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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 03/01/21.

For additional VA opportunities, please visit the USAJobs website.



(02/25/21) Senior Research Associate - Portland, OR



This position is housed in Research and Development Service located at the VA Portland Health Care System in Portland, Oregon. The incumbent will serve as a Health Science Specialist (Senior Research Associate) in the Coordinating Center for the Evidence Synthesis Program (ESP), a national 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 and Cochrane.

POSITION DUTIES/RESPONSIBILITIES

As a Senior Research Associate with the ESP, the incumbent’s primary responsibility is to identify, critically appraise, and synthesize scientific literature to address the decision-making needs of the VA health system. Duties for this position include: working with senior leadership (clinicians and researchers) to produce rapid evidence review products to inform institutional decision-making; conducting initial scoping of proposed systematic review topics to be assigned to ESP Centers; supervising and training research staff; communicating with and engaging stakeholders to improve the uptake of evidence in the health system; and contributing to the development of innovative methodological practices for the Program. The incumbent will also publish peer-reviewed manuscripts, present findings in multiple forums (including VA and non-VA conferences), and develop briefings and other evidence dissemination tools for clinicians and operational leadership. A high level of independence, judgment, and teamwork is required.

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS

  • Master’s degree in public health, health policy/services, or related field
  • Experience conducting multiple systematic reviews or technology assessments
  • Ability to communicate effectively to scientific/technical audiences and non-clinical policymakers
  • U.S. citizen

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

  • Experience leading or working with multidisciplinary teams on a broad range of topics
  • Experience conducting critical appraisal of scientific literature
  • Interest in advancing systematic review methods
  • Experience with methods employed in epidemiology, clinical, and/or health services research
  • Experience leading scientific manuscripts and presenting research findings
  • Skill using data visualization techniques and software (eg, R)
  • Exceptional organizational, time and personnel management, and communication skills
  • Commitment to service-oriented research

COMPENSATION

  • Health Science Specialist position with an expected starting salary: $68,992 (GS-11) / $82,694 (GS-12) depending on education and experience
  • 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, CV/resume, and two writing samples (include one systematic review or technology assessment) to: Nicole Floyd (nicole.floyd@va.gov)

Expected start date is May 2021.

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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(02/22/21) Health Sciences Research Coordinator, Vietnam-Era Registries - Seattle, WA



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

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

The Research Coordinator will provide operational support under the direction of the Vietnam- Era Registries Project Manager. Position is based in Seattle, WA.

Key duties:

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

Qualifications:

  • BA/BS or higher degree in a scientific- or health-related field
  • 3-4 years of related work experience in clinical, epidemiological, or health services research
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills with the ability to collaborate with a diverse group of VA and university researchers and staff
  • Experience with customer service, particularly by telephone
  • Strong attention to detail and organizational skills
  • Solid problem-solving and critical thinking skills
  • Excellent time management skills
  • Ability to adapt to changing priorities and timelines
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office programs (e.g. Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook) required; experience with Microsoft Access, REDCap, and SharePoint strongly preferred

About the Seattle ERIC and VA CSP:

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

Learn more at:

Application information:

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

Please send a cover letter and resume to SeattleCSPEC@va.gov. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled; however, materials received by 03/05/2021 will be considered first. Applications received without a cover letter will not be considered.

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(02/19/21) Veterinary Medical Officer - Location Negotiable After Selection, United States



This position is located within the Office of Research Oversight (ORO), Veterans Health Administration (VHA), Washington, DC. ORO reports directly to the Under Secretary of Health (USH). The Office of Research Oversight (ORO) is the primary office for advising the USH on matters related to assurance and compliance with VA and other Federal requirements for the protection of human research subjects, laboratory animal welfare, research safety and security, research information security, research compliance officer education and oversight, and research misconduct.

Closing date: 03/01/2021

See https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/592133700 for complete details.

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(02/17/21) Implementation Science Core Faculty, Assistant or Associate Professor - Providence, RI



The successful candidate must qualify for a full-time faculty position at the rank of Assistant or Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. Minimum requirements include a doctoral degree (e.g. Ph.D., M.D.) and substantial experience and training in dissemination and implementation science. It is preferred that the candidate’s training and research experience focus on health services research, clinical psychology, public health, behavioral health science, social work, psychology, or related fields.  Experience in conducting research and teaching in dissemination and implementation science is required. It is preferred that the candidate’s research experience focus on the implementation of or the evaluation of evidence-based practices in mental health settings, or a closely related field. I would appreciate your help in making this vacancy known to any qualified and available individuals.

The Implementation Science Core in the Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior was launched in 2018 and collaborates with the other Cores within the Department, including the Quantitative Science Program (QSP) and Qualitative Science and Methods Training Program (QSMTP), to foster the translation, spread, and scale-up of evidence-based practices into routine clinical care. The Faculty position involves a full-time academic appointment within the Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior’s Implementation Science Core. The Faculty member will be actively engaged in providing D&I consultation, serving as a Co-Investigator on D&I grants (and a Co-Mentor for Career Development Awards), developing and participating in the Core’s educational activities, such as seminars and workshops, and creating their own research portfolio federally-funded dissemination and implementation science studies.

Brown University is an EEO/AA employer and encourages applications from minorities, and women. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled or the search is closed. Please apply online at http://apply.interfolio.com/83689.

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(02/17/21) Health Systems Specialist (Data Analyst) - Virtual position



The VA Office of Geriatrics and Extended Care (GEC) is recruiting for a Health Systems Specialist (Data Analyst, GS-0671-13/14. The Health Systems Specialist is the Data Analyst for GEC, and is a full-time position that reports to the National Director, Data Analytics, Quality Improvement and Research. The position is a key member in the Office of Geriatrics and Extended Care (12GEC), and is responsible for conducting analysis of the health care systems and contractor network data that will be used for management of the design, development, implementation, modification, and maintenance of health care business solutions for Veterans within a very engaged National Program Office.

Closing date: 03/09/2021

See https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/592437500 for complete details.

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(02/10/21) Clinician Investigator - Portland, OR



The Section of General Medicine at VA Portland  Health Care System (VAPORHCS) is looking for a Clinician-Investigator to join a vibrant group of clinical and health services researchers with interdisciplinary and cross institution collaborations. A record of advanced training in research or academic productivity as a Clinician-Investigator is required. All areas of research relevant to general internal medicine are welcome, including health services research, systematic review and evidence synthesis, quality improvement, health disparities, mental health, chronic illness management, patient-centered care, comparative effectiveness, clinical epidemiology, and public health. Preference will be given for those who are mid-career or senior investigators. Successful candidates will have or be eligible for an academic appointment at Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU). Depending on an applicant’s experience and interests, there are opportunities for research and administrative leadership roles.

