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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 11/01/21.

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(11/29/21) Biostatistician - Hines, IL



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

Biostatistician

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

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

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

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

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

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

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

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

Biostatistician, GS 13, Full-time

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

Biostatistician, GS 12, Full-time

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

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

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

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(11/29/21) Statistical Programmer - Hines, IL



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

Statistical Programmer

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

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

Principal Duties and Responsibilities 

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

The Statistical Programmer is responsible for the following duties:

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

Other Significant Factors

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


Minimum Requirements

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

Additional Skills

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

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

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

Statistical Programmer

Mathematical Statistician GS 12, Full-Time

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

Mathematical Statistician, GS-11, Full-time

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

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

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

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(11/29/21) Digital Product Manager - Remote/Telework position



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

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

The Digital Product Manager will help drive MVP’s digital strategy and partner with a cross-functional team to deliver new features and functions that support research activities. This role advises and helps execute the product vision based on a comprehensive knowledge of the platform’s tools, helps lead the end-to-end lifecycle for assigned features, and executes a prioritized product roadmap based on a solid understanding of program needs and multiple workstreams. 

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Serve as a core research team member to carry out research program requirements, including application design, implementation, and maintenance
  • Application testing, QA, and documentation
  • Data/Metrics generation and analysis
  • Work closely with IT staff to maintain and implement improvements to digital tools, learn new tools as needed
  • Communicate regularly with stakeholders to discuss website content and improvements
  • Maintain quality control of website standards, content style, and VA style guidelines
  • Oversee and maintain change management documentation, reports, logs, and electronic files

QUALIFICATIONS AND ENTRANCE REQUIREMENTS:

  • MUST be a US Citizen and MUST clear a US government background check
  • Master’s degree in a science domain and ≥ 5 years of business analyst, program analyst, project management, and/or clinical research work or a Bachelor’s degree in a science domain and ≥ 7 years of business analyst, program analyst, project management, and/or clinical research work experience
  • Professional experience in computer science, engineering, research development, business analysis, product management, web development, and/or project management
  • Critical-thinker and problem-solver who loves to design and bring business requirements to life
  • Highly detail oriented with the ability to manage multiple tasks/priorities at one time
  • Functional knowledge of multiple website practice areas including digital strategy, content strategy, visual design, analytics/measurement
  • Experience in web content creation and web content management using CMS systems (experience with Drupal a plus)
  • Functional understanding of programming languages including HTML, XML, Java, and CSS
  • Ability to adapt quickly to the changing demands of the organization, including shifting priorities and timelines
  • Proactive, self-starting approach to work
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills.

*This is a remote position. Occasional travel may be needed for meetings with key stakeholders.*

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

Applicants should submit a cover letter and CV or inquiries to Sybil.Murphy2@va.gov.  Include “Digital Product Manager - MVP” in the e-mail subject line.

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(11/19/21) Study Coordinator (Behavioral Sleep Medicine/Implementation Science) - Pittsburgh, PA



The Center for Health Equity Research and Promotion (CHERP) and Mental Illness Research, Education and Clinical Center (MIRECC) at the VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System are seeking a full-time Study Coordinator (GS7) for two projects related to behavioral sleep medicine and implementation science. Project one is a four-site implementation trial testing strategies to enhance and promote the delivery of a brief behavioral treatment for insomnia (BBTI) within Primary Care Mental Health Integration clinics. Project two is a pilot study testing an intervention combining sleep medication reduction, by a Clinical Pharmacist, and a digital sleep health platform that delivers cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia (CBTI).

This position will be based at the University Drive/Oakland campus in Pittsburgh with the opportunity for working remotely. The Study Coordinator will be responsible for providing administrative support for the day-to-day operations of the projects, including managing scheduling and communication with a team of investigators and operational partners, planning and preparing materials for project meetings, maintaining regulatory documents, and contributing to the development of tabular and graphical representations of data and project products (e.g., posters, reports, manuscripts). Specific research activities will include scheduling participants and conducting informed consent and other assessments/measures; literature reviews; synthesizing information from literature and study data; conducting manual chart review of medical records data; qualitative data collection and coding; and organizing data for analysis.

