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Please note that this section is updated monthly. The following positions are still open as of 07/01/21.

For additional VA opportunities, please visit the USAJobs website.



(07/28/21) Research Assistant - Boston, MA



Open Position: Research Assistant, Full-time, GS5-1. September 2021

Research Topic: Transcranial application of light therapy (near-infrared, LEDs) to improve cognition in Traumatic Brain Injury

Location: Office of Margaret Naeser, PhD and Paula Martin, PhD, Research Service, VA Boston Healthcare System, 150 So. Huntington Ave., Boston, MA 02130

Duties: Study Coordinator - recruitment, data collection

Education Requirements: BS, BA - Psychology, Neuropsychology, Neuroscience field or Health Science

Position Description:

The incumbent is Research Assistant on topics including traumatic brain injury, PTSD, athletes with repetitive head impacts, and neuropsychological functioning. The Research Assistant will work with the Principal Investigator, Co-Investigators, and the research team to achieve the specific aims of the research projects that he/she is assigned to. These include:

  1. A) Facilitates the running of the study, including assisting with data collection.
  2. B) Assists with submitting results to professional conferences.
  3. C) Performs literature searches; maintains bibliographic databases; will be trained to administer and/or score a battery of neuropsychological tests and psychosocial questionnaires.
  4. D) Recruits research participants.
  5. E) Assists in performing data analysis in collaboration with the supervisor. Performs statistical procedures appropriately on the statistical computer software provided (SPSS, SAS, Excel etc.).
  6. F) Represents the project on study-specific conference calls, and online appointments/meetings.

Knowledge Required by the Position:

  1. A minimum of undergraduate BS or BA degree, with student training in a health science, neuropsychology, or neuroscience field. Also must have had several college level courses in psychology or neuroscience and research methods.
  2. Broad knowledge about principles and techniques of neuropsychological measurement.
  3. Broad knowledge about clinical psychology and neuropsychology.
  4. Some knowledge about methods of scientific statistical analysis techniques and computerized statistical software packages, i.e. SPSS, SAS.
  5. Some knowledge about principles of research design and experimental methodology.
  6. Some knowledge about, and experience in, writing portions of reports and manuscripts, summarizing the results. Some working knowledge of software such as Microsoft PowerPoint.
  7. Some computer knowledge including video conferencing software (Zoom, Webex), and Microsoft programs (Word, Excel, Powerpoint).
  8. Broad knowledge of ethical principles of scientists used to safeguard rights of study participants.

The Research Assistant is directly supervised by the Principal Investigator and Co-Investigators; they will coordinate principal duties for management of the study. The Research Assistant position requires a mature person who can work with some degree of independence. The research assistant position will require contact/communication with patients, clinicians and other healthcare providers. The scheduling of participants’ appointments for online Screening, Training in use of the LED Home Treatment equipment, and Pre-/Post-Testing are important aspects of the position.

Salary: $39,268 per year - one year expected. Health insurance, and other benefits available.

Send CV To: Margaret Naeser, PhD mnaeser@bu.edu and Paula Martin, PhD paulak@bu.edu

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(07/28/21) Health Science Specialist - Washington, DC



This position is within the Clinical Science Research and Development Service (CSR&D), Office of Research and Development, at VA Central Office in Washington, D.C. CSR&D supports human studies research, including, interventional and effectiveness studies, clinical, epidemiological and technical studies of disorders and diseases of importance to the health of Veterans.

Duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Participates in the development of a strategic plan for identifying and addressing needs of the research program.
  • Manages data management and data integrity activities.
  • Designs and develops electronic resources for data collection, storage, and reporting.
  • Identifies and resolves issues with data management and reporting.

See USAJobs posting for complete details.

For general public applicants: https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/608737200, closes August 3rd.

For competitive service applicants https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/608744600, closes August 10th.

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(07/27/21) Senior Faculty: Health Services Research - Houston, TX



IQuESt (a collaborative center of health services research between the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center and Baylor College of Medicine) is seeking Senior Faculty in Health Services Research to join a grant-supported, multidisciplinary research team that is nationally recognized for work in patient safety, behavioral health, quality improvement, implementation science and population health. We value diversity; individuals from groups traditionally under-represented in health services research are encouraged to apply and contribute to our collegial environment and culture of learning and celebrating differences.

The applicant will be expected to contribute to the research areas of this multidisciplinary team and will be a full-time faculty member; appointment and salary commensurate with experience. Applicants with current federal funding preferred. If relevant, up to 25% of time could be used for clinical activities.

Visit our website: http://www.houston.hsrd.research.va.gov

Qualifications

  • An MD or PhD is required
  • Must have a record of research in one or more of the relevant areas such as:
    • implementation science
    • health services/systems research
    • health economics
    • improvement science
    • informatics
    • patient safety improvement
  • Must be able to compete for external funding (i.e. NIH, VA, AHRQ)
  • Must be a U.S. citizen or U.S. permanent resident

Interested candidates should submit a current curriculum vitae and cover letter to:

Ms. Shannon Kenyon, Chief of Operations IQuESt 2450 Holcombe Blvd, Suite 01Y Houston, TX 77021
shannon.kenyon@bcm.edu

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(07/27/21) Data Analyst - Boston, MA



