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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 07/01/20.

For additional VA opportunities, please visit the USAJobs website.



(06/09/20) Research Assistant - Boston, MA



Full-time Research Assistant is sought for clinical and epidemiological studies related to physical activity and exercise in Veterans with chronic lung disease at the VA Boston Healthcare System. 

Duties include study recruitment by phone and mail, primary clinical data collection by interview, MRI scans, laboratory tests and questionnaires, conducting follow-up visits, data entry and management, and quality assurance. 

Training will be provided in the basic study techniques including conducting pulmonary function testing and preparing participants for MRI scanning. 

Requirements include a basic knowledge of human biology, superior interpersonal and communication skills, and knowledge of standard computer applications such as Microsoft Word, Excel, and Access.  Previous research or clinical experience with human subjects and the completion of a Bachelor’s degree that includes courses in the biological sciences are preferred.

Candidate must be a U.S. citizen.

The application deadline is July 1st 2020.

Please send a cover letter and CV to Maria Mongiardo at maria.mongiardo@va.gov.

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(06/04/20) HSR&D VACO Short-term Job Opportunities - Washington, DC



While we work to fill vacancies in CO, we have an opportunity for people in the field to work with HSR&D.  This position offers the possibility for a temporary promotion and the ability to work in DC and get to know our staff:

  • 90-120 day detail into GS 12/13 Management and Program Analyst: Occupant would assist with a range of research administrative duties involved in management of staff, projects, and Centers.  HSRD will pay per diem expenses for travel and residence in Washington and reimburse for salary and fringe. At least 75% time on site required, details negotiable.

If interested in either of these opportunities, please email liza.catucci@va.gov with availability, current resume and supervisor approval.

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(06/04/20) Health Sciences Research Data Programmer/Analyst - Seattle, WA



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

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

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

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

Key duties:

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

Qualifications:

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

About the Seattle ERIC and VA CSP:

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

Learn more at:

Application information:

Candidates must be U.S. citizens. Education and experience will be evaluated by Human Resources to determine if the top candidate meets the criteria for the targeted GS-11 through GS-12 range. The General Schedule (GS) salary table for Seattle can be found on the Office of Personnel Management website at opm.gov

Please send a cover letter and resume to SeattleCSPEC@va.gov. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled; however, materials received by 06/18/2020 will be considered first. Applications received without a cover letter will not be considered.

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(05/26/20) Health Sciences Research Coordinators and Research Assistants (EPIC3 Study) - Seattle, WA



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

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

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

The Research Coordinators and Assistants will provide operational support under the direction of the Study Program Manager.

Key duties for all positions include the following:

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

Key duties for the Research Coordinator positions also include the following:

  • Design and develop standard operating procedures, databases, and study materials; maintain and troubleshoot tracking infrastructures
  • Virtually train study site personnel on operational procedures and protocols including participant tracking measures
  • Oversee data management and quality assurance/quality control procedures
  • Coordinate and facilitate local and national meetings and trainings
  • Ensure regulatory requirements are met, including completing R&D and IRB documentation and preparing for audits
  • Provide training and guidance to Research Assistants

Minimum qualifications for all positions:

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

About the Seattle ERIC and VA CSP:

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

Learn more at:

Application information:

Candidates must be U.S. citizens. Education and experience will be evaluated by Human Resources to determine if the top candidate meets the criteria for the targeted GS-05 to GS-09 range. The General Schedule (GS) salary table for Seattle can be found on the Office of Personnel Management website at opm.gov.

Please send a cover letter and resume to SeattleCSPEC@va.gov. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled; however, materials received by June 01, 2020 will be considered first. Applications received without a cover letter will not be considered.