Prior clinical research experience strongly preferred. Ideal candidates will have a strong interest in sleep health, mental health, implementation science, and qualitative methods. This position requires competency with Microsoft Office applications (Outlook, Word, and Excel in particular), excellent organizational skills, effective communication with Veterans and VA investigators/providers/staff, attention to detail, and reliability.

Interested candidates should submit a resume to: Adam.Bramoweth@va.gov.

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(11/15/21) 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
  • 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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(11/12/21) 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/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
    • Three or more years of health data analysis and/or programming experience 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; however, materials received by 11/29/2021 will be considered first. Applications received without a cover letter will not be considered.

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

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(11/12/21) Programmer/Analysts - Pittsburgh, PA



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

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(11/10/21) Health Sciences Project Manager – VETR Team - 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 Project Manager, based in Seattle, WA, who has experience with and enjoys supporting research operations. The Project Manager will support the Vietnam-Era Twin (VET) Registry and the National Vietnam Veterans Longitudinal Study (NVVLS) Registry, collectively named the Vietnam-Era Registries.

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

The NVVLS Registry is a collection of data from over 2,000 Vietnam-Era Veterans, obtained over two data collection timepoints: the National Vietnam Veterans Readjustment Study (NVVRS) in 1984 and the National Vietnam Veterans Longitudinal Study (NVVLS) in 2012. The Seattle ERIC acquired stewardship of the NVVRS and NVVLS data in 2015, and modified it to function as the NVVLS Registry, which includes over 1,000 Veterans who participated in both timepoints.    

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

Key duties:

  • Working with the Vietnam-Era Registries team to manage and support day-to-day operational activities
    • Develop and maintain standard operating procedures and study materials
    • Develop and maintain tracking and recruitment databases; perform routine quality checks on the databases to ensure high data integrity; maintain and troubleshoot tracking infrastructures
    • Assisting with IRB documentation including completing applications, maintaining study documentation, and preparing for audits
    • Work with the Lead Project Manager and Registries Principal Investigator to determine priorities and tasks for study staff
    • Supervise Vietnam-Era Registry staff member
  • Engaging with Registry members and maintaining the infrastructure of the Registries
    • Maintaining and updating databases containing individually identifiable information and vital statuses on Registry members
    • Corresponding with Registry members via telephone and mail
    • Develop and implement effective quality control standards
  • Conducting recruitment activities for NIH-funded studies and CSP-initiated projects
    • Conducting initial recruitment telephone calls to enroll subjects in research
    • Assembling informational and initial recruitment mailing packets to research subjects
    • Maintaining and updating study databases, and tracking study progress
    • Performing quality checks on data entry and recruitment activities
  • Serving as a liaison between the Vietnam-Era Registries and key stakeholders
    • Working closely with the Vietnam-Era Registries team, other ERIC teams, lab personnel, oversight bodies, and external investigators and study site staff to ensure effective collaboration and to meet research objectives
    • Engaging with investigators and research subjects requesting information on the repositories

Qualifications:

  • BA/BS in a scientific- or health-related field required; Master’s level degree preferred
    • If BA/BS, 4-5 years of research-related experience required
    • If higher degree, 2-4 years of research-related experience preferred
  • Successful management/leadership experience
  • Self-starter with demonstrated ability to effectively lead and manage complex projects
  • 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 evolving and competing priorities and timelines
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office programs (e.g. Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook) required; experience with MS Access and REDCap preferred

About the Seattle ERIC and VA CSP:

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

Learn more at:

Application information:

Candidates must be U.S. citizens. Education and experience will be evaluated by Human Resources to determine if the top candidate meets the criteria for the targeted GS-11 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.