We are a Boston-based epidemiology and biomedical research organization. We are actively engaged in several large-scale clinical trials and observational studies using routine electronic health records as well developing de-novo mega-biobanks. Applications with these resources include novel etiological research with focus on chronic disease, biostatistical and genomics research. Our Data Operations Team manages and oversees research study data related activities to improve the way translational research is conducted and clinical care is delivered. The multi-disciplinary center consists of a highly talented group of biomedical researchers, clinicians, epidemiologists, biostatisticians, data analysts/programmers, project coordinators, and informatics team with academic affiliations to Harvard Medical School and Boston University. We are looking for candidates with service-oriented mentality, high sense of ownership of the issues and ability to solve problems presented by data.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Provide statistical expertise towards research projects
  • Work closely with statistical programmers and Biostatisticians to identify patient cohorts required for particular analysis and ensure analysis results delivered in timely manner while overseeing quality standards
  • Work with data management team and other data analysts/programmers to design, create and deliver analytical databases, reports and analyses
  • Perform validation of programs and analytical databases to fulfill specifications and ensure integrity of outcomes
  • Turn in assignments in a timely manner, meeting appropriate
  • Establish and maintain communication with customers to keep them updated on status of their requests

SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE

  • Experienced in working with big data and capable in working independently in preparing datasets, writing analytic plans, perform analysis and writing reports to facilitate research decisions
  • Working knowledge of statistical analysis or data analysis
  • Solid statistical programming skills using SQL & SAS
  • Experience with other statistical analysis and graphics packages and PC software
  • Clinical trials research and analysis experience
  • Experience with R, MS, MySQL, Microsoft office
  • Basic knowledge of study design, research methodology
  • Natural Language Processing experience is a plus
  • Excellent attention to detail, logic, and organizational
  • Understanding of the healthcare domain, clinical, epidemiology and/or genomic data is a
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, both oral and written

QUALIFICATIONS AND ENTRANCE REQUIREMENTS:

  • Master’s degree, preferably in public health domain, statistics, biostatistics or epidemiology, with 2+ years of statistical programming experience
  • Bachelor’s degree, preferably in biostatistics, statistics or computer science, with at 3+ years of statistical programming experience
  • Must be a U.S. Citizen

Interested applicants should submit their CV to Yeshe Tungkhar at Tenzin.Tungkhar@va.gov. Please make sure to state your full name in the document title and to include “Data Analyst” in the e-mail subject line.

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(07/26/21) Biostatistician - Hines, IL



The VA Cooperative Studies Program (CSP), a national leader in designing, managing, and analyzing clinical trials, is anticipating new recruitment efforts! Please see below for more details and circulate widely to colleagues who might be interested and qualified (or know of potentially competitive candidates).

Biostatistician

CSP is recruiting for a Biostatistician at one of their Clinical Trials Coordinating Centers. This position will be located at the VA Medical Center in Hines, Illinois (in the Chicagoland area).The Cooperative Studies Program (CSP) is a Veterans Health Administration (VHA) Office of Research & Development (ORD) supported national clinical investigation program that is comprised of a network of centers and investigators. The program is responsible for the planning and conduct of large, multi-center trials in the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).

Researchers within CSP have an opportunity to advance the health and care of Veterans through cooperative research studies that produce innovative and effective solutions to Veteran and national healthcare problems. Through collaborative efforts within VA and with other federal, international, university, and private industry partners, CSP accomplishments have included key research findings across a range of diseases and have helped to provide definitive evidence for clinical practice change.

The Biostatistician is responsible for planning, overseeing, and implementing strategies to ensure effective and efficient direction of clinical trials assigned to the Hines Cooperative Studies Program Coordinating Center. Specifically, responsibilities include the complete management of assigned cooperative (multi-site) clinical trials funded by Cooperative Studies Program. This management role extends for the duration of the study from inception to the final archiving of the data. This involves the oversight and coordination of study activities, such as planning meeting, protocol writing and submission, data processing, statistical analysis, report writing, and oversight of quality requirements within the aspects of the study management.

The incumbent will serve within the CSPCC as a leader of the study team that consists of database management, statistical programming, project management and regulatory personnel. They serve as a full scientific member of the planning committee and executive committee of assigned studies and are responsible for writing the statistical analysis section of the study protocol and developing the statistical analysis plan (SAP).

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Advanced knowledge of theories, principles, methods, and techniques of statistics and epidemiology, especially those applicable in the research area of clinical trials phases I-IV.
  • Knowledge of commonly used statistical software packages such as, SAS, STATA, R and PASS.
  • Excellent interpersonal and written communication skills.
  • Ability to effectively lead a team and communicate results, insights, and key takeaways.
  • Ability to provide statistical consultation with collaborating staff and external clients
  • 5 years of experience in clinical research preferred
  • A minimum of a master’s degree in Statistics, Biostatistics, or a related field

This is an MSA appointment NTE 13 months, which can be extended in increments of 3 years and is open to the public. 

We are hiring at the GS 12 and GS 13 level dependent on experience and education. The position is to be located at the Hines VA Medical Center; however, extended telework or remote work may be considered depending on experience, expertise, and position requirements.

Biostatistician, GS 13, Full-time

Salary: $102,188 to $132,845 per year

Biostatistician, GS 12, Full-time

Salary: $83,935 to $111,720 per year

For inquiries about this position or the Hines CSP Coordinating Center please contact:

Joyce Gilroy
Associate Director for Administrative Operations,
Cooperative Studies Program Coordinating Center
Hines VA Hospital, CSPCC (151K)
5000 South 5th Avenue, Building 1, Room B-237
Hines, Illinois 60141-3030
e-mail: Joyce.Gilroy@va.gov phone: 708-202-5850 fax: 708-202-2116

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(07/26/21) Statistical Programmer - Hines, IL



The Hines Cooperative Studies Program Coordinating Center is recruiting for a full-time statistical programmer. Please send this announcement widely through your networks, as well as anyone that you think might be interested in applying for this position.