VAPORHCS is a 240-bed tertiary acute care hospital and referral center for VISN 20 in the VA system, including Oregon, Idaho, Washington and Alaska.  VAPORHCS is the major affiliate teaching and research hospital for OHSU. Hired physicians will join a dynamic, highly collaborative group of clinicians, educators and researchers, and will be included as core investigators in the multidisciplinary Center to Improve Veteran Involvement in Care (CIVIC), a VA Health Services Research & Development (HSR&D) Center of Innovation (COIN). The academic community includes the Veterans Rural Health Research Center,  Coordinating Center for the VA HSR&D Evidence Synthesis Program (ESP), Scientific Resource Center (SRC) for the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality’s (AHRQ) Evidence-based Practice Center (EPC) program, and Cochrane US West.  Our academic affiliate, OHSU, is home to the Oregon Clinical and Translational Research Institute (OCTRI), a NIH funded Clinical and Translational Science Awards (CTSA) program, Center for Health System Effectiveness, Oregon Rural Practice-based Research Network (OPRN) among others.

The scope of clinical practice may include direct care of patients in the primary care clinic and/or hospital, as well as oversight of the education and training of residents and medical students in the inpatient or outpatient setting.

We offer a competitive salary and benefits package including vacation, parental, sick and military leave; paid holidays; health and life insurance; Thrift Savings Plan (401K); flexible spending accounts; and health savings accounts. Applicants must be US citizens and board certified/board eligible in Internal Medicine.  This position may require a pre-employment physical and drug test. The United States government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.

We value a diverse and culturally competent workforce. We are proud of our commitment to be an equal opportunity organization that does not discriminate against applicants based on any protected class status. Individuals with diverse backgrounds and those who promote diversity and a culture of inclusion are encouraged to apply. Applicants should submit a current Curriculum Vitae and cover letter outlining their experience in research and clinical practice and their career goals to Martha Gerrity at martha.gerrity@va.gov or Carol Sprague at carol.sprague@va.gov.

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(01/15/21) Executive Director - Long Beach, CA



SCIRE, a non-for-profit foundation, which administers research operations at the Long Beach Veterans Affairs (LBVA), is recruiting for its Executive Director position. The Executive director serves as the Chief Operating Officer for SCIRE and reports to the SCIRE Board of Directors. The Executive Director is charged with fostering sponsored research programs conducted at LBVA while ensuring effective oversight and regulatory compliance and implementing strategic objectives to ensure the viability and thriving of the research programs. The ideal candidate will be an inspiring and highly organized leader who can work collaboratively with VA investigators, other stakeholders and multiple government and private agencies to promote research and ensures the highest standards for integrity, safety and quality. A Bachelor's Degree in Healthcare, Business Administration or related field as well as a proven record of supervisory and leadership skills are required. Prior work experience in similar non-profit research organizations associated with VA, knowledge of financial accounting and familiarity with federal regulations are desired.

For application and/or nominations, please submit CV, letter of interest and names of 3 references to

Dr. Kathy Herron at email (kathy.herron@roadrunner.com)

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(01/12/21) Associate Director - Center for Access & Delivery Research and Evaluation (CADRE) - Iowa City, IA



Join us in beautiful Eastern Iowa to lead a group of creative and engaged investigators and committed research staff in our mission to improve access to high quality care for rural Veterans through innovative applications of telehealth; and to develop and evaluate interventions targeting the multidrug-resistant organism crisis. CADRE includes three active cores: The Ethnographic Methods and Implementation Core (EMIC), the Statistics and Analytics (STAT) Core, and the Data and Information Systems (DAT) Core that work together to support a rapidly expanding research and operations portfolio.  In addition, a flourishing Veteran Engagement Panel guides and inspires CADRE’s work and deepens the connection and commitment to improving health services to Veterans.  Specific information on CADRE can be found at: https://www.cadre.research.va.gov

The CADRE Associate Director will be a key member of the leadership team helping to shape the vision of CADRE, expand the research program, and guide investigators in developing VA and affiliated research programs.  The Associate Director will assist in the scientific direction of the Center and in the development of Center procedures and core infrastructure to facilitate research efforts.

Application available here: https://jobs.uiowa.edu/faculty/view/73703

Duties of the Associate Director:

  • Provide mentoring to junior and mid-level investigators to develop ideas, proposals, and career plans and to review grants prior to submission
  • Assist in the development, cultivation, and growth of relationships with university affiliate departments and operational stakeholders to promote the CADRE portfolio and research mission
  • Assists in the planning and oversight of the weekly research conference
  • Attends Veteran Engagement Panel meetings
  • Work collaboratively with the Center Director and Cross-Center Director of Operations to provide scientific and administrative leadership of the Center
  • Respond to special projects and inquiries from VACO and operational partners
  • In the absence of the Center Director, serve as the primary scientific liaison with VA Central Office and direct all Center scientific activities
  • In the Absence of the Cross-Center Director of Operations provide administrative and operational guidance to investigators and staff
  • Fulfill other administrative and leadership roles as needed to accomplish the mission of CADRE

Successful candidates will have the following qualifications:

  • MD/PhD/PharmD or equivalent degree in a health services related field
  • A record of successful, independent, federally-funded health services research
  • Experience with Department of Veterans Affairs research
  • Eligibility to hold an academic appointment as Associate Professor or higher at the University of Iowa
  • A strong background in mentoring early and mid-career investigators
  • Strong analytic knowledge and skills
  • A background in administration and/or management of health services research
  • Ability to think critically regarding scientific and administrative planning and execution
  • Strong leadership, interpersonal, and collaborative skills necessary to foster strategic plans for future research
  • US citizen

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(01/06/21) Health Science Officer - Washington, DC



POSITION: Health Science Officer, GS-0601-14, Full-time

LOCATION: Health Services Research and Development (HSR&D - 14RDH) in the Office of Research and Development, VA Central Office, Washington, DC.

The position is not virtual, and a relocation bonus is not authorized. However, in association with the status of the pandemic and decisions regarding remote work in the Metropolitan DC area, the employee may be authorized to telework for an interim period of time.

