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Members of the VA Research community who are interested in advertising their available positions here can submit requests to ORD.Web@va.gov. NOTE: Please specify application deadlines, otherwise submissions will be removed after two months unless we receive a request to keep the position(s) listed.

This list is updated monthly. The following positions are still open as of 05/01/22. For additional VA opportunities, please visit the USAJobs website.



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



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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

Anticipated Start Date: June-July 2022

How to apply: Please submit:

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

2) a curriculum vita or resume, 

3) a current unofficial transcript, and

4) contact information for three references.

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

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

The Department of Veteran Affairs is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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



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

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

POSITION DUTIES/RESPONSIBILITIES

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

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

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS

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

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

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

COMPENSATION

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

HOW TO APPLY

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

Expected start date is July 2022.

The VA is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We value a diverse and culturally competent workforce. We are proud of our commitment to be an equal opportunity organization that does not discriminate against applicants based on any protected class status. Individuals with diverse backgrounds, and those who promote diversity and a culture of inclusion, are encouraged to apply.

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



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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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(05/10/22) Administrative Officer - Philadelphia, PA



This position is organizationally located in the Center for Health Equity Research and Promotion (CHERP) under the supervision of the CHERP Director.

The purpose of this position is to perform administrative duties for the Research Service Line. The incumbent is responsible for establishing and maintaining services that contribute to the effective management and control of CHERP and Research Service Line operation

Closing date: 05/18/2022

See https://www.usajobs.gov/job/651506700 for details.

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(05/05/22) Project Coordinator - Boston, MA



Come join our dynamic team performing cutting-edge research that integrates genomics into the routine practice of medicine. The Project Coordinator (PC) is responsible for performing a range of study tasks in the GenoVA Study, a National Institutes of Health (NIH)-funded clinical trial of genomic testing for disease susceptibility at Veterans Affairs Boston Healthcare System (VABHS). Under the supervision of principal investigator (PI) Dr. Jason Vassy, the candidate performs high-level research duties for this study, which is recruiting trial participants across eight VABHS sites. Our research addresses critical questions in the appropriate integration of genetic and genomic information into patient care. View more for details.

POC for inquiries or interest: Ashley Antwi, GenoVA Study Project Manager (Ashley.Antwi@va.gov or 617-390-4637)

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



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

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

Key Duties:

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

Qualifications:

Required:

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

Preferred:

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

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

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

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

Closing date: 7/29/2022

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

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

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(04/28/22) Health System Specialist - East Orange, NJ



This position supports the mission of the Airborne Hazards and Burn Pits Center of Excellence (AHBPCE) at the War Related Illness and Injury Study Center, located at the VA New Jersey Healthcare System (VA NJHCS).

Closing date: 05/06/2022

See https://www.usajobs.gov/job/651110700 for datails.

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(04/25/22) Research Manager (GS 11) - Boston, MA



This position will be supervised by the Chief of Cardiology at VA Boston. The successful applicant will coordinate the cardiology clinical research projects and supervise the research teams allocated to these research projects. Duties include managing all aspects of the research studies including working with the research staff to maintain the administrative requirements of each study for the IRB and Research and Development committees. The successful applicant will work with the research teams and the study sponsor to initiate studies at VA Boston, assist in recruitment, assist in data management, develop quality assurance programs to ensure correct and complete data entry in case report forms, and transmission of data to statistical teams or the sponsor according to VA Boston policies. The successful applicant will also manage the research budget and liaise with financial and administrative colleagues in the Boston VA Research Institute (BVARI) and VA Boston Research group. The successful applicant will assist the Chief of Cardiology to bring research projects to VA Boston and assist in their start up and initiation. They will also run weekly research meetings and summarize details of each studies progress and trouble shoot issues as they arise. The successful applicant will prepare financial summaries and reports for the Chief of Cardiology and assist in the preparation of reports from the research studies. Contact Scott Kinlay, MBBS, PhD at scott.kinlay@va.gov.

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(04/21/22) 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 hiring full-time and part-time Research Assistants to support research and implementation projects addressing primary care delivery and chronic health condition management, led by Dr. Ann-Marie Rosland’s VA CHERP-based team. Projects address informatics tool development, developing collaborative research networks, and program evaluation.?  

