Office of Research & Development

Employment Opportunities

Please note that this section is updated monthly. The following positions are still open as of 03/01/17.

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(03/07/17) Tenured Faculty Position: Health Equity Scholar at Department of Health Policy and Management in the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health - Los Angeles, CA

The Department of Health Policy and Management in the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health is seeking applicants for a tenured faculty position at the Associate or Full Professor level who is a nationally recognized population health researcher recognized for his/her work on vulnerable populations, broadly defined, including focus on low income, ethnic minority, and other underserved groups. We are particularly interested in individuals with expertise in population-focused social, behavioral, and policy relevant research; social and health policy and program evaluation; community-partnered research; comparative effectiveness; and implementation and dissemination science. Applicants must have a strong record of peer-reviewed publications and demonstrated capacity to secure extramural funding for research.

Responsibilities: The successful candidate will have a proven track record in research and publication, and will be expected to be affiliated with and play a leadership role in one or both of the research centers affiliated with the Department engaged in research on vulnerable populations, namely, the UCLA Kaiser Permanente Center for Health Equity and the Center for Health Policy Research.

Qualifications: Qualifications include a strong record of research, teaching, and professional service in the areas of the search focus, and an earned doctorate in a relevant field. Except in truly exceptional circumstances, previous experience in a tenure-track appointment is required. Success in securing extramurally funded research support is essential.

Salary: Faculty appointment level and salary will be determined based on the candidates’ experience and qualifications. This position is a 9-month, tenured position, and is subject to final approval by the Chancellor.

How to apply: Applicants should submit a letter of application, curriculum vitae, and names of three references to the Chair, Faculty Search Committee. All applications should be submitted electronically to UCLA Academic Recruit at https://recruit.apo.ucla.edu/apply/JPF01917.

For more information, please contact Allison Kamerman at ajlevine@ucla.edu.

Review of applications will begin on June 30, 2017, and the Search Committee will consider applications until the position is filled. All applications will be kept strictly confidential.

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(01/19/17) Director for Health Equity and Rural Outreach Innovation Center (HEROIC) - Charleston, SC

The Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center (RHJVAMC) in Charleston, SC, is currently searching for an energetic and forward thinking Director for its Health Equity and Rural Outreach Innovation Center (HEROIC). 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 health care 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.

As the Director, you will enjoy the support of a highly-trained staff while working in a high complexity tertiary care organization comprised of the main medical center and six (6) community based outpatient clinics. HEROIC is comprised of a dedicated multidisciplinary team of 24 doctorally-trained core investigators conducting leading edge research through a diverse portfolio of grants. You will be responsible for the day to day operations of the Center in collaboration with an Associate Director and staff with additional administrative supported from the RHJVAMC Research Service. You will support investigator recruitments, provide overall scientific guidance, mentor junior investigators, ensure high quality grant development and preparation, collaborate effectively with VA operational partners, and continue to elevate the profile of HEROIC on a national level.

Applicants for this position must have extensive experience in health services research in areas relevant to HEROIC foci. Successful candidates will have a strong track record of extramural grant funding that includes VA, DoD, and NIH sources. Prior research center leadership at the Director or Associate Director level and knowledge of VA funding mechanisms will be highly valued.

The Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center enjoys a collegial and highly successful relationship with our academic affiliate, the Medical University of South Carolina, 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/leadership within the MUSC Center for Health Disparities Research housed in the MUSC Department of Medicine.

The preferred candidate will have the academic experience to warrant a faculty appoint at our affiliate, the Medical University of SC. Requirements for appointment can be reviewed at the following web address: http://academicdepartments.musc.edu/faculty_senate/handbook/handbook.pdf

The position is located in Charleston, SC - tucked along the Atlantic coastline and amid the ever bustling Harbor, Historic Downtown Charleston is the mecca of this historic city, housing various art galleries, boutiques, and historic sites along with renowned medical centers such as the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC), our academic affiliate partner.

Physician Medical Doctor USAJobs Posting: https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/461322800/ (Closes Wednesday 1/3/2018)

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(01/12/17) Assistant, Associate or Full Professor of Non-Communicable Disease Epidemiology - UCLA Jonathan and Karin Fielding School of Public Health - Los Angeles, CA

The UCLA Jonathan and Karin Fielding School of Public Health is undertaking a search for a state-funded tenure-track or tenured Assistant/Associate/Full Professor of Epidemiology (https://epi.ph.ucla.edu). We seek an outstanding candidate with an active research portfolio in non-communicable disease epidemiology (preferably in the areas of cardiovascular and/or metabolic disease, obesity, or aging epidemiology) and a history of successful external funding, consistent with career stage. The successful candidate should have a strong track record and dedication to teaching epidemiologic methods in his or her specialty area and beyond. Since its inception, the UCLA Department of Epidemiology has established itself as a leader in epidemiologic theory and methods, applied epidemiology, and public health. We are looking for a candidate with excellence in research and dedication to train the next generation of epidemiologists. The candidate should have experience with applied public health, epidemiologic field work, and establishing of prevention programs.

Go to https://recruit.apo.ucla.edu/apply/JPF02743 for complete details and application procedures.

Open date: January 9th, 2017

Next review date: February 9th, 2017 Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.

Final date: April 30th, 2017 Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.

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(01/12/17) Assistant, Associate, or Full Professor of Epidemiology - UCLA Jonathan and Karin Fielding School of Public Health - Los Angeles, CA

The UCLA Jonathan and Karin Fielding School of Public Health is undertaking a search for a state-funded tenure-track or tenured Assistant/Associate/Full Professor of Epidemiology (https://epi.ph.ucla.edu). We seek an outstanding candidate with a strong track record and dedication to teaching epidemiologic methods and who is recognized as a distinguished scholar in epidemiology. The candidate will have an active research portfolio and a history of successful external funding. Since its inception, the UCLA Department of Epidemiology has established itself as a leader in epidemiologic theory and methods, applied epidemiology, and public health. We are looking for a candidate with dedication to teaching and training the next generation of epidemiologists in areas such as, but not limited to, risk modeling, prediction, causal inference, and big data analyses.

Go to https://recruit.apo.ucla.edu/apply/JPF02682 for complete details and application procedures.

Open date: January 9th, 2017

Next review date: February 9th, 2017 Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.

Final date: April 30th, 2017 Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.

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(12/16/16) Statistician - Durham, NC

Summary

The Cooperative Studies Program Epidemiology Center (CSPEC) at the Durham, NC Veterans Affairs Medical Center has an upcoming opening for a GS-11/12 MS Statistician. The position is a full-time (40 hours per week) federal, time limited appointment that is renewable every 12 months. Benefits include insurance (health, dental, vision), sick and annual leave (including all federal holidays), and 403(B) retirement fund.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Work closely with the research team to help develop studies. Attend regular project meetings for multiple concurrent projects to participate in study development and ensure that data collection and data integrity processes are maintained throughout the project duration.
  • Assist in the development and review of documents including (but not limited to) protocols, proposals, operations documents, white papers, and data use agreements.
  • Conduct statistical analyses of research data using SAS. Experience with R and MPlus will also be useful.
  • Collect, organize, manage, analyze, and interpret highly specialized healthcare data from large databases. Exercise extensive technical judgment to interpret the existing documentation, assess additional information needed, select sources of appropriate data, and adapt existing systems to new requirements.
  • Adhere to protocols for quality control and reproducible research in the collection and maintenance of data collected in the conduct of research protocols.
  • Assist with preparation and dissemination of statistical results in the form of technical report, manuscript, abstract, and presentation development.
  • Participate actively in Center-wide research process standardization activities in support of improved research quality, consistency, and reproducibility.