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(05/26/20) Research Scientist/Health Science Specialist - Minneapolis, MN



Work Days: M-F; full-time paid position at the Minneapolis VA Health Care System

Contact: Submit application materials to:  roderick.macdonald@va.gov

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS:

  • MPH or MS required, PhD preferred, in health services research, epidemiology or related field
  • Experience conducting systematic reviews
  • S. Citizen

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Experience in epidemiology or health services research especially systematic review methods
  • Excellent organizational, time and personnel management and communication skills
  • Experience leading and working with multidisciplinary teams across a broad range of topics
  • Interest in advancing systematic review methods and communication formats
  • Experience conducting research in areas such as primary care, disease prevention, complex care interventions, social determinants of health, implementation science, health care delivery
  • Experience working with stakeholders, such as national health policy and practice partners
  • Scientifically curious, creative, and collaborative
  • Experience writing and publishing scientific manuscripts and presenting research results

COMPENSATION

  • GS: 9-13 Research Scientist/Health Science Specialist position
  • Highly qualified and experienced candidates will be considered at the higher GS level.
  • Position is eligible for full benefits.  
  • Position will be funded full-time for 24 months with likely funding thereafter.

EVIDENCE PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

The Minneapolis VA Evidence Synthesis Program (VA ESP) is a nationally funded multidisciplinary team of clinician scientists, methodologists and content experts with extensive experience in preparing scientifically rigorous, readable, and relevant syntheses of evidence to inform VA policy and improve the health of Veterans (www.hsrd.research.va.gov/publications/esp). We partner with other national groups and assist in clinical guideline development and evidence-based health care delivery. Our ESP partners with the Minnesota AHRQ-Evidence-based Practice Center www.ahrq.gov/research/findings/evidence-based-reports/centers/index.html  and the Minnesota Evidence synthesis and Dissemination Core. We conduct 3-6 reviews annually across diverse clinical topics, scope, timelines and report types including full reviews, rapid reviews, and technical briefs. We employ and develop state-of-the-art methods to rigorously analyze and effectively communicate results. We work with partners to refine topic scope and questions, identify relevant literature, extract, analyze and summarize key findings, describe practice and policy implications and provide suggestions for research to close knowledge gaps. Reports are peer-reviewed and disseminated online as Medline Indexed publications. Dissemination products include executive summaries, journal manuscripts, in-person and cyberseminar presentations, and policy briefs.

Our program is part of the Minneapolis VA Center for Care Delivery and Outcomes Research (CCDOR), a VA Health Services and Research Center of Innovation www.ccdor.research.va.gov . CCDOR includes 26 core investigators, 8 affiliate investigators, and over 50 research and administrative staff. CCDOR supports over 70 funded projects and several post-doctoral programs; it is affiliated with the University of Minnesota School of Public Health and Medical School.

POSITION DUTIES/RESPONSIBILITIES

As a Research Scientist with the Minneapolis VA ESP, the successful applicant will help lead and conduct high-quality systematic reviews to inform and support the work of front-line clinicians, researchers, managers and policymakers. Duties for this position include: leading and assisting with all stages of systematic reviews; supervising and training research staff; promoting the scientific vision and goals of VA ESP; being a collaborative partner on our Evidence Synthesis Leadership team, communicating with and engaging stakeholders and coordinating with content experts who have varying degrees of experience with systematic reviews. The successful applicant will also publish peer-reviewed manuscripts and present findings in multiple forums, including VA and non-VA conferences, as well as briefings for clinicians and operational leadership. We will support the qualified applicant in obtaining an academic appointment at UMN, and CCDOR presents multiple opportunities for collaboration and development of lines of research aside from evidence synthesis. We are open to supporting independent research opportunities for qualified individuals.

Additional duties and responsibilities include:

  1. Assist with and potentially lead proposals for systematic research funding.
  2. Support and train others in the conduct of systematic reviews.
  3. Provide technical consultation for systematic review protocols within CCDOR and for affiliated VA and non-VA faculty. 

Application Instructions:

To be considered for this position, please submit the following documents to Rod MacDonald (Roderick.macdonald@va.gov).

  1. CV/resume
  2. Cover letter briefly describing experience, skills and interest relevant to this position
  3. All educational transcripts (unofficial transcripts are acceptable). Your degree must be conferred on your transcripts.
  4. References (3) that can provide input into your recent professional experience and qualifications relevant to this position

Expected start date is June-September 2020.

