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Please note that this section is updated monthly. The following positions are still open as of 03/01/20.

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(03/25/20) Research Health Scientist Position - Durham, NC



Summary:

The purpose of this position is to serve as a research scientist focusing on cancer epidemiologic and health services research on VA funded research projects/initiatives within CSPEC-Durham's Cancer Outcomes program. The incumbent will conduct studies that require sophisticated research techniques, guide the analysis and synthesis of data from databases and informatics platforms, and incorporate quantitative and mixed methods data analysis in consultation and collaboration with other investigators. The incumbent will also provide expertise and/or serve as project lead for other studies and initiatives that are relevant to the incumbent's skillset.

Location: Durham, NC; on-site

Hours per week: Full-time position @ 40 hrs per week

Job Responsibilities:

  • Functions as principal/co-investigator, or collaborator on research protocols related to cancer epidemiology and health services research.
  • Organize and lead interdisciplinary teams
  • Develops project proposals and study plans for VA funded research.
  • Provides scientific and administrative management of broad and complex research projects.
  • Serves as methodologist, designing and conducting quantitative and mixed methods data analysis in consultation and collaboration with other investigators.
  • Prepares and submits research protocols for review.
  • Conducts studies that require sophisticated research techniques used in epidemiologic research
  • Collects, analyzes, manages, and documents data, results, and findings of research projects. This includes data regarding study design, study sample, interventions, outcomes and variables to assess quality, feasibility, applicability, and dissemination.
  • Conducts and guides analysis and synthesizes data from VA databases and informatics platforms to answer questions that will positively impact research and Veteran care.
  • Provides key cancer research knowledge and experience to multiple research studies in the CSPEC and functions as a key collaborative researcher.
  • Assists with training junior researchers and study team members in the execution of various research projects.
  • Provides technical consultation and coordination of responses to new initiatives or requests from VA Central Office (VACO).
  • Provides scientific expertise to other investigators within and outside the DVAMC in the methods, design, and conduct of quantitative, qualitative, and mixed-methods research.
  • Contributes to manuscripts and other reports directly related to the performance of research studies. Prepares and presents research findings to scholarly, peer-reviewed journals and professional meetings. Publishes and disseminates research results in terms relevant and useful to the VA, the public, and society in general.

Minimum requirements: Doctoral degree and graduate or postdoctoral training in cancer epidemiology, health services research, or related field. Must be a U.S. citizen to qualify for this position.

This is a temporary appointment (appointment may be extended throughout duration of project).  Must be U.S. citizen to apply.

For more information about the VA Cooperative Studies Program Epidemiology Center-Durham: https://www.research.va.gov/programs/csp/cspec/default.cfm

If interested, please send CV and cover letter to:
Carrie May, MPH, carrie.may@va.gov
Reference “Research Health Scientist-Cancer” in subject line.

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(03/23/20) Health Services Researcher/Implementation Scientist - Durham, NC



Duke Division of Geriatrics, internationally recognized for its research and education programs, is seeking a scholar whose research and teaching apply to issues of health services research and implementation science in populations with Alzheimer's disease and related dementias. Mid-career researchers are especially encouraged to apply.

See https://pdc.dukehealth.org/careers/duke-geriatrics-seeks-health-services-researcher-or-implementation-scientist-focus-cognitive for details.

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(03/19/20) Human Subjects Research Assistant - Seattle, WA



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

The Seattle Epidemiologic Research and Information Center (ERIC), is hiring a full-time Research Assistant. The Research Assistant will support the Service and Health Among Deployed Veterans Study (SHADE Study, CSP #595), a multi-site observational study. The aim of the study is to characterize the impact of deployment-related pollution exposures during Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF), Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF), and Operation New Dawn (OND) on current respiratory health.

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

Key duties:

  • Serve as liaison with investigators, site personnel, consultants, and contractors
  • Assist with development and implementation of standard operating procedures and study materials
  • Assist with maintenance of study databases and files, including data entry and data management
  • Assist with preparation and tracking of IRB submissions and other regulatory documents
  • Conduct quality assurance/quality control procedures, including consent form audits and data reconciliation
  • Monitor subject recruitment and data collection activities and prepare reports and presentations
  • Coordinate and facilitate local and national meetings and trainings
  • Track progress and productivity of studies and projects

Qualifications:

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

About the Seattle ERIC and VA CSP:

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

Learn more at:

Application information:

Candidates must be U.S. citizens. Education and experience will be evaluated by Human Resources to determine if the top candidate meets the criteria for the targeted GS-05 through GS-07 range. The General Schedule (GS) salary table for Seattle can be found on the Office of Personnel Management website at opm.gov.