Preferred Qualifications:

Master's degree in statistics, biostatistics or mathematics and statistics with at least five years of experience.

Salary Range:

GS-11: $61,106 - $79,437

GS-12: $73,242 - $95,214

This is a temporary appointment. Must be U.S. citizen to apply.

If interested, please send resume to:

Marcus R. Johnson, MPH, MBA, MHA
Assistant Director-Operations
Cooperative Studies Program Epidemiology Center - Durham
Durham Veterans Affairs Medical Center
508 Fulton St (152)
Durham, NC 27705

Email: marcus.johnson4@va.gov

Phone: 919-286-0411 x4058

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(12/02/16) Investigator - Houston, TX

The Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center, Houston, TX and Baylor College of Medicine are seeking qualified applicants for the position of Health Decision-Making & Communication Investigator, VA Health Services Research and Development (HSR&D) Center for Innovations (COIN) in Quality, Effectiveness and Safety (IQuESt). Protected research time (75%) and a highly competitive start up package will be offered, commensurate with experience and record of success. A faculty appointment at the Assistant or Associate Professor-level will be given based on experience and fit with appointment guidelines. The Center, in the Texas Medical Center, has over 190 staff; 45 are research faculty from both clinical and non-clinical disciplines, such as biostatistics, epidemiology, and psychometrics. Some faculty, hold joint or adjunct appointments at Rice University, The University of Texas School of Health Information Sciences and School of Public Health, University of Houston, and Texas A&M University. A summary of all activities of our Center are available on our website: http://www.houston.hsrd.research.va.gov.

Required Qualifications:

  • Doctoral degree (MD preferred).
  • Publications in communication sciences.
  • History of project funding.
  • Must be a U.S. citizen or U.S. permanent resident.

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

Contact:

Richard L. Street, PhD
Chief, Health Decision-Making & Communication Program
c/o Edward Pomer
Center for Innovations in Quality, Effectiveness and Safety
2450 Holcombe Blvd, Suite 01Y
Houston, TX 77021
Edward.Pomer@va.gov or Phone: 713-440-4477

Please reference "Health Decision-Making & Communication Investigator" in subject line.

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(12/02/16) Research Scientist - Behavioral Health and Implementation - Houston, TX

The Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center, Houston, TX and Baylor College of Medicine are seeking qualified applicants for the position of Research Scientist based at the VA Health Services Research and Development Center for Innovations in Quality, Effectiveness and Safety (IQuESt). We are seeking established MD or PhD investigators at the Assistant or Associate Professor level. A track record of publications in the areas of behavioral health, rural mental health, tele-mental health and geriatric mental health are preferred. Candidates will be expected to conduct research for at least 75% of the time and a highly competitive start up package will be offered commensurate with experience and record of success. IQuESt, located in the Texas Medical Center with 35,000 sq. ft. of contiguous office space, has a strong portfolio of federally funded, multidisciplinary research. It houses over 190 staff; 45 are research faculty from either clinical and/or non-clinical disciplines, such as epidemiology, biostatistics, and psychometrics. Our research extends from patient experience, to clinical practice and outcomes of care, and to the development of health care policy. We have an established track record of supporting, mentoring and developing outstanding research leaders. Some faculty, hold joint or adjunct appointments at Rice University, The University of Texas School of Biomedical Informatics and School of Public Health, University of Houston, and Texas A&M University. A summary of all activities of our Center are available on our website: http://www.houston.hsrd.research.va.gov.

Required Qualifications:

  • Fellowship trained MD or PhD.
  • Must be a U.S. citizen or U.S. permanent resident.

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

Contact:

Mark E. Kunik, MD, MPH
Chief, Behavioral Health and Implementation Program
c/o Edward Pomer
Center for Innovations in Quality, Effectiveness and Safety
2450 Holcombe Blvd, Suite 01Y
Houston, TX 77021
Edward.Pomer@va.gov or Phone: 713-440-4477

Please reference "Behavioral Health Investigator" in subject line.

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(12/02/16) Research Scientist - Health Policy, Quality and Informatics - Houston, TX

The Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center, Houston, TX and Baylor College of Medicine are seeking qualified applicants for the position of Research Scientist based at the VA Health Services Research and Development Center for Innovations in Quality, Effectiveness and Safety (IQuESt). We are seeking MD or PhD candidates to conduct research on the use of electronic health records (EHRs), health information technology and patient safety improvement. Established investigators at the Assistant or Associate Professor level with a track record of publications in the areas of health informatics and patient safety are preferred. Candidates will be expected to conduct research for at least 75% of the time and a highly competitive start up package will be offered commensurate with experience and record of success.

IQuESt, located in the Texas Medical Center with 35,000 sq. ft. of contiguous office space, has a strong portfolio of federally funded, multidisciplinary research. It houses over 190 staff; 45 are research faculty from either clinical and/or non-clinical disciplines, such as biostatistics, epidemiology, and psychometrics. Our research extends from patient experience, to clinical practice and outcomes of care, and to the development of health care policy. We have an established track record of supporting, mentoring and developing outstanding research leaders. Some faculty, hold joint or adjunct appointments at Rice University, The University of Texas School of Biomedical Informatics and School of Public Health, University of Houston, and Texas A&M University. A summary of all activities of our Center are available on our website: http://www.houston.hsrd.research.va.gov.

Required Qualifications:

  • Fellowship trained MD or MD/PhD.
  • Must be a U.S. citizen or U.S. permanent resident.

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

Contact:

Hardeep Singh, MD, MPH
Chief, Health Policy, Quality and Informatics Program
c/o Edward Pomer
Center for Innovations in Quality, Effectiveness and Safety
2450 Holcombe Blvd, Suite 01Y
Houston, TX 77021
Edward.Pomer@va.gov or Phone: 713-440-4477

Please reference "Health Policy, Quality & Informatics Investigator" in subject line.

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(12/01/16) Associate Director / Professor, Associate Professor, Research Professor, or Research Associate Professor - Seattle, WA

The Seattle Health Services Research and Development (HSR&D) Center of Innovation (COIN) (www.pugetsound.hsrd.research.va.gov), Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and the Department of Health Services, School of Public Health, University of Washington (UW) (http://depts.washington.edu/hserv) are jointly searching for an Associate Director of the Seattle Division of the HSR&D COIN and a Professor, Associate Professor, Research Professor, or Research Associate Professor (without tenure) in the Department of Health Services to pursue health services research at the VA in Seattle.

The multi-institutional HSR&D COIN Veteran-Centered and Value-Driven Care is located in Seattle WA and Denver CO. The Associate Director for the Seattle Division is responsible, with the Seattle and Denver Co-Directors and the Denver Associate Director, for the administration of a nationally-renowned health services research program with an extensive portfolio of more than 100 research projects, 35 core investigators, an annual budget of $20 million, over 100 publications per year, and a training program for both MD and PhD postdoctoral researchers. The Center’s mission is to conduct health services research that promotes Veteran-centered, value-driven care, generate and disseminate knowledge that contributes to the well-being of Veterans, and work with VA policy and operational leaders to implement research findings into clinical care. The Center focuses on Veterans with complex chronic conditions with emphasis on:

  • Improving patient-centered care by targeting self-management across community and healthcare settings, palliative care, and the healthcare system.
  • Identifying high value modes of delivering care, comparative effectiveness research, and methods of quantifying value.
  • Emerging areas, including preventive screening and novel models of specialty care delivery.

Details about the Center can be found at its website: http://www.pugetsound.hsrd.research.va.gov/.