The VA is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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(05/20/20) Health Sciences Research Coordinator, Vietnam-Era Registries - Seattle, WA



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

The VA CSP Seattle Epidemiologic Research and Information Center (ERIC) is hiring a full-time Research Coordinator. The Research Coordinator will support the Vietnam-Era Registries consisting of the Vietnam-Era Twin (VET) Registry (CSP #256) and the National Vietnam Veterans Longitudinal Study (NVVLS) Registry (CSP #2007). The Registries collaborate with VA and non-VA investigators to conduct high-quality epidemiologic and genomic research.

The Research Coordinator will provide operational support under the direction of the Vietnam- Era Registries Project Manager.

Key duties:

  • Work with the Vietnam-Era Registries team to support day-to-day operational activities
    • Ensure regulatory requirements are met: complete R&D and IRB applications, prepare for audits, and report protocol deviations
    • Develop and maintain standard operating procedures
    • Ensure compliance with study protocol, including informed consent, safety and data security requirements
    • Identify deficiencies/gaps, participate in resolution and process improvement activities
    • Manage Research Assistants’ tasks and provide training to personnel including and student volunteers
  • Engage with Registry members and maintain the infrastructure of the Registries
    • Design and oversee the maintenance of databases containing individually identifiable information and vital statuses on Registry members
    • Manage communications with Registry members: coordinate annual newsletter mailing and maintain webpages
  • Conduct recruitment activities for NIH-funded studies and CSP-initiated projects
    • Develop recruitment materials
    • Track and monitor subject recruitment, study/project progress, and data collection activities
    • Perform quality assurance activities for ongoing studies/projects
    • Prepare reports, presentations, and data summaries
  • Serve as a liaison between the Vietnam-Era Registries and key stakeholders
    • Work closely with the Vietnam-Era Registries team, other ERIC teams, contractors, lab personnel, oversight bodies, and external investigators and study site staff to ensure effective collaboration and to meet research objectives
    • Engage with investigators and research subjects requesting information on the repositories

Qualifications:

  • BA/BS or higher degree in a scientific- or health-related field
  • 3-4 years of related work experience in clinical, epidemiological, or health services research
  • 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 Microsoft Access, REDCap, and SharePoint strongly preferred

About the Seattle ERIC and VA CSP:

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

Learn more at:

Application information:

Candidates must be U.S. citizens. Education and experience will be evaluated by Human Resources to determine if the top candidate meets the criteria for the targeted GS-09 level. The General Schedule (GS) salary table for Seattle can be found on the Office of Personnel Management website at opm.gov

Please send a cover letter and resume to SeattleCSPEC@va.gov. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled; however, materials received by 06/08/2020 will be considered first. Applications received without a cover letter will not be considered.

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(05/18/20) MS Biostatistician - Seattle, WA



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

The VA CSP Seattle Epidemiologic Research and Information Center (ERIC), is hiring a full-time master’s-level Biostatistician to work with an experienced and growing group of researchers committed to high-quality epidemiologic research using large, complex health data to address Veterans’ health issues.

The Center is recruiting for a full-time statistical position to support the core research mission of the ERIC, which is to coordinate and conduct large observational, epidemiologic research studies of Veterans and Veteran twins, specifically addressing deployment, environmental, genetic, and clinical exposures. Current studies at the ERIC focus on outcomes that include pulmonary health, cardiovascular disease, mental health, back pain, diabetes-associated amputations, and COVID-19 associated outcomes. This position provides biostatistical support to Center studies under the supervision of the PhD Biostatistician. Primary scientific responsibilities will be the application of statistical methods to support observational health research including the design, analysis, interpretation, and documentation phases.

Key Duties:

  • Collaborate with Principal Investigators, the PhD Biostatistician, and other scientific staff in the selection of appropriate study designs and analyses to address research on Veteran-related health issues
  • Assist with data analysis plans and perform advanced statistical analyses of observational data from multiple sources including VA administrative data, pharmacy data, genetic and genomic data, and correlated data from twin studies
  • Prepare statistical and scientific reports and work with other scientific staff to publish the findings in peer-review journals
  • Collaborate with biostatisticians and other scientific staff at other VA epidemiologic research centers

Qualifications:

Candidates must have a minimum of a master’s-level degree in biostatistics, statistics, or a closely related field. The applicant must be proficient in standard statistical software packages, such as R, SAS, and Stata. Excellent communication skills are essential, as is the ability to work effectively in a team setting. Familiarity with VA data systems, health care data, twin research, statistical genetics, and with gene expression and genomic data are also desired qualities.

