Office of Research & Development

Employment

Use this forum to advertise available positions in your program.  Requests can be submitted to the VA R&D web team at ORD.Web@va.gov.

Please note that this section is updated monthly. The following positions are still open as of 12/01/18.

For additional VA opportunities, please visit the USAJobs website.



(12/10/18) Research coordinator (clinical and epidemiological studies) - Boston, MA



Full-time Project Coordinator position available at VA Boston Healthcare System, with collaborations with Harvard School of Public Health and Boston University School of Public Health.  Research is focused on epidemiologic studies related to respiratory health (COPD), physical activity promotion, spinal cord injury, and osteoporosis.  Duties include conducting analyses with the guidance of senior investigators, supervising and supporting research assistants, preparing regulatory documents for internal and external oversight entities, coordinating communication with collaborators, and assisting with the design of new projects, abstracts, and presentations.  There is opportunity to actively participate in writing research papers.  The coordinator may also participate in the primary collection of outcomes data from human subjects via either the telephone or in person. 

MPH/MS in Public Health, Epidemiology, or an equivalent field is required.  The candidate must have an understanding of biostatistics and working knowledge of SAS.

Please send your cover letter and resume to: Rebekah Goldstein, MPH at Rebekah.goldstein@va.gov

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(12/07/18) Research Assistant / Research Specialist - Seattle, WA



The Seattle Epidemiologic Research and Information Center (ERIC), a component of the Veterans Affairs (VA) Cooperative Studies Program (CSP), is hiring full-time entry-level Research Assistants or Research Specialists.

Interested in helping to enhance the health and care of our United States Veterans? Looking for meaningful work in a collaborative environment that produces innovative and effective solutions to Veteran and national healthcare problems through multi-site cooperative research studies?

Key responsibilities include the following:

  • Provide daily operational/administrative support to meet research objectives;
  • Conduct recruitment telephone calls to research participants;
  • Assemble informational and recruitment mailing packets to research participants;
  • Assist with the development of study materials, IRB documentation, and standard operating procedures;
  • Schedule and prepare materials and agendas for local and national meetings; and
  • Assist with maintaining and updating study databases.

To apply, send a cover letter and a resume to SeattleCSPEC@va.gov.  Candidates must be U.S. citizens.  Applications will be accepted and reviewed until the positions are filled; however, materials will be considered starting December 21, 2018.

Ideal candidates for the advertised positions will have the following attributes:

  • Experience with customer service, particularly by telephone;
  • Strong organizational skills; excellent written and verbal communication skills; and
  • Proficiency in MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook.

Preferred attributes:

  • Experience with MS Access and REDCap
  • Advanced Excel Skills

Salary will be based on the candidate’s experience and education.  Salaries for these positions range from grades GS-5 through GS-7. 

For more information about the Center’s research, please visit the ERIC website, http://www.seattle.eric.research.va.gov.  For more information about CSP and the VA Office of Research and Development, see the CSP website, http://www.research.va.gov/programs/csp/default.cfm.

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(11/28/18) Statistician - Ann Arbor, MI



The National Center for Patient Safety (NCPS) has an opening for a Statistician (GS-1530-13) located in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The position is being announced concurrently for status candidates and the public. The duty location is Ann Arbor, MI and is not a virtual position.

Status candidates (Career, Career-Conditional, Reinstatement and those under Special Hiring Authorities). 

Click on the link to view the announcement: Statistician - Status Candidates

The closing date is Tuesday, December 11, 2018.

Please note: The Statistician position has a basic educational requirement and the applicant must hold a degree that included 15 semester hours in statistics (or in mathematics and statistics, provided at least 6 semester hours were in statistics), and 9 additional semester hours in one or more of the following: physical or biological sciences, medicine, education, or engineering; or in the social sciences including demography, history, economics, social welfare, geography, international relations, social or cultural anthropology, health sociology, political science, public administration, psychology, etc. Credit toward meeting statistical course requirements should be given for courses in which 50 percent of the course content appears to be statistical methods, e.g., courses that included studies in research methods in psychology or economics such as tests and measurements or business cycles, or courses in methods of processing mass statistical data such as tabulating methods or electronic data processing.

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(11/28/18) Health Science Officer - Washington, DC



This position is within Clinical Science Research and Development (CSR&D) Service, Office of Research and Development, at VA Central Office in Washington, D.C. The Service is one of four components of the Office of R&D within the Veterans Health Administration, Department of Veterans Affairs. CSR&D supports human studies research including interventional and effectiveness studies, and clinical, epidemiological and technical studies of disorders/diseases of importance to the health of Veterans.

Responsibilities

Some of the duties and responsibilities of this position include (but are not limited to):

  • Advises and supports the Director/Deputy Director of CSR&D in the planning, development, and operation of the CSR&D Services;
  • Serves as principal advisor on development in a particular area of research;
  • Acts as a liaison to represent the agency's capabilities to outside researchers;
  • Analyzes the needs, strategic plans, and goals of CSR&D and makes recommendations for new directives, initiatives, policies, and procedures;

See https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/518834600 for complete details.