The Associate Director is expected to have a demonstrated track record of leadership, as well as his/her own independent, nationally funded research program in health services research. The Associate Director is expected to be a leader who fosters the careers of young investigators and supports the career promotion and satisfaction of mid and senior level researchers, as well as provides administrative direction to all investigators. The Associate Director will serve as a close liaison with other intra- and extramurally-funded investigators and research centers, as well as the VA’s academic affiliate, the UW, and will work closely with the Center Director in fulfilling the Center’s mission. The selected candidate would hold a joint appointment as faculty at the Associate or Full Professor level within the appropriate UW School (e.g. UW Schools of Medicine, Nursing, Public Health, Pharmacy) depending upon qualifications of the selected candidate. Faculty positions will not be tenured due to funding. Candidates for this position should hold either the MD or PhD degree, have a record of successful, extramurally-funded research, a strong background in the management of health services research, and have U.S. citizen status. UW faculty engage in teaching, research and service.

The VA Puget Sound Health Care System and UW are equal opportunity/affirmative action employers. The University of Washington is an Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity Employer. The University is building a culturally diverse faculty and staff and strongly encourages applications from women, underrepresented minorities, individuals with disabilities, and covered Veterans. The School of Public Health is committed to a diverse academic community. We view diversity as essential to our mission. For more information please see the following website: http://www.washington.edu/diversity/.

Interested candidates should submit a letter of inquiry and CV directly to: Jason A. Dominitz, MD/ Associate Director HSR&D COIN Search Committee Chair /VA Puget Sound Health Care System, Mailstop 111-S-Gastro, 1660 S. Columbian Way, Seattle, WA 98108. or by email to James.Wilson8@va.gov

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(12/01/16) Lead Biostatistician - Philadelphia, PA

The Center for Health Equity Research and Promotion (CHERP), a VA HSR&D Center of Innovation (COIN) and an affiliate of the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine is seeking qualified applicants for the position of PhD level Biostatistician to become the Director of Biostatistics and Informatics Core for Philadelphia CHERP COIN, which is based at the Corporal Michael J. Crescenz VA Medical Center in Philadelphia, PA.

Candidates for the position should have some experience designing and leading clinical research projects, including data management systems and operations, preparation and presentation of reports to data monitoring committees, and development and implementation of ongoing quality control procedures. They should be knowledgeable about statistical issues related to the design and analysis of clinical trials and other longitudinal studies, such as adaptive designs, methods for missing data, analytical procedures for causal inference, and statistical monitoring approaches. The incumbent will have a wide range of responsibilities in providing data management and statistical expertise.

Tasks and Responsibilities Include:

  • Manage, analyze and interpret data from administrative databases, surveys, and other data sources.
  • Plan data collection, analysis, and interpret numerical data; apply statistical methods to provide inferences and information for the fields of health services and statistics for development of research proposals, power and sample size calculations, and co-authoring manuscripts.
  • Conduct primary studies as well as secondary analysis of existing databases, including VA/non-VA medical system administrative databases, vital and health statistics, cross-sectional surveys, retrospective and prospective cohort studies, and case-control studies.
  • Evaluate the reliability of source information, adjust and weight raw data, and organize results into the format necessary for computer analysis.
  • Analyze and interpret statistics to point out significant differences between study samples and prepare conclusions and forecasts based on data summaries and analyses.

A summary of the activities of our Center of Innovation are available on our website: http://www.cherp.research.va.gov .

Required Qualifications:

  • PhD degree in biostatistics preferred; background in mathematics, statistics, biostatistics, epidemiology, psychometrics, or related area. Faculty appointment may be considered commensurate with applicant experience.
  • Excellent computer programming skills, especially with SAS or other statistical programs.
  • Applicants must be a U.S. citizen or U.S. permanent resident.
  • Must have ability to work effectively as a member of an interdisciplinary team.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communications skills in both written and spoken English.

CHERP and the Corporal Michael J. Crescenz VA Medical Center are Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity/Equal Access Employers.

Interested applicants should send a cover letter and CV to:
Heather Johnson, Administrative Officer
Center of Innovation for Health Equity Research and Promotion
Corporal Michael J. Crescenz VA Medical Center
3900 Woodland Avenue -- ANNEX
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Heather.johnson4@va.gov

Telephone: 215-823-5821
Fax: 215-222-2592

Please mention "Lead Biostatistician Position" in subject line of email.

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(11/08/16) Psychologist (Deputy for Research- National Center for PTSD)- Open Continuous Announcement - White River Junction, VT

The White River Junction (WRJ) VAMC and Dartmouth's Geisel School of Medicine are seeking a Deputy for Research to join the Executive Division of the National Center for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (NCPTSD) in WRJ, VT and the faculty of Geisel. The NCPTSD is a Congressionally-mandated, multi-site center for excellence that is dedicated to advancing through research, education, and training the diagnosis, treatment, and social welfare of America's veterans with PTSD and stress-related disorders. The Deputy for Research will assist the Executive Director of the National Center in the development and implementation of scientific research activities of the Center.

The successful candidate should be a board-certified psychologist who is a recognized content expert on Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Candidates are expected to have a funded research program on PTSD and a history of obtaining extramural funding. Successful candidates will be expected to work collaboratively with other members of the NCPTSD in research and educational endeavors, and opportunities also exist for collaborations outside of the NCPTSD at the WRJ VAMC, the Geisel School of Medicine, and neighboring Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, NH. A faculty appointment commensurate with academic experience will be provided by the Geisel School of Medicine.

White River Junction, VT is located in the Upper Connecticut River Valley on the NH and VT Border. The Upper Valley is a vibrant, academic and professional community offering excellent schools, lively arts, and an unmatched quality of life in a beautiful, rural setting. Amenities associated with urban areas such as Boston MA, Burlington VT, and Montreal QC are all within a few hours' drive.

Dartmouth's Geisel School on Medicine and the WRJ VAMC/NCPTSD are equal opportunity/ affirmative action employers with a strong commitment to diversity. In that spirit, we are particularly interested in receiving applications from a broad spectrum of people, including women, persons of color, persons with disabilities, veterans or any other legally protected group.

Contact Information:

The applicant should apply online at https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/455687900/ and send a letter of interest, curriculum vitae and three letters of reference addressed to Paula P. Schnurr, PhD, Executive Director for the National Center for PTSD to Veronica Thurston at veronica.thurston@va.gov .

Closes Friday 3/31/2017

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(11/07/16) Statistician - Portland, OR

The Center to Improve Veteran Involvement in Care (CIVIC) at the VA Portland Health Care System (VAPORHCS) is seeking qualified applicants for a full-time Statistician position.

Position Summary

Under the supervision of the CIVIC Director and Principal Investigators (PIs), the Statistician serves multiple projects 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 care and strategies to enhance Veteran-clinician collaboration, as well as studies of chronic and comorbid conditions, pain and substance use disorders, suicide prevention, lung cancer, social networking, post-deployment conditions, and inter-professional learning.

Responsibilities

The primary responsibility is to provide statistical and methodological support to the Center. The Statistician will:

  • Work closely with the Director and PIs to develop successful study design and statistical methods;
  • Provide guidance and skills necessary to assure the accurate, unbiased, and relevant analysis of data appropriate to the research questions posed;
  • Use statistical software programs (e.g., SAS, Stata, R, SPSS) to analyze VA hospital, patient record, and survey data for multiple projects, using efficient and appropriate techniques;
  • Rigorously document and present methodology, results, and interpretation using statistical, graphical, or other relevant methods to the Director and PIs;
  • Work closely with interdisciplinary investigators to present accurate data for inclusion in grants, publication in scientific journals, and presentation at scientific meetings; and
  • Provide advice on recent advances in statistical methodology and techniques that could improve the accuracy and/or decrease the cost of data collection.

