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Members of the VA Research community who are interested in advertising their available positions here can submit requests to ORD.Web@va.gov.

Please note that this section is updated monthly. The following positions are still open as of 01/01/22.

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(01/14/22) Statistician/Analyst - Hines, IL



The Center of Innovation for Complex Chronic Healthcare (CINCCH) at Edward Hines Jr. Veterans Affairs Hospital (Hines VA) is currently seeking an experienced Statistician/Analyst.

The incumbent is primarily responsible for data management and data analysis at the Department of Veterans’ Affairs, Center of Innovation for Complex Chronic Healthcare (CINCCH). The incumbent provides mathematical and statistical support for the Center and its projects.  The incumbent creates SAS and Stata datasets, merges datasets, and prepares appropriate analytical datasets to facilitate the statistical techniques and analyses.  They are responsible for ensuring data documentation of all analyses and quality checking analytical work as appropriate. The incumbent communicates with the Principal Investigator and other research scientists as well as analysts, and other project staff about data sets, analytical plans, and data documentation.  This requires the application of principles of data management, research design and extensive knowledge of the latest computer techniques applied to health services research.  The incumbent’s interdisciplinary training in mathematics, biostatistics, epidemiology, statistical programming and statistical results reporting provide an in-depth knowledge of the problem on which he/she works.

PROFESSIONAL SKILLS AND ACTIVITIES

  • Determines the applicability and suitability of various computer statistical packages for data management and analysis.
  • Creates and validates analytical datasets by sub-setting, merging and analyzing large administrative data files.
  • Organizes data into selected categories to facilitate analysis for various statistical measures.
  • Applies the proper statistical techniques and analyses of the project data as defined by the protocol, team, and/or investigator at various points in the project.
  • Prepares programs to perform complex statistical analyses. Ensures programs are documented, updated as needed, and stored in appropriate data files.
  • Generates and manages datasets from the VA’s Corporate Data Warehouse (a national data repository for VA) using SQL.
  • Manages data processing in a cost conscious and efficient way. Strives to find ways to reduce processing time and create very efficient programming.  Adheres to the established policies and procedures of the hospital.
  • Assists other team members in the CINCCH in organization, analysis and automation of data management procedures. Answers questions from VA researchers working with VA-Medicare data and VA administrative databases.
  • Organizes, prepares and presents material for seminars and workshops for VA researchers working with VA-Medicare data and VA administrative databases.
  • The incumbent accepts and volunteers for other duties deemed necessary to support the CINCCH.
  • Attends short courses and professional meetings in the areas of health services research, econometrics and statistics. Also prepares and presents materials for presentation at such meetings.
  • Communicates and interacts with health services researchers, conveying sound computing, mathematical and statistical principles to their studies.
  • Modifies existing routines or writes new procedures for data management or statistical analysis when such software does not exist.
  • The incumbent should use SAS and STATA in data management and analysis. If needed, the applicant will learn and apply other statistical software.
  • The incumbent must use mathematics, biostatistics, or related fields to conduct work as needed.
  • Must ensure all data and data analysis plans are documented, updated on a regular basis, and readily accessible to the research team.
  • Codebooks should be developed for all analyses.
  • Produces documents, graphics (charts, diagrams, tables, visual aids, etc.) for formal presentations and/or reports.
  • Collaborates with project staff and investigators to ensure manuscripts, reports, and conferences have accurate data and supports efforts in producing manuscripts, reports, and abstracts and presentations for conferences.

The incumbent should possess a master's degree in statistics, computer sciences, or one of the health sciences fields. An undergraduate degree with several years of professional experience in a research or health care environment may be substituted for graduate education.

Candidates must be U.S. citizens. Salary will be commensurate with education and experience.

Interested applicants should submit their CV and cover letter to:

Cindi Fiandaca
Administrative Officer
Center of Innovation for Complex Chronic Healthcare
5000 S. 5th. Ave. (151H)
Hines, IL 60141
Cindi.fiandaca@va.gov Include Statistician/Analyst in the email subject line.

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(01/14/22) Health Sciences Research Coordinator, EPIC3 Study - Seattle, WA



Join this team and you’ll contribute to a high impact, national research study that aims to provide critical insights on how we understand SARS-CoV-2 infections and the COVID-19 disease, how it impacts Veterans specifically, and how to better anticipate and manage future pandemics.

The study, CSP #2028: Epidemiology, Immunology, and Clinical Characteristics of COVID-19 (EPIC3) within the Veterans Health Administration, gathers longitudinal data on the epidemiology, virology, immunology, and clinical characteristics of SARS-CoV-2 infections and the COVID-19 disease. CSP #2028, coordinated by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Cooperative Studies Program (CSP) Seattle Epidemiologic Research and Information Center (ERIC), aims to answer key research questions about the natural history and clinical outcomes of COVID-19.

