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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. NOTE: Please specify application deadlines, otherwise submissions will be removed after two months unless we receive a request to keep the position(s) listed.

This list is updated monthly. The following positions are still open as of 07/01/22. For additional VA opportunities, please visit the USAJobs website.



(07/06/22) Health Science Specialist/Project Manager (GS-11) - Bedford, MA



We are looking for a highly motivated individual to serve as a full-time Project Manager (PM) at the VA Bedford Health Care System’s Center for Healthcare Organization and Implementation Research (CHOIR). This is a hybrid position.

Responsibilities include the following project management tasks:

  • Works independently to manage complex projects
  • Develops protocols and data collection timelines for projects
  • Proactively guides research team through timelines, identifies goals and milestones, sets agendas, and leads team meetings
  • Works independently to problem solve and report back periodically to PI
  • Serves as a liaison to operational partners and external stakeholders for ongoing project management, dissemination of research findings, etc.
  • Works with PI to develop and track budget
  • Coordinates compensation/fund transfers for external research collaborators
  • Anticipates and plans for regulatory requirements (e.g., QI v. research determination, progress reports, regulatory audits, etc.)

The individual will also:

  • Conduct literature reviews
  • Work with a team of health services researchers to develop qualitative and mixed method protocols, recruitment and sampling strategies and data collection tools (e.g., interview guides).
  • Collects multiple types of qualitative data which may include semi-structured interviews with a variety of audiences; observing care processes and clinical encounters; and performing document or chart reviews.
  • Work with others to develop coding frameworks that support qualitative data organization and analysis
  • Analyze qualitative data using a variety of methods, including rapid, thematic and content analysis.
  • Work with others to synthesize qualitative and quantitative results and presenting them in multiple formats (e.g., poster/oral presentations, reports, manuscripts).
  • Takes substantive part in writing & editing project reports and other dissemination of project findings

Requirements:

  • Completed Master’s degree(s) from an accredited institution in a related field, e.g., Anthropology, public health, psychology
  • Experience managing complex projects, working on a research team, using qualitative methods
  • Experience or interest in health care
  • Experience or interest in working with marginalized populations

Top Skills & Proficiencies:

  • Independence and self-starter
  • Communication
  • Attention to detail
  • Critical thinking
  • Planning and scheduling
  • Qualitative methods
  • Microsoft Office products, including Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Outlook, Teams

Please send a cover letter, resume, and any questions to Eileen.Dryden@va.gov with email subject heading: “GS-11 Project Manager - CHOIR”.

About CHOIR – VA Bedford Healthcare System

CHOIR's mission is to advance coordinated, patient-centered health care for all Veterans through research and quality improvement. We are one of the largest health services research centers in VA, with multi-disciplinary teams located on both the Bedford and Boston VA campuses. We specialize in research focused on patient-centered care, care coordination, long-term care, safety and quality in healthcare services, and mental health and substance use recovery, among others. We are committed to engaging patients, providers, and other stakeholders in the design and dissemination of our research and disseminating research findings to a range of audiences within and outside of the VA healthcare system. Please visit www.choir.research.va.gov

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(06/29/22) Data Visualization and Information Specialist - Portland, OR or remote



The VA Evidence Synthesis Program (ESP) is a national research program focused on improving Veteran health and wellbeing through tailored evidence synthesis products. ESP produces high-quality, timely, and innovative syntheses designed to support the implementation of effective practices across the VHA system. ESP syntheses have resulted in positive changes to clinical practice and policy and have informed quality improvement and research-focused initiatives at the national level. The program comprises four Centers across the US and a Coordinating Center (CC) located in Portland, Oregon.

POSITION DUTIES/RESPONSIBILITIES

The ESP is seeking a Data Visualization and Information (DVI) Specialist to examine and interpret findings of narrative and/or quantitative evidence syntheses (ie, systematic reviews, meta-analyses, and related research products) and produce appealing visualizations that effectively facilitate reader understanding of, and engagement with, those findings. The DVI Specialist will also be involved in production of program administrative reports and scientific communication tools (eg, presentations, reporting templates, dashboards, etc) and in program-wide quality assurance activities, such as development and implementation of data visualization standards and practices.

The ideal individual for this role is an innovative thinker that possesses extensive knowledge of principles and practices of effective scientific communication, advanced skillsets in data visualization and scientific report production, and an understanding of health research, statistics and statistical analyses, and systematic reviewing. The individual in this role should also have a broad awareness and appreciation of how scientific evidence supports and enables decision-making processes. Finally, because the individual in this role will support program-wide activities, they should have the ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with a large number of team members using remote communication and project management platforms (eg, Microsoft Teams). 

The DVI Specialist may work fully remotely, or in person at the VA Portland Health Care System in Portland, Oregon.

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS

  • Bachelor’s degree in data science/informatics, social or health science, public health, or similar field with prior coursework or other training in health research, statistics and statistical analysis, and/or scientific or technical writing (including effective scientific communication principles and practices).
  • Expertise in data visualization (ie, production of plots, infographics, tables, etc) using R or similar platforms.
  • Ability to proactively solicit and positively receive feedback, and iteratively improve output based on feedback.
  • Experience contributing to scientific manuscripts and presentations.
  • Aptitude for learning new software tools and technology.
  • Self-motivated with excellent organizational, time management, and communication skills.
  • Proficiency in Adobe Acrobat and Microsoft Teams, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Publisher, and Outlook.
  • U.S. citizen.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

  • Master’s degree in data science/informatics or similar field.
  • Extensive training in data science/informatics, health research, statistics and statistical analysis, scientific or technical writing, and/or evidence synthesis (systematic reviews, technology assessments, etc).
  • Experience producing visually appealing and well-organized scientific or technical reports.
  • Experience communicating research findings to non-technical audiences.
  • Ability to identify relationships in data to assist in providing insights.
  • Proficiency in Tableau or related interactive data visualization platform.
  • Experience working in multidisciplinary teams on a broad range of topics.
  • Interest in advancing systematic review or scientific communication methods.

COMPENSATION

  • Salary at the GS-9 or 11 level, contingent on education, experience, and location.
  • Position is a term appointment eligible for full benefits.

HOW TO APPLY

The anticipated start date for the position is August 2022, and applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Applicants should provide the following by email to Nicole Floyd (nicole.floyd@va.gov):

  • Cover letter describing interests and qualifications
  • CV/resume
  • 3-5 sample visualizations developed by the applicant and exemplifying principles of effective data visualization and scientific communication. Standalone images (eg, plots or infographics) should be placed in a Microsoft Word document and be accompanied by a brief narrative description of the context for the visualization (eg, a summary of the research study or analysis that produced the visualized findings). Journal articles, technical reports, or other publications in which all visualizations were developed by the applicant may be submitted without further description.

The VA is an Equal Opportunity Employer. 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.

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(06/24/22) Project Coordinator - Boston, MA



Come join us in Boston at the VA Boston Healthcare System (VABHS), New England's premier referral center for Veterans' healthcare.  VABHS is the largest recipient of VA research funds in the nation and ranked #3 among 146 VA facilities nationally for overall employee satisfaction.

The VA Biorepository Brain Bank (VABBB) in VABHS has 1 full-time Project Coordinator opening for professionals passionate about serving Veterans and about public health and clinical research. VABBB research focuses on veterans with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and Gulf War Veteran’s Illness (GWVI).

The Project Coordinator will oversee implementation of research studies, analysis of both qualitative and quantitative data and data collection forms and surveys. The position involves management of the day-to-day operations of the assigned project including development and implementation of research procedures and systems. 

The successful candidate will have a graduate degree in psychology/neuroscience/social work or related field, as well as general knowledge of research methodology. Previous experience with cognitive testing and psychiatric diagnostic interviewing is preferred, as is demonstrated experience in managing study projects.