Experience

Qualifications:

  • Master's degree or PhD in a related field;
  • Extensive experience using SAS or other statistical software to analyze data from large clinical or administrative datasets, such as hospital and patient record data;
  • Experience working on multiple prior research studies as a statistician, data analyst, or similar position that required the applicant to analyze large health/medical datasets;
  • Capable of providing statistical and methodological consultation to Center PIs and staff;
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with subject-matter specialists in a variety of fields;
  • Demonstrated experience writing reports that summarize data methodology and communicate findings;
  • Ability to write methods and results sections for manuscripts and grants, and effectively present findings to diverse groups of stakeholders;
  • Rigorous attention to detail and record keeping;
  • Resourcefulness and professional judgment;
  • Ability to multitask and prioritize projects; and
  • Strong conceptual and analytic skills, oral and written communication skills, and ability to work independently.

Candidates must be US citizens. Depending on the candidate's experience, the target salary will be in the GS-11 to GS-12 range according to the Office of Personnel Management General Schedule table at opm.gov.

Interested candidates should send a cover letter and resume/CV to Dr. Dobscha, by email at steven.dobscha@va.gov with the subject line 'Statistician'.

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(09/27/16) Lead Biostatistician - Seattle, WA

The Seattle Epidemiologic Research and Information Center (ERIC) of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Office of Research and Development, is seeking a biostatistician to lead its expanding biostatistics group, part of a dynamic and growing team of researchers committed to the Seattle ERIC mission of improving the health of U.S. Veterans by promoting the principles and practice of state-of-the-art epidemiologic research.

Background: The Seattle ERIC is recruiting an experienced biostatistician with an advanced degree to lead the Biostatistics Section of the Center and to coordinate and perform epidemiologic research using large, complex health data from the VA and from other sources. The ERIC biostatistics group is expanding and currently includes 2 master’s-level biostatisticians. The Center is one of four epidemiologic centers within the VA Cooperative Studies Program (CSP) and engages in high-quality science and prioritizes a collegial, collaborative, learning-based research environment. The Seattle ERIC biostatisticians typically enjoy contact with the Department of Biostatistics at the University of Washington.

Responsibilities: The Lead Biostatistician will direct and coordinate the activities of the Biostatistics Section and mentor junior biostatisticians. Primary scientific responsibilities will be the application of statistics to observational health research including the design, analysis, interpretation, and documentation phases.

Key Duties:

  • Provide scientific and organizational leadership to the Biostatistics Section of the Center
  • Collaborate with Principal Investigators and other scientific staff to select appropriate study designs and analyses to address research on Veteran-related health issues
  • Develop/assist with data analysis plans and oversee/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-reviewed journals
  • Supervise and mentor junior biostatisticians
  • Participate in national collaborations that include biostatisticians, epidemiologists and scientific staff at other VA CSP epidemiologic research centers

Qualifications: Applicants must have a minimum of an advanced degree in biostatistics, statistics, or a closely related field and 5 or more years of relevant research experience. Applicants should have strong leadership and mentoring ability, possess excellent communication skills, be proficient in standard statistical software packages such as Stata and R, and work well in a team setting. Familiarity with VA data systems, twin research, statistical genetics, and with gene expression and genomic data would be advantageous.

Candidates must be US citizens. Depending on the candidate’s experience, the target salary will be in the GS-11 to GS-13 range according to the Office of Personnel Management General Schedule table at opm.gov.

Contact: Please send a cover letter and resume to SeattleCSPEC@va.gov. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled; however, materials will be considered starting September 30, 2016.

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

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(08/02/16) Statistician - Durham, NC

The Cooperative Studies Program Epidemiology Center in Durham, NC is seeking qualified applicants for the position of Statistician. The incumbent will have a wide range of responsibilities in providing data management and statistical expertise, as well as management of the Center’s Computational Sciences Core.

Tasks and Responsibilities:

  • Direct and perform the management, analysis, and interpretation of data from administrative databases, surveys, and other data sources. Review results and code/programs (SAS, R, other) for validity and accuracy.
  • Plan and execute data collection, analysis, and interpretation of data; apply statistical methods to provide inference and supporting information for development of research proposals, power and sample size calculations, internal reports, presentations, and manuscripts.
  • In partnership with clinical and health services project chairs, design and implement primary studies as well as secondary analysis of existing databases, including VA/non-VA medical system administrative databases, vital and health statistics, cross-sectional surveys, retrospective and prospective cohort studies, and case-control studies.
  • Participate in the development of presentations, reports, manuscripts, and supporting documents for research projects, quality improvement initiatives, and additional activities as requested, for dissemination to team members, project leadership, Program leadership, and the wider VA and non-VA research community.
  • In partnership with team members, design SQL databases and other infrastructure to support efficient and high-quality data collection and maintenance.
  • Manage the allocation of staff effort to maintain adequate project support.
  • Provide mentorship, advice, and general support of the professional development of Computational Core staff.
  • Provide support for Center and Program quality improvement initiatives.

Required Qualifications:

  • PhD degree preferred; background in mathematics, statistics, biostatistics, epidemiology, psychometrics, or related area. MS applicants with sufficient experience in applied statistics and management are also encouraged to apply.
  • Excellent computer programming skills, especially with SAS or other statistical programs.
  • Applicants must be a U.S. citizen or U.S. permanent resident.
  • Must have ability to work effectively as a member of an interdisciplinary team.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communications skills in both written and spoken English.

We offer a full benefits package and competitive salary. U.S. citizenship required. Please e-mail, mail or fax resume to:

Marcus R. Johnson, MPH, MBA, MHA
Assistant Director-Operations, CSPEC-Durham
Cooperative Studies Program Epidemiology Center – Durham
Durham VA Medical Center
508 Fulton Street (152)
Durham, NC 27705
Email: marcus.johnson4@va.gov

VA is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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(08/02/16) Faculty Physician-Scientist in Health Services Research - Indianapolis, Indiana

The Center for Health Information and Communication (VA CHIC) in the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Health Services Research & Development and the Indiana University Center for Health Services and Outcomes Research (IUCHSOR) in Indianapolis, Indiana are seeking a health services researcher with expertise in the area of health information or health communication, with specific application to transforming health systems to optimize the health of patients. The ideal candidate will possess strong methodological skills, including experience assessing barriers and facilitators of successful translation, and experience developing experimental designs for implementation and observation of real-world experiments.

The CHIC is a VA Center of Innovation whose mission to improve Veterans' health care through innovative research on health information, technology, and communication. The Center has two focused areas of partnered research. The first area is advancing the use of health information technology with tools that connect systems to people and optimize the flow of health information, to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of health care. The second area is advancing how information is used and exchanged at the interpersonal level with Veterans, and between healthcare professionals. The CHIC has a broad base of funding of more than $6 million, including grants from the VA and the National Institutes of Health.

The CHSOR in the Indiana University School of Medicine bridges health services research and health care delivery in health systems, including the Richard L. Roudebush VA Medical Center to improve the delivery and outcomes of health care. Programmatic research areas include adult medicine, biomedical informatics and technology, health communication, cancer health services and analytics, pharmaco-epidemiology, population health, behavioral medicine, stroke, chronic pain, mental health, and implementation.

