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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 09/01/21.

For additional VA opportunities, please visit the USAJobs website.



(09/23/21) Health Sciences Research Assistant/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 Assistant/Research Coordinator who has experience with and enjoys supporting research operations. This position will be part of a dynamic team that supports research activities for all Center studies. This position is based in Seattle, WA.

Key duties:

Working with staff to support day-to-day operational activities for the Center, including:

  1. Setting up meetings, taking meeting notes, data entry, data quality control, coordinate research mailings, and other research support duties
  2. Assisting with the development of study materials, IRB documentation, and standard operating procedures
  3. Assisting with the coordination of engagement activities, including scheduling Center events
  4. Assisting with the development of Center research operational documents and procedures
  5. Coordinating Center travel arrangements in support of research operations
  6. Completing and maintaining necessary research documentation for VA travel
  7. Scheduling and preparing for local and national research meetings and assembling documents
  8. Assisting with staff hiring and onboarding efforts in support of research studies
  9. Supporting Center research quality control and safety efforts through proper documentation tracking and maintenance
  10. Assisting with maintaining and updating study databases
  11. Providing research support to Center PIs, researchers, and study teams as needed

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 services research required

    a. If BA/BS, 1-4 years of research-related experience required
    b. 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
  4. Experience with customer service, particularly by telephone and e-mail
  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

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-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 received without a cover letter will not be considered. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled; however, materials received by 10/06/2021 will be considered first.

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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(09/21/21) Assistant/Associate/Full Professor (Geriatrics) - Durham, NC



The Division of Geriatrics at Duke University invites applications and nominations for a regular rank faculty position. The Division is housed in the Duke Center for Aging and Human Development, and has close ties with the Durham VA Geriatric Research Education and Clinical Center and Health Services Research and Development Center of Innovation (COIN). Together these form a robust and supportive intellectual community of researchers working in clinical/translational research, epidemiology, health services research, health measurement and implementation science to improve the lives of older adults. Faculty collaborate closely with other clinical departments and institutes across the School of Medicine and University, including Neurology, Psychiatry, Nursing, and Population Health. Duke is home to a Claude D. Pepper Older Americans Independence Center, a Roybal Center, an Alzheimer's Disease Research Center, and a Demography and Economics of Aging Center all funded by the National Institute on Aging.

See https://bit.ly/39nXVYG for details.

If you have questions about the application materials format or process, email Emily.Herbert@duke.edu for assistance.

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(09/20/21) Program Specialist - IRB - Hines, IL



This position is located within the Research and Development Service Line at the Edward Hines, Jr. VA Hospital, Hines, IL. The primary purpose of the position is to provide procedural and administrative support and management for the Institutional Review Board (IRB) which reviews all research projects involving human subjects conducted by VA personnel at any institution.

Closing date: 09/24/2021

See https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/614559000 for complete details.

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(09/20/21) Health Science Officer - Location Negotiable After Selection, United States



The incumbent of this position will serve as a Scientific Program Manager for VA research relating to women's health, health equity, rural health and special populations. The goal of HSR&D is to improve the quality of health care by examining the organization, delivery, financing, and management of health care services on the quality, cost, access to, and outcome of those services. The HSR&D program is looking for a Scientific Program Manager to lead these VA health services research portfolios in these critical areas, working with clinical and research partners to develop the strategic direction of these priority areas.

Closing date: 10/04/2021

See https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/614707400 for details.

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(09/15/21) Health Science Specialist/Registry Analyst - East Orange, NJ



Are you interested in putting data to work for Veterans? The VA’s Airborne Hazards and Open Burn Pit Registry (AHOBPR) is the fastest growing national registry in the VA with >265,000 participants and approximately 500 new participants joining each week. We are seeking a motivated and independent Registry Analyst to join our team to help us better understand the potential health effects of exposure to airborne hazards during military service.

This AHOBPR is housed within the VA’s Airborne Hazards and Burn Pits Center of Excellence (AHBPCE) at the New Jersey War Related Illness and Injury Study Center (WRIISC). The Center specializes in clinical and translational research that uses scientific insights to help improve health outcomes for Veterans exposed to airborne hazards while deployed.

The Health Science Specialist/Registry Analyst will provide analytical support under the direction of the Center’s senior epidemiologist and leadership.

Key Duties:

  • Clean, manage, and analyze data, using analytic software packages (SAS or R), to determine accuracy for the preparation of analytical datasets for longitudinal and cross-sectional analysis.
  • Perform statistical modeling and quantitative analysis on datasets, including basic descriptive analysis/tabulating profiles/creating data plots, in preparation for more advanced analyses.
  • Assist senior Health Science Specialists with establishing acceptable research policies and procedures for evaluation groups to conduct their reviews and to frame their recommendations for project effectiveness and medical research funds.
  • Assist in the determination of the need for additional ad hoc review/representation from scientific and medical practice specialties.

Qualifications/Skills:

  • A Bachelor's or graduate/higher level degree (preferred) with a major study in an academic field related to the medical field, health sciences or allied sciences appropriate to the work of the position.
  • Experience in managing, cleaning, analyzing, and reporting on quantitative and qualitative scientific data, particularly large datasets.
  • Working knowledge (≥ 2 years) of SAS required
  • Preferred candidates will have strong analytical skills and reasoning.
  • Strong written and oral communication skills.
  • Ability to work as a member of a team and to interact effectively with scientific research team members.

About the AHBPCE:

The Airborne Hazards and Burn Pits Center of Excellence (AHBPCE) was established as a VA Center of Excellence in 2019 as part of the VA’s War Related Illness and Injury Study Center (WRIISC). The AHBPCE investigators use data from the VA Airborne Hazards and Open Burn Pit Registry, clinical evaluations, and other sources to identify testable research questions and conduct in-depth studies that can help VA better diagnose and treat health concerns related to airborne hazard exposures.