To be considered for the position you must be a US Citizen; have a graduate degree in a major study in an academic field related to the medical field, health sciences or allied sciences appropriate to the work of the position; minimum of 2 years of experience in a research setting; knowledge of public health and clinical research methods; understanding of regulatory requirements of human subjects research; strong attention to detail; exceptional organizational skills; high level of comfort with multi-tasking; ability to effectively and proactively communicate with multiple stakeholders

If providing care for our veterans is something that appeals to you while enjoying amazing benefits, in addition to working and living in an area rich in history, culture, and recreational opportunities, this position is for you!

Applicants should submit a cover letter and CV or inquiries to Olivia.dejoie@va.gov. Include “Research Project Coordinator” in the e-mail subject line.

Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer

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(06/17/22) Research Coordinator for National Research Data Sharing Initiative - Seattle, WA



Are you interested in helping to improve the healthcare of our United States Veterans through meaningful work in a collaborative environment? The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Cooperative Studies Program (CSP) is a nationally renowned program that produces innovative solutions to Veteran and national healthcare problems through multi-site research studies.

The Seattle Epidemiologic Research and Information Center (ERIC) is a CSP epidemiology center conducting state-of-the-art health research on Veterans. The ERIC is seeking a full-time Research Coordinator to support the CSP Integrated Veteran Epidemiologic Study Data Resource (INVESTD-R).

INVESTD-R is a national open-science initiative that facilitates the responsible sharing of data, biospecimens, and other resources generated by epidemiologic research on Veterans. Increased access to these resources expands opportunities for qualified researchers to make scientific discoveries that benefit Veterans and the public. INVESTD-R is committed to using open science to advance research, while ensuring strong safeguards are in place to protect the privacy of participants and the confidentiality of their data.

The Research Coordinator will support multiple projects under the initiative, particularly the CSP Data and Biospecimen Repository, a new program-wide research repository that will share data and biospecimens from multiple CSP studies for future research. The position will also assist with other INVESTD-R projects, as needed.

Key duties:

  • Assist with the development of repository policies and procedures
  • Support the development, maintenance and tracking of key documentation and records, such as IRB documentation and data use agreements
  • Assist with the design, maintenance, and quality control of tracking systems and databases
  • Prepare and present reports related to the intake, transfer, and use of the data and biospecimens
  • Support data preparation activities of studies depositing data and biospecimens into the repository
  • Conduct initial recruitment activities, including mailings and phone calls, to enroll participants in research studies
  • Work closely with the INVESTD-R team and stakeholders to ensure effective collaboration, such as the INVESTD-R staff, data managers, study teams, lab personnel, and oversight bodies
  • Engage with investigators and study participants requesting information about the initiative
  • Create and maintain operational documentation and project materials
  • Support preparation of reports, manuscripts, posters, and presentations
  • Provide logistical support as needed (e.g., meeting preparation, travel arrangements)

Qualifications:

  • Education/Experience
    • BA/BS or higher degree in health sciences or social sciences discipline
    • 1-4 years of relevant work experience (e.g., human subjects research, repository management, information management)
      • If BA/BS, 1-4 years of research-related experience required
      • If higher degree, 1-2 years of research-related experience preferred
    • Additional Requirements
      • Experience working with IRBs and regulatory documents
      • Experience working in human subjects research in an academic or government setting
      • Proven ability to work with partners and stakeholders with a wide range of professional backgrounds and expertise
      • Outstanding interpersonal skills and the ability to develop, maintain, and cultivate relationships with internal and external customers
      • Ability to self-manage workload against multiple competing priorities and deadlines
    • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Experience building internal systems that support attention to detail and quality control
  • Strong writing skills
  • Preferred Qualifications
    • Experience in or knowledge of data sharing or repository management
    • Proficiency in Microsoft Access, Power BI, and SharePoint programs
    • Familiarity with epidemiologic research design and methodology
    • Experience in database design, querying, and management
    • Knowledge of data and metadata standards
    • Experience writing operations/instructional manuals

About INVESTD-R, 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 care of Veterans through epidemiologic research. We are part of the VA CSP, a national VA research group of 12 epidemiology and clinical trial research centers. The Seattle ERIC is 1 of 3 centers managing the INVESTD-R open science initiative.

Learn more at:

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 the targeted GS-9 level. The General Schedule (GS) salary table for Seattle can be found on the Office of Personnel Management website at opm.gov. 

Please send a cover letter and resume to SeattleCSPEC@va.gov. Applications received without a cover letter will not be considered. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled and will be reviewed in the order they are received.

Diversity enriches research and promotes the best healthcare. We are committed to building and sustaining an equitable and inclusive environment for our Center. We encourage individuals whose backgrounds or interests align with this commitment, as well as individuals from all backgrounds that are underrepresented in research, to apply.

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(06/17/22) Program Specialist - Minneapolis, MN



This position is located in the Research Service at the Minneapolis VA Health Care System (MVAHCS). The Minneapolis VAHCS Research Service is one of the largest research programs within VHA. It oversees all aspects of approximately 450 research projects conducted at the Minneapolis VAMC. The incumbent will provide and assist in a wide variety of research support functions to the Deputy Associate Chief of Staff for Research (Deputy ACOS/R) and Associate Chief of Staff for research (ACOS/R).

Closing date: 07/11/2022

See https://www.usajobs.gov/job/660598100 for details.

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(06/14/22) Research Health Science Specialist (Clinical Research Study Coordinator) - Portland, OR



Expected Salary: $70,853 year + Benefits
FTE: 1.0

Position Summary

This Clinical Research position is located in the Research and Development Service of the Veterans Administration Portland Health Care Systems (VAPORHCS) in Portland, Oregon. The incumbent will support Local Site Investigators (LSIs) in the coordination of one or more VA Cooperative Studies Programs (CSP) randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical trial and/or interventional clinical trial involving experimental and observational research in healthcare. The incumbent will primarily be working with a diversified population of United States Veterans, as well as the potential of working within the community and with other collaborating research institutions in the Portland, Oregon/SW Washington region, including the VAPORHCS Community Based Outpatient Clinics (CBOCs) within the Portland, Oregon Metro area.

This position will entail extensive patient contact and c quire normal safety precautions typical of such places as offices, meeting and training rooms, libraries, residences, or commercial vehicles, e.g., use of safe work practices with office equipment, avoidance of trips and falls, observance of fire regulations and traffic signals.

  • The work area is adequately lighted, heated, and ventilated. Instructing subjects during research appointments may require demonstration of equipment or interventions. Some work is performed in the presence of study participants most often considered not to have a communicable disease but this possibility can exist.
  • Interested candidates should send a resume/CV to Tawni Kenworthy-Heinige by email at tawni.kenworthy-heinige@va.gov. This posting will be open until a candidate has been selected.

    View complete details.

    PLEASE DO NOT ATTEMPT TO APPLY BY FILLING OUT AN ONLINE OR HANDWRITTEN OSHU EMPLOYMENT APPLICATION.

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    (06/07/22) Health Sciences Research Coordinator, Core Team - Seattle, WA



    Are you interested in helping to improve the healthcare of our United States Veterans through meaningful work in a collaborative environment? The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Cooperative Studies Program (CSP) is a nationally renowned program that produces innovative solutions to Veteran and national healthcare problems through multi-site research studies.

    The VA CSP Seattle Epidemiologic Research and Information Center (ERIC) is hiring a full-time Research Coordinator who has experience with and enjoys supporting data quality, management and biostatistics efforts in research. This position will work under the supervision of the Core Team Project Manager to support the ERIC Data and Biostatistics Teams’ activities across all Center studies. This is a newly created position and offers the opportunity to help define the role. This position is based in Seattle, WA.

