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Please note that this section is updated monthly. The following positions are still open as of 12/01/19.

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(12/04/19) Research Health Scientist Position - Durham, NC



Summary:

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

Location: Durham, NC; on-site

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

Job Responsibilities:

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

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

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

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

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

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



Summary

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

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

Job Responsibilities:

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

Minimum Requirements:

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

Salary Range:

GS-12: 77,382 - 100,600

GS-13: 92,017 – 119,619

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

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

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

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(12/03/19) Psychologist - Associate Director - Location Negotiable After Selection, United States



This position is located in the Office of Academic Affiliations (OAA), Veterans Health Administration (VHA) Central Office. OAA is the single VA office that oversees the Department of Veterans Affairs statutory obligation under 38 USC 7302 to train health care professionals for VA and the Nation.

The incumbent will serve as the Associate Director of Advanced Fellowships and will report to the Director of Advanced Fellowships. The incumbent provides leadership, advice, and subject matter expertise in tasks, projects, and assignments related to Advance Fellowships, policy development, analysis, decision making and implementation activities affecting the VA health care system and relationships with professional, specialty and accrediting bodies and with academic affiliates across the nation.

Closing date: 12/23/2019

See https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/553254200 for details.

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(12/02/19) Health Science Specialist (CSR&D) OPPORTUNITY: DETAIL / TEMPORARY PROMOTION - - (Internal to VHA Employees Only) - Washington, DC



This is a detail or temporary promotion up to 120 days, but may be extended in 120 day increments up to one year.

This position may be made permanent at the conclusion of the detail or temporary promotion.

CSR&D's mission is to support clinical research studies including interventional trials that will lead to advances in VA's healthcare by establishing the evidence and knowledge base through scientific discovery, and we work together to support our studies that are being conducted throughout the country. The incumbent will serve in a detail or temporary promotion as a Health Science Specialist.

Closing date: Thursday, December 13th, 2019

See https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/552647700 for details.

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(11/08/19) Director - Center for Mental Healthcare and Outcomes Research - Little Rock, AR



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

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

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

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

To apply, please send your indication of interest and CV to:  Teresa.hudson@va.gov or hudsonteresaj@uams.edu

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

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



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

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

Primary responsibilities

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

Qualifications

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

Preferred qualifications

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

Application

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

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



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

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

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

Position Summary:

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

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

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

Required Qualifications:

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

Preferred Qualifications:

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

Applications:

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

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(10/29/19) 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

Advertising Ends on: Friday, December 27th, 2019

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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(10/25/19) Chief, Division of Health Informatics and Implementation Science - Associate or Full Professor, Tenured or Tenure-Track - Worcester, MA



The Department of Population and Quantitative Health Sciences (PQHS) at the University of Massachusetts (UMass) Medical School in Worcester, MA, is recruiting a tenured or tenure-eligible faculty member at the Associate or Full Professor level for Chief of the Division of Health Informatics and Implementation Science. Our collective vision is that PQHS is a powerhouse for promoting the best health and well-being for all through science, community-engagement, and education.

The Division of Health Informatics and Implementation Science strives to improve population health through the development, implementation, and evaluation of evidence-based interventions that utilize technology-assisted approaches. Division faculty are experts in cutting-edge study designs and a variety of quantitative and qualitative methodologies and use these approaches to conduct innovative research focused on how informatics applications, broadly construed (e.g., mobile applications, EHR/PHR-delivered interventions (care-team facing and patient-facing), application of natural processing and machine learning methodology), can be employed to promote health and transform the experience and delivery of health care. We seek qualified candidates who are established leaders in health informatics and/or implementation science; candidates who have a history of excellence in one area and of collaboration in the other are encouraged. Candidates should also have a history of receiving and maintaining an NIH-funded research program to : (1) further energize the vibrant cadre of scientists in the Division, (2) mentor junior faculty, fellows, students and other trainees, (3) extend existing collaborations across academic institutions and clinical health systems, and (4) envision creative new avenues for growth in the domains of health informatics and implementation science.

PQHS was founded in June, 2009 and currently has over 37 primary faculty members distributed across 4 Divisions: Health Informatics and Implementations Science; Biostatistics and Health Services Research; Epidemiology; and Preventive and Behavioral Medicine. PQHS also hosts a doctoral program in Clinical and Population Health Research, a Master of Science in Clinical Investigation degree program, and multiple NIH-funded training programs, including two programs in Implementation Science, and a methodology consulting and service unit, the Quantitative Methods Core. For 2018, the Blue Ridge Institute for Medical Research placed PQHS as third in the nation for NIH funding garnered by similar departments housed within US medical schools. We currently have more than $20 million in active NIH funding. UMass is a collaborative and dynamic institution that has held a Clinical and Translation Science Award since 2010; the Medical School now garners over $250 million dollars in annual extramural funding. PQHS is a key driver of clinical and translational research at UMass. UMass Medical School is the academic partner of UMass Memorial Health Care and Baystate Health, the largest health care providers in Central and Western Massachusetts. This position brings the opportunity to build partnerships our partner clinical systems and clinical departments within UMass. In addition, this position includes an opportunity for a joint appointment at the Veterans Administration Center of Innovation in Health Services Research at the Edith Nourse Rogers Memorial Veterans Health Administration (VA) Medical Center in Bedford, MA. Joint appointment with VA offers opportunities for collaboration with VA informatics researchers nationwide at a pivotal moment, as VA prepares for nationwide implementation of their new EHR.