Closing date: 12/13/2018

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(11/19/18) Physician (Associate Chief of Staff for Research and Development) - Bedford, MA



This position functions as the Associate Chief of Staff for Research and Development (ACOS/R&D) at the Edith Nourse Rogers Memorial Veterans Hospital.

Some duties may include:

  • Administration and over site of the facility's Research and Development, including the operations of the R&D Committee and its subcommittees
  • Supervisory responsibilities to include completion of performance evaluations, proficiency reports, time and attendance requirements, qualifications and competency of staff, recommendations for staffing, space and other resources
  • Recommending to the medical staff the criteria for clinical privileges in the department
  • Conducting peer reviews for quality improvement and/or resource utilization purposes on an ongoing basis
  • Participation with the Hospital Director and Chief of Staff in the management of the hospital's health care programs, particularly in those areas where integration of the R&D programs can have a beneficial effect either directly or indirectly on patient care

Closing date: 12/14/2018

See https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/516841900 for complete details.

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(11/15/18) Academic General Internist, Internal Medicine - Minneapolis, MN



The Minneapolis VA Health Care System (VAHCS) seeks academic general internists with health services research expertise to join the section of General Internal Medicine and the internationally recognized Center for Care Delivery and Outcomes Research (CCDOR). Successful candidates will dedicate 75% effort to research activities and 25% effort to inpatient or outpatient clinical effort.

Essential qualifications include excellent interpersonal communication, creative problem-solving skills, ability to work with multidisciplinary teams, and demonstrated expertise in comparative effectiveness, implementation, or health services research. Candidates should have advanced methodological training, such as that provided by a general internal medicine or health services research fellowship and should be BC/BE in Internal Medicine. This position offers an academic appointment at the University of Minnesota, VA competitive salary, performance pay and excellent benefits package. Recruitment incentives are authorized for this position, as appropriate. The successful candidate may be eligible to apply for the Education Debt Reduction Program which may allow the applicant to be reimbursed for up to $120,000 over 5 years of service for medical school debt.

The Minneapolis VAHCS is a large, multi-specialty, tertiary care facility providing a full range of patient care services with state-of-the-art technology. The Minneapolis VAHCS is an essential training site for both the University of Minnesota Medical School and Residency Programs. CCDOR is a VA HSR&D Center of Innovation with a large, experienced, cadre of internationally renowned investigators, internal statistics and data management expertise, and extensive research support infrastructure.

The Twin Cities Metro Area is consistently voted one of the best places to live and work in the nation. Minnesota has a robust, diverse economy and a long-standing commitment to education. The Twin Cities has a thriving arts scene and excellent outdoor recreational opportunities as well as four beautiful seasons to enjoy them in.

Interested candidates should submit a letter of inquiry and curriculum vitae to: Steven Fu, MD, MSCE (Steven.Fu@va.gov), CCDOR Director.

View USAJobs ad https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/515281000.

Closing date: 12/28/2018

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(11/13/18) Statistician - San Francisco, CA



This position will be located at the San Francisco VA Medical Center.

POSITION DEFINITION:

The Veterans Health Research Institute is seeking a full-time statistician to join an active research program focused on using “big data” to construct cohorts and answer clinically relevant questions in the public health field. Individuals with a background in epidemiology, statistics, health services research or related field are welcome to apply to join a general medicine/public health focused research program based in the San Francisco VA. This job involves working directly with UCSF/ SFVA Faculty.

Current studies include:

  • Mimicking a clinical trial using national VA and Medicare data
  • Examining the role of social determinants of health on outcomes
  • A new area of research for the lab includes examining the association of cannabis use with health outcomes (see https://phprg.ucsf.edu/), and examining public opinion on beliefs and attitudes towards cannabis use.

The incumbent will be responsible for developing analysis plans, performing and interpreting statistical analyses, and contributing to research publications and presentations. 

Essential Functions:

  • Data extraction and data cleaning to create analytic datasets
  • Conduct statistical analyses
  • Contribute to research publications and presentations
  • Team work

Job Requirements:

  • MS in biostatistics, epidemiology, data science or related field
  • At least 2 years prior experience in the analysis of clinical data with experience in large database analyses
  • Experience in programming and cleaning data
  • Proficient in SAS, Stata or R
  • Proficient in SQL
  • 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, marginal structural modeling and meta-analysis.
  • Strong computer skills and ability to apply study-specific software
  • Ability to work with text data a plus
  • Strong interpersonal, written/oral communication, and organizational skills
  • Able to manage multiple projects with minimal supervision
  • Ability to work independently as well as part of a team

For more information about NCIRE, The Veterans Health Research Institute, please visit us at www.ncire.org

For complete details about this position and to apply, go to https://rew21.ultipro.com/NOR1032/jobboard/JobDetails.aspx?__ID=*68B15E0C6D15A1F9.

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(11/08/18) Senior Statistician - San Francisco, CA



This position will be located at the San Francisco VA Medical Center.