About the Seattle ERIC and VA CSP:

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

Learn more at:

Application information:

Candidates must be U.S. citizens. Education and experience will be evaluated by Human Resources to determine if the top candidate meets the criteria for the targeted GS-11 through GS-12 range. The General Schedule (GS) salary table for Seattle can be found on the Office of Personnel Management website at opm.gov.

Please send a cover letter and resume to SeattleCSPEC@va.gov. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled; however, materials received by 06/01/2020 will be considered first. Applications received without a cover letter will not be considered.

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(05/06/20) Infectious Diseases Physician Researcher - Boise, ID



The Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Boise, Idaho, is seeking a full-time staff physician in Infectious Disease Medicine in the physician/scientist pathway.  Certification from the American Board of Internal Medicine in Infectious Diseases is required.  The incumbent will spend approximately 5/8 time in clinical duties and the other 3/8 in research.  Clinical duties will include inpatient rounds, consult services and a half-day of outpatient clinic per week throughout the year.   

The incumbent will join an internationally known research group with expertise in pathophysiology of infections caused by gram positive bacteria such as Streptococcus pneumonia, Group A streptococcus, MRSA, a variety of clostridial species and adenovirus and influenza infections.  Research priorities are mechanisms of bacterial and viral  pathogenesis.   The 18,000 square- foot basic science laboratory was built in 2013, and houses $2,000,000 of new equipment.  Currently, the Boise VAMC and affiliate Idaho Veterans Research and Education Foundation administer a $7.5 million NIH COBRE grant to establish a Center of Excellence in Emerging and Re-Emerging Pathogens, Dr. Dennis Stevens, Program Director. The Center supports 6 principal investigators, 6 laboratory technicians, undergraduate, graduate, and medical students, and a state-of-the-art animal facility and histopathology core. The incumbent with current research funding commensurate with an NIH RO1 could transition to the role of Program Director for the current COBRE grant, with opportunities to renew this grant for 2 additional 5-year funding cycles. Overall the VA and affiliated Idaho Veterans Research and Education Foundation administer grants from NIH, pharmaceutical corporations, and VA intramural funding.  

The Boise VA Medical Center holds affiliations and collaborations with the University of Washington, Boise State University, University of Idaho and Idaho State University.  The incumbent will actively participate in teaching medical students, residents, and fellows.  Physicians applying for this position must have recent experience in formulating and bringing to completion independent research and publishing scientific papers in peer-reviewed medical journals.  In addition, the incumbent must have experience seeking research funding, writing grant proposals, and obtaining research grants.  Experience in basic science research pertaining to mechanisms of pathogenesis  is preferred.

For more information or to apply, contact Nicholas Vietri, MD. Chief, Infectious Disease Service, Boise VA Medical Center at Nicholas.Vietri@va.gov .

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(05/04/20) Research Health Science Specialist (GS-9 / GS-11) - Portland, OR



Expected starting salary: $53,738 (GS-9) / $65,017 (GS-11) + Benefits

FTE: 1.0

Position Summary

We are looking for a motivated and independent Research Associate/Project Coordinator for a full-time position to assist a Principle Investigator (PI) in the VA Center to Improve Veteran Involvement in Care (CIVIC) with multiple research projects (at both the VA and OHSU) intended to advance the prevention and treatment of common and important mental health issues and conditions that affect Veterans. Examples of research topics include suicide prevention, firearm injuries, opioid use, traumatic brain injury, and rural health. These research projects employ a health services research framework and typically include mixed methods data analysis. The ideal candidate will be skilled in both project management and some aspect of data analysis relevant to human subjects or health services research. Candidates experienced with quantitative and qualitative data analysis, as well as manuscript-writing, are preferred.