We are looking for team players with attention to detail and ability to manage multiple tasks. ?Positions are available at General Schedule (GS)-5 and GS-7.  Duties will vary by position level and may include: 

  • collecting data via mail, phone, and computer surveys, entering data and preparing study mailings,
  • assisting with maintaining research documents such as biosketches and publication repositories, 
  • assisting with manuscript and report preparation and reference management, 
  • assisting with development of program-level communication strategies and materials (including website and social media updates),  
  • Supporting research team functions including meeting scheduling, agendas and minutes.

For additional information on projects see: https://www.complexcaring.pitt.edu/research-overview/studies

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.  The incumbent must have a Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with a major in social sciences or biological sciences, which included or was supplemented by 12 semester hours in psychology (transcript required) and one year of relevant experience. Examples of relevant experience would typically include but are not limited to: Knowledge of and experience of working in human subjects research and the ability to work independently while conducting research activities. 

Positions are based at the University Drive/Oakland campus in Pittsburgh. Staff currently are working a hybrid schedule with a combination of in-person and remote work. For this position, in-person work will be required for certain project tasks. Inquiries and resumes may be addressed to?Dr. Denise Deverts (Denise.Deverts@va.gov).  

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(04/13/22) Program Specialist - Research Compliance Officer - Coatesville, PA



This position, located at the VA Medical Center in Coatesville, PA, serves as a Program Specialist - Research Compliance Officer (RCO) who coordinates research compliance assurance activities and performs assessment and adherence to established research compliance policies and procedures. The RCO provides executive oversight for the collaboration of and with Principal Investigators (PIs) and research personnel to ensure that all research activities are conducted ethically.

See https://www.usajobs.gov/job/647855900 for details.

Closing date: 04/20/2022

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



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

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

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

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

Key duties:

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

Qualifications:

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

About the Seattle ERIC and VA CSP:

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

Learn more at:

Application information:

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

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

Application deadline: July 11, 2022

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

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(04/05/22) Director - Gainesville, FL



The Brain Rehabilitation Research Center (BRRC) at the Malcom Randall VA Medical Center (MRVAMC) in Gainesville, FL is seeking a new Center Director. The BRRC is one of fourteen national Centers sponsored by the US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Rehabilitation Research and Development (RR&D) Service and has been continuously funded since 1999. The mission of the BRRC is to leverage principles of neuroplasticity to treat and improve motor, cognitive, and behavioral/emotional function in Veterans with neurologic disease or injury. Comprised of both clinical and preclinical research, the BRRC's portfolio focuses on functional recovery as well as central and peripheral mechanisms of dysfunction and treatment in areas of traumatic brain injury (TBI), post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), spinal cord injury (SCI), and stroke.

See ad for complete details.

To ask questions or if you are interested in applying, please contact Yi Zhang, PhD (Yi.Zhang1@va.gov). Candidates who wish to apply should provide their CV, a cover letter describing their research program and their research vision for the future, and contact information for 3-5 professional references.

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(03/28/22) Deputy Director - Million Veteran Program - Boston, MA



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.

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.

See https://www.research.va.gov/MVP-Deputy-Director.pdf for details.

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(03/25/22) Health Sciences Research Specialist/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 of 12 epidemiology and clinical trial research centers that produce innovative and effective 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 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 at the VA Puget Sound Health Care System.

Key duties:

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

  1. Performing data collection, data entry, data quality control as described in research protocols
  2. Creating and maintaining study and Center databases
  3. Coordinating research mailings for study participant recruitment and enrollment
  4. Developing study materials and standard operating procedures
  5. Collaborating with study teams to maintain required regulatory documentation and manage IRB submissions
  6. In collaboration with CSP centers, developing Center-wide and CSP-wide research operational documents and procedures and fostering collaboration among study teams
  7. Preparing reports and presentations for local and national research meetings
  8. Training research staff on human subjects research requirements
  9. Supporting Center research quality control and safety efforts through proper documentation, tracking, and maintenance
  10. Providing support to Center PIs 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
    1. If BA/BS, >3 years of research-related experience required
    2. If higher degree, 1-2 years of research-related experience preferred
  3. Excellent communication and interpersonal skills with the ability to collaborate with a diverse group of researchers and staff
  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

Learn more about the Seattle ERIC and VA CSP:

Application information:

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

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

Closing date: 5/31/2022

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

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(03/25/22) Health Sciences Research Assistant/Specialist/Coordinator - Seattle, WA



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

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

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

Key duties:

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

Qualifications:

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

About the Seattle ERIC and VA CSP:

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

Learn more at:

Application information:

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

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

Closing date: 5/31/2022

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

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(03/25/22) Research Program Manager - Seattle, WA



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

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

Key Duties:

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

Qualifications:

Required:

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

Preferred:

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

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

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

Please send a cover letter and resume to SeattleCSPEC@va.gov. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled; however, materials received by 2/25/2022 will be considered first.

