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Members of the VA Research community who are interested in advertising their available positions here can submit requests to ORD.Web@va.gov.

Please note that this section is updated monthly. The following positions are still open as of 05/01/21.

For additional VA opportunities, please visit the USAJobs website.



(05/06/21) Statistician (Health Research) - Orlando, FL



The Health Research Statistician for the Orlando VA Healthcare System Research and Development Service works in a staff capacity reporting directly to the Supervisory Research Health Science Specialist. The Health Research Statistician will be an integral member of the Service's professional staff, contributing to improvement of health care quality, clinical research and outcomes in the OVAHS. The incumbent actively collaborates with a diverse faculty and staff.

Closing date: 05/26/2021

See https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/600564500 for details.

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(05/05/21) Research Health Science Specialist—Brain Health and Injury - Washington, DC



The Rehabilitation Research and Development Service (RR&D) is seeking applicants to serve as Research Health Science Specialist—Brain Health and Injury, VA Central Office (VACO), Washington, DC.  

Research in this multi-faceted portfolio addresses a broad range of preclinical, clinical or applied rehabilitation research in the areas of Brain Health and Injury, including the long-term effects of neurological diseases, disorders, and injuries on brain health and function, specifically traumatic injury, stroke, epilepsy, and progressive neurological conditions, and the influence of drugs of abuse, environmental exposures, and genetic factors on brain health and recovery from neurological diseases, disorders, and injuries. https://www.rehab.research.va.gov/guid/meritreview.html#RRD1

This position is within the Veterans Health Administration, Office of Research and Development (ORD), VACO under RR&D, which is one of four components that comprise ORD. 

The incumbent will serve as RR&D's principal advisor and point of contact for all programmatic and scientific issues related to rehabilitation issues for Brain Health and Injury.

Duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Representing the Rehabilitation Research and Development Service (RR&D) in intra- and/or inter-agency meetings, conferences relevant to rehabilitation research related to Brain Health and Injury.
  • Developing procedures and criteria for the administration of RR&D rehabilitation research programs relevant to Brain Health and Injury.
  • Reviewing research project progress reports to assess investigators' compliance with RR&D's program guidelines relevant to Brain Health and Injury.
  • Identifying and recruiting VA and non-VA scientists to serve in RR&D's peer review committees relevant to Brain Health and Injury.
  • Assessing the special expertise needed to review RR&D's proposals relevant to Brain Health and Injury and makes appropriate reviewer assignments.
  • Conducting semi-annual review meetings relevant to Brain Health and Injury and providing policy guidance to applicants, reviewers, special interest observers, and non-VA counterparts.
  • Making recommendations regarding the appropriate assignment of research proposals to the various RR&D merit review committees.
  • Providing guidance to senior and mid-level RR&D program managers and support staff.
  • Responding to inquiries from field facilities regarding scientific/technical issues relevant to the Brain Health and Injury portfolio and making programmatic and policy determinations.
  • Conducting studies and analyzing data relevant to the Brain Health and Injury portfolio and presenting results through presentations and/or publications.
  • Serving as RR&D's principal advisor, and primary point of contact for all programmatic and scientific issues related to Rehabilitation research issues for Brain Health and Injury
  • Collaborating with research programs within VA and other federal agencies to enhance, coordinate and review policies and procedures relevant to Brain Health and Injury.

Closing date: Monday, May 24, 2021

Use this link for the “External” announcement in USAJOBS (Any U.S. Citizen may apply)https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/599520300

Use this link for the “Internal” announcement in USAJOBS (Only Federal employees and Status candidates may apply): https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/599179600

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(05/05/21) Health Science Officer - Washington, DC



We are looking for scientific program managers to lead our VA health services research portfolios in critical areas, including long term care and aging and health informatics/big data research. We seek an individual to lead the development, refinement, and implementation of HSR&D's research portfolios in either of the following areas:

1. Long-term services and supports, including research on long-term care, home-and community-based care, geriatric services, and caregiving. The individual will work closely with program partners leading geriatrics and extended care, palliative care, caregiver support, home-based primary care, and other home and community-based support programs. The individual will work with other Federal funders such as NIH and CMS on areas of common interest in research on aging.

2. Health informatics, big data and connected care. This portfolio includes cutting edge research on use of advanced methods to extract information from medical records; development of predictive analytics to improve clinical care and health system management; computerized decisions support to improve clinical decision-making and reduce medical errors; use of technology including smart phone apps to collect and disseminate information to patients , improve patient safety and to promote behavior change; innovative applications of telehealth.

Closing date: 05/11/2021

See https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/600019900 for details.

Merit Promotion (Career Transition, Federal Employees, Individuals with disabilities, Military Spouses, Veterans)

Closing date: 05/18/2021

https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/600024700

If you have questions, please contact Liza Catucci at Liza.Catucci@va.gov.

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(05/05/21) Health Science Specialist - Research Study Coordinator - Orlando, FL



These positions, located within the Orlando VA Healthcare System Research and Development (R&D) Service, will serve as Health Science Specialist - Research Study Coordinators and will provide support to Principal Investigators and oversee all aspects of research studies.

Closing date: 05/12/2021

See https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/600486100 for details.

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(04/29/21) Statistical Programmer - Hines, IL



The Hines Cooperative Studies Program Coordinating Center is recruiting for a full-time statistical programmer. Please send this announcement widely through your networks, as well as anyone that you think might be interested in applying for this position.

Statistical Programmer

The Hines Cooperative Studies Program Coordinating Center (CSPCC) has an opportunity in the Chicago area for a full-time statistical programmer to help advance our research activities with the goal of improving the long-term health and well-being of our Veterans.  The Cooperative Studies Program (CSP) is a Veterans Health Administration (VHA) Office of Research & Development (ORD) supported national clinical investigation program that is comprised of a network of centers and investigators. The program is responsible for the planning and conduct of large, multi-center trials in the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). Researchers within CSP have an opportunity to advance the health and care of Veterans through cooperative research studies that produce innovative and effective solutions to Veteran and national healthcare problems. Through collaborative efforts within VA and with other federal, international, university, and private industry partners, CSP accomplishments have included key research findings across a range of diseases and have helped to provide definitive evidence for clinical practice change.

We are seeking a statistical programmer who wishes to be part of a multi-disciplinary team on various clinical trials to develop reports based on research protocols. Experience in clinical trials or healthcare data is helpful, but not required. The ideal candidate will have experience preparing and performing statistical analysis for clinical trials with SAS.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities 

The Statistical Programmer works under the guidance of a clinical trial Biostatistician. The Biostatistician is responsible for planning and overseeing trial activities, including protocol writing and submission, data processing, statistical analysis, report writing, and oversight of clinical trial quality requirements.

The Statistical Programmer is responsible for the following duties:

  • Implement analyses specified in the protocol or the Statistical Analysis Plan (SAP) while working under the guidance of the study Biostatistician.
  • Write SAS programs to generate tables, listings, and figures and analysis datasets.
  • Organize and summarize results using tabular or graphic representation as well as narrative description. Review analytical results for accuracy and completeness. Detect errors in detail and correct them (e.g., reviews tables/listings, edit checks output and SAS programs to ensure quality of deliverable).
  • Review and provide feedback on deliverables including but not limited to: SAP; table, listing, and figure shells; data management plans; electronic data entry screens; and case report forms; and other related documents.
  • Perform univariate and multivariate statistical analyses (e.g., multivariate regression analyses using ordinary least squares, logistic, and survival models).
  • Develop standard macros and/or tools in SAS for data analysis and reporting.
  • Validate the programmed analysis datasets, tables, listing and figures.
  • Clearly communicate with the internal study team and supervisors on report/project status and resource issues.
  • Collaborate with study Biostatistician and investigators to contribute to publications and presentations (e.g., graphs, figures, tables). Proofread and edit drafts of research materials (e.g., statistical reports, manuscripts, presentations) and make recommendations to senior staff regarding their clarity, organization, and layout.
  • Establish and implement programming standards and comply with regulatory requirements across all studies.
  • Remain informed of new developments in programming that are relevant to the industry and contribute to the innovation of existing statistical reports.
  • Undertake assigned tasks in support of research needs, which may include quality measures development, attending study meetings, assisting in administrative or data editing tasks, consulting with other teams, and serving as a consultant on programming topics.