Application Information:

Please send a cover letter and resume to Nisha Jani, PhD, MPH (Nisha.Jani@va.gov) with the subject line ‘Registry Analyst’. Cover letters should highlight skills of relevance to this posting as well as interest. Applicants must also apply at USA Jobs: USAJOBS - Job Announcement (Closing date: 09/27/2021)

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(09/13/21) Detail Opportunity for Research Administrator - Washington, DC



The Washington DC VA Medical Center is looking for an energetic, dynamic, high-performing individual for a detail to work on-site as the Acting Administrative Officer for Research (GS-13), not to exceed 120 days.  The Washington DC VAMC has approximately 200 research studies and approximately 100 investigators.  Some of the duties associated with this detail are as follows: 

Working closely with the ACOS/Research and the Research Budget Analyst in the day-to-day operations of the Research Service as it relates to the budget of the research programs, research contracts and human resource management, specifically with federal and personnel agreement hiring actions.

If interested in this detail, the individual must:

  1. Have experience with the following systems:  Veterans Health Information Systems and Technology Architecture, Research and Development Information System, Financial Management System, Research Management System for Windows, and Research Analysis and Forecasting Tool.
  2. Have experience with Research fund control points.
  3. Have experience in establishing research related contracts for the program and investigators.
  4. Have experience with HR process and procedures (classification, recruitment, HR Smart) to assist the ACOS/R with hiring actions.

The DC VAMC will pay for all travel expenses for this detail.

If interested, please send an email to Daniel Dennis Taub, PhD, ACOS/Research at Daniel.Taub@va.gov and Terrylisa Johnson, Research Service Special Detail at Terrylisa.Johnson@va.gov.

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(09/10/21) Health Sciences Research Coordinator, EPIC3 Study - Seattle, WA



Join this team and you’ll contribute to a high impact, national research study that aims to provide critical insights on how we understand SARS-CoV-2 infections and the COVID-19 disease, how it impacts Veterans specifically, and how to better anticipate and manage future pandemics.

The study, CSP #2028: Epidemiology, Immunology, and Clinical Characteristics of COVID-19 (EPIC3) within the Veterans Health Administration, gathers longitudinal data on the epidemiology, virology, immunology, and clinical characteristics of SARS-CoV-2 infections and the COVID-19 disease. CSP #2028, coordinated by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Cooperative Studies Program (CSP) Seattle Epidemiologic Research and Information Center (ERIC), aims to answer key research questions about the natural history and clinical outcomes of COVID-19.

The Seattle ERIC is hiring a full-time Research Coordinator. Our team at the Seattle ERIC coordinating center provides overall operational support and coordination to the 15 study sites nationwide. Position is based in Seattle, WA.

The Research Coordinator will provide operational support under the direction of the Study Program Manager.

Key duties:

  • Design and develop standard operating procedures, databases, and study materials; maintain and troubleshoot tracking infrastructures
  • Serve as liaison between investigators, site personnel, consultants, and contractors
  • Virtually train study site personnel on operational procedures and protocols including participant tracking measures
  • Assist in remote activities for the virtual cohort including recruitment, enrollment, and follow-up as needed
  • Oversee data management and quality assurance/quality control procedures
  • Ensure compliance with study protocol, including informed consent, safety, and data security requirements
  • Ensure regulatory requirements are met, including completing R&D and IRB documentation and preparing for audits
  • 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
  • Prepare reports, presentations, and data summaries
  • Coordinate and facilitate local and national meetings and trainings
  • Provide training and guidance to Research Assistants

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, 2-4 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 Microsoft Access, Microsoft SharePoint, Microsoft Teams, 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-09. 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; however, materials received by 9/27/2021 will be considered first. 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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(09/10/21) Research Program Manager - 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), Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is recruiting a Program Manager to work with an experienced and growing group of researchers committed to high-quality epidemiologic investigations addressing Veteran health issues. The Center is 1 of several epidemiologic centers within the Cooperative Studies Program of the VA Office of Research and Development.

The Center is recruiting a full-time position that will provide leadership in the management of large, national epidemiologic research studies within the ERIC as well as smaller-scale, investigator-initiated studies. The Program Manager will work closely with the Associate Center Director, Research Operations, to assure the success of several observational epidemiologic studies addressing environmental/occupational exposures, pharmacotherapy, and genetics/genomics. This position will be part of a dynamic team that supports research activities for all Center studies. This position is based in Seattle, WA.

Key Duties:

  • With the Associate Center Director (ACD), manages research operations and teams for a large, complex, and dynamic center
  • Supervises research project leads, by inspiring and motivating them to perform at their best; identifies potential challenges and points of friction and works to find solutions to maximize employee engagement, productivity, and efficiency
  • With Center leadership, participates in strategic planning and implementation of policies, best practices, and systems to meet the Center’s 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 Center and CSP leadership about resources, priorities, and projects
  • Creates, implements, and maintains professional development and training plans and opportunities, and employee appreciation programs and activities
  • Assists with the management of the Center’s hiring program; supervises volunteer screening and onboarding
  • Serves as an interim manager on newly assigned studies and initiatives.
  • Works with the ACD to ensure the Program’s research quality management framework is integrated into all aspects of the Center’s work
  • 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 Center regulatory processes; assists with responses to complex and nuanced regulatory inquiries, including responding to research incidents and preparing for audits
  • Fosters collaborations on research best practices across the Center, the Program, and ORD by participating on committees and working groups
  • Identifies how the VA’s transition to a new electronic health record (EHR), and the resulting EHR data, will impact the Center’s research studies; identifies mitigation strategies and opportunities for improvement before, during, and after the transition

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
  • Experience building internal tracking systems that support attention to detail and quality control
  • 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
  • Knowledge of REDCap and Access

Preferred:

  • Masters-level degree in a scientific or related-field
  • Extensive experience managing 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 research operations

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

Please send a cover letter and resume to SeattleCSPEC@va.gov. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled; however, materials received by 10/01/2021 will be considered first.