DESCRIPTION: The Health Science Officer, i.e., Scientific Program Manager and Scientific Review Officer, serves as a senior advisor to the Director, HSR&D for scientific program development, project management, and strategic planning in assigned portfolio areas. S/he also oversees Scientific Merit Review Board Sub-Committee HSR6 and manages semi-annual review meetings. The position requires an individual with a high level of subject matter expertise in post-acute and long-term care and the unique health services that are delivered in those areas. Such content knowledge could be derived from education or experience with healthcare providers and their operations such as those at VA, health maintenance organizations, academic institutions or medical facilities with a significant research component. In addition, the individual should have a background in health services research that would optimally include gerontology, but would also include those with a clinical, organizational or methodological specialty. An individual with high motivation for achieving analytical or research excellence who can master and apply defined processes to achieving results is preferred. In addition to Post-acute and Long-term Care Services and Support, assigned portfolio areas include but are not limited to, Gulf War Illnesses; Post-deployment Health; and Mobility, Activity and Function.

For additional information and instructions on how to apply for the position please email Liza M. Catucci c/o liza.catucci@va.gov .

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(01/06/21) Human Subjects Research Assistant/Research Specialist/Research Coordinator - Seattle, WA



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

The VA CSP Seattle Epidemiologic Research and Information Center (ERIC), is hiring a full-time Research Assistant/Research Specialist/Research Coordinator who has experience with and enjoys supporting research operations. This position will be part of a dynamic team that supports research activities for all Center studies. This position is based in Seattle, WA.

Key duties:

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

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

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
  • Experience with customer service, particularly by telephone and e-mail
  • Strong attention to detail and organizational skills
  • Solid problem-solving and critical thinking skills
  • Excellent time management skills
  • Ability to adapt to changing priorities and timelines
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office programs (e.g. Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook) required

About the Seattle ERIC and VA CSP:

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

Learn more at:

Application information:

Candidates must be U.S. citizens. Education and experience will be evaluated by Human Resources to determine if the top candidate meets the criteria for the targeted GS-05 through GS-09.  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 01/27/21 will be considered first.

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(12/21/20) Health Services Research Analyst - Portland, OR



Expected Starting Salary: $68,309 to $81,875 + benefits, depending on education and experience

FTE: 1.0

Remote/Work From Home: Possible

Position Summary

Under the supervision of the Director and/or Associate Director of the VA Center to Improve Veteran Involvement in Care (CIVIC), Co-Directors of the Veterans Rural Health Resource Center - Portland (VRHRC-P), and Principal Investigators (PIs), the Analyst serves multiple transdisciplinary studies intended to advance the scientific understanding of common and important health care problems and conditions that affect Veterans. Current research includes projects related to Veteran-centric mental health care, suicide prevention, chronic pain, strategies to enhance Veteran-clinician collaboration, understanding challenges faced by Veterans in rural areas, and identifying disparities in the availability of care to rural Veterans.

Responsibilities

This position requires a diverse knowledge of healthcare analysis, technical expertise, effective and flexible interpersonal skills (consultation, training, team leading, networking), and analytical skills. The primary responsibilities for this position are data extraction, analysis, and interpretation in health services research.

The Health Services Research Analyst will also:

  • Identify, extract, and analyze VA hospital and patient record data using VA research databases;
  • Use structured query language (SQL) to identify and extract data, including experience querying data from multiple tables using joins and grouping data;
  • Serve as liaison between VA research data hosts, especially the VA Informatics and Computing Infrastructure (VINCI), and the Director and PIs;
  • Ensure accuracy of data from all sources;
  • Use statistical software (SAS, STATA, R, or SPSS) to manipulate and format health care data and produce analysis-ready datasets to address the information needs of the Directors and PIs;
  • Conduct descriptive and inferential analyses as appropriate to level of training and experience; and
  • Document and present data identification, extraction, analysis, and data summaries to the Directors and PIs and for inclusion in reports, grants, and manuscripts.

Experience

Minimum qualifications:

  • Master’s degree (or higher) in a related field; and
  • One to three years of experience and training, including:
    • Collecting, organizing and analyzing data from large clinical datasets, such as hospital and patient record data (e.g. VA administrative datasets, Medicare data, etc.);
    • Using statistical software and Excel to store, clean, validate, and analyze data;
    • Documenting and presenting data identification, extraction, analysis, and findings to those at the Director/PI level using different presentation software mediums (i.e., Word, Excel, PowerPoint).
  • Ability to write, as well as contribute to, scholarly manuscripts for scientific journals and presentations of study findings at professional meetings:
    • Write reports that summarize data methodology and communicate findings.
  • Attention to detail and record keeping, ability to organize large sets of data from multiple sources, and ability to multitask and prioritize projects, and have strong conceptual and analytical skills; and
  • Ability to work independently.

Best qualified candidates will have:

  • Experience working with health care system data;
  • Experience working on multiple prior research studies as a program analyst, programmer, data analyst, or similar position that required work with large health/medical datasets;
  • Experience using SQL Server, including Transact-SQL statements, with health/medical data;
  • Experience with database design, creation, and querying in Microsoft Access; and
  • Experience using SAS, R, or other statistical software.

Preference given to candidates demonstrating experience working in health services research, having knowledge of VA policies, procedures, data sources, and care delivery settings, and/or experience analyzing healthcare data.

Candidates must be US citizens.

Interested candidates should send a cover letter and resume/CV to Beau Edwards at Beau.Edwards@va.gov.

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(12/18/20) Health Sciences Research Project Manager for Multi-Site Study, CSP #2028: EPIC3 - Seattle, WA



The multi-year study, CSP #2028: Epidemiology, Immunology, and Clinical Characteristics of COVID-19 (EPIC3) within the Veterans Health Administration, gathers longitudinal data on the epidemiology, virology, immunology, and clinical characteristics of SARS-CoV-2 infections and the COVID-19 disease. CSP #2028 is coordinated by the VA CSP Seattle Epidemiologic Research and Information Center (ERIC).

Apply to join our Center to contribute to a high impact, national research study that aims to provide critical insights on how we understand SARS-CoV-2 infections and the COVID-19 disease, how it impacts Veterans specifically, and how to better anticipate and manage future pandemics.

The Seattle ERIC is hiring a full-time Project Manager. Our team at the Seattle ERIC coordinating center provides overall operational support and coordination to the 16 study sites nationwide. Under the direction of the Program Manager, the Project Manager will provide leadership for this multi-site observational study. This position is based in Seattle, WA.

The Research Project Manager will perform the following key duties under the direction of the Study Program Manager.