The program's faculty members are appointed within both the Richard L. Roudebush VA Medical Center and Indiana University. The position includes an appointment to the Regenstrief Institute, Inc., an independent research organization, which for over 45 years has supported scientific initiatives of the Indiana University School of Medicine and the Indiana University Center for Health Services and Outcomes Research. Regenstrief Institute is an internationally recognized informatics and healthcare research organization, recognized for its role in improving quality of care, increasing efficiency of healthcare delivery, preventing medical errors, and enhancing patient safety. Regenstrief's scientific community consists of 55 doctorate-level investigators trained in medicine, biomedical informatics, engineering, social and behavioral sciences, epidemiology, and biostatistics, housed in three collaborative centers (Health Services Research, Aging Research, and Biomedical Informatics). The Institute's research is primarily funded through federal grants and contracts, totaled $45 million in FY16, and sustains partnerships with the VA, Indiana University Health, Eskenazi Health, the Indiana University Simon Cancer Center, the Indiana University Center for Global Health, and Indiana University's Schools of Medicine, Public Health, and Nursing.

The Department of Veteran Affairs and Indiana University are Equal Opportunity Employers.

DESIRED SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE

Position requirements are a MD degree in a relevant research discipline with demonstrated skills/experience in health services research, scientific publication, and grant writing. Appointment is open rank (assistant, associate, or senior investigator). Established investigators at the Associate Professor level or above, with a track record of publications, are preferred. Applicants from any relevant area are encouraged to apply. Preference will be given to someone with a demonstrated ability to collaborate on multidisciplinary research teams and to lead an extramurally funded research program.

Required Qualifications:

Must be a U.S. citizen or U.S. permanent resident.

TO APPLY:

Forward CV and letter of interest in confidence to:

Michael Weiner, MD, MPH
Director, VA HSR&D Center for Health Information and Communication, and
Indiana University Center for Health Services and Outcomes Research
C/O Angela Rollins, PhD
Assistant Director, VA HSR&D Center for Health Information and Communication
1481 West 10th Street, 11H
Indianapolis, Indiana 46202-2884
angela.rollins@va.gov; Phone 317.988.4789

Please reference "Faculty physician-scientist search" in the subject line.

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(07/29/16) Health Science Specialist - Bronx, NY

The James J Peters VAMC Geriatrics Research, Education, and Clinical Center in Bronx, NY is hiring a health science specialist (GS-09).

The incumbent will work in the James J. Peters Veterans Affairs Medical Center Geriatric Research, Education and Clinical Center (GRECC) as a Research Coordinator to Principal Investigators of both HSR&D funded projects as well as other funded clinical demonstrations. The Research Coordinator is responsible for coordinating all aspects of research studies including recruiting participants into the study and coordinating study visits to ensure that the study protocol and regulatory requirements are followed.

MAJOR DUTIES:

The incumbent's duties may include, but are not limited to, assisting in the completion of institutional and IRB paperwork, assisting Principal Investigators in ensuring compliance with IRB, VA and Federal Regulations, overall coordination of multicenter study site project coordination, organizing and coordinating project meetings (daily, weekly, monthly, quarterly and yearly) both for local and multisite project teams, recording meeting minutes, distributing data collection rosters to participating sites, completing the informed consent process with each subject, performing study specific procedures, chart abstraction, entering data to be analyzed into a master database and assisting in the development of progress reports.

The incumbent will assist the PI with study document management, which includes entering CPRS notes for research encounters, scanning completed informed consent forms and managing regulatory binders in accordance with institutional guidelines.

The incumbent submits current or amended research protocols and consent forms that have been prepared by the PI to the Institutional Review Board on an annual or semi-annual basis. The incumbent assists the PI in maintaining all regulatory compliance for research studies. The incumbent assists the PI with educating and counseling patients regarding the research protocols and procedures, and obtaining informed consent from patients.

The incumbent implements and coordinates the management and daily operation of assigned studies, follows research protocols and recruits subjects. Knowledge of conducting research studies involving human subjects and familiarity with and Institutional Review Board is an important aspect of the position. Basic knowledge of statistical programming, such as SAS or R, and previous experience with Redcap are highly recommended for applicants.

The incumbent is knowledgeable about the Protection of Human Subjects, Good clinical Practice (GCP) and HIPAA Regulations. The incumbent is skilled in recruiting subjects, the informed consent process, and administering surveys and questionnaires. The incumbent works with large and multi-level databases. The incumbent keeps current within the medical, geriatric, and pain care fields, in addition to health topic areas applicable to Veterans. The incumbent has excellent people and organizational skills. The position requires a strong background in research methods and project coordination. The incumbent is able to communicate verbally and in writing with investigators, research associates, research staff and subjects.

Independently plans, coordinates and carries out assignments, resolving most problems which arise.

The incumbent may also be assigned other duties of a related nature.

For more information, please contact Joshua Henry, GRECC Administrative Officer, at joshua.henry2@va.gov

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(07/25/16) General Medicine Physician Investigator in Rural Health - Iowa City, IA

The Division of General Internal Medicine within the Department of Internal Medicine at the University of Iowa-Carver College of Medicine is seeking to hire a BC/BE physician investigator with a focus in rural health research, for an appointment as an Assistant Professor or Associate Professor in the Tenure Track. The successful applicant will be expected to develop an independently-funded rural health research program in collaboration with investigators in the Center for Comprehensive Access and Delivery Research and Evaluation (CADRE) and the Veterans Rural Health Resource Center (VRHRC) at the Iowa City VA. Opportunities for collaboration also exist with an active rural health research community on campus, including the Rural Policy Research Institute (RUPRI) and Center for Rural Prevention Research.

Rank will be based upon experience and productivity. Individuals hired at the rank of Assistant Professor or higher are expected to have a track record of peer-reviewed publications and a clear plan for developing independent research funding in the area of rural health research. Possible areas of focus may include, but are not limited to: development and evaluation of interventions to improve access to high quality healthcare in rural settings, rural healthcare workforce, studies of health determinants and outcomes for rural populations, and rural health policy.

Successful candidates must have an MD degree and should demonstrate evidence of advanced training in disciplines applicable to rural health research, such as clinical or basic epidemiology, health economics, outcomes research, demography, biostatistics, or related methodologies. The successful candidate must be authorized to work in the U.S.

See https://jobs.uiowa.edu/faculty/view/69239 for details.

Advertising Ends on: Extended Until Position is Filled

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(06/16/16) Healthcare Research Analyst - Boston, MA

The Center for Healthcare Organization and Implementation Research (CHOIR) is a health services research Center of Innovation located on the Jamaica Plain campus of the VA Boston Healthcare System. We seek a research programmer/analyst with very strong command of SAS, including use of data steps to merge multiple datasets from different sources to create new working databases. In addition to 2-3 years of current SAS programming experience, other desirable skills include: working knowledge of SQL; experience with other statistical software packages (e.g., SPSS, MPLUS); experience working with large data sets; experience creating and administering web-based surveys; experience working on multiple projects simultaneously. The ideal candidate will have a background in health services research or public health with graduate-level training in research methods and statistics. Major responsibilities include:

  • Creating and maintaining project databases from multiple primary and/or secondary sources.
  • Developing data management protocols to ensure quality and accessibility.
  • Taking the initiative to identify and understand documentation for existing complex corporate databases using both web-based resources and direct interpersonal contact.
  • Working with PhD investigators to develop appropriate sampling plans and/or select the appropriate statistical techniques needed to analyze study data and test hypotheses.
  • Executing data analyses, primarily in SAS.
  • Preparing graphic, tabular and written summaries of results of statistical analyses for internal project meetings, reports, grant applications, and papers submitted for publications.
  • Preparing feedback reports for distribution to medical centers and other administrative units that participate in research studies.
  • Interacting professionally with senior and junior colleagues throughout the organization as needed to accomplish project goals.

Excellent communication skills, organizational skills, creativity, teamwork skills and attention to detail are required.