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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(11/09/21) Tenure Track Implementation Scientist Faculty Position - Ann Arbor, MI



The Department of Learning Health Sciences (DLHS) at the University of Michigan (U-M) Medical School in Ann Arbor, Michigan, is seeking a full-time, tenure-track faculty member at the Assistant or Associate Professor level with expertise in implementation science, including knowledge translation, or improvement science (quality improvement). Successful candidates will develop and conduct an externally funded research program in implementation science including the conduct of novel studies that develop, refine, and test different strategies to improve health care performance and/or improve the uptake and sustainment of effective innovations designed to impact health and health care across different settings (e.g., hospital networks, medical clinics, schools, community-based organizations). The candidate will also foster scholarly initiatives with other faculty members for improving implementation science and methods application in learning health systems, participate as a faculty member teaching in the DLHS Health Infrastructures & Learning Systems (HILS) MS/PhD and HILS online programs, and provide leadership and service that promotes implementation science and its utility and value in enhancing Learning Health Systems in academic and health care settings. Applicants must have a terminal research degree (PhD, MD, or equivalent) in a relevant discipline, a record of scholarly achievement and funding capabilities appropriate to the applicant’s level, demonstrated potential for successful teaching, and exceptional organizational and communication skills for work in an interdisciplinary department. A start-up package is available to help establish a sustainable research program, and joint appointments across the University will be available and encouraged.

For further information and to apply please see https://apply.interfolio.com/98345

For further information about DLHS, see http://lhs.medicine.umich.edu and for additional questions about this position please contact: dlhs.implementation@umich.edu

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(11/09/21) Director, HSR&D Center for Innovation to Implementation, VA Palo Alto/ Stanford University - Palo Alto, CA



The Stanford University School of Medicine is seeking an MD, PhD or MD/PhD to fill a leadership position as director for the joint health services research program with the Palo Alto Veterans Administration Health Care System, The Center of Innovation and Implementation. The new director should be an accomplished health services researcher to fill a position at the rank of Associate or Full Professor in the Medical Center Line or the University Tenure Line. The position entails a combination of research and program administration in a relevant field with advanced research training. Clinician applicants should have clinical training relevant to the VA scope of practice (e.g., internal medicine, mental health, surgery).

The Center was established in 1985 and aims to develop and evaluate organizational innovations to improve the health care for all Veterans. Current areas of focus include mental health services, value of specialty care, quality of care, women’s health, implementation science, health economics, justice involved veterans, surgical health services, geriatrics and palliative care, integration of care across delivery systems, and transitions of care, among many others.

We are seeking dynamic, creative individuals to bring intellectual and program leadership as well as rigorous scholarship to our existing research activities. Successful and qualified candidates will exhibit accomplishment in research that applies theory and evidence to understand and address problems in health and health care of Veterans. The Center has dozens of research faculty, many with joint Stanford/VA appointments, and more than 70 staff to support these activities.

The predominant criterion for appointment in the University Tenure Line is a major commitment to research and teaching. The major criteria for appointment in the Medical Center Line are excellence in the overall mix of clinical care, clinical teaching, and scholarly activity that advances clinical medicine, and institutional service appropriate to the programmatic need the individual is expected to fill. Faculty rank and line will be determined by the qualifications and experience of the successful candidate. The candidate should have a growing track record of publication and funding commensurate with experience, and experience that is aligned with the missions of the Center.

The Department of Medicine, School of Medicine, and Stanford University value faculty who are committed to advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion. Candidates may optionally include as part of their research or teaching statement a brief discussion of how their work will further these ideals.

Applicants should submit a curriculum vitae, statement of research interests and the names of three references (who will not be contacted without your permission) to search committee chair, Dr. Ruth O’Hara at: https://facultyapplication.stanford.edu/application/103

Stanford is an equal employment opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. Stanford also welcomes applications from others who would bring additional dimensions to the University’s research, teaching and clinical missions.

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(11/08/21) Research Librarian - Remote/Telework position



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 3 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 specialist information retrieval support for developing and updating COVID-19 review products, and managing, enhancing, and promoting the COVID-19 Evidence Reviews website (https://www.covid19reviews.org).
  • 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
  • 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
  • Commitment to service-oriented research

COMPENSATION

  • Health Science Specialist position with an expected full-time starting salary: $57,023(GS-9) / $68,992 (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 January 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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(11/05/21) Health Sciences Research Assistant/Specialist/Coordinator – SHADE Study - Seattle, WA



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

The Seattle Epidemiologic Research and Information Center (ERIC) is hiring a full-time Research Assistant. The Research Assistant will support the 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 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.

