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(05/25/17) Research Project Manager - Durham, NC

The Cooperative Studies Program Epidemiology Center in Durham, NC is seeking qualified applicants for a Project Manager position. The Project Manager (PM) will be responsible for the day-to-day management of VA research projects and will lead and participate in the activities of the research team. The PM will primarily be responsible for developing and implementing project management approaches for research projects, as well as managing communications and changes to the scope, direction, and study workflow processes. The PM will assign specific duties to project employees, as required, and monitor activities and quality of work specific to projects. Will organize study team meetings, manage and track data, prepare reports, and provide overall technical support to principal investigator.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Plans project management approach for research projects; prepares and submits protocols to the IRB, conducts complete 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.
  • Develops follow-up procedures to monitor participant progress. Establishes, coordinates, monitors, and manages outcomes based research and analyses.
  • Assigns specific duties to project personnel, as required, and monitors activities and quality of work specific to projects.

  • 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.

Knowledge/Skills/Experience Required for Position:

  • Experience in conducting clinical, health services, or epidemiological human subjects research studies
  • Knowledge of and experience with the Institutional Review Board (IRB) process
  • Experience working with multidisciplinary teams (project managers, biostatisticians, administrators, clinicians, contractors, etc.) and working directly with research participants
  • 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
  • Ability to learn quickly and take responsibility in meeting deadlines and making progress without constant supervision

Salary Range:

GS-11: $62,282 - $80,963

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree in allied health science field with three years of related experience; or master's degree in allied health science field with one year of related experience; or PhD in allied health science field.

We offer a full benefits package and competitive salary. This is a temporary appointment (appointment may be extended throughout duration of project). Must be U.S. citizenship to apply.

Please e-mail, mail or fax resume to:

Marcus R. Johnson, MPH, MBA, MHA
Assistant Director-Operations, CSPEC-Durham
Cooperative Studies Program Epidemiology Center – Durham
Durham VA Medical Center
508 Fulton Street (152)
Durham, NC 27705
Email: marcus.johnson4@va.gov

VA is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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(05/23/17) Assistant Professor - Research Methodology - Richmond, VA

The Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and the VCU Center for Rehabilitation Science and Engineering (CERSE) invites applications for the position of Assistant Professor, Research Methodology. This position will be housed in CERSE, a comprehensive, interdisciplinary, University-approved Center of Excellence furthering rehabilitation science and serving the needs of persons with disabilities. The incumbent for this position will be required to aid in the design of studies, complete data analysis plans, conduct power analyses and estimate sample sizes, assist in grant writing, report production, and the development of scholarly publications. This position is dependent upon external funding.

The position requires a doctoral degree in research methodology, bio-statistics, statistics, or a closely related field; a minimum of three years of independent programmatic, published research, experience in grant writing skills, including participation on Federal grants, experience in working in multi-disciplinary research situations, ability to communicate and work closely with departmental and center staff at all levels. Must be a U.S. citizen or work eligible, ability to work in a team environment is essential. Demonstrated experience working in and fostering a diverse faculty, staff, and student environment or commitment to do so as a faculty member at VCU. See https://www.vcujobs.com/postings/61960 for details.

This position will be open until filled.

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(05/11/17) Program Specialist (Research) - Orlando, FL

This position is in the office of the Associate Chief of Staff for Research and Development; provides support for active Research Investigators, VA personnel, and non-VA personnel. The employee will be the primary procedural, administrative and expert resource for the Orlando VA Medical Center (OVAMC) Regulatory Research Committees. The employee will be the first resource for those seeking information regarding research regulatory policies, procedures, and submissions.

For details and application procedures, go to https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/469423500.

Closes Thursday 6/1/2017

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(05/04/17) Lead Biostatistician - Philadelphia, PA

This position is located in the Department of General Internal Medicine and Center for Health Equity Research and Promotion (CHERP) in Philadelphia PA. The Co-Director of Biostatistics and Informatics provides support to the leadership and faculty of the HSR&D funded Center of Innovation for Health Equity Research and Promotion. The role of the incumbent is to serve as a content and methodological expert and advisor for assigned projects and projects in development. S/he provides advice in study design, statistical techniques for sample size estimation and data analysis, protocol requirements, data collection, management, and inputs into the study budget for a broad range of diverse research and operational projects. Strong teamwork and collaboration skills are needed to support multiple projects led by individual investigators. The position is that of a collaborative research investigator working in health services, epidemiological and/or clinical research studies and operational projects of high national priority that require the application of multi-disciplinary approaches and innovative methods to test hypotheses related to the diagnosis, treatment, outcomes, and health care delivery processes addressing diseases affecting Veterans. Supported by competitive, national level funding for studies and projects that require his/her specialized scientific and methodological expertise, the incumbent conceptualizes, executes, and disseminates in collaboration with other experts from other scientific fields.

