. permanent resident.
  • Must have ability to work effectively as a member of an interdisciplinary team.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communications skills in both written and spoken English.

CHERP and the Corporal Michael J. Crescenz VA Medical Center are Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity/Equal Access Employers.

Interested applicants should send a cover letter and CV to:
Heather Johnson, Administrative Officer
Center of Innovation for Health Equity Research and Promotion
Corporal Michael J. Crescenz VA Medical Center
3900 Woodland Avenue -- ANNEX
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Heather.johnson4@va.gov

Telephone: 215-823-5821
Fax: 215-222-2592

Please mention "Lead Biostatistician Position" in subject line of email.

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(02/25/16) Statistical Analyst - Houston, TX



The Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center, Houston, TX and Baylor College of Medicine are seeking qualified applicants for the position of Statistical Analyst, based at the VA Health Services Research and Development Center for Innovations in Quality, Effectiveness and Safety (IQuESt).

The incumbent will have a wide range of responsibilities in providing data management and statistical.

Tasks and Responsibilities:

  • Manage data obtained from administrative databases, surveys, and other data sources.
  • Conduct analysis of existing data, including VA and non-VA medical system administrative databases, vital and health statistics, cross-sectional surveys, retrospective and prospective cohort studies, and case-control studies.
  • Format data as needed for statistical analysis.
  • Provides data summaries, analyses, and interprets results.
  • Prepares data tables for presentation.
  • Provides technical consultation to Research Investigators preparing grant applications, including but not limited to assistance with power and sample size calculations.

Required Qualifications:

  • M.S. degree with a background in mathematics, statistics, biostatistics, epidemiology, psychometrics, or a related area.
  • Experience using SAS or other statistical program.
  • Must be a United States Citizen or U.S. permanent resident.
  • Ability to work effectively as a member of an interdisciplinary team.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communications skills in both written and spoken English.
  • Excellent computer programming skills, especially with SAS programming.

BCM and the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center are Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity/Equal Access Employers.

Contact:

Jessica Davila, PhD, Program Chief, Methodology & Statistics Core
c/o Edward Pomer
Center for Innovations in Quality, Effectiveness and Safety
2450 Holcombe Blvd, Suite 01Y
Houston, TX 77021
Edward.Pomer@va.gov or Phone: 713-440-4477

Please reference "Statistical Analyst" in subject line.

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(02/25/16) Statistician - Houston, TX



The Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center, Houston, TX and Baylor College of Medicine are seeking qualified applicants for the position of Statistician based at the VA Health Services Research and Development Center for Innovations in Quality, Effectiveness and Safety (IQuESt).

The incumbent will have a wide range of responsibilities in providing data management and statistical expertise.

Tasks and Responsibilities:

  • Manage, analyze and interpret data from administrative databases, surveys, and other data sources.
  • Plan data collection, analysis, and interpret numerical data; apply statistical methods to provide inferences and information for the fields of health services and statistics for development of research proposals, power and sample size calculations, and co-authoring manuscripts.
  • Conduct primary studies as well as secondary analysis of existing databases, including VA/non-VA medical system administrative databases, vital and health statistics, crosssectional surveys, retrospective and prospective cohort studies, and case-control studies.
  • Evaluate the reliability of source information, adjust and weight raw data, and organize results into the format necessary for computer analysis.
  • Analyze and interpret statistics to point out significant differences between study samples and prepare conclusions and forecasts based on data summaries and analyses.

A summary of all activities of our Center are available on our website: http://www.houston.hsrd.research.va.gov.

Required Qualifications:

  • PhD degree preferred; background in mathematics, statistics, biostatistics, epidemiology, psychometrics, or related area. Faculty appointment may be considered commensurate with applicant experience.
  • Excellent computer programming skills, especially with SAS or other statistical programs.
  • Applicants must be a U.S. citizen or U.S. permanent resident.
  • Must have ability to work effectively as a member of an interdisciplinary team.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communications skills in both written and spoken English.

BCM and the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center are Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity/Equal Access Employers.

Contact:

Jessica Davila, PhD, Program Chief, Methodology & Statistics Core
c/o Edward Pomer
Center for Innovations in Quality, Effectiveness and Safety
2450 Holcombe Blvd, Suite 01Y
Houston, TX 77021
Edward.Pomer@va.gov or Phone: 713-440-4477

Please reference "Statistician Position" in subject line.