Key duties:

  • Work closely with Study Co-Chairs and Investigators to advance scientific aims and study objectives
  • Supervise Study Research Coordinators and Research Assistants
  • Serve as the liaison between the Seattle ERIC and site Investigators, site personnel, central laboratory personnel, consultants, and contractors
  • Manage research operational activities for all study sites, including tracking site personnel and managing site staff permissions to study folders and databases
  • Manage and maintain the Study Operations Manual
  • Manage regulatory processes, including completing R&D and IRB documentation and preparing for audits
  • Maintain the study SharePoint sites, manage site permissions, and upload study documentation
  • Design and develop standard operating procedures, databases, and study materials; maintain and troubleshoot tracking infrastructures
  • Virtually train study site personnel on procedures and protocols including participant tracking measures
  • Monitor subject recruitment and data collection activities at all study sites, identify deficiencies, recommend solutions, and take corrective action when required
  • Oversee data management and quality assurance/quality control procedures
  • Ensure compliance with study protocol, including informed consent, safety, and data security requirements
  • Prepare reports, presentations, and data summaries, and organize national meetings

Qualifications:

  • BA/BS or higher degree in a scientific- or health-related field required; Master’s level degree preferred
  • 4-6 years of work experience in clinical, epidemiological, or health services research required; several years of experience managing high visibility research studies/initiatives preferred
    • If BA/BS, 5-6 years of research-related experience required
    • If higher degree, 4-5 years of research-related experience preferred
  • Successful management experience
  • Experience with customer service, particularly by telephone
  • Self-starter with demonstrated ability to effectively lead and manage complex projects
  • Experience building internal tracking systems that support attention to detail and quality control
  • Ability to understand and clearly communicate complex regulations and procedures
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills with the ability to collaborate with a diverse group of people with a wide range of professional backgrounds and expertise
  • Ability to adapt to evolving and competing priorities and timelines
  • Adept in troubleshooting and problem-solving
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office programs (e.g., Word, Excel, Outlook) required; experience with Microsoft Access, Microsoft SharePoint and REDCap programs preferred

About our Center, Seattle ERIC, and how it relates to VA Cooperative Studies Program (CSP):

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.

Founded in 1997, the Seattle ERIC is a research center within CSP that works to improve the health and healthcare of Veterans through epidemiologic research. We’re located in Seattle, WA within the VA Puget Sound Health Care System. 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 level. The General Schedule (GS) salary table for Seattle can be found on the Office of Personnel Management website at opm.gov.

Please send a cover letter and resume to SeattleCSPEC@va.gov Applications will be accepted until the position is filled; however, materials received by 01/04/21 will be considered first.

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(12/17/20) 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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(12/17/20) Health Sciences Researcher – Data Scientist/Statistician - San Francisco, CA



The National VA Measurement Science Quality Enhancement Research Initiative (QUERI), located at the San Francisco VA, Department of Veterans Affairs, is recruiting a data scientist/biostatistician to conduct clinical research studies using data from the Department of Veterans Affairs Clinical Data Warehouse (CDW), the Center for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS) claims files, and various local and multi-site research projects. The incumbent will be responsible for, and critically important to, the overall management of a variety of collaborative research projects associated with electronic health record data extraction and analysis. The position is located at the San Francisco VA Medical Center.

Primary responsibilities

  • Collaborate with principal investigators and staff to develop research study design and identify key data elements from VA data sources and CMS
  • Perform analytics in large-scale datasets
  • Use programming tools of SQL, Python, Scala, and machine learning to design complex data extract systems and write supporting documentation
  • Create and merge datasets from raw data and write data analysis programs using Stata, SAS, and/or R
  • Manage, administer, and ensure data quality, security, and maintenance of data files and database systems from current and past studies
  • Independently determine and conduct the appropriate statistical methods to answer research questions
  • Supervise data analysts and provide education and guidance to more junior statisticians, validate study data, and troubleshoot any issues uncovered by staff
  • Contribute to publications and grant applications, prepare project reports and data presentations
  • Assist investigators with regulatory requirements

Qualifications

  • BS or MS in statistics, epidemiology, mathematics, or related field
  • Proficient in SAS, Stata, and/or R
  • Proficient in SQL, Python, and/or Scala
  • Experience with a wide range of statistical methods including multivariable linear and logistic regression, GEE and linear mixed models, survival analysis, propensity score methods, multiple imputation, repeated measures analyses, marginal structural modeling, LASSO, random forest regression, and meta-analysis
  • Knowledge of the various types of research study designs and familiarity with database design and management
  • Ability to work with text data
  • Ability to manage multiple projects with minimal supervision
  • Strong interpersonal, written, and oral communication, and organizational skills
  • Flexibility, adaptability, and the ability to work effectively in a team setting

Preferred qualifications

  • Familiarity with VA data systems, files, and data security
  • Experience using CMS data
  • Experience in health care delivery or public health

Application

To apply, email resume and cover letter to katherine.williams5@va.gov . Applications will be accepted and reviewed until the position is filled. The worksite is the San Francisco VA Medical Center and the position may be covered by a telework agreement (position is telework under current conditions). Candidates must be US citizens. Depending on the candidate’s experience, the target salary will be in the GS-12 range.

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(12/17/20) Health Sciences National Research Study Coordinator, EPIC3 Study - Seattle, WA



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

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

The Seattle ERIC is hiring a full-time National Research Study Coordinator. Our team at the Seattle ERIC coordinating center provides overall operational support and coordination to the 16 study sites nationwide. This position is based in Seattle, WA.

The National Research Study Coordinator will help advance the study’s scientific objectives and support dissemination of study findings in scientific manuscripts, under the direction of the Study Program Manager and Study Co-Chair.

Key duties include the following:

  • Coordinate development of a scientific publication strategy with the study leadership team and investigators
  • Manage scientific manuscript production, co-author and institutional review, and journal submission and review
  • Assist study Co-chair with scheduling, agenda setting, and development of materials for national and local study meetings
  • Contribute to management and maintenance of the Operations Manual
  • Assist with designing and developing standard operating procedures, databases, and study materials; maintain and troubleshoot tracking infrastructures
  • Ensure compliance with study protocol, including informed consent, safety, and data security requirements
  • Monitor subject recruitment and data collection activities at sites, identify deficiencies, recommend solutions, and take corrective action when required
  • Oversee data management and quality assurance/quality control procedures

Qualifications:

  • BA/BS or higher degree in a scientific- or health-related field required, Master’s level degree preferred
  • 1-4 years of work experience in clinical, epidemiological, or health services research required
    • If BA/BS, 2-4 years of research-related experience required
    • If higher degree, 1-2 years of research-related experience preferred
  • Experience with scientific writing and publication
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills with the ability to collaborate with a diverse group of researchers and staff
  • Excellent written communication skills
  • 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, Outlook) required; experience with Microsoft Access, Microsoft SharePoint and REDCap programs preferred

About the Seattle ERIC and VA CSP:

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

Learn more at:

Application information:

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

Please send a cover letter and resume to SeattleCSPEC@va.gov. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled; however, materials received by 12/09/2020 will be considered first.