QUALIFICATIONS: A PhD degree in biostatistics preferred; background in mathematics, statistics, biostatistics, epidemiology, psychometrics, or related area with a minimum of 5 years of experience or an equivalent combination of education and experience required. Knowledge and application of complex quantitative and qualitative research methodologies and statistical methods, particularly in the area of health services research and research program evaluation in order to work collaboratively to develop and evaluate health services research projects; skill in the performance of analytical studies, interpretation of results, coordination of analysis of research findings, and the design of effective interventions to reduce or eliminate health disparities in care required. Ability to work effectively as a member of an interdisciplinary team required. Excellent interpersonal and communication skills in both written and spoken English required. Position is contingent upon funding.

Contact: Janet Lynch at Janet.Lynch@va.gov

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(03/07/17) Tenured Faculty Position: Health Equity Scholar at Department of Health Policy and Management in the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health - Los Angeles, CA

The Department of Health Policy and Management in the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health is seeking applicants for a tenured faculty position at the Associate or Full Professor level who is a nationally recognized population health researcher recognized for his/her work on vulnerable populations, broadly defined, including focus on low income, ethnic minority, and other underserved groups. We are particularly interested in individuals with expertise in population-focused social, behavioral, and policy relevant research; social and health policy and program evaluation; community-partnered research; comparative effectiveness; and implementation and dissemination science. Applicants must have a strong record of peer-reviewed publications and demonstrated capacity to secure extramural funding for research.

Responsibilities: The successful candidate will have a proven track record in research and publication, and will be expected to be affiliated with and play a leadership role in one or both of the research centers affiliated with the Department engaged in research on vulnerable populations, namely, the UCLA Kaiser Permanente Center for Health Equity and the Center for Health Policy Research.

Qualifications: Qualifications include a strong record of research, teaching, and professional service in the areas of the search focus, and an earned doctorate in a relevant field. Except in truly exceptional circumstances, previous experience in a tenure-track appointment is required. Success in securing extramurally funded research support is essential.

Salary: Faculty appointment level and salary will be determined based on the candidates’ experience and qualifications. This position is a 9-month, tenured position, and is subject to final approval by the Chancellor.

How to apply: Applicants should submit a letter of application, curriculum vitae, and names of three references to the Chair, Faculty Search Committee. All applications should be submitted electronically to UCLA Academic Recruit at https://recruit.apo.ucla.edu/apply/JPF01917.

For more information, please contact Allison Kamerman at ajlevine@ucla.edu.

Review of applications will begin on June 30, 2017, and the Search Committee will consider applications until the position is filled. All applications will be kept strictly confidential.

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(01/19/17) Director for Health Equity and Rural Outreach Innovation Center (HEROIC) - Charleston, SC

The Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center (RHJVAMC) in Charleston, SC, is currently searching for an energetic and forward thinking Director for its Health Equity and Rural Outreach Innovation Center (HEROIC). HEROIC is one of 19 nationally funded VA HSR&D Centers of Innovation (COIN) aimed at increasing the impact of health services research on the health and health care of Veterans. HEROIC's mission is to improve access and equity in healthcare for all Veterans by eliminating geographic, racial/ethnic, and gender-based disparities.

As the Director, you will enjoy the support of a highly-trained staff while working in a high complexity tertiary care organization comprised of the main medical center and six (6) community based outpatient clinics. HEROIC is comprised of a dedicated multidisciplinary team of 24 doctorally-trained core investigators conducting leading edge research through a diverse portfolio of grants. You will be responsible for the day to day operations of the Center in collaboration with an Associate Director and staff with additional administrative supported from the RHJVAMC Research Service. You will support investigator recruitments, provide overall scientific guidance, mentor junior investigators, ensure high quality grant development and preparation, collaborate effectively with VA operational partners, and continue to elevate the profile of HEROIC on a national level.

Applicants for this position must have extensive experience in health services research in areas relevant to HEROIC foci. Successful candidates will have a strong track record of extramural grant funding that includes VA, DoD, and NIH sources. Prior research center leadership at the Director or Associate Director level and knowledge of VA funding mechanisms will be highly valued.

The Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center enjoys a collegial and highly successful relationship with our academic affiliate, the Medical University of South Carolina, and candidates will be eligible for faculty appointment at MUSC at the Associate Professor or Full Professor level commensurate with experience. Opportunities also exist for participation/leadership within the MUSC Center for Health Disparities Research housed in the MUSC Department of Medicine.

The preferred candidate will have the academic experience to warrant a faculty appoint at our affiliate, the Medical University of SC. Requirements for appointment can be reviewed at the following web address: http://academicdepartments.musc.edu/faculty_senate/handbook/handbook.pdf

The position is located in Charleston, SC - tucked along the Atlantic coastline and amid the ever bustling Harbor, Historic Downtown Charleston is the mecca of this historic city, housing various art galleries, boutiques, and historic sites along with renowned medical centers such as the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC), our academic affiliate partner.