POSITION DEFINITION:

We are seeking a full-time statistician, epidemiologist or health services  researcher  to  join  an  active research program focused on using “big data” to answer clinically relevant questions in the  public  health field. Researchers  with a background in epidemiology,  statistics, health services  research or related field    are welcome to apply to join a general medicine/public health focused research program based in the San Francisco VA. This job involves working directly with UCSF researchers and SFVA Faculty.

Current studies include:

  • Mimicking a clinical trial using national VA and Medicare data
  • Examining the role of social determinants of health on outcomes
  • Research on health outcomes in patients with posttraumatic stress disorder
  • A new area of research for the lab includes examining the association of cannabis use with health outcomes (see https://phprg.ucsf.edu/), and examining public opinion on beliefs and attitudes towards cannabis use.

Essential Functions and responsibilities:

  • Developing cohorts
  • Providing advice on best statistical approaches to different questions
  • Conducting analyses
  • Contribute to research publications and presentations
  • Assist in developing pilot data for grant proposals

Opportunities for skill development and career enhancement are available as part of this position. Candidates with a PhD with an interest in academia who demonstrate a clear track record of academic excellence could potentially transition from a staff appointment to an academic appointment and develop an independent research program

Job Requirements:

  • Masters or PhD in biostatistics, epidemiology, data science or related field
  • At least 5 years prior experience in the analysis of clinical data with experience in large database analyses
  • Experience cleaning data sources based on data collected during routine care (i.e., EHR data)
  • Experience in scientific writing
  • Proficient in SAS, Stata or R
  • Strong computer skills and ability to apply study-specific software
  • Ability to work with text data a plus
  • Past experience using VA data a plus
  • Strong interpersonal, written/oral communication, and organizational skills
  • Able to manage multiple projects with minimal supervision
  • 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, marginal structural modeling and meta-analysis.
  • Excellent interpersonal and written/oral communication skills
  • Ability to work independently as well as part of a team

For more information about NCIRE -- The Veterans Health Research Institute or to apply for this exciting opportunity, please visit us at www.ncire.org or you may apply here directly.

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(10/03/18) Associate Center Director – Scientific Operations - Seattle, WA



The Seattle Epidemiologic Research and Information Center (ERIC), Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), is conducting an open search for an Associate Center Director of Scientific Operations.  The candidate will be an epidemiologist leading designated Center scientific and administrative responsibilities. The Seattle ERIC is based at the VA Puget Sound Health Care System, and is 1 of 5 epidemiologic research centers in the national VA Cooperative Studies Program (CSP). The scientific portfolio of the Center includes 4 CSP studies (https://www.research.va.gov/programs/csp/): (1) Vietnam-Era Twin (VET) Registry, a registry of 14,632 male-male twins with large and expanding data and biospecimen repositories; (2) National Vietnam Veteran Longitudinal Study (NVVLS-R), a longitudinal study of male and female Veterans; (3) Millennium Cohort VA Follow-Up Study, a Department of Defense collaboration of deployment health of those served after 2000; and (4) Service and Health Among Deployed Veterans (SHADE), a multi-site cohort study to characterize the impact of deployment to Iraq and Afghanistan on the respiratory health of Veterans. Also included in the portfolio are Seattle ERIC investigator-initiated research programs funded by VA and by the National Institutes of Health.

The duties of the Associate Center Director are multi-fold and include the following:

  1. Assume responsibilities for the oversight and integration of the Center’s analytic activities with its research activities. The Associate Center Director of Scientific Operations will bring epidemiologic scientific expertise to the research program and will help assure high-quality science and project successes.
  2. Assume administrative leadership and scientific leadership of the Vietnam-Era Twin (VET) Registry and the National Vietnam Veteran Longitudinal Study Registry.  
  3. Provide leadership to new and ongoing CSP initiatives. This includes the Integrated Veteran Epidemiologic Study Data Resource (INVESTD-R), the CSP Epidemiology Analytics Resource (CSPEAR) program, and new initiatives to better integrate epidemiologic research with the mission of the VA.
  4. In the absence of the Center Director, serve as the primary scientific liaison with VA Central Office and direct all Center scientific activities.
  5. Other administrative and leadership responsibilities that may be assigned to fulfill the mission of the CSP Center.

Ideal candidates will have the following attributes:

  • Doctoral-level training in epidemiology or a related field
  • 3 or more years of experience conducting independent epidemiologic research in areas related to the health of Veterans, such as:
    • Chronic diseases
    • Mental health
    • Genetics
  • Understanding of the VA research program and VA health care
  • Strong analytic knowledge and skills
  • Ability to think critically about scientific and administrative planning and execution
  • Strong leadership and interpersonal skills

The position is full-time (1.00 FTE). Candidates must be U.S. citizens. Education and experience will be evaluated by VA Human Resources to determine if the top candidate meets the criteria for GS-13 position.

Please send a cover letter and resume to SeattleCSPEC@va.gov. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled; however, materials received by October 19, 2018 will be considered first.

