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Please note that this section is updated monthly. The following positions are still open as of 10/01/14.



(10/03/14) Post-Doctoral Health Services Research Fellowship Opportunity - Providence, RI



Unique interdisciplinary fellowship training opportunities in Health Services Research are available in Providence Veterans Affairs' Center of Innovation (COIN) for Long-Term Services and Support (LTSS) for Vulnerable Veterans.

Funded by the Health Services Research and Development (HSR&D) service of the Department of Veterans Affairs, our Center's vision is to stimulate and develop partnered health services research that will enhance access, quality and value of LTSS for Veterans with medical and/or psychosocial vulnerabilities and facilitate the implementation of programs to support the mission of VA's GEC service in maximizing Veterans' social participation and quality of life in the least restrictive setting possible. The primary goal of the COIN-LTSS is to advance the science in LTSS for Veteran and other populations with medical and/or psychosocial vulnerabilities.

Our program aims to train both physician and non-physician researchers to become successful independent investigators in health services research and health system improvement, to give trainees didactic as well as "hands-on" supervised experience in health services research, and to teach health services research methods as well as content material relevant to gerontology, long term care, and chronic disease management. Post-doctoral fellows will have the opportunity to participate in on-going research in one or more substantive areas, including chronic disease management, long-term care, quality of care, community-based systems of care, organization of health care delivery, health care disparities, and methodological approaches to comparative effectiveness research. We have a robust mentoring program to promote the career development of our fellowship trainees.

Located at the Providence VA Medical Center in Rhode Island, the COIN-LTSS works closely with its partners, the Geriatrics and Extended Care Service (GEC), the GEC Data & Analysis Center (GEC DAC) and the Brown University Center for Gerontology & Healthcare Research. Many of our faculty hold joint appointments with Brown University and are nationally and internationally renowned for their work in health services research and policy.

The COIN-LTSS Fellowship program welcomes applications from those with a previous doctoral degree, such as a PhD or MD. The position requirements for a post-doctoral fellowship are: MD and continuation of basic clinical training, or PhD or equivalent doctoral degree in health services research, sociology, epidemiology, economics or other related field. Term of appointment is for one year, renewable contingent upon funding.

For more information, please contact Deb D'Allesandro 401-273-7100 ext. 6238 or Debra.D'Allesandro@va.gov.

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(08/07/14) 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 Shannon Kenyon
Center for Innovations in Quality, Effectiveness and Safety
2450 Holcombe Blvd, Suite 01Y
Houston, TX 77021
Shannon.Kenyon@va.gov or Phone: 713-794-8677; Fax: 713-748-7359

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

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(08/07/14) Research Scientist - 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 screening, diagnostics or therapeutics. 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:

Hashem B El-Serag, MD, MPH
Chief, Clinical Epidemiology and Comparative Effectiveness Program
c/o Shannon Kenyon
Center for Innovations in Quality, Effectiveness and Safety
2450 Holcombe Blvd, Suite 01Y
Houston, TX 77021
Shannon.Kenyon@va.gov or Phone: 713-794-8677; Fax: 713-748-7359

Please reference "Comparative Effectiveness Investigator" in subject line.

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(08/07/14) Research Scientist - 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 Shannon Kenyon
Center for Innovations in Quality, Effectiveness and Safety
2450 Holcombe Blvd, Suite 01Y
Houston, TX 77021
Shannon.Kenyon@va.gov or Phone: 713-794-8677; Fax: 713-748-7359

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

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(08/07/14) 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 nationallyrenowned health services research and health policy program with an extensive portfolio of more than 90 research projects, 35 core investigators, a budget of over $15 million dollars, 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 22 articles cited in eight IOM reports; 38 (with an additional three in process) briefs and reports to the President, Congress, and Secretary Shinseki; 45 articles cited in 21 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, 61 CDAs have been funded (13 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

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(08/07/14) Research Scientist - 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 Shannon Kenyon
Center for Innovations in Quality, Effectiveness and Safety
2450 Holcombe Blvd, Suite 01Y
Houston, TX 77021
Shannon.Kenyon@va.gov or Phone: 713-794-8677; Fax: 713-748-7359

Please reference "Behavioral Health Investigator" in subject line.