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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(11/05/21) Data Manager - Boston, MA



Come join us in Boston at The VA Boston Healthcare System (VABHS), New England's premier referral center for Veterans' healthcare.  VABHS is the largest recipient of VA research funds in the nation and ranked #3 among 146 VA facilities nationally for overall employee satisfaction. The Population Health Data Science (PHDS) at VA Boston is seeking a Data Manager who is passionate about epidemiology research.

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

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

The Data Manager will be responsible for:

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

Skills/Experience

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

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

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(11/05/21) Senior Faculty: Health Services Research - Houston, TX



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

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

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

Qualifications

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

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

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

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(11/05/21) Deputy Director - Million Veteran Program - Boston, MA



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

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

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

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

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

In coordination with the MVP Director, the incumbent assists in analyzing the needs, strategic plans, and goals of MVP in the context of VA, VHA, and ORD goals and initiatives, and makes recommendations for new directions, initiatives, policies and procedures. S/he participates routinely in senior management and policy decisions regarding strategic planning, priority-setting, scientific direction, and operations. In these activities, the incumbent provides supervision and/or leadership to managers, researchers, and administrators to ensure integrity, effectiveness and efficiency. In carrying out the diverse responsibilities of this position, the incumbent will have the duties described below; other duties may be assigned.

See full description for details.

Applicants should submit a cover letter and CV or inquiries to anita.petrina@va.gov.

Include “Deputy Director- MVP” in the e-mail subject line.

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(11/01/21) Health Sciences Research Specialist/Coordinator – Millennium Cohort Study - 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 research program that produces innovative solutions to Veteran and national healthcare problems through multi-site studies.

The CSP Seattle Epidemiologic Research and Information Center (ERIC), is hiring a full-time Research Specialist/ Coordinator based in Seattle, WA, who has experience with and enjoys supporting research operations. This position will support CSP #505: Millennium Cohort Study.

VA and DOD have partnered on the longitudinal Millennium Cohort Study, launched in July 2001.  This observational study collects health, lifestyle, and military information from study participants and links these data with DOD and VA electronic health records to better understand the short-and long-term health effects of military service. This position requires knowledge of epidemiologic research methods, strong written and verbal communication skills and attention to detail.

Key duties for the position include working with CSP #505 Study Chair and Project Manager to support day-to-day operational activities for the study, such as:

  • Support research by setting up meetings, taking notes, data entry, data quality control, etc.
  • Assist with development of study materials and IRB documentation.
  • Maintain and update study data documentation and tracking databases.
  • Provide support to investigators engaged in CSP #505 projects.
  • Facilitate projects using VA-DOD data by contributing to protocol construction, literature reviews, and manuscript drafting.
  • Create reports and correspondence as needed to meet the aims of the study.
  • Participate in meetings and teleconferences as needed; travel to national meetings as required.

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.
  • Demonstration of strong public relations and interpersonal skills with the ability to communicate and collaborate with a diverse group of VA and DoD researchers.
  • Excellent time management skills and ability to adapt to changing priorities and timelines, detail oriented.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office programs (e.g., Word, Excel, Teams) is required; experience with statistical software is desirable.

Candidates must be U.S. citizens. Education and experience will be evaluated by VA Human Resources to determine if the top candidate meets the criteria for a GS-7 or GS-9, per the Office of Personnel Management General Schedule table at opm.gov

Please send a cover letter and resume to SeattleCSPEC@va.gov. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled and will be reviewed in the order they are received. Only complete applications will be considered.

For more information about the Seattle ERIC, please see seattle.eric.research.va.gov.  For more information about CSP #505, please see https://www.seattle.eric.research.va.gov/research/CSP-505/Home.asp and https://millenniumcohort.org/.  