Physician Medical Doctor USAJobs Posting: https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/461322800/ (Closes Wednesday 1/3/2018)

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(01/12/17) Assistant, Associate or Full Professor of Non-Communicable Disease Epidemiology - UCLA Jonathan and Karin Fielding School of Public Health - Los Angeles, CA

The UCLA Jonathan and Karin Fielding School of Public Health is undertaking a search for a state-funded tenure-track or tenured Assistant/Associate/Full Professor of Epidemiology (https://epi.ph.ucla.edu). We seek an outstanding candidate with an active research portfolio in non-communicable disease epidemiology (preferably in the areas of cardiovascular and/or metabolic disease, obesity, or aging epidemiology) and a history of successful external funding, consistent with career stage. The successful candidate should have a strong track record and dedication to teaching epidemiologic methods in his or her specialty area and beyond. Since its inception, the UCLA Department of Epidemiology has established itself as a leader in epidemiologic theory and methods, applied epidemiology, and public health. We are looking for a candidate with excellence in research and dedication to train the next generation of epidemiologists. The candidate should have experience with applied public health, epidemiologic field work, and establishing of prevention programs.

Go to https://recruit.apo.ucla.edu/apply/JPF02743 for complete details and application procedures.

Open date: January 9th, 2017

Next review date: February 9th, 2017 Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.

Final date: April 30th, 2017 Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.

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(12/16/16) Statistician - Durham, NC

Summary

The Cooperative Studies Program Epidemiology Center (CSPEC) at the Durham, NC Veterans Affairs Medical Center has an upcoming opening for a GS-11/12 MS Statistician. The position is a full-time (40 hours per week) federal, time limited appointment that is renewable every 12 months. Benefits include insurance (health, dental, vision), sick and annual leave (including all federal holidays), and 403(B) retirement fund.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Work closely with the research team to help develop studies. 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Adhere to protocols for quality control and reproducible research in the collection and maintenance of data collected in the conduct of research protocols.
  • Assist with preparation and dissemination of statistical results in the form of technical report, manuscript, abstract, and presentation development.
  • Participate actively in Center-wide research process standardization activities in support of improved research quality, consistency, and reproducibility.

Preferred Qualifications:

Master's degree in statistics, biostatistics or mathematics and statistics with at least five years of experience.

Salary Range:

GS-11: $61,106 - $79,437

GS-12: $73,242 - $95,214

This is a temporary appointment. Must be U.S. citizen to apply.

If interested, please send resume to:

Marcus R. Johnson, MPH, MBA, MHA
Assistant Director-Operations
Cooperative Studies Program Epidemiology Center - Durham
Durham Veterans Affairs Medical Center
508 Fulton St (152)
Durham, NC 27705

Email: marcus.johnson4@va.gov

Phone: 919-286-0411 x4058

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(12/02/16) Investigator - Houston, TX

The Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center, Houston, TX and Baylor College of Medicine are seeking qualified applicants for the position of Health Decision-Making & Communication Investigator, VA Health Services Research and Development (HSR&D) Center for Innovations (COIN) in Quality, Effectiveness and Safety (IQuESt). Protected research time (75%) and a highly competitive start up package will be offered, commensurate with experience and record of success. A faculty appointment at the Assistant or Associate Professor-level will be given based on experience and fit with appointment guidelines. The Center, in the Texas Medical Center, has over 190 staff; 45 are research faculty from both clinical and non-clinical disciplines, such as biostatistics, epidemiology, and psychometrics. Some faculty, hold joint or adjunct appointments at Rice University, The University of Texas School of Health Information Sciences and School of Public Health, University of Houston, and Texas A&M University. A summary of all activities of our Center are available on our website: http://www.houston.hsrd.research.va.gov.

Required Qualifications:

  • Doctoral degree (MD preferred).
  • Publications in communication sciences.
  • History of project funding.
  • Must be a U.S. citizen or U.S. permanent resident.

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

Contact:

Richard L. Street, PhD
Chief, Health Decision-Making & Communication Program
c/o Edward Pomer
Center for Innovations in Quality, Effectiveness and Safety
2450 Holcombe Blvd, Suite 01Y
Houston, TX 77021
Edward.Pomer@va.gov or Phone: 713-440-4477

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

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(12/02/16) Research Scientist - Behavioral Health and Implementation - Houston, TX

The Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center, Houston, TX and Baylor College of Medicine are seeking qualified applicants for the position of Research Scientist based at the VA Health Services Research and Development Center for Innovations in Quality, Effectiveness and Safety (IQuESt). We are seeking established MD or PhD investigators at the Assistant or Associate Professor level. A track record of publications in the areas of behavioral health, rural mental health, tele-mental health and geriatric mental health are preferred. Candidates will be expected to conduct research for at least 75% of the time and a highly competitive start up package will be offered commensurate with experience and record of success. IQuESt, located in the Texas Medical Center with 35,000 sq. ft. of contiguous office space, has a strong portfolio of federally funded, multidisciplinary research. It houses over 190 staff; 45 are research faculty from either clinical and/or non-clinical disciplines, such as epidemiology, biostatistics, and psychometrics. Our research extends from patient experience, to clinical practice and outcomes of care, and to the development of health care policy. We have an established track record of supporting, mentoring and developing outstanding research leaders. Some faculty, hold joint or adjunct appointments at Rice University, The University of Texas School of Biomedical Informatics and School of Public Health, University of Houston, and Texas A&M University. A summary of all activities of our Center are available on our website: http://www.houston.hsrd.research.va.gov.