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(12/17/20) Health Sciences Research Coordinator, EPIC3 Study - Seattle, WA



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

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

The Seattle ERIC is hiring several full-time Research Coordinators. Our team at the Seattle ERIC coordinating center provides overall operational support and coordination to the 16 study sites nationwide. Positions are based in Seattle, WA.

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

Key duties:

  • Design and develop standard operating procedures, databases, and study materials; maintain and troubleshoot tracking infrastructures
  • Serve as liaison between investigators, site personnel, consultants, and contractors
  • Virtually train study site personnel on operational procedures and protocols including participant tracking measures
  • Oversee data management and quality assurance/quality control procedures
  • Ensure compliance with study protocol, including informed consent, safety, and data security requirements
  • Ensure regulatory requirements are met, including completing R&D and IRB documentation and preparing for audits
  • Work closely with the EPIC3 coordinating team and study sites to ensure effective collaboration and maintain accurate data capture
  • Monitor subject recruitment and data collection activities at sites and take corrective action when required
  • Track study progress at sites, identify deficiencies, and recommend solutions
  • Prepare reports, presentations, and data summaries
  • Coordinate and facilitate local and national meetings and trainings
  • Provide training and guidance to Research Assistants

Qualifications:

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

About the Seattle ERIC and VA CSP:

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

Learn more at:

Application information:

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

Please send a cover letter and resume to SeattleCSPEC@va.gov. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled; however, materials received by 12/09/2020 will be considered first.

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(12/17/20) Assistant/Associate Professor in Health Services Research - New Orleans, LA



The LSU School of Medicine of the LSU Health Sciences Center is accepting applications for an academic faculty member to be appointed at the rank of Assistant or Associate Professor of Research. The incumbent will lead and collaborate on health services research in areas related to mental health, access to care, and population health, with a primary appointment to the Section on Community and Population Medicine at LSU School of Medicine and a secondary appointment to the South Central Mental Illness, Research, Education, and Clinical Center (MIRECC) at the Southeast Louisiana Veterans Healthcare System. This Assistant/Associate Professor – Research position will report to the Section Chief of Community and Population Medicine.

The incumbent will conduct the following specific essential duties:

  • Lead and collaborate on research related to one or more of the following priority areas: mental health; suicide prevention; homelessness; access to care; rural health; women’s health; opioid use disorder and pain treatment; population and whole health, including integrative medicine and patient-centered care; disability; individual and community mental health resilience; and health equity, including interventions for minority, underserved, or special populations and social determinants of health.
  • Develop, implement, and oversee research and quality improvement projects using epidemiological and/or community-engaged approaches, and quantitative, qualitative, or mixed-methods research approaches.
  • Publish, communicate, summarize, and disseminate research findings in print, online, video, or oral formats as assigned
  • Manage staff, students, or others as needed; conduct oversight of human subject protections/processes for projects as needed

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Doctorate in public health, psychology, social work, epidemiology, or related social sciences (e.g., anthropology, sociology)
  • 2+ years' experience in public, government and/or academic settings conducting relevant research (5+ years’ experience preferred)
  • Works well independently and as part of a team;
  • History of working independently;
  • Demonstrated experience in handling confidential and sensitive information;
  • Demonstrated experience in networking and working with diverse groups of people to solve common problems;
  • Ability to hold joint appointment at LSU and the Department of Veterans Affairs through a Memorandum of Understanding.
  • Successful history of independent funding, including funding through VA and/or DoD preferred.

APPLICANT INSTRUCTIONS:

Qualified applicants must submit a cover letter, current curriculum vitae, which includes previous and current experience and contact information for 3-4 professional references.

ADDITIONAL POSITION INFORMATION:

LSUHSC offers a competitive salary and benefit package. Primary appointment will be at LSU with a secondary appointment will be at the Department of Veterans Affairs. Eligible relocation costs may be covered.

Position will remain open until filled.

The LSUHSC School of Medicine in New Orleans encourages women and minority candidates to submit applications for this position.

LSUHSC is an Equal Opportunity Employer for females, minorities, individuals with disabilities and protected veterans.

Apply Online

QUESTIONS:

For questions, please contact Dr. Gala True at Jennifer.True2@va.gov .  

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(12/16/20) Director - Center for Mental Healthcare and Outcomes Research - Little Rock, AR



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

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

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

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

All inquiries will be handled in strict confidence.  

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

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

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(12/15/20) Health Economist - 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 a Health Economist Researcher 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.

Salary will be dependent upon qualifications.

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

Tasks and Responsibilities

  • Develop program objectives, strategies and study methods on health care
  • Design and execute research studies to guide effective use of information and resources
  • Lead and direct plans to calculate various costs related to health care
  • Utilize research programs on health economic topics
  • Suggest new health outcomes for treatment and prevention of health issues
  • Evaluate current and proposed strategies and interpret findings
  • Communicate economic assessment results to appropriate internal audiences
  • Perform economic analysis and model plans for health-care programs
  • Communicate and distribute academic literature, presentations and reports on research findings to update about new issues, solutions and other topics
  • Provide lectures or educational sessions to educate about health economics

Education Required

A health economist should possess minimum qualifications in order to qualify for such a position. PhD required in health economics, health policy, or the related branch of study with two years of work experience.

Skills Required

  • Knowledge of the health-care industry and U.S. health system
  • Good understanding of the subject of economics and international relations
  • Right balance of mathematical and analytical aptitude to comprehend the economic aspects thoroughly
  • Excellent research skills and ability to analyze findings to make appropriate use
  • Clear understanding of the country’s health economy
  • Abreast with the national economic policies and its impact on the health-care sector
  • Understand and apply mathematical concepts
  • Fluent verbal and written communication skills
  • Possess strong leadership and management skills
  • Ability to work on multiple projects and meet deadlines
  • Strong orientation to team work
  • Experience in successful implementation of plans and achievement of objectives
  • Ability to think analytically and strategically

Additional Qualification

  • Applicants must be a United States Citizen.
  • Ability to work effectively as a member of an interdisciplinary team.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communications skills in both written and spoken English.

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

Please reference “Health Economist” in subject line.

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(12/15/20) Human Subjects Research Project Manager, Digital Team - Seattle, WA



The Seattle Epidemiologic Research and Information Center (ERIC) Digital Team within the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is accepting applications for a full-time Project Manager.  

The Seattle ERIC Digital Team is focused on two goals:

  1. Reducing the complexity of research by consolidating and clearly presenting information about human subjects protections and VA research operations
  2. Telling the story of Seattle ERIC research and Seattle ERIC-led VA Cooperative Studies Program (CSP) initiatives in a clear and compelling way on public facing VA websites

This position reports to the Digital Team Program Manager.