    Key duties:

    Work with staff to support day-to-day activities for the ERIC Analytics Team, including:

    1. Track team initiatives and documents; organize and manage team shared files
    2. Coordinate and participate in team quality assurance activities:
      1. internally audit activities related to proper work standards implementation
      2. solicit feedback and facilitate collaboration on team standards development
      3. create and maintain standard operating procedures, job aids, and work instructions
    3. Track the time the team spends on projects and maintain proper documentation; run reports as requested
    4. Submit and track Data Access Request applications
    5. Manage grant and IRB submission details including tracking due dates and staying current on proper documentation
    6. Assist with study manuscript preparation including figure formatting and editing
    7. Serve as Data and Biostatistics Teams’ point of contact for study teams
    8. Coordinate team meetings and discussions, including maintaining meeting agendas and notes
    9. Coordinate professional development presentations by managing topic lists, ensuring regular scheduling, and taking meeting notes
    10. Serve as administrator on project and task software by following up on software issues, and running reports as requested
    11. Assist with staff hiring and onboarding efforts in support of the team

    Qualifications:

    1. BA/BS or higher degree in a scientific- or health-related field required
    2. 1-4 years of work experience in clinical, epidemiological, or health sciences research
      1. If BA/BS, 1-4 years of research-related experience required
      2. If higher degree, 1-2 years of research-related experience preferred
    3. Excellent communication and interpersonal skills with the ability to collaborate with a diverse group of researchers and staff; ability to manage team dynamics in the context of multiple projects and deadlines
    4. Ability and desire to work independently as well as in a collaborative setting
    5. Strong attention to detail and organizational skills
    6. Solid problem-solving and critical thinking skills
    7. Excellent time management skills
    8. Ability to adapt to changing priorities and timelines
    9. Proficiency in Microsoft Office programs (e.g. Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook) required
    10. Familiarity with project management/tracking software (Github, Jira, etc.) preferred
    11. Familiarity with statistical concepts and/or programming language (SQL, R, SAS, STATA etc.) preferred

    About the Seattle ERIC and VA CSP:

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

    Learn more at:

    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 the targeted GS-09 level.  The General Schedule (GS) salary table for Seattle can be found on the Office of Personnel Management website at opm.gov. 

    Please send a cover letter and resume to SeattleCSPEC@va.gov. Applications received without a cover letter will not be considered. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

    Diversity enriches research and promotes the best healthcare. We are committed to building and sustaining an equitable and inclusive environment for our Center. We encourage individuals whose backgrounds or interests align with this commitment, as well as individuals from all backgrounds that are underrepresented in research, to apply.

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    (06/06/22) Research Physician in Primary Care - Durham, NC



    Ambulatory Care Service and Health Services Research & Development (HSR&D) at the Durham VA Health Care System are seeking a Clinician-Investigator to join a vibrant group of clinical and health services researchers with cross institution collaborations. All areas of research relevant to primary care are welcome, including health equity, chronic illness management, sex/gender specific care, health promotion and behavior change, and implementation science.

    Durham VA Health Care System provides world-class health care to more than 200,000 Veterans living across central and eastern North Carolina. The successful candidate will deliver clinical care and conduct research with the nationally renowned HSR&D Center of Innovation (COIN) to Accelerate Discovery and Practice Transformation. To learn more about ADAPT investigators and resources, please visit our website: Durham Center of Innovation to ADAPT Home

    Duke University is a primary clinical and research partner of Durham VA, and the successful candidate may be eligible for a Duke School of Medicine appointment in the relevant clinical department. Durham is known as a great city to live, work, and play, and a destination that offers celebrated arts, dining, sports, and more. World class facilities like the Durham Performing Arts Center, Durham Bulls Athletic Park, and Duke University's Nasher Museum of Art blend with nearly 100 City-owned parks and recreation facilities. For more information see: https://www.discoverdurham.com/

    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.

    Beginning salary range is $200,000 - $243,000 per year. VA offers a competitive benefits package. This position is eligible for the Education Debt Reduction Program, a student loan payment reimbursement program.

    For additional information on duties, requirements, and how to apply, please visit:

    USAJOBS - Job Announcement

    Applications must be submitted by August 15, 2022.

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    (06/03/22) Research Program Manager - Seattle, WA



    This is a very exciting opportunity to help create a Clinical Trials Center at VA Puget Sound while partnering with local research resources. Do you want to be a part of improving the healthcare of our United States Veterans through meaningful work in a collaborative environment? The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Cooperative Studies Program (CSP) is a nationally renowned program that produces innovative solutions for Veteran and national healthcare problems through multi-site research studies.

    The Seattle NODES is recruiting a full-time position that will provide leadership for management of our local center. The Research Program Manager will work closely with the Seattle NODES Directors and CSP study teams to assure the success of their studies. This position is based in Seattle, WA. The Center is 1 of 23 national NODES centers within CSP.

    Key Duties:

    • With Seattle NODES leadership, participates in strategic research planning and implementation of policies, best practices, and systems to meet NODES research goals and mission; identifies opportunities to expand or shift course to remain a competitive research center and to ensure the success of Center research projects and initiatives; communicates with national CSP and NODES leadership about resources, priorities, and projects
    • Manages the life span of CSP clinical research trials locally: planning, start-up, regulatory, recruitment, enrollment, follow-up, close-out
    • Manages research staff for CSP studies, by inspiring and motivating them to perform at their best; identifies potential challenges and works to find solutions to maximize employee engagement, productivity, and efficiency
    • Provides scientific and research consultation and direction to Center research staff to ensure implementation of human subjects research policies and study best practices to meet the Center’s research goals and mission
    • Stays up to date on Federal rules and regulations and VA, ORD, CSP, and local VA policies and procedures as they relate to research, privacy, and data sharing; oversees NODES regulatory processes; assists with responses to complex and nuanced regulatory inquiries, including responding to research incidents and preparing for audits
    • Assists study teams with complex and nuanced regulatory inquiries, including responding to research incidents and preparing for regulatory audits
    • Participates in creating and editing presentations, reports, abstracts, and peer-reviewed manuscripts as appropriate to communicate research findings to a variety of audiences
    • Fosters collaborations and develop relationships locally and nationally to promote success in our research program by participating on committees and working groups

    Qualifications:

    Required:

    • Minimum of a bachelors-level degree in a scientific field
    • At least 8 years of successful research management experience
    • Record of leadership and team building in a research environment
    • Self-starter with demonstrated ability to effectively lead and manage complex research projects
    • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills with the ability to collaborate with a diverse group of people with a wide range of professional backgrounds and expertise
    • Ability to adapt to evolving and competing priorities and timelines
    • Adept in troubleshooting and problem-solving
    • Ability to understand and clearly communicate complex research regulations and procedures
    • Knowledge of the HIPAA Privacy Rule, Common Rule, and other human subjects and data/information security protections
    • Knowledge of research concepts, best practices and procedures, and regulatory requirements
    • Experience with customer service
    • Proficient in standard Microsoft Office products

    Preferred:

    • Extensive experience coordinating and executing multiple large-scale research studies including oversight of instrumentation development, data collection, and general operations
    • Successful, long-term experience managing multiple teams in a research setting
    • Institutional knowledge of VA and/or CSP research operations
    • Experience building internal tracking systems that support attention to detail and quality control
    • Knowledge of REDCap and Microsoft Access
    • Experience working with underserved and/or Veteran populations

    There may be travel opportunities for national CSP research meetings and to our regional sites. The Seattle NODES will be collaborating with other VA facilities in our region, such as Boise and Spokane. 

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

    Please send a cover letter and resume to SeattleCSPEC@va.gov. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

    Closing date: September 3, 2022

    For more information about the CSP NODES, please see Network of Dedicated Enrollment Sites (NODES) - VA Cooperative Studies Program (CSP).

    Diversity enriches research and promotes the best healthcare. We are committed to building and sustaining an equitable and inclusive environment for our NODES. We encourage individuals whose backgrounds or interests align with this commitment, as well as individuals from all backgrounds that are underrepresented in research, to apply.