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(02/24/16) Research Scientist - Clinical Epidemiology and Comparative Effectiveness - Houston, TX



The Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center, Houston, TX and Baylor College of Medicine are seeking qualified applicants for the position of Research Scientist based at the VA Health Services Research and Development Center for Innovations in Quality, Effectiveness and Safety (IQuESt).

We are seeking MD or PhD candidates to conduct comparative effectiveness research in prevention, screening, diagnostics or treatments (including pharmacologic, behavioral, and other treatment strategies). Established investigators at the Assistant or Associate Professor level with a track record of publications in the areas of comparative effectiveness, clinical epidemiology or clinical trials are preferred. Candidates will be expected to conduct research for at least 75% of the time and a highly competitive start up package will be offered commensurate with experience and record of success.

IQuESt, located in the Texas Medical Center with 35,000 sq. ft. of contiguous office space, has a strong portfolio of federally funded, multidisciplinary research. It houses over 190 staff; 45 are research faculty from either clinical and/or non-clinical disciplines, such as epidemiology, biostatistics, and psychometrics. Our research extends from patient experience, to clinical practice and outcomes of care, and to the development of health care policy. We have an established track record of supporting, mentoring and developing outstanding research leaders. Some faculty hold joint or adjunct appointments at Rice University, The University of Texas School of Biomedical Informatics and School of Public Health, University of Houston, and Texas A&M University.

A summary of all activities of our Center are available on our website: http://www.houston.hsrd.research.va.gov.

Required Qualifications:

  • Fellowship trained MD or PhD.
  • Must be a U.S. citizen or U.S. permanent resident.

BCM and the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center are Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity/Equal Access Employers.

Contact:

Thomas P. Giordano, MD, MPH
Chief, Clinical Epidemiology and Comparative Effectiveness Program
c/o Edward Pomer
Center for Innovations in Quality, Effectiveness and Safety
2450 Holcombe Blvd, Suite 01Y
Houston, TX 77021
Edward.Pomer@va.gov or Phone: 713-440-4477

Please reference "Comparative Effectiveness Investigator" in subject line.

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(02/24/16) Director, Center for Health Equity Research - Pittsburgh, PA



The Division of General Internal Medicine/Department of Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh seeks a highly qualified MD or PhD investigator to lead a new cross-departmental, multidisciplinary Research Center focused on Health Equity. Candidates from a broad range of disciplines with distinguished track records in the field of health disparities research are encouraged to apply. Appointment will be at the Associate or Full Professor rank in the tenure stream. Position includes a competitive salary, substantial resources to support research infrastructure, and a commitment to recruit additional faculty researchers. This new institutional leader in Health Equity Research will establish formal affiliations and collaborations with existing University of Pittsburgh Divisions, Departments, Schools, and Centers, local health care systems (VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System, UPMC), and affiliated research programs (VA Center for Health Equity Research and Promotion, Center for Health Equity in the Graduate School of Public Health at the University of Pittsburgh, and RAND Health) that share our commitment to achieving health equity for a broad range of vulnerable populations. Interested candidates are encouraged to provide a letter of interest and CV in confidence to Michael J. Fine, MD, MSc (Search Committee Chair) at finemj@upmc.edu. The University of Pittsburgh is an Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity Employer.

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(01/29/16) Academic General Internal Medicine Physician - Minneapolis, MN



The Minneapolis VA Health Care System seeks full-time academic general internists with quality improvement, implementation science, comparative effectiveness, or health services research expertise to join our new Quality, Safety, and Value Program, located within the section of General Internal Medicine. The Minneapolis VA is a major teaching hospital affiliated with the University of Minnesota and home to the Center for Chronic Disease Outcomes Research (a VA Health Services Research Center of Innovation with 25 funded investigators), an AHRQ/VA funded Evidence-Synthesis Program, a Chief Resident for Quality and Safety (CRQS) program, and an established QI curriculum for trainees, including a dedicated Patient Safety Rotation. Successful candidates will be provided with substantial protected time for quality improvement, mentoring, and research or scholarship activities. Essential qualifications include excellent interpersonal communication, creative problem-solving skills, ability to work with multidisciplinary teams, and demonstrated expertise in quality/health care delivery improvement, implementation science, or health services research. Candidates should have advanced methodological training, such as that provided by a general internal medicine, quality improvement, or health services research fellowship, and should be BC/BE in Internal Medicine and eligible for an academic appointment in the University of Minnesota Department of Medicine. This position offers a competitive VA salary, performance pay, and an excellent benefits package. Send CV and letter of interest to Erin Krebs, MD, MPH at CCDOR (152), Minneapolis VAMC, 1 Veterans Drive, Minneapolis, MN 55417 or erin.krebs@va.gov.

