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Employment Opportunities in VA HSR&D

Please note that this section is updated monthly. The following positions are still open as of 07/01/13.

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(07/21/14) Research Health Scientist Specialist - Tampa, FL

The Tampa CINDRR is searching for a senior level researcher position for a joint appointment with the appropriate department at our affiliated University of South Florida. The James A. Haley Veterans Hospital seeks a Senior Investigator (Research Health Science Specialist, GS-0601-14) to work in collaboration with the Chief. Rehabilitation Outcomes Section, and Directors of the multi-institutional (with North Florida South Georgia VA) Health Services Research & Development Center of the Innovation on Disability & Rehabilitation Research (CINDRR). S/he will be a recognized senior-level research scientist as demonstrated by a continuous record of research productivity and independent funding for at least 10 years and have a minimum 30 peer-reviewed research and scholarly publications in major journals within his/her discipline. The incumbent will have substantial experience evaluating the research of others and have served as an advisor for graduate research masters theses, doctoral dissertations, and post-doctoral fellowships. S/he will possess a comprehensive, intensive, practical knowledge of one or more specialty areas impacting the field of rehabilitation outcomes research (e.g., function, quality of life, community reintegration, medical informatics, cost and utilization) with disability populations (e.g., traumatic brain injury, polytrauma, older adults and spinal cord injury). The incumbent will be a primary investigator and a co-investigator, and will be responsible for overseeing, conducting, analyzing, translating and disseminating research findings.

See https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/PrintPreview/373283000 for complete details.

OPEN PERIOD: Wednesday, July 16, 2014 to Wednesday, July 23, 2014

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(05/06/14) 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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(02/07/14) 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 Shannon Underwood
Center for Innovations in Quality, Effectiveness and Safety
2450 Holcombe Blvd, Suite 01Y
Houston, TX 77021
Shannon.Underwood@va.gov or Phone: 713-794-8677; Fax: 713-748-7359

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

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(02/07/14) Research Scientist - 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 screening, diagnostics or therapeutics. 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:

Hashem B El-Serag, MD, MPH
Chief, Clinical Epidemiology and Comparative Effectiveness Program
c/o Shannon Underwood
Center for Innovations in Quality, Effectiveness and Safety
2450 Holcombe Blvd, Suite 01Y
Houston, TX 77021
Shannon.Underwood@va.gov or Phone: 713-794-8677; Fax: 713-748-7359

Please reference "Comparative Effectiveness Investigator" in subject line.

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(02/07/14) Research Scientist - 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 Shannon Underwood
Center for Innovations in Quality, Effectiveness and Safety
2450 Holcombe Blvd, Suite 01Y
Houston, TX 77021
Shannon.Underwood@va.gov or Phone: 713-794-8677; Fax: 713-748-7359

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

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(02/07/14) Deputy Director - Houston, TX

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

The Deputy Director is responsible for the administration of the Center’s nationallyrenowned health services research and health policy program with an extensive portfolio of more than 90 research projects, 35 core investigators, a budget of over $15 million dollars, and a training program for both MD and PhD postdoctoral researchers. There are currently 16 HSR&D Merit reviewed projects, two HSR&D Career Development Awards (CDAs), 11 NIH R grants, and 44 other active grants. In the past decade, our work has contributed to 22 articles cited in eight IOM reports; 38 (with an additional three in process) briefs and reports to the President, Congress, and Secretary Shinseki; 45 articles cited in 21 clinical guidelines for patient care; and two articles cited in two US Centers for Disease Control-recommended programs. Our investigators include clinicians representing four different academic departments and PhD social scientists from disciplines such as human-factors engineering, industrial/organizational psychology, epidemiology, biostatistics, and economics. The Center also has a robust mentoring and career development curriculum as part of a formal health services research (HSR) educational program, overseen by the Education and Training Core. In the last 15 years, 61 CDAs have been funded (13 are current). In addition to our own HSR fellowships, we partner with other postdoctoral training programs to train PhDs and clinicians in HSR. At any given time, 10 to 14 fellows engaged in HSR reside at the Center. More details about the Center can be found at its website: http://www.houston.hsrd.research.va.gov/.