Responsibilities

  • Effectively coordinate multiple tasks related to ongoing and newly funded projects.
  • Prepare and maintain organized, accurate and compliant study records for VA IRB, joint VA-OHSU IRB, and all other oversight bodies.
  • Develop written reports related to research activities, including abstracts, manuscripts, posters, literature reviews, research grant proposals, and interim and final reports.
  • Assemble and manage requests for project data from VA and other data stewards.
  • Develop and maintain electronic databases.
  • Assist in both quantitative and qualitative data collection, including database linkage, electronic health record review, survey design and administration, and interview/focus group conduct.
  • Plan and conduct statistical analyses related to study questions.
  • Assist with transcription, coding, and analysis of qualitative data.
  • Coordinate study tasks and maintain communication among multiple types of stakeholders.
  • Assist with research project budget management and forecasting.
  • Attend and participate in regular research meetings.
  • Respond to other research-related tasks as assigned.
  • Support the PI in all steps necessary to ensure study completion.

Experience

Minimum Requirements:

  • Master’s degree in social sciences, behavioral sciences, public health, epidemiology, health policy, health services, or closely related field.
  • 3-5 years of experience working in human subjects or health services research.
  • Experience developing budget and personnel forecasts within a research setting.
  • Experience working on multiple prior research studies as a research associate or similar position.
  • Experience conducting qualitative interviews/focus groups and analyzing qualitative data using qualitative analysis software (e.g. ATLAS.ti).
  • Proficiency in statistical analysis software (e.g. SAS, Stata, R) with an aptitude for learning new software tools and technology.
  • Ability to multitask and prioritize projects.
  • Rigorous attention to detail and record keeping.
  • Demonstrated experience writing reports that summarize projects and effectively present findings.
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with subject-matter specialists and stakeholders in a variety of fields.
  • Resourcefulness and professional judgment.
  • Strong conceptual and analytic skills, oral and written communication skills, and ability to work independently.

Preferred:

  • Knowledge of VA policies, procedures, and guidelines that govern projects, including those specific to research-based projects (e.g., IRB, DART).
  • Experience using data management programs/software such as REDCap.
  • Experience working with relational databases using SQL or PROC SQL in SAS.

Candidates must be US citizens; local preferred. Email cover letter and resume/CV to cody.goheen@va.gov.

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(04/08/20) Director - Center for Mental Healthcare and Outcomes Research - Little Rock, AR



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

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

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

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

All inquiries will be handled in strict confidence.  

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

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

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(03/11/20) Associate Director - Bedford, MA



The Bedford VA is seeking a permanent Associate Director at Bedford CHOIR, the Center for Healthcare Organization & Implementation Research, the VA HSR&D Center of Innovation co-located between the Bedford VA and VA Boston Healthcare System.  We will consider applications from qualified MD and PhD health services research investigators or implementation scientists at mid- or senior career levels.

Full details of the announcement are located on the CHOIR website.

Interested individuals can contact Joanne Dussault (administrator, joanne.dussault@va.gov ) or Barbara Bokhour (Bedford CHOIR Director, Barbara.bokhour@va.gov ) for more information.

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Fellowships

(04/02/20) Postdoctoral Health Services Research Fellowship - Providence, RI



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

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

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

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

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

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

For more information, please contact Dawn Mello 401-273-7100 ext. 6222 or Dawn.Mello@va.gov.

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(04/02/20) Women’s Health Fellowship - Pittsburgh, PA



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

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

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

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

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(03/23/20) Advanced Postdoctoral Fellowship in Interprofessional Polytrauma and Traumatic Brain Injury Rehabilitation Research for Associated Health Professionals - Washington, DC



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

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

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

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(03/20/20) Postdoctoral Fellow Position in Exercise Physiology - East Orange, NJ



The War Related Illness and Injury Study Center (WRIISC)

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

Qualified Applicants:

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

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

Highlights of the Postdoctoral Fellowship:

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

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

Contact Information:

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

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(01/13/20) Post-Doctoral / Clinical Research Fellow in High-Risk Complex Patient Analytics and Care - Pittsburgh, PA



Seeking candidates for a Post-Doctoral or Clinical Research Fellowship based at the VA Center for Health Equity Research and Promotion (CHERP) and the Caring for Complex Chronic Conditions Research Program at the University of Pittsburgh in Pittsburgh, PA.