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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(11/01/21) Open Rank Faculty Positions in the Department of Implementation Science - Winston-Salem, NC



The new strategic partnership between Wake Forest School of Medicine and Atrium Health creates an unparalleled opportunity for implementation scientists who are interested in research-to-practice translation in partnership with a complex, multi-state health system. The health system’s commitment to implementation science is evidenced through the founding of the nation’s first dedicated department in 2018. We are currently growing our faculty with the recruitment of creative scholars who make meaningful contributions to implementation research and practice. The department currently has strengths in pragmatic trials, cluster randomized trials, qualitative methodology, stakeholder engagement, digital health, organizational theory and behavior, and learning health systems. We seek to build depth in these areas, as well as expand expertise in human factors engineering, economics and other areas. We are especially interested in individuals with strong health systems knowledge. As such, this opportunity may be uniquely appealing to clinical scientists who apply their specialty expertise to implementing patient and population health interventions. Secondary appointments with clinical responsibilities are available and flexible. We anticipate faculty will affiliate with one or more of our nationally-recognized centers, such as the Center for Healthcare Innovation, Center for Biomedical Informatics and Systems Biology, The Maya Angelou Center for Health Equity, Wake Forest Baptist Comprehensive Cancer Center, Center for Substance Abuse and Addiction, and the Sticht Center for Healthy Aging and Alzheimer’s Prevention. We are deeply committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion in all aspects of our work and share a commitment to making an impact on patients, communities, and policies through our research.

Responsibilities:

  • Leading high-impact, collaborative research aligned with the vision of the department
  • Strategic engagement and collaboration across the health system and beyond to achieve our mission to serve as a translational catalyst for our academic learning healthcare system
  • Participation in the educational mission of our institution and department
  • Represent the Department of Implementation Science on local (institutional), regional, and national professional committees

Qualifications

  • Desire and ability to work collaboratively across diverse settings, disciplines, and people
  • Active research portfolio in dissemination and/or implementation science, commensurate with rank
  • Experience in conducting team-oriented research
  • Exceptional methodological skills
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion
  • Strong commitment to teaching and mentoring graduate, post-graduate, junior faculty, and/or clinicians
  • Advanced degree (e.g., PhD, MD, PharmD, JD)

In October 2020, Wake Forest Baptist Health and Atrium Health officially joined together as a single enterprise. Headquartered in Charlotte, North Carolina, Atrium Health is an integrated, not-for-profit healthcare system with over 55,000 teammates at nearly 40 hospitals and hundreds of care locations throughout the Carolinas and Georgia. As part of this new enterprise, Atrium Health has announced $3.4 billion in planned investments in our health system and the communities we serve. Wake Forest School of Medicine will become the academic core of Atrium Health, building a second campus of the school of medicine in Charlotte, North Carolina. The growth of the school of medicine will expand existing academic research capabilities and opportunities for clinical trials across a large, diverse market with some of the nation’s leading medical experts.

Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer with a strong commitment to achieving diversity among its faculty and staff. Interested candidates may submit a single PDF consisting of their curriculum vitae and cover letter to: Lindsay Teague, Talent Acquisition, Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center at: Lindsay.Teague@wakehealth.edu or (336) 716-8393.

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(10/27/21) Research Database Manager - Atlanta, GA



The research database manager will be working with investigators at the Atlanta VA Medical Center in pulling, cleaning, and managing data from local and national VA databases.

Essential duties:

  • Collaborating with principal Investigators and project team members to gather study data requirements
  • Providing knowledge of where and how to find different types of research data in the VA databases
  • Pulling all necessary data from VA national databases or local research program databases
  • Preparing datasets for analyses

Skills and experiences:

  • Proficiency with SQL programming and MS SQL Management Studio is required.
  • Knowledge and experience in using VA national databases is strongly preferred.
  • Strong communication skills, team playing, and detail-oriented work style is preferred. 
  • Experience with SAS or R statistical analysis software is a plus.

Qualification/entrance requirements:

  • US Citizen and clearing US government background check is required.
  • Bachelor or master’s degree in computer science, biostatistics, or other informational or quantitative fields are preferred.
  • Being conscious of data security and abide by all data security requirements and directives

Applicants should submit a current CV and cover letter outlining their experience in research and data management, along with their career goals to Ashley Scales, PhD, MPH at Ashley.Scales@va.gov. *Include “Research Database Manager” in the email subject line.