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

Closing date: 5/31/2022

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

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(03/25/22) Health Sciences Research Assistant/Research Specialist, Core Research 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 Specialist who has experience with and enjoys support and be involved in various research studies and projects. 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 research operations activities for the Center, including:

  1. Assist with maintenance and updates to study databases; perform study data entry and quality control
  2. Coordinate and conduct research communications to study participants, including calling research participants
  3. Assisting with the development of study materials, IRB and other regulatory documentation, and standard operating procedures
  4. Schedule and prepare for local and national research meetings, assist with development of scientific presentations and meeting materials
  5. Assist with the development of the Program- and Center-wide research operational documents and procedures
  6. Support Center-wide and Program-wide research quality control and safety efforts through proper documentation tracking and maintenance
  7. Assist with staff onboarding efforts in support of research studies, including research Program, Center, and study orientations
  8. Provide 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
    1. If BA/BS, 1-4 years of research-related experience required
    2. If higher degree, 1-2 years of research-related experience preferred
  3. Excellent communication and interpersonal skills with the ability to collaborate with a diverse group of researchers and staff
  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-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 received without a cover letter will not be considered. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled; however, materials received by 02/28/2022 will be considered first. Only complete applications will be considered.

Closing date: 5/31/2022

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

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(03/24/22) Health Sciences Research Assistant/Specialist, EPIC3 Study - Seattle, WA



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

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

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

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

Key duties include the following:

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

Minimum qualifications:

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

About the Seattle ERIC and VA CSP:

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

Learn more at:

Application information:

Candidates must be U.S. citizens. Education and experience will be evaluated by Human Resources to determine if the top candidate meets the criteria for the targeted GS-05 to GS-07 range. The General Schedule (GS) salary table for Seattle can be found on the Office of Personnel Management website at opm.gov.

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

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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(03/23/22) Analyst – Data Manager - Seattle, WA



Projects: Liver-related and COVID-related observational research using national Veterans Affairs (VA) data

Project PI (Puget Sound): George Ioannou

Description: We have an established team of investigators, biostatisticians, analysts and data managers working on a number of VA-funded projects conducting observational research on liver-related and COVID-related outcomes. We have multiple collaborators locally in the Puget Sound VA and the University of Washington and around the country. We are looking for an analyst to help us create analytic variables using national VA electronic data and also to perform some of the initial analyses and interpretation. Everybody on our team works in a collaborative manner and can be involved also in aspects of study design and in co-authorship of scientific manuscripts.

The Analyst will be Masters or PhD level person ideally with existing analytic skills in processing electronic health records, creating analytical variables and executing some analyses under the direction of the study’s senior biostatisticians, other analysts and co-investigators. The Analyst will be expected to have some background and training in either biostatistics or epidemiology or very closely related field. Applicants with a Bachelor degree will also be considered if they can demonstrate that they have the necessary practical experience. The Analyst will work closely with an outstanding team of senior VA investigators to develop appropriate analytic datasets and execute methods for observational studies of COVID-19 outcomes. Applicants who have experience in clinical-epidemiological research will be preferred.

Tasks for the analyst would include some of the following, depending on their skillset:

  • Accessing the VA’s electronic health records in the Corporate Data Warehouse (CDW) in SQL to obtain original data for the project
  • “Cleaning” CDW data as needed (e.g. for laboratory tests)
  • Creating analytic variables using CDW data
  • Presenting preliminary summary statistics of the analytic variables in Tables
  • Executing some of the preliminary analyses, under the direction of the investigators, such as initial regression analyses and presenting the results in Tables
  • Communicating with other study analysis and study investigators to relay results and optimize analytic plans

The position is available immediately

Salary is set by HR based on candidate’s education and experience, target GS11-12 $$73,098 - $87,614

The position is available at 1.0 FTE

Candidates must be US citizens.