We offer a full benefits package and competitive salary. U.S. citizenship required. Please e-mail, mail or fax resume to:

Administrative Officer
Center for Healthcare Organization and Implementation Research (152M)
Boston VA Healthcare System
150 South Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02130
Phone: (857) 364-4433
Fax: (857) 364-4438
Email: john.brown50@va.gov

VA is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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(06/16/16) Health Services Research Investigator - Boston, MA

VA Boston Healthcare System seeks a dynamic, academically oriented health services research investigator for its Health Services Research and Development (HSR&D) Center of Innovation, which is jointly based at VA Boston Healthcare System and Edith Nourse Rogers VA Medical Center in Bedford, MA. The mission of the Center–the Center for Healthcare Organization and Implementation Research (CHOIR)–is to conduct health services, organization and implementation research that promotes Veteran-centered high-quality healthcare, identifying best practices and working with operational and policy leaders within VA to implement findings to improve clinical care. CHOIR supports an extensive portfolio of 88 funded research projects and programs, with a total annual budget of over $13 million. The 52 doctorally-trained core investigators at CHOIR are highly productive academically and contribute to a large, vibrant pre- and post-doctoral training program for both MD and PhD researchers.

Potential candidates will be PhD (or equivalent) investigators with scholarly expertise in health services research and/or one or more of its many constituent fields (including health policy, psychology, sociology, economics, and related areas), optimally with a track-record of obtaining peer-reviewed funding. Successful candidates will be able to establish a scientific leadership role as a principal investigator that aligns with or extends CHOIR’s main scientific foci, particularly: Health communication between Veterans and providers and the broader healthcare system; Medication use and its outcomes; and Recovery of Veterans with social and behavioral vulnerabilities; or CHOIR’s other areas of research including patient safety, organization science, implementation science, patient-centered care, and genomic health services. Details on the CHOIR research and training portfolio can be found at: http://www.choir.research.va.gov/.

The position will be up to a full-time appointment based at VA Boston, Jamaica Plain Campus. VA Boston contains one of the largest programs of research in VA encompassing a total of ten federally funded research centers. Areas of expertise include: posttraumatic stress disorder, women’s health, Alzheimer’s disease, chronic traumatic encephalopathy and traumatic brain injury, cognitive neurosciences, schizophrenia, and the addictions. It is also home to MAVERIC, a research center providing national leadership to the Million Veterans Program, VA’s major genomic medicine initiative.

Candidates should be eligible for academic appointment as an Assistant, Associate, or Full Professor at Boston University. Full salary and benefits package are competitive and commensurate with experience. The VA Boston Healthcare System is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer.

Interested candidates should submit a letter of interest and CV to: John Brown, Administrative Officer (john.brown50@va.gov). Applications will be reviewed as received and will be accepted until the position is filled. Letters of recommendation will be requested later in the process.

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(06/16/16) Statistician - Bedford, MA

Edith Nourse Rogers Memorial VA seeks an academically-oriented, doctorally-trained Statistician or statistical scientist for its Health Services Research and Development (HSR&D) Center of Innovation (COIN) jointly located at Edith Nourse Rogers Memorial VA in Bedford, MA and at VA Boston Healthcare System. The COIN - the Center for Healthcare Organization and Implementation Research (CHOIR) - contains an extensive portfolio (in FY15) of 88 funded research projects and programs, with a total annual budget of over $13 million. The 52 doctorally-trained core investigators at CHOIR are highly productive academically and contribute to a large, vibrant pre- and post-doctoral training program for both MD and PhD researchers.

Potential candidates will be PhD (or similar doctoral degree) investigators with expertise in mathematical statistical and/or biostatistical methods. She/He will contribute to CHOIR health services research across its many constituent fields, and will contribute technical and statistical knowledge and assist in the preparation of research proposals and reports, and prepare and submit articles for publication in scientific journals. Responsibilities include finding the best and innovative quantitative ways to analyze novel data. The position will be a full-time appointment based at Edith Nourse Rogers Memorial VA in Bedford, MA. Candidates should hold, or be eligible for academic appointment at Boston University or at the University of Massachusetts. Full salary and benefits package are competitive and commensurate with experience.

The successful candidate will have the ability to expertly lead analysis of all varieties of health systems data, including patient record data and survey data. She/He will convey data analysis results, recommendations, and other information in clear, concise English to research team members, collaborators, and management. The statistician will read, hear, comprehend, and dissect important components of conversations and documents relating to research questions under consideration, and have the ability to synthesize, summarize, and apply the results and write clearly about the conclusions. She/He will frequently be required to extend analyses beyond the original problems, apply intelligence and creativity to problems and develop new ideas. He/she will be expected to work closely with and advise programmer/statistical analysts.

The mission of CHOIR is to conduct health services, organization and implementation research that promotes Veteran-centered high-quality healthcare, identifying best practices and working with operational and policy leaders within VA to implement findings to improve clinical care. CHOIR investigators have broad expertise across the research spectrum, with particular focus on Recovery of Veterans with social and behavioral vulnerabilities; Medication use and its outcomes; and Health communication between Veterans and providers or the broader healthcare system. Other areas of research include patient safety, organizational science, patient-centered care, and genomic health services. Details can be found at: http://www.choir.research.va.gov/.

Competitive candidates for this position should have a record of developing or participating in successful, extramurally-funded research, or have the training, commensurate experience and interest in developing a successful research trajectory. U.S. citizen status is required. Faculty at the Universities affiliated with CHOIR engage in teaching, research, and service and are expected to collaborate on research projects, mentor students and junior faculty and contribute to the teaching missions of their appointed Department.

Interested candidates should submit electronically a letter of interest and CV directly to: Allen L. Gifford, Acting Director, CHOIR, care of Joanne Dussault (Joanne.Dussault@va.gov, 781-687-3417). Applications will be reviewed as received and will be accepted until the position is filled. Letters of recommendation will be requested later in the process.

The Edith Nourse Rogers Memorial VA is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer.

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(05/16/16) Director of Clinical Informatics - Boston, MA

The Massachusetts Veterans Epidemiology Research and Information Center (MAVERIC) at the VA Boston Healthcare System invite applications for a full-time faculty position as Director of Clinical Informatics. The Director is an integral member of the MAVERIC leadership team and is responsible for the vision, design, development, and execution of the informatics required to support a national portfolio of clinical research and rapid learning healthcare system activities.

The Director is charged with leading an experienced informatics team to manage a successful solution architecture that combines multiple Informatics domains including clinical informatics, natural language processing, machine learning, phenotyping, clinical analytics, imaging informatics, and bioinformatics. Success requires both creative independent thinking and collaboration skills but not mastery of all informatics domains. Examples of informatics requirements of active projects include developing platforms and applications to match patients to clinical trials, aggregate relevant clinical data from multiple sources, perform predictive analytics, return analytic results to the VA electronic health record for decision support and provide decision support tools (e.g. tumor board) capable of complex workflows essential to learning healthcare system activities.

The successful candidate will be a skilled collaborator who can learn and navigate the VA information technology world to provide sophisticated and creative informatics solutions for the complex business requirements of clinical care and research activities. They will maintain relationships with key VA administrators at the local and national level, with academic collaborators and with a wide variety of venders and be skilled at managing a team of 30 employees. The position requires US citizenship and M.D. or D.O. with licensure, board certification in clinical informatics is preferred. Accomplishments should be commensurate with academic appointment as assistant or associate professor at either Harvard Medical School or Boston University School of Medicine. Women and minorities are strongly encouraged to apply. VABHS is an equal opportunity employer.

Please send inquiries along with your CV to: Louis.Fiore@va.gov. Include "Applicant, Clinical Informatics" in the e-mail subject line.