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(01/24/16) Deputy Director - Houston, TX



The Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center, Houston, TX and Baylor College of Medicine are seeking qualified applicants for the position of Deputy Director, VA Health Services Research and Development (HSR&D) Center for Innovations (COIN) in Quality, Effectiveness and Safety (IQuESt).

The Deputy Director is responsible for the administration of the Center’s nationally-renowned health services research and health policy program with an extensive portfolio of more than 90 research projects, 35 core investigators, a budget of over $14 million, and a training program for both MD and PhD postdoctoral researchers. There are currently 16 HSR&D Merit reviewed projects, two HSR&D Career Development Awards (CDAs), 11 NIH R grants, and 44 other active grants. In the past decade, our work has contributed to 26 articles cited in nine IOM reports; 65 briefs and reports to the President, Congress, and VA Secretary; 47 articles cited in 23 clinical guidelines for patient care; and two articles cited in two US Centers for Disease Control-recommended programs. Our investigators include clinicians representing four different academic departments and PhD social scientists from disciplines such as human-factors engineering, industrial/organizational psychology, epidemiology, biostatistics, and economics. The Center also has a robust mentoring and career development curriculum as part of a formal health services research (HSR) educational program, overseen by the Education and Training Core. In the last 15 years, 65 CDAs have been funded (11 are current). In addition to our own HSR fellowships, we partner with other postdoctoral training programs to train PhDs and clinicians in HSR. At any given time, 10 to 14 fellows engaged in HSR reside at the Center. More details about the Center can be found at its website: http://www.houston.hsrd.research.va.gov/.

The Deputy Director will maintain a close liaison with other research Centers and investigators. The successful candidate is expected to provide leadership in two major areas:

  • First, carry out his/her own independent, high quality, nationally funded research program in health services research and health policy, preferably within our mission and goals. If the incumbent is appointed through the academic affiliate at the level of Associate Professor or higher position, they must demonstrate evidence of research productivity, success in obtaining external grant funding, and skill in mentoring junior investigators and Fellows.
  • Second, provide administrative and research leadership that promotes the careers of young investigators and fosters the career promotion and satisfaction of mid and senior level researchers. In this capacity, the incumbent will be expected to oversee the structure and function of key aspects of the Center's administrative operations, including but not limited to assistance in making administrative decisions as to the appropriate staffing and allocation of Center resources to individual and collaborative projects and developing strategic plans for future research.

Required Qualifications:

  • Must be a U.S. citizen.
  • MD or PhD.
  • Background and experience in health services research.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills and ability to work in an interdisciplinary environment.

BCM and the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center are Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity/Equal Access Employers.

Please forward CV and letter of interest in confidence to:

Laura A. Petersen, MD, MPH, FACP
Director, HSR&D, Center of Innovation (COIN) in Quality, Effectiveness and Safety
Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center VAMC, HSR&D (152)
2002 Holcombe Blvd., Houston TX 77030

Apply online at:

MD: https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/408957200 (OPEN PERIOD: Thursday, July 2, 2015 to Friday, July 1, 2016 )

PhD: https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/408931800 (OPEN PERIOD: Thursday, July 2, 2015 to Friday, July 1, 2016)

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(12/07/15) Research Scientist - Health Policy, Quality and Informatics - Houston, TX



The Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center, Houston, TX and Baylor College of Medicine are seeking qualified applicants for the position of Research Scientist based at the VA Health Services Research and Development Center for Innovations in Quality, Effectiveness and Safety (IQuESt). We are seeking MD or PhD candidates to conduct research on the use of electronic health records (EHRs), health information technology and patient safety improvement. Established investigators at the Assistant or Associate Professor level with a track record of publications in the areas of health informatics and patient safety are preferred. Candidates will be expected to conduct research for at least 75% of the time and a highly competitive start up package will be offered commensurate with experience and record of success.