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

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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(09/09/21) Health Science Specialist (Research Study Coordinator) - Orlando, FL



The selectee will serve as a Research Study Coordinator and will oversee all aspects of research studies located at the Orlando VA Healthcare System (OVAHCS) Research and Development (R&D) Service. This position will require an individual who understands the basic principles of scientific investigation and clinical trials, who is capable of in-depth understanding of the study protocol, and who can make difficult decisions independently.

Closing date: 09/30/2021

See https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/613639700 for complete details.

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(09/07/21) Tenure-Track or Tenured Faculty Position in Health Policy at the Assistant or Associate Level - Los Angeles, CA



The Department of Health Policy and Management in the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health is seeking applicants for a tenure-track or tenured faculty position at the Assistant or Associate level in the area of health policy. Graduating doctoral students, post-doctoral scholars, and Assistant Professors are encouraged to apply. This top-rated Department is a leader in health policy education and research. Applicants must have a strong record—relative to time-since-degree—of peer-reviewed publications and demonstrated ability or potential to influence the policymaking process at the local, state, or national level.

Responsibilities: The new faculty member will teach courses and conduct research in one or more areas of health policy, including but not limited to healthcare access, health insurance markets, and financing of medical care.  Scholarship in health policy should include consideration of issues of health equity and/or issues surrounding systemic racism and discrimination. It is expected that the new faculty member will become an active member of the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research (https://healthpolicy.ucla.edu).

Qualifications: Qualifications include a strong record of research and teaching (commensurate with the rank of appointment sought) and an earned doctorate in health policy, public policy, economics, political science, sociology, or other relevant discipline at the time of appointment. 

Review of applications will begin on November 1, 2021, and will continue until the position is filled. For full consideration, applications should be completed by November 15, 2021 and earlier applications are strongly encouraged. All applications will be kept strictly confidential. Faculty appointment level and salary will be determined based on the candidates' experience and qualifications.

See https://recruit.apo.ucla.edu/JPF06784 for complete details.

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(08/24/21) Study Coordinator - Portland, OR



Position Summary

We are looking for a motivated and independent Study Coordinator for a guaranteed one-year full-time position to assist Dr. Teo with a new federally-funded research project conducted through the VA Portland Health Care System, with the potential for extension pending future grants. The research project will be a pilot randomized controlled trial that aims to understand how to expand access and utilization of virtual yoga group classes amongst rural Veterans, while simultaneously evaluating the intervention using sensor technology and measurement of social isolation and loneliness in the target population.

Under the supervision of Portland VA Center to Improve Veteran Involvement in Care (CIVIC) Principal Investigator Dr. Alan Teo, the Study Coordinator provides support to the research team on multiple projects intended to advance the scientific understanding of issues related to common and important health care problems and conditions that affect veterans. Current ongoing projects are related to Veteran-centric care and strategies to enhance Veteran-clinician collaboration, and understanding how social connections can be used to advance the prevention, detection, evaluation, and treatment of common mental health conditions that affect veterans and other patient populations. Specific projects topics are related to loneliness and social isolation, major depression, suicide prevention, access and barriers to healthcare utilization, and mental health outreach via social media. These research projects employ a health services research framework and typically include quantitative data, qualitative data, or mixed methods.

Responsibilities

The Study Coordinator will perform a variety of tasks for the Teo Team. The incumbent’s primary responsibilities will be to support project objectives. Tasks will be commensurate with training and experience and may include:

  • Management of Institutional Review Board approvals and data requests
  • Developing study procedures and ensuring study activities are being conducted with fidelity to research protocols
  • Coordinating with multiple partners and collaborators, organizing meetings, and helping to guide project activities
  • Managing participant recruitment and tracking enrollment
  • Communicating with research subjects regarding study procedures and requirements
  • Building and administering surveys
  • Facilitating subject reimbursement and compensation
  • Managing study databases, including data entry, cleaning, and data export
  • Creating and maintaining detailed study records
  • Basic quantitative and/or qualitative data analysis
  • Helping with grant and report preparation and submission
  • Contributing to the writing and preparation of manuscripts for scientific journals and presentations of study findings at professional meetings
  • Completing additional administrative tasks to support projects

Experience and Qualifications

Required:

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Experience working in health services research and/or human subjects research involving participant recruitment, informed consent, and/or administering surveys
  • Knowledge of policies, procedures, and guidelines that govern projects, including those specific to research-based projects (e.g., IRB)
  • Project management skills
  • Experience using data management software (e.g., REDCap)
  • Ability to follow written protocols
  • Ability to collaborate with stakeholders in a variety of fields
  • Ability to communicate effectively (written and oral)
  • Strong organizational skills: be able to multitask efficiently, have rigorous attention to detail, maintain project records and notes, and prioritize projects
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively
  • Resourcefulness and sound professional/ethical/clinical judgement
  • Commitment to contributing to an inclusive working and learning environment
  • Strong computer skills and experience with Microsoft Office Suite software
  • Must be a US citizen (due to being a U.S. federal government-funded position)

Preferred:

  • Master’s degree or higher in relevant field
  • Experience coordinating regulatory submissions to Institutional Review Boards for human subjects research
  • Experience using statistical software for quantitative data analysis
  • Experience preparing/writing reports and manuscripts that effectively summarize projects and present results
  • Knowledge of VA policies, procedures, and guidelines

This position is eligible for teleworking, a transit pass if applicable, as well as paid vacation, sick leave, and a range of healthcare and retirement benefits

CIVIC values individuals at all points in their career trajectories, and CIVIC is committed to fostering the professional growth of its staff. Within CIVIC and the broader VA and Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) communities, there are many opportunities for continuing education, didactic 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, and more.