Please send a cover letter and resume to SeattleCSPEC@va.gov. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled; however, materials received by April 3, 2020 will be considered first. Applications received without a cover letter will not be considered.

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(03/19/20) Human Subjects Research Coordinator - Seattle, WA



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

The Seattle Epidemiologic Research and Information Center (ERIC), is hiring a full-time Research Coordinator. The Research Coordinator will support the Service and Health Among Deployed Veterans Study (SHADE Study, CSP #595), a multi-site observational study. The aim of the study is to characterize the impact of deployment- related pollution exposures during Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF), Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF), and Operation New Dawn (OND) on current respiratory health.

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

Key duties:

  • Serve as liaison with investigators, site personnel, consultants, and contractors
  • Develop and maintain standard operating procedures, databases, research records, and study materials
  • Ensure compliance with study protocol, including informed consent, safety, and data security requirements
  • Monitor subject recruitment and data collection activities and take corrective action when required
  • Oversee data management and quality assurance/quality control procedures
  • Track study progress, identify issues, and recommend solutions
  • Prepare reports, presentations, and data summaries
  • Coordinate and facilitate local and national meetings and trainings
  • Ensure regulatory requirements are met, including R&D and IRB submissions and audits

Qualifications:

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

About the Seattle ERIC and VA CSP:

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

Learn more at:

Application information:

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

Please send a cover letter and resume to SeattleCSPEC@va.gov. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled; however, materials received by April 3, 2020 will be considered first. Applications received without a cover letter will not be considered.

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(03/17/20) Research Scientist - Portland, OR



Workdays: M-F, 8-4:30pm (full-time paid position at the Portland VA Health Care System)

Contact: Submit application materials to Nicole Floyd (nicole.floyd@va.gov)

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS

  • PhD in health services research, epidemiology, public health, health sciences, pharmacy, or related field
  • Experience conducting systematic reviews or technology assessments
  • U.S. citizen

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

  • Experience with methods employed in epidemiology, clinical, and/or health services research
  • Excellent organizational, time and personnel management, and communication skills
  • Experience leading or working with multidisciplinary teams on a broad range of topics
  • Interest in advancing systematic review methods
  • Experience conducting research studies in health-related areas, such as adult primary care, health promotion, disease prevention, complex care interventions, multimorbidity, social determinants of health, implementation science, and health care delivery
  • Experience leading scientific manuscripts and presenting research results

COMPENSATION

  • GS-12 Health Science Specialist position with a salary range of $81,875 to $106,442.
  • Position is eligible for full benefits.
  • Position will be funded full-time for 24 months with likely funding thereafter.

EVIDENCE PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

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

Since 2007, the ESP has focused on improving Veteran health and wellbeing through the production of tailored evidence synthesis products to support the implementation of effective practices. ESP’s high-quality, timely, and innovative syntheses have resulted in positive changes to clinical practice and policy and have informed quality improvement and research-focused initiatives at the national level. The program is comprised of four ESP Centers across the US and a Coordinating Center (CC) located in Portland, Oregon. Center Directors are VA clinicians and recognized leaders in the field of evidence synthesis with close ties to the AHRQ Evidence-based Practice Center Program and Cochrane Collaboration. The CC is directed by Mark Helfand, MD, MPH.

Locally, we are part of HSR&D, which includes the Center to Improve Veteran Involvement in Care (CIVIC). CIVIC’s 21 core investigators conduct research on mental health conditions, including depression, posttraumatic stress disorder, chronic pain and opioids, suicide, mental health conditions in cancer patients, substance abuse, chronic opiate use, and traumatic brain injury, as well as health disparities, clinician-patient communication, interprofessional learning, social networks, and health informatics.

POSITION DUTIES/RESPONSIBILITIES

As a Research Scientist with the VA ESP, the incumbent’s primary responsibility is to conduct rapid evidence reviews to serve the healthcare system. Duties for this position include: working with senior leadership (clinicians and researchers) to produce rapid systematic reviews to inform institutional decision making; supervising and training research staff; promoting the scientific vision and goals of the VA ESP; being a collaborative partner on the ESP Coordinating Center Leadership team; communicating with and engaging stakeholders; supporting the development and initial scoping of proposed systematic review topics to be assigned to other Centers; and participating in the development of methodological practices for the Program. The successful applicant will also publish peer-reviewed manuscripts and present findings in multiple forums, including VA and non-VA conferences, as well as briefings for clinicians and operational leadership.

Additional duties and responsibilities may include:

  • Conduct research in the areas of meta-research, reproducibility, and scientific communication.
  • Support and train others in the conduct of systematic reviews.