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    (06/01/22) Health Sciences Research Data Analyst - Seattle, WA



    Are you interested in helping to improve the healthcare of our United States Veterans through meaningful work in a collaborative environment? The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Cooperative Studies Program (CSP) is a nationally renowned program that produces innovative solutions to Veteran and national healthcare problems through multi-site research studies.

    The VA CSP Seattle Epidemiologic Research and Information Center (ERIC), is hiring a full-time Research Data Analyst to work with an experienced and growing group of researchers committed to high-quality epidemiologic investigations using large, complex health data to address Veteran health issues.

    The Research Data Analyst will support several large, national, epidemiologic research studies as well as smaller-scale, investigator-initiated projects. This position will work closely with the Center’s senior data manager, biostatisticians, and scientific personnel in the conduct of observational epidemiologic studies addressing environmental and occupational exposures, pharmacotherapy, specific medical conditions, and genetics/genomics. Some of the current research projects at the ERIC include pulmonary health, cardiovascular disease, mental health, back pain, dysvascular amputations, and COVID-19 associated outcomes.

    Primary responsibilities include identifying appropriate data elements from VA data sources, extracting and cleaning data, creating and curating research repository databases, and creating analytic data sets to be used to answer specific research and operational questions. Additional responsibilities may include mentoring staff, consulting with investigators about available VA data resources, and keeping abreast of new technologies needed to support the CSP’s future scientific and data needs.

    Key duties:

    • Collaborate with investigators and staff to identify key data elements from national and local VA data sources and create analytic files for staff epidemiologists and biostatisticians
    • Create data specifications, design complex data extract systems, and write supporting documentation
    • Design, create, and load relational databases, tables, and files to meet the needs of study staff and support ongoing national projects
    • Curate large genomic datasets and extract study data from these as required
    • Manage, administer, and ensure data quality, security, and maintenance of data files and database systems from current and past epidemiologic studies
    • Validate study data from field sites and troubleshoot any issues uncovered by staff
    • Respond quickly and accurately to urgent data requests from Investigators  

    Qualifications:

    • Master’s-level degree in a scientific field
    • Professional experience working with relational databases
    • Experience with healthcare data desired
    • Proficiency in SQL
    • Experience with a statistical programming language such as R, SAS or Stata.
    • Excellent data management, programming, and communication skills
    • Flexibility, adaptability, and the ability to work both independently and in a team setting
    • Familiarity with VA data systems, files, and data security and working knowledge of Power BI, Visual Basic Studio, Python, and/or C# preferred

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

    Learn more at:

    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 the targeted GS-11 through GS-12 range. The General Schedule (GS) salary table for Seattle can be found on the Office of Personnel Management website at opm.gov

    Closing date: 8/26/2022

    Please send a cover letter and resume to SeattleCSPEC@va.gov. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled and will be reviewed in the order they are received. Applications received without a cover letter will not be considered.

    Diversity enriches research and promotes the best healthcare. We are committed to building and sustaining an equitable and inclusive environment for our Center. We encourage individuals whose backgrounds or interests align with this commitment, as well as individuals from all backgrounds that are underrepresented in research, to apply.

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    (06/01/22) Research Program Manager - Portland, OR



    Expected starting salary: $70,853 + benefits (GS11), Full Time

    Position Summary: We are a seeking motivated, independent, and experienced candidate for a full-time Research Program Manager position to assist a Principal Investigator (PI) in the VA Center to Improve Veteran Involvement in Care (CIVIC) with multiple research projects intended to advance the prevention and treatment of common and significant mental health issues and conditions that affect Veterans. Specific projects are related to suicide prevention, women’s mental health, social determinants of health, and reintegrating service members. We are looking for candidates that can work independently to support a research team to achieve project aims and deadlines across multiple projects. The ideal candidates will be highly skilled in project coordination and have advanced knowledge of human subject protections, demonstrated experience with manuscript and grant development, and multiple years of prior experience leading a range of human subjects research studies, across multiple methods.

    This position is located at the VA Portland Health Care System’s Center to Improve Veteran Involvement in Care (CIVIC) (https://www.portlandcoin.research.va.gov/). CIVIC’s mission is to conduct research that empowers veterans to improve their health through engagement in self-care, engagement with VA and non-VA healthcare systems, and engagement in the research process.

    The VA HSRD CIVIC is a research center housed at the VA Portland Health Care System with strong ties to Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU). The CIVIC community is committed to developing, fostering, and retaining a diverse workforce. We seek applicants who have experience working with diverse communities and on diverse teams. In addition, we seek candidates who have experience engaging, communicating with, and incorporating perspectives from multiple diverse or underrepresented communities into research.

    This study team values individuals at all points in their career trajectories and is committed to fostering the professional growth of its staff. Within our team, we have multiple ongoing projects and collaborations with other investigators that provide opportunities for additional data analysis, data collection, and cross-team experiences to support motivated staff in reaching professional development goals. Within CIVIC, and the broader VA and OHSU communities, there are many opportunities for continuing education and training related to a broad variety of topics. Such opportunities include OHSU Departmental Grand Rounds or larger events, research in progress meetings, CIVIC conferences, analyst drop-in sessions, qualitative forums, funding for participation in external training opportunities (e.g., workshops, conference attendance), and more.

    This position is eligible for modified work schedules, a transit pass, as well as paid vacation, sick leave, and a range of healthcare and retirement benefits: https:/www.vacareers.va.gov/Benefits/EmploymentBenefits

    Responsibilities

    The primary responsibility is to assist the PI in leading a growing research team conducting multiple studies including clinical trials of behavioral interventions, mixed-methods research, longitudinal surveys, systematic reviews, and big-data projects. Specific duties will depend on qualifications and professional development goals, but may include:

    • Managing day-to-day study activities and achieving study milestones to meet project objectives
    • Developing standard operating procedures and ensuring that project activities are being conducted with fidelity to research protocols
    • Supporting and coordinating with research associates, research assistants, and interventionists to troubleshoot any issues that arise and support completion of study tasks
    • Assisting project managers with study coordination across several projects, as needed, to help guide workload prioritization and delegation
    • Maintaining Institutional Review Board (IRB) and other regulatory compliance correspondence
    • Leading writing and preparation of scholarly manuscripts for scientific journals and presentations of study findings at professional meetings in collaboration with the PI
    • Providing quantitative data management and analysis support
    • Ensuring data accuracy and confidentiality
    • Assisting with managing multi-million-dollar budgets
    • Helping develop grant submissions/resubmissions
    • Additional administrative tasks as needed

    Experience

    Minimum Requirements:

    • PhD a relevant field (e.g., psychology, sociology, public health), or a Master’s degree and several years relevant employment experience beyond graduation
    • Prior experience independently leading/organizing a large research study
    • Prior experience independently training and coordinating staff
    • Prior experience with clinical trials
    • Experience with quantitative data management and related programs/software such as REDCap or Excel
    • Basic quantitative data analysis skills
    • Publication history in scientific journals; able to serve as the lead author on manuscripts with little/no oversight
    • Advanced knowledge of policies, procedures, and guidelines that govern projects, including those specific to research-based projects (e.g., IRB)
    • Strong conceptual, analytic, oral and written communication skills, and ability to work independently
    • Ability to appropriately balance project goals, ethics, and professional interactions with participants
    • Rigorous attention to detail and record keeping
    • Resourcefulness and sound professional/ethnical judgment
    • Commitment to contributing to an inclusive working and learning environment
    • Must be a US citizen (due to being a U.S. federal government-funded position)

    Preferred qualifications (beyond minimum):

    • Experience with a wide range of research methods (e.g., survey, observational, qualitative)
    • Multiple first-author publications in scientific journals
    • Experience managing project budgets

    Telework/remote work

    Telework options will be discussed with applicants, but some periodic onsite work will be required.