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

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(09/20/18) MS Biostatistician - Seattle, WA



The Seattle Epidemiologic Research and Information Center (ERIC), Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is recruiting one or more master’s-level Biostatisticians to work with an experienced and growing group of researchers committed to high-quality epidemiologic research using large, complex health data to address Veterans health issues. The Center is one of five epidemiologic centers within the VA Cooperative Studies Program (CSP), prioritizing a collegial, collaborative, learning-based research environment.

The Center is recruiting for a full-time statistical position to support the core research mission of the ERIC, which is to coordinate and conduct large observational, epidemiologic research studies of Veterans and Veteran twins, specifically addressing deployment, environmental, genetic, and clinical exposures. The position provides biostatistical support to Center studies under the supervision of the PhD Biostatistician. Primary scientific responsibilities will be the application of statistical methods to support observational health research including the design, analysis, interpretation, and documentation phases.

Key Duties:

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

Qualifications:

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

Candidates must be US citizens. Depending on the candidate’s experience, the target salary will range from grades GS-11 through GS-12.

Contact:

Please send a cover letter and resume to SeattleCSPEC@va.gov. Applications will be accepted and reviewed until the position is filled.

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

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(08/30/18) Cardiologist with Research Interest in Health Services - Hines, IL



Edward Hines, Jr. VA Hospital and Loyola University Medical Center,  located just outside Chicago, are seeking a general cardiologist with research interest in health services. 

This is a full time position with clinical responsibilities in the cardiology section of Hines VA Hospital, dedicated research time, and an academic appointment in the Department of Medicine of Loyola University.

We are seeking to recruit an early to mid-career cardiologist with research experience in health services.  Our preference is for an applicant with track record of publications and existing VA or other grant funding, but we would also consider a promising young academic cardiologist for the position.  The ideal candidate, in broad terms, would be interested in the analysis of the VA and other data sets and the relationship of this information to the quality of care. 

Hines has rich infrastructure and resources available to the candidate – an active HSRD Center, a fully operational Research Service and a VA Cooperative Studies Coordinating Center on site.  Hines is a part of PCORnet, which is a clinical data research network, and a member of CAPriCORN, which is a collaboration of several Chicago area institutions with a data set on a population of 5.7 million.  More information can be found at  https://www.hines.va.gov/research/index.asp .

Additional resources will be available through Loyola’s Center for Health Outcomes and Informatics Research (CHOIR), at https://hsd.luc.edu/choir/aboutus/, and the Division of Informatics within Loyola’s Department of Medicine.   Loyola Medical Center is a part of Trinity Health, a major health system of 93 hospitals located in 22 states.  The successful candidate will have an opportunity to investigate Trinity’s large database.

We offer a full benefits package and competitive salary.  U.S. citizenship is required.  A start-up package will be provided to a qualified applicant.   Please email your resume to:  Ivan.Pacold@va.gov Ivan Pacold, M.D., Chief of Medicine Service, Hines VA Hospital

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(07/12/18) Deputy Director - Houston, TX



The Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center, Houston, TX and Baylor College of Medicine are seeking qualified applicants for the position of Deputy Director, VA Health Services Research and Development (HSR&D) Center for Innovations (COIN) in Quality, Effectiveness and Safety (IQuESt).

The Deputy Director is responsible for the administration of IQuESt's nationally-renowned multidisciplinary health services research and health policy program with an extensive portfolio of more than 100 research projects, 41 core investigators, a budget of over $16.9 million, and a training program for both MD and PhD postdoctoral researchers. Our program is truly multi-disciplinary with investigators who represent seven different academic departments and seven sections within the Department of Medicine including both clinicians and PhD social scientists from disciplines such as medical anthropology, human-factors engineering, gastroenterology, infectious diseases, endocrinology, oncology, surgery, psychiatry, psychology, epidemiology, biostatistics, and economics. Our work has contributed to 52 articles cited in 12 IOM reports; 83 briefs and reports to the President, Congress, and VA Secretary; 99 articles cited in 49 clinical guidelines for patient care; and five articles cited in three US Centers for Disease Control-recommended programs.

IQuESt also has a robust mentoring and career development curriculum as part of a formal health services research (HSR) educational program, overseen by the Education and Training Core. In the last 15 years, 70 CDAs have been funded (eight are current). In addition to our own HSR fellowships, we partner with other postdoctoral training programs to train PhDs and clinicians in HSR. Currently, 17 fellows engaged in HSR reside at IQuESt. More details about IQuESt website.

The Deputy Director will maintain a close liaison with other research Centers and investigators. The successful candidate is expected to provide leadership in two major areas:

  • First, carry out his/her own independent, high quality, nationally funded researchprogram in health services research and health policy, preferably within our missionand goals. The successful candidate will be expected to meet the qualifications ofthe academic affiliate at the level of Associate Professor or higher by demonstratingevidence of research productivity, success in obtaining external grant funding, andskill in mentoring junior investigators and Fellows.
  • Second, provide administrative and research leadership that promotes the careersof young investigators and fosters the career promotion and satisfaction of mid andsenior level researchers. In this capacity, the incumbent will be expected to oversee the structure and function of key aspects of IQuESt's administrative operations, including but not limited to assistance in making administrative decisions as to the appropriate staffing and allocation of IQuESt resources to individual and collaborative projects and developing strategic plans for future research.