Additionally, we will support the qualified applicant in obtaining an academic appointment at OHSU in a relevant department, and there are multiple opportunities for collaboration and development of lines of research aside from evidence synthesis. We are open to supporting independent research opportunities for qualified individuals.

HOW TO APPLY

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Applicants should provide a cover letter describing interests and qualifications, current curriculum vitae/resume, and three (3) letters of reference to: Nicole Floyd (nicole.floyd@va.gov)

Educational transcripts will be requested later in the hiring process. Your degree must be conferred on your transcripts.

Expected start date is May/June 2020.

The VA is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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(03/11/20) Associate Director - Bedford, MA



The Bedford VA is seeking a permanent Associate Director at Bedford CHOIR, the Center for Healthcare Organization & Implementation Research, the VA HSR&D Center of Innovation co-located between the Bedford VA and VA Boston Healthcare System.  We will consider applications from qualified MD and PhD health services research investigators or implementation scientists at mid- or senior career levels.

Full details of the announcement are located on the CHOIR website.

Interested individuals can contact Joanne Dussault (administrator, joanne.dussault@va.gov ) or Barbara Bokhour (Bedford CHOIR Director, Barbara.bokhour@va.gov ) for more information.

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(03/03/20) Human Subjects Research Assistant - Seattle, WA



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

The Seattle Epidemiologic Research and Information Center (ERIC), is hiring a full-time Research Assistant. The Research Assistant will support the Vietnam-Era Twin (VET) Registry and the National Vietnam Veterans Longitudinal Study (NVVLS) Registry, collectively named the Vietnam-Era Registries.

The VET Registry is a collection of data from over 14,000 Vietnam-era Veteran twins and more than 3,400 selected family members. That data comes from more than 30 studies and includes biospecimens from over 1,800 individuals, and is used in research studies to understand factors that affect the health and well-being of Veterans.

The NVVLS Registry is a collection of data from over 2,300 Vietnam-Era Veterans, obtained over two data collection timepoints: the National Vietnam Veterans Readjustment Study (NVVRS) in 1984 and the National Vietnam Veterans Longitudinal Study (NVVLS) in 2012. The Seattle ERIC acquired stewardship of the NVVRS and NVVLS data in 2015, and modified it to function as the NVVLS Registry, which includes 1,450 Veterans who participated in both timepoints.

The Research Assistant will provide operational support under the direction of the Vietnam-Era Registries Program Manager.

Key duties:

Working with the Vietnam-Era Registries team to support day-to-day operational activities

  • Assisting with the development of recruitment materials
  • Assisting with IRB documentation including completing applications, organizing, and filing records
  • Assisting with the development and maintenance of standard operating procedures

Engaging with Registry members and maintaining the infrastructure of the Registries

  • Maintaining and updating databases containing individually identifiable information and vital statuses on Registry members
  • Corresponding with Registry members via telephone and mail

Conducting recruitment activities for NIH-funded studies and CSP-initiated projects

  • Conducting initial recruitment telephone calls to enroll subjects in research
  • Assembling informational and initial recruitment mailing packets to research subjects
  • Maintaining and updating study databases, and tracking study progress
  • Performing quality checks on data entry and recruitment activities

Serving as a liaison between the Vietnam-Era Registries and key stakeholders

  • Working closely with the Vietnam-Era Registries team, other ERIC teams, lab personnel, oversight bodies, and external investigators and study site staff to ensure effective collaboration and to meet research objectives
  • Engaging with investigators and research subjects requesting information on the repositories

Qualifications:

  • BA/BS degree in physical or social sciences or a research-related field required
  • 1-2 years of related work experience in clinical, epidemiological, or health services research preferred
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills with the ability to collaborate with a diverse group of VA and university researchers and staff
  • Experience with customer service, particularly by telephone
  • Strong attention to detail and organizational skills
  • Solid problem-solving and critical thinking skills
  • Excellent time management skills
  • Ability to adapt to changing priorities and timelines
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office programs (e.g. Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook) required; experience with MS Access and REDCap preferred

About the Seattle ERIC and VA CSP:

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

Learn more at:

Application information:

Candidates must be U.S. citizens. Education and experience will be evaluated by Human Resources to determine if the top candidate meets the criteria for the targeted GS-05 through GS-07 range. The General Schedule (GS) salary table for Seattle can be found on the Office of Personnel Management website at opm.gov.

Please send a cover letter and resume to SeattleCSPEC@va.gov. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled; however, materials received by 03/17/20 will be considered first. Applications received without a cover letter will not be considered.

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(02/25/20) Research Assistant - Boston, MA



Full-time Research Assistant at VA Boston Healthcare System sought to work on a national study examining the respiratory effects of deployment-related exposures among Veterans who served since 2001.  