Required Qualifications:

  • Fellowship trained MD or PhD.
  • Must be a U.S. citizen or U.S. permanent resident.

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

Contact:

Mark E. Kunik, MD, MPH
Chief, Behavioral Health and Implementation Program
c/o Edward Pomer
Center for Innovations in Quality, Effectiveness and Safety
2450 Holcombe Blvd, Suite 01Y
Houston, TX 77021
Edward.Pomer@va.gov or Phone: 713-440-4477

Please reference "Behavioral Health Investigator" in subject line.

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(12/02/16) Research Scientist - Health Policy, Quality and Informatics - Houston, TX

The Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center, Houston, TX and Baylor College of Medicine are seeking qualified applicants for the position of Research Scientist based at the VA Health Services Research and Development Center for Innovations in Quality, Effectiveness and Safety (IQuESt). We are seeking MD or PhD candidates to conduct research on the use of electronic health records (EHRs), health information technology and patient safety improvement. Established investigators at the Assistant or Associate Professor level with a track record of publications in the areas of health informatics and patient safety are preferred. Candidates will be expected to conduct research for at least 75% of the time and a highly competitive start up package will be offered commensurate with experience and record of success.

IQuESt, located in the Texas Medical Center with 35,000 sq. ft. of contiguous office space, has a strong portfolio of federally funded, multidisciplinary research. It houses over 190 staff; 45 are research faculty from either clinical and/or non-clinical disciplines, such as biostatistics, epidemiology, and psychometrics. Our research extends from patient experience, to clinical practice and outcomes of care, and to the development of health care policy. We have an established track record of supporting, mentoring and developing outstanding research leaders. Some faculty, hold joint or adjunct appointments at Rice University, The University of Texas School of Biomedical Informatics and School of Public Health, University of Houston, and Texas A&M University. A summary of all activities of our Center are available on our website: http://www.houston.hsrd.research.va.gov.

Required Qualifications:

  • Fellowship trained MD or MD/PhD.
  • Must be a U.S. citizen or U.S. permanent resident.

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

Contact:

Hardeep Singh, MD, MPH
Chief, Health Policy, Quality and Informatics Program
c/o Edward Pomer
Center for Innovations in Quality, Effectiveness and Safety
2450 Holcombe Blvd, Suite 01Y
Houston, TX 77021
Edward.Pomer@va.gov or Phone: 713-440-4477

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

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(11/08/16) Psychologist (Deputy for Research- National Center for PTSD)- Open Continuous Announcement - White River Junction, VT

The White River Junction (WRJ) VAMC and Dartmouth's Geisel School of Medicine are seeking a Deputy for Research to join the Executive Division of the National Center for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (NCPTSD) in WRJ, VT and the faculty of Geisel. The NCPTSD is a Congressionally-mandated, multi-site center for excellence that is dedicated to advancing through research, education, and training the diagnosis, treatment, and social welfare of America's veterans with PTSD and stress-related disorders. The Deputy for Research will assist the Executive Director of the National Center in the development and implementation of scientific research activities of the Center.

The successful candidate should be a board-certified psychologist who is a recognized content expert on Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Candidates are expected to have a funded research program on PTSD and a history of obtaining extramural funding. Successful candidates will be expected to work collaboratively with other members of the NCPTSD in research and educational endeavors, and opportunities also exist for collaborations outside of the NCPTSD at the WRJ VAMC, the Geisel School of Medicine, and neighboring Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, NH. A faculty appointment commensurate with academic experience will be provided by the Geisel School of Medicine.

White River Junction, VT is located in the Upper Connecticut River Valley on the NH and VT Border. The Upper Valley is a vibrant, academic and professional community offering excellent schools, lively arts, and an unmatched quality of life in a beautiful, rural setting. Amenities associated with urban areas such as Boston MA, Burlington VT, and Montreal QC are all within a few hours' drive.

Dartmouth's Geisel School on Medicine and the WRJ VAMC/NCPTSD are equal opportunity/ affirmative action employers with a strong commitment to diversity. In that spirit, we are particularly interested in receiving applications from a broad spectrum of people, including women, persons of color, persons with disabilities, veterans or any other legally protected group.