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

  • First, carry out his/her own independent, high quality, nationally funded research program in health services research and health policy, preferably within our mission and goals. If the incumbent is appointed through the academic affiliate at the level of Associate Professor or higher position, they must demonstrate evidence of research productivity, success in obtaining external grant funding, and skill in mentoring junior investigators and Fellows.
  • Second, provide administrative and research leadership that promotes the careers of young investigators and fosters the career promotion and satisfaction of mid and senior level researchers. In this capacity, the incumbent will be expected to oversee the structure and function of key aspects of the Center's administrative operations, including but not limited to assistance in making administrative decisions as to the appropriate staffing and allocation of Center resources to individual and collaborative projects and developing strategic plans for future research.

Required Qualifications:

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

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

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

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(02/07/14) Research Scientist - 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 Shannon Underwood
Center for Innovations in Quality, Effectiveness and Safety
2450 Holcombe Blvd, Suite 01Y
Houston, TX 77021
Shannon.Underwood@va.gov or Phone: 713-794-8677; Fax: 713-748-7359

Please reference "Behavioral Health Investigator" in subject line.

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(02/05/14) Core Investigator/Research Assistant Professor - Seattle, WA

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

The COIN is a nationally-renowned health services research program located jointly in Seattle and Denver with an extensive portfolio of more than 100 research projects, 35 core investigators, an annual budget of $20 million dollars, over 100 publications per year, and a training program for both MD and PhD postdoctoral researchers. The COIN's objective is to conduct research to improve the delivery of health services to veterans and to contribute to scientific progress in the following research focus areas and emerging areas including screening and delivery of specialty care:

Veteran-Centered Care which includes self-management across community and healthcare settings, palliative care, and interventions targeting providers and the healthcare system.

Value-Driven Care which includes identifying high value modes of delivering care (best outcomes at lower cost), comparative effectiveness research, and methods of quantifying value.

Applicants must hold a PhD in health services research, psychology, sociology, economics, or a related field and be a US citizen. Applicants should (1) exhibit potential for a distinguished record of scholarship, (2) demonstrate the ability to work in collaborative, interdisciplinary research teams, (3) conduct research in one of the research focus areas described above, (4) have experience working with clinical and administrative partners, and (5) have current funding.

The successful applicant will be a Core Investigator at the VA HSR&D COIN, eligible to apply for research funding from the extensive VA HSR&D research programs (www.hsrd.research.va.gov) as well as other funding sources. The successful applicant will also be appointed to the faculty of the Department of Health Services, University of Washington, have opportunities to work with faculty and graduate students, and contribute to the research, teaching, and service missions of the Department. The position is full-time for an indefinite term appointment at the VA and is a full-time, non-tenure track Research Assistant Professor position at the University of Washington. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

The VA Puget Sound Health Care System and UW are equal opportunity/affirmative action employers. The University is building a culturally diverse faculty and staff and strongly encourages applications from women, minorities, individuals with disabilities and covered veterans. University of Washington faculty members engage in teaching, research and service. This position is contingent on available funding. The UW 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/.

Review of applications will continue until up to two positions are filled or until December 31, 2015, whichever comes first. Interested candidates should submit a letter of inquiry and CV directly to: Steven Zeliadt/HSR&D COIN Search Committee Chair / Metropolitan Park West (Suite 1400) / 1100 Olive Way / Seattle, WA 98101-3801 or by email to szeliadt@uw.edu.

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(01/22/14) Research Health Scientist (GS13/14) - Honolulu, HI

Position Description:

The Department of Veterans Affairs, National Center for PTSD, Pacific Islands Division, Honolulu, Hawaii, is seeking a GS-13/14 level Research Health Scientist with cross-cultural or health disparities expertise with a mental health focus. Best qualified candidate will have received R01-level research grants as well as a publication record that has significantly impacted the field in the area of cross cultural factors or health disparities with a mental health focus, preferably with veterans or military populations.

Salary is competitive, based on credentials and experience. Position is "hard salary" not dependent upon grant reception, although maintaining an active research portfolio is expected. Position is full-time with excellent benefits (medical, dental, vision), paid leave, and a generous 401(k) plan. Staff has potential for salary to be supplemented by additional collaborations with the University of Hawaii. NCPTSD Pacific Islands Division researchers work closely with National Center for PTSD researchers at other divisions, researchers throughout the VA and DOD, and with University collaborators. VA researchers are able to apply for VA R&D funding, which more favorable rates of funding than NIH or DOD.