Other Significant Factors

Communication, organization and interpersonal skills are of the utmost importance in daily activities as the incumbent will interact closely with other members of the Statistics and Data Management departments on various clinical projects.


Minimum Requirements

A minimum of a MS in Statistics, Computer Science, Mathematics or a related science discipline preferred. Experience in SAS programming (experience programming for phase I-IV clinical trials preferred). Experience using SAS-Base, MACRO, STAT, GRAPH, MS Office, R, SQL.

Additional Skills

  • Experience manipulating complex datasets using SAS
  • Experience with importing data, transforming, cleaning, merging, and editing data and extensive quality/accuracy measures
  • Experience with phase II and phase III multi-site clinical trials preferred
  • Experience interpreting statistical output and analyses
  • Experience working with advanced-level statisticians
  • Experience using ODS and other methods to deliver output in Excel

This is an MSA appointment NTE 13 months, which can be extended in increments of 3 years and is open to the public. 

We are hiring at the GS 11 and GS 12 level dependent on experience and education. The position is to be located at the Hines VA Medical Center; however, extended telework or remote work may be considered depending on experience, expertise, and position requirements.

Statistical Programmer

Mathematical Statistician GS 12, Full-Time

Salary Range: $85,935 to 111,720 per year

Mathematical Statistician, GS-11, Full-time

Salary Range: $71,697 to $93,211 per year

For inquiries about this position or the Hines CSP Coordinating Center please contact:

Joyce Gilroy
Associate Director for Administrative Operations,
Cooperative Studies Program Coordinating Center
Hines VA Hospital, CSPCC (151K)
5000 South 5th Avenue, Building 1, Room B-237
Hines, Illinois 60141-3030
e-mail: Joyce.Gilroy@va.gov phone: 708-202-5850 fax: 708-202-2116

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(04/28/21) Physician - Associate Chief of Staff - Quality - Chicago, IL



The ACOS-Q position will encompass the breadth of clinical care, including inpatient consultation, outpatient clinic and management of the clinical services in addition to supervision of other licensed independent practitioner's, staff and trainees. The ACOS-Q will have oversight and responsibility over all quality improvement (QI) priorities within the organization that are targeting physicians and other clinicians. S/he will also serve as the principal liaison and champion for efforts as directed by the Medical Center Director targeting the Chief of Staff service line; this position will be a peer position with the Chief of Quality Safety and Value and work closely with that person. S/he will direct the efforts of performance improvement initiatives to optimize clinician uptake and subsequent medical staff member behavior change, with the goal of effectively and efficiently improving the quality of care delivered to Veterans.

Closing date: 05/12/2021

See https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/599676900 for details.

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(04/28/21) Biostatistician - Hines, IL



The VA Cooperative Studies Program (CSP), a national leader in designing, managing, and analyzing clinical trials, is anticipating new recruitment efforts! Please see below for more details and circulate widely to colleagues who might be interested and qualified (or know of potentially competitive candidates).

Biostatistician

CSP is recruiting for a Biostatistician at one of their Clinical Trials Coordinating Centers. This position will be located at the VA Medical Center in Hines, Illinois (in the Chicagoland area).The Cooperative Studies Program (CSP) is a Veterans Health Administration (VHA) Office of Research & Development (ORD) supported national clinical investigation program that is comprised of a network of centers and investigators. The program is responsible for the planning and conduct of large, multi-center trials in the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).

Researchers within CSP have an opportunity to advance the health and care of Veterans through cooperative research studies that produce innovative and effective solutions to Veteran and national healthcare problems. Through collaborative efforts within VA and with other federal, international, university, and private industry partners, CSP accomplishments have included key research findings across a range of diseases and have helped to provide definitive evidence for clinical practice change.

The Biostatistician is responsible for planning, overseeing, and implementing strategies to ensure effective and efficient direction of clinical trials assigned to the Hines Cooperative Studies Program Coordinating Center. Specifically, responsibilities include the complete management of assigned cooperative (multi-site) clinical trials funded by Cooperative Studies Program. This management role extends for the duration of the study from inception to the final archiving of the data. This involves the oversight and coordination of study activities, such as planning meeting, protocol writing and submission, data processing, statistical analysis, report writing, and oversight of quality requirements within the aspects of the study management.

The incumbent will serve within the CSPCC as a leader of the study team that consists of database management, statistical programming, project management and regulatory personnel. They serve as a full scientific member of the planning committee and executive committee of assigned studies and are responsible for writing the statistical analysis section of the study protocol and developing the statistical analysis plan (SAP).

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Advanced knowledge of theories, principles, methods, and techniques of statistics and epidemiology, especially those applicable in the research area of clinical trials phases I-IV.
  • Knowledge of commonly used statistical software packages such as, SAS, STATA, R and PASS.
  • Excellent interpersonal and written communication skills.
  • Ability to effectively lead a team and communicate results, insights, and key takeaways.
  • Ability to provide statistical consultation with collaborating staff and external clients
  • 5 years of experience in clinical research preferred
  • A minimum of a master’s degree in Statistics, Biostatistics, or a related field

This is an MSA appointment NTE 13 months, which can be extended in increments of 3 years and is open to the public. 

We are hiring at the GS 12 and GS 13 level dependent on experience and education. The position is to be located at the Hines VA Medical Center; however, extended telework or remote work may be considered depending on experience, expertise, and position requirements.

Biostatistician, GS 13, Full-time

Salary: $102,188 to $132,845 per year

Biostatistician, GS 12, Full-time

Salary: $83,935 to $111,720 per year

For inquiries about this position or the Hines CSP Coordinating Center please contact:

Joyce Gilroy
Associate Director for Administrative Operations,
Cooperative Studies Program Coordinating Center
Hines VA Hospital, CSPCC (151K)
5000 South 5th Avenue, Building 1, Room B-237
Hines, Illinois 60141-3030
e-mail: Joyce.Gilroy@va.gov phone: 708-202-5850 fax: 708-202-2116

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(04/27/21) Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of the Southern California Institute for Research and Education (SCIRE) - Long Beach, CA



SCIRE, a non-for-profit foundation, which administers research operations at the Long Beach Veterans Affairs (LBVA), is recruiting for Chief Financial Officer (CFO) position. The CFO is responsible for the maintenance of SCIRE financial fund accounting and financial management, and development of reports for internal and external audiences. The CFO is responsible for managing the financial resources; conducting audits to assess effectiveness of controls and accuracy of financial records; and adhering to Foundation and funding agency policy, as well as applicable state and federal laws and regulations. Leads and participates in cross-functional teams to support organization-wide regulatory and financial contract and grant compliance, and adequate reporting. As a key member of the management team, provides feedback for the day-to-day activities for Accounting, Contracts & Grants, and Information Technology. Supervisory responsibilities include approving timesheets, conduct annual reviews, award salary increases, managing employee performance, managing employee complaints; counseling, disciplining, and terminating employees. Bachelor’s degree (BA/BS) in a business-related field (a Master’s degree in a business-related field is preferred). Must have experience directing the fiscal and financial functions of the corporation in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles, cost principles and regulations regarding government oversight for federal contracts and grants. A current CPA license is preferred.

