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Please note that this section is updated monthly. The following positions are still open as of 12/01/16.

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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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(11/23/16) Administrative Officer (Research & Development) - Sacramento, CA

This position is established within the Office of the Associate Chief of Staff (ACOS) for Research and Development (R&D). In collaboration with, and under the guidance of the ACOS, the Administrative Officer (AO) formulates the goals and objectives of the research program at VA Northern California Health Care System (VANCHCS). Responsible for initiating policies, procedures and organizational structures necessary to achieve the stipulated goals. Within this framework, the incumbent is responsible for planning, developing, and directing the complex administrative and fiscal activities necessary to advance the program.

See https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/456200000 for details.

Closes Friday 12/2/2016

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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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(10/07/16) Open-Rank Tenure-Track or Tenured Faculty Positions in Health Equity - Los Angeles, CA

The UCLA Fielding School of Public Health is conducting a search to fill two open-ranked tenure-track or tenured faculty positions whose research and teaching focuses on ways of addressing disparities and improving health equity through policies, programs, and/or large-scale initiatives. Successful candidates will hold appointments in one of the FSPH's five departments, which are Biostatistics, Community Health Sciences, Environmental Health Sciences, Epidemiology, and Health Policy and Management. Successful candidates may also hold a joint appointment across two departments.

Candidates must be strongly committed to cutting-edge research, high quality teaching and public service on health disparities and health equity. Although the specific discipline and field of specialization are open, successful candidates need to have demonstrated experience conducting research into addressing disparities and improving health equity. Candidates carrying out leading research, teaching and service may address disparities/improve equity across a wide range of dimensions including socio-economic status, gender, race/ethnicity, national origin, geographic area, religion, sexual orientation and gender identity, disability, linguistic group or any other related dimension to health equity research.

Responsibilities include conducting innovative research and building or having a strong record of peer-reviewed publications depending on career stage, teaching courses and advising students, active involvement in the school and the successful applicant’s professional field, and continuing or building a successful record of extramural research funding.

Candidates must hold a doctoral degree (PhD, ScD, MD, DrPH or equivalent) or be on track to conclude their doctoral degrees before July 1, 2017. We encourage applications from candidates in all disciplines of public health as well as a wide range of related fields including the social, behavioral and environmental sciences, statistics, public policy and public management. Candidates must have excellent research, teaching and service records for their career stage. Faculty appointment level and salary will be commensurate with the candidate’s experience and qualifications.

For full details and application procedure go to the UCLA Academic Personnel Office website at https://recruit.apo.ucla.edu/apply/JPF02150.

RECRUITMENT PERIOD

Open July 18th, 2016 through December 15th, 2016

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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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(08/15/16) Co-Director (Senior MD or PhD investigator) - Boston, MA

VA Boston Healthcare System seeks a dynamic, academically oriented leader for its Health Services Research and Development (HSR&D) Center of Innovation (COIN) jointly based at VA Boston Healthcare System and Edith Nourse Rogers VA in Bedford, MA. 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 senior MD or PhD investigators with scholarly expertise in health services research and/or one or more of its many constituent fields, with leadership and administrative experience, and with a strong, proven track-record of obtaining peer-reviewed funding. The position will be a full-time appointment based at VA Boston, Jamaica Plain Campus. Candidates should hold, or be eligible for academic appointment as a Professor or Associate Professor at Boston University or Harvard University. Full salary and benefits package are competitive and commensurate with experience (e.g., GS-15). A recruitment incentive is approved.

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/.

The Boston Co-Director is expected to have collaborative responsibility for leadership of CHOIR, and to have line authority for the Boston site. The leadership role includes setting and promoting a vision for conducting research that engages with VA systems and improves care for Veterans. Success will require an understanding of VA funding mechanisms, or the ability to rapidly develop such an understanding. Administrative duties include managing Center research funds, and mentoring research investigators on scientific, professional, and administrative matters.

Competitive candidates for this position will have a record of successful, extramurally-funded research including VA, DoD, and NIH grants, a background in the conduct of health services research, and have US citizen status. 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.

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, 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.

Interested candidates should submit electronically a letter of interest and CV directly to: Terence M. Keane, Ph.D., Associate Chief of Staff for Research, VA Boston Healthcare System, 150 S. Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA 02130. Electronic address: ChoirDirector@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.