Statistical Programmer

The Hines Cooperative Studies Program Coordinating Center (CSPCC) has an opportunity in the Chicago area for a full-time statistical programmer to help advance our research activities with the goal of improving the long-term health and well-being of our Veterans.  The Cooperative Studies Program (CSP) is a Veterans Health Administration (VHA) Office of Research & Development (ORD) supported national clinical investigation program that is comprised of a network of centers and investigators. The program is responsible for the planning and conduct of large, multi-center trials in the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). Researchers within CSP have an opportunity to advance the health and care of Veterans through cooperative research studies that produce innovative and effective solutions to Veteran and national healthcare problems. Through collaborative efforts within VA and with other federal, international, university, and private industry partners, CSP accomplishments have included key research findings across a range of diseases and have helped to provide definitive evidence for clinical practice change.

We are seeking a statistical programmer who wishes to be part of a multi-disciplinary team on various clinical trials to develop reports based on research protocols. Experience in clinical trials or healthcare data is helpful, but not required. The ideal candidate will have experience preparing and performing statistical analysis for clinical trials with SAS.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities 

The Statistical Programmer works under the guidance of a clinical trial Biostatistician. The Biostatistician is responsible for planning and overseeing trial activities, including protocol writing and submission, data processing, statistical analysis, report writing, and oversight of clinical trial quality requirements.

The Statistical Programmer is responsible for the following duties:

  • Implement analyses specified in the protocol or the Statistical Analysis Plan (SAP) while working under the guidance of the study Biostatistician.
  • Write SAS programs to generate tables, listings, and figures and analysis datasets.
  • Organize and summarize results using tabular or graphic representation as well as narrative description. Review analytical results for accuracy and completeness. Detect errors in detail and correct them (e.g., reviews tables/listings, edit checks output and SAS programs to ensure quality of deliverable).
  • Review and provide feedback on deliverables including but not limited to: SAP; table, listing, and figure shells; data management plans; electronic data entry screens; and case report forms; and other related documents.
  • Perform univariate and multivariate statistical analyses (e.g., multivariate regression analyses using ordinary least squares, logistic, and survival models).
  • Develop standard macros and/or tools in SAS for data analysis and reporting.
  • Validate the programmed analysis datasets, tables, listing and figures.
  • Clearly communicate with the internal study team and supervisors on report/project status and resource issues.
  • Collaborate with study Biostatistician and investigators to contribute to publications and presentations (e.g., graphs, figures, tables). Proofread and edit drafts of research materials (e.g., statistical reports, manuscripts, presentations) and make recommendations to senior staff regarding their clarity, organization, and layout.
  • Establish and implement programming standards and comply with regulatory requirements across all studies.
  • Remain informed of new developments in programming that are relevant to the industry and contribute to the innovation of existing statistical reports.
  • Undertake assigned tasks in support of research needs, which may include quality measures development, attending study meetings, assisting in administrative or data editing tasks, consulting with other teams, and serving as a consultant on programming topics.

Other Significant Factors

Communication, organization and interpersonal skills are of the utmost importance in daily activities as the incumbent will interact closely with other members of the Statistics and Data Management departments on various clinical projects.


Minimum Requirements

A minimum of a MS in Statistics, Computer Science, Mathematics or a related science discipline preferred. Experience in SAS programming (experience programming for phase I-IV clinical trials preferred). Experience using SAS-Base, MACRO, STAT, GRAPH, MS Office, R, SQL.

Additional Skills

  • Experience manipulating complex datasets using SAS
  • Experience with importing data, transforming, cleaning, merging, and editing data and extensive quality/accuracy measures
  • Experience with phase II and phase III multi-site clinical trials preferred
  • Experience interpreting statistical output and analyses
  • Experience working with advanced-level statisticians
  • Experience using ODS and other methods to deliver output in Excel

This is an MSA appointment NTE 13 months, which can be extended in increments of 3 years and is open to the public. 

We are hiring at the GS 11 and GS 12 level dependent on experience and education. The position is to be located at the Hines VA Medical Center; however, extended telework or remote work may be considered depending on experience, expertise, and position requirements.

Statistical Programmer

Mathematical Statistician GS 12, Full-Time

Salary Range: $85,935 to 111,720 per year

Mathematical Statistician, GS-11, Full-time

Salary Range: $71,697 to $93,211 per year

For inquiries about this position or the Hines CSP Coordinating Center please contact:

Joyce Gilroy
Associate Director for Administrative Operations,
Cooperative Studies Program Coordinating Center
Hines VA Hospital, CSPCC (151K)
5000 South 5th Avenue, Building 1, Room B-237
Hines, Illinois 60141-3030
e-mail: Joyce.Gilroy@va.gov phone: 708-202-5850 fax: 708-202-2116

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(07/26/21) Volunteer Research Assistant - Portland, OR



Location: VA Portland Health Care System, Portland, OR

Announcement Close: 8/1/2021

Description: Research Assistant

Qualifications/expectations: A short-term Volunteer Research Assistant opportunity is available in the laboratory of Dr. Michael Heinrich. This position is for a highly motivated individual who wishes to develop an independent research career. Dr. Heinrich's research focuses on understanding the tumor biology of gastrointestinal stromal tumors to develop new therapies. The candidate should be willing to work with tissue culture. Specific duties including making reagents, shadowing senior members of the lab and learning new techniques, tissue culture, molecular biology techniques such as DNA cloning, and others as needed.