For application and/or nominations, please submit CV, letter of interest and names of 3 references to
Dr. Kathy Herron at email (kathy.herron@roadrunner.com) and to Dr. Tony Eissa (Tony.Eissa@Va.gov)

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(04/23/21) Research Assistant - Seattle, WA



Investigators at Department of Veterans Affairs Puget Sound Health Care System, Seattle Division are seeking a full-time Research Assistant to work on studies of Veterans’ sexual and reproductive health care beginning in Autumn 2021. This position will primarily support a clinical trial of an interactive online reproductive health decision tool called MyPath. The VA serves a racially and socioeconomically diverse population of Veterans nationwide, including many people that have historically experienced unequal and/or harmful reproductive healthcare in the US. MyPath builds Veterans’ knowledge and gives them tools to communicate with their health care providers about their reproductive desires and needs. This work is grounded in principles of reproductive autonomy, justice, and patient-centered care.

This position may also support other team projects, which include a study of MyPath among postpartum individuals with opioid use disorder, a contraceptive access needs assessment, a study of racial disparities in uterine fibroid treatment, a study of care coordination processes for women’s health care at VA, and others. The assistant will work with a diverse and collaborative team of investigators, graduate students, and project coordinators.

Diversity enriches training and research and promotes the best health care. We are committed to building and sustaining an equitable and inclusive environment for our team and to addressing health inequities for the Veterans we serve. We encourage individuals whose backgrounds or interests align with this commitment, as well as individuals from all backgrounds that are underrepresented in research and medicine, to apply.

  • Provide daily operational and administrative support for the study and as a part of the women’s health research team
  • Manage the research team’s relationship with the MyPath software developers for issues of maintenance and support of the tool
  • Provide support with team website and social media management
  • Coordinate study-related communication and administrative tasks, including study mailings, monitoring study opt-outs, and processing participant payments
  • Assist with data collection, including in-person or phone interviews with Veterans and health care providers
  • Depending on candidate’s interests and skills, job duties may include other research, writing, and analysis activities
  • Candidates must be a US
  • Bachelor’s degree in a related field; or at least two years of professional experience in a health care or research field
  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail. This includes the ability to manage one’s own time, track aspects of a complex research study, ensure high-quality data collection, protect patient confidentiality, and manage complex schedules
  • Outstanding verbal and written communication skills, including ability to coordinate and communicate about team projects, and adapt communication style to different audiences
  • Strong customer service skills, including the ability to set participants at ease during study recruitment and Discusses sensitive topics in a neutral and non-judgmental way
    • Commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion: Team member must be able to work successfully within a diverse team and with a research portfolio that prioritizes health equity
    • Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook
  • Experience managing social media strategy and/or website development
  • Experience conducting telephone outreach
  • Interest in health services research
  • Interest in working with Veterans
  • Salary is dependent on candidate’s experience and education. Position includes benefits. VA positions are classified using the federal General Schedule (GS) system. We expect this position to be classified as a GS-5 or GS-7, depending on candidate’s experience. Salary levels may be found at https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/pay-leave/salaries-wages/salary- tables/21Tables/html/SEA.aspx

    Position involves a combination of remote and on-site work, depending on project needs and candidate’s preferences.

    To apply, send a cover letter and resume to Sam Benson (Samantha.Benson@va.gov) on or before May 24, 2021.

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    (04/23/21) Health System Specialist - Washington, DC



    This position is located in the Veterans Health Administration (VHA), Office of Discovery, Education and Affiliate Networks (DEAN) and is responsible for providing business and administrative management, coordination and leadership, working closely with VHA Program Offices, the field and other organizations. The incumbent reports to the Executive Assistant to the Deputy Under Secretary for Health for DEAN.

    Closing date: 05/13/2021

    See https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/599322900 for details.

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    (04/20/21) Supervisory Statistician (Medicine) - Chief of Biostatistics - Hines, IL



    This position is organizationally aligned under the Research & Development Service Line, Cooperative Studies Program Coordinating Center at the Edward Hines, Jr. VA Hospital.

    The primary responsibility of this position is supervise biostatisticians and statistical programmers in the biostatistics section to provide for complete management of assigned cooperative multi-site clinical trials and/or epidemiologic studies, to set up directions for the biostatistics section by establishing and implementing strategic plans, and will manage at least one clinical trial.

    Closing date: 04/23/2021

    See https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/597047700 for details.

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    (04/06/21) Core Investigator/Assistant Professor WOT - Seattle, WA



    The University of Washington (UW) Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, and the HSR&D Center of Innovation (COIN) at the VA Puget Sound Healthcare System are jointly recruiting a full-time (100% FTE) VA Core Investigator and university faculty member at the rank of Assistant Professor WOT (Without tenure due to Funding) on the Faculty Scientist pathway.  The position will be based at the VA Puget Sound Health Care System (VAPSHCS) in Seattle.  The successful candidate may also have clinical responsibilities at VAPSHCS, if desired. The degree requirement is a PhD in Clinical Psychology (or equivalent) and clinical licensure.  US citizen status is required. The intended length of appointment for this position is indefinite.  The position does not include UW salary support, and is paid directly through the VA.  Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. This position is contingent on available funding. The successful applicant is expected to support themselves though existing grants, such as a VA Career Development Award or NIH K award.

    We seek applicants with experience conducting research on expertise in improving social support among veterans with PTSD.  In addition, we seek applicants who exhibit potential for a distinguished record of scholarship, and have a track record of success in securing competitive grant funding. The successful applicant will also have the ability to work in collaborative, interdisciplinary research teams, and across institutions, and to conduct research that will contribute to the COIN and UW priorities.  The successful applicant will be eligible to apply for research funding from the extensive VA HSR&D research programs (www.hsrd.research.va.gov) as well as other funding sources.

    The COIN (www.pugetsound.hsrd.research.va.gov) is a nationally-renowned health services research program located jointly in Seattle and Denver with an extensive portfolio of more than 100 research projects led by 35 core investigators, an annual budget of $20 million, and a training program for both MD and PhD postdoctoral researchers. The COIN’s objective is to conduct research to improve the delivery of health services to Veterans.  The Division of Population Health, in the UW Department of Psychiatry has 25 investigators, a portfolio of 15 projects, an annual budget of $10 million, as well as and an NIMH funded T32 Fellowship Program for clinician scientists.  The Division of Population health is dedicated to improving the health of the public by developing, testing, evaluating, and implementing effective behavioral health interventions across the entire spectrum of health care delivery.

    Please submit CV and cover letter to pbfac@uw.edu. For additional information about this position, please contact pbfac@uw.edu.

    The University of Washington and VAPSHCS are affirmative action, equal opportunity employers. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, protected veteran or disabled status, or genetic information. The University is building a culturally diverse faculty and staff and strongly encourages applications from women, minorities, individuals with disabilities and covered veterans.  University of Washington faculty engage in teaching, research, and service.

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    (04/02/21) Research Faculty - East Orange, NJ



    The War-Related Illness and Injury Study Center (WRIISC) at VA New Jersey Health Care System is accepting applications for a Research Faculty (www.warrelatedillness.va.gov).

