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(03/22/23) Research Investigator - Baltimore, MD

The mission of the VISN 5 MIRECC is to collaborate with Veterans and stakeholders to support and enhance the recovery, longevity, health and wellness, and community functioning of Veterans with serious mental illness, defined as a diagnosis with a mental, behavioral, or emotional disorder that has substantially interfered with an individual’s daily life. 

Hired investigator will be responsible for the development and maintenance of a program of research focusing on one or more areas of expertise related to the MIRECC’s mission (e.g.  serious mental illness, internalized stigma, first episode psychosis, implementation science, women’s mental health, health disparities, social determinants of health, substance use, older adults, complimentary and integrated services, peer services, trauma in serious mental illness, or other related topics). Investigator will be expected to secure VA Merit, foundation, and/or NIH sponsored research funding. The hired investigator will also be expected to assume administrative leadership positions as the Assistant Director of the Research Core or the Clinical Core. Investigators will also be expected to provide mentorship to post-doctoral fellows participating in the VA Advanced Fellowship Program in Mental Illness Research and Treatment within our Center. 

Although most of our current faculty are clinical and/or health services researchers, we welcome interest from any clinician and non-clinician researchers with expertise across the translational research spectrum

For questions or additional information contact Richard Goldberg, Ph.D. (Director, VISN 5 MIRECC) at

Interested investigators should send their CV to Richard Goldberg, Ph.D. (Director, VISN 5 MIRECC) at


(03/07/23) Research Associate (GS-9) - Portland, OR

Starting salary: $61,275 + benefits, depending on education and experience


Position Summary

We are seeking a knowledgeable, independent, and motivated candidate for a full-time Research Associate position to assist Principal Investigators (PI), in the VA HSRD Center to Improve Veteran Involvement in Care (CIVIC) with multiple projects intended to advance the scientific understanding of issues related to common and important health care problems and conditions that affect Veterans.  We are looking for candidates with interest in a breadth of research from retrospective data review to prospective clinical research.  Studies will include multiple projects addressing new technology. These include database analysis utilizing machine based learning and artificial intelligence to add to our understanding of surgical risk for patients, as well as cardiovascular technology in the form of a wearable sensor for remote monitoring utilizing mathematical modeling to identify patients at risk for worsening of patient’s heart failure to improve their clinical management.

Research Environment

This position is located at the VA Portland Health Care System’s Center to Improve Veteran Involvement in Care (CIVIC) ( CIVIC’s mission is to conduct research that empowers veterans to improve their health through engagement in self-care, engagement with VA and non-VA healthcare systems, and engagement in the research process.

The VA HSRD CIVIC is a research center housed at the VA Portland Health Care System with strong ties to Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU). The CIVIC community is committed to developing, fostering, and retaining a diverse workforce. We seek applicants who have experience working with diverse communities and on diverse teams. In addition, we seek candidates who have experience engaging, communicating with, and incorporating perspectives from multiple diverse or underrepresented communities into research.

This study team values individuals at all points in their career trajectories and is committed to fostering the professional growth of its staff. Within CIVIC, and the broader VA and OHSU communities, there are many opportunities for continuing education and training related to a broad variety of topics. Such opportunities include OHSU Departmental Grand Rounds or larger events, research in progress meetings, CIVIC conferences, analyst drop-in sessions, qualitative forums, funding for participation in external training opportunities (e.g., workshops, conference attendance), and more.  Within our team, we have multiple ongoing projects and collaborations with other investigators that provide opportunities for additional data analysis, data collection, and cross-team experiences to support motivated staff in reaching professional development goals.

This position is eligible for teleworking, early, late, or compressed work schedules, a transit pass if applicable, as well as paid vacation, sick leave, and a range of healthcare and retirement benefits


The research associate will be responsible to assist the PIs in achieving research aims and project objectives. Obligations will correspond and depend on experience and may include any/or all the following:

  • Developing standard operating procedures and ensuring that project activities are conducted with fidelity to research protocol.
  • Managing the day-to-day study activities as well as study milestones to meet project objectives.
  • Maintaining Institutional Review Board (IRB) and other regulatory compliance correspondence.
  • Recruiting and consenting/enrolling participants.
  • Managing participant enrollment and progress through study activities.
  • Ensuring data accuracy and confidentiality.
  • Coordinating with multiple partners and collaborators, organizing meetings, and helping to guide project activities.
  • Abstracting data from databases.
  • Contributing to the writing and preparation of scholarly manuscripts for scientific journals and presentations of study findings at professional meetings in collaboration with the PI.
  • Helping develop grant submissions/resubmissions.
  • Assisting with budget management.
  • Additional administrative tasks as needed.