Interested candidates should send a cover letter and a resume/CV to Emily Metcalf by email at Emily.Metcalf@va.gov with the subject line ‘Study Coordinator’. Cover letters should highlight transferrable skills relevant to this job posting.

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(08/23/21) Health Sciences Research Assistant/Research Specialist - 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. The Research Assistant will support the Vietnam-Era Twin (VET) Registry and the National Vietnam Veterans Longitudinal Study (NVVLS) Registry, collectively named the Vietnam-Era Registries.

The VET Registry is a collection of data from over 14,000 Vietnam-era Veteran twins and more than 3,400 selected family members. That data comes from more than 30 studies and includes biospecimens from over 1,800 individuals, and is used in research studies to understand factors that affect the health and well-being of Veterans.

The NVVLS Registry is a collection of data from over 2,300 Vietnam-Era Veterans, obtained over two data collection timepoints: the National Vietnam Veterans Readjustment Study (NVVRS) in 1984 and the National Vietnam Veterans Longitudinal Study (NVVLS) in 2012. The Seattle ERIC acquired stewardship of the NVVRS and NVVLS data in 2015, and modified it to function as the NVVLS Registry, which includes 1,450 Veterans who participated in both timepoints.    

The Research Assistant/Research Specialist will provide operational support under the direction of the Vietnam-Era Registries Program Manager. 

Key duties:

  • Working with the Vietnam-Era Registries team to support day-to-day operational activities
    • Assisting with the development of recruitment materials
    • Assisting with IRB documentation including completing applications, organizing, and filing records
    • Assisting with the development and maintenance of standard operating procedures
  • Engaging with Registry members and maintaining the infrastructure of the Registries
    • Maintaining and updating databases containing individually identifiable information and vital statuses on Registry members
    • Corresponding with Registry members via telephone and mail
  • Conducting recruitment activities for NIH-funded studies and CSP-initiated projects
    • Conducting initial recruitment telephone calls to enroll subjects in research
    • Assembling informational and initial recruitment mailing packets to research subjects
    • Maintaining and updating study databases, and tracking study progress
    • Performing quality checks on data entry and recruitment activities
  • Serving as a liaison between the Vietnam-Era Registries and key stakeholders
    • Working closely with the Vietnam-Era Registries team, other ERIC teams, lab personnel, oversight bodies, and external investigators and study site staff to ensure effective collaboration and to meet research objectives
    • Engaging with investigators and research subjects requesting information on the repositories

Qualifications:

  • BA/BS in a scientific- or health-related field required
  • 1-2 years of related work experience in clinical, epidemiological, or health services research preferred
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills with the ability to collaborate with a diverse group of VA and university researchers and staff
  • Experience with customer service, particularly by telephone
  • 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; experience with MS Access 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 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 houses the Vietnam-Era Registries and their operations.

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-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; however, materials received by 08/26/21 will be considered first. 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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(08/13/21) Program Manager - Boston, MA



Come join us in Boston at The VA Boston Healthcare System (VABHS), New England's premier referral center for Veterans' healthcare and named among the Top 100 Places to Work in by the Boston Globe. The Massachusetts Veterans Epidemiological Research and Information Center (MAVERIC) in VABHS has 1 full-time Program Manager for  Recruitment and Enrollment/Site Management opening for professionals passionate about serving Veterans and about public health and clinical research. You will enjoy working with the Million Veteran Program’s strong collegial, friendly, and talented team of program managers, scientific leads and clinical sites.

The successful candidate will have experience as a program manager focused on research site management, monitoring and evaluation, specimen collection, study documentation, and process improvement to support research activities. Specifically, success will require: collaborating with program leadership, data operations team, and coordinating center staff and research teams to assist with research site management activities, which includes developing training site staff, maintaining and developing new centralized reports to assess recruitment methods and recruitment performance, as well as engaging and leading overall site start up and management processes. A very important part of this position is analyzing data and leading improvements to the site management and R&E processes based on that data and presenting that information to leadership and other colleagues to advance the goals of the program.

The position requires extensive working knowledge of public health research methods, understanding of recruitment and enrollment strategies, a love of analyzing information and finding solutions through data, the ability to effectively and proactively communicate with multiple stakeholders, and excellent written and oral communication skills; a minimum of a Master’s Degree (in a health-related field); or a minimum of 5 years of similar experience in research activities.

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 anita.petrina@va.gov , include “Program Manager – REEF ” in the e-mail subject line.

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(08/13/21) National Program Coordinator - Boston, MA



Come join us at the VA Boston Healthcare System (VABHS), New England's premier 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. VABHS is home to one of the VA Million Veteran Program’s (MVP) national Coordinating Centers. MVP is a national voluntary research program that aims to better understand how genetic, lifestyle, and environmental factors influence Veteran health.

The National Program Coordinator (NPC) will provide a comprehensive support system for MVP recruitment/enrollment sites across the country that includes protocol training, recruitment and data reviews, site visits, regular communication (via phone, email).