The VA Boston Healthcare System is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer.

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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) 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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(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: CHOIR.boston@va.gov

VA is an 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

(12/01/16) Postdoctoral Fellowship in Health Services Research - Portland, OR

The Department of Veterans Affairs Portland Health Care System (VAPORHCS), affiliated with Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU), is offering Advanced Fellowships in Health Services Research and Development (HSR&D), co-directed by Linda Ganzini, MD, MPH and Kathleen Carlson, PhD. The goal of this program is to provide two years of advanced interdisciplinary training to physicians, psychologists, and doctorally-prepared social scientists and nurses in research and quality improvement methods in HSR&D. Fellows will be affiliated with the Portland HSR&D Center of Innovation called the Center to Improve Veteran Involvement in Care (CIVIC). CIVIC’s mission is to conduct research that empowers Veterans to improve their health by enhancing active participation of Veterans and their supports in health care. CIVIC has a specific focus on understanding and assisting patients with psychological challenges or other vulnerabilities that may impact self-management and recovery. The CIVIC currently supports 15 funded investigators who conduct qualitative and quantitative research on mental and physical health conditions, including posttraumatic stress disorder, chronic pain, suicide, psychiatric disorders in cancer patients, substance abuse, chronic opioid use, and traumatic brain injury, as well as health disparities, clinician-patient communication, and health informatics—all of whom are potentially available as mentors. More information about CIVIC, its investigators, and the fellowship is available at http://www.portlandcoin.research.va.gov/.

HSR&D Fellows will receive specialized training, experience and mentorship related to one (or more) of four unique tracks: Clinical Innovator, Research Synthesis, HSR&D Informatics, and/or Independent Investigator. Fellows on the Clinical Innovator track will develop HSR&D skills with a focus on patient safety and clinical innovation, capitalizing on opportunities at the VAPORHCS through its Northwest Innovation Center. Fellows in the Research Synthesis track will focus on developing research synthesis skills under the mentorship of Portland’s internationally recognized leaders in evidence synthesis. Fellows in the HSR&D Informatics track will focus on developing research skills in the emerging field of clinical informatics. Fellows on the Independent Investigator track will focus on developing, completing, and publishing the results of an independent research project in HSR&D, publishing additional manuscripts with their mentorship team, and obtaining pilot data, thus optimally positioning themselves to compete for subsequent training and research grants. Training specific to each track will include didactics through the OHSU Human Investigations Program (HIP), which offers a Masters of Clinical Research. Many training opportunities are tuition-free.

Candidates must be U.S. citizens and have obtained either a medical degree (MD) or other doctoral degree. The fellowship includes a competitive stipend with most federal benefits. Personal work space with office support and access to CIVIC resources will be provided. Contact Kathleen Carlson, PhD at 503-220-8262 x52094 or kathleen.carlson@va.gov for more information. To apply, email a cover letter stating interests and goals for the fellowship, three letters of recommendation, and curriculum vitae to Dr. Carlson.

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(11/22/16) 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 Heather Johnson (Philadelphia) at Heather.Johnson4@va.gov or Karin Daniels (Pittsburgh) at Karin.Daniels@va.gov

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(11/22/16) Post-Doctoral Fellowship Opportunities in Health Services Research - 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://www.cindrr.research.va.gov/CINDRRRESEARCH/opportunities/post_doctoral_fellowships.asp.

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(11/21/16) 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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(11/15/16) Implementation Research Institute (IRI) Fellowship - St. Louis, MO

The Implementation Research Institute (IRI) is an exciting learning collaborative of implementation researchers funded by the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA). This unique interdisciplinary training program aims to help researchers launch a research career in implementation science in mental health. The IRI provides experiential learning, didactic training, faculty mentoring, and support for grant writing—all focused on helping participants shape a research project for competitive external funding.

What is the IRI? The IRI was established to advance the field of implementation science in mental health by enhancing the career development of investigators new to this field. Implementation research is the study of processes for integrating empirically supported treatments (ESTs) into usual care, and holds high promise for reducing the gap from treatment discovery to community practice. IRI participants will join a learning collaborative of implementation researchers for two years, spending one week each summer at a week-long institute at the Center for Mental Health Services Research (CMHSR) at Washington University in St. Louis, and receiving individualized mentoring to help them shape a research agenda in implementation science and prepare a competitive research grant proposal.