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(10/21/21) Research Project Manager - East Orange, NJ



Summary of Position

Are you interested in helping to improve the health of Veterans exposed to airborne hazards while deployed? The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Airborne Hazards and Burn Pits Center of Excellence (AHBPCE) is a national program that specializes in clinical and translational research that uses scientific insights to help improve health outcomes in Veterans.

The AHBPCE is recruiting a full-time position that will provide leadership in the management of an integrated clinical research laboratory that provides advanced outpatient cardiopulmonary services and conducts a program of multi-site federally funded research studies. The Research Project Manager will work closely with the Center and laboratory leadership to ensure successful execution of projects’ goals and objectives including data management and regulatory compliance.

Duties and Responsibilities

Research administration

  • Oversee daily research operations of the laboratory; assist in managing and assigning work to support staff
  • Assure compliance with Institutional Review Board (IRB) requirements and assist the principal investigator on matters of human subject protection; oversee compliance with federal regulations and organizational policies on human subjects research.
  • Cooperate with study sponsors and local/federal monitoring activities, and formulate responses to all associated standard and ad-hoc reports
  • Coordinate meetings, telecoms, meeting minutes and presentations for multiple ongoing projects and research studies, including cross collaboration with multisite teams
  • Handle research study kickoff and closeout procedures, including development and submission of initiation and closeout documentation
  • Assist with coordination of all research protocol training sessions for support staff
  • Oversee updates of data collection forms, websites and study materials stored using electronic resources (SharePoint, Teams, etc.)
  • Assist in the preparation and submission of research grant proposals, including assistance with budgets, cost estimates, budget justifications, and statements of work

Data management

  • Perform data collection and data entry for studies including the use of statistical software
  • Track experimental progress and trouble shoot problems encountered during experiments
  • Ensure research data are accurately reported and archived in a timely fashion from research study visits

Research operations

  • Interact with prospective and enrolled research subjects in a professional manner
  • Participate as coauthor for manuscripts and conference abstracts; attend and present research at professional society meetings

Other Responsibilities

  • Support the mission of the AHBPCE and WRIISC

Qualifications/Skills

All applicants are required to be U.S. citizens.

Required

  • Knowledge and understanding of human subject research policies, procedures, and regulations and incorporates this knowledge
  • Familiarity with databases and management systems
  • Familiarity with data collection tools (REDCap, Qualtrics)
  • = 2 years human subject research experience including direct interaction with IRB and other regulatory bodies
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Proficient in health/clinical research terminology
  • Proficiency in computer skills, including Microsoft software applications and common statistical software programs (e.g., R, MATLAB, SPSS)

Desired

  • = 4 years human subject research experience including direct interaction with IRB and other regulatory bodies
  • Expertise with database, data collection tools and data analysis software
  • Experience conducting research in a clinical setting
  • Experience with electronic health record systems

Education and/or Experience

  • (Required) Bachelor’s degree in health or research related discipline and = 2 years of human subject research experience; or
  • (Desired) Master’s degree or higher in health or research related discipline and = 4 years of human subject research experience
  • (Desired) Certification as a Clinical Research Professional through the Society of Clinical Research Associates, Certified Clinical Research Associate through the Association of Clinical Research Professionals or equivalent research certification

Applicants should submit a cover letter and CV or inquiries to Michael.Falvo@va.gov

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(10/12/21) Health Science Officer (GS-13) - Los Angeles, CA



This position has been established to enhance the impact of health services research that aims to develop and test innovative care models and health systems interventions. The incumbent will provide a variety of management, scientific, technical, and administrative functions, including: identifying, initiating, developing, conducting, and reporting on Health Services Research & Development programmatic activities; assessing and evaluating the effectiveness of fiscal, personnel, data security, contract, grant, reporting, and research activities; evaluating the organization and delivery of each core components of the Center of Innovation (e.g., administration, methodology and education); leading a multidisciplinary team of administrative and project management staff; and administering pertinent VHA healthcare research directives and policies.

