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

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(01/14/20) Cyberseminar Coordinator - Boston, MA



VA HSR&D's Center for Information Dissemination and Education Resources (CIDER) is excited to announce that we will be recruiting for a Cyberseminar Coordinator position. This GS-11 Health Science Specialist position joins a team of 3 coordinators to lead the Health Services Research Cyberseminar Program, a cost-effective method of training and dissemination. The coordinators host online webinars by senior researchers in methods and data for researchers, as well as sessions on key research findings for VA senior leadership, policymakers, managers, and clinicians. The national audience for this successful Cyberseminar Program is an expanding one, as we now host 161 sessions annually and offer accreditation to a variety of clinicians. The webinars are well received by the attending researchers, managers, and clinicians, as demonstrated by positive evaluations. The Cyberseminar Coordinator conducts outreach to researchers and operations partners developing new content, hosts live presentations, and manages archives, evaluations, and announcements. To find out more about this position, please reach out to Jerry O'Keefe, Director, CIDER at: gerald.okeefe@va.gov.

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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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(01/08/20) Project Manager - Durham, NC



The Project Manager (PM) will be responsible for the day-to-day management of VA research projects and initiatives at the VA Cooperative Studies Program Epidemiology Center (CSPEC)-Durham. The incumbent will utilize project management approaches for research projects and initiatives, as well as managing communications and changes to the scope, direction, and workflow processes. This includes organizing study team meetings, managing and tracking data, preparing reports, and providing overall technical guidance and support to the team.

This position works with primarily our Gulf War research program but may be assigned to other areas as the need arises.

Hours per week: full-time position @ 40 hrs per week, on-site

Job Responsibilities:

  • Acts as project manager for VA funded research projects and initiatives. Manages communications and changes to the scope, direction, and processes of projects
  • Implements project management approach for research projects/initiatives; prepares and submits protocols to the IRB: conducts evaluations of research project operations; collects, analyzes, manages and documents data; interprets results; and documents and reports findings.
  • Organizes the data collection and data management processes. Assures compliance with study protocols, study operations manuals, standard operating procedures, and other relevant policies and procedures.
  • Assigns specific duties to project staff, as required, and monitors activities and quality of work specific to projects.
  • Coordinates meetings and prepares agendas/minutes/meeting summaries.
  • Monitors project/initiative progress, budget requirements, and timelines as required for VA reporting or other relevant guidelines
  • Plans, develops, and completes required documentation/paperwork/forms to applicable Institutional Review Boards (IRBs) for initial and continuing human subjects review.
  • Establishes plans/objectives and identifies results indicative of successful program accomplishments.
  • Establishes a schedule of team meetings, develops meeting agendas/minutes, and facilitates ongoing study/initiative activities.
  • Responsible for tracking and meeting deliverables to facilitate the execution and completion of VA studies and initiatives.
  • Prepares reports for both written and oral presentations to the general scientific community to be published in peer-reviewed journals and presented at meetings and conferences.
  • Maintains records and prepares administrative and statistical reports for review
  • Organizes processes for data collection, statistical analysis, data management, and manuscript development.
  • Arranges and conducts complex literature searches required for research projects.
  • Develops and implements follow-up procedures to monitor participant progress and communication.
  • Conducts audits of research study records for compliance with applicable federal rules and regulations.

Knowledge/Skills/Experience Required for Position:

  • Experience in conducting clinical, health services, or epidemiological human subjects research studies
  • Knowledge of and experience with the IRB submission process
  • Experience working with multidisciplinary teams (project managers, biostatisticians, administrators, clinicians, contractors, etc.)
  • Ability to organize work within the framework of a research protocol, and flexibility in responding to new research opportunities as they arise
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, and ability to communicate with people from diverse backgrounds and with different levels of understanding
  • Strong organization, planning and problem-solving skills
  • High personal motivation, self-management, and attention to detail
  • Quick learner and ability to take responsibility in meeting deadlines and making progress without constant supervision

Minimum Requirements:

Masters Degree in Public Health or related field with at least 1 year of related experience equivalent to a GS-9.  

Salary Range:

GS-11: $66,515 - $86,468

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

Applications received before 1/24/19 will be given first consideration.