Duties include study recruitment by phone and mail, primary clinical data collection by interview and questionnaires, data entry and management, and quality assurance.  Training will be provided in specific study techniques including conducting pulmonary function testing. 

The successful candidate will have a basic knowledge of human biology, superior interpersonal and communication skills, and knowledge of standard computer applications such as Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Access) and Adobe.  Previous research or clinical experience with human subjects, familiarity with REDCap, and the completion of a Bachelor’s degree that includes courses in the biological, social sciences, or public health are preferred. 

Candidate must be a U.S. citizen. 

Please send a cover letter and CV to Christina Collins at  christina.collins1@va.gov.

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(02/13/20) Director - Center for Mental Healthcare and Outcomes Research - Little Rock, AR



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

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

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

Requirements: Applicants must have a successful history of VA HSR&D and/or NIH, DOD, PCORI VA funding in health services research or implementation science, strong academic credentials, and the motivation to not only to compete for federal funding but to mentor junior faculty in the process. Excellent planning, communication, and leadership skills are required.   All candidate information will be held in strict confidence.  

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

Contact Information:
Richard Owen, MD
Director, Center for Mental Healthcare and Outcomes Research
Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System (152/NLR)
Department of Psychiatry, College of Medicine
4300 West Seventh Street, Little Rock, AR 72205
Phone: 501-257-1710
Richard.Owen2@va.gov

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(02/12/20) Research Data and Biospecimen Repository Project Manager - Seattle, WA



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

The Seattle Epidemiologic Research and Information Center (ERIC) is a CSP epidemiology center conducting state-of-the-art health research on Veterans. The ERIC is seeking a full-time Project Manager to support the CSP Data and Biospecimen Repository (‘CSP Repository’) under the Integrated Veteran Epidemiologic Study Data Resource (INVESTD-R) open science initiative. 

The INVESTD-R team is developing the CSP Repository, a new program-wide repository to enable storage, sharing, discoverability, and re-use of resources from multiple CSP studies. Its research repository will responsibly share CSP data and biospecimens with qualified investigators for secondary research. It will also include a participant registry that supports the recruitment of participants into future research studies.

The Project Manager will manage the CSP Repository under the direction of the INVESTD-R Program Manager. A successful candidate is a self-starter with proven ability to manage complex projects, strong communication skills, and a keen attention to detail who can help build the repository from the ground up and manage its activities as it matures.

Key duties:

  • Working with the INVESTD-R team to develop and expand the repository as interest grows
    • Creating and maintaining written policies, protocols, and procedures
    • Assisting with the design of the repository’s data management and tracking systems
    • Developing and implementing effective quality control standards to ensure repository holdings are accurate and well-managed
    • Devising strategies and workflows for repository operations
  • Managing the CSP Repository’s day-to-day operational activities
    • Monitoring and tracking key documentation and records, such as IRB documentation and data use agreements
    • Managing the ingestion, maintenance, and provision of the repository’s data and biospecimens in close collaboration with CSP study teams, data managers, and technical experts
    • Ensuring and facilitating compliance with the requirements outlined in relevant regulations, policies, access agreements, licenses, and contracts
    • Overseeing initial recruitment activities to enroll participants in research studies
    • Organizing relevant trainings and meetings with personnel responsible for carrying out the repository protocol
  • Serving as a liaison between INVESTD-R and key stakeholders
    • Working closely with all stakeholders to ensure effective collaboration, such as repository staff, study teams, lab personnel, and oversight bodies
    • Serving as the first point of contact for investigators requesting access to the repository (i.e., answering general inquiries, fulfilling requests, and providing other support)

Qualifications:

  • Masters-level degree in a public health or scientific research-related field and/or 4-6 years of relevant work experience (e.g., human subjects research, repository management, information management)
  • Self-starter with demonstrated ability to effectively lead and manage complex projects
  • Experience building internal systems that support attention to detail and quality control
  • An ability to understand and clearly communicate complex regulations and procedures
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills with the ability to collaborate with a diverse group of people with a wide range of professional backgrounds and expertise
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office programs (e.g., Word, Excel) required; experience with Microsoft Access, REDCap, and SharePoint programs preferred

About INVESTD-R, Seattle ERIC, and VA Cooperative Studies Program (CSP)

The Seattle ERIC is a research center within the VA Puget Sound Health Care System that works to improve the health and care of Veterans through epidemiologic research. We are part of the VA CSP, a national VA research group of 12 epidemiology and clinical trial research centers. The Seattle ERIC is 1 of 2 centers managing the INVESTD-R open science initiative. INVESTD-R is spearheading VA CSP’s efforts to expand access to research resources produced by Veteran-focused studies.