    How to apply

    Interested candidates should send both a cover letter and a resume/CV to Katie McDonald, by email at Katie.McDonald@va.gov with the subject line ‘Research program manager.’

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    (05/31/22) VA Virtual Care Project Coordinator - West Haven, CT



    Dr. Eric Hermes and the HSR&D Pain Research, Informatics, Multimorbidities, and Education (PRIME) Center at the VA Connecticut Healthcare System, is seeking to fill a Project Coordinator position to oversee the management of health services related VA research studies oriented towards virtual care.

    Job Details:

    • Full-time (40 hours/week)
    • Tentative start date: No later than October 1, 2022
    • This position is anticipated to be an in-person position, but there may also be tele-working arrangements available.

    Job Description: The Project Coordinator will oversee and coordinate multiple research projects simultaneously, which include multi-site effectiveness and implementation trials as well as pilot trials. Example responsibilities include:

    1. Lead research team of other research personnel and facilitate research team meetings
    2. Track and maintain study goals and timeline
    3. Monitor procedures for implementation, recruitment, screening, enrollment, and intervention delivery
    4. Maintain IRB approval and other regulatory requirements
    5. Coordinate research activities and approvals at multiple sites
    6. Work with Principal Investigators to disseminate research through reports and manuscripts
    7. Work with the research team to develop new research ideas and projects

    Requirements: Master’s degree in allied health science field with three years of related experience, or a doctorate in an allied health science field with 1 year of related experience. Candidates with degrees in public health, health services research, epidemiology, psychology, health sciences (or related field) and experience in research in healthcare-related settings will be considered. Knowledge and skills in project management, familiarity with IRB and research regulations, and willingness to learn and work collaboratively are required. Experience managing multiple projects and proficiency with Microsoft Office including Outlook, Word, PowerPoint and virtual meeting platforms preferred. Must be highly motivated, organized, and autonomous with excellent multi-tasking ability and record-keeping, and possess a professional demeanor with excellent interpersonal skills.U.S. citizenship is required.

    Contact: Please E-mail a cover letter and resume to Eric Hermes, M.D. (eric.hermes@va.gov).

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    (05/31/22) Health Sciences Research Assistant/Specialist/Coordinator - Seattle, WA



    Are you interested in helping to improve the health and care of our United States Veterans through meaningful work in a collaborative environment? The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Cooperative Studies Program (CSP) is a nationally renowned program that produces innovative solutions to Veteran and national healthcare problems through multi-site research studies.

    The Seattle Epidemiologic Research and Information Center (ERIC) is hiring a full-time Research Assistant/Specialist/Coordinator. The Research Assistant/Specialist/Coordinator will support the Service and Health Among Deployed Veterans Study (SHADE Study, CSP #595), a multi-site observational study. The aim of the study is to characterize the impact of deployment-related pollution exposures during Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF), Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF), and Operation New Dawn (OND) on current respiratory health.

    The Research Assistant/Specialist/Coordinator will provide operational support under the direction of the SHADE Study Program Manager.

    Key duties:

    • Assist with development and maintenance of study databases, including data entry and data management
    • Assist with development and implementation of standard operating procedures and study materials
    • Assist with preparation and tracking of IRB submissions and other regulatory documents
    • Serve as liaison with investigators, site personnel, consultants, and contractors
    • Monitor subject recruitment and data collection activities and prepare reports and presentations
    • Conduct quality assurance/quality control procedures, including consent form audits and data reconciliation
    • Track progress and productivity of studies and projects
    • Coordinate and facilitate local and national meetings and trainings

    Qualifications:

    • BA/BS or higher degree in a scientific- or health-related field required
    • 1-4 years of work experience in clinical, epidemiological, or health services research required
      • If BA/BS, 1-4 years of research-related experience required
      • If higher degree, 1-2 years of research-related experience preferred
    • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills with the ability to collaborate with a diverse group of researchers and staff
    • Strong attention to detail and organizational skills
    • Solid problem-solving and critical thinking skills
    • Excellent time management skills
    • Ability to adapt to changing priorities and timelines
    • Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook required
    • Programming experience in Microsoft Access or other database management system preferred

    About the Seattle ERIC and VA CSP:

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

    Learn more at:

    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 the targeted GS-05 through GS-09 range. The General Schedule (GS) salary table for Seattle can be found on the Office of Personnel Management website at opm.gov.

    Please send a cover letter and resume to SeattleCSPEC@va.gov. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled, and will be reviewed in the order they are received. Applications received without a cover letter will not be considered.

    Closing date: 8/26/2022

    Diversity enriches research and promotes the best healthcare. We are committed to building and sustaining an equitable and inclusive environment for our Center. We encourage individuals whose backgrounds or interests align with this commitment, as well as individuals from all backgrounds that are underrepresented in research, to apply.

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    (05/31/22) Associate Chief of Staff for Research (Physician) - Mather AFB, CA



    The VA Northern California Health Care System is looking for candidate who is an enthusiastic leader to chief a robust Research program. The Associate Chief of Staff for Research (ACOS/R), along with Research staff, will formulate the goals and objectives of the research program, advise and support investigators so that they are successful, oversee the administration of research activities, and ensure that programs meet all regulatory compliance requirements. For qualified applicants, appointment at the Associate or Full Professor level may be included with our teaching affiliate, University of California, Davis.

    Closing date: 09/30/2022

    See https://www.usajobs.gov/job/623626100 for details.

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    (05/31/22) Health Sciences Research Assistant/Specialist, EPIC3 Study - Seattle, WA



    Are you interested in helping to improve the health and healthcare of our United States Veterans through meaningful work in a collaborative environment? The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Cooperative Studies Program (CSP) is a nationally renowned program that produces innovative solutions to Veteran and national healthcare problems through multi-site research studies.

    The VA CSP Seattle Epidemiologic Research and Information Center (ERIC) is hiring a full-time Research Assistant/Specialist. The Research Assistant/Specialist will support a multi-site observational study titled, CSP #2028: Epidemiology, Immunology, and Clinical Characteristics of COVID-19 (EPIC3) within the Veterans Health Administration.   

    The aim of the study is to gather longitudinal data on the epidemiology, virology, immunology, and clinical characteristics of SARS-CoV-2 infections and the COVID-19 disease to answer key research questions about their natural history and clinical outcomes, and to better anticipate and manage pandemics in the future for Veterans Health Administration users and the general population. The Seattle ERIC provides the overall administration and coordination of the study for all study sites nationwide.

    The Research Assistant will provide operational support under the direction of the Study Project Manager.

    Key duties include the following:

    • Maintain standard operating procedures, databases, research records, and study materials
    • Serve as liaison with investigators, site personnel, consultants, and contractors
    • Ensure compliance with study protocol, including informed consent, safety, and data security requirements
    • Work closely with the EPIC3 coordinating team and study sites to ensure effective collaboration and maintain accurate data capture
    • Monitor subject recruitment and data collection activities at sites and take corrective action when required
    • Track study progress at sites, identify deficiencies, and recommend solutions
    • Track inventory and distribution of study supplies to sites
    • Prepare reports, presentations, and data summaries

    Minimum qualifications:

    • BA/BS or higher degree in a scientific- or health-related field required
    • 1-4 years of work experience in clinical, epidemiological, or health services research required
      • If BA/BS, 1-4 years of research-related experience required
      • If higher degree, 1-2 years of research-related experience preferred
    • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills with the ability to collaborate with a diverse group of researchers and staff
    • Strong attention to detail and organizational skills
    • Solid problem-solving and critical thinking skills
    • Excellent time management skills
    • Ability to adapt to changing priorities and timelines
    • Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook required
    • Experience with Access, SharePoint, and REDCap preferred

    About the Seattle ERIC and VA CSP:

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

    Learn more at:

    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 the targeted GS-05 to GS-07 range. The General Schedule (GS) salary table for Seattle can be found on the Office of Personnel Management website at opm.gov.