Who should apply? We invite applications from ambitious PhD or MD investigators, with demonstrated experience and enthusiasm in the study of mental health services, who wish to conduct ground-breaking research in the area of implementation science. Our IRI will support a cohort of participants who seek expert mentoring and collaboration to advance their research capacity in areas referenced by NIH PARs on "Dissemination and Implementation Research in Health" PAR-10-055. Minority applicants are strongly encouraged to apply.

The IRI is supported by the National Institutes of Health grant 2R25MH08091606A1

IRI benefits. IRI Fellows will be appointed each year for two-year terms. They will join a scholarly network of peer Fellows and IRI faculty with expertise in implementation science. Each Fellow will receive:

  • One week on-site training in June 2017 and June 2018 at Washington University in St. Louis (travel funds to/from their home institution and St. Louis each June provided).
  • Bimonthly, long-distance, mentoring with an expert implementation researcher associated with this Institute to help craft a competitive research proposal in mental health or drug abuse implementation research.
  • Travel funds to support each Fellow’s visit, up to 3-days, to the site of a funded implementation research project, relevant to their research interests.
  • Training to mentor others in implementation science
  • Training to lead the development of implementation research capacity in your home institution

For details, go to http://iristl.org/apply/.

APPLICATION DEADLINE = January 20, 2017

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(11/10/16) Postdoctoral Fellowship 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 4735 E Marginal 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, to participate in related educational activities including selected course work at the University of Washington and to participate in 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 $47,485.

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
  • 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 in a sealed envelope

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

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

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

The application deadline is January 16, 2017 for Fall Fellowships

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(10/27/16) Advanced Fellowship in Clinical and Health Services Research - Minneapolis, MN

The Center for Chronic Disease Outcomes Research (CCDOR) at the Minneapolis Veterans Affairs (VA) Healthcare System is seeking applicants for two-year MD and PhD postdoctoral fellowships in clinical health services research.

Candidates with interest in epidemiology, healthcare disparities, posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), implementation science, high value health care and policy, biostatistics, research methodology, cancer prevention and screening, chronic pain, or substance use disorders are especially encouraged to apply, but candidates with other interests will also be considered.

We are looking for fellowship candidates who have PhDs in psychology, sociology, public health or related areas, and MD/DOs who are internal medicine, psychiatry, or rehabilitation medicine physicians interested in a career in academic medicine, government and policy, or private health care systems. Fellows will participate in an intensive mentored research experience, with training in grant and manuscript writing, health services research, and advanced research methods. Fellows have the opportunity to participate in systematic reviews under the auspices of the Minneapolis VA Evidence-based Synthesis Program. Physician fellows also have the opportunity to complete an MPH in epidemiology or health services research or an MS in clinical research through the University of Minnesota School of Public Health.

For more information on the fellowship program, please contact Dr. Diana Burgess at diana.burgess@va.gov. The deadline for fellows who would like to start summer 2017 is January 15th, 2017. To learn more about our center and the fellowship program, please visit http://www.hsrd.minneapolis.med.va.gov/PageFellowships.asp.

Applicant must be a US citizen. MD fellows must have graduated from an ACGME accredited residency, be board certified or board eligible, and have an active unrestricted U.S. medical license. International medical graduates must also have an ECFMG certificate that is valid indefinitely. MD salary is based on PGY level.

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(10/21/16) Los Angeles Area 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, Implemen-tation 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 implemen-tation activities aimed at improving 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.

To be eligible to receive a postdoctoral award, the prospective candidate must be a U.S. Citizen or permanent resident and have obtained a Ph.D., medical degree, or other professional doctoral degree. Awards will last two years. The fellowship provides a stipend, health insurance, and travel money to attend professional meetings. Postdoctoral fellows also have the option of pursuing a Masters degree in the UCLA Department of Health Policy and Management, and most tuition and fees are covered during the fellowship.

The program is especially interested in attracting a diverse group of trainees, including those from underrepresented minority groups.

Questions: Contact Yayoi Roth: ysroth@ph.ucla.edu

Apply online through January 20, 2017 at http://hpm.ph.ucla.edu/academics/programs/ucla-rand-post-doctoral-program

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(10/08/16) Advanced Fellowship in Mental Illness Research & Treatment - Waco, TX

VISN 17 Center of Excellence for Research on Returning War Veterans

2-Year Postdoctoral Program for Clinical Psychologists Waco VA Medical Center

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 July and October 2017.