This position will be located at the VA Greater Los Angeles Center for the Study of Healthcare Innovation, Implementation and Policy (CSHIIP)

If interested in hearing more about this position, please email your CV to Elizabeth.Yano@va.gov and David.Ganz@va.gov.

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(09/29/21) Project Manager - Hines, IL



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

The Project Manager is responsible for providing administrative support and coordination for studies that vary in length of time, number of participating sites and number of research subjects for the Hines Cooperative Studies Program Coordinating Center (CSPCC). They coordinate interaction and cooperation between the research study site investigators, site coordinators, the CSPCC, the Study Chairpersons, the Albuquerque Research Pharmacy (CSPCRPCC), any outside funding agencies and any technical support facilities required for the studies.

The incumbent will serve as a resource person regarding details of the study protocol and facilitates training for study personnel to ensure they follow the study protocol and data collection procedures. They assist in the development and distribution of the study operations manual and draft study correspondence and ensure that appropriate tasks and study documentation are completed in the sequence established by CSP. The Project Manager prepares agendas and materials for study meetings in consultation with study team and participates in study conference calls and attends study meetings. They serve as a recorder of minutes and prepares draft reports of meetings, when needed. The incumbent serves as primary liaison with all participating study sites in securing both initial and yearly approvals from Institutional Review Board of record and Research & Development Committees. They maintain documentation of the Study Group, Executive Committee, Data Monitoring Committee and HRC reports. The PM reviews all budget requests for accuracy and evaluates special requests for budgetary increases, makes recommendations and monitor’s expenditures of study funds to ensure the study is within budget.  The Project Manager receives and manages the distribution of the site monitoring reports and site audit responses to sites, CSP offices, Study Chairpersons, and any necessary outside agencies and assists in the quality assurance process for assigned studies and responsible for maintenance of the study Central Study File per GCP requirements.  They assist site personnel in maintaining site documentation in compliance with GCP and VA requirements

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Baccalaureate degree in a science or health-related field, e.g., biology, chemistry, psychology, public health is minimum requirement, but advanced degree is preferred such as a MS or MPH. The advanced degree can be in another field such as project management if the baccalaureate degree fulfills the minimum requirement.
  • Able to oversee the day-to-day function of a multi-site study and to independently deal with many of the challenges that arise.
  • Able to work independently and prioritize numerous demands and deal with myriad of complex challenges
  • Knowledge and skill in the application of related laws, regulations, policies, precedents, methods, and project management of clinical trials.
  • Excellent interpersonal, written, and verbal communication skills
  • Clinical research experience preferred
  • Must be a US citizen as this is a federal government position

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

We are hiring at the GS 9 and GS 11 level dependent on experience and education. The position is to be located at the Hines VA Medical Center; however, extended telework or remote work may be considered depending on experience, expertise, and position requirements.

Salary range is from $59,258 to $93,211

For inquiries about this position or the Hines Cooperative Studies Program Coordinating Center please contact:

Joyce Gilroy
Associate Director for Administrative Operations,
Cooperative Studies Program Coordinating Center
Hines VA Hospital, CSPCC (151K)
5000 South 5th Avenue, Building 1, Room B-248
Hines, Illinois 60141-3030
e-mail: Joyce.Gilroy@va.gov phone: 708-202-5850 fax: 708-202-2116

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(09/29/21) Quality Management Specialist - Hines, IL



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

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

The Quality management specialist serves as the subject matter expert for organizational quality, including regulatory compliance for accreditation, management of quality programs, and analysis and measurement of quality outcomes and performance measures.  The incumbent also works cooperatively with staff at the Hines CSPCC, counterparts at the other CSP coordinating centers, and other program officials in VA Central Office.