Contact Information:

The applicant should apply online at https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/455687900/ and send a letter of interest, curriculum vitae and three letters of reference addressed to Paula P. Schnurr, PhD, Executive Director for the National Center for PTSD to Veronica Thurston at veronica.thurston@va.gov .

Closes Friday 9/29/2017

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(11/07/16) Statistician - Portland, OR

The Center to Improve Veteran Involvement in Care (CIVIC) at the VA Portland Health Care System (VAPORHCS) is seeking qualified applicants for a full-time Statistician position.

Position Summary

Under the supervision of the CIVIC Director and Principal Investigators (PIs), the Statistician serves multiple projects intended to advance the scientific understanding of common and important health care problems and conditions that affect Veterans. Current research includes projects related to Veteran-centric care and strategies to enhance Veteran-clinician collaboration, as well as studies of chronic and comorbid conditions, pain and substance use disorders, suicide prevention, lung cancer, social networking, post-deployment conditions, and inter-professional learning.

Responsibilities

The primary responsibility is to provide statistical and methodological support to the Center. The Statistician will:

  • Work closely with the Director and PIs to develop successful study design and statistical methods;
  • Provide guidance and skills necessary to assure the accurate, unbiased, and relevant analysis of data appropriate to the research questions posed;
  • Use statistical software programs (e.g., SAS, Stata, R, SPSS) to analyze VA hospital, patient record, and survey data for multiple projects, using efficient and appropriate techniques;
  • Rigorously document and present methodology, results, and interpretation using statistical, graphical, or other relevant methods to the Director and PIs;
  • Work closely with interdisciplinary investigators to present accurate data for inclusion in grants, publication in scientific journals, and presentation at scientific meetings; and
  • Provide advice on recent advances in statistical methodology and techniques that could improve the accuracy and/or decrease the cost of data collection.

Experience

Qualifications:

  • Master's degree or PhD in a related field;
  • Extensive experience using SAS or other statistical software to analyze data from large clinical or administrative datasets, such as hospital and patient record data;
  • Experience working on multiple prior research studies as a statistician, data analyst, or similar position that required the applicant to analyze large health/medical datasets;
  • Capable of providing statistical and methodological consultation to Center PIs and staff;
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with subject-matter specialists in a variety of fields;
  • Demonstrated experience writing reports that summarize data methodology and communicate findings;
  • Ability to write methods and results sections for manuscripts and grants, and effectively present findings to diverse groups of stakeholders;
  • Rigorous attention to detail and record keeping;
  • Resourcefulness and professional judgment;
  • Ability to multitask and prioritize projects; and
  • Strong conceptual and analytic skills, oral and written communication skills, and ability to work independently.

Candidates must be US citizens. Depending on the candidate's experience, the target salary will be in the GS-11 to GS-12 range according to the Office of Personnel Management General Schedule table at opm.gov.

Interested candidates should send a cover letter and resume/CV to Dr. Dobscha, by email at steven.dobscha@va.gov with the subject line 'Statistician'.

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(08/02/16) Statistician - Durham, NC

The Cooperative Studies Program Epidemiology Center in Durham, NC is seeking qualified applicants for the position of Statistician. The incumbent will have a wide range of responsibilities in providing data management and statistical expertise, as well as management of the Center’s Computational Sciences Core.

Tasks and Responsibilities:

  • Direct and perform the management, analysis, and interpretation of data from administrative databases, surveys, and other data sources. Review results and code/programs (SAS, R, other) for validity and accuracy.
  • Plan and execute data collection, analysis, and interpretation of data; apply statistical methods to provide inference and supporting information for development of research proposals, power and sample size calculations, internal reports, presentations, and manuscripts.
  • In partnership with clinical and health services project chairs, design and implement primary studies as well as secondary analysis of existing databases, including VA/non-VA medical system administrative databases, vital and health statistics, cross-sectional surveys, retrospective and prospective cohort studies, and case-control studies.
  • Participate in the development of presentations, reports, manuscripts, and supporting documents for research projects, quality improvement initiatives, and additional activities as requested, for dissemination to team members, project leadership, Program leadership, and the wider VA and non-VA research community.
  • In partnership with team members, design SQL databases and other infrastructure to support efficient and high-quality data collection and maintenance.
  • Manage the allocation of staff effort to maintain adequate project support.
  • Provide mentorship, advice, and general support of the professional development of Computational Core staff.
  • Provide support for Center and Program quality improvement initiatives.

Required Qualifications:

  • PhD degree preferred; background in mathematics, statistics, biostatistics, epidemiology, psychometrics, or related area. MS applicants with sufficient experience in applied statistics and management are also encouraged to apply.
  • Excellent computer programming skills, especially with SAS or other statistical programs.
  • Applicants must be a U.S. citizen or U.S. permanent resident.
  • Must have ability to work effectively as a member of an interdisciplinary team.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communications skills in both written and spoken English.