    Please send a cover letter and resume to SeattleCSPEC@va.gov. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Applications received without a cover letter will not be considered.

    Closing date: 8/26/2022

    Diversity enriches research and promotes the best healthcare. We are committed to building and sustaining an equitable and inclusive environment for our Center. We encourage individuals whose backgrounds or interests align with this commitment, as well as individuals from all backgrounds that are underrepresented in research, to apply.

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    (05/26/22) Assistant, Associate or Full Professor - East Orange, NJ



    The Airborne Hazards and Burn Pits Center of Excellence (AHBPCE) and Rutgers Biomedical Health Sciences (RBHS) is seeking candidates for one or more full-time faculty positions at the rank of Assistant, Associate or Full Professor (coterminous). This position will be based primarily at the VA New Jersey Health Care System (VANJHCS) and is paid directly by the AHBPCE. Academic appointment is commensurate with experience and qualifications. Depending on their qualifications, the successful candidate may be appointed in a department within one of the eight schools at RBHS.

    The successful candidate will direct a research program within the AHBPCE at VANJHCS and pursue VA and non-VA sources of funding, with the latter providing opportunities to engage more directly with RBHS. It is expected that the applicant will engage in service at AHBPCE and RBHS and participate in RBHS graduate and medical student education.

    Research Specialty Priority Areas

    Currently, the AHBPCE’s research program is focused predominantly on applied pulmonary physiology research in Veteran populations. Applicants with similar and complementary expertise are welcomed, with the following areas being prioritized:

    • Environmental epigenetics
    • Clinical epidemiology and medical informatics
    • Cardiopulmonary rehabilitation
    • Pharmacology and toxicology

    About the AHBPCE

    As a national VA Center of Excellence, the AHBPCE has four primary foci: a) Performing research related to Veterans’ concerns about exposure to airborne hazards and open burn pits; b) Creating and disseminating high quality education activities and materials for Veterans and clinicians; c) Delivering specialized clinical care and consultation for Veterans; and d) Monitoring enterprise clinical response through analysis of VA Airborne Hazards and Open Burn Pit Registry data and related activities. Therefore, the Center is uniquely positioned to address a key priority area (i.e., military environmental exposures) outlined within both the Veterans Health Administration’s overall strategic plan and Office of Research and Development Research Enterprise realignment.

    Additional Information

    For questions, please contact AHBPCE Co-Director Dr. Michael Falvo (Michael.Falvo@va.gov).

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    (05/16/22) CTE Administrative Officer (Health Science Specialist GS-11) - Boston, MA



    This position is located within the Research & Development Service Line at VA Boston Healthcare System that conducts health services research projects and performs basic science research. The Health Science Specialist (HSS) functions as a member of a large multidisciplinary research and operations enterprise whose responsibilities are both local and national in scope. National research projects and operational evaluations also relate to VA planning and management. The HSS employs scientific, organizational, interpersonal skills, and an understanding of the basic principles of scientific investigation and in-depth understanding of the study protocols in order to make difficult decisions independently.

    Major Duties and Responsibilities: The incumbent serves as an HSS, partnering with senior level personnel at a VISN1 Research Service to create and maintain a comprehensive, coordinated overview of the VA Medical Center's participation in the Research Service programs. The incumbent is directly responsible for executing highly complex, multi-phased tasks which are required for the successful day-today conduct of the research support activities in this program. The incumbent will provide high level assistance to the Principal Investigators and their support personnel in coordinating participant recruitment; ensuring interview programs are ethically sound and meet all regulatory requirements; develop robust data collection systems and methodologies; and cover all administrative aspects of the studies. The incumbent will also pursue individual funding opportunities when appropriate and organize program evaluations for the department. The primary responsibility of the incumbent is to coordinate all aspects of research projects and for day-to-day project management.

    Interested applicants are encouraged to contact Olivia DeJoie at olivia.dejoie@va.gov with any questions or to express interest. To be considered for the position, please enclose a current resume and/or cover letter.

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    (05/12/22) Psychology Research Assistant - Boston, MA



    Job Description: The  National Center for PTSD, Women’s Health Sciences Division at VA Boston HealthCare System is seeking up to four full-time Research Assistants for an early summer (June/July) start date. The research assistant(s) will work closely with Principal Investigators and Division staff on research projects related to Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT), PTSD treatment and treatment outcome clinical trials, gender differences in traumatic stress exposure and comorbidity with self-destructive behaviors (e.g., self-directed violence, disordered eating, substance use), and health outcomes and stressors unique to women Veterans. Primary responsibilities include conducting telephone and in-person screening sessions, data collection, data analysis, participant recruitment and screening, administrative management of research studies, and assistance in the preparation of grants, presentations, and manuscripts. 

    Setting: The Women's Health Sciences Division in Boston, MA, specializes in the study of women Veterans and non-Veterans, with a particular focus on understanding gender differences in trauma exposure, trauma and stress in marginalized groups, community violence, and polytrauma psychopathology.

    Requirements: Bachelor's degree in psychology or a closely related discipline; research experience. Interest in/experience working with individuals at risk of self-directed violence desired for one of the research technician positions.

    Time Commitment: Two years, with the possibility of an extension.

    Anticipated Start Date: June-July 2022

    How to apply: Please submit:

    1) a letter describing your interest in the position and related career goals, 

    2) a curriculum vita or resume, 

    3) a current unofficial transcript, and

    4) contact information for three references.

    This is an ideal position for those intending to apply to graduate school (MA or Ph.D.) in clinical psychology or a related discipline. Opportunities to present at national conferences and contribute to academic publications are available and encouraged.

    Application/questions should be submitted to Lauren McSweeney, Ph.D., (lauren.mcsweeney@va.gov).  Applications will be reviewed until the positions are filled.

    The Department of Veteran Affairs is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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    (05/12/22) Research Librarian (Systematic Reviews) - Portland, OR or remote



    This position is housed in the Research and Development Service located at the US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Portland Health Care System in Portland, Oregon. The incumbent will serve as a Research Librarian (Health Science Specialist) in the Coordinating Center for the Evidence Synthesis Program (ESP), a national VA Health Services Research and Development Service (HSR&D) research program.

    Since 2007, the ESP has focused on improving Veteran health and wellbeing through the production of tailored evidence synthesis products to support the implementation of effective practices. ESP’s high-quality, timely, and innovative syntheses have resulted in positive changes to clinical practice and policy and have informed quality improvement and research-focused initiatives at the national level. The program comprises 4 ESP Centers across the US and a Coordinating Center (CC) located in Portland, Oregon. Center Directors are VA clinicians and recognized leaders in the field of evidence synthesis with close ties to the AHRQ Evidence-based Practice Center Program. The CC manages national program operations, conducts initial scoping and feasibility assessment of systematic review topics nominated to the ESP, and houses the Rapid Response program, which responds to urgent evidence needs through the production of rapid evidence synthesis products (eg, ESP Evidence Briefs).

    POSITION DUTIES/RESPONSIBILITIES

    As a Research Librarian with the ESP, the incumbent’s primary responsibility is to develop and conduct scientific literature searches on a variety of health services and clinical topics in collaboration with evidence synthesis researchers and subject matter experts. Specific duties for this position include:

    • Developing, documenting, and executing search strategies to facilitate 1) initial scoping of proposed systematic review topics, 2) production of systematic reviews assigned to ESP Centers, and 3) production of Rapid Response evidence synthesis products at the ESP CC. Specific tasks include, but are not limited to: translating topic analytic models and eligibility criteria to systematic search strategies, adapting strategies to multiple databases, conducting gray literature searches, comprehensively documenting search strings (terms, filters, limits, etc) and results, and accurately populating Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses (PRISMA) diagrams.
    • Assisting with reference management using EndNote and systematic review screening software. Specific tasks include, but are not limited to: creating EndNote and systematic review screening software libraries populated with search results, carrying out full-text retrieval, ensuring accuracy of library contents, and supporting citation management during Rapid Response evidence synthesis product development.
    • Providing bibliometrics for program progress reports.
    • Engaging in relevant training and professional development. Specific activities include, but are not limited to: maintaining awareness of current systematic review trends and tools, attending training webinars and tutorials when possible on methods and software for performing systematic reviews, and providing team training (as required).

    REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS

    • Master’s degree in library and information science, or related field
    • Experience developing and conducting complex search strategies for systematic reviews, including using health-related databases (eg, PubMed, Ovid MEDLINE, CINAHL, etc); using controlled and keyword vocabulary, MeSH terms, and Boolean and proximity operators; and searching gray literature
    • Skill in using reference management software other than EndNote (eg, Zotero).
    • S. citizen

    PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

    • 2+ years of experience as an academic or medical librarian conducting research and systematic reviews on health-related topics
    • Familiarly with best practices in documenting and reporting literature searches, including the PRISMA standards for reporting systematic reviews and meta-analyses
    • Skill in using EndNote, or other citation management software
    • Proficiency in systematic review screening software (eg, PICO Portal, DistillerSR, Covidence, or EPPI-Reviewer)
    • Experience working with multidisciplinary teams on a broad range of topics
    • Strong technical writing and editing skills
    • Exceptional organizational, time and personnel management, and communication skills
    • Interest in advancing systematic review methods
    • A high level of independence, judgment, and teamwork

    COMPENSATION

    • Health Science Specialist position with an expected full-time starting salary: $58,560 (GS-9) / $70,853 (GS-11) depending on education, experience, and location
    • Term appointment: position is eligible for full benefits
    • Remote work options available

    HOW TO APPLY

    Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Applicants should provide a cover letter describing interests and qualifications and CV/resume to Nicole Floyd (nicole.floyd@va.gov).

    Expected start date is July 2022.

    The VA is an Equal Opportunity Employer. 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.

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    (05/11/22) Health Sciences Research Coordinator - Salisbury, NC



    The Salisbury VA Medical Center is hiring a full-time Research Coordinator. This position will be part of a dynamic team that supports research activities for all Center studies. This position is based in Salisbury, NC.  Ad-hoc telework is available, but this position is not virtual.

    • Key duties:
    • Developing study materials, IRB documentation, and standard operating procedures
    • Maintaining research regulatory files
    • Screening and recruiting research participants
    • Scheduling and preparing for research meetings and assembling documents
    • Supporting Center research quality control and safety efforts through proper documentation tracking and maintenance
    • Assisting with maintaining and updating study databases
    • Setting up meetings, taking meeting notes, data entry, data quality control, coordinate research mailings, and other research support duties
    • Qualifications:
    • BA/BS or higher degree in a scientific- or health-related field required
    • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills with the ability to collaborate with a diverse group of researchers and staff
    • Experience with customer service, particularly by telephone and e-mail
    • Strong attention to detail and organizational skills
    • Solid problem-solving and critical thinking skills
    • Excellent time management skills
    • Ability to adapt to changing priorities and timelines
    • Proficiency in Microsoft Office programs (e.g. Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook) required

    Interested applicants should submit their CV, cover letter, and verification of education to Amy.Morris3@va.gov

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    (05/11/22) Research Psychology Technician - Salisbury, NC



    The Salisbury VA Medical Center is hiring a full-time Psychology Technician. This position will be part of a dynamic team that supports research activities for all Center studies. This position is based in Salisbury, NC.  Ad-hoc telework is available, but this position is not virtual.

    • Key duties:
    • Assessing and administering various psychological tests and instruments including the WAIS and Weschler Tests
    • Documenting results and patient/participant interactions
    • Screening and recruiting research participants
    • Entering research data and assisting in assessing patients
    • Supporting research quality control and safety efforts through proper documentation tracking and maintenance
    • Assisting with maintaining and updating study databases
    • Qualifications:
    • Education: You must have Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with a major in an appropriate social or biological science, which included or was supplemented by 12 semester hours in psychology. (TRANSCRIPT REQUIRED)
    • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills with the ability to collaborate with a diverse group of researchers and staff
    • Experience with customer service, particularly by telephone and e-mail
    • Strong attention to detail and organizational skills
    • Solid problem-solving and critical thinking skills
    • Excellent time management skills
    • Ability to adapt to changing priorities and timelines
    • Proficiency in Microsoft Office programs (e.g. Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook) required

    Interested applicants should submit their CV, cover letter, and verification of education to Amy.Morris3@va.gov

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    (04/29/22) Senior Research Study Coordinator - Seattle, WA



    Do you want to be a part of improving the healthcare of our United States Veterans through meaningful work in a collaborative environment? The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Cooperative Studies Program (CSP) is a nationally renowned program that produces innovative solutions for Veteran and national healthcare problems through multi-site research studies. This is a very exciting opportunity to help create a CSP team, or node, that enhances the overall performance, compliance, and management of CSP multi-site research. 

    The Seattle Network oDedicated Enrollment Sites (NODES) is recruiting a full-time position that will provide research coordination for multi-site clinical trials at VA Puget Sound. The Senior Research Study Coordinator will work closely with the Seattle NODES Research Program Manager, Center Directors and CSP study teams to assure the success of their studies. This position is based in Seattle, WA. The Seattle NODES is 1 of 23 NODES within CSP.

    Key Duties:

    • Under the direction of the NODES Research Program Manager, participates in all aspects of conducting clinical research which includes but is not limited to: feasibility assessments, screening/recruiting potential study participants, obtaining informed consent, enrollment, randomization, scheduling research appointments, data collection, study procedures, study surveys, collection/processing of biospecimens, reporting study adverse events/side effects and completing appropriate study documentation for multiple research studies in-person or over the telephone.  
    • Prepares study materials including, but not limited to, regulatory paperwork, informed consent document, case report forms (CRFs), enrollment logs, participant reimbursement, and drug/device accountability logs.
    • Establishes and organizes study files, including but not limited to, regulatory binders, study specific source documentation and other materials.
    • Works with the NODES Program Manager to manage the day-to-day activities of the portfolio of research studies including problem solving, communication and protocol management.
    • Creates and maintains complex research databases and manages spreadsheets for data tracking and other project management tracking tasks.
    • Independently responds to general inquiries from study participants, research and R&D administration staff, and other stakeholders. Independently drafts correspondence and general communications regarding the center.
    • Assists in the development and implementation of clinical research standard operating procedures and policies, quality assurance and quality control activities.
    • Attends study and center meetings, as required.
    • Provides training and technical guidance to research team members regarding regulations, policies, and procedures applicable to the conduct of the research.
    • Stays up to date on federal rules and regulations and VA, ORD, CSP, and local VA policies and procedures as they relate to research, privacy, and data sharing; oversees NODES regulatory processes; assists with responses to complex and nuanced regulatory inquiries, including responding to research incidents and preparing for audits
    • Performs other related duties as outlined in research protocols, and other duties as assigned.

    Qualifications:

    Required:

    • BA/BS or higher degree in a scientific- or health-related field
    • 3-5 years of work experience in clinical, epidemiological, or health services research
      • If BA/BS, 3-5 years of research-related experience required
      • If higher degree, 2-3 years of research-related experience preferred
    • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills with the ability to collaborate with a diverse group of researchers and staff
    • Strong attention to detail and organizational skills
    • Solid problem-solving and critical thinking skills
    • Excellent time management skills
    • Ability to adapt to changing priorities and timelines
    • Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook

    Preferred:

    • Experience coordinating and executing large-scale research studies
    • Institutional knowledge of VA and/or CSP research operations
    • Knowledge of REDCap and Microsoft Access
    • Experience working with underserved and/or Veteran populations

    There may be travel opportunities for national CSP research meetings and to regional sites.