Required Qualifications:

  • Must be a U.S. citizen.
  • MD or PhD.
  • Background and experience in health services research.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills and ability to work inan interdisciplinary environment.

Closes: 07/11/2019

BCM and the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center are Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity/Equal Access Employers.

Please forward CV and letter of interest in confidence to:
Laura A. Petersen, MD, MPH, FACP
Director, HSR&D, Center for Innovations in Quality, Effectiveness and Safety (IQuESt)
Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center VAMC, HSR&D (152)
2002 Holcombe Blvd., Houston TX 77030

You may also view this position on the USAjobs website:
https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/504889200

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(04/24/18) Director, Atlanta VA Center for Visual and Neurocognitive Rehabilitation - Atlanta, GA



The Atlanta VA Medical Center seeks a new Director for its Center for Visual and Neurocognitive Rehabilitation (CVNR; funded by VA Rehabilitation Research and Development). The CVNR, one of 13 VA Rehab R&D Centers across the nation, has a 30 year history of continuous VA support for its mission to foster the health and well-being of Veterans through uniquely synergistic research impacting visual or neurocognitive function. The CVNR engages over 20 MD, PhD, or MD/PhD scientists in innovative research ranging from basic molecular studies to translational interventions in patients. The center currently receives over $4 million per year in VA support plus an additional $12 million per year from other sources. The Director will: 1) be responsible for the day-to-day operations of the CVNR in collaboration with the Associate Directors and support staff, 2) provide scientific guidance to CVNR colleagues, 3) mentor junior investigators, 4) ensure high-quality grant development, 5) collaborate effectively with VA operational partners, 6) continue to elevate the CVNR’s national profile, and 7) develop a strategic vision in collaboration with its investigators and staff that propels the CVNR forward to continued success in achieving its mission and serving the needs of veteran patients.

Applicants for this position must possess a doctoral degree (MD, PhD, or equivalent) and have extensive experience in research related to visual or neurocognitive rehabilitation. Successful candidates will have a strong track record of extramural grant funding from VA, Department of Defense, or NIH sources, as well as a strong background in mentorship of junior investigators. Prior leadership experience and knowledge of VA funding mechanisms is preferred. More information about the CVNR can be found at: http://www.varrd.emory.edu/.

The Atlanta VA Medical Center is affiliated with outstanding academic affiliates, including Emory University and Morehouse University, and candidates will be appointed at the Associate or Full Professor level, commensurate with experience. Opportunities for participation/leadership within affiliate academic departments may also be available.

Interested candidates should contact:

C. Michael Hart, MD
Associate Chief of Staff for Research
Atlanta VA Medical Center:
1670 Clairmont Road (151-P)
Decatur, GA 30033
michael.hart3@va.gov
(404) 321-6111, ext. 6170 (phone)

The Atlanta VA Medical Center is an equal opportunity employer.

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(03/27/18) Program Manager – Chief of the Behavioral Science Core (GS-14) - Waco, TX



POSITION DESCRIPTION

The VISN 17 Center of Excellence for Research on Returning War Veterans at the Central Texas VA Medical Center is accepting applications for the Chief of our Behavioral Science Core. In addition to conducting his/her own research, the individual in this role will supervise a team of four principal investigators, 6-8 psychology technicians, and numerous trainees, all of whom are conducting research designed to improve the lives of Veterans returning from recent deployments to warzones. Competitive applicants will demonstrate a successful track record in obtaining extramural funding and have a strong publication history. This is a full-time, permanent position with the Veterans Health Administration.

ABOUT THE CENTER

The VISN 17 Center of Excellence (CoE) for Research on Returning War Veterans is a unified scientific and educational institution of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs designed to conduct state-of-the-art research on the mental health problems associated with combat exposure, including post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), traumatic brain injury (TBI), substance use disorders, depression, suicide, and chronic pain. Its state-of-the-art facility provides space for 75 staff members and faculty and features clinical space, observation rooms, wet labs, electrocardiography (EKG), electroencephalography (EEG), a three Tesla MRI for brain imaging, and a transcranial magnetic stimulation suite (TMS). Their team is also training the next generation of clinical scientists who will continue to improve the health and well-being of Veterans through world-class clinical care.

TO APPLY

Please contact the Director, Dr. Michael Russell at michael.russell5@va.gov or 254-297-3850.

This position will be open until filled.