Applicants should submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, statement of research interests, educational experience, and contact information for five references to www.academicjobsonline.org. Inquiries, but not application materials, may be directed to PQHS.faculty.search@umassmed.edu. Further details about PQHS are at www.umassmed.edu/pqhs.

As an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer, UMass Medical School recognizes the power of a diverse community and encourages applications from individuals with varied experiences, perspectives and backgrounds.

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



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

Position Summary:

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

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

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

Qualifications:

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

Preferred:

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

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

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

Contact

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

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(10/16/19) HSR&D VACO Short-term Job Opportunities - Washington, DC



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

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

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

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(06/27/19) Associate Chief of Staff for Research and Development, VA South Texas Health Care System - San Antonio, TX



Position:

The VA South Texas Health Care System (STVHCS) is recruiting for an Associate Chief of Staff for Research & Development (ACOS/R&D).  STVHCS is a large tertiary care (1A) facility affiliated with University of Texas Health San Antonio (UTHSA).  STVHCS currently has over 127 active investigators, more than 321 active protocols and 731 research staff.  In fiscal year 2018, STVHCS scientists received over $29 million in research grants from the VA, NIH, DOD and other sources.  The STVHCS ranks 11th among all VAs nationwide in total research funding.  There are 4 career development award recipients currently being trained at the STVHCS and 2 VA Research Career Scientists.  Research is conducted in a total of 49,000 square feet of wet and dry lab space that supports programs in basic science, clinical research, rehabilitation, health services, cooperative studies, and implementation research.  STVHCS is home to the VA funded Dole Center of Excellence on caregiving.  Clinical programs awarded to STVHCS include NAVIGATE, MVP recruiting site, and GRECC.  Our VA GRECC investigators are also part of two large NIH centers on aging:  a Pepper Center and a Nathan Shock Center. Research collaborations between the STVHCS and UTHSA are greatly enhanced by a sky bridge that connects the VA with the university. 

Preferred Experience:

The ideal candidate will have a record of accomplishment in peer-reviewed research activities and an interest in being a servant leader to the investigators, clinical service chiefs, COS and leadership of the STVHCS.  Maintaining some ongoing research activity is required and equipment, space and other support will be provided for transitioning the applicant’s current research program.  An appropriate academic appointment at UTHSA will be requested.  This is an ideal position for a physician-scientist interested in research administration who wishes to work with a professional staff recognized for their excellence and collegiality.  Our setting on the edge of the Texas hill country and our close partnership with UTHSA further enhance this opportunity.

Minimum Qualifications:

Applicants must be an M.D., US citizens and board certified by their appropriate specialty board. 

To Apply:

Send a CV and cover letter to Julianne Flynn, MD at Julianne.Flynn@va.gov. A relocation/recruitment incentive and permanent change of station relocation services are authorized for a highly qualified candidate.

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(06/25/19) Health Services/Implementation Science Researcher - Houston, TX



The Center for Innovations in Quality, Effectiveness and Safety (IQuESt) (a collaborative center of health services research between the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center and Baylor College of Medicine) is seeking a Health Services/Implementation Science Researcher tjoin a grant supported multidisciplinary research team that is nationally recognized for work in patient safety, electronic health records and diagnostic errors.

The applicant will be expected tcontribute tthe research areas of this multidisciplinary team (largely diagnostic errors & health IT-related patient safety) and will be a full time faculty member, appointment and salary commensurate with experience. Applicants with current federal funding preferred. If relevant, up t25% of time could be used for clinical activities.

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

Required 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
    • improvement science
    • health information technology
    • informatics
    • human factors
    • I/psychology
    • patient safety improvement
    • Must be able tcompete 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
Attn: Hardeep Singh, MD MPH
IQuESt
2450 Holcombe Blvd, Suite 01Y
Houston, TX 77021
shannon.kenyon@va.gov

Please reference “Research Scientist/Singh Patient Safety Team” in subject line.

