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Please note that this section is updated monthly. The following positions are still open as of 10/01/19.

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(10/22/19) Supervisory Program Specialist - Long Beach, CA



The Supervisory Program Specialist (Human Research Protection Program Administrator) serves as the primary institutional contact for human research protection and human research projects. The incumbent is responsible for the management of the Human Research Protection Program (HRPP), including general administration, planning, and oversight of all matters related to research involving human subjects. The incumbent reports directly to the Associate Chief of Staff (ACOS)/Research and Development.

Closing date: 11/08/2019

See https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/549316400 for details.

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(10/22/19) Physician - Associate Chief of Staff for Research and Development (ACOS/R&D) - Los Angeles, CA



The Associate Chief of Staff for Research and Development (ACOS/R&D) fosters a research program characterized by the highest standards for the conduct of research and for the protection of human subjects. The ACOS/R&D is responsible for the day to day oversight of VAGLAHS research program. The ACOS/R&D fosters the growth of research to ultimately improve the health and well-being of Veterans. The ACOS/R&D ensures compliance with all applicable laws and regulations for the oversight and review of research and research finances. The ACOS/R&D should have research, patient care and teaching responsibilities, but shall not have other major administrative responsibilities. The ACOS/R&D must have a faculty appointment with UCLA or qualify for such an appointment.

Closing date: 10/31/2019

See https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/549373700 for details.

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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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(09/17/19) Research Health Science Specialist for CSP 505:  Millennium Cohort Study - Seattle, WA



The Seattle Epidemiologic Research and Information Center (ERIC), Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), is accepting applications for a full-time Research Health Science Specialist. The Seattle ERIC is based at the VA Puget Sound Health Care System and is an epidemiologic research center in the national Cooperative Studies Program (CSP) of the VA Office of Research and Development. (https://www.research.va.gov/programs/csp/)

Responsibilities for the Research Health Science Specialist position include taking a lead role within the CSP #505 study team in developing resources to support VA investigators who wish to use Millennium Cohort Study data for research projects.  The goal of CSP #505 is to create and maintain a merged VA-Millennium Cohort Study data resource that is widely known and used by VA investigators. 

Key duties for the position include the following:

  • Work with the CSP #505 Chair and Project Manager and data team to create and maintain a detailed data dictionary, with related metadata, that will be used by all VA investigators who want information about this new data resource;
  • Manage the ongoing activities of the data documentation, resources and track user experience;
  • Create and maintain user-friendly forms and documentation for CSP #505 website;
  • Provide responses to questions regarding VA data from VA and DoD investigators engaged in CSP #505 supported projects and CSP #505 Executive Committee members;
  • Create reports and correspondence as needed to fulfill the mission of CSP #505;
  • Ensure study documentation is created and maintained per VA, CSP, and federal regulations;
  • Participate in meetings and teleconferences as needed; and
  • Travel to national meetings as required.

Ideal candidates will have the following attributes:

  • Knowledge of epidemiologic research methods and designs including, but not limited to, 3 years or more of conducting epidemiologic research studies including experience with instrumentation, data collection, data management, and analyses;
  • Masters-level degree in a scientific field such as epidemiology or biostatistics;
  • Demonstration of strong public relations and interpersonal skills with the ability to communicate and collaborate with a diverse group of VA and DoD researchers, and ORD;
  • Detail-oriented;
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office programs (e.g., Word, Excel) required; experience with statistical software is desirable.

Candidates must be U.S. citizens. Education and experience will be evaluated by Human Resources to determine if the top candidate meets the criteria for GS-11, per the Office of Personnel Management General Schedule table at opm.gov

Please send a cover letter and resume to SeattleCSPEC@va.gov. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled; however, materials received by October 1st, 2019 will be considered first. Only complete applications will be considered.