Requirements:

Minimum requirement is a doctoral degree in a relevant area (clinical, social, or experimental psychology; epidemiology, sociology, medical anthropology, etc), with demonstrated skills in research, publication, grant writing and management, and presentations - with emphasis on mental health care disparities, underserved populations, and/or preventive clinical and educational intervention modalities in underserved populations, preferably addressing culturally-appropriate factors and/or treatment of trauma-related mental health conditions in war-zone and other trauma populations. R01-level grant reception and peer-reviewed publication record is expected.

How to Apply:

Potential applicants are encouraged to send a curriculum vita with cover letter and names of anticipated professional references to contact listed below. Reviews of all applications will begin immediately and will continue until position is filled.

Contact:

James L. Spira, PhD, MPH
National Center for PTSD
Pacific Islands Division
3375 Koapaka Street, Suite I-560
Honolulu, Hawaii 96819
James.Spira@va.gov

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(01/22/14) Associate Chief of Staff (ACOS) - Cincinnati, OH

The Cincinnati Veterans Affairs Medical Center (CVAMC) is seeking one physician for the position of Associate Chief of Staff (ACOS) for Research and Development. The ACOS reports to the Chief of Staff and is responsible for the scientific and managerial oversight of a variety of research programs spanning basic, clinical, rehabilitation, health services, and multi-site clinical trials research. He/she serves as an advocate for the various projects, establishing policy in such areas as determining program emphasis and operating guidelines; determining resource needs, allocation; and effective use; identifying and obtaining funding from a variety of sources; dealing with a broad spectrum of factors that impact on the program such as public relations, Congressional relations, public policy stances, and the relationships with other parts of the Health Care System and the Department, other federal agencies and the affiliated medical schools and hospitals.

The CVAMC is a dynamic, highly affiliated, two divisional facility, in the heart of a large medical community and is adjacent to the University of Cincinnati (UC) Medical School, providing many opportunities for clinical collaborations, research and education.

The CVAMC has a large, vibrant and sophisticated research program, which is unusual for a medical facility of this size. The CVAMC has an active non-profit corporation (NPC) that supports local and national research and educational studies. A formal agreement has been established between the NPC and the Affiliated UC to facilitate the management of grants that involved both institutions. The VA Medical Center is also an active partner with UC and the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital and Medical Center in a NIH – funded Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA). The VAMC has fully accredited animal (AAALAC) and human (AAHRPP) subject protection programs.

Relocation expenses are authorized for this position.

Interested applicants may apply by clicking on the link below and selecting "Apply Online."

https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/350280000

OPEN PERIOD: Wednesday, November 20, 2013 to Wednesday, July 30, 2014

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(01/13/14) Statistician - Houston, TX

Salary Range: GS 1530 12/13 ($77,579 - $119,926)
Houston Health Services Research and Development, Center of Excellence
Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center and Baylor College of Medicine

The incumbent will have a wide range of responsibilities in providing data management and statistical expertise to all components of the VA Health Services Research and Development, Center of Excellence (HSR&D, CoE) and the Department of Medicine, Section of Health Services Research at Baylor College of Medicine (BCM).

Tasks and Responsibilities

  • Manage, analyze and interpret data obtained from administrative databases, surveys, and other data sources.
  • Plans data collection, analyzes, and interprets numerical data from studies, surveys, and other sources, and applies statistical methods to provide inferences and information for the fields of health services and statistics.
  • Skilled in conducting primary studies as well as in secondary analyzes of extant 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.
  • Has the ability to evaluate the reliability of source information, adjust and weight raw data, and organized results into the format necessary for computer analysis.
  • Analyzes and interprets statistics to point out significant differences between study samples, and prepares conclusions and forecasts based on data summaries and analyses.
  • Evaluate data reliability and format data as needed for analysis.
  • Prepare data summaries and output for presentation.
  • Provide technical and methodological consultation to Research Investigators, including but not limited to assistance with development of research proposals, power and sample size calculations, and co-authoring manuscripts.