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(06/19/19) Director, National Center for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder: Dissemination and Training Division - Menlo Park, CA



The National Center for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (NCPTSD) seeks a dynamic, academically-oriented leader for the position of Director, Dissemination and Training Division, Menlo Park, CA. We are seeking a senior doctoral-level individual with a strong background in clinical psychology, psychiatry, public health, and/or a related field with a solid research and publication record in the area posttraumatic stress and trauma-related mental health, including research on clinical outcomes, health services and/or implementation science research, clinical training, and/or use of telehealth, web, or mobile technologies. A focus on PTSD or trauma is preferred, but applicants working on other mental health disorders are encouraged to apply. A demonstrated record of publication, national leadership, and research grant funding is essential. Experience with program or policy development is preferred and recognition within the scientific and academic community is required. The Director advances innovative programs and national collaborations in research, education, implementation science and technology, and promotes staff development and scientific productivity. Mentorship, teaching, and training experience in the academic and/or clinical applied fields is required. Strong communication and interpersonal skills are essential, including sensitivity to issues related to the stigma of mental illness and minority mental health. Credentials should be commensurate with faculty appointment at the associate or full professor level at the Stanford University School of Medicine.

NCPTSD is a congressionally mandated center of excellence within the Department of Veterans Affairs responsible for providing research, education, and training in the science, prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and stress-related disorders. NCPTSD is a collaborative consortium of seven divisions located in VA Medical Centers throughout the country that advances scientific understanding of PTSD and provides scientific input to policy-makers and program managers throughout the Veterans Health Administration. NCPTSD is part of the Office of Mental Health and Suicide Prevention in the Veterans Health Administration.

The Division is located at the Veteran’s Affairs Health Care System (VAPAHCS), Menlo Park Division, CA, which is a teaching hospital, providing a full range of patient care services with state-of-the-art technology as well as education and research. Comprehensive health care is provided in areas of medicine, surgery, psychiatry, rehabilitation, neurology, oncology, dentistry, geriatrics, and extended care. VAPAHCS is home to a variety of regional treatment centers, including a Polytrauma Rehabilitation CenterSpinal Cord Injury Center, a Comprehensive Rehabilitation Center, a Traumatic Brain Injury Center, the Western Blind Rehabilitation Center, a Geriatric Research, Education and Clinical Center, a Homeless Veterans Rehabilitation Program, and the National Center for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder. VAPAHCS maintains one of the top three research programs in the VA. An affiliation with the Stanford University School of Medicine provides a rich academic environment including medical training for physicians in virtually all specialties and subspecialties.

Please send curriculum vitae and a cover letter to Veronica Thurston at Veronica.Thurston@va.gov. Three references may be requested later. For questions, please contact Ms. Thurston at the above email address. Applications will be reviewed as received and will be accepted until the position is filled. The Department of Veteran Affairs is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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



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

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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(10/22/19) Postdoctoral Fellow Position in Exercise Physiology - East Orange, NJ



The War Related Illness and Injury Study Center (WRIISC)

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

Qualified Applicants:

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

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

Highlights of the Postdoctoral Fellowship:

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

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

Contact Information:

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

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



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

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

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

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

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

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

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

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(10/01/19) Advanced Postdoctoral Fellowship in Interprofessional Polytrauma and Traumatic Brain Injury Rehabilitation Research for Associated Health Professionals - Washington, DC



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

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

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

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(09/30/19) Postdoctoral Fellowship in Health Services Research - Portland, OR



Two-year postdoctoral training positions in health services research (HSR) available at the VA Portland Health Care System (VAPORHCS) in Portland, Oregon to begin in Fall, 2020. Fellows will be affiliated with the Portland HSR&D Center of Innovation called the Center to Improve Veteran Involvement in Care (CIVIC) and Oregon Health & Science University. CIVIC’s mission is to conduct research that empowers Veterans to improve their health by enhancing active participation of Veterans and their supports in health care. CIVIC has a specific focus on understanding and assisting patients with psychological challenges or other vulnerabilities that may impact self-management and recovery. More information about CIVIC and its investigators, the fellowship, and the application process is available at http://www.portlandcoin.research.va.gov/. Fellows will receive specialized training and experience related to one (or more) of four unique tracks: Independent Investigator, Clinical Innovator, Research Synthesis, and/or HSR&D Informatics. We welcome applications from physicians, psychologists, and other health professionals with doctoral training in nursing, epidemiology/public health, sociology, or other related disciplines. Applications due by January 3, 2020. Candidates must be U.S. citizens. Please contact Kathleen Carlson, PhD at Kathleen.Carlson@va.gov for more information.

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(09/12/19) Advanced Fellowship in Clinical and Health Services Research - Minneapolis, MN



We are currently seeking candidates for a two-year post-doctoral fellowship in clinical and health services research for qualified candidates with a PhD, MD or other doctoral degree (e.g., DNP). Candidates interested in PTSD and other trauma-related disorders, chronic pain and opioid harms reduction, healthcare disparities, implementation science, high value health care and policy, biostatistics, research methodology, cancer prevention and screening, substance use disorders, or epidemiology may find CCDOR a particularly good fit, but other candidates are encouraged to apply.

All fellows are paired with a primary mentor, selected from a talented cadre of senior investigators. Fellows will participate in an intensive mentored research experience, with training in grant and manuscript writing, health services research, and advanced research methods.

To learn more, visit www.ccdor.research.va.gov or email: ccdor.fellowship@va.gov         

Deadlines: November 1st for PhD candidates; rolling applications accepted for MD candidates.

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