Contact: michael.heinrich@va.gov

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(07/23/21) Associate Director - Center for Access & Delivery Research and Evaluation (CADRE) - Iowa City, IA



Join us in beautiful Eastern Iowa to lead a group of creative and engaged investigators and committed research staff in our mission to improve access to high quality care for rural Veterans through innovative applications of telehealth; and to develop and evaluate interventions targeting the multidrug-resistant organism crisis. CADRE includes three active cores: The Ethnographic Methods and Implementation Core (EMIC), the Statistics and Analytics (STAT) Core, and the Data and Information Systems (DAT) Core that work together to support a rapidly expanding research and operations portfolio.  In addition, a flourishing Veteran Engagement Panel guides and inspires CADRE’s work and deepens the connection and commitment to improving health services to Veterans.  Specific information on CADRE can be found at: https://www.cadre.research.va.gov

The CADRE Associate Director will be a key member of the leadership team helping to shape the vision of CADRE, expand the research program, and guide investigators in developing VA and affiliated research programs.  The Associate Director will assist in the scientific direction of the Center and in the development of Center procedures and core infrastructure to facilitate research efforts.

Application available here: https://jobs.uiowa.edu/faculty/view/73703

Duties of the Associate Director:

  • Provide mentoring to junior and mid-level investigators to develop ideas, proposals, and career plans and to review grants prior to submission
  • Assist in the development, cultivation, and growth of relationships with university affiliate departments and operational stakeholders to promote the CADRE portfolio and research mission
  • Assists in the planning and oversight of the weekly research conference
  • Attends Veteran Engagement Panel meetings
  • Work collaboratively with the Center Director and Cross-Center Director of Operations to provide scientific and administrative leadership of the Center
  • Respond to special projects and inquiries from VACO and operational partners
  • In the absence of the Center Director, serve as the primary scientific liaison with VA Central Office and direct all Center scientific activities
  • In the Absence of the Cross-Center Director of Operations provide administrative and operational guidance to investigators and staff
  • Fulfill other administrative and leadership roles as needed to accomplish the mission of CADRE

Successful candidates will have the following qualifications:

  • MD/PhD/PharmD or equivalent degree in a health services related field
  • A record of successful, independent, federally-funded health services research
  • Experience with Department of Veterans Affairs research
  • Eligibility to hold an academic appointment as Associate Professor or higher at the University of Iowa
  • A strong background in mentoring early and mid-career investigators
  • Strong analytic knowledge and skills
  • A background in administration and/or management of health services research
  • Ability to think critically regarding scientific and administrative planning and execution
  • Strong leadership, interpersonal, and collaborative skills necessary to foster strategic plans for future research
  • US citizen

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(07/22/21) Assistant, Associate, or Full Professor in the Research Scholar Track (Non-Tenure), Implementation Science - Providence, RI



The Center for Gerontology & Healthcare Research at Brown University invites applications for a new research faculty position in implementation and dissemination science at the Assistant, Associate, or Full Professor level. The non-tenure track, academic appointment will be to the Department of Health Services, Policy & Practice.

Review of applications will begin on 12/1/2020 and will continue until an appropriate candidate is identified or the search is closed.

See https://apply.interfolio.com/79452 for details.

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(07/21/21) Director - Center for Mental Healthcare and Outcomes Research - North Little Rock, AR



The Center for Mental Healthcare and Outcomes Research (CeMHOR) is seeking interested candidates (physician, psychologist, or pharmacist) for the role of Director. 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 or substance use disorders with an emphasis on those at high-risk for suicide and Veterans living in rural areas.

CeMHOR is home to a cadre of 20 interdisciplinary investigators supported by 40 staff members. CeMHOR investigators work closely with multiple VA partners and hold leadership roles in many of them. These centers have key personnel in Little Rock and include the Behavioral Health Quality Enhancement Research Initiative (QUERI), South Central Mental Illness Research Education and Clinical Center (MIRECC) and the Little Rock/VISN 16 Geriatric Research Education and Clinical Center (GRECC).

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

Requirements : Applicants must have a successful history of VA HSR&D, NIH, DOD, or PCORI funding in health services research or implementation science with strong academic credentials. Applicants should be motivated to regularly apply for federal funding and mentor junior faculty in the process. The successful candidate will have excellent strategic planning and leadership skills. The successful candidate will also have excellent written and verbal communication skills, and ability to present to and engage with diverse audiences, specifically Veterans, staff members, and investigators with diverse racial, rural, and socioeconomic backgrounds.

All inquiries will be handled in strict confidence.  

To apply, visit USA Jobs:

Physician: https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/607381300

Pharmacist (internal – current VA/federal employees): https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/608023900

Pharmacist (external): https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/608024100

Psychologist (internal): https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/608022400

Psychologist (external): https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/608022800

For more information, contact Rick Owen at Richard.Owen2@va.gov or (501) 257-1710

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(07/20/21) Data Manager - Boston, MA



Come join us in Boston at The VA Boston Healthcare System (VABHS), New England's premier referral center for Veterans' healthcare.  VABHS is the largest recipient of VA research funds in the nation and ranked #3 among 146 VA facilities nationally for overall employee satisfaction. The Population Health Data Science (PHDS) at VA Boston is seeking a Data Manager who is passionate about epidemiology research.

The data manager will be working within our causal inference program (VA Causal Methods Core.) This exciting collaboration between the Massachusetts Veterans Epidemiology Research and Information Center (MAVERIC) at the Boston VA and the Causal Inference Program at the Harvard T.H. School of Public Health is a new causal inference research initiative within the Veterans Health Administration. The Methods Core of VA-CAUSAL develops and applies causal inference methods using large-scale data resources at the VA, including a database of over 9 million electronic health records and the Million Veterans Program multi-omics biobank.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

The Data Manager will be responsible for:

  • Preparing datasets for analyses
  • Collaborating with the Principal Investigator and Project Manager to gather study data requirements
  • Pulling all necessary data and performing data cleaning
  • Aggregation/synthesis as appropriate
  • Helping to perform quality control and identify process improvements.