If interested, please send resume and cover letter to:

Carrie May, MPH
Assistant Director – Operations, CSPEC-Durham
Durham Veterans Affairs Medical Center
508 Fulton St (152)
Durham, NC 27705
Email: carrie.may@va.gov

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(01/06/20) Project Manager - Seattle, WA



The Seattle Epidemiologic Research and Information Center (ERIC), Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is recruiting a full-time Project Manager for the CSP #595: Service and Health Among Deployed Veterans (SHADE) Study. The Seattle ERIC is based at the VA Puget Sound Health Care System and is an epidemiologic research center in the national Cooperative Studies Program (CSP) of the VA Office of Research and Development (ORD) (https://www.research.va.gov/programs/csp/).

Under the supervision of the Program Manager at the CSP #595 Coordinating Center, the Project Manager will oversee major aspects of the management of the CSP #595 Study as delegated by the Program Manager. Primary and shared responsibilities will be assigned based on the qualifications and skills of the Project Manager. The Project Manager will also serve as the manager of 2 CSP #595 sites and, in collaboration with the CSP #595 Local Site Investigator, will manage the execution of the CSP #595 Study protocol.

Responsibilities and duties include the following:

  • Manage all aspects of the CSP #595 Study when the Project Manager is unavailable.
  • Manage the daily operations of the CSP #595 Study including possible supervision of 1 or more Coordinating Center staff.
  • Manage the daily operations of the 2 CSP #595 sites (Seattle and American Lake) in the VA Puget Sound Health Care System and assure success of the site to recruit and collect research data from study participants.
  • Manage the development, maintenance, and operations of the CSP #595 Data and Biospecimens Repositories.
  • Manage the regulatory compliance of the CSP #595 Study and the CSP #595 Data and Biospecimens Repositories.
  • Manage the meta-data and documentation of data in the CSP #595 Study and the CSP #595 Data and Biospecimens Repositories.
  • Liaise with the CSP Biospecimens Repository in Boston for the deposition and retrieval of specimens from the Repository.
  • Liaise with VA and non-VA investigators interested in using the resource and serve as the primary contact for investigators when using the Repositories.
  • Hire, train, and supervise CSP #595 site staff coordinating research and administrative activities, ensuring all projects are completed according to project/study timelines.
  • Manage and coordinate site-specific activities as required in coordination with the Local Site Investigator and the Program Manager.
  • Track study progress and ensure timely completion of communications with the coordinating center.

Qualifications:

  • Bachelors degree in a scientific research-related field. Masters-level degree in a scientific research-related field preferred.
  • At least 5 years of experience coordinating epidemiologic data collection. Experience with biorepositories preferred.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills.

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 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 January 22, 2020 will be considered first. Only complete applications will be considered.

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

For more information about CSP #595, please see https://www.vacsp.research.va.gov/CSPEC/Studies/INVESTD-R/CSP-595-SHADE.asp or https://clinicaltrials.gov/ct2/show/NCT02825654.

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(12/26/19) Project Manager - Seattle, WA



The Seattle Epidemiologic Research and Information Center (ERIC) Digital Team within the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is accepting applications for a full-time Project Manager.  

The Seattle ERIC Digital Team is focused on two goals:

  1. Reducing the complexity of research by consolidating and clearly presenting information about human subjects protection and VA research administration
  2. Telling the story of Seattle ERIC research and Seattle ERIC-led VA Cooperative Studies Program (CSP) initiatives in a clear and compelling way on public facing VA websites

This position reports to the Digital Team Program Lead.

Key duties for this position include:

  • Implementing and managing content strategy for multiple VA research sites including internal SharePoint sites and public facing websites, such as
  • Documenting operations processes so there’s clarity around the structure, purpose, boundaries, accountability, and workflows for each site
  • Quality control through page audits and recommending changes based on results
  • Thinking strategically about how content is produced and managed to promote efficiency
  • Designing content in a way that makes complex research language and research-related processes easier to understand, such as
    • Synthesizing human subjects research policies and research guidance information from multiple sources or breaking down that information into more manageable pieces
    • Partnering with subject matter experts in IRB, R&D, Privacy, Information Security, IT, and Data Management to create clear and accurate information
    • Implementing internal style guides and following VA content principles
    • Researching, confirming, and sourcing content ideas (often drawing on professional relationships with subject matter experts)
    • Participating in team content reviews and providing critique based on plain language
    • Writing using plain language concepts
    • Creating materials about research or operations activities for non-VA, non-research audiences, such as
      • Doing independent background research including informal interviews and reviewing other source materials
      • Writing using storytelling for business skills to promote a concept, set a vision, or educate readers
    • Maintaining multiple VA websites and publishing all content within those sites (currently SharePoint Online and TeamSite), such as
      • Creating, modifying, and customizing SharePoint pages, libraries, lists, or views
      • Confidently problem solving in a web space bound by regulatory restrictions
      • Documenting maintenance and publishing processes
    • Approaching and understanding problems through human centered design principles and methods, such as
      • Understanding basic human centered design or UX research methods and when to use them
      • Carrying out, analyzing, and following through on user research
    • Understanding the needs of and building ongoing relationships with site stakeholders, such as
      • Understanding how to work with different stakeholder groups
      • Communicating strategies, user research evidence, and suggestions effectively
      • Maintaining awareness of stakeholder needs
    • Ongoing relationship building across CSP, facility, and other research groups, such as
      • Participating in calls or workgroups to learn about user needs and identify content opportunities
      • Maintaining existing and establishing new connections with a variety of subject matter experts for collaboration and consultation
      • Contributing to cross functional group efforts to improve research processes and efficiency