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(08/06/14) 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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(06/13/14) Statistician - Houston, TX



Salary Range: GS 1530 12/13 ($77,579 - $119,926)
Houston Health Services Research and Development, Center of Excellence
Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center and Baylor College of Medicine

The incumbent will have a wide range of responsibilities in providing data management and statistical expertise to all components of the VA Health Services Research and Development, Center of Excellence (HSR&D, CoE) and the Department of Medicine, Section of Health Services Research at Baylor College of Medicine (BCM).

Tasks and Responsibilities

  • Manage, analyze and interpret data obtained from administrative databases, surveys, and other data sources.
  • Plans data collection, analyzes, and interprets numerical data from studies, surveys, and other sources, and applies statistical methods to provide inferences and information for the fields of health services and statistics.
  • Skilled in conducting primary studies as well as in secondary analyzes of extant 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.
  • Has the ability to evaluate the reliability of source information, adjust and weight raw data, and organized results into the format necessary for computer analysis.
  • Analyzes and interprets statistics to point out significant differences between study samples, and prepares conclusions and forecasts based on data summaries and analyses.
  • Evaluate data reliability and format data as needed for analysis.
  • Prepare data summaries and output for presentation.
  • Provide technical and methodological consultation to Research Investigators, including but not limited to assistance with development of research proposals, power and sample size calculations, and co-authoring manuscripts.

Education Required:

M.S. degree, PhD degree preferred with a background in mathematics, statistics, biostatistics, epidemiology, psychometrics, or a related area.

Experience Required:

Experience using SAS or other statistical program.

Additional Qualification:

  • Applicants must be a United States Citizen.
  • 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.

Contact

Interested applicants should e-mail resume and cover letter to Ashley Britton-Jones, HR Manager, HSR&D, CoE at ashley.britton-Jones@va.gov. Please reference "Statistician Position" in the subject line.

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(06/05/14) Chief, Section of Health Disparities and International Health - Pittsburgh, PA



Division of General Internal Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh is seeking Chief of the Section of Health Disparities and International Health. The Chief will be provided with resources including an Endowed Chair in health disparities research. Candidates must hold a distinguished record in the field of health disparities research. Appointment will be at the Associate or Full Professor rank in the tenure stream. The position includes a competitive salary, substantial resources to support research infrastructure, and a commitment to recruit up to ten additional MD and/or PhD junior to mid-level faculty researchers over the next five years. Opportunities for local collaboration exist through a wide range of affiliated research programs including the VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System Center for Health Equity Research and Promotion, the Institute for Clinical Research Education, and the Center for Minority Health at the University of Pittsburgh, and RAND Health.

Please forward CV and letter of interest in confidence to: Wishwa Kapoor, MD, 200 Lothrop Street, 933 West MUH, Pittsburgh, PA 15213 (fax: 412-692-4825) or e-mail: Noskoka@upmc.edu. The University of Pittsburgh is an Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity Employer.

For VA contact please send inquiries to Michael Fine at michael.fine@va.gov or Mary Walsh at mary.walsh3@va.gov.

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(06/04/14) Deputy Director, Baylor College of Medicine and Houston VA Health Services Research Center - 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 of Innovation (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 $15 million dollars, 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 seven articles cited in three IOM reports; 38 (with an additional three in process) briefs and reports to the President, Congress, and Secretary Shinseki; 44 articles cited in 16 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, 61 CDAs have been funded (13 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:

  • US Citizenship
  • MD or PhD
  • Background and experience in health services research
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills and ability to work in an interdisciplinary environment

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(IQuEST)
Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center VAMC, HSR&D (152)
2002 Holcombe Blvd.,
Houston, TX 77030

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