Learn more at:

Application information:

Candidates must be U.S. citizens. Education and experience will be evaluated by Human Resources to determine if the top candidate meets the criteria for the GS-11 level. The General Schedule (GS) salary table for Seattle can be found on the Office of Personnel Management website at opm.gov

Please send a cover letter and resume to SeattleCSPEC@va.gov. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled; however, materials received by February 28, 2020 will be considered first. Only complete applications will be considered.

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(02/12/20) Research Data and Biospecimen Repository Research Coordinator - Seattle, WA



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

The Seattle Epidemiologic Research and Information Center (ERIC) is a CSP epidemiology center conducting state-of-the-art health research on Veterans. The ERIC is seeking a full-time Research Coordinator to support the CSP Data and Biospecimen Repository (‘CSP Repository’) under the Integrated Veteran Epidemiologic Study Data Resource (INVESTD-R) open science initiative. 

The INVESTD-R team is developing the CSP Repository, a new program-wide repository to enable storage, sharing, discoverability, and re-use of resources from multiple CSP studies. Its research repository will responsibly share CSP data and biospecimens with qualified investigators for secondary research. It will also include a participant registry that supports the recruitment of participants into future research studies.

The Research Coordinator will provide operational support to the CSP Repository under the direction of the INVESTD-R Program Manager. The position may also assist, in a lesser capacity, with other INVESTD-R activities.

Key duties:

  • Working with the INVESTD-R team to develop and expand the repository as interest grows
    • Assisting with the development of repository policies, procedures, and IRB documentation
    • Assisting with the design of tracking systems and databases
  • Providing support for the CSP Repository’s day-to-day operational and administrative activities
    • Supporting the maintenance and tracking of key documentation and records, such as IRB documentation and data use agreements
    • Assisting with maintaining and troubleshooting repository databases
    • Auditing forms and databases for quality control
    • Preparing and presenting reports related to the intake, transfer, and use of the repository’s collections of data and biospecimens
    • Supporting data preparation activities of studies depositing data and biospecimens into the repository
    • Conducting initial recruitment activities to enroll participants in research studies
    • Providing operational support as needed (e.g., organizing meetings, taking minutes)
  • Serving as a liaison between INVESTD-R and key stakeholders
    • Working closely with the repository team and stakeholders to ensure effective collaboration, such as the repository staff, data managers, study teams, lab personnel, and oversight bodies
    • Engaging with investigators and study participants requesting information on the repository

Qualifications:

  • BS or higher degree in a public health or scientific research-related field such as epidemiology
  • 1-4 years of relevant work experience (e.g., human subjects research, repository management, information management)
  • Self-starter with demonstrated ability to effectively manage multiple tasks simultaneously
  • Strong attention to detail and organizational skills
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills with the ability to collaborate with a diverse group of VA and university researchers and staff
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office programs (e.g., Word, Excel) required; experience with Microsoft Access, REDCap, and SharePoint programs preferred
  • Demonstrated curiosity and willingness to learn

About INVESTD-R, Seattle ERIC, and VA Cooperative Studies Program (CSP)

The Seattle ERIC is a research center within the VA Puget Sound Health Care System that works to improve the health and care of Veterans through epidemiologic research. We are part of the VA CSP, a national VA research group of 12 epidemiology and clinical trial research centers. The Seattle ERIC is 1 of 2 centers managing the INVESTD-R open science initiative. INVESTD-R is spearheading VA CSP’s efforts to expand access to research resources produced by Veteran-focused studies.

Learn more at:

Application information:

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

Please send a cover letter and resume to SeattleCSPEC@va.gov. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled; however, materials received by February 28, 2020 will be considered first. Only complete applications will be considered.

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(02/10/20) Core Investigator/Assistant Professor - Seattle, WA



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

We seek applicants with experience conducting research on integrating mental health into primary care settings, especially with respect to shared decision making.  In addition, we seek applicants who exhibit potential for a distinguished record of scholarship, and have a track record of success in securing competitive grant funding. The successful applicant will also have the ability to work in collaborative, interdisciplinary research teams, and across institutions, and to conduct research that will contribute to the COIN and UW priorities.  The successful applicant will be eligible to apply for research funding from the extensive VA HSR&D research programs (www.hsrd.research.va.gov) as well as other funding sources.

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

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

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

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(01/31/20) Research Assistant - Boston, MA



Full-time Research Assistant is sought for clinical and epidemiological studies related to physical activity and exercise in Veterans with chronic lung disease at the VA Boston Healthcare System. 