Skills/Experience

  • MUST be a US Citizen and MUST clear a US government background check
  • Must have a Master’s degree, preferably in the public health domain, statistics, biostatistics
  • Or epidemiology, or computer science with = 2 years of data management experience
  • Or a Bachelor’s degree, preferably in biostatistics, statistics or computer science, with =3 years of data management experience.
  • Solid ability to program in SQL and using MS-SQL or MySQL
  • Ability to develop SQL from a query and reporting standpoint
  • Solid statistical programming skills using SAS
  • Proficient knowledge of statistical analysis or data analysis
  • Experience with other statistical analysis and graphics packages and PC software
  • Basic knowledge of study design, research methodology and understanding of the healthcare domain, clinical, epidemiology and/or genomic data is a plus,
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, both oral and written.

Applicants should submit a cover letter and CV or inquiries to  Constance Hoag at Constance.Hoag@va.gov  Include “Applicant Data Manager” in the e-mail subject line.

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(07/19/21) Research Assistant - Portland, OR



Announcement Open: 7/20/21

Announcement Close: 7/30/21

Description: Research Assistant

Qualifications/expectations: A graduate research assistant position is available in the laboratory of Stephen M Smith in Research and Development at VAPORHCS. This position is for a highly motivated individual enrolled in a program of study at OHSU leading to a Master in Clinical Research who wishes to develop an independent research career. Dr Smith’s research focuses on the role of neuronal excitability and related signaling pathways in the biology of age-related diseases and metabolism. 

The candidate should be willing to work with animals and with tissue culture.

Specific duties in addition to those required by the degree program include identifying research problems and designing research methodologies; assist in the writing of grants and manuscripts for peer-reviewed journals; supervising undergraduate research trainees; and additional duties as requested by the principal investigator. The successful applicant must have excellent scientific, organizational, record-keeping, and problem-solving skills.

Contact information: stephen.smith10@va.gov

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(07/13/21) Research Coordinator - Aurora, CO



The Denver Research Institute is seeking to fill a research coordinator position. This position supports the organization’s medical/health science research programs, specifically oncology clinical trials. Executes day-to-day activities of clinical trials and successfully implements study design. Duties include the following aspects of clinical trials: preparation of trial documents and submission to regulatory boards for study approval and site initiation; subject recruitment, enrollment and retention; and appropriate data and specimen collection and management. May help manage fiscal negotiations under management oversight.

See https://dri-va.apscareerportal.com/jobs/1342221/apps/new for details.

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(07/08/21) Executive Director of the Southern California Institute for Research and Education (SCIRE) - Long Beach, CA



SCIRE, a non-for-profit foundation, which administers research operations at the Long Beach Veterans Affairs (LBVA), is recruiting for its Executive Director position. The Executive director serves as the Chief Operating Officer for SCIRE and reports to the SCIRE Board of Directors. The Executive Director is charged with fostering sponsored research programs conducted at LBVA while ensuring effective oversight and regulatory compliance and implementing strategic objectives to ensure the viability and thriving of the research programs. The ideal candidate will be an inspiring and highly organized leader who can work collaboratively with VA investigators, other stakeholders and multiple government and private agencies to promote research and ensures the highest standards for integrity, safety and quality.  A Bachelor’s Degree in Healthcare, Business Administration or related field as well as a proven record of supervisory and leadership skills are required. Prior work experience in similar non-profit research organizations associated with VA, knowledge of financial accounting and familiarity with federal regulations are desired.

For application and/or nominations, please submit CV, letter of interest and names of 3 references to 

Dr. Kathy Herron at email (kathy.herron@roadrunner.com) and Tony Eissa (Tony.Eissa@va.gov)

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(07/02/21) Science Project Manager / Science Writer - San Francisco, CA



NCIRE has a full-time opening for a Science Project Manager / Science Writer.

We are looking for a sharp science writer and analyst with great managerial skills. In your role as Scientific Research Analyst, you will help to coordinate large international scientific initiatives and collaborations, which would also include preparing research manuscripts and grants for a group multidisciplinary UCSF Scientific Investigators with a focus on Alzheimer’s Disease and Aging. You will work in a dynamic environment amongst a large group of enthusiastic and high-performing scientists and support their work. The candidate is expected to provide input, be involved with, although not carry out the actual research. This person will be the right hand for a prolific lead scientist who submits and receives a large volume of grants and industry contracts. The ideal candidate should be independent, a self-starter with a can-do attitude and someone who likes to suggest new approaches when needed. Hard worker willing to put in long hours in a fun and supportive environment, some travel.

See https://bit.ly/3earCzc for details.

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(06/30/21) Health Sciences Research Assistant/Research Specialist - 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/Research Specialist 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 in a scientific- or health-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 07/14/21 will be considered first. Applications received without a cover letter will not be considered.

Diversity enriches research and promotes the best healthcare. We are committed to building and sustaining an equitable and inclusive environment for our Center. We encourage individuals whose backgrounds or interests align with this commitment, as well as individuals from all backgrounds that are underrepresented in research, to apply.