We offer a full benefits package and competitive salary. U.S. citizenship required. Please e-mail, mail or fax resume to:

Marcus R. Johnson, MPH, MBA, MHA
Assistant Director-Operations, CSPEC-Durham
Cooperative Studies Program Epidemiology Center – Durham
Durham VA Medical Center
508 Fulton Street (152)
Durham, NC 27705
Email: marcus.johnson4@va.gov

VA is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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(08/02/16) Faculty Physician-Scientist in Health Services Research - Indianapolis, Indiana

The Center for Health Information and Communication (VA CHIC) in the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Health Services Research & Development and the Indiana University Center for Health Services and Outcomes Research (IUCHSOR) in Indianapolis, Indiana are seeking a health services researcher with expertise in the area of health information or health communication, with specific application to transforming health systems to optimize the health of patients. The ideal candidate will possess strong methodological skills, including experience assessing barriers and facilitators of successful translation, and experience developing experimental designs for implementation and observation of real-world experiments.

The CHIC is a VA Center of Innovation whose mission to improve Veterans' health care through innovative research on health information, technology, and communication. The Center has two focused areas of partnered research. The first area is advancing the use of health information technology with tools that connect systems to people and optimize the flow of health information, to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of health care. The second area is advancing how information is used and exchanged at the interpersonal level with Veterans, and between healthcare professionals. The CHIC has a broad base of funding of more than $6 million, including grants from the VA and the National Institutes of Health.

The CHSOR in the Indiana University School of Medicine bridges health services research and health care delivery in health systems, including the Richard L. Roudebush VA Medical Center to improve the delivery and outcomes of health care. Programmatic research areas include adult medicine, biomedical informatics and technology, health communication, cancer health services and analytics, pharmaco-epidemiology, population health, behavioral medicine, stroke, chronic pain, mental health, and implementation.

The program's faculty members are appointed within both the Richard L. Roudebush VA Medical Center and Indiana University. The position includes an appointment to the Regenstrief Institute, Inc., an independent research organization, which for over 45 years has supported scientific initiatives of the Indiana University School of Medicine and the Indiana University Center for Health Services and Outcomes Research. Regenstrief Institute is an internationally recognized informatics and healthcare research organization, recognized for its role in improving quality of care, increasing efficiency of healthcare delivery, preventing medical errors, and enhancing patient safety. Regenstrief's scientific community consists of 55 doctorate-level investigators trained in medicine, biomedical informatics, engineering, social and behavioral sciences, epidemiology, and biostatistics, housed in three collaborative centers (Health Services Research, Aging Research, and Biomedical Informatics). The Institute's research is primarily funded through federal grants and contracts, totaled $45 million in FY16, and sustains partnerships with the VA, Indiana University Health, Eskenazi Health, the Indiana University Simon Cancer Center, the Indiana University Center for Global Health, and Indiana University's Schools of Medicine, Public Health, and Nursing.

The Department of Veteran Affairs and Indiana University are Equal Opportunity Employers.

DESIRED SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE

Position requirements are a MD degree in a relevant research discipline with demonstrated skills/experience in health services research, scientific publication, and grant writing. Appointment is open rank (assistant, associate, or senior investigator). Established investigators at the Associate Professor level or above, with a track record of publications, are preferred. Applicants from any relevant area are encouraged to apply. Preference will be given to someone with a demonstrated ability to collaborate on multidisciplinary research teams and to lead an extramurally funded research program.

Required Qualifications:

Must be a U.S. citizen or U.S. permanent resident.

TO APPLY:

Forward CV and letter of interest in confidence to:

Michael Weiner, MD, MPH
Director, VA HSR&D Center for Health Information and Communication, and
Indiana University Center for Health Services and Outcomes Research
C/O Angela Rollins, PhD
Assistant Director, VA HSR&D Center for Health Information and Communication
1481 West 10th Street, 11H
Indianapolis, Indiana 46202-2884
angela.rollins@va.gov; Phone 317.988.4789

Please reference "Faculty physician-scientist search" in the subject line.

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(07/25/16) General Medicine Physician Investigator in Rural Health - Iowa City, IA

The Division of General Internal Medicine within the Department of Internal Medicine at the University of Iowa-Carver College of Medicine is seeking to hire a BC/BE physician investigator with a focus in rural health research, for an appointment as an Assistant Professor or Associate Professor in the Tenure Track. The successful applicant will be expected to develop an independently-funded rural health research program in collaboration with investigators in the Center for Comprehensive Access and Delivery Research and Evaluation (CADRE) and the Veterans Rural Health Resource Center (VRHRC) at the Iowa City VA. Opportunities for collaboration also exist with an active rural health research community on campus, including the Rural Policy Research Institute (RUPRI) and Center for Rural Prevention Research.