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(03/21/18) Mid- to senior-level researchers - Charleston, SC



The Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center in Charleston, SC is currently searching for experienced mid- to senior-level researchers to expand our team at the Health Equity and Rural Outreach Innovation Center (HEROIC). Applicants for this position must possess a doctoral degree (MD, PhD, or equivalent) and have extensive experience in health services research in areas relevant to HEROIC foci. Candidates must have a strong track record of extramural grant funding that includes VA, DoD, and NIH sources. Prior experience leading VA HSR&D-funded studies and knowledge of VA funding mechanisms is strongly preferred.

HEROIC is one of 19 nationally funded VA HSR&D Centers of Innovation (COIN) aimed at increasing the impact of health services research on the health and healthcare of Veterans. HEROIC's mission is to improve access and equity in healthcare for all Veterans by eliminating geographic, racial/ethnic, and gender-based disparities. To accomplish this, HEROIC focuses on three areas of research: Health Equity, Access to Care, and Rural Health. HEROIC is comprised of a dedicated multidisciplinary team of 24 doctorally-trained core investigators conducting cutting-edge research through a diverse portfolio of grants.

The Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center enjoys a collegial and highly successful relationship with our academic affiliate, the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC), and candidates will be eligible for faculty appointment at MUSC at the Associate Professor or Full Professor level commensurate with experience. Opportunities also exist for participation and/or leadership within the MUSC Center for Health Disparities Research housed in the MUSC Department of Medicine, as well as in other departments such as Psychiatry, Population Health Sciences, or Surgery as appropriate.

The position is located in Charleston, SC - tucked along the Atlantic coastline and amid the ever-bustling harbor. Rated America’s best travel destination by Condé Nast, Charleston houses various art galleries, boutiques, and historic sites. Interested candidates should contact R. Neal Axon, HEROIC Director, at the Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center:

Research Service
Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center
109 Bee Street
Charleston, SC 29401
Robert.Axon@va.gov
(843)789-6670 (phone)

The Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center is an equal opportunity employer.

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(11/29/18) Health Services Research Training Program Postdoctoral Fellowship - Los Angeles, CA



The Los Angeles Area Health Services Research Training Program postdoctoral fellowship is a joint initiative of the Department of Health Policy and Management at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health, RAND Health, The USC Schaeffer Center for Health Policy and Economics, and the VA Los Angeles Center for the Study of Healthcare Innovation, Implementation and Policy. It is supported by a grant from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. The program provides comprehensive training and experience to highly-qualified postdoctoral trainees so that they may effectively engage in and lead research and implementation activities aimed at improv-ing the quality and efficiency of the U.S. health care system.

Drawing on the expertise of faculty and researchers at the four institutions – over three dozen of whom have agreed to be mentors – the program invites applicants interested in pursuing research in: health systems change including study of system innovations and care outside the clinic; managed care and the design and impact of hospital, physician and bundled payment systems; implementation science; patient, provider, and organizational decision-making; health outcomes measurement and comparative effectiveness analysis; patient-centered care; and health equity, access and quality of care for priority populations such as racial and ethnic minorities, low income populations and patients with high expense chronic illnesses such as HIV. Research within a comparative international framework is also invited.

For complete details and application procedures see https://hpm.ph.ucla.edu/pages/post_doctoral.

Applications are being accepted through January 18, 2019.

Questions: Contact Maria Porras: Mporras@ph.ucla.edu

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(11/14/18) Implementation Science Research Postdoctoral Program for Clinical & Counseling Psychologists - Waco, TX



The VISN 17 Center of Excellence for Research on Returning War Veterans is accepting applications for a two-year Postdoctoral Fellowship in our VA Office of Academic Affiliations (OAA)-funded advanced training program in mental illness research and treatment. We are specifically recruiting for one position in implementation science, although other positions are open for research that specifically addresses war Veterans with co-occurring disorders such as PTSD, TBI, depression and substance use disorders. Training will commence between August and October 2019.

IMPLEMENTATION SCIENCE PROGRAM

The implementation science core at the VISN 17 Center of Excellence is led by Justin Benzer, PhD. Dr. Benzer is an industrial/organizational psychologist who specializes in cross-professional and organizational issues in implementation science, and specifically in primary care/mental health integration. Fellows will receive mentoring in organization science relative to their specific research interests. Joseph Mignogna, PhD is a clinical psychologist and investigator within the core who also specializes in primary care/mental health integration. Both Drs. Benzer and Mignogna are experienced in qualitative and quantitative methods. Fellows will receive extensive training and mentoring in research methods such as qualitative interviewing and hierarchical linear modeling. The core also employs a database programmer who constructs datasets for analysis from VA administrative data through the VA Corporate Data Warehouse. Fellows will learn/expand their knowledge of VA databases during their fellowship.

GENERAL INFORMATION REGARDING THE FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM

The fellowship program aims to train psychologists to become outstanding clinical research leaders in high priority areas of mental health. Individualized, mentored research and clinical training are combined with a state-of-the-art curriculum that emphasizes research methods, statistics, epidemiology, mental health systems, quality improvement methods, education, and service delivery.  Our training model provides that fellows devote 75% of their time to research and 25% to clinical work. In collaboration with their mentors, fellows develop and implement a research project, publish and present findings, participate in grant writing and submit a grant, and utilize advanced technology for educational activities and clinical service delivery.