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(06/24/21) Research Assistant - Pittsburgh, PA



The Center for Health Equity Research and Promotion (CHERP) is a VA research center committed to advancing health equity among the Veteran population. We are seeking a full-time Research Assistant for a new study, “Developing Cross-Sector Collaborations to Meet the Social Needs of Veterans,” led by CHERP investigator, Dr. Leslie Hausmann. The Research Assistant will be responsible for providing administrative support for the day-to-day operations of the project, including managing communication with a large and diverse team of investigators and community partners, planning and preparing materials for project meetings, maintaining regulatory documents, and contributing to the development of tabular and graphical representations of data and project products (e.g., posters, reports, manuscripts). This is a GS7 position based at the University Drive/Oakland VA campus in Pittsburgh with an option to work remotely. Although this position is for a 15-month study, CHERP has new projects starting on a rolling basis and works hard to retain creative and motivated research team members by involving them in new research initiatives.  Interested candidates should send a resume to: Kelly.Nestman@va.gov

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(06/24/21) Programmer/Analysts - Pittsburgh, PA



The Center for Health Equity Research and Promotion at the VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System is looking for 1-2 staff members to join our Biostatistics and Informatics Core.  We are interested in programmers, statisticians, and programmer analysts.  Our needs are in the areas of data acquisition and processing, data analysis, and data management. We are interested in candidates who possess all or some of these skill sets.  Only US citizens are eligible for employment.  Inquiries and resumes may be addressed to Mary.Walsh3@va.gov.

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(06/24/21) Research Assistant - Pittsburgh, PA



The Center for Health Equity Research and Promotion at the VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System is seeking a part-time (20 hours/week) Research Assistant to support several ongoing studies led by Matthew Chinman, PhD. The focus of the research is on improving the quality of care and outcomes for Veterans with mental illness. Responsibilities include conducting study assessments, recruiting study participants, communicating with study participants about upcoming appointments, entering data, and other duties as assigned. Inquiries and resumes may be addressed to Raymond.Panas@va.gov.

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(06/14/21) Project Coordinator - West Haven, CT



Dr. Eric Hermes and the HSR&D Pain Research, Informatics, Multimorbidities, and Education (PRIME) Center at the VA Connecticut Healthcare System, is seeking to fill a Project Coordinator position to oversee the management of health services related VA research studies oriented towards virtual care.

Job Details and Description:

  • Full-time (40 hours/week)
  • Tentative start date: July through November 2021.
  • This position is anticipated to be an in-person position, but there may also be tele-working arrangements available.

The Project Coordinator will oversee and coordinate multiple research projects simultaneously, which include multi-site effectiveness and implementation trials as well as pilot trials. Example responsibilities include:

1. Lead research team of other research personnel and facilitate research team meetings
2. Track and maintain study goals and timeline
3. Monitor procedures for implementation, recruitment, screening, enrollment, and intervention delivery
4. Maintain IRB approval and other regulatory requirements
5. Coordinate research activities and approvals at multiple sites
6. Work with Principal Investigators to disseminate research through reports and manuscripts
7. Work with the research team to develop new research ideas and projects

Requirements: Master’s degree in allied health science field with three years of related experience, or a doctorate in an allied health science field with 1 year of related experience. Candidates with degrees in public health, health services research, epidemiology, psychology, health sciences (or related field) and experience in research in healthcare-related settings will be considered. Knowledge and skills in project management, familiarity with IRB and research regulations, and willingness to learn and work collaboratively are required. Experience managing multiple projects and proficiency with Microsoft Office including Outlook, Word, PowerPoint and virtual meeting platforms preferred. Must be highly motivated, organized, and autonomous with excellent multi-tasking ability and record-keeping, and possess a professional demeanor with excellent interpersonal skills. U.S. citizenship is required.

Contact: Please E-mail a cover letter and resume to Eric Hermes, M.D. (eric.hermes@va.gov).

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(05/27/21) Research Coordinator - Boston, MA



A Boston-based research group is building a team to enroll patients in a tissue banking initiative and to process and ship specimens for proteogenomic analysis. The Research Coordinator position offers a wide variety of challenging and exciting opportunities to coordinate the development and management of this cancer research program.

What You’ll Do

  • Identify and recruit potential study patients for participation in clinical trials
  • Determine eligibility of potential study patients through review of patient’s medical history, current chart, and laboratory data
  • Describe and discuss protocol with potential study patients
  • Providing teaching to patients regarding study procedures
  • Obtain informed consent from study patients
  • Administer questionnaire to study patients
  • Create study-specific flow sheets and data forms to be used as source documents by study staff to collect data
  • Coordinate the collection and processing of required samples (blood draws, tissue, etc.)
  • Act as a primary contact and resource for study patients regarding study related issues
  • Review and abstract patient’s medical data for completion of case report forms
  • Maintain integrity and confidentiality of data, private health information and personal identifying information
  • Performing data entry into electronic case reports forms or complete paper case report forms
  • Review and resolve data queries
  • Maintain study-related documentation
  • Interact with Principal Investigator (PI) and other research and clinical personnel to ensure accuracy and completeness of data collection and to meet all project timelines
  • Keep the PI informed of progress and potential problems
  • Work closely with study monitors to ensure protocol compliance and accuracy of data
  • Prepare and clean-up study files, documents, and data for internal and external audits
  • Perform all aspects of regulatory-related work including timely reporting of adverse events to the Institutional Review Board (IRB), preparation and submission of initial study submissions, continuing reviews, protocol amendments, consent form changes, and notification of study closings for IRB review
  • Assists with preparation of budgets, statements of work, deliverables and timelines
  • Collaborates with study team and BVARI staff, establishes and follows processes for trial administrative management
  • Follows center standard operating procedures
  • Guarantee flawless communications between operational teams

Who You Are

  • Experienced: You hold a bachelor’s degree preferably with coursework in biology, chemistry, epidemiology and/or statistics
  • Tech Savvy: You have no problem learning new software. Prior knowledge of specialized computer software (i.e., Medidata Rave, MS Word, PowerPoint, and Excel) and email systems is helpful.
  • Composed: You are an excellent communicator (verbal & written). You have critical problem solving and analytics skills. You can juggle the coordination of multiple projects and can learn to master research infrastructure.
  • Customer Service: You must meet the needs of customers (veterans, patients, research participants, their representatives, visitors, and all VA staff) while supporting VA research missions. You must consistently communicate and treat customers in a courteous, tactful and respectful manner. You must provide customers with consistent information according to established policies and procedures.
  • Confidential & Compliant: You are able to operate 100% confidentially and able to to ensure compliance with study protocols, Good Clinical Practice standards, and Health Research Protection Program (HRPP) rules, policies and procedures. You can effectively solve compliance issues.