    Qualities and skills of an ideal candidate

    • Masters-level degree in a public health or scientific research-related field such as epidemiology and/or 4-6 years of experience with federally-funded human subjects research and ability to show an understanding of its complexity
    • Demonstrated empathetic, clear, and thoughtful communicator
    • Demonstrated ability to effectively lead and manage projects
    • Experience building internal systems that support attention to detail and quality control
    • Strong Microsoft Office Suite skills, especially SharePoint Online, Office365, and OneNote
    • Confidence with web technology
    • Understands the challenges of and skilled in problem solving technology issues within an environment that’s bound by regulatory restrictions
    • Experience publishing material through a web platform or content management system
    • Demonstrated curiosity and willingness to learn

    About 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 health care of Veterans through epidemiologic research. We are part of the VA Cooperative Studies Program, a national VA research group of 12 epidemiology and clinical trial research centers.

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

    For more about the VA Cooperative Studies Program: https://www.vacsp.research.va.gov/

    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 GS-11, per the Office of Personnel Management General Schedule table 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 January 10, 2020 will be considered first. Only complete applications will be considered.

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    (12/26/19) Program Manager - Seattle, WA



    The Seattle Epidemiologic Research and Information Center (ERIC), Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is recruiting a Program Manager to work with an experienced and growing group of researchers committed to high-quality epidemiologic investigations addressing Veteran health issues. The Center is 1 of 5 epidemiologic centers within the Cooperative Studies Program (CSP), within the VA Office of Research and Development.

    The Center is recruiting a full-time position that will provide leadership in the management of large, national epidemiologic research studies within the ERIC as well as smaller-scale, investigator-initiated studies. The Program Manager will work closely with the Associate Center Director for Research Operations, to assure the success of several observational epidemiologic studies addressing environmental/occupational exposures, pharmacotherapy, and genetics/genomics.

    Key Duties:

    • Work with the Center Director and Associate Center Director for Research Operations, to provide managerial leadership to the Center.  
    • Work closely with the Project Managers to reach the research objectives of the study while adhering to national and VA research compliance standards.
    • Serve as a Project Manager on new initiatives within the Center and the Cooperative Studies Program.
    • Assist Project Managers with staff hiring, training, and supervision.
    • Assist Lead Administrator with research administrative duties, including budget and contract management.
    • Foster collaborations on best management practices across the Cooperative Studies Program sites.
    • Work closely with the Quality Management Specialist to integrate quality improvement practices into research activities. 
    • Work closely with ERIC and CSP staff to ensure success of Center research projects.

    Qualifications:

    • Minimum of a bachelors-level degree in a scientific field and 5 years of managing large-scale research studies including oversight of instrumentation, data collection, and operations.
    • Knowledge of national and VA research compliance standards.
    • Record of leadership and team building.
    • Proficient in standard Microsoft Office products including Access.

    Candidates must be US citizens. Depending on the candidate’s experience, the target salary will be in the GS-11 to GS-12 range. Education and experience will be evaluated by Human Resources to determine position eligibility and targeted GS level, per the Office of Personnel Management General Schedule table 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 January 10, 2020 will be considered first. Only complete applications will be considered.

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

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    (12/09/19) 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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    (12/04/19) 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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    (12/04/19) Statistician - Durham, NC



    Summary

    The Cooperative Studies Program Epidemiology Center (CSPEC) at the Durham, NC Veterans Affairs Medical Center is seeking a Masters or PhD-level Statistician.