Fellows will conduct health services research designed to improve care for high-risk, complex patients, including those with multimorbidity.  This is an exciting opportunity to apply innovative and advanced data modeling techniques to ‘big data’ from healthcare systems to inform complex patient care.  Topics of ongoing research include data-based segmentation of high-risk complex patient populations and developing new applications for prediction and segmentation model use in clinical care.

Prior to the fellowship start date, applicants are expected to have earned a doctorate in a discipline such as health services research, applied statistics, epidemiology, public health, or health policy, or a clinical degree related to primary care (MD, RN) with relevant research experience.

Postdoctoral fellows are expected to collaborate on established projects and are also encouraged to lead analytic projects with an emphasis on study design, data analysis, and manuscript writing. Emphasis will be given to producing peer-reviewed publications taking advantage of available datasets. Clinical focus is on adult health conditions.

Mentorship will be primarily provided by Dr. Ann-Marie Rosland, Director of the Complex Chronic Conditions Research Program, with further mentorship or collaboration with other VA or University of Pittsburgh faculty as appropriate. Start date for the fellowship is flexible, but must occur by September 30, 2020.  Fellowships can be renewed for additional years. This is a federal government position; U.S. citizenship is required.  

To apply please send the materials below to complexcaring@pitt.edu, attention Michele Nichols:

  • Cover letter including goals for fellowship and for post-fellowship career
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Two letters of reference
  • Writing Sample: PDF of published academic manuscript, or another academic writing sample

For additional information see:

Caring for Complex Chronic Conditions Research Program

VA CHERP Health Services Research Fellowship

Dr. Rosland’s Academic Profile

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

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(01/13/20) Post-Doctoral / Clinical Research Fellow in Family and Social Support for Chronic Disease Care - Pittsburgh, PA



We are seeking candidates for a Post-Doctoral or Clinical Research Fellowship based at the VA Center for Health Equity Research and Promotion (CHERP) and the Caring for Complex Chronic Conditions Research Program at the University of Pittsburgh in Pittsburgh, PA.

Fellows will conduct health services research designed to improve care for adults with complex chronic health conditions, including diabetes.  Research will focus on optimizing the healthcare support roles of family and friends in adults’ social networks, and the role of social support in healthcare, including how healthcare providers can partner with support and community networks to better care for patients.  Research will focus on underserved populations and is embedded in community-based and community-partnered principles.  This is an exciting opportunity to study innovative ways to apply psychological, sociologic, and health behavior science to challenges in improving health and care for people with chronic health conditions. Research methods include intervention studies, survey studies, qualitative studies, and secondary data analyses.

Prior to the fellowship start date, applicants are expected to have earned a doctorate in a discipline such as health services research, health psychology, social psychology, public health, social work, or health policy, or have a clinical degree (MD, RN, Pharmacy) with relevant research experience.

Postdoctoral fellows are expected to collaborate on established projects and are also encouraged to lead projects with an emphasis on study design, intervention development, data analysis, and manuscript writing. Emphasis will be given to producing peer-reviewed publications taking advantage of available datasets from NIH and VA funded studies. Clinical focus is on adult health conditions.

Mentorship will be primarily provided by Dr. Ann-Marie Rosland, Director of the Complex Chronic Conditions Research Program, with further mentorship or collaboration with other VA or University of Pittsburgh faculty as appropriate. Start date for the fellowship is flexible, but must occur by September 30, 2020.  Fellowships can be renewed for additional years. This is a federal government position; U.S. citizenship is required.  

To apply please send the materials below to complexcaring@pitt.edu, attention Michele Nichols:

  • Cover letter including goals for fellowship and for post-fellowship career
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Two letters of reference
  • Writing Sample: PDF of published academic manuscript, or another academic writing sample

For additional information see:

Caring for Complex Chronic Conditions Research Program

VA CHERP Health Services Research Fellowship

Dr. Rosland’s Academic Profile

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

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