S/he will ensure the quality of site activities by assessing administrative and enrollment practices, support, and needs. S/he will provide insight into improvements needed into MVP recruitment and enrollment procedures and participate in the local site performance review process as well as conduct visits to MVP local sites and assist with MVP national outreach events, such as VA conventions.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Program Coordination
  • Oversee and conduct site visits/li>
  • Develop site visit procedures/model with input and approval from the Boston MVP CC
  • Oversee the work product of the Regional Study Coordinators
  • Review all site visit reports. Monitor RSC communication with sites to ensure consistent and clear training/messaging to site staff.
  • Be primary and/or secondary Point of Contact for sites
  • Conduct regular phone and email communication with sites at all times that is positive, re-enforces protocol and best practices and any issues addressed at a site visit, and is clearly documented in the site communication log (updated on a daily basis). Emphasis on cultivating strong relationships with the Local Site Investigators.
  • Create/update, conduct, and record new and existing trainings for MVP staff (i.e., Informed Consent training, Mock Enrollment, Study Procedures, SharePoint, MVP Reports, MVP systems, etc.)
  • Assist with revisions to the MVP Operations Manual
  • Provide user experience testing for development in MVP systems and online platforms
  • Monitor site performance and assist the Boston MVP CC with site review process
  • Oversee the Field Advisory Committee and recommend new members to the Boston MVP CC as needed
  • Attend N/RSC weekly meetings with the Boston MVP CC
  • Develop and provide training on recruitment and enrollment initiatives to boost site enrollment and offer one-on-one site support (e.g. March to the Million)
  • Develop strong working relationships with key stakeholders to ensure project success

Qualifications

  • MUST be a US Citizen and MUST clear a US government background check
  • Master’s in public health domain, statistics, biostatistics or epidemiology and = 3 years of research project management work experience or a bachelor’s in public health domain, statistics, biostatistics or epidemiology and = 5 years of work in research project management experience.
  • Knowledge of and/or experience with Information Science and Technology a plus.
  • Excellent team player - thrives in team-based work
  • The analytical skills to resolve highly complex problems requiring the application of scientific, and technical principles, theories, and concepts and in-depth cross-functional experienced-based knowledge
  • Have an excellent understanding of research and research infrastructure
  • Proven understanding of the following subjects: User research activities (usability testing, online surveys, focus groups), electronic data capture, reporting, data workflow, performance indicators, databases, Sharepoint, Infopath, Microsoft Office
  • Excellent professional writing, reporting and communication skills
  • Effective and creative analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Ability to integrate sound research practice with innovative, resourceful methodologies
  • Ability to coordinate and prioritize multiple projects simultaneously
  • Ability to work independently as well as part of a team in a fast-paced environment
  • Ability to adapt quickly to the changing demands of the organization

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! Telework is suitable for this position.

Applicants should submit a cover letter and CV or inquiries to anita.petrina@va.gov . Include “National Program Coordinator –” in the e-mail subject line.

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(08/13/21) Project Manager/Business Analyst - Boston, MA



Come join us in Boston at The VA Boston Healthcare System (VABHS), New England's premier referral center for Veterans' healthcare and named among the Top 100 Places to Work in by the Boston Globe. The Massachusetts Veterans Epidemiological Research and Information Center (MAVERIC) is seeking a full-time Project Manager/Business Analyst to support VA research and digital development, strategy, and innovation for the Million Veteran Program (MVP).

The Million Veteran Program is a global leader in clinical research. This position will support project expansion and MVP digital platform development, including current projects such as the MVP Online platforms for Veterans and researchers, as well as MVP Online integration with scientific libraries and databases. These platforms are on the forefront of MVP’s growing research strategies and provide Veteran and research communities with virtual access to program activities and critical resources.

The successful candidate will combine extensive project management experience and business analysis skills to support projects focused on expanding MVP’s digital capabilities and strategies. The role requires a process and outcome-driven thinker to help define and achieve research objectives. This position will hold a critical team role collaborating with research and technical leads and requires a working knowledge of digital development processes, excellent written and oral communication skills, and attention to detail.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Project management, including development, review, and maintenance of key project documentation and project artifacts
  • Platform documentation management, including content and version tracking
  • Identifying, tracking, and reporting on project schedule(s) and milestones
  • Process planning, documentation, and implementation
  • Business requirements gathering, story writing, workflow creation, UI/UX design
  • Monitoring outcomes, site metrics, and key insights
  • Identifying and mitigating risks, proposing proactive solutions to identified problems
  • Collaborating across various research and technology teams
  • Supporting clear communication between stakeholders to ensure project success

QUALIFICATIONS AND ENTRANCE REQUIREMENTS:

  • MUST be a US Citizen and MUST clear a US government background check
  • Master’s degree in a science domain and = 5 years of project management, business analyst, and/or clinical research work or a Bachelor’s degree in a science domain and = 7 years of project management, business analyst, and/or clinical research work experience
  • Highly detail oriented with strong organization, documentation, and professional writing skills
  • Strong oral communication skills
  • Effective and creative analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Strong skills in managing multiple tasks and shifting priorities
  • Proactive, self-starting approach to work
  • Ability to adapt quickly to the changing demands of the organization
  • An excellent understanding of research and research infrastructure
  • Proven understanding of the following subjects:  clinical research, user-based research activities (platform development, online survey design and implementation, usability testing and analysis, user interface/experience design), electronic data capture, reporting, data workflow, performance indicators, databases, Google Analytics, SharePoint, JIRA, Microsoft Office

*Posted nationally (must be willing to travel occasionally or as needed for meetings with key 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 Sybil.Murphy2@va.gov.  Include “Project Manager/Business Analyst - MVP” in the e-mail subject line.

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(08/13/21) Deputy Director - Million Veteran Program - Boston, MA



Come join us in Boston at The VA Boston Healthcare System (VABHS), New England's premier referral center for Veterans' healthcare and named among the Top 100 Places to Work in by the Boston Globe.

This position is located in the Boston VA Medical Center, Veterans Health Administration (VHA), and is based in Boston, MA. The Million Veteran Program (MVP) is a VHA Office of Research & Development (ORD) supported national health and genetic investigation program that is coordinated nationally. The Boston MVP Coordinating Center  is responsible for program management of MVP, including oversight of all participating MVP local sites (~60), direction of centralized recruitment efforts, integration/oversight of MVP data operations, informatics, and laboratory activities as well as development of research follow-up activities.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

The Deputy Director is responsible to the Director, for the design, conduct, and management of the MVP. This position serves as an alter ego to the Chief and fully shares with the manager in the direction of all phases of the organization's programs and work.