Experience and Qualifications

  • Required Skills (address these in your Cover Letter or discuss transferrable skills)
    • Bachelor’s degree
    • Experience working in human subjects and quantitative research
    • Experience working on prior research studies as a research assistant/associate or in similar position
  • Can include in your Cover Letter how your work in a prior position is transferrable in a research setting if you have limited research experience
  • Ability to multitask and prioritize projects along with rigorous attention to detail and record keeping
  • Resourcefulness and sound professional/ethnical/clinical judgment
  • Strong conceptual, analytic, oral, and written communication skills
  • Knowledge of policies, procedures, and guidelines that govern projects, including those specific to research-based projects (e.g., IRB)
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively
  • Strong computer skills and experience with Microsoft Office Suite database software such as Word, Outlook, and Excel
  • Commitment to contributing to an inclusive working and learning environment
    • Consider addressing in your Cover Letter, any experience working with diverse populations
  • Must be a US citizen (US Federal Government-funded position)
  • Additional Skills (preferred, but not required to apply)
    • Master’s degree or higher in a relevant field (e.g., M.P.H., M.S., M.A.)
    • Experience working with large patient-level databases
    • Experience writing and contributing to manuscripts
      • Or experience writing reports or summaries that effectively present findings
  • Experience using data management systems and/or electronic health records
    • Experience developing budget and personnel forecasts within a research setting
  • Overseeing junior staff or trainees; experience managing research teams
  • Experience writing or assisting with grant submissions
  • Experience writing and preparing quantitative reports

Closes 4/7/2023

Interested candidates should send a Cover Letter and resume/CV to Beau Edwards at with the subject line ‘Research Associate’.


(03/06/23) Health Services Research Science Writer - Portland, OR

Expected starting salary: $74,137 + Benefits (GS-11)

Position Summary: Under the supervision of the Director of the VA Center to Improve Veteran Involvement in Care (CIVIC), a Health Services Research & Development (HSR&D) Center, and Principal Investigators (PIs), the Health Services Research Science Writer will participate in multiple projects intended to advance the scientific understanding of common and important health care conditions that affect Veterans, with a focus on science writing. Current CIVIC research includes projects related to suicide prevention, strategies to enhance Veteran-clinician collaboration, care coordination, pain and substance use disorders, cancer, rural health and deployment-related conditions.

Responsibilities: The primary responsibility is to support the Center Director and PIs by assisting with writing grant applications, writing up study analyses and results, generating written and oral reports and briefs, and developing and/or preparing results of secondary analyses of existing datasets for publication.

The Health Services Research Science Writer will use experience and training in research to:

  • Develop specific sections and coordinate research proposals for submission to funding agencies, which may include gathering background data, literature review, writing, editing, and submission coordination.
  • Conduct and/or write up manuscripts describing primary or secondary analyses of existing datasets.
  • Prepare scholarly manuscripts for submission to scientific journals and prepare presentations of study findings for professional meetings.
  • Manage other research reporting requirements
  • Over time, additional responsibilities may include conducting current or future Institutional Review Board-approved health services studies funded by VA HSR&D and other federal funding agencies, supervising research assistant staff and project teams, or helping to manage project budgets.


Required qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in a related field or higher;
  • Demonstrated experience and expertise with scientific writing, including peer-review manuscripts and/or generating reports that summarize projects and effectively present findings;
  • Experience working on prior research studies as a research associate or similar position;
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently as well as work collaboratively with subject-matter specialists, Center staff, and other stakeholders;
  • Rigorous attention to detail and to record keeping;
  • Resourcefulness and professional judgment;
  • Ability to multitask and prioritize tasks;
  • Strong conceptual, analytic, and oral and communication skills

Preferred qualifications

  • Experience working in health services research.
  • Experience beyond classroom work using statistical software to conduct analyses.

The Center to Improve Veteran Involvement in Care (CIVIC) is committed to developing and sustaining a workforce that supports the inclusion and professional growth of all people regardless of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, age, Veteran status, familial status, disability status, or genetic information. Candidates must be US citizens. Depending on the candidate’s experience, the target salary will be in the GS-11 range according to the Office of Personnel Management General Schedule table at

The deadline for applications is 5/1/2023.

Interested candidates should send a cover letter and resume/CV to Dr. Dobscha, by email at with the subject line ‘Health Services Research Science Writer’.


(10/11/22) Assistant and Associate Professor - Milwaukee, WI

The Medical College of Wisconsin Division of General Internal Medicine has full-time research faculty position openings at the Assistant and Associate Professor level.

Position Highlights & Requirements

  • PhD or MD with strong theoretical grounding and training in health services research, implementation science, biostatistics, epidemiology, quantitative psychology, or quantitative sociology
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills to support a rigorous program of research
  • Experience in developing and conducting quantitative or mixed methods methodology
  • Candidates should have the ability to be funded through either NIH or VA HSR&D and have an interest in conducting independent research as well as supporting multidisciplinary teams in developing collaborative grant applications
  • Highly competitive compensation including a full benefits package, professional development allowance, tuition assistance for college-age children, and outstanding employer-funded health and retirement plan

About MCW

At the core of everything we do at the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) is the pursuit of new knowledge and the power of academic medicine. Bringing together the world’s top scientists and clinicians, inspired students, and invested communities, we are driven to solve the most complex challenges in healthcare and society. MCW is home to a diverse group of thought leaders who are collaborating to build a healthier world and a continuous cycle of life-changing knowledge. 

General Internal Medicine Research Section

GIM is committed to creating and sustaining strong infrastructure to support research. The Division conducts clinical, population health, education, and industry research and is home to a large health services research group with over $10 million in federal research funding. The research vision is to become a leader in creating evidence to change clinical practice, educational efforts, and local, regional, and national policy.

Closing date: 10/10/2023

If you are interested in joining our team, please contact:
Becky Trujillo
Ph: (414) 955-4683


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