Duties include study recruitment by phone and mail, primary clinical data collection by interview, MRI scans, laboratory tests and questionnaires, conducting follow-up visits, data entry and management, and quality assurance. 

Training will be provided in the basic study techniques including conducting pulmonary function testing and preparing participants for MRI scanning. 

Requirements include a basic knowledge of human biology, superior interpersonal and communication skills, and knowledge of standard computer applications such as Microsoft Word, Excel, and Access.  Previous research or clinical experience with human subjects and the completion of a Bachelor’s degree that includes courses in the biological sciences are preferred.

Candidate must be a U.S. citizen.

The application deadline is July 1st 2020.

Please send a cover letter and CV to Maria Mongiardo at maria.mongiardo@va.gov.

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(01/23/20) Ph.D. or DrPH Biostatistician - Durham, NC



The Durham Health Services Research and Development service, located at the Durham VA Medical Center, is seeking a doctoral-level biostatistician to join its research team in support of research projects conducted by the Center of Innovation to Accelerate Discovery and Practice Transformation (ADAPT). ADAPT’s core faculty and staff conduct creative, high-quality health services research in close partnership with VA leadership for the benefit of our nation's Veterans. The Center offers organized research programs as well as cross-cutting methods labs and a stakeholder engagement core to ensure that research studies are designed to address VA’s highest priorities and that research findings are relevant and actionable. ADAPT has a rich tradition in conducting high-impact health services research, including a dedicated Implementation and Improvement Science Lab, as well as a Non-Randomized Designs Lab and a Pragmatic Clinical Trials Lab.

The selected individual will:

  • Serve as co-investigator/lead statistician for a variety of health services studies, such as randomized behavioral intervention studies, pragmatic trials, and/or observational studies requiring causal inference methods.
  • Work closely with health services investigators on the initiation of new research projects and assist in preparation of analysis plans and grant proposals.
  • Mentor junior investigators in designing studies and refining research questions.
  • Interact with an experienced team of masters and doctoral level statisticians.
  • Prepare tables and figures for data presentations and write manuscripts jointly with a team of health services investigators.

Experience Required:

  • Ph.D., DrPH, or equivalent in statistics/biostatistics or related field.
  • Substantial experience with SAS and/or R.
  • Excellent communication and writing skills.
  • Strong organizational abilities.
  • Ability to work effectively in a team setting

The following skills are considered a bonus:

  • Collaborative research or consulting experience.
  • Experience with innovative trial design and/or causal inference methodology.
  • Experience with grant proposal preparation.
  • Basic knowledge of public health and SQL programming.

Please email cover letter and curriculum vitae to:

Valerie Smith, DrPH
Director, Biostatistics Core
Center of Innovation to Accelerate Discovery and Practice Transformation, Durham VAMC
valerie.smith9@va.gov
https://www.hsrd.research.va.gov/centers/durham.cfm

Candidates must be U.S. citizens. Salary will be commensurate with education and experience.

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(01/10/20) HSR&D VACO Short-term Job Opportunities - Washington, DC



While we work to fill vacancies in CO, we have two opportunities for people in the field to work with HSR&D.  One offers the possibility for a temporary promotion and the ability to work in DC and get to know our staff:

  1. 90-120 day detail into GS 12/13 Management and Program Analyst: Occupant would assist with a range of research administrative duties involved in management of staff, projects, and Centers.  HSRD will pay per diem expenses for travel and residence in Washington and reimburse for salary and fringe. At least 75% time on site required, details negotiable.
  2. 25% (10 hours per week maximum) virtual position helping with contracts. Field-based, COR required.  HSR&D will reimburse your facility for salary and fringe.

If interested in either of these opportunities, please email liza.catucci@va.gov with availability, current resume and supervisor approval.

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(11/08/19) Health Sciences Researcher - Biostatistician - San Francisco, CA



The National VA Measurement Science Quality Enhancement Research Initiative (QUERI), located at the San Francisco VA, Department of Veterans Affairs, is recruiting a senior biostatistician to conduct clinical research studies using data from the Department of Veterans Affairs Clinical Data Warehouse (CDW), the Center for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS) claims files, and various local and multi-site research projects.

The incumbent will be responsible for developing analysis plans, performing and interpreting statistical analyses, and contributing to research publications and presentations. This position requires specialized knowledge of the various types of research study designs and familiarity with database design and management. The incumbent will be responsible for, and critically important to, the overall operational management of a wide variety of activities associated with electronic health record data extraction and analysis. The position is located at the San Francisco VA Medical Center.