Rank will be based upon experience and productivity. Individuals hired at the rank of Assistant Professor or higher are expected to have a track record of peer-reviewed publications and a clear plan for developing independent research funding in the area of rural health research. Possible areas of focus may include, but are not limited to: development and evaluation of interventions to improve access to high quality healthcare in rural settings, rural healthcare workforce, studies of health determinants and outcomes for rural populations, and rural health policy.

Successful candidates must have an MD degree and should demonstrate evidence of advanced training in disciplines applicable to rural health research, such as clinical or basic epidemiology, health economics, outcomes research, demography, biostatistics, or related methodologies. The successful candidate must be authorized to work in the U.S.

See https://jobs.uiowa.edu/faculty/view/69239 for details.

Advertising Ends on: Extended Until Position is Filled

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(02/24/16) Research Scientist - Clinical Epidemiology and Comparative Effectiveness - Houston, TX

The Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center, Houston, TX and Baylor College of Medicine are seeking qualified applicants for the position of Research Scientist based at the VA Health Services Research and Development Center for Innovations in Quality, Effectiveness and Safety (IQuESt).

We are seeking MD or PhD candidates to conduct comparative effectiveness research in prevention, screening, diagnostics or treatments (including pharmacologic, behavioral, and other treatment strategies). Established investigators at the Assistant or Associate Professor level with a track record of publications in the areas of comparative effectiveness, clinical epidemiology or clinical trials are preferred. Candidates will be expected to conduct research for at least 75% of the time and a highly competitive start up package will be offered commensurate with experience and record of success.

IQuESt, located in the Texas Medical Center with 35,000 sq. ft. of contiguous office space, has a strong portfolio of federally funded, multidisciplinary research. It houses over 190 staff; 45 are research faculty from either clinical and/or non-clinical disciplines, such as epidemiology, biostatistics, and psychometrics. Our research extends from patient experience, to clinical practice and outcomes of care, and to the development of health care policy. We have an established track record of supporting, mentoring and developing outstanding research leaders. Some faculty hold joint or adjunct appointments at Rice University, The University of Texas School of Biomedical Informatics and School of Public Health, University of Houston, and Texas A&M University.

A summary of all activities of our Center are available on our website: http://www.houston.hsrd.research.va.gov.

Required Qualifications:

  • Fellowship trained MD or PhD.
  • Must be a U.S. citizen or U.S. permanent resident.

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

Contact:

Thomas P. Giordano, MD, MPH
Chief, Clinical Epidemiology and Comparative Effectiveness Program
c/o Edward Pomer
Center for Innovations in Quality, Effectiveness and Safety
2450 Holcombe Blvd, Suite 01Y
Houston, TX 77021
Edward.Pomer@va.gov or Phone: 713-440-4477

Please reference "Comparative Effectiveness Investigator" in subject line.

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(01/29/16) Academic General Internal Medicine Physician - Minneapolis, MN

The Minneapolis VA Health Care System seeks full-time academic general internists with quality improvement, implementation science, comparative effectiveness, or health services research expertise to join our new Quality, Safety, and Value Program, located within the section of General Internal Medicine. The Minneapolis VA is a major teaching hospital affiliated with the University of Minnesota and home to the Center for Chronic Disease Outcomes Research (a VA Health Services Research Center of Innovation with 25 funded investigators), an AHRQ/VA funded Evidence-Synthesis Program, a Chief Resident for Quality and Safety (CRQS) program, and an established QI curriculum for trainees, including a dedicated Patient Safety Rotation. Successful candidates will be provided with substantial protected time for quality improvement, mentoring, and research or scholarship activities. Essential qualifications include excellent interpersonal communication, creative problem-solving skills, ability to work with multidisciplinary teams, and demonstrated expertise in quality/health care delivery improvement, implementation science, or health services research. Candidates should have advanced methodological training, such as that provided by a general internal medicine, quality improvement, or health services research fellowship, and should be BC/BE in Internal Medicine and eligible for an academic appointment in the University of Minnesota Department of Medicine. This position offers a competitive VA salary, performance pay, and an excellent benefits package. Send CV and letter of interest to Erin Krebs, MD, MPH at CCDOR (152), Minneapolis VAMC, 1 Veterans Drive, Minneapolis, MN 55417 or erin.krebs@va.gov.

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Fellowships

(03/09/17) Postdoctoral Fellowship in Women's Health - Pittsburgh, PA

The Women's Health (WH) Fellowship at the VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System is recruiting associated health professionals for a 2-year postdoctoral fellowship program. The goal of the program is to cultivate women's health research professionals to develop careers that will contribute to the VA's core missions of: 1) delivering high quality gender specific care to women veterans, 2) educating the next generation of providers to provide this same high quality of care and, 3) evaluating both the delivery and quality of care for women veterans.