Education Required:

M.S. degree, PhD degree preferred with a background in mathematics, statistics, biostatistics, epidemiology, psychometrics, or a related area.

Experience Required:

Experience using SAS or other statistical program.

Additional Qualification:

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

Contact

Interested applicants should e-mail resume and cover letter to Mr. Edward Pomer, HR Manager, HSR&D, CoE at Edward.Pomer@va.gov. Please reference "Statistician Position" in the subject line.

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(01/05/14) Chief, Section of Health Disparities and International Health - Pittsburgh, PA

Division of General Internal Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh is seeking Director of the Section of Health Disparities and International Health. The Director will be provided with resources including an Endowed Chair in health disparities research. Candidates must hold a distinguished record in the field of health disparities research. Appointment will be at the Associate or Full Professor rank in the tenure stream. The position includes a competitive salary, substantial resources to support research infrastructure, and a commitment to recruit up to ten additional MD and/or PhD junior to mid-level faculty researchers over the next five years. Opportunities for local collaboration exist through a wide range of affiliated research programs including the VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System Center for Health Equity Research and Promotion, the Institute for Clinical Research Education, and the Center for Minority Health at the University of Pittsburgh, and RAND Health.

Please forward CV and letter of interest in confidence to: Wishwa Kapoor, MD, 200 Lothrop Street, 933 West MUH, Pittsburgh, PA 15213 (fax: 412-692-4825) or e-mail: Noskoka@upmc.edu. The University of Pittsburgh is an Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity Employer.

For VA contact please send inquiries to Michael Fine at michael.fine@va.gov or Mary Walsh at mary.walsh3@va.gov.

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(01/04/14) Deputy Director, Baylor College of Medicine and Houston VA Health Services Research Center - Houston, TX

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

The Deputy Director is responsible for the administration of the Center’s nationally-renowned health services research and health policy program with an extensive portfolio of more than 90 research projects, 35 core investigators, a budget of over $15 million dollars, and a training program for both MD and PhD postdoctoral researchers. There are currently 16 HSR&D Merit reviewed projects, two HSR&D Career Development Awards (CDAs), 11 NIH R grants, and 44 other active grants. In the past decade, our work has contributed to seven articles cited in three IOM reports; 38 (with an additional three in process) briefs and reports to the President, Congress, and Secretary Shinseki; 44 articles cited in 16 clinical guidelines for patient care; and two articles cited in two US Centers for Disease Control-recommended programs. Our investigators include clinicians representing four different academic departments and PhD social scientists from disciplines such as human-factors engineering, industrial/organizational psychology, epidemiology, biostatistics, and economics. The Center also has a robust mentoring and career-development curriculum as part of a formal health services research (HSR) educational program, overseen by the Education and Training Core. In the last 15 years, 61 CDAs have been funded (13 are current). In addition to our own HSR fellowships, we partner with other postdoctoral training programs to train PhDs and clinicians in HSR. At any given time, 10 to 14 fellows engaged in HSR reside at the Center. More details about the Center can be found at its website: http://www.houston.hsrd.research.va.gov/

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

  • First, carry out his/her own independent, high quality, nationally funded research program in health services research and health policy, preferably within our mission and goals. If the incumbent is appointed through the academic affiliate at the level of Associate Professor or higher position, they must demonstrate evidence of research productivity, success in obtaining external grant funding, and skill in mentoring junior investigators and Fellows.
  • Second, provide administrative and research leadership that promotes the careers of young investigators and fosters the career promotion and satisfaction of mid and senior level researchers. In this capacity, the incumbent will be expected to oversee the structure and function of key aspects of the Center's administrative operations, including but not limited to assistance in making administrative decisions as to the appropriate staffing and allocation of Center resources to individual and collaborative projects and developing strategic plans for future research.

Required Qualifications:

  • US Citizenship
  • MD or PhD
  • Background and experience in health services research
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills and ability to work in an interdisciplinary environment

Please forward CV and letter of interest in confidence to:

Laura A. Petersen, MD, MPH, FACP
Director, HSR&D, Center of Innovation (COIN) in Quality, Effectiveness and Safety(IQuEST)
Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center VAMC, HSR&D (152)
2002 Holcombe Blvd.,
Houston, TX 77030

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