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(03/23/16) Associate Director for the Center for Mental Healthcare & Outcomes Research - North Little Rock, AR

The Center for Mental Healthcare & Outcomes Research (CeMHOR), an HSR&D-funded Center of Innovation (COIN), is seeking an Associate Director. CeMHOR is located at the Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System (CAVHS) in Little Rock, Arkansas and has a rich 25 year history. Our mission is to optimize outcomes for Veterans by conducting innovative research to improve access to and engagement in evidence-based mental health and substance use care.

The Associate Director works closely with the CeMHOR Director to provide scientific and programmatic leadership for CeMHOR. The Associate Director is responsible for overseeing the day-to-day operations of the center and will serve as a mentor/and advisor to junior faculty and staff. He/she will foster growth and recognition of the center by promoting and facilitating applications for funding from VA and other sources; making education and training opportunities available for investigators and staff; and helping investigators disseminate and implement research results.

The ideal candidate should be a mid-level to senior-level investigator with a track record of publications in the areas of mental health, specialty settings, primary care, rural mental health, tele-mental health and/or access and engagement in mental health care or substance abuse care. Candidates should have an MD or a doctorate in health services research, epidemiology, public health, or other health-related discipline. The candidate should have considerable experience as a Principal Investigator and have experience obtaining funding from VA, NIH, DoD, and/or PCORI. Management experience would also be advantageous.

If interested, please send your resume/curriculum vitae and letter of interest to: Richard R. Owen, MD (Richard.owen2@va.gov).

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(02/25/16) Statistician - Houston, TX

The Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center, Houston, TX and Baylor College of Medicine are seeking qualified applicants for the position of Statistician based at the VA Health Services Research and Development Center for Innovations in Quality, Effectiveness and Safety (IQuESt).

The incumbent will have a wide range of responsibilities in providing data management and statistical expertise.

Tasks and Responsibilities:

  • Manage, analyze and interpret data from administrative databases, surveys, and other data sources.
  • Plan data collection, analysis, and interpret numerical data; apply statistical methods to provide inferences and information for the fields of health services and statistics for development of research proposals, power and sample size calculations, and co-authoring manuscripts.
  • Conduct primary studies as well as secondary analysis of existing databases, including VA/non-VA medical system administrative databases, vital and health statistics, crosssectional surveys, retrospective and prospective cohort studies, and case-control studies.
  • Evaluate the reliability of source information, adjust and weight raw data, and organize results into the format necessary for computer analysis.
  • Analyze and interpret statistics to point out significant differences between study samples and prepare conclusions and forecasts based on data summaries and analyses.

A summary of all activities of our Center are available on our website: http://www.houston.hsrd.research.va.gov.

Required Qualifications:

  • PhD degree preferred; background in mathematics, statistics, biostatistics, epidemiology, psychometrics, or related area. Faculty appointment may be considered commensurate with applicant experience.
  • Excellent computer programming skills, especially with SAS or other statistical programs.
  • Applicants must be a U.S. citizen or U.S. permanent resident.
  • Must have ability to work effectively as a member of an interdisciplinary team.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communications skills in both written and spoken English.

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

Contact:

Jessica Davila, PhD, Program Chief, Methodology & Statistics Core
c/o Edward Pomer
Center for Innovations in Quality, Effectiveness and Safety
2450 Holcombe Blvd, Suite 01Y
Houston, TX 77021
Edward.Pomer@va.gov or Phone: 713-440-4477

Please reference "Statistician Position" in subject line.

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(02/25/16) Statistical Analyst - Houston, TX

The Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center, Houston, TX and Baylor College of Medicine are seeking qualified applicants for the position of Statistical Analyst, based at the VA Health Services Research and Development Center for Innovations in Quality, Effectiveness and Safety (IQuESt).

The incumbent will have a wide range of responsibilities in providing data management and statistical.

Tasks and Responsibilities:

  • Manage data obtained from administrative databases, surveys, and other data sources.
  • Conduct analysis of existing data, including VA and non-VA medical system administrative databases, vital and health statistics, cross-sectional surveys, retrospective and prospective cohort studies, and case-control studies.
  • Format data as needed for statistical analysis.
  • Provides data summaries, analyses, and interprets results.
  • Prepares data tables for presentation.
  • Provides technical consultation to Research Investigators preparing grant applications, including but not limited to assistance with power and sample size calculations.

Required Qualifications:

  • M.S. degree with a background in mathematics, statistics, biostatistics, epidemiology, psychometrics, or a related area.
  • Experience using SAS or other statistical program.
  • Must be a United States Citizen or U.S. permanent resident.
  • Ability to work effectively as a member of an interdisciplinary team.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communications skills in both written and spoken English.
  • Excellent computer programming skills, especially with SAS programming.

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

Contact:

Jessica Davila, PhD, Program Chief, Methodology & Statistics Core
c/o Edward Pomer
Center for Innovations in Quality, Effectiveness and Safety
2450 Holcombe Blvd, Suite 01Y
Houston, TX 77021
Edward.Pomer@va.gov or Phone: 713-440-4477

Please reference "Statistical Analyst" in subject line.

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(02/24/16) Research Scientist - Clinical Epidemiology and Comparative Effectiveness - Houston, TX

The Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center, Houston, TX and Baylor College of Medicine are seeking qualified applicants for the position of Research Scientist based at the VA Health Services Research and Development Center for Innovations in Quality, Effectiveness and Safety (IQuESt).

We are seeking MD or PhD candidates to conduct comparative effectiveness research in prevention, screening, diagnostics or treatments (including pharmacologic, behavioral, and other treatment strategies). Established investigators at the Assistant or Associate Professor level with a track record of publications in the areas of comparative effectiveness, clinical epidemiology or clinical trials are preferred. Candidates will be expected to conduct research for at least 75% of the time and a highly competitive start up package will be offered commensurate with experience and record of success.

IQuESt, located in the Texas Medical Center with 35,000 sq. ft. of contiguous office space, has a strong portfolio of federally funded, multidisciplinary research. It houses over 190 staff; 45 are research faculty from either clinical and/or non-clinical disciplines, such as epidemiology, biostatistics, and psychometrics. Our research extends from patient experience, to clinical practice and outcomes of care, and to the development of health care policy. We have an established track record of supporting, mentoring and developing outstanding research leaders. Some faculty hold joint or adjunct appointments at Rice University, The University of Texas School of Biomedical Informatics and School of Public Health, University of Houston, and Texas A&M University.

A summary of all activities of our Center are available on our website: http://www.houston.hsrd.research.va.gov.

Required Qualifications:

  • Fellowship trained MD or PhD.
  • Must be a U.S. citizen or U.S. permanent resident.

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

Contact:

Thomas P. Giordano, MD, MPH
Chief, Clinical Epidemiology and Comparative Effectiveness Program
c/o Edward Pomer
Center for Innovations in Quality, Effectiveness and Safety
2450 Holcombe Blvd, Suite 01Y
Houston, TX 77021
Edward.Pomer@va.gov or Phone: 713-440-4477

Please reference "Comparative Effectiveness Investigator" in subject line.