For more information about the Seattle ERIC, please see seattle.eric.research.va.gov.  For more information about CSP 505, please see https://www.seattle.eric.research.va.gov/research/CSP-505/Home.asp and https://millenniumcohort.org/

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(09/17/19) Digital Research Project Manager - Seattle, WA



The Seattle Epidemiologic Research and Information Center (ERIC), Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), is accepting applications for a full-time Project Manager. The Seattle ERIC is based at the VA Puget Sound Health Care System and is an epidemiologic research center in the national VA Cooperative Studies Program (CSP). More information: (https://www.research.va.gov/programs/csp/)

Responsibilities for the Digital Research Project Manager position include working closely with the Senior Project Manager of the Seattle ERIC’s web development team. This involves collaboration with other research groups within the VA Puget Sound Health Care System as well as CSP nationwide to provide consolidated and clear information on human subjects protection and research administration related to VA research.

Key duties for the position include the following:

  • Implement & manage content strategy for several VA research specific SharePoint sites (including the Research Resource Guide) and VA research Center web spaces
    • Includes content development, governance, and analytics
    • Serve as a SharePoint Site Collection Administrator
    • Serve as an editor in TeamSite, the VA website platform
  • Develop & document operations processes for research websites
  • Research, confirm, and source content ideas (often drawing on professional research network)
  • Lead documentation creation and revision processes for existing research sites
  • Advocate for content that uses plain language and follow user experience (UX) writing principles
  • Participate in national and local workgroups to learn about research content needs
  • Participate in and lead user research (including interviews and usability tests)
  • Synthesize human subjects research policies and research guidance (including understanding and blending of national and local requirements)
  • Participate in ongoing quality control efforts

Ideal candidates will have the following attributes:

  • Experience publishing material through a web platform, such as through a blog, previous job, volunteer work, or as part of education
  • Masters-level degree in a public health or scientific research-related field such as epidemiology and /or 4-6 years of experience with federally-funded human subjects research and ability to show an understanding of its complexity
  • Ability to become an expert and trusted advisor on all things related to research content
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively lead and manage projects 
  • Ability to advocate for and write using principles of plain language, user experience (UX) writing, and writing for the web
  • Demonstrated attention to detail, specifically in building systems and processes that support attention to detail and quality control
  • Strong Microsoft Office Suite skills, especially SharePoint and OneNote
  • Confidence with web technology, especially problem solving within a space that’s bound by regulatory restrictions
  • Empathetic, clear and thoughtful communicator
  • Demonstrated curiosity and willingness to learn

Candidates must be U.S. citizens. Education and experience will be evaluated by Human Resources to determine if the top candidate meets the criteria for GS-11, per the Office of Personnel Management General Schedule table at opm.gov

Please send a cover letter and resume to SeattleCSPEC@va.govApplications will be accepted until the position is filled; however, materials received by October 1st, 2019 will be considered first. Only complete applications will be considered.

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

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(09/04/19) Statistician - San Francisco, CA



This position will be located at the San Francisco VA Medical Center.

POSITION DEFINITION:

The Veterans Health Research Institute is seeking a full-time statistician to join an active research program focused on using “big data” to construct cohorts and answer clinically relevant questions in the public health field. Individuals with a background in epidemiology, statistics, health services research or related field are welcome to apply to join a general medicine/public health focused research program based in the San Francisco VA. This job involves working directly with UCSF/ SFVA Faculty.

Current studies include:

  • Mimicking a clinical trial using national VA and Medicare data
  • Examining the role of social determinants of health on outcomes
  • A new area of research for the lab includes examining the association of cannabis use with health outcomes (see https://phprg.ucsf.edu/), and examining public opinion on beliefs and attitudes towards cannabis use.

The incumbent will be responsible for developing analysis plans, performing and interpreting statistical analyses, and contributing to research publications and presentations. 

Essential Functions:

  • Data extraction and data cleaning to create analytic datasets
  • Conduct statistical analyses
  • Contribute to research publications and presentations
  • Team work

Job Requirements:

  • MS in biostatistics, epidemiology, data science or related field
  • At least 2 years prior experience in the analysis of clinical data with experience in large database analyses
  • Experience in programming and cleaning data
  • 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 and meta-analysis.
  • Strong computer skills and ability to apply study-specific software
  • Ability to work with text data a plus
  • Strong interpersonal, written/oral communication, and organizational skills
  • Able to manage multiple projects with minimal supervision
  • Ability to work independently as well as part of a team

For more information about NCIRE, The Veterans Health Research Institute, please visit us at www.ncire.org

For complete details about this position and to apply, go to https://rew21.ultipro.com/NOR1032/jobboard/JobDetails.aspx?__ID=*68B15E0C6D15A1F9.