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Knowledge of quality assurance principles and methods to develop plans, policies, and procedures
  • Knowledge of research and development programs in a healthcare setting
  • Knowledge and experience in ISO principles, concepts, and technology to support ISO accreditation in a clinical research environment
  • Technical knowledge of health care and research regulations and accreditation for compliance with FDA, DEA, EPA, OSHA, and ICH standards
  • Ability to consult staff on corrective and preventive action and root cause analysis
  • Excellent interpersonal and written communication skills
  • Skilled in process mapping, process analysis and tools for management of quality improvement programs
  • 3 years of experience in clinical research field preferred
  • A minimum of a master’s degree in Public Health, Regulatory, Science or Technology field.
  • Must be a US citizen as this is a federal government position.

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

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

Salary range is from $71,697 to $111,720

For inquiries about this position or the Hines Cooperative Studies Program Coordinating Center please contact:

Joyce Gilroy
Associate Director for Administrative Operations,
Cooperative Studies Program Coordinating Center
Hines VA Hospital, CSPCC (151K)
5000 South 5th Avenue, Building 1, Room B-248
Hines, Illinois 60141-3030
e-mail: Joyce.Gilroy@va.gov phone: 708-202-5850 fax: 708-202-2116

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(09/27/21) Research staff positions (Women’s Health Sciences Division (WHSD) of the National Center for PTSD ) - Boston, MA



The Women's Health Sciences Division of the National Center for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) anticipates two new staff positions and is seeking doctoral-level individuals with demonstrated programs of research in psychology, psychiatry, public health or related fields as evidenced by a solid publication record and experience with extramural funding in the area of psychological trauma and women’s mental health. Research programs focused on experiences of stress and trauma within marginalized communities, health disparities among underrepresented groups, suicidal behavior, and psychiatric conditions comorbid with PTSD (e.g. substance use disorders) as they intersect with sex and gender are especially desired.

The Women’s Health Sciences Division (WHSD) of the National Center for PTSD believes that the cultural and social diversity of our staff is vitally important to the distinction, excellence, and impact of our research program. Our division recognizes that diversity of experience deepens the intellectual endeavor. We seek colleagues who will support our commitment to ensuring that the WHSD is inclusive, equitable, and diverse.

Applications will be accepted at all levels of career development. Salary and benefits package are competitive and commensurate with experience. Applications are welcome until the positions are filled. Faculty appointment is anticipated at Boston University School of Medicine.

The WHSD is a branch of the Department of Veterans Affairs National Center for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, a multi-site consortium mandated by Congress to study reactions to traumatic stress.  The Women's Health Sciences Division, affiliated with Boston University School of Medicine and located at the VA Boston Healthcare System, is a nationally recognized program developing and conducting innovative research in stress, trauma, and women's health. The Division is affiliated with strong clinical programs that provide a continuum of treatment services to women veterans including a homelessness program, outpatient stress disorder clinic and a transitional residence. Division staff are involved in the training of graduate students, pre-doctoral interns, psychiatry residents, and post-doctoral fellows.  The Division possesses outstanding resources for research, clinical, and training activities, and offers a stimulating work environment where diversity is valued. 

To express interest please send curriculum vitae and cover letter to Dr. Tara Galovski, Director, Women’s Health Sciences Division, National Center for PTSD (tara.galovski@va.gov). Applications are welcome until the positions are filled.

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



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

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

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

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



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

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

If interested in this detail, the individual must:

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

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

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

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



Come join us at the VA Boston Healthcare System (VABHS), New England's premier center for Veterans' healthcare. VABHS is the largest recipient of VA research funds in the nation and ranked #3 among 146 VA facilities nationally for overall employee satisfaction. VABHS is home to one of the VA Million Veteran Program’s (MVP) national Coordinating Centers. MVP is a national voluntary research program that aims to better understand how genetic, lifestyle, and environmental factors influence Veteran health.

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

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

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

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

Qualifications

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

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

QUALIFICATIONS AND ENTRANCE REQUIREMENTS:

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

*Posted nationally (must be willing to travel occasionally or as needed for meetings with key stakeholders)

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

Applicants should submit a cover letter and CV or inquiries to Sybil.Murphy2@va.gov.  Include “Project Manager/Business Analyst - MVP” in the e-mail subject line.

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



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

Duties include but are not limited to:

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

Experience Preferred:

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

**Must be a US Citizen to apply**

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

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