Program Description: This interdisciplinary program aims to train associated health professionals for an academic research career with a focus on women's health. Individualized, mentored research and clinical training is combined with a curriculum that emphasizes research methods, statistics, epidemiology, quality improvement methods, education, and service delivery. Mentoring involves a VA-based investigator and (as appropriate) a co-mentor from our academic affiliate, the University of Pittsburgh. All Fellows, regardless of discipline, will be expected to: 1) have a clinical presence of at least 25% in the VA Pittsburgh Women's Health Center, if appropriate 2) attend and participate in the weekly WH Seminar series and the twice yearly VA WH Update; and 3) attend (with mentor) and present at the Interdisciplinary Fellowship Seminar where progress in meeting goals is reviewed and feedback is given by the Fellowship Advisory Committee. Fellows must be U.S. citizens.

How to Apply: Interested associated health professionals who meet the eligibility requirements should submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae and transcripts to Karin Daniels PhD (karin.daniels@va.gov). The cover letter should specify the reasons for your interest in this particular fellowship training program, a brief overview of your previous clinical and research experiences, and how you see this program promoting your professional and career goals. In addition, three letters of recommendation should be sent via email directly from the letter writers. The VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System is an equal opportunity employer.

The Women's Health (WH) Fellowship at VAPHS is one of four Advanced Fellowships housed within the Center for Health Equity Research and Promotion (CHERP).

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(03/01/17) Postdoctoral Fellowship in Health Services Research - Pittsburgh, PA

CHERP is a VA HSR&D Center of Innovation (COIN) co-located at the VA Medical Centers in Pittsburgh and Philadelphia and affiliated with the University of Pittsburgh and the University of Pennsylvania. Our primary research focus is on detecting, understanding, and reducing disparities in health and health care among a broad range of vulnerable populations. We also support two additional research foci designed to: (1) improve the effectiveness, safety, and value of clinical therapeutics (i.e., medications, procedures); and (2) apply the principles and techniques of behavioral economics to improve the health and health care of Veterans and other populations. Our post-doctoral training program encompasses these three focus areas.

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

The training program is co-directed by Kevin Volpp, MD, PhD and Galen Switzer, PhD in collaboration with Associate Directors Michael Fine, MD, MSc and Said Ibrahim, MD, MPH. Selected fellows will be mentored by these program leaders and other CHERP faculty who have broad expertise in quantitative and qualitative research methodology (e.g., clinical trial development, QI, large database analysis, pharmacoeconomics, psychometrics, econometrics, decision and cost-effectiveness analysis, meta-analysis, technology assessment, and implementation science).

Fellows receive an annual stipend, health insurance, and limited support for training and research activities. There are no teaching, service, or payback requirements. Fellows will engage in scholarly projects of their own design under the guidance of senior program faculty. They will have opportunities to enroll in and/or audit Masters' level courses and/or certificate programs and to serve as Teaching Assistants at the University of Pennsylvania or the University of Pittsburgh. These fellowship positions are supported by the VA Office of Academic Affiliations.

Fellows must be US citizens and have obtained a PhD, medical degree (MD), or other professional doctoral degree. Physicians and other clinical and non-clinical professionals are encouraged to apply. Applicants should send a CV, a letter detailing their proposed training and research program, and three letters of reference to Carson Clark (Philadelphia) at VHAPHICHERPFellowship@va.gov or Karin Daniels (Pittsburgh) at Karin.Daniels@va.gov

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(12/03/16) Postdoctoral Health Services Research Fellowship Opportunity - Providence, RI

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

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

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

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

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

For more information, please contact Deb D'Allesandro 401-273-7100 ext. 6238 or Debra.D'Allesandro@va.gov.

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(11/22/16) Post-Doctoral Fellowship Opportunities in Health Services Research (MD, PhD) - Gainesville and Tampa, FL

The Center of Innovation on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (CINDRR) will provide content expertise, mentoring, and educational infrastructure in Gainesville, FL (affiliated with the University of Florida) and Tampa, FL (affiliated with the University of South Florida) for PhDs interested in pursuing careers in VA health services research in rehabilitation. CINDRR is dedicated to conducting research that identifies, develops, and tests strategies for improving Veteran rehabilitation services across the continuum of care and providing long term support for Veterans with disabilities and their families, including issues related to access, utilization, cost, quality, and health outcomes. Focus areas include (1) Innovative rehabilitation through the use of technology and engagement among Veterans, families, clinicians and communities; (2) Rehabilitation Analytics Research and (3) Implementation Research.

CINDRR offers a 2 year HSR&D post-doctoral fellowship for researchers and physicians interested in pursuing careers in VA Rehabilitation Health Services Research.

In addition, the Tampa location of CINDRR provides a 1 year Patient Safety post-doctoral fellowship to develop leaders with vision, knowledge, and commitment to lead patient safety efforts in collaboration with the James A. Haley VA Hospital and the University of South Florida.

For details go to http://tinyurl.com/je3cfy7.

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(05/11/16) 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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