About BVARI

Founded in 1990, BVARI is one of Boston's only small non-profits in biomedical research. We are a strategic partner to the VA Boston Healthcare System, which maintains academic affiliations with several prestigious universities in Boston. We enable top-notch research programs, driving major advances in a number of high-priority disease areas affecting the US veteran population and translating to the general public. Our small business setting is ideal for highly intelligent and driven leaders wishing to make a big impact in the workplace. Every role at BVARI is essential to driving excellence, and every individual is highly valued and challenged to grow and thrive within our environment. We encourage shining stars who wish to push traditional corporate boundaries, deeply broaden their knowledge base, and influence outcomes to apply.

Work Environment

This job operates in a professional office environment. This role routinely uses standard office equipment such as computers, phones, photocopiers, filing cabinets and fax machines. The candidate must reside in Massachusetts.

Physical Demands

The physical demands described in this job description are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee frequently is required to stand; walk; use hands; and reach with hands and arms.

This position requires the ability to occasionally lift office products and supplies, up to 20 pounds.

Position Type/Expected Hours of Work

This is a full-time position, and hours of work and days are Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Travel

No travel is expected for this position.

Work Authorization/Security Clearance

An employee in this position must complete all appropriate background checks at the time of hire and periodic reappointment.

Other Duties

Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice.

Equal Opportunity Employer

Boston VA Research Institute provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local laws. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, transfer, leaves of absences, compensation and training. 

Contact

Interested candidates can apply at https://www.linkedin.com/jobs/view/2562790931/?capColoOverride=true or can contact Dr. Jason Gold (Jason.Gold@va.gov) directly with questions or to express interest.

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(05/20/21) Writer-Editor - Boston, MA



The position is based at the VA Boston Healthcare System, Boston, MA, with a national resource center for research – the Center for Information Dissemination and Education Resources (CIDER).

The position is not virtual, and a relocation bonus is not authorized. However, related to the status of the pandemic and decisions regarding remote work in the Boston, MA, area, the employee may be authorized to telework for an interim period of time.

DESCRIPTION: This position serves as a writer-editor within the national Center for Information Dissemination and Education Resources (CIDER), within the Department of Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration (VHA), Office of Research and Development, Health Services Research and Development Service (HSR&D). CIDER's mission is to improve the health and care of Veterans by disseminating important findings and information from health services research to policymakers, managers, clinicians, and researchers throughout VA and the larger healthcare community.

The purpose of this position is to provide medical/health writing, editing, communications planning, social media, and web page content for the HSR&D national research program. The position requires writing and editing for diverse communications vehicles designed to disseminate information about research findings, accomplishments, and impacts that improve VA healthcare quality, organization/delivery, and efficiency. The writer-editor summarizes HSR&D findings and activities, assembles background content, interviews researchers, and prepares substantive content for policymakers, managers, clinicians, and researchers throughout VA and beyond. Work products include newsletters, background briefs, web pages, fact sheets, special reports, interviews, social media, podcasts, and other documents/media.

Applicants must be US citizens and must clear a US government background check. A minimum of a bachelor’s degree in journalism, communications, biomedical science, or a related field from an accredited college or university; master’s level preferred. A minimum of 5 years’ experience as a science, health or medical writer also is required. The experience should indicate the ability to identify newsworthy advances and gather appropriate background information, and an aptitude for presenting complex material in an understandable fashion for a general audience, in text that is clear, well-organized, highly readable, and appropriate for the knowledge level of the intended audience. Applicants will provide a resume and relevant writing samples. Candidates selected for second interviews will be required to complete a 90-minute onsite writing and editing test.

VA is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected Veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

For more information or questions regarding this position, or to apply, please contact Jerry O’Keefe at gerald.okeefe@va.gov or (617) 691-7415. 

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(04/27/21) Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of the Southern California Institute for Research and Education (SCIRE) - Long Beach, CA



SCIRE, a non-for-profit foundation, which administers research operations at the Long Beach Veterans Affairs (LBVA), is recruiting for Chief Financial Officer (CFO) position. The CFO is responsible for the maintenance of SCIRE financial fund accounting and financial management, and development of reports for internal and external audiences. The CFO is responsible for managing the financial resources; conducting audits to assess effectiveness of controls and accuracy of financial records; and adhering to Foundation and funding agency policy, as well as applicable state and federal laws and regulations. Leads and participates in cross-functional teams to support organization-wide regulatory and financial contract and grant compliance, and adequate reporting. As a key member of the management team, provides feedback for the day-to-day activities for Accounting, Contracts & Grants, and Information Technology. Supervisory responsibilities include approving timesheets, conduct annual reviews, award salary increases, managing employee performance, managing employee complaints; counseling, disciplining, and terminating employees. Bachelor’s degree (BA/BS) in a business-related field (a Master’s degree in a business-related field is preferred). Must have experience directing the fiscal and financial functions of the corporation in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles, cost principles and regulations regarding government oversight for federal contracts and grants. A current CPA license is preferred.