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(08/14/19) Webinar Coordinator (GS-11) - Boston, MA



VA HSR&D’s Center for Information Dissemination and Education Resources (CIDER) is excited to announce that we will be recruiting for a Cyberseminar Coordinator. This GS-11 Health Science Specialist position joins a team of 3 coordinators to lead HSR&D’s Cyberseminar Program, a cost-effective method of training and dissemination. The coordinators host online trainings in methods and data for VA researchers, and sessions on key research findings for VA senior leadership, policymakers, managers, and clinicians. The national audience for HSR&D’s Cyberseminar Program is an expanding one, as we host 161 sessions annually and now offer accreditation to clinicians for some sessions. Evaluations demonstrate that sessions are well received by the researchers and managers attending. The Cyberseminar Coordinator conducts outreach to researchers and operations partners developing new content, hosts live presentations, and manages archives, evaluations, and announcements. To find out more about this position, please contact Jerry O’Keefe, Director, CIDER at: gerald.okeefe@va.gov or (857) 364-4944.

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(08/05/19) Associate Director, VA Boston CHOIR - Boston, MA



VA Boston Healthcare System and Health Services Research and Development (HSR&D) are searching for an Associate Director of the Boston Campus of our Center of Innovation (COIN). The Center for Healthcare Organization and Implementation Research (CHOIR) is a multi- institutional Boston/Bedford HSR&D COIN located across two VA campuses.

The VA Boston Associate Director will work closely with CHOIR’s VA Boston Director and with leaders at VA Bedford CHOIR. Center leaders are responsible for administration of a renowned health services research program with an extensive portfolio of funded research projects and programs, with total annual budget of over $13 million. The more than 50 MD and PhD core investigators at CHOIR produce numerous empirical articles, chapters, reviews and reports for clinical decision makers, and contribute to a large, vibrant post-doctoral training program for both MD and PhD researchers.

The mission of CHOIR is to conduct health services, organizational, and implementation research that promotes Veteran-centered high-quality healthcare, identifying best practices and working with management and policy leaders within VA to implement findings to improve clinical care. CHOIR investigators have broad content and methodological expertise across numerous fields within health services research. Details about the center can be found at: http://www.choir.research.va.gov/.

The Boston Associate Director will be part of the center leadership team, and help set and promote a vision for research that engages with VA systems and improves care for Veterans. Success will require understanding of funding mechanisms, ability to manage Center research funds, and strong mentoring skills and capacity. The Associate Director will assist with management of research assets such as human resources, research equipment, and facilities. She or he will participate in developing administrative procedures and core infrastructure to support research efforts, ensuring that CHOIR research complies with VA and other federal regulations, policies and directives.

Required Qualifications:

  • Either an M.D. or Ph.D. degree (or equivalent) in health services research or one of its constituent fields
  • A record of successful, funded research
  • A strong background in the management of health services research
  • US citizen status.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Leadership and administrative experience
  • Should be eligible to hold an academic appointment as Associate Professor or higher at one of CHOIR’s two academic affiliates, Boston University School of Medicine or Harvard Medical School. In some instances, candidates appointed at the Assistant Professor level will also be considered.

The VA Boston Healthcare System is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, gender identity, sexual orientation, pregnancy and pregnancy-related conditions or any other characteristic protected by law.

Interested candidates should submit a letter of inquiry and CV to Emily Kalver at Emily.Kalver@va.gov .

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(08/01/19) 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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(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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(06/12/19) 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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(04/25/19) Director, Dissemination & Training Division, National Center for PTSD - 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, as well as 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 Post-Traumatic 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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(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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(10/03/19) 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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(10/03/19) 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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(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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