Closing date: 06/23/22

For more information or to apply, please contact: George Ioannou, George.ioannou@va.gov

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(03/16/22) Research Coordinator - Seattle, WA



Passionate about research that enhances the health and care of our United States Veterans? Interested in being involved firsthand with the Veterans Health Administration’s (VHA) electronic health record modernization (EHRM) effort?

The VA is implementing the Cerner electronic heath record (EHR).  The first sites with large research programs will go-live in the fall of 2022.  The Office of Research and Development (ORD) EHRM Team is hiring a full-time Research Coordinator who will be part of this dynamic team with a unique opportunity to influence how researchers can use the new EHR and prepare the VA research community for the implementation. Our work focuses on strategic planning, advocating for research needs during readiness and deployment, and facilitating bidirectional communication with the field. We engage with site-level research programs to identify and facilitate transition impacts, risks, gaps, mitigation, and training.

This position will be an integral part of the team to accomplish the following, with specific duties assigned according to experience and skillset:

  • Assess current research activities to identify gaps in workflow or functionality with the new EHR
  • Maintain a portfolio of site-level transition impacts
  • Work with individual VA research centers and studies to:
    • develop study-specific mitigation plans
    • serve as a point of contact for readiness and deployment questions
    • mobilize researchers to participate in transition and training activities
    • identify studies that need to use the Cerner research application called PowerTrials; enter study information in the application; and verify accuracy with study teams
    • integrate new workflows into standard operating processes
  • Facilitate an information network to help support sites with the transition
  • Other duties as assigned

Minimum qualifications:

  • BA/BS or higher degree in a scientific- or health-related field
  • At least two years of experience in clinical, epidemiological, or health services research
  • Experience using an EHR
  • Comfortable with rapidly shifting work assignments
  • Excellent ability to collaborate with a diverse group of researchers and staff
  • Solid problem-solving and critical thinking skills
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Proficiency in MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook

Preferred skills:

  • Experience with REDCap (or other electronic data capture system) and/or SharePoint
  • Excel expertise

Candidates must be U.S. citizens and reside in the U.S. VA Human Resources will evaluate education and experience to determine if the top candidate meets the criteria for the targeted GS level (ranging from 07-11 depending on qualifications). The General Schedule (GS) salary table for Seattle can be found on the Office of Personnel Management website at opm.gov.

Salary dependent on candidate’s experience and education. Position includes benefits.

Telework option is available. Please send a resume and cover letter to Margaret.collins@va.gov.

Additional information about the VA EHRM is available at www.ehrm.va.gov.

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(02/14/22) Associate Chief of Staff for Research (Physician) - Mather AFB, CA



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

Closing date: 09/30/2022

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

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(02/03/22) PhD Health Services Researcher - San Francisco, CA



The Center for Health Care Improvement and Medical Effectiveness (CHIME) at the San Francisco VA Health Care System (SFVA) and University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) Department of Medicine/Division of General Internal Medicine are looking for highly qualified investigators with expertise in epidemiology, health services/outcomes research, anthropology, implementation science, data science, economic analysis, and/or related fields. Ideal candidates will be mid- or senior-level scientists with productive research programs and independent external funding. Experience working in VA settings and/or using data from VA electronic health records is desirable.  

 We are looking for candidates that have:    

  • PhD or equivalent research doctoral degree in a relevant discipline  
  • Demonstrated ability to conduct scholarly research  
  • Capacity to obtain external peer-reviewed funding  
  • Experience mentoring trainees   
  • Commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion  

SFVA has the largest medical research program in the national VA system, with $75 million in annual research expenditures. CHIME (https://chime.ucsf.edu) is a multidisciplinary collaboration hub where VA investigators, UCSF faculty, and postdoctoral fellows use data analytics, health services research, and implementation science to improve health. SFVA and UCSF are committed to achieving excellence through diversity.  

Candidates can learn more about the position here: https://aprecruit.ucsf.edu/JPF03703  

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



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

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

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

Qualifications/Requirements:

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

Other Information

Full-time position

Location: Seattle, Washington

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

Equal Opportunity Employer

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

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



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

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

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

Qualifications/Requirements:

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

Other Information

Full-time position

Location: Seattle, Washington

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

Equal Opportunity Employer

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

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