ABOUT THE CENTER

The VISN 17 Center of Excellence (CoE) is a unified scientific and administrative center featuring clinical space, observation rooms, wet labs, and a 3T MRI for structural and functional neuroimaging.  The CoE is located within one of the largest integrated health care systems in the United States, which serves a Veteran population of more than 252,000, and is located near Fort Hood with approximately 35,000 active duty forces.  The CoE also has active partnerships with Texas A&M Health Science Center, Texas A&M University, the University of Texas, and Baylor University, in addition to collaborations with other academic institutions and VA systems.

RESEARCH

Our center uses a multidimensional approach to investigate and develop advanced methods for assessing and treating several issues that are often experienced by Veterans returning from theaters of war using different levels of analyses including:

  1. Treatment Process and Outcome Research
  2. Implementation Science Research
  3. Neuroimaging and Physiological Research
  4. Molecular and Biological Research

Our investigators have used these approaches to investigate topics such as evidence based treatments for PTSD, neurologically informed subtyping of TBI, emotion regulation, military sexual trauma, women’s health, interpersonal partner violence, suicide, moral injury, biomarkers of trauma, Gulf War Illness, neurofeedback, transcranial magnetic stimulation, modifiable predictors of functional outcomes following deployment, and implementation of evidence based treatments in primary care, among others.

For a complete list of our recent and ongoing projects visit: https://www.mirecc.va.gov/visn17/research.asp

STIPEND AND BENEFITS

The Fellowship Program currently offers a full-time first year stipend of $46,553 per annum (increase in year 2). Thirteen days of vacation, up to 13 days of sick leave, authorized leave for conferences, health insurance and other benefits are offered. Fellows receive a $1,000 annual conference travel allowance, and research start-up funds may be available.

TO APPLY

Submit your application to Dr. Richard Seim at 254-297-5109 or at richard.seim@va.gov with the subject line “Implementation Science Fellowship”. Applications should include a cover letter, a CV, official transcripts, and three letters of reference. The initial deadline for applications is January 28, 2019, and interviews will be scheduled in February.

For more information please visit https://www.mirecc.va.gov/visn17/fellowship.asp

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(11/01/18) Post-residency Fellowship for Psychiatrists - Los Angeles, CA



The Greater Los Angeles VA Mental Illness Research Education and Clinical Center (MIRECC) is recruiting psychiatrists for a one-year post-residency training program in quality and safety, to begin Summer, 2018. The VA Chief Residents in Quality and Patient Safety (CRQS) program is a national program that redesigns medical education and patient care to include quality and patient safety. Positions are funded by the Department of Veterans Affairs, Office of Academic Affiliations (OAA) in partnership with the VA National Center for Patient Safety. The Greater Los Angeles VA Mental Illness Research Education and Clinical Center has positions in Psychiatry. This program aims to train physicians for an academic research career with a focus on quality and safety. Candidates must have completed their residency training and be U.S. citizens. The CRQS provides specialized training and experience, including a national curriculum and boot camp, a mentored project, and opportunities to participate in affiliated research training programs and seminars. More information about CRQS can be found at https://www.va.gov/oaa/crqs.asp. Interested professionals who meet the eligibility requirements should submit a cover letter and curriculum vitae to Alexander Young at Alexander.Young@va.gov. The cover letter should specify the reasons for your interest in this particular training program, a brief overview of your previous 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.

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(10/11/18) Postdoctoral Fellowship in Health Services Research - Seattle, WA



The Center of Innovation for Veteran-Centered and Value-Driven Care, a VA Health Services R&D Center located at 1660 S. Columbian Way, Seattle, in conjunction with the University of Washington, offers a PhD postdoctoral fellowship in health services research directed toward increasing skills in many aspects of health services research. HSR&D is multidisciplinary and covers all areas of health care delivery. Patients, providers, and organizations may be target populations for the research project. Individuals with a PhD from a variety of disciplines are encouraged to apply.

Fellows are expected to engage in full-time research on a publishable health services project relevant to VA, and to participate in related educational activities including selected course work at the University of Washington and VA research review meetings. Available courses include a wide variety of offerings in biostatistics, epidemiology, health services research and environmental health. The annual stipend is $49,994.

Eligibility for a fellowship requires that fellows have:

  • PhD degree in a field related to health services
  • U.S. Citizenship

Applicants must submit the following:

  • Specific aims for a VA-related independent research project developed with a center faculty mentor
  • Statement of professional goals and objectives
  • Current curriculum vitae
  • Letters of support from three professional references. The letters should indicate suitability for the VA Postdoctoral position and the accompanying Senior Fellow position at University of Washington
  • Official transcript of graduate course work

Fellowships will be judged on the following criteria:

  • Applicant’s ability to conduct independent research
  • Quality of the proposed research
  • Relevance of this research to VA
  • Suitable mentorship
  • Fit between candidate and HSR&D

Please see http://www.seattledenvercoin.research.va.gov/Fellowship/PhDFellowship.asp for additional details:

The application deadline is January 15th for fall fellowships. If the 15th falls on a weekend or holiday, application is due the next business day.