Primary responsibilities

  • Collaborate with principal investigators and staff to develop research study design, identify key data elements from VA data sources and CMS,
  • Create and merge datasets from raw data and write data analysis programs using STATA, SAS and/or R
  • Design complex data extract systems and write supporting documentation
  • Conduct advanced statistical analyses including logistic regression, linear regression, survival analyses, propensity-score analysis, tests of mediation, and repeated measures analyses
  • Independently determine the best statistical methods for analyzing available data to answer existing research questions
  • Supervise data analysts
  • Provide education and guidance to more junior statisticians, validate study data, and troubleshoot any issues uncovered by staff
  • Contribute to publications and grant applications by writing methods and results sections, sample size estimates and power calculations.
  • Manage, administer, and ensure data quality, security, and maintenance of data files and database systems from current and past studies
  • Produce project reports and tables and figures for data presentations
  • Assist investigators with regulatory requirements

Qualifications

  • PhD in statistics, biostatistics, epidemiology, mathematics, or related field
  • At least 3 years’ experience in the analysis of clinical data with experience in large database analyses
  • Proficient in SAS, Stata, or R
  • Proficient in SQL
  • Experience with a wide range of statistical methods including multivariable linear and logistic regression, GEE and linear mixed models, survival analysis, propensity score methods, multiple imputation, marginal structural modeling, LASSO, random forest regression, and meta-analysis.
  • Ability to work with text data
  • Strong interpersonal, written and oral communication, and organizational skills
  • Able to manage multiple projects with minimal supervision
  • Flexibility, adaptability, and the ability to work effectively in a team setting are imperative

Preferred qualifications

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

Application

To apply, send a cover letter and resume to chime@ucsf.edu. Applications will be accepted and reviewed until the position is filled. The worksite is the San Francisco VA Medical Center and the position is not covered by a telework agreement. Candidates must be US citizens. Depending on the candidate’s experience, the target salary will be in the GS-12 range. GS-13 will be considered for candidates with a strong publication record.

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(10/24/19) Program Manager - East Orange, NJ



The Airborne Hazards and Burn Pits Center of Excellence (AHBPCE) at the New Jersey War Related Illness and Injury Study Center (WRIISC), supported by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), is seeking a highly motivated individual to serve as Program Manager for immediate hire. Salary is commensurate with qualifications.

Position Summary:

Reporting to the Director and Scientific Director of the AHBPCE, the Program Manager will serve as the senior administrator of the AHBPCE and provide administrative support to clinical, scientific and education efforts including but not limited to: tracking and analyzing programmatic data, organizing and overseeing meetings, communicating with clinical/research/education teams and facility leadership, developing and executing contracts, and internal and external advertising. As the AHBPCE is a newly formed program, prospective candidates should expect that the role may evolve as the current vision adapts to best serve Veterans and Veteran stakeholders.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Provides administrative support and leadership to the Director and Scientific Director of the AHBPCE
  • Serves as primary point of contact for all center administration (budget, personnel, contracts, reporting)
  • Consults with researchers, clinicians and administrative staff to ensure that all necessary reporting is completed, including financial, progress and other reporting as assigned
  • Coordinates all team communications and meetings to ensure achievement of collaborative clinical and scientific efforts and alignment towards AHBPCE priorities

Qualifications:

  • S. Citizenship
  • Bachelor’s degree in in business administration or biomedical science
  • 2+ years project management experience in scientific/medical setting
  • Advanced interpersonal skills and ability to work with diverse groups
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office (Outlook, Excel, Word, PowerPoint)

Preferred:

  • Master’s degree or higher in business administration or biomedical science
  • Project management certification, experience or coursework
  • Government contract experience

About the VA’s Airborne Hazards and Burn Pits Center of Excellence:

The Airborne Hazards Center of Excellence at the New Jersey War Related Illness and Injury Study Center (NJ WRIISC), established in 2013, was officially recognized by Congress and the President in Public Law 115-929 as a VA Center of Excellence. Designated as the Airborne Hazards and Burn Pits Center of Excellence (AHBPCE) in May 2019, the Center conducts clinical and translational research related to airborne hazards and burn pits. It also actively develops and delivers new educational content related to airborne hazards and burn pits for healthcare providers, Veterans and other stakeholders.