The Seattle ERIC is hiring a full-time Research Coordinator. Our team at the Seattle ERIC coordinating center provides overall operational support and coordination to the 15 study sites nationwide. Position is based in Seattle, WA.

The Research Coordinator will provide operational support under the direction of the Study Program Manager.

Key duties:

  • Design and develop standard operating procedures, databases, and study materials; maintain and troubleshoot tracking infrastructures
  • Manage and maintain the Study Operations Manual
  • Serve as liaison between investigators, site personnel, consultants, and contractors
  • Virtually train study site personnel on operational procedures and protocols including participant tracking measures
  • Assist in remote activities for the virtual cohort including recruitment, enrollment, and follow-up as needed
  • Oversee data management and quality assurance/quality control procedures
  • Ensure compliance with study protocol, including informed consent, safety, and data security requirements
  • Ensure regulatory requirements are met, including completing R&D and IRB documentation and preparing for audits
  • Work closely with the EPIC3 coordinating team and study sites to ensure effective collaboration and maintain accurate data capture
  • Monitor subject recruitment and data collection activities at sites and take corrective action when required
  • Track study progress at sites, identify deficiencies, and recommend solutions
  • Prepare reports, presentations, and data summaries
  • Coordinate and facilitate local and national meetings and trainings
  • Provide training and guidance to Research Assistants

Qualifications:

  • BA/BS or higher degree in a scientific- or health-related field required
  • 1-4 years of work experience in clinical, epidemiological, or health services research required
    • If BA/BS, 2-4 years of research-related experience required
    • If higher degree, 1-2 years of research-related experience preferred
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills with the ability to collaborate with a diverse group of researchers and staff
  • Strong attention to detail and organizational skills
  • Solid problem-solving and critical thinking skills
  • Excellent time management skills
  • Ability to adapt to changing priorities and timelines
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook required
  • Experience with Microsoft Access, Microsoft SharePoint, Microsoft Teams, and REDCap preferred

About the Seattle ERIC and VA CSP:

The Seattle ERIC is a research center within the VA Puget Sound Health Care System that works to improve the health and healthcare of Veterans through epidemiologic research. We are part of the VA CSP, a national VA research group of 12 epidemiology and clinical trial research centers.

Learn more at:

Application information:

Candidates must be U.S. citizens. Education and experience will be evaluated by Human Resources to determine if the top candidate meets the criteria for the targeted GS-09. The General Schedule (GS) salary table for Seattle can be found on the Office of Personnel Management website at opm.gov.

Please send a cover letter and resume to SeattleCSPEC@va.gov. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled; and will be reviewed in the order they are received. Applications received without a cover letter will not be considered.

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

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(01/14/22) Health Sciences Research Assistant - Seattle, WA



Are you interested in helping to improve the health and care of our United States Veterans through meaningful work in a collaborative environment? The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Cooperative Studies Program (CSP) is a nationally-renowned program that produces innovative solutions to Veteran and national healthcare problems through multi-site research studies.

The Seattle Epidemiologic Research and Information Center (ERIC), is hiring two full-time Research Assistants. The Research Assistants will support the Vietnam-Era Twin (VET) Registry and the National Vietnam Veterans Longitudinal Study (NVVLS) Registry, collectively named the Vietnam-Era Registries.

The VET Registry is a collection of data from over 14,000 Vietnam-era Veteran twins and more than 3,400 selected family members. That data comes from more than 30 studies and includes biospecimens from over 1,800 individuals, and is used in research studies to understand factors that affect the health and well-being of Veterans.

The NVVLS Registry is a collection of data from over 2,300 Vietnam-Era Veterans, obtained over two data collection timepoints: the National Vietnam Veterans Readjustment Study (NVVRS) in 1984 and the National Vietnam Veterans Longitudinal Study (NVVLS) in 2012. The Seattle ERIC acquired stewardship of the NVVRS and NVVLS data in 2015, and modified it to function as the NVVLS Registry, which includes 1,450 Veterans who participated in both timepoints.    

The Research Assistants will provide operational support under the direction of the Vietnam-Era Registries Program Manager. 