    Overview:

    The WRIISC is a tertiary clinical research center just outside of New York City that specializes in serving combat veterans who have difficult-to-diagnose disabling illnesses through clinical care, risk communication, education, and research addressing potential environmental exposures and adverse health outcomes. The successful applicant will have federal funding or the potential to obtain federal funding and conduct research focused on one of the following areas for Veterans with complex post-deployment health concerns:

    1. Behavioral treatments
    2. Rehabilitation
    3. Clinical trials
    4. Implementation & translational science
    5. Health communication

    Faculty at the WRIISC have expertise in exercise science, integrative physiology, clinical psychology, behavioral medicine, medically unexplained illness, women’s health, neuropsychology, health communication, imaging and health services and have appointments at our academic affiliate. Faculty regularly collaborate with clinicians and educators at the WRIISC to conduct their research, provide education to providers through the VA and help inform clinical innovations.

    Primary responsibilities:

    • Publish in peer reviewed journals, and present findings at national conferences.
    • Obtain federal funding for their research.
    • Be a subject matter expert on educational products.
    • Develop and implement innovative research.

    Additional opportunities:

    • Opportunities exist to supervise fellows and externs.
    • Opportunities exist to be involved educational and operations initiatives.

    Ideal Candidate:

    • Federally funded independent investigator.
    • Passion for improving quality of care for Veterans and conducting innovative, groundbreaking research.
    • Experience working with Veterans or research applicable to Veterans.
    • Collaborative, and values working in positive and productive culture.

    Instructions to Applicants:

    • We are accepting applications on an ongoing basis.
    • Salary is commensurate with experience.
    • Interested applicants should electronically submit their CV, three references, and a cover letter outlining their qualifications and interest in the position to Lisa McAndrew, Ph.D. at lisa.mcandrew@va.gov.

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    (03/24/21) Research Project Manager - Boston, MA



    GENERAL SUMMARY/OVERVIEW STATEMENT:

    Come join our dynamic team performing cutting-edge research in genomics and human health. The Project Manager (PM) is responsible for performing a wide range of research and administrative tasks for research programs at the VA Boston Healthcare System (VABHS). The candidate will be heavily involved in the VA’s collaboration with the National Institutes of Health (NIH) All of Us (AoU) Research Program (https://www.joinallofus.org/va). The PM performs high-level research, fiscal, human resource, and administrative duties under the supervision of Co-Principal Investigators Sherry Sawyer, PhD and Jason Vassy, MD

    PRINCIPAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

    • Administrative
    • Approve timecards for BVARI employees
    • Assist with performance appraisals and salary increases for staff
    • Prepare and collate monthly telework reports for all staff
    • Manage space, access, keys, office supplies, and engineering/facilities requests
    • Coordinate high level meetings and assist with follow up of critical action items and communications
    • Monitor VABHS, VABHS R&D, ORD and MAVERIC announcements, events, meetings and initiatives and alert the research team to pertinent items
    • Fiscal Liaison
    • Manage fiscal requests on behalf of the research program
    • Assist in administering research funds and monitoring budgets
    • Work with financial services to create and compile fiscal reports from existing systems
    • Review and approve invoices for routine work from established contracts
    • Facilitate staff travel and reimbursements
    • HR Liaison Manage
    • Facilitate classification and approval of Position Descriptions
    • Assist in the recruitment and hiring of employees and WOCs
    • Onboarding of All of Us (BVARI/VA WOC) employees
    • Onboarding of VA employees and WOC collaborators
      • Monitor trainings of new staff
      • Request NT accounts, Vista, PIV cards, VPN, research credentialing
      • Request equipment (laptop, phone, drives, card readers, etc.)
      • Manage telework agreements
    • Facilitate scheduling, calendaring, and management of recurring events
    • Monthly Genomic lectures
    • Bi-annual center retreats
    • Weekly center lab meetings
    • Weekly center business meetings
    • Weekly AoU  meetings
    • Prepare letters of recommendation on behalf of Co-PIs for grants, promotions, education, etc.
    • Perform all other duties/responsibilities as needed by the Co-PIs

    BASIC QUALIFICATIONS:

    • Master’s degree in health sciences-related field preferred, including but not limited to medicine, nursing, public health, biostatistics/epidemiology, psychology or equivalent combination of education and experience

    ADDITIONAL SKILLS, ABILITIES, AND COMPETENCIES:

    • Computer literacy: Adobe, MS Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint; working knowledge of a programming language or statistical package such as SQL, SAS, Stata, SPSS, R, Python, or Java is a plus
    • Ability to work independently
    • Strong leadership skills
    • Excellent organizational skills
    • Careful attention to detail
    • Excellent oral/written communication skills
    • Excellent interpersonal skills and proficiency interacting with patients receiving health care
    • High degree of professionalism
    • Ability to prioritize tasks and set deadlines
    • Ability to identify problems and develop solutions
    • Ability to take initiative and multi-task
    • Strong analytical skills and conceptual thinking
    • Ability to perform a scientific literature search and summarize results
    • Ability to make visually appealing reports, posters, and slides for presentation of research findings

    WORKING CONDITIONS:

    The Project Manager will work at VA Boston Healthcare System, Jamaica Plain Division, in Boston, MA, under the supervision of the Co-PIs. This role is classified as a full-time GS11 position and includes federal employee benefits.

    Interested applicants are encouraged to contact Charles Brunette, PhD (Charles.Brunette@va.gov) with any questions or to express interest.

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    (03/09/21) Director - Center for Mental Healthcare and Outcomes Research - Little Rock, AR



    The Center for Mental Healthcare and Outcomes Research (CeMHOR) is seeking interested candidates for the role of Director. Located at the Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System in Little Rock, Arkansas, CeMHOR is a Center of Innovation (COIN) funded by the VA Health Services Research and Development Service (HSR&D). CeMHOR’s mission is to conduct research that improves access to mental healthcare for Veterans with mental health or substance use disorders with an emphasis on those at high-risk for suicide and Veterans living in rural areas.

    CeMHOR is home to a cadre of 17 interdisciplinary investigators supported by over 20 staff members. CeMHOR investigators work closely with multiple VA partners and hold leadership roles in many of them. These centers have key personnel in Little Rock and include the Behavioral Health Quality Enhancement Research Initiative (QUERI), South Central Mental Illness Research Education and Clinical Center (MIRECC) and the VISN 16 Geriatric Research Education and Clinical Center (GRECC).

    The successful candidate will be eligible for faculty appointment with or without tenure at CAVHS’ academic partner, the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS). Specifically, the faculty appointment will be in the UAMS College of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry, Center for Health Services Research. Through UAMS, CeMHOR investigators collaborate with researchers from the Brain Imaging Research Center (BIRC) and the Center for Addiction Services within the Department of Psychiatry. CeMHOR investigators also work closely with investigators in the Center for Implementation Research and the Division of Pharmaceutical Evaluation and Policy (PEP) in the UAMS College of Pharmacy.

    Requirements: Applicants must have a successful history of VA HSR&D, NIH, DOD, or PCORI funding in health services research or implementation science with strong academic credentials. Applicants should be motivated to regularly apply for federal funding and mentor junior faculty in the process. The successful candidate will have excellent strategic planning and leadership skills. The successful candidate will also have excellent written and verbal communication skills, and ability to present to and engage with diverse audiences, specifically Veterans, staff members, and investigators with diverse racial, rural, and socioeconomic backgrounds.

    All inquiries will be handled in strict confidence.  