IQuESt, located in the Texas Medical Center with 35,000 sq. ft. of contiguous office space, has a strong portfolio of federally funded, multidisciplinary research. It houses over 190 staff; 45 are research faculty from either clinical and/or non-clinical disciplines, such as biostatistics, epidemiology, and psychometrics. Our research extends from patient experience, to clinical practice and outcomes of care, and to the development of health care policy. We have an established track record of supporting, mentoring and developing outstanding research leaders. Some faculty, hold joint or adjunct appointments at Rice University, The University of Texas School of Biomedical Informatics and School of Public Health, University of Houston, and Texas A&M University. A summary of all activities of our Center are available on our website: http://www.houston.hsrd.research.va.gov.

Required Qualifications:

  • Fellowship trained MD or MD/PhD.
  • Must be a U.S. citizen or U.S. permanent resident.

BCM and the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center are Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity/Equal Access Employers.

Contact:

Hardeep Singh, MD, MPH
Chief, Health Policy, Quality and Informatics Program
c/o Edward Pomer
Center for Innovations in Quality, Effectiveness and Safety
2450 Holcombe Blvd, Suite 01Y
Houston, TX 77021
Edward.Pomer@va.gov or Phone: 713-440-4477

Please reference "Health Policy, Quality & Informatics Investigator" in subject line.

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(12/07/15) Research Scientist - Behavioral Health and Implementation - Houston, TX



The Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center, Houston, TX and Baylor College of Medicine are seeking qualified applicants for the position of Research Scientist based at the VA Health Services Research and Development Center for Innovations in Quality, Effectiveness and Safety (IQuESt). We are seeking established MD or PhD investigators at the Assistant or Associate Professor level. A track record of publications in the areas of behavioral health, rural mental health, tele-mental health and geriatric mental health are preferred. Candidates will be expected to conduct research for at least 75% of the time and a highly competitive start up package will be offered commensurate with experience and record of success. IQuESt, located in the Texas Medical Center with 35,000 sq. ft. of contiguous office space, has a strong portfolio of federally funded, multidisciplinary research. It houses over 190 staff; 45 are research faculty from either clinical and/or non-clinical disciplines, such as epidemiology, biostatistics, and psychometrics. Our research extends from patient experience, to clinical practice and outcomes of care, and to the development of health care policy. We have an established track record of supporting, mentoring and developing outstanding research leaders. Some faculty, hold joint or adjunct appointments at Rice University, The University of Texas School of Biomedical Informatics and School of Public Health, University of Houston, and Texas A&M University. A summary of all activities of our Center are available on our website: http://www.houston.hsrd.research.va.gov.

Required Qualifications:

  • Fellowship trained MD or PhD.
  • Must be a U.S. citizen or U.S. permanent resident.

BCM and the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center are Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity/Equal Access Employers.

Contact:

Mark E. Kunik, MD, MPH
Chief, Behavioral Health and Implementation Program
c/o Edward Pomer
Center for Innovations in Quality, Effectiveness and Safety
2450 Holcombe Blvd, Suite 01Y
Houston, TX 77021
Edward.Pomer@va.gov or Phone: 713-440-4477

Please reference "Behavioral Health Investigator" in subject line.

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(12/07/15) Investigator - Houston, TX



The Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center, Houston, TX and Baylor College of Medicine are seeking qualified applicants for the position of Health Decision-Making & Communication Investigator, VA Health Services Research and Development (HSR&D) Center for Innovations (COIN) in Quality, Effectiveness and Safety (IQuESt). Protected research time (75%) and a highly competitive start up package will be offered, commensurate with experience and record of success. A faculty appointment at the Assistant or Associate Professor-level will be given based on experience and fit with appointment guidelines. The Center, in the Texas Medical Center, has over 190 staff; 45 are research faculty from both clinical and non-clinical disciplines, such as biostatistics, epidemiology, and psychometrics. Some faculty, hold joint or adjunct appointments at Rice University, The University of Texas School of Health Information Sciences and School of Public Health, University of Houston, and Texas A&M University. A summary of all activities of our Center are available on our website: http://www.houston.hsrd.research.va.gov.

Required Qualifications:

  • Doctoral degree (MD preferred).
  • Publications in communication sciences.
  • History of project funding.
  • Must be a U.S. citizen or U.S. permanent resident.

BCM and the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center are Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity/Equal Access Employers.

Contact:

Richard L. Street, PhD
Chief, Health Decision-Making & Communication Program
c/o Edward Pomer
Center for Innovations in Quality, Effectiveness and Safety
2450 Holcombe Blvd, Suite 01Y
Houston, TX 77021
Edward.Pomer@va.gov or Phone: 713-440-4477

Please reference "Health Decision-Making & Communication Investigator" in subject line.

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