Key duties:

  • Working with the Vietnam-Era Registries team to support day-to-day operational activities
    • Assisting with the development of recruitment materials
    • Assisting with IRB documentation including completing applications, organizing, and filing records
    • Assisting with the development and maintenance of standard operating procedures
  • Engaging with Registry members and maintaining the infrastructure of the Registries
    • Maintaining and updating databases containing individually identifiable information and vital statuses on Registry members
    • Corresponding with Registry members via telephone and mail
  • Conducting recruitment activities for NIH-funded studies and CSP-initiated projects
    • Conducting initial recruitment telephone calls to enroll subjects in research
    • Assembling informational and initial recruitment mailing packets to research subjects
    • Maintaining and updating study databases, and tracking study progress
    • Performing quality checks on data entry and recruitment activities
  • Serving as a liaison between the Vietnam-Era Registries and key stakeholders
    • Working closely with the Vietnam-Era Registries team, other ERIC teams, lab personnel, oversight bodies, and external investigators and study site staff to ensure effective collaboration and to meet research objectives
    • Engaging with investigators and research subjects requesting information on the repositories

Qualifications:

  • BA/BS in a scientific- or health-related field required
  • 1-2 years of related work experience in clinical, epidemiological, or health services research preferred
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills with the ability to collaborate with a diverse group of VA and university researchers and staff
  • Experience with customer service, particularly by telephone
  • Strong attention to detail and organizational skills
  • Solid problem-solving and critical thinking skills
  • Excellent time management skills
  • Ability to adapt to changing priorities and timelines
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office programs (e.g. Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook) required; experience with MS Access and REDCap preferred

About the Seattle ERIC and VA CSP:

The Seattle ERIC is a research center within the VA Puget Sound Health Care System that works to improve the health and care of Veterans through epidemiologic research. We are part of the VA CSP, a national VA research group of 12 epidemiology and clinical trial research centers. The Seattle ERIC houses the Vietnam-Era Registries and their operations.

Learn more at:

Application information:

Candidates must be U.S. citizens. Education and experience will be evaluated by Human Resources to determine if the top candidate meets the criteria for the targeted GS-05 through GS-06 range. The General Schedule (GS) salary table for Seattle can be found on the Office of Personnel Management website at opm.gov

Please send a cover letter and resume to SeattleCSPEC@va.gov. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled; however, materials received by 1/27/2022 will be considered first. Applications received without a cover letter will not be considered.

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

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(01/14/22) Health Sciences Research Assistant/Specialist/Coordinator - Seattle, WA



Are you interested in helping to improve the health and care of our United States Veterans through meaningful work in a collaborative environment? The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Cooperative Studies Program (CSP) is a nationally renowned program that produces innovative solutions to Veteran and national healthcare problems through multi-site research studies.

The Seattle Epidemiologic Research and Information Center (ERIC) is hiring a full-time Research Assistant/Specialist/Coordinator. The Research Assistant/Specialist/Coordinator will support the Service and Health Among Deployed Veterans Study (SHADE Study, CSP #595), a multi-site observational study. The aim of the study is to characterize the impact of deployment-related pollution exposures during Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF), Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF), and Operation New Dawn (OND) on current respiratory health.

The Research Assistant/Specialist/Coordinator will provide operational support under the direction of the SHADE Study Program Manager.

Key duties:

  • Assist with development and maintenance of study databases, including data entry and data management
  • Assist with development and implementation of standard operating procedures and study materials
  • Assist with preparation and tracking of IRB submissions and other regulatory documents
  • Serve as liaison with investigators, site personnel, consultants, and contractors
  • Monitor subject recruitment and data collection activities and prepare reports and presentations
  • Conduct quality assurance/quality control procedures, including consent form audits and data reconciliation
  • Track progress and productivity of studies and projects
  • Coordinate and facilitate local and national meetings and trainings

Qualifications:

  • BA/BS or higher degree in a scientific- or health-related field required
  • 1-4 years of work experience in clinical, epidemiological, or health services research required
    • If BA/BS, 1-4 years of research-related experience required
    • If higher degree, 1-2 years of research-related experience preferred
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills with the ability to collaborate with a diverse group of researchers and staff
  • Strong attention to detail and organizational skills
  • Solid problem-solving and critical thinking skills
  • Excellent time management skills
  • Ability to adapt to changing priorities and timelines
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook required
  • Programming experience in Microsoft Access or other database management system preferred

About the Seattle ERIC and VA CSP:

The Seattle ERIC is a research center within the VA Puget Sound Health Care System that works to improve the health and care of Veterans through epidemiologic research. We are part of the VA CSP, a national VA research group of 12 epidemiology and clinical trial research centers.

Learn more at:

Application information:

Candidates must be U.S. citizens. Education and experience will be evaluated by Human Resources to determine if the top candidate meets the criteria for the targeted GS-05 through GS-09 range. The General Schedule (GS) salary table for Seattle can be found on the Office of Personnel Management website at opm.gov.

Please send a cover letter and resume to SeattleCSPEC@va.gov. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled, and those received by 1/21 will be considered first. Applications received without a cover letter will not be considered.