Key duties for this position include:

  • Implementing and managing content strategy for multiple VA research sites including internal SharePoint sites and public facing websites, such as
    • Documenting operations processes to clarify the structure, purpose, boundaries, accountability, and workflows for each site
    • Reviewing for quality control through page audits and recommending changes based on results
    • Thinking strategically about how content is produced and managed to promote efficiency
  • Designing content that makes complex research language and research-related processes easier to understand, such as
    • Synthesizing human subjects research policies and research guidance information from multiple sources or breaking down that information into more manageable pieces
    • Partnering with subject matter experts in IRB, R&D, Privacy, Information Security, IT, and Data Management to create clear and accurate information
    • Implementing internal style guides and following VA content principles
    • Researching, confirming, and sourcing content ideas (often drawing on professional relationships with subject matter experts)
    • Participating in team content reviews and providing critique based on plain language
    • Writing using plain language concepts
  • Creating materials about research or operations activities for non-VA, non-research audiences, such as
    • Doing independent background research including informal interviews and reviewing and interpreting other source materials
    • Writing using storytelling skills to promote a concept, set a vision, or educate readers about research
  • Maintaining multiple VA websites and publishing all content within those sites (currently SharePoint Online and TeamSite), such as
    • Creating, modifying, and customizing SharePoint pages, libraries, lists, or views
    • Confidently problem solving in a web space bound by regulatory restrictions
    • Documenting maintenance and publishing processes
  • Approaching and understanding problems through human centered design principles and methods, such as
    • Understanding basic human centered design or UX research methods and when to use them
    • Carrying out, analyzing, and following through on user research
  • Understanding the needs of and building ongoing relationships with site stakeholders, such as
    • Understanding how to work with different stakeholder groups
    • Communicating strategies, user research evidence, and suggestions effectively
    • Maintaining awareness of stakeholder needs
  • Ongoing relationship building across CSP, facility, and other research groups, such as
    • Participating in calls or workgroups to learn about user needs and identify content opportunities
    • Maintaining existing and establishing new connections with a variety of subject matter experts for collaboration and consultation
    • Contributing to cross functional group efforts to improve research processes and efficiency

Qualities and skills of an ideal candidate

  • BA/BS or higher degree in a scientific- or health-related field such as epidemiology required; Master’s level degree preferred
    • 4-6 years of experience with federally funded human subjects research (such as health services, epidemiological, clinical, or rehab research) and ability to show an understanding of its complexity required
      • If BA/BS, 5-6 years of research-related experience required
      • If higher degree, 4-5 years of research-related experience preferred
    • Demonstrated empathetic, clear, and thoughtful communicator
    • Demonstrated ability to effectively lead and manage projects
    • Experience building internal systems that support attention to detail and quality control
    • Strong Microsoft Office Suite skills, especially SharePoint Online, Office365, and OneNote
    • Confidence with web technology
    • Knowledge of web standards, accessibility, and usability
    • Understands the challenges of and skilled in problem solving technology issues within an environment that’s bound by regulatory restrictions
    • Experience publishing material through a web platform or content management system
    • Demonstrated curiosity and willingness to learn

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

For more about the Seattle ERIC: https://www.seattle.eric.research.va.gov/

For more about the VA Cooperative Studies Program: https://www.vacsp.research.va.gov/

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 GS-11, 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; however, materials received by December 29, 2020 will be considered first. Only complete applications will be considered.

This position is based in Seattle, WA. The possibility of telework may be considered.

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(12/15/20) Clinician Investigator in General Internal Medicine - Portland, OR



The Section of General Medicine at VA Portland  Health Care System (VAPORHCS) is looking for a Clinician-Investigator to join a vibrant group of clinical and health services researchers with interdisciplinary and cross institution collaborations. A record of advanced training in research or academic productivity as a Clinician-Investigator is required. All areas of research relevant to general internal medicine are welcome, including health services research, systematic review and evidence synthesis, quality improvement, health disparities, mental health, chronic illness management, patient-centered care, comparative effectiveness, clinical epidemiology, and public health. Preference will be given for those who are mid-career or senior investigators. Successful candidates will have or be eligible for an academic appointment at Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU). Depending on an applicant’s experience and interests, there are opportunities for research and administrative leadership roles.

VAPORHCS is a 240-bed tertiary acute and chronic care hospital and referral center for VISN 20 in the VA system, which includes Oregon, Idaho, Washington and Alaska.  VAPORHCS is the major affiliate teaching and research hospital for OHSU. Hired physicians will join a dynamic, highly collaborative group of clinicians, educators and researchers, and will be included as core investigators in the multidisciplinary Center to Improve Veteran Involvement in Care (CIVIC), a VA Health Services Research & Development (HSR&D) Center of Innovation (COIN). We offer a highly competitive salary and benefits package. The academic community includes the Veterans Rural Health Research Center,  Coordinating Center for the VA HSR&D Evidence Synthesis Program (ESP), Scientific Resource Center (SRC) for the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality’s (AHRQ) Evidence-based Practice Center (EPC) program, and Cochrane US West.  Our academic affiliate, OHSU, is home to the Oregon Clinical and Translational Research Institute (OCTRI), a NIH funded Clinical and Translational Science Awards (CTSA) program, Center for Health System Effectiveness, Oregon Rural Practice-based Research Network (OPRN) among others.

The scope of clinical practice may include direct care of patients in the primary care clinic and/or hospital, as well as oversight of the education and training of residents and medical students in the inpatient or outpatient setting.

Applicants must be US citizens and board certified/board eligible in Internal Medicine.  This position may require a pre-employment physical and drug test. The United States government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.

We value a diverse and culturally competent workforce. We are proud of our commitment to be an equal opportunity organization that does not discriminate against applicants based on any protected class status. Individuals with diverse backgrounds and those who promote diversity and a culture of inclusion are encouraged to apply. Applicants should submit a current CV and cover letter outlining their experience in research and clinical practice and their career goals to Martha Gerrity at martha.gerrity@va.gov

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(12/11/20) Health Science Specialist - Scientific Program Manager Oncology - Washington, DC



This position is located in the Office of Research and Development (ORD), Veterans Health Administration (VHA), VA Central Office under the Clinical Science Research and Development (CSR&D) Service which is one of four components that comprise ORD.

The position serves as the Scientific Portfolio Manager Oncology. This position manages the oncology research portfolio and works closely with others, including the Precision Oncology Senior Program Manager for Research and the Biomedical Laboratory Research and Development Service, to develop a comprehensive strategic plan for identifying and addressing enterprise-wide clinical and biomedical research needs.