    Hours per week: Full-time position @ 40 hrs per week, on-site

    Job Responsibilities:

    • Collect, organize, manage, analyze, and interpret highly specialized healthcare data from large databases. Exercise extensive technical judgment to interpret the existing documentation, assess additional information needed, select sources of appropriate data, and adapt existing systems to new requirements.
    • Participate in the development of fact sheets, presentations, reports, manuscripts, and supporting documents for quality improvement initiatives, research projects, and additional activities as requested, for dissemination to team members, project/program leadership, VA and non-VA research and clinical community, and congressional inquiries.
    • Lead and/or assist in the development and review of documents including (but not limited to) protocols, proposals, operations documents, white papers, and data use agreements.
    • Conduct statistical analyses of research data using SAS. Experience with R and MPlus will also be useful.
    • Performs duties to support data analysis, reporting, and automation, including pulling clinical data from different sources to construct analytic datasets preferably using SAS, SQL
    • Adhere to protocols and project requirements for quality control and reproducible results in the collection and maintenance of data collected.
    • Participate actively in Center-wide research process standardization activities in support of improved research quality, consistency, and reproducibility.
    • In collaboration with other investigators and statisticians, design studies and secondary analyses of existing databases, including VA/non-VA medical administrative databases, vital and health statistics, cross-sectional surveys, etc.
    • In partnership with team members, design and/or utilize SQL databases and other infrastructure to support efficient and high-quality data collection, maintenance, and analysis
    • Work closely with the research teams to help develop studies/initiatives.
    • Attend regular project meetings for multiple concurrent projects to participate in study development and ensure that data collection and data integrity processes are maintained throughout the project duration

    Minimum Requirements:

    Master’s or PhD degree in statistics, biostatistics or mathematics or related field (preferably with courses in calculus/advanced analysis and a mathematically-based sequence in probability/statistics); at least 3-5 years of experience in large complex healthcare data sources; proficient in SAS (including macro-language programming) and SQL.

    Salary Range:

    GS-12: 77,382 - 100,600

    GS-13: 92,017 – 119,619

    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 “Statistician” in subject line.

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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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    (11/08/19) 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:  Teresa.hudson@va.gov or hudsonteresaj@uams.edu

    Contact Information:
    Teresa Hudson, PharmD, PhD
    Director, Center for Health Services Research
    Professor
    Department of Psychiatry, College of Medicine
    4301 West Markham, Little Rock, AR 72205
    Phone: 501-526-8131
    Teresa.hudson@va.gov or
    hudsonteresaj@uams.edu

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    (10/29/19) Research Scientist - East Orange, NJ



    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.

    The AHBPCE is looking for a highly motivated Research Scientist to join our growing team for immediate hire.

    Position Summary:

    Reporting to the Scientific Director of the AHBPCE, the Research Scientist will conduct human subjects research to investigate mechanisms of dyspnea and exercise intolerance in the contexts of military environmental and occupational exposure. The Research Scientist will work closely with the Scientific Director to execute a program of multiple federally funded research projects and oversee an interdisciplinary laboratory team. Some travel may be required for attendance of off-site collaborator meetings and conferences. Salary is commensurate with training and experience.

    Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

    • Provide support for the Scientific Director in the creation and/or editing of scientific documents and presentations
    • Provide general laboratory management oversight including supervision and training of laboratory personnel
    • Ensures the successful acquisition, storage and analysis of human physiological data
    • Overseeing regulatory and compliance of laboratory and research projects
    • Coordinates team communications and meetings to ensure achievement of collaborative clinical and scientific priorities

    Required Qualifications:

    • S. Citizenship
    • Master’s or terminal degree in biomedical science field
    • ≥ 5 years’ experience in human subjects research
    • Excellent verbal and written communication and presentation skills
    • Advanced interpersonal skills and ability to work with diverse groups

    Preferred Qualifications:

    • PhD in health science related discipline
    • Specialized experience in clinical exercise physiology, non-invasive imaging techniques, cellular biochemistry, and/or biostatistics
    • Manuscript and grant writing experience

    Applications:

    To apply, please submit the following: 1) cover letter describing your interest, motivation and relevant experience for the position, 2) current CV, and 3) an example of your scholarly work (e.g., manuscript) to Dr. Michael Falvo  (AHBPCE2@gmail.com). Applications will be considered on a rolling basis.

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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

    (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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    (12/30/19) Postdoctoral Fellowship in Health Services Research - Pittsburgh, PA



    The Pittsburgh site of the CHERP VA HSR&D Fellowship is actively recruiting for a post-doctoral fellow. Affiliated with the University of Pittsburgh, our Center of Innovation (COIN) has focus areas in 1) detecting, understanding, and reducing disparities in health and health care among a broad range of vulnerable populations; and 2) improving the effectiveness, safety, and value of clinical therapeutics.