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

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(01/11/22) Health Sciences Research Coordinator - Salisbury, NC



TheSalisbury VA Medical Center is hiring a full-time Research Coordinator. This position will be part of a dynamic team that supports research activities for all Center studies. This position is based in Salisbury, NC.  Ad-hoc telework is available, but this position is not virtual.

Key duties:

  • Developing study materials, IRB documentation, and standard operating procedures
  • Maintaining research regulatory files
  • Screening and recruiting research participants
  • Scheduling and preparing for research meetings and assembling documents
  • Supporting Center research quality control and safety efforts through proper documentation tracking and maintenance
  • Assisting with maintaining and updating study databases
  • Setting up meetings, taking meeting notes, data entry, data quality control, coordinate research mailings, and other research support duties

Qualifications:

  • BA/BS or higher degree in a scientific- or health-related field required
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills with the ability to collaborate with a diverse group of researchers and staff
  • Experience with customer service, particularly by telephone and e-mail
  • Strong attention to detail and organizational skills
  • Solid problem-solving and critical thinking skills
  • Excellent time management skills
  • Ability to adapt to changing priorities and timelines
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office programs (e.g. Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook) required

Interested applicants should submit their CV, cover letter, and verification of education to Amy.Morris3@va.gov

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(01/11/22) Health Sciences Research Specialist/Coordinator, Core Team - Seattle, WA



Are you interested in helping to improve the healthcare of our United States Veterans through meaningful work in a collaborative environment? The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Cooperative Studies Program (CSP) is a nationally renowned program that produces innovative solutions to Veteran and national healthcare problems through multi-site research studies.

The VA CSP Seattle Epidemiologic Research and Information Center (ERIC), is hiring a full-time Research Coordinator who has experience with and enjoys supporting research operations. This position will be part of a dynamic team that supports research activities for all Center studies. This position is based in Seattle, WA.

Key duties:

Working with staff to support day-to-day operational activities for the Center, including:

  1. Setting up meetings, taking meeting notes, data entry, data quality control, coordinate research mailings, and other research support duties
  2. Assisting with the development of study materials, IRB documentation, and standard operating procedures
  3. Assisting with the coordination of engagement activities, including scheduling Center events
  4. Assisting with the development of Center research operational documents and procedures
  5. Coordinating Center travel arrangements in support of research operations
  6. Completing and maintaining necessary research documentation for VA travel
  7. Scheduling and preparing for local and national research meetings and assembling documents
  8. Assisting with staff hiring and onboarding efforts in support of research studies
  9. Supporting Center research quality control and safety efforts through proper documentation tracking and maintenance
  10. Assisting with maintaining and updating study databases

Providing research support to Center PIs, researchers, and study teams as needed

 

Qualifications:

  1. BA/BS or higher degree in a scientific- or health-related field required
  2. 1-4 years of work experience in clinical, epidemiological, or health services research required
    1. If BA/BS, 1-4 years of research-related experience required
    2. If higher degree, 1-2 years of research-related experience preferred
  3. Excellent communication and interpersonal skills with the ability to collaborate with a diverse group of researchers and staff
  4. Experience with customer service, particularly by telephone and e-mail
  5. Strong attention to detail and organizational skills
  6. Solid problem-solving and critical thinking skills
  7. Excellent time management skills
  8. Ability to adapt to changing priorities and timelines
  9. Proficiency in Microsoft Office programs (e.g. Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook) required

About the Seattle ERIC and VA CSP:

The Seattle ERIC is a research center within the VA Puget Sound Health Care System that works to improve the healthcare of Veterans through epidemiologic research. We are part of the VA CSP, a national VA research group of 12 epidemiology and clinical trial research centers.

Learn more at:

Application information:

Candidates must be U.S. citizens. Education and experience will be evaluated by Human Resources to determine if the top candidate meets the criteria for the targeted GS-07-GS-09 level.  The General Schedule (GS) salary table for Seattle can be found on the Office of Personnel Management website at opm.gov. 

Please send a cover letter and resume to SeattleCSPEC@va.gov. Applications received without a cover letter will not be considered. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled and will be reviewed in the order they are received.

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

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(01/11/22) Research Coordinator for National Research Data Sharing Initiative - Seattle, WA



Are you interested in helping to improve the healthcare of our United States Veterans through meaningful work in a collaborative environment? The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Cooperative Studies Program (CSP) is a nationally renowned program that produces innovative solutions to Veteran and national healthcare problems through multi-site research studies.

The Seattle Epidemiologic Research and Information Center (ERIC) is a CSP epidemiology center conducting state-of-the-art health research on Veterans. The ERIC is seeking a full-time Research Coordinator to support the CSP Integrated Veteran Epidemiologic Study Data Resource (INVESTD-R). 

INVESTD-R is a national open-science