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(01/29/16) Academic General Internal Medicine Physician - Minneapolis, MN

The Minneapolis VA Health Care System seeks full-time academic general internists with quality improvement, implementation science, comparative effectiveness, or health services research expertise to join our new Quality, Safety, and Value Program, located within the section of General Internal Medicine. The Minneapolis VA is a major teaching hospital affiliated with the University of Minnesota and home to the Center for Chronic Disease Outcomes Research (a VA Health Services Research Center of Innovation with 25 funded investigators), an AHRQ/VA funded Evidence-Synthesis Program, a Chief Resident for Quality and Safety (CRQS) program, and an established QI curriculum for trainees, including a dedicated Patient Safety Rotation. Successful candidates will be provided with substantial protected time for quality improvement, mentoring, and research or scholarship activities. Essential qualifications include excellent interpersonal communication, creative problem-solving skills, ability to work with multidisciplinary teams, and demonstrated expertise in quality/health care delivery improvement, implementation science, or health services research. Candidates should have advanced methodological training, such as that provided by a general internal medicine, quality improvement, or health services research fellowship, and should be BC/BE in Internal Medicine and eligible for an academic appointment in the University of Minnesota Department of Medicine. This position offers a competitive VA salary, performance pay, and an excellent benefits package. Send CV and letter of interest to Erin Krebs, MD, MPH at CCDOR (152), Minneapolis VAMC, 1 Veterans Drive, Minneapolis, MN 55417 or erin.krebs@va.gov.

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Fellowships

(03/09/17) Postdoctoral Fellowship in Women's Health - Pittsburgh, PA

The Women's Health (WH) Fellowship at the VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System is recruiting associated health professionals for a 2-year postdoctoral fellowship program. The goal of the program is to cultivate women's health research professionals to develop careers that will contribute to the VA's core missions of: 1) delivering high quality gender specific care to women veterans, 2) educating the next generation of providers to provide this same high quality of care and, 3) evaluating both the delivery and quality of care for women veterans.

Program Description: This interdisciplinary program aims to train associated health professionals for an academic research career with a focus on women's health. Individualized, mentored research and clinical training is combined with a curriculum that emphasizes research methods, statistics, epidemiology, quality improvement methods, education, and service delivery. Mentoring involves a VA-based investigator and (as appropriate) a co-mentor from our academic affiliate, the University of Pittsburgh. All Fellows, regardless of discipline, will be expected to: 1) have a clinical presence of at least 25% in the VA Pittsburgh Women's Health Center, if appropriate 2) attend and participate in the weekly WH Seminar series and the twice yearly VA WH Update; and 3) attend (with mentor) and present at the Interdisciplinary Fellowship Seminar where progress in meeting goals is reviewed and feedback is given by the Fellowship Advisory Committee. Fellows must be U.S. citizens.

How to Apply: Interested associated health professionals who meet the eligibility requirements should submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae and transcripts to Karin Daniels PhD (karin.daniels@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 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. The VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System is an equal opportunity employer.

The Women's Health (WH) Fellowship at VAPHS is one of four Advanced Fellowships housed within the Center for Health Equity Research and Promotion (CHERP).

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(03/01/17) Postdoctoral Fellowship in Health Services Research - Pittsburgh, PA

CHERP is a VA HSR&D Center of Innovation (COIN) co-located at the VA Medical Centers in Pittsburgh and Philadelphia and affiliated with the University of Pittsburgh and the University of Pennsylvania. Our primary research focus is on detecting, understanding, and reducing disparities in health and health care among a broad range of vulnerable populations. We also support two additional research foci designed to: (1) improve the effectiveness, safety, and value of clinical therapeutics (i.e., medications, procedures); and (2) apply the principles and techniques of behavioral economics to improve the health and health care of Veterans and other populations. Our post-doctoral training program encompasses these three focus areas.

CHERP's 2-year post-doctoral training program is designed to provide fellows with: (1) advanced interprofessional training in health services research, implementation science, and health system quality improvement; (2) mentored research experiences leading to peer-reviewed publications; and (3) competency in interprofessional collaboration. Didactic and experiential training plans are tailored to the interests and needs of selected fellows. Ultimately, our program aims to prepare fellows to become national leaders in health services research and health care improvement.

The training program is co-directed by Kevin Volpp, MD, PhD and Galen Switzer, PhD in collaboration with Associate Directors Michael Fine, MD, MSc and Said Ibrahim, MD, MPH. Selected fellows will be mentored by these program leaders and other CHERP faculty who have broad expertise in quantitative and qualitative research methodology (e.g., clinical trial development, QI, large database analysis, pharmacoeconomics, psychometrics, econometrics, decision and cost-effectiveness analysis, meta-analysis, technology assessment, and implementation science).

Fellows receive an annual stipend, health insurance, and limited support for training and research activities. There are no teaching, service, or payback requirements. Fellows will engage in scholarly projects of their own design under the guidance of senior program faculty. They will have opportunities to enroll in and/or audit Masters' level courses and/or certificate programs and to serve as Teaching Assistants at the University of Pennsylvania or the University of Pittsburgh. These fellowship positions are supported by the VA Office of Academic Affiliations.

Fellows must be US citizens and have obtained a PhD, medical degree (MD), or other professional doctoral degree. Physicians and other clinical and non-clinical professionals are encouraged to apply. Applicants should send a CV, a letter detailing their proposed training and research program, and three letters of reference to Carson Clark (Philadelphia) at VHAPHICHERPFellowship@va.gov or Karin Daniels (Pittsburgh) at Karin.Daniels@va.gov

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(02/07/17) VA Advanced Postdoctoral Fellowship in Women's Health - San Francisco, CA

The San Francisco VA Medical Center (SFVAMC )/ University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) is seeking candidates for a two-year advanced postdoctoral fellowship in women's health. We are a team of researchers from diverse disciplines aiming to understand the unique challenges facing women veterans. Our research focuses on improving the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of relevant health issues.

The ideal fellowship candidate will have a demonstrated interest in women's health. The candidate will have opportunities to analyze pre-collected data and disseminate findings, design new research projects, and contribute to ongoing studies.

Requirements: The San Francisco VA Advanced Fellowship in Women's Health Program will enroll 2 fellows each year. One fellow will be a physician and the other a fellow in an associated health field such as psychology, nursing or pharmacology. Applicants must have a Medical Degree (MD) and have completed an approved residency or Doctorate of Philosophy (PhD). For psychology applicants, an APA accredited doctorate in clinical or counseling psychology and APA accredited internship is required. All requirements for the doctoral degree must be completed prior to the start of the fellowship year. US citizenship is required.

Deadline: Until filled

View complete details.

Contact Sabra Inslicht, Ph.D.: sabra.inslicht@ucsf.edu

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(11/22/16) Post-Doctoral Fellowship Opportunities in Health Services Research (MD, PhD) - Gainesville and Tampa, FL

The Center of Innovation on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (CINDRR) will provide content expertise, mentoring, and educational infrastructure in Gainesville, FL (affiliated with the University of Florida) and Tampa, FL (affiliated with the University of South Florida) for PhDs interested in pursuing careers in VA health services research in rehabilitation. CINDRR is dedicated to conducting research that identifies, develops, and tests strategies for improving Veteran rehabilitation services across the continuum of care and providing long term support for Veterans with disabilities and their families, including issues related to access, utilization, cost, quality, and health outcomes. Focus areas include (1) Innovative rehabilitation through the use of technology and engagement among Veterans, families, clinicians and communities; (2) Rehabilitation Analytics Research and (3) Implementation Research.

CINDRR offers a 2 year HSR&D post-doctoral fellowship for researchers and physicians interested in pursuing careers in VA Rehabilitation Health Services Research.

In addition, the Tampa location of CINDRR provides a 1 year Patient Safety post-doctoral fellowship to develop leaders with vision, knowledge, and commitment to lead patient safety efforts in collaboration with the James A. Haley VA Hospital and the University of South Florida.

For details go to http://tinyurl.com/je3cfy7.

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(05/11/16) Advanced 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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(12/03/15) Post-Doctoral 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.

For more information, please contact Deb D'Allesandro 401-273-7100 ext. 6238 or Debra.D'Allesandro@va.gov.

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