    Candidates must be US citizens. Depending on the candidate’s experience, the target salary will be in the GS-9 to GS-11 range according to the Office of Personnel Management General Schedule table at opm.gov.

    Please send a cover letter and resume to SeattleCSPEC@va.gov. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled; however, materials received by 5/10/2022 will be considered first.

    Closing date: 8/26/2022

    For more information about the CSP NODES, please see Network of Dedicated Enrollment Sites (NODES) - VA Cooperative Studies Program (CSP).

    Diversity enriches research and promotes the best healthcare. We are committed to building and sustaining an equitable and inclusive environment for our NODES. We encourage individuals whose backgrounds or interests align with this commitment, as well as individuals from all backgrounds that are underrepresented in research, to apply.

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    (04/12/22) Health Sciences Research Data Analyst - Seattle, WA



    Are you interested in helping to improve the healthcare of our United States Veterans through meaningful work in a collaborative environment? The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Cooperative Studies Program (CSP) is a nationally renowned program that produces innovative solutions to Veteran and national healthcare problems through multi-site research studies.

    The VA CSP Seattle Epidemiologic Research and Information Center (ERIC), is hiring a full-time Research Data Analyst to work with an experienced and growing group of researchers committed to high-quality epidemiologic investigations using large, complex health data to address Veteran health issues.

    The Research Data Analyst will support several large, national, epidemiologic research studies as well as smaller-scale, investigator-initiated projects. This position will work closely with the Center’s senior data manager, biostatisticians, and scientific personnel in the conduct of observational epidemiologic studies addressing environmental and occupational exposures, pharmacotherapy, specific medical conditions, and genetics/genomics. Some of the current research projects at the ERIC include pulmonary health, cardiovascular disease, mental health, back pain, dysvascular amputations, and COVID-19 associated outcomes.

    Primary responsibilities include identifying appropriate data elements from VA data sources, extracting and cleaning data, creating and curating research repository databases, and creating analytic data sets to be used to answer specific research and operational questions. Additional responsibilities may include mentoring staff, consulting with investigators about available VA data resources, and keeping abreast of new technologies needed to support the CSP’s future scientific and data needs.

    Key duties:

    • Collaborate with investigators and staff to identify key data elements from national and local VA data sources and create analytic files for staff epidemiologists and biostatisticians
    • Create data specifications, design complex data extract systems, and write supporting documentation
    • Design, create, and load relational databases, tables, and files to meet the needs of study staff and support ongoing national projects
    • Curate large genomic datasets and extract study data from these as required
    • Manage, administer, and ensure data quality, security, and maintenance of data files and database systems from current and past epidemiologic studies
    • Validate study data from field sites and troubleshoot any issues uncovered by staff
    • Respond quickly and accurately to urgent data requests from Investigators  

    Qualifications:

    • Master’s-level degree in a scientific field
    • Professional experience working with relational databases
    • Experience with healthcare data desired
    • Proficiency in SQL
    • Experience with a statistical programming language such as R, SAS or Stata.
    • Excellent data management, programming, and communication skills
    • Flexibility, adaptability, and the ability to work both independently and in a team setting
    • Familiarity with VA data systems, files, and data security and working knowledge of Power BI, Visual Basic Studio, Python, and/or C# preferred

    About the Seattle ERIC and VA CSP:

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

    Learn more at:

    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 the targeted GS-11 through GS-12 range. The General Schedule (GS) salary table for Seattle can be found on the Office of Personnel Management website at opm.gov

    Please send a cover letter and resume to SeattleCSPEC@va.gov. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled and will be reviewed in the order they are received. Applications received without a cover letter will not be considered.

    Application deadline: July 11, 2022

    Diversity enriches research and promotes the best healthcare. We are committed to building and sustaining an equitable and inclusive environment for our Center. We encourage individuals whose backgrounds or interests align with this commitment, as well as individuals from all backgrounds that are underrepresented in research, to apply.

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    (12/30/21) Research Specialist: Web Programmer - Seattle, Washington



    The VA Health Services Research & Development (HSR&D) Center for Information Dissemination and Education Resources (CIDER) is recruiting a web programmer with strong database skills. This full-time position is with a national program responsible for the technical development and maintenance of a database and website that support reporting of research and compliance-related processes for HSR&D.

    Under the direction of the Program Director, the Web Programmer will:

    • Develop and maintain complex web-based applications or modify existing applications to meet specific Research Service needs
    • Manage and design tests to ensure proper performance
    • Coordinate the implementation of new web-based user applications including testing and debugging with Database Administrator and other team members
    • Collaborate with team members and other research staff to continuously improve user experience
    • Troubleshoot technical problems or problems related to changes in the IT environment
    • Provide assistance and technical advice to individuals and groups; respond in a timely manner to reported problems and alerts
    • Write and edit comprehensive, technical documentation
    • Conduct special projects at the request of Program Director

    Qualifications/Requirements:

    • Bachelor's degree in a science field; Advanced degree preferred
    • Experience working in a research environment; familiarity with research processes
    • 3+ years of web programming experience
    • Experience with ColdFusion/CFML, JavaScript, HTML5, CSS, XML, SQL and AJAX programming technique are necessary. If no CFML experience, strong experience with other scripting languages and a willingness to learn CFML acceptable. Dreamweaver or other IDE experience preferred.
    • Programming experience involving large data sets
    • Solid testing experience
    • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
    • Strong analytic and problem-solving skills
    • U.S. citizenship is required

    Other Information

    Full-time position

    Location: Seattle, Washington

    Salary: $70K - $100K plus benefits depending on education and experience

    Equal Opportunity Employer

    Please send a cover letter and resume to: jane.altemose@va.gov . Open until filled.

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    (12/15/21) SQL Database Administrator/Programmer - Seattle, WA



    The VA Health Services Research & Development (HSR&D) Center for Information Dissemination and Education Resources (CIDER) is recruiting a programmer with database administration and application development experience, a strong understanding of web-based interfaces, and experience programming in a research environment. This full-time position is with a national program responsible for the technical development and maintenance of a database and website that support reporting of research and compliance-related processes for HSR&D.

    Under the direction of the Program Director, the Research Specialist will:

    • Manage and support technical development for the Program
    • Administer all aspects of a large SQL relational database; help build the structure and design of the database including managing large tables, maintaining schemas, writing stored procedures, and developing queries and utilities; manage automated SQL Server job development, scheduling and monitoring
    • Design and implement software applications and database specifications (often in a team setting) or modify existing applications to meet specific Research Service needs
    • Coordinate the implementation of new web-based user applications including testing and debugging
    • Oversee technical maintenance of systems and servers; troubleshoot technical problems; manage permissions and security measures
    • Provide assistance and technical advice to individuals and groups; respond in a timely manner to reported problems and alerts
    • Write and edit comprehensive, technical documentation
    • Conduct special projects at the request of Program Director

    Qualifications/Requirements:

    • Bachelor's degree (science degree required); Advanced degree preferred
    • Experience working in a research environment; familiarity with research processes
    • 3-5 years of programming experience; including writing complex operations, queries, and scripts
    • Expert-level knowledge in Microsoft SQL Server database administration, and related products; including database design and documentation; also data backup, recovery, security, integrity; experience with MS Access preferred
    • Working knowledge and skill in advanced Web programming techniques and languages, including HTML, JavaScript, ColdFusion, JAVA, XML, OLAP, Adobe Dreamweaver development tools; and browsers including MS Edge, MS Internet Explorer and Chrome.
    • Solid testing experience
    • Analytical mindset and good problem-solving skills; highly organized
    • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
    • U.S. citizenship is required
    • COVID-19 vaccination required for Federal employees

    Other Information

    Full-time position

    Location: Seattle, Washington

    Salary: $70K - $100K plus benefits depending on education and experience

    Equal Opportunity Employer

    Please send a cover letter and resume to: jane.altemose@va.gov. Open until filled.

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