For application and/or nominations, please submit CV, letter of interest and names of 3 references to
Dr. Kathy Herron at email (kathy.herron@roadrunner.com) and to Dr. Tony Eissa (Tony.Eissa@Va.gov)

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(03/08/21) Clinician Investigator in General Internal Medicine - Portland, OR



The Section of General Medicine at VA Portland  Health Care System (VAPORHCS) is looking for a Clinician-Investigator to join a vibrant group of clinical and health services researchers with interdisciplinary and cross institution collaborations. A record of advanced training in research or academic productivity as a Clinician-Investigator is required. All areas of research relevant to general internal medicine are welcome, including health services research, systematic review and evidence synthesis, quality improvement, health disparities, mental health, chronic illness management, patient-centered care, comparative effectiveness, clinical epidemiology, and public health. Preference will be given for those who are mid-career or senior investigators. Successful candidates will have or be eligible for an academic appointment at Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU). Depending on an applicant’s experience and interests, there are opportunities for research and administrative leadership roles.

VAPORHCS is a 240-bed tertiary acute and chronic care hospital and referral center for VISN 20 in the VA system, which includes Oregon, Idaho, Washington and Alaska.  VAPORHCS is the major affiliate teaching and research hospital for OHSU. Hired physicians will join a dynamic, highly collaborative group of clinicians, educators and researchers, and will be included as core investigators in the multidisciplinary Center to Improve Veteran Involvement in Care (CIVIC), a VA Health Services Research & Development (HSR&D) Center of Innovation (COIN). We offer a highly competitive salary and benefits package. The academic community includes the Veterans Rural Health Research Center,  Coordinating Center for the VA HSR&D Evidence Synthesis Program (ESP), Scientific Resource Center (SRC) for the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality’s (AHRQ) Evidence-based Practice Center (EPC) program, and Cochrane US West.  Our academic affiliate, OHSU, is home to the Oregon Clinical and Translational Research Institute (OCTRI), a NIH funded Clinical and Translational Science Awards (CTSA) program, Center for Health System Effectiveness, Oregon Rural Practice-based Research Network (OPRN) among others.

The scope of clinical practice may include direct care of patients in the primary care clinic and/or hospital, as well as oversight of the education and training of residents and medical students in the inpatient or outpatient setting.

Applicants must be US citizens and board certified/board eligible in Internal Medicine.  This position may require a pre-employment physical and drug test. The United States government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.

We value a diverse and culturally competent workforce. We are proud of our commitment to be an equal opportunity organization that does not discriminate against applicants based on any protected class status. Individuals with diverse backgrounds and those who promote diversity and a culture of inclusion are encouraged to apply. Applicants should submit a current CV and cover letter outlining their experience in research and clinical practice and their career goals to Martha Gerrity at martha.gerrity@va.gov

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(02/17/21) Implementation Science Core Faculty, Assistant or Associate Professor - Providence, RI



The successful candidate must qualify for a full-time faculty position at the rank of Assistant or Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. Minimum requirements include a doctoral degree (e.g. Ph.D., M.D.) and substantial experience and training in dissemination and implementation science. It is preferred that the candidate’s training and research experience focus on health services research, clinical psychology, public health, behavioral health science, social work, psychology, or related fields.  Experience in conducting research and teaching in dissemination and implementation science is required. It is preferred that the candidate’s research experience focus on the implementation of or the evaluation of evidence-based practices in mental health settings, or a closely related field. I would appreciate your help in making this vacancy known to any qualified and available individuals.

The Implementation Science Core in the Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior was launched in 2018 and collaborates with the other Cores within the Department, including the Quantitative Science Program (QSP) and Qualitative Science and Methods Training Program (QSMTP), to foster the translation, spread, and scale-up of evidence-based practices into routine clinical care. The Faculty position involves a full-time academic appointment within the Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior’s Implementation Science Core. The Faculty member will be actively engaged in providing D&I consultation, serving as a Co-Investigator on D&I grants (and a Co-Mentor for Career Development Awards), developing and participating in the Core’s educational activities, such as seminars and workshops, and creating their own research portfolio federally-funded dissemination and implementation science studies.

Brown University is an EEO/AA employer and encourages applications from minorities, and women. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled or the search is closed. Please apply online at http://apply.interfolio.com/83689.

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Fellowships

(04/06/21) Elizabeth Dole Center of Excellence Fellowship in Health Services Research - Palo Alto, CA; Salt Lake City, Utah; Miami, FL; and San Antonio, TX



The Veterans’ Health Administration-funded Elizabeth Dole Center of Excellence for Veteran and Caregiver Research is seeking postdoctoral and post-residency fellows for a 2-year research fellowship in health services research focused informal caregiving, home and community-based care, long-term support services, and other aspects of aging in place.

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

See http://www.hsrd.research.va.gov/centers/dole/Elizabeth-Dole-CoE-Fellowship.pdf for details.

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(03/08/21) Data Science Fellowship - Location TBD



The Big Data Scientist Training Enhancement Program (BD-STEP) is a two-year fellowship offered through the National Cancer Institute (NCI) and the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) that uses data science to advance cancer research and patient care. Competitively selected postdoctoral fellows are placed in four VA medical centers across the country to work with clinicians and interdisciplinary researchers to address important patient-centered health challenges. Fellows have unique opportunity to unitlize the extensive VA health data infrastructure while gaining valuable exposure to the clinical environment.

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. See https://cssi.cancer.gov/bd-step for details.

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(03/08/21) 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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(03/01/21) 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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(02/26/21) 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 Elizabeth Archambault at Elizabeth.Archambault@va.gov or call 401-273-7100 ext. 6456.

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(02/26/21) 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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