    To apply, please send indication of interest and CV to: Rick Owen at Richard.Owen2@va.gov

    Contact Information:
    Richard Owen, MD
    Director, Center for Mental Healthcare and Outcomes Research
    Associate Chief of Staff for Research
    Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System
    Professor, Department of Psychiatry, UAMS College of Medicine
    Phone: (501) 257-1710
    Richard.Owen2@va.gov

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    (03/08/21) Associate Center Director for Technical Operations - Hines, IL



    The VA Cooperative Studies Program (CSP) is anticipating a new recruitment effort!

    In the coming weeks, CSP intends to recruit for an Associate Center Director for Technical Operations (ACDTO) at one of their Clinical Trials Coordinating Centers. This position will be located at the VA Medical Center in Hines, Illinois (in the Chicagoland area).

    The Cooperative Studies Program (CSP) is a Veterans Health Administration (VHA) Office of Research & Development (ORD) supported national clinical investigation program that is comprised of a network of centers and investigators. The program is responsible for the planning and conduct of large, multi-center trials in the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).

    Researchers within CSP have an opportunity to advance the health and care of veterans through cooperative research studies that produce innovative and effective solutions to Veteran and national healthcare problems. Through collaborative efforts within VA and with other federal, international, university, and private industry partners, CSP accomplishments have included key research findings across a range of diseases and have helped to provide definitive evidence for clinical practice change.

    The Associate Center Director for Technical Operations (ACDTO) reports to the Hines CSP Center Director and is responsible for and is responsible for planning, overseeing, and implementing strategies to ensure effective and efficient direction of the Data Management and Programming section of the Hines Cooperative Studies Program Coordinating Center. Specifically, responsibilities include providing direct management, with technical and administrative supervision of the data management and programming section. The ACDTO serves as a liaison between the personnel at participating study sites and the CSP Coordinating Center, including study planning, design of data collection instruments, day-to-day supervision of clinical trials, development and oversight of data management systems and analysis software, and semi-annual reporting of study progress. Responsibilities also include designing and applying customized computer techniques to data collection and analysis; representing the agency as an expert in data management and programming; and serving as an expert-level consultant to agency officials as an authority on computer program methods, providing consultation and technical advice on statistical techniques. Desired skills include knowledge of the principles, procedures, and tools of data management; planning and monitoring work assignments, and providing feedback on others’ performance; knowledge of modeling techniques, data backup, data recovery, data dictionaries, and standardization processes; ability to apply methods and tools for coordinating, monitoring, evaluating, and managing technical projects; and ability to formulate effective strategies and conduct strategic planning with a long-term perspective.

    This summary represents an informal snapshot of the envisioned position.

    This is an MSA appointment NTE 13 months, which can be extended in increments of 3 years and is open to the public. 

    Associate Center Director for Technical Operations

    Supervisory Statistician (Medicine), GS-1530-13, Full-time

    Salary Range: $101,176 to $131,532 Per Year

    For inquiries about this position or the Hines CSP Coordinating Center please contact:

    Joyce Gilroy
    Associate Director for Administrative Operations,
    Cooperative Studies Program Coordinating Center
    Hines VA Hospital, CSPCC (151K)
    5000 South 5th Avenue, Building 1, Room B-237
    Hines, Illinois 60141-3030
    e-mail: Joyce.Gilroy@va.gov phone: 708-202-5850 fax: 708-202-2116

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    (03/08/21) Statistical Programmer - Hines, IL



    The Hines Cooperative Studies Program Coordinating Center (CSPCC) has an opportunity in the Chicago area for a full-time statistical programmer to help advance our research activities with the goal of improving the long-term health and well-being of our Veterans.  We are seeking someone who wishes to be part of a multi-disciplinary team on various clinical trials to develop reports based on research protocols. Experience in clinical trials or healthcare data is helpful, but not required. The ideal candidate will have experience preparing and performing statistical analysis for clinical trials with SAS.

    Principal Duties and Responsibilities 

    Implement analyses specified in the protocol or the Statistical Analysis Plan (SAP) while working under the guidance of the study Biostatistician.

    Write SAS programs to generate tables, listings, and figures and analysis datasets. Organize and summarize results using tabular or graphic representation as well as narrative description. Review analytical results for accuracy and completeness. Detect errors in detail and correct them (e.g., reviews tables/listings, edit checks output and SAS programs to ensure quality of deliverable).

    Review and provide feedback on deliverables including but not limited to: SAP; table, listing, and figure shells; data management plans; electronic data entry screens; and case report forms; and other related documents.

    Perform univariate and multivariate statistical analyses (e.g., multivariate regression analyses using ordinary least squares, logistic, and survival models).

    Develop standard macros and/or tools in SAS for data analysis and reporting.

    Validate the programmed analysis datasets, tables, listing and figures.

    Clearly communicate with the internal study team and supervisors on report/project status and resource issues.

    Collaborate with study Biostatistician and investigators to contribute to publications and presentations (e.g., graphs, figures, tables). Proofread and edit drafts of research materials (e.g., statistical reports, manuscripts, presentations) and make recommendations to senior staff regarding their clarity, organization, and layout.

    Establish and implement programming standards and comply with regulatory requirements across all studies.

    Remain informed of new developments in programming that are relevant to the industry and contribute to the innovation of existing statistical reports.

    Undertake assigned tasks in support of research needs, which may include quality measures development, attending study meetings, assisting in administrative or data editing tasks, consulting with other teams, and serving as a consultant on programming topics.

    Other Significant Factors

    Communication, organization and interpersonal skills are of the utmost importance in daily activities as the incumbent will interact closely with other members of the Statistics and Data Management departments on various clinical projects.

    Minimum Requirements

    A minimum of a MS in Statistics, Computer Science, Mathematics or a related science discipline preferred. Experience in SAS programming (experience programming for phase I-IV clinical trials preferred). Experience using SAS-Base, MACRO, STAT, GRAPH, MS Office, R, SQL.

    Additional Skills

    • Experience manipulating complex datasets using SAS
    • Experience with importing data, transforming, cleaning, merging, and editing data and extensive quality/accuracy measures
    • Experience with phase III multi-site clinical trials
    • Experience interpreting statistical output and analyses
    • Experience working with advanced-level statisticians
    • Experience using ODS and other methods to deliver output in Excel

    This is an MSA appointment NTE 13 months, which can be extended in increments of 3 years and is open to the public. 

    Statistical Programmer

    Mathematical Statistician, GS-11, Full-time

    Salary Range: $70,987 to $92,281 Per Year

    For inquiries about this position or the Hines CSP Coordinating Center please contact:

    Joyce Gilroy
    Associate Director for Administrative Operations,
    Cooperative Studies Program Coordinating Center
    Hines VA Hospital, CSPCC (151K)
    5000 South 5th Avenue, Building 1, Room B-237
    Hines, Illinois 60141-3030
    e-mail: Joyce.Gilroy@va.gov
    phone: 708-202-5850
    fax: 708-202-2116

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    (03/08/21) Clinician Investigator in General Internal Medicine - Portland, OR



    The Section of General Medicine at VA Portland  Health Care System (VAPORHCS) is looking for a Clinician-Investigator to join a vibrant group of clinical and health services researchers with interdisciplinary and cross institution collaborations. A record of advanced training in research or academic productivity as a Clinician-Investigator is required. All areas of research relevant to general internal medicine are welcome, including health services research, systematic review and evidence synthesis, quality improvement, health disparities, mental health, chronic illness management, patient-centered care, comparative effectiveness, clinical epidemiology, and public health. Preference will be given for those who are mid-career or senior investigators. Successful candidates will have or be eligible for an academic appointment at Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU). Depending on an applicant’s experience and interests, there are opportunities for research and administrative leadership roles.