Activities emphasize ensuring that the highest levels of scientific standards and established research policies and practices are applied to all MVP activities. Additional emphases involve effectively and efficiently administering MVP activities and promoting a collaborative spirit within a study and the national program. Responsibilities include: designing and directing all aspects of MVP recruitment, enrollment, and follow-up activities; understanding and adhering to federal, agency, and program regulations and policies; developing strategies, plans, and priorities for MVP; and management and leadership of MVP Coordinating Center staff. S/he shares a collegial, collaborative, and fully informed relationship with the MVP Director, the MVP PI, VA ORD.

In coordination with the MVP Director, the incumbent assists in analyzing the needs, strategic plans, and goals of MVP in the context of VA, VHA, and ORD goals and initiatives, and makes recommendations for new directions, initiatives, policies and procedures. S/he participates routinely in senior management and policy decisions regarding strategic planning, priority-setting, scientific direction, and operations. In these activities, the incumbent provides supervision and/or leadership to managers, researchers, and administrators to ensure integrity, effectiveness and efficiency.

Applicants should submit a cover letter and CV or inquiries to anita.petrina@va.gov. Include “Deputy Director- MVP” in the e-mail subject line.

See description for complete details.

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(08/12/21) Research Assistant - Pittsburgh, PA



The Center for Health Equity Research and Promotion (CHERP) is a health services research Center of Innovation at the VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System committed to advancing health equity among the Veteran population. CHERP is seeking a full-time (40 hours/week) Research Assistant to support the High-Risk Veterans QUERI Program (High-Risk Investigator Network. The overall focus of this work is on improving the quality of care and outcomes for high-risk Veterans through rigorous partnered evaluation and research.

RIVET QUERI is a five-year, multi-region evaluation of evidence-based practice implementation to improve care for Veterans with multimorbidity who are at high risk for hospitalization and poor health outcomes. The incumbent will work directly with the Outcomes Core which evaluates the impact of new evidence-based practices on Veterans and VA providers.

The Research Assistant will provide administrative support for the day-to-day operations of the RIVET program, including conducting mailings, entering data, record keeping, reporting, and other duties as assigned. The incumbent will also provide administrative support to the High-Risk Network Directors including scheduling and agenda preparation; ongoing record keeping and reporting of Network scholarly products and activities; preparation, maintenance and dissemination of shareable High Risk resources (publication library, website, newsletter); and other administrative tasks.

Ideal candidates will be proactive and detail-oriented individuals with the ability to manage multiple tasks and work effectively both individually and within dynamic local and multi-site project teams. 

This GS-7 term appointment is based at the University Drive/Oakland campus in Pittsburgh with potential for some remote work. Inquiries and resumes may be addressed to madeline.rigatti@va.gov.

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(08/11/21) Clinical Research Regulatory Specialist - Providence, RI



The Providence VA Medical Center and its VA RR&D Center for Neurorestoration and Neurotechnology (CfNN) seeks a new teammate with experience in clinical research, FDA and IRB interactions. CfNN develops, tests, and deploys novel neurotechnologies to improve the quality of life for Veterans with mobility impairments or mental health disorders. Our growing research portfolio includes internationally recognized human subjects research in brain- computer interfaces, neuromodulation for post-traumatic stress disorder, outcomes assessment and optimization studies in prosthetics for limb loss, and other injuries and illnesses of the nervous system. The Clinical Research Regulatory Specialist will coordinate and guide 28 physician and scientist investigators as well as lead a Core of clinical research assistants and coordinators, all focused on performing the most efficient and expert research to help Veterans and others by developing novel neurotechnologies and other device-related interventions to improve function.

Duties include but are not limited to:

  • Develop policies, procedures, and criteria for administration of CfNN’s multiple projects;
  • Provide pre-reviews of new and evolving human subjects research protocols, working closely with study staff;
  • Select appropriate guidelines, determining which scientific and regulatory policies apply to CfNN’s individual research endeavors;
  • Coordinate multi-site research reporting methods with our academic and hospital partners and collaborators;
  • Review project status reports to verify compliance with research reporting and administrative criteria;
  • Manage interactions between multiple Institutional Review Boards (IRBs) and Committees (both internal to VA and with the academic and hospital affiliates);
  • Train clinical research coordinators and other staff in best practices for efficient and effective human subjects research.

Experience Preferred:

  • Bachelor’s or master’s degree in biological or physical sciences or a related field
  • 5+ years relevant research regulatory experience in an academic, government, or industry environment
  • Knowledge of FDA, IRB, and GCP regulations

**Must be a US Citizen to apply**

This role will be granted the opportunity to work from home at least one day per week but must be able to commute to the VA Providence Healthcare System and/or Brown University (Providence, RI) as needed. CfNN/VAPHS reserves the right to change this status with notice to employee. Please submit a resume and cover letter summarizing your interest and relevant skills/experience to Kate Barnabe at kate.barnabe@va.gov

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(07/30/21) Associate Director - Pittsburgh, PA



The Center for Health Equity Research and Promotion (CHERP) is seeking an Associate Director for the VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System (VAPHS) site. CHERP is a national VA HSR&D Center of Innovation co-located at VAPHS in Pittsburgh, PA and the Michael J. Crescenz VA Medical Center in Philadelphia, PA and affiliated with the University of Pittsburgh and University of Pennsylvania.