Contact

Applicants may send their resumes to: AHBPCE2@gmail.com

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Fellowships

(03/23/20) Advanced Postdoctoral Fellowship in Interprofessional Polytrauma and Traumatic Brain Injury Rehabilitation Research for Associated Health Professionals - Washington, DC



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

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

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

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(03/20/20) Postdoctoral Fellow Position in Exercise Physiology - East Orange, NJ



The War Related Illness and Injury Study Center (WRIISC)

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

Qualified Applicants:

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

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

Highlights of the Postdoctoral Fellowship:

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

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

Contact Information:

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

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(01/13/20) Post-Doctoral / Clinical Research Fellow in High-Risk Complex Patient Analytics and Care - Pittsburgh, PA



Seeking candidates for a Post-Doctoral or Clinical Research Fellowship based at the VA Center for Health Equity Research and Promotion (CHERP) and the Caring for Complex Chronic Conditions Research Program at the University of Pittsburgh in Pittsburgh, PA.

Fellows will conduct health services research designed to improve care for high-risk, complex patients, including those with multimorbidity.  This is an exciting opportunity to apply innovative and advanced data modeling techniques to ‘big data’ from healthcare systems to inform complex patient care.  Topics of ongoing research include data-based segmentation of high-risk complex patient populations and developing new applications for prediction and segmentation model use in clinical care.

Prior to the fellowship start date, applicants are expected to have earned a doctorate in a discipline such as health services research, applied statistics, epidemiology, public health, or health policy, or a clinical degree related to primary care (MD, RN) with relevant research experience.

Postdoctoral fellows are expected to collaborate on established projects and are also encouraged to lead analytic projects with an emphasis on study design, data analysis, and manuscript writing. Emphasis will be given to producing peer-reviewed publications taking advantage of available datasets. Clinical focus is on adult health conditions.

Mentorship will be primarily provided by Dr. Ann-Marie Rosland, Director of the Complex Chronic Conditions Research Program, with further mentorship or collaboration with other VA or University of Pittsburgh faculty as appropriate. Start date for the fellowship is flexible, but must occur by September 30, 2020.  Fellowships can be renewed for additional years. This is a federal government position; U.S. citizenship is required.  

To apply please send the materials below to complexcaring@pitt.edu, attention Michele Nichols:

  • Cover letter including goals for fellowship and for post-fellowship career
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Two letters of reference
  • Writing Sample: PDF of published academic manuscript, or another academic writing sample

For additional information see:

Caring for Complex Chronic Conditions Research Program

VA CHERP Health Services Research Fellowship

Dr. Rosland’s Academic Profile

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

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(01/13/20) Post-Doctoral / Clinical Research Fellow in Family and Social Support for Chronic Disease Care - Pittsburgh, PA



We are seeking candidates for a Post-Doctoral or Clinical Research Fellowship based at the VA Center for Health Equity Research and Promotion (CHERP) and the Caring for Complex Chronic Conditions Research Program at the University of Pittsburgh in Pittsburgh, PA.

Fellows will conduct health services research designed to improve care for adults with complex chronic health conditions, including diabetes.  Research will focus on optimizing the healthcare support roles of family and friends in adults’ social networks, and the role of social support in healthcare, including how healthcare providers can partner with support and community networks to better care for patients.  Research will focus on underserved populations and is embedded in community-based and community-partnered principles.  This is an exciting opportunity to study innovative ways to apply psychological, sociologic, and health behavior science to challenges in improving health and care for people with chronic health conditions. Research methods include intervention studies, survey studies, qualitative studies, and secondary data analyses.

Prior to the fellowship start date, applicants are expected to have earned a doctorate in a discipline such as health services research, health psychology, social psychology, public health, social work, or health policy, or have a clinical degree (MD, RN, Pharmacy) with relevant research experience.

Postdoctoral fellows are expected to collaborate on established projects and are also encouraged to lead projects with an emphasis on study design, intervention development, data analysis, and manuscript writing. Emphasis will be given to producing peer-reviewed publications taking advantage of available datasets from NIH and VA funded studies. Clinical focus is on adult health conditions.

Mentorship will be primarily provided by Dr. Ann-Marie Rosland, Director of the Complex Chronic Conditions Research Program, with further mentorship or collaboration with other VA or University of Pittsburgh faculty as appropriate. Start date for the fellowship is flexible, but must occur by September 30, 2020.  Fellowships can be renewed for additional years. This is a federal government position; U.S. citizenship is required.  

To apply please send the materials below to complexcaring@pitt.edu, attention Michele Nichols:

  • Cover letter including goals for fellowship and for post-fellowship career
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Two letters of reference
  • Writing Sample: PDF of published academic manuscript, or another academic writing sample

For additional information see:

Caring for Complex Chronic Conditions Research Program

VA CHERP Health Services Research Fellowship

Dr. Rosland’s Academic Profile

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

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(11/14/19) Women’s Health Fellowship - Pittsburgh, PA



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

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

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

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

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(10/01/19) Postdoctoral Health Services Research Fellowship - Providence, RI



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

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

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

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

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

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

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

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