    VAPORHCS is a 240-bed tertiary acute and chronic care hospital and referral center for VISN 20 in the VA system, which includes Oregon, Idaho, Washington and Alaska.  VAPORHCS is the major affiliate teaching and research hospital for OHSU. Hired physicians will join a dynamic, highly collaborative group of clinicians, educators and researchers, and will be included as core investigators in the multidisciplinary Center to Improve Veteran Involvement in Care (CIVIC), a VA Health Services Research & Development (HSR&D) Center of Innovation (COIN). We offer a highly competitive salary and benefits package. The academic community includes the Veterans Rural Health Research Center,  Coordinating Center for the VA HSR&D Evidence Synthesis Program (ESP), Scientific Resource Center (SRC) for the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality’s (AHRQ) Evidence-based Practice Center (EPC) program, and Cochrane US West.  Our academic affiliate, OHSU, is home to the Oregon Clinical and Translational Research Institute (OCTRI), a NIH funded Clinical and Translational Science Awards (CTSA) program, Center for Health System Effectiveness, Oregon Rural Practice-based Research Network (OPRN) among others.

    The scope of clinical practice may include direct care of patients in the primary care clinic and/or hospital, as well as oversight of the education and training of residents and medical students in the inpatient or outpatient setting.

    Applicants must be US citizens and board certified/board eligible in Internal Medicine.  This position may require a pre-employment physical and drug test. The United States government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.

    We value a diverse and culturally competent workforce. We are proud of our commitment to be an equal opportunity organization that does not discriminate against applicants based on any protected class status. Individuals with diverse backgrounds and those who promote diversity and a culture of inclusion are encouraged to apply. Applicants should submit a current CV and cover letter outlining their experience in research and clinical practice and their career goals to Martha Gerrity at martha.gerrity@va.gov

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    (03/05/21) Health Economist - Houston, TX



    IQuESt (a collaborative center of health services research between the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center and Baylor College of Medicine) is seeking a Health Economist Researcher to join a grant-supported, multidisciplinary research team that is nationally recognized for work in patient safety, behavioral health, quality improvement, implementation science and population health.

    Salary will be dependent upon qualifications.

    Visit our website: http://www.houston.hsrd.research.va.gov

    Tasks and Responsibilities

    • Develop program objectives, strategies and study methods on health care
    • Design and execute research studies to guide effective use of information and resources
    • Lead and direct plans to calculate various costs related to health care
    • Utilize research programs on health economic topics
    • Suggest new health outcomes for treatment and prevention of health issues
    • Evaluate current and proposed strategies and interpret findings
    • Communicate economic assessment results to appropriate internal audiences
    • Perform economic analysis and model plans for health-care programs
    • Communicate and distribute academic literature, presentations and reports on research findings to update about new issues, solutions and other topics
    • Provide lectures or educational sessions to educate about health economics

    Education Required

    A health economist should possess minimum qualifications in order to qualify for such a position. PhD required in health economics, health policy, or the related branch of study with two years of work experience.

    Skills Required

    • Knowledge of the health-care industry and U.S. health system
    • Good understanding of the subject of economics and international relations
    • Right balance of mathematical and analytical aptitude to comprehend the economic aspects thoroughly
    • Excellent research skills and ability to analyze findings to make appropriate use
    • Clear understanding of the country’s health economy
    • Abreast with the national economic policies and its impact on the health-care sector
    • Understand and apply mathematical concepts
    • Fluent verbal and written communication skills
    • Possess strong leadership and management skills
    • Ability to work on multiple projects and meet deadlines
    • Strong orientation to team work
    • Experience in successful implementation of plans and achievement of objectives
    • Ability to think analytically and strategically

    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.

    Interested candidates should submit a current curriculum vitae and cover letter to:

    Ms. Shannon Kenyon, Chief of Operations IQuESt 2450 Holcombe Blvd, Suite 01Y Houston, TX 77021
    shannon.kenyon@bcm.edu

    Please reference “Health Economist” in subject line.

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    (03/05/21) Senior Faculty: Health Services Research - Houston, TX



    IQuESt (a collaborative center of health services research between the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center and Baylor College of Medicine) is seeking Senior Faculty in Health Services Research to join a grant-supported, multidisciplinary research team that is nationally recognized for work in patient safety, behavioral health, quality improvement, implementation science and population health. We value diversity; individuals from groups traditionally under-represented in health services research are encouraged to apply and contribute to our collegial environment and culture of learning and celebrating differences.

    The applicant will be expected to contribute to the research areas of this multidisciplinary team and will be a full-time faculty member; appointment and salary commensurate with experience. Applicants with current federal funding preferred. If relevant, up to 25% of time could be used for clinical activities.

    Visit our website: http://www.houston.hsrd.research.va.gov

    Qualifications

    • An MD or PhD is required
    • Must have a record of research in one or more of the relevant areas such as:
      • implementation science
      • health services/systems research
      • health economics
      • improvement science
      • informatics
      • patient safety improvement
    • Must be able to compete for external funding (i.e. NIH, VA, AHRQ)
    • Must be a U.S. citizen or U.S. permanent resident

    Interested candidates should submit a current curriculum vitae and cover letter to:

    Ms. Shannon Kenyon, Chief of Operations IQuESt 2450 Holcombe Blvd, Suite 01Y Houston, TX 77021
    shannon.kenyon@bcm.edu

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    (02/17/21) Implementation Science Core Faculty, Assistant or Associate Professor - Providence, RI



    The successful candidate must qualify for a full-time faculty position at the rank of Assistant or Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. Minimum requirements include a doctoral degree (e.g. Ph.D., M.D.) and substantial experience and training in dissemination and implementation science. It is preferred that the candidate’s training and research experience focus on health services research, clinical psychology, public health, behavioral health science, social work, psychology, or related fields.  Experience in conducting research and teaching in dissemination and implementation science is required. It is preferred that the candidate’s research experience focus on the implementation of or the evaluation of evidence-based practices in mental health settings, or a closely related field. I would appreciate your help in making this vacancy known to any qualified and available individuals.

    The Implementation Science Core in the Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior was launched in 2018 and collaborates with the other Cores within the Department, including the Quantitative Science Program (QSP) and Qualitative Science and Methods Training Program (QSMTP), to foster the translation, spread, and scale-up of evidence-based practices into routine clinical care. The Faculty position involves a full-time academic appointment within the Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior’s Implementation Science Core. The Faculty member will be actively engaged in providing D&I consultation, serving as a Co-Investigator on D&I grants (and a Co-Mentor for Career Development Awards), developing and participating in the Core’s educational activities, such as seminars and workshops, and creating their own research portfolio federally-funded dissemination and implementation science studies.

    Brown University is an EEO/AA employer and encourages applications from minorities, and women. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled or the search is closed. Please apply online at http://apply.interfolio.com/83689.