CHERP’s mission is to advance the quality and equity of health and health care for Veterans through health services research, research training and mentoring, service, partnerships, and stakeholder engagement. CHERP’s primary research focus is on improving the quality and equity of health and health care for vulnerable Veteran populations, including racial and ethnic minorities, women, and LGBTQ and homeless individuals, among others. Our secondary research focus is on improving the quality, safety, and value of clinical therapeutics (i.e., medications, devices, and procedures) in VHA.

The CHERP Associate Director at VAPHS will be a key member of the local and cross-site leadership teams, provide scientific and administrative leadership of the Center, mentor post-doctoral fellows and junior investigators, facilitate partnered research, grow collaborations with academic affiliates and community organizations, and respond to special projects and inquiries from VA Central Office and operational partners, while advancing an independent VA research program. The Associate Director will be required to maintain a minimum of 5/8 (0.625 FTE) VA appointment.

Potential candidates are US citizens with the following qualifications: (1) MD/PhD/PharmD or equivalent degree in a health services research related field; (2) a track record of successful, independent, federally-funded health services research; (3) a strong background in mentoring trainees and early career investigators; (4) demonstrated leadership, interpersonal, collaborative, and administrative skills; and (5) eligibility for an academic appointment as Associate Professor or higher at the University of Pittsburgh. Investigators with VA research expertise in areas aligned with our primary (health equity) and/or secondary (clinical therapeutics) research foci are preferred. Candidates from backgrounds underrepresented in the field of health services research are strongly encouraged to apply. Salary and other compensation will be commensurate with experience and qualifications.

Interested candidates are invited to submit a CV and letter of interest to Michael.Fine@va.gov and Mary.Walsh3@va.gov by Friday, September 17, 2021.

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(07/28/21) Research Assistant - Boston, MA



Open Position: Research Assistant, Full-time, GS5-1. September 2021

Research Topic: Transcranial application of light therapy (near-infrared, LEDs) to improve cognition in Traumatic Brain Injury

Location: Office of Margaret Naeser, PhD and Paula Martin, PhD, Research Service, VA Boston Healthcare System, 150 So. Huntington Ave., Boston, MA 02130

Duties: Study Coordinator - recruitment, data collection

Education Requirements: BS, BA - Psychology, Neuropsychology, Neuroscience field or Health Science

Position Description:

The incumbent is Research Assistant on topics including traumatic brain injury, PTSD, athletes with repetitive head impacts, and neuropsychological functioning. The Research Assistant will work with the Principal Investigator, Co-Investigators, and the research team to achieve the specific aims of the research projects that he/she is assigned to. These include:

  1. A) Facilitates the running of the study, including assisting with data collection.
  2. B) Assists with submitting results to professional conferences.
  3. C) Performs literature searches; maintains bibliographic databases; will be trained to administer and/or score a battery of neuropsychological tests and psychosocial questionnaires.
  4. D) Recruits research participants.
  5. E) Assists in performing data analysis in collaboration with the supervisor. Performs statistical procedures appropriately on the statistical computer software provided (SPSS, SAS, Excel etc.).
  6. F) Represents the project on study-specific conference calls, and online appointments/meetings.

Knowledge Required by the Position:

  1. A minimum of undergraduate BS or BA degree, with student training in a health science, neuropsychology, or neuroscience field. Also must have had several college level courses in psychology or neuroscience and research methods.
  2. Broad knowledge about principles and techniques of neuropsychological measurement.
  3. Broad knowledge about clinical psychology and neuropsychology.
  4. Some knowledge about methods of scientific statistical analysis techniques and computerized statistical software packages, i.e. SPSS, SAS.
  5. Some knowledge about principles of research design and experimental methodology.
  6. Some knowledge about, and experience in, writing portions of reports and manuscripts, summarizing the results. Some working knowledge of software such as Microsoft PowerPoint.
  7. Some computer knowledge including video conferencing software (Zoom, Webex), and Microsoft programs (Word, Excel, Powerpoint).
  8. Broad knowledge of ethical principles of scientists used to safeguard rights of study participants.

The Research Assistant is directly supervised by the Principal Investigator and Co-Investigators; they will coordinate principal duties for management of the study. The Research Assistant position requires a mature person who can work with some degree of independence. The research assistant position will require contact/communication with patients, clinicians and other healthcare providers. The scheduling of participants’ appointments for online Screening, Training in use of the LED Home Treatment equipment, and Pre-/Post-Testing are important aspects of the position.

Salary: $39,268 per year - one year expected. Health insurance, and other benefits available.

Send CV To: Margaret Naeser, PhD mnaeser@bu.edu and Paula Martin, PhD paulak@bu.edu

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(07/27/21) 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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(07/27/21) Data Analyst - Boston, MA



We are a Boston-based epidemiology and biomedical research organization. We are actively engaged in several large-scale clinical trials and observational studies using routine electronic health records as well developing de-novo mega-biobanks. Applications with these resources include novel etiological research with focus on chronic disease, biostatistical and genomics research. Our Data Operations Team manages and oversees research study data related activities to improve the way translational research is conducted and clinical care is delivered. The multi-disciplinary center consists of a highly talented group of biomedical researchers, clinicians, epidemiologists, biostatisticians, data analysts/programmers, project coordinators, and informatics team with academic affiliations to Harvard Medical School and Boston University. We are looking for candidates with service-oriented mentality, high sense of ownership of the issues and ability to solve problems presented by data.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Provide statistical expertise towards research projects
  • Work closely with statistical programmers and Biostatisticians to identify patient cohorts required for particular analysis and ensure analysis results delivered in timely manner while overseeing quality standards
  • Work with data management team and other data analysts/programmers to design, create and deliver analytical databases, reports and analyses
  • Perform validation of programs and analytical databases to fulfill specifications and ensure integrity of outcomes
  • Turn in assignments in a timely manner, meeting appropriate
  • Establish and maintain communication with customers to keep them updated on status of their requests

SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE

  • Experienced in working with big data and capable in working independently in preparing datasets, writing analytic plans, perform analysis and writing reports to facilitate research decisions
  • Working knowledge of statistical analysis or data analysis
  • Solid statistical programming skills using SQL & SAS
  • Experience with other statistical analysis and graphics packages and PC software
  • Clinical trials research and analysis experience
  • Experience with R, MS, MySQL, Microsoft office
  • Basic knowledge of study design, research methodology
  • Natural Language Processing experience is a plus
  • Excellent attention to detail, logic, and organizational
  • Understanding of the healthcare domain, clinical, epidemiology and/or genomic data is a
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, both oral and written

QUALIFICATIONS AND ENTRANCE REQUIREMENTS:

  • Master’s degree, preferably in public health domain, statistics, biostatistics or epidemiology, with 2+ years of statistical programming experience
  • Bachelor’s degree, preferably in biostatistics, statistics or computer science, with at 3+ years of statistical programming experience
  • Must be a U.S. Citizen

Interested applicants should submit their CV to Yeshe Tungkhar at Tenzin.Tungkhar@va.gov. Please make sure to state your full name in the document title and to include “Data Analyst” in the e-mail subject line.

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(07/26/21) 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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(07/26/21) 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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(07/23/21) 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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(07/21/21) Director - Center for Mental Healthcare and Outcomes Research - North Little Rock, AR



The Center for Mental Healthcare and Outcomes Research (CeMHOR) is seeking interested candidates (physician, psychologist, or pharmacist) 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 20 interdisciplinary investigators supported by 40 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 Little Rock/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, visit USA Jobs:

Physician: https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/607381300

Pharmacist (internal – current VA/federal employees): https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/608023900

Pharmacist (external): https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/608024100

Psychologist (internal): https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/608022400

Psychologist (external): https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/608022800

For more information, contact Rick Owen at Richard.Owen2@va.gov or (501) 257-1710

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(07/20/21) Data Manager - 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 Population Health Data Science (PHDS) at VA Boston is seeking a Data Manager who is passionate about epidemiology research.

The data manager will be working within our causal inference program (VA Causal Methods Core.) This exciting collaboration between the Massachusetts Veterans Epidemiology Research and Information Center (MAVERIC) at the Boston VA and the Causal Inference Program at the Harvard T.H. School of Public Health is a new causal inference research initiative within the Veterans Health Administration. The Methods Core of VA-CAUSAL develops and applies causal inference methods using large-scale data resources at the VA, including a database of over 9 million electronic health records and the Million Veterans Program multi-omics biobank.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

The Data Manager will be responsible for:

  • Preparing datasets for analyses
  • Collaborating with the Principal Investigator and Project Manager to gather study data requirements
  • Pulling all necessary data and performing data cleaning
  • Aggregation/synthesis as appropriate
  • Helping to perform quality control and identify process improvements.

Skills/Experience

  • MUST be a US Citizen and MUST clear a US government background check
  • Must have a Master’s degree, preferably in the public health domain, statistics, biostatistics
  • Or epidemiology, or computer science with = 2 years of data management experience
  • Or a Bachelor’s degree, preferably in biostatistics, statistics or computer science, with =3 years of data management experience.
  • Solid ability to program in SQL and using MS-SQL or MySQL
  • Ability to develop SQL from a query and reporting standpoint
  • Solid statistical programming skills using SAS
  • Proficient knowledge of statistical analysis or data analysis
  • Experience with other statistical analysis and graphics packages and PC software
  • Basic knowledge of study design, research methodology and understanding of the healthcare domain, clinical, epidemiology and/or genomic data is a plus,
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, both oral and written.

Applicants should submit a cover letter and CV or inquiries to  Constance Hoag at Constance.Hoag@va.gov  Include “Applicant Data Manager” in the e-mail subject line.

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(07/13/21) Research Coordinator - Aurora, CO



The Denver Research Institute is seeking to fill a research coordinator position. This position supports the organization’s medical/health science research programs, specifically oncology clinical trials. Executes day-to-day activities of clinical trials and successfully implements study design. Duties include the following aspects of clinical trials: preparation of trial documents and submission to regulatory boards for study approval and site initiation; subject recruitment, enrollment and retention; and appropriate data and specimen collection and management. May help manage fiscal negotiations under management oversight.

See https://dri-va.apscareerportal.com/jobs/1342221/apps/new for details.

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(07/02/21) Science Project Manager / Science Writer - San Francisco, CA



NCIRE has a full-time opening for a Science Project Manager / Science Writer.

We are looking for a sharp science writer and analyst with great managerial skills. In your role as Scientific Research Analyst, you will help to coordinate large international scientific initiatives and collaborations, which would also include preparing research manuscripts and grants for a group multidisciplinary UCSF Scientific Investigators with a focus on Alzheimer’s Disease and Aging. You will work in a dynamic environment amongst a large group of enthusiastic and high-performing scientists and support their work. The candidate is expected to provide input, be involved with, although not carry out the actual research. This person will be the right hand for a prolific lead scientist who submits and receives a large volume of grants and industry contracts. The ideal candidate should be independent, a self-starter with a can-do attitude and someone who likes to suggest new approaches when needed. Hard worker willing to put in long hours in a fun and supportive environment, some travel.

See https://bit.ly/3earCzc for details.

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(06/24/21) Programmer/Analysts - Pittsburgh, PA



The Center for Health Equity Research and Promotion at the VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System is looking for 1-2 staff members to join our Biostatistics and Informatics Core.  We are interested in programmers, statisticians, and programmer analysts.  Our needs are in the areas of data acquisition and processing, data analysis, and data management. We are interested in candidates who possess all or some of these skill sets.  Only US citizens are eligible for employment.  Inquiries and resumes may be addressed to Mary.Walsh3@va.gov.

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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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(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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