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

    Selected fellows engage in scholarly projects under the guidance of senior program faculty who have broad expertise in quantitative and qualitative research methodology (e.g., clinical trial development, QI, large database analysis, psychometrics, meta-analysis, and implementation science) under the guidance of Co-Directors Galen Switzer PhD and Michael Fine MD, MSc. Senior faculty who are available to mentor in 2020 include Leslie Hausmann, PhD,  Ann-Marie Rosland, MD, MS, Matt Chinman, PhD, and Shari Rogal, MD, MPH.  

    Fellows receive an annual stipend and health insurance, supported by the VA Office of Academic Affiliations, with no teaching, service, or payback requirements. Additional opportunities and funding for research and training are available and tailored to each fellow’s career goals.

    Fellows must be US citizens and have obtained a medical or doctoral degree before the start of their fellowship appointment. Physicians and other clinical and non-clinical professionals are encouraged to apply. To initiate the application process, please forward your CV to VHAPHICHERPFellowship@va.govApplications (CV, letter of interest, and 3 letters of recommendation) are preferred prior to January 31, 2020, but will be accepted until the position is filled.

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    (12/02/19) VA Advanced Fellowship Program in Mental Illness Research and Treatment - North Little Rock, AR



    Applications are currently being accepted for the SC MIRECC Advanced Fellowship Program in Mental Illness Research and located in Little Rock, Arkansas. Practitioners including psychologists, pharmacists, nurses, and social workers are eligible to apply. This fellowship is a two-year research training program (75% time devoted to research and 25% to advanced clinical training). The SC MIRECC's mission is to promote equity in engagement, access, and quality of mental healthcare to Veterans facing barriers to care, especially rural Veterans. The purpose of the fellowship is to train health care professionals for future leadership roles in research, education, and clinical services, particularly in academic and medical care settings such as VA. Although many Fellows pursue careers focused predominantly on academic research and education in mental health, successful graduates of the program also pursue leadership careers that emphasize education and clinical contributions in mental health.

    By the end of the fellowship program, Fellows should be ready to pursue entry-level leadership roles, which integrate state-of-the-art research, education, and clinical approaches to mental health in the VA healthcare system and other settings. Fellows pursuing academic clinical-research careers should also be ready to submit applications for career development awards (such as VA Career Development Awards or NIH K-Awards) toward the end of their fellowship.

    Applications received by December 15, 2019 will be given priority; applications may be accepted until positions are filled.

    See https://www.mirecc.va.gov/visn16/little-rock-fellowship.asp for complete details.

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    (12/02/19) Advanced Psychiatry Fellowship - North Little Rock, AR



    Applications are currently being accepted for the SC MIRECC Special Fellowship in Advanced Psychiatry Program located in Little Rock, Arkansas. The SC MIRECC fellowship is a two-year research training program (75% time devoted to research and 25% to advanced clinical training). A part-time fellowship with at least 50% commitment may be negotiated. The purpose of the SC MIRECC Special Fellowship in Advanced Psychiatry is to train psychiatrists for eventual leadership roles in research, education, and clinical services, particularly in academic and medical care settings, such as the Veterans Health Administration. Although many Fellows pursue careers focused predominantly on academic research and education in mental health, successful graduates of the program will also include those who pursue leadership careers that emphasize education and clinical contributions in mental health. By the end of the Fellowship Program, Fellows pursuing academic clinical-research careers should be ready to submit applications for career development awards (such as VA Career Development Awards or NIH K-Awards) towards the end of the fellowship. Fellows should also be ready to pursue entry-level leadership roles which integrate state-of-the-art research, education, and clinical approaches to mental health in the VA healthcare system and other academic institutions.

    Applications will be reviewed beginning early January 2020; later applications may be accepted until positions are filled (contact program director for exact dates).

    See https://www.mirecc.va.gov/visn16/little-rock-fellowship.asp for complete details.

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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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    (11/04/19) Postdoctoral Fellowship - Los Angeles Area Health Services Research Training (LAAHSRT) Program - Los Angeles, CA



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

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

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

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

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

    Preference is given to applications received by January 10, 2020.

    APPLY AT https://hpm.ph.ucla.edu/pages/post_doctoral

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    (10/22/19) 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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    (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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    (10/01/19) 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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