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    (01/12/21) Associate Director - Center for Access & Delivery Research and Evaluation (CADRE) - Iowa City, IA



    Join us in beautiful Eastern Iowa to lead a group of creative and engaged investigators and committed research staff in our mission to improve access to high quality care for rural Veterans through innovative applications of telehealth; and to develop and evaluate interventions targeting the multidrug-resistant organism crisis. CADRE includes three active cores: The Ethnographic Methods and Implementation Core (EMIC), the Statistics and Analytics (STAT) Core, and the Data and Information Systems (DAT) Core that work together to support a rapidly expanding research and operations portfolio.  In addition, a flourishing Veteran Engagement Panel guides and inspires CADRE’s work and deepens the connection and commitment to improving health services to Veterans.  Specific information on CADRE can be found at: https://www.cadre.research.va.gov

    The CADRE Associate Director will be a key member of the leadership team helping to shape the vision of CADRE, expand the research program, and guide investigators in developing VA and affiliated research programs.  The Associate Director will assist in the scientific direction of the Center and in the development of Center procedures and core infrastructure to facilitate research efforts.

    Application available here: https://jobs.uiowa.edu/faculty/view/73703

    Duties of the Associate Director:

    • Provide mentoring to junior and mid-level investigators to develop ideas, proposals, and career plans and to review grants prior to submission
    • Assist in the development, cultivation, and growth of relationships with university affiliate departments and operational stakeholders to promote the CADRE portfolio and research mission
    • Assists in the planning and oversight of the weekly research conference
    • Attends Veteran Engagement Panel meetings
    • Work collaboratively with the Center Director and Cross-Center Director of Operations to provide scientific and administrative leadership of the Center
    • Respond to special projects and inquiries from VACO and operational partners
    • In the absence of the Center Director, serve as the primary scientific liaison with VA Central Office and direct all Center scientific activities
    • In the Absence of the Cross-Center Director of Operations provide administrative and operational guidance to investigators and staff
    • Fulfill other administrative and leadership roles as needed to accomplish the mission of CADRE

    Successful candidates will have the following qualifications:

    • MD/PhD/PharmD or equivalent degree in a health services related field
    • A record of successful, independent, federally-funded health services research
    • Experience with Department of Veterans Affairs research
    • Eligibility to hold an academic appointment as Associate Professor or higher at the University of Iowa
    • A strong background in mentoring early and mid-career investigators
    • Strong analytic knowledge and skills
    • A background in administration and/or management of health services research
    • Ability to think critically regarding scientific and administrative planning and execution
    • Strong leadership, interpersonal, and collaborative skills necessary to foster strategic plans for future research
    • US citizen

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    (12/15/20) Human Subjects Research Project Manager, Digital Team - Seattle, WA



    The Seattle Epidemiologic Research and Information Center (ERIC) Digital Team within the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is accepting applications for a full-time Project Manager.  

    The Seattle ERIC Digital Team is focused on two goals:

    1. Reducing the complexity of research by consolidating and clearly presenting information about human subjects protections and VA research operations
    2. Telling the story of Seattle ERIC research and Seattle ERIC-led VA Cooperative Studies Program (CSP) initiatives in a clear and compelling way on public facing VA websites

    This position reports to the Digital Team Program Manager.

    Key duties for this position include:

    • Implementing and managing content strategy for multiple VA research sites including internal SharePoint sites and public facing websites, such as
      • Documenting operations processes to clarify the structure, purpose, boundaries, accountability, and workflows for each site
      • Reviewing for quality control through page audits and recommending changes based on results
      • Thinking strategically about how content is produced and managed to promote efficiency
    • Designing content that makes complex research language and research-related processes easier to understand, such as
      • Synthesizing human subjects research policies and research guidance information from multiple sources or breaking down that information into more manageable pieces
      • Partnering with subject matter experts in IRB, R&D, Privacy, Information Security, IT, and Data Management to create clear and accurate information
      • Implementing internal style guides and following VA content principles
      • Researching, confirming, and sourcing content ideas (often drawing on professional relationships with subject matter experts)
      • Participating in team content reviews and providing critique based on plain language
      • Writing using plain language concepts
    • Creating materials about research or operations activities for non-VA, non-research audiences, such as
      • Doing independent background research including informal interviews and reviewing and interpreting other source materials
      • Writing using storytelling skills to promote a concept, set a vision, or educate readers about research
    • Maintaining multiple VA websites and publishing all content within those sites (currently SharePoint Online and TeamSite), such as
      • Creating, modifying, and customizing SharePoint pages, libraries, lists, or views
      • Confidently problem solving in a web space bound by regulatory restrictions
      • Documenting maintenance and publishing processes
    • Approaching and understanding problems through human centered design principles and methods, such as
      • Understanding basic human centered design or UX research methods and when to use them
      • Carrying out, analyzing, and following through on user research
    • Understanding the needs of and building ongoing relationships with site stakeholders, such as
      • Understanding how to work with different stakeholder groups
      • Communicating strategies, user research evidence, and suggestions effectively
      • Maintaining awareness of stakeholder needs
    • Ongoing relationship building across CSP, facility, and other research groups, such as
      • Participating in calls or workgroups to learn about user needs and identify content opportunities
      • Maintaining existing and establishing new connections with a variety of subject matter experts for collaboration and consultation
      • Contributing to cross functional group efforts to improve research processes and efficiency

    Qualities and skills of an ideal candidate

    • BA/BS or higher degree in a scientific- or health-related field such as epidemiology required; Master’s level degree preferred
      • 4-6 years of experience with federally funded human subjects research (such as health services, epidemiological, clinical, or rehab research) and ability to show an understanding of its complexity required
        • If BA/BS, 5-6 years of research-related experience required
        • If higher degree, 4-5 years of research-related experience preferred
      • Demonstrated empathetic, clear, and thoughtful communicator
      • Demonstrated ability to effectively lead and manage projects
      • Experience building internal systems that support attention to detail and quality control
      • Strong Microsoft Office Suite skills, especially SharePoint Online, Office365, and OneNote
      • Confidence with web technology
      • Knowledge of web standards, accessibility, and usability
      • Understands the challenges of and skilled in problem solving technology issues within an environment that’s bound by regulatory restrictions
      • Experience publishing material through a web platform or content management system
      • Demonstrated curiosity and willingness to learn

    About Seattle ERIC and VA Cooperative Studies Program (CSP)
    The Seattle ERIC is a research center within the VA Puget Sound Health Care System that works to improve the health and health care of Veterans through epidemiologic research. We are part of the VA Cooperative Studies Program, a national VA research group of 12 epidemiology and clinical trial research centers.

    For more about the Seattle ERIC: https://www.seattle.eric.research.va.gov/

    For more about the VA Cooperative Studies Program: https://www.vacsp.research.va.gov/

    Application information

    Candidates must be U.S. citizens. Education and experience will be evaluated by Human Resources to determine if the top candidate meets the criteria for GS-11, per 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, materials received by December 29, 2020 will be considered first. Only complete applications will be considered.

    This position is based in Seattle, WA. The possibility of telework may be considered.

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    (10/07/20) Assistant, Associate, or Full Professor in the Research Scholar Track (Non-Tenure), Implementation Science - Providence, RI



    The Center for Gerontology & Healthcare Research at Brown University invites applications for a new research faculty position in implementation and dissemination science at the Assistant, Associate, or Full Professor level. The non-tenure track, academic appointment will be to the Department of Health Services, Policy & Practice.

    Review of applications will begin on 12/1/2020 and will continue until an appropriate candidate is identified or the search is closed.

    See https://apply.interfolio.com/79452 for details.

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    Fellowships

    (04/06/21) Elizabeth Dole Center of Excellence Fellowship in Health Services Research - Palo Alto, CA; Salt Lake City, Utah; Miami, FL; and San Antonio, TX



    The Veterans’ Health Administration-funded Elizabeth Dole Center of Excellence for Veteran and Caregiver Research is seeking postdoctoral and post-residency fellows for a 2-year research fellowship in health services research focused informal caregiving, home and community-based care, long-term support services, and other aspects of aging in place.

    Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

    See http://www.hsrd.research.va.gov/centers/dole/Elizabeth-Dole-CoE-Fellowship.pdf for details.

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    (03/08/21) Data Science Fellowship - Location TBD



    The Big Data Scientist Training Enhancement Program (BD-STEP) is a two-year fellowship offered through the National Cancer Institute (NCI) and the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) that uses data science to advance cancer research and patient care. Competitively selected postdoctoral fellows are placed in four VA medical centers across the country to work with clinicians and interdisciplinary researchers to address important patient-centered health challenges. Fellows have unique opportunity to unitlize the extensive VA health data infrastructure while gaining valuable exposure to the clinical environment.

    Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. See https://cssi.cancer.gov/bd-step for details.

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    (03/08/21) Postdoctoral Fellow Position in Exercise Physiology - East Orange, NJ



    The War Related Illness and Injury Study Center (WRIISC)

    The WRIISC is a national Department of Veterans Affairs tertiary care clinic that provides expertise on post-deployment health through clinical, research and education efforts. Within the New Jersey WRIISC, we have launched the Airborne Hazards and Burn Pits Center of Excellence where we provide advanced diagnostics and care for patients with unexplained dyspnea. Our integrated program of research complements these efforts by studying mechanisms of fatigue, dyspnea and exercise intolerance.

    Qualified Applicants:

    We are looking for highly motivated candidates with expertise and/or interest in human cardiopulmonary physiology to join our clinical research team. Incoming fellows are expected to collaborate on ongoing funded projects, provide clinical cardiopulmonary services, develop independent research questions and apply for research grants. The following specific criteria will be considered:

    • Must be a US Citizen with a PhD, MD or equivalent degree
    • Background and knowledge of human physiology
    • Laboratory experience in human exercise physiology, cardiopulmonary testing and/r cardiovascular research. Preferred experience: cardiopulmonary exercise testing, cardiovascular imaging, and/or basic science techniques

    Highlights of the Postdoctoral Fellowship:

    • Opportunity to conduct clinical translational research
    • Competitive salary and health benefits
    • Eligible for VA intramural grant funds, including Career Development Awards
    • On-site fitness center and child care available
    • Approximately 30 minutes from New York City

    Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

    Contact Information:

    Dr. Michael Falvo: Michael.Falvo@va.gov (800-248-8005)
    www.WarRelatedIllness.va.gov; https://www.va.gov/oaa/specialfellows/programs/SF_war_related.asp?p=19

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    (03/01/21) Advanced Postdoctoral Fellowship in Interprofessional Polytrauma and Traumatic Brain Injury Rehabilitation Research for Associated Health Professionals - Washington, DC



    Overview: The Interprofessional Polytrauma and Traumatic Brain Injury Rehabilitation Research (P/TBI) Fellowship at the Washington DC VA Medical Center (DC VAMC) is recruiting associated health professionals for a 2-year postdoctoral fellowship program. The P/TBI Fellowship at the DC VAMC reflects the high VA priority to address the complex rehabilitation of injured active duty service members. The primary goal of this fellowship program is to develop clinician-investigators with the appropriate research skills and clinical expertise to advance P/TBI rehabilitation who may assume positions of leadership across the country in the service of Veterans with polytrauma.

    Program Description: This interdisciplinary program aims to train associated health professionals for an academic research career with a focus on the rehabilitation of Veterans with polytrauma and/or acquired brain injury. These aims will be achieved by providing: 1) structured career development training, 2) formal clinical and research mentorship, 3) access to the equipment, human capital, and other resources associated with a strong clinical research environment, 4) a comprehensive, individualized fellowship training curriculum, and 5) protected research time in close collaboration with a P/TBI investigator. Fellowship candidates with professional licensure will allocate 25% of their time to participate in clinical rotations within the PM&R Service. Additional program guidance is provided by the P/TBI Fellowship Directors and Advisory Board, and peer-to-peer interaction is facilitated through the Fellows’ Forum seminar series. Fellows will receive a salary, health benefits, and an annual research stipend.

    How to Apply: Interested associated health professionals who meet the eligibility requirements should send a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and three letters of recommendation to Michael Harris-Love, DSc (Michael.Harris-Love@va.gov). The cover letter should specify the reasons for your interest in the fellowship program, a brief overview of your previous clinical and research experiences, a succinct statement of your research interest, and how the fellowship program may aid your professional and career goals. Applications will be received and reviewed on a rolling basis. Associated health professional fellows must be U.S. citizens.

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    (02/26/21) Postdoctoral Health Services Research Fellowship - 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.

    Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

    For more information, please contact Elizabeth Archambault at Elizabeth.Archambault@va.gov or call 401-273-7100 ext. 6456.

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    (02/26/21) Women’s Health Fellowship - Pittsburgh, PA



    Overview: The Women’s Health Fellowship at the VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System is recruiting candidates for a 2-year postdoctoral research fellowship program. The goal of the program is to cultivate women’s health researchers to develop careers that will contribute to the VA’s core mission of delivering high quality, equitable care to women Veterans.

    Program Description: This interdisciplinary program trains associated health professionals for academic research careers focused on women’s health. Individualized, mentored research and clinical training (if appropriate) is combined with a curriculum that emphasizes research best practices, study design, statistical analysis, and grant preparation. Fellows receive a stipend, health insurance, and limited support for training and research activities. There are no teaching, service, or payback requirements.

    Qualifications: To be eligible for the fellowship, applicants must be US citizens. Clinical (e.g., physicians, nurses, pharmacists, psychologists, social workers) and non-clinical associated health professionals (e.g., anthropologists, sociologists, health economists) with doctoral degrees (or nearing the end of their doctoral training) are eligible to apply. Candidates who are people of color or from other underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged to apply.

    How to Apply:  Interested candidates who meet the eligibility requirements should submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and writing sample to VHAPHICHERPFellowship@va.gov. The cover letter should specify the reasons for your interest in this particular fellowship training program, a brief overview of your previous clinical and/or research experiences, and how you see this program promoting your professional and career goals. In addition, three letters of recommendation should be sent via email directly from the letter writers. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis. The VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System is an equal opportunity employer.

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    (01/12/21) Postdoctoral/research associate (Cancer) - Boston, MA



    Principal Investigator: Chong-xian Pan M.D., Ph.D., M.S.

    Job description: One postdoctoral position is immediately available to conduct translational research of cancer immunology, cancer-specific nanotheranostics and targeted therapy in bladder cancer. We have developed several ligands targeting bladder cancer cells and cancer stem cells. Nanoparticles coated with these cancer-targeting ligands can potentially be used for diagnosis, imaging and targeted therapy of cancer, and potentiate immunotherapy. Other projects in the lab include development of targeted therapy using patient-derived cancer models, identification and molecular dissection of chemoresistance and cancer in vivo imaging. The applicant must have a Ph.D. and/or M.D. in immunology, molecular biology, biochemistry, or related field, and experience in molecular and cell biology including cell culture and animal models.

    This position is open to US citizens and permanent residents.

    Lab location: VA West Roxbury, 1400 VFW Parkway, West Roxbury, MA 02132

    Applicants should submit curriculum vitae, including a list of publications, a description of their research activity and contact information of three referees to:

    Chong-xian Pan M.D., Ph.D. M.S.
    Faculty of Medicine, Harvard Medical School
    Staff Physician, VA Boston Healthcare System
    Email: Chongxian_pan@hms.harvard.edu

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