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 located near Fort Hood, the largest military base in the free world, 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 $42,239 per annum ($44,522 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

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 30, 2017.

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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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(03/02/16) Advanced Fellowship in Women's Health for Associated Health Professionals - Pittsburgh, PA

Overview: 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 send a cover letter, curriculum vitae, transcripts, and three letters of recommendation to

Megan Houlihan, MPPM (mmh67@pitt.edu). 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.

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(01/23/16) Postdoctoral Fellowship in Health Services Research - 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, Implemen-tation 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 implemen-tation activities aimed at improving 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.

To be eligible to receive a postdoctoral award, the prospective candidate must be a U.S. Citizen or permanent resident and have obtained a Ph.D., medical degree, or other professional doctoral degree. Awards will last two years. The fellowship provides a stipend, health insurance, and travel money to attend professional meetings. Postdoctoral fellows also have the option of pursuing a Masters degree in the UCLA Department of Health Policy and Management, and most tuition and fees are covered during the fellowship.

The program is especially interested in attracting a diverse group of trainees, including those from underrepresented minority groups.

We are accepting applications throughout 2014 - 2016.

Questions: Contact Yayoi Roth: ysroth@ph.ucla.edu

Apply at: http://hpm.ph.ucla.edu/academics/programs/ucla-rand-post-doctoral-program

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(01/15/16) Pharmaceutical Health Services Research Fellowship - Pittsburgh, PA

CHERP at the VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System is currently recruiting clinician-researchers and post-doctoral trainees for its Advanced Fellowship in HSR. Applicants may include non-clinician researchers who have completed their doctoral degree, as well as physicians, pharmacists, nurses, physical therapists and other post-doctoral clinicians. The curriculum of the Advanced Fellowship is designed to produce highly competent junior health services research investigators who generate innovative research that advances the quality and equity of health and health care within and beyond the VA. Focus areas of CHERP investigators and fellowship training include: (1) improving the quality and equity of health and health care for vulnerable populations; (2) improving the effectiveness, safety, and value of medications and other clinical therapeutics; and/or (3) applying behavioral economics to improve health and health care.

As a two-site VA HSR&D Center of Innovation co-located in Pittsburgh and Philadelphia, CHERP offers distinctive breadth of opportunity for fellows. The Pittsburgh site is actively recruiting applicants with interests and graduate-level training in pharmaceutical policy, pharmacoepidemiology, pharmacoeconomics, and/or pharmaceutical outcomes research. Fellows will have the opportunity to collaborate with multiple CHERP investigators and national VA operational partners on ongoing large database studies addressing topics such as dual use of VA and non-VA prescription drug benefits, safety of opioid prescribing, provision of high cost pharmaceuticals (hepatitis C, oncology drugs, biologics), and quality of prescribing for vulnerable Veteran groups, such as those with dementia and/or limited life expectancy. The ideal candidate will have experience in conducting secondary data analyses using SAS, Stata, R, or other similar packages.

The CHERP training program is co-directed by Galen Switzer, PhD in Pittsburgh and Kevin Volpp, MD, PhD in Philadelphia. They are supported by Associate Directors Michael Fine, MD, MSc (CHERP Director) and Said Ibrahim, MD, MPH (CHERP Co-Director). All four are national leaders in multidisciplinary HSR and accomplished mentors. Key faculty mentors for applicants with interests in pharmaceutical health services research in Pittsburgh include CHERP Core Investigators Walid Gellad, MD, MPH, Carolyn Thorpe, PhD, MPH, and Joshua Thorpe, PhD, MPH, as well as C. Bernie Good, MD, MPH, Co-Director of the VA Center for Medication Safety and Chair of the Medical Advisory Panel for VA Pharmacy Benefits Management. Fellows will have the opportunity to develop their own research projects using data and resources available within CHERP and through our operational partners.

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 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. Applicants should send a CV, a letter detailing their proposed training and research program, and three letters of reference to Mary Walsh at mary.walsh3@va.gov.

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(01/15/16) 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 Heather Johnson (Philadelphia) at Heather.Johnson4@va.gov or Mary Walsh (Pittsburgh) at Mary.Walsh3@va.gov.

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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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