Closing date: 12/31/2020

See https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/586660100 for complete details.

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(12/11/20) Statistical Programmer - Hines, IL



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.  We are seeking someone 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 

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 III multi-site clinical trials
  • 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. 

Statistical Programmer

Mathematical Statistician, GS-11, Full-time

Salary Range: $70,987 to $92,281 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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(11/18/20) Director, HSR&D Center of Innovation for Complex Chronic Healthcare - Hines, IL



U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Research and Development Program at Edward Hines, Jr. VA Hospital (VAH), Hines, IL is recruiting a Director, Center of Innovation for Complex Chronic Healthcare (CINCCH), Center of Innovation (COIN). The COIN is one of 19 Health Services Research centers funded in the VA system and is located 8 miles west of downtown Chicago. The aim of VA Health Services Research is to examine the organization, financing, and management of health care and their effects on health care delivery, cost, access, utilization and outcomes.

CINCCH consists of an interdisciplinary group of 18 core and affiliated researchers in the fields of medicine, sociology, psychology, health economics, organizational behavior, demography, public health, statistics, gerontology, and medical decision making. Much of our grant funding comes from intramural VA funding, but also from other government and private foundation sources.  CINCCH is affiliated with three major Chicago Health Science Universities, (Loyola University, University of Illinois at Chicago, and Northwestern University), and includes investigators and offices at both Hines VAH and Jesse Brown VAMC campuses.  Hines VAH is adjacent to Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood. Jesse Brown VAMC is located adjacent to the University of Illinois. CINCCH’s research program mission is to enhance quality of care, safety, and value for Veterans. This position is open to those with a professional doctoral level degree (e.g. MD, PhD, PharmD). Depending on applicant qualifications and interests, an academic appointment will be pursued at one of our affiliated universities.

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

All inquiries will be handled in strict confidence. 

Interested candidates should submit a letter of inquiry and CV to, Cindi Fiandaca at Cindi.Fiandaca@va.gov

Contact information: Cindi Fiandaca
Administrative Officer Center of Innovation for Complex Chronic Healthcare (CINCCH)
Edward Hines Jr. VA Hospital
5000 S. 5th Ave. (151H)
Hines, IL 60141
Office: 708-202-2331

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(11/17/20) Chief of Biostatistics - Hines, IL



The VA Cooperative Studies Program (CSP) is anticipating a new recruitment effort!

In the coming weeks, CSP intends to recruit for a Chief of Biostatistics 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 Chief of Biostatistics reports to the Hines CSP Center Director and is responsible for planning, overseeing, and implementing strategies to ensure effective and efficient direction of the Biostatistics section of the Hines Cooperative Studies Program Coordinating Center. Specifically, the Chief is responsible for supervising, training, and mentoring the Biostatistics section. The Chief oversees the design of statistical analysis plans for clinical trials assigned to the center; performs and provides oversight to biostatistical analysis of clinical trials data; prepares responses to regulatory agency questions related to statistical and other aspects of clinical trials; and analyzes data and contributes to publication of findings. Responsibilities also include conducting strategic planning in biostatistics; identifying and monitoring projects; overseeing clinical trial methods, design, and analysis; collaborating with stakeholders and identifying new methodologies; performing analysis of clinical trial data; leading the preparation of manuscripts and reports; developing and evaluating biostatistical resources for the Center; presenting study results to internal and external audiences; collaborating across sections such as project management, quality, and informatics; providing leadership on day-to-day study operations; and analyzing problems, formulating solutions, and presenting recommendations. Desired skills include proficient management of human resources and providing feedback on performance, advanced knowledge of biostatistical and clinical trials methods, clear communication of technical information, and a commitment to effective communication with customers and quality services.

This summary represents an informal snapshot of the envisioned position.

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

Chief of Biostatistics

Supervisory Statistician (Medicine), GS-1530-14, Full-time

Salary Range: $119,559 to $155,424 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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(11/17/20) Associate Center Director for Technical Operations - Hines, IL



The VA Cooperative Studies Program (CSP) is anticipating a new recruitment effort!

In the coming weeks, CSP intends to recruit for an Associate Center Director for Technical Operations (ACDTO) 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 Associate Center Director for Technical Operations (ACDTO) reports to the Hines CSP Center Director and is responsible for and is responsible for planning, overseeing, and implementing strategies to ensure effective and efficient direction of the Data Management and Programming section of the Hines Cooperative Studies Program Coordinating Center. Specifically, responsibilities include providing direct management, with technical and administrative supervision of the data management and programming section. The ACDTO serves as a liaison between the personnel at participating study sites and the CSP Coordinating Center, including study planning, design of data collection instruments, day-to-day supervision of clinical trials, development and oversight of data management systems and analysis software, and semi-annual reporting of study progress. Responsibilities also include designing and applying customized computer techniques to data collection and analysis; representing the agency as an expert in data management and programming; and serving as an expert-level consultant to agency officials as an authority on computer program methods, providing consultation and technical advice on statistical techniques. Desired skills include knowledge of the principles, procedures, and tools of data management; planning and monitoring work assignments, and providing feedback on others’ performance; knowledge of modeling techniques, data backup, data recovery, data dictionaries, and standardization processes; ability to apply methods and tools for coordinating, monitoring, evaluating, and managing technical projects; and ability to formulate effective strategies and conduct strategic planning with a long-term perspective.

This summary represents an informal snapshot of the envisioned position.

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

Associate Center Director for Technical Operations

Supervisory Statistician (Medicine), GS-1530-13, Full-time

Salary Range: $101,176 to $131,532 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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(11/09/20) Supervisory Program Specialist (HRPP Administrator) - Long Beach, CA



The Supervisory Program Specialist (Human Research Protection Program Administrator) serves as the primary institutional contact for human research protection and human research projects. The incumbent is responsible for the management of the Human Research Protection Program (HRPP), including general administration, planning, and oversight of all matters related to research involving human subjects.

Closing date: 01/05/2021

See https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/583415500 for details.

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(10/23/20) Core Investigator / Assistant Professor WOT - Seattle, WA



The University of Washington (UW) Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, and the HSR&D Center of Innovation (COIN) at the VA Puget Sound Healthcare System are jointly recruiting a full-time (100% FTE) VA Core Investigator and university faculty member at the rank of Assistant Professor WOT (Without tenure due to Funding) on the Faculty Scientist pathway.  The position will be based at the VA Puget Sound Health Care System (VAPSHCS) in Seattle.  The successful candidate may also have clinical responsibilities at VAPSHCS, if desired. The degree requirement is a PhD in Clinical Psychology (or equivalent) and clinical licensure.  US citizen status is required. The intended length of appointment for this position is indefinite.  The position does not include UW salary support, and is paid directly through the VA.  Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. This position is contingent on available funding. The successful applicant is expected to support themselves though existing grants, such as a VA Career Development Award or NIH K award.