For information contact:

PhD Fellowship Co-Director
Chuan-Fen Liu, PhD, MPH
HSR&D Center of Innovation
1660 S. Columbian Way (S-152)
Seattle, WA 98108
Chuan-Fen.Liu@va.gov
206-764-2587

PhD Fellowship Co-Director
John Fortney, PhD
HSR&D Center of Innovation
1660 S. Columbian Way (S-152)
Seattle, WA 98108
John.Fortney@va.gov
206-764-2821/206-685-6955

Fellowship Coordinator
Mary Little
HSR&D Center of Innovation
1660 S. Columbian Way (S-152)
Seattle, WA 98108
Mary.Little3@va.gov
206-764-2611

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(10/01/18) 2-Year Postdoctoral Program for Clinical Psychologists - Waco, TX



The VISN 17 Center of Excellence for Research on Returning War Veterans is accepting applications for a two-year Postdoctoral Fellowship in our VA Office of Academic Affiliations (OAA)-funded advanced training program in mental illness research and treatment, specifically addressing war Veterans with co-occurring disorders such as PTSD, TBI, depression and substance use disorders. Training will commence between August and October 2019.

PROGRAM OVERVIEW

This program aims to train psychologists to become outstanding clinical research leaders in high priority areas of mental health. Individualized, mentored research and clinical training are combined with a state-of-the-art curriculum that emphasizes research methods, statistics, epidemiology, mental health systems, quality improvement methods, education, and service delivery.  Our training model provides that fellows devote 75% of their time to research and 25% to clinical work. In collaboration with their mentors, fellows develop and implement a research project, publish and present findings, participate in grant writing and submit a grant, and utilize advanced technology for educational activities and clinical service delivery.

ABOUT THE CENTER

The VISN 17 Center of Excellence (CoE) is a unified scientific and administrative center featuring clinical space, observation rooms, wet labs, and a 3T MRI for structural and functional neuroimaging.  The CoE is located within one of the largest integrated health care systems in the United States, which serves a Veteran population of more than 252,000, and is located near Fort Hood with approximately 35,000 active duty forces.  The CoE also has active partnerships with Texas A&M Health Science Center, Texas A&M University, the University of Texas, and Baylor University, in addition to collaborations with other academic institutions and VA systems.

STIPEND AND BENEFITS

The Fellowship Program currently offers a full-time first year stipend of $46,553 per annum. Thirteen days of vacation, up to 13 days of sick leave, authorized leave for conferences, health insurance and other benefits are offered. Fellows receive a $1,000 annual conference travel allowance, and research start-up funds may be available.

TO APPLY

Please contact Dr. Richard Seim at 254-297-5109 or at richard.seim@va.gov with questions or to submit your application.  Applications should include a cover letter, a CV, official transcripts, and three letters of reference.

The initial deadline for applications is January 28, 2019. 

https://www.mirecc.va.gov/visn17/fellowship.asp

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(06/29/18) Physician Career and Research Training Fellowship - Chicago, IL



The University of Illinois at Chicago has recently established a new fellowship program titled, Clinical Leaders and Academic Scholars (CLASS) and is recruiting a small number of outstanding graduates from ACGME accredited internal medicine and family medicine programs to enroll in July 2019. The fellowship director, Dr. Saul Weiner, is also  Deputy Director of the VA Center of Innovation for Complex Chronic Health Care (CINCCH), an HSR&D Center of Innovation. Faculty include Dr. Frances Weaver, CINCCH Director.

The program, which is based the at the University of Illinois at Chicago, affiliated with Jesse Brown VA Medical Center, was established with three tracks to provide early career physicians with intensive training to jump start their careers in one of three areas: as (a) future education leaders (e.g. program directors, associate deans), (b) clinical service leaders (e.g. chief medical officers), or (c) clinician research scientists. 

The education and clinical service tracks are just one year. The research track is two years. Those in the education track complete a for-credit certificate program in Health Professions Education.  Those in the clinical services track complete a Certificate in Patient Safety, Error Science and Full Disclosure. Those in the research track complete the MS in Clinical and Translational Science. In addition, each fellow has a mentored project with a senior leader or expert at UIC or at VA CINCCH.  All participate in seminars related to career development and skill building topics. 

Fellows will commit 0.25 FTE to clinical time within their home department at UIC (Family Medicine, Internal Medicine).  The fellow’s stipend will be set at the PGY-6 level each year (even if they are coming from a PGY-3 or 4 position), and tuition will be covered  for the certificate program into which they enroll. 

Interested residents or junior attendings may contact Dr. Weiner directly at sweiner@uic.edu or saul.weiner@va.gov.

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(04/11/18) 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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(04/03/18) Postdoctoral Health Services Research Fellowship Opportunity - Providence, RI



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

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

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

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

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

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

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

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