We seek applicants with experience conducting research on expertise in improving social support among veterans with PTSD.  In addition, we seek applicants who exhibit potential for a distinguished record of scholarship, and have a track record of success in securing competitive grant funding. The successful applicant will also have the ability to work in collaborative, interdisciplinary research teams, and across institutions, and to conduct research that will contribute to the COIN and UW priorities.  The successful applicant will be eligible to apply for research funding from the extensive VA HSR&D research programs (www.hsrd.research.va.gov) as well as other funding sources.

The COIN (www.pugetsound.hsrd.research.va.gov) is a nationally-renowned health services research program located jointly in Seattle and Denver with an extensive portfolio of more than 100 research projects led by 35 core investigators, an annual budget of $20 million, and a training program for both MD and PhD postdoctoral researchers. The COIN’s objective is to conduct research to improve the delivery of health services to Veterans.  The Division of Population Health, in the UW Department of Psychiatry has 25 investigators, a portfolio of 15 projects, an annual budget of $10 million, as well as and an NIMH funded T32 Fellowship Program for clinician scientists.  The Division of Population health is dedicated to improving the health of the public by developing, testing, evaluating, and implementing effective behavioral health interventions across the entire spectrum of health care delivery.

Please submit CV and cover letter to pbfac@uw.edu. For additional information about this position, please contact pbfac@uw.edu.

The University of Washington and VAPSHCS are affirmative action, equal opportunity employers. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, protected veteran or disabled status, or genetic information. The University is building a culturally diverse faculty and staff and strongly encourages applications from women, minorities, individuals with disabilities and covered veterans.  University of Washington faculty engage in teaching, research, and service.

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(10/23/20) Infectious Diseases Physician Researcher - Boise, ID



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

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

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

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

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(10/07/20) Assistant, Associate, or Full Professor in the Research Scholar Track (Non-Tenure), Implementation Science - Providence, RI



The Center for Gerontology & Healthcare Research at Brown University invites applications for a new research faculty position in implementation and dissemination science at the Assistant, Associate, or Full Professor level. The non-tenure track, academic appointment will be to the Department of Health Services, Policy & Practice.

Review of applications will begin on 12/1/2020 and will continue until an appropriate candidate is identified or the search is closed.

See https://apply.interfolio.com/79452 for details.

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Fellowships

(01/28/21) Post-Doctoral Fellow (Neuroscience, biomedical engineering) - Detroit, MI



A Postdoctoral position is available in the Molecular Anatomy of Central Sensory Systems (MACS) Laboratory of Avril Holt at Wayne State University. Studies focus on neural circuitry and mechanisms of hearing and vestibular function. The postdoctoral fellow will lead a project to investigate the influence of noise on auditory or vestibular related central pathways.

See https://bit.ly/2MviYjZ for complete details.

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(01/12/21) Postdoctoral and research associate positions (Sleep and cortical oscillations) - Boston, MA



Postdoctoral and research associate positions are available in the laboratory of Dr. Ritchie E. Brown at the West Roxbury campus of VA Boston Healthcare System. Projects involve preclinical studies of the brain circuitry which controls sleep, wakefulness and cortical oscillations in mice and applying this knowledge to mouse models of neurological and psychiatric disorders affecting veterans. Positions are open to US citizens and permanent residents – please indicate your status when applying. Applicants should send: 1) a cover letter describing the reasons for your interest in this position; 2) a CV/bibliography which explains your scientific background and technical abilities; and 3) the contact details of 3 referees to Ritchie_Brown@hms.harvard.edu or Ritchie.Brown@va.gov.

All qualified applicants will be considered without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, or any other federal, state or local protected class. Salary is commensurate with experience and qualifications and will be based on VA/NIH guidelines. Start date is negotiable.

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(01/12/21) Postdoctoral/research associate (Cancer) - Boston, MA



Principal Investigator: Chong-xian Pan M.D., Ph.D., M.S.

Job description: One postdoctoral position is immediately available to conduct translational research of cancer immunology, cancer-specific nanotheranostics and targeted therapy in bladder cancer. We have developed several ligands targeting bladder cancer cells and cancer stem cells. Nanoparticles coated with these cancer-targeting ligands can potentially be used for diagnosis, imaging and targeted therapy of cancer, and potentiate immunotherapy. Other projects in the lab include development of targeted therapy using patient-derived cancer models, identification and molecular dissection of chemoresistance and cancer in vivo imaging. The applicant must have a Ph.D. and/or M.D. in immunology, molecular biology, biochemistry, or related field, and experience in molecular and cell biology including cell culture and animal models.

This position is open to US citizens and permanent residents.

Lab location: VA West Roxbury, 1400 VFW Parkway, West Roxbury, MA 02132

Applicants should submit curriculum vitae, including a list of publications, a description of their research activity and contact information of three referees to:

Chong-xian Pan M.D., Ph.D. M.S.
Faculty of Medicine, Harvard Medical School
Staff Physician, VA Boston Healthcare System
Email: Chongxian_pan@hms.harvard.edu

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(10/26/20) Postdoctoral Health Services Research Fellowship - Providence, RI



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

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

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

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

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

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

For more information, please contact Elizabeth Archambault at Elizabeth.Archambault@va.gov or call 401-273-7100 ext. 6456.

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(10/26/20) Women’s Health Fellowship - Pittsburgh, PA



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

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

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

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

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(10/23/20) Advanced Postdoctoral Fellowship in Interprofessional Polytrauma and Traumatic Brain Injury Rehabilitation Research for Associated Health Professionals - Washington, DC



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

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

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

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(10/20/20) Postdoctoral Fellow Position in Exercise Physiology - East Orange, NJ



The War Related Illness and Injury Study Center (WRIISC)

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

Qualified Applicants:

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

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

Highlights of the Postdoctoral Fellowship:

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

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

Contact Information:

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

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(09/29/20) Data Science Fellowship - Location TBD



The Big Data Scientist Training Enhancement Program (BD-STEP) is a two-year fellowship offered through the National Cancer Institute (NCI) and the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) that uses data science to advance cancer research and patient care. Competitively selected postdoctoral fellows are placed in four VA medical centers across the country to work with clinicians and interdisciplinary researchers to address important patient-centered health challenges. Fellows have unique opportunity to unitlize the extensive VA health data infrastructure while gaining valuable exposure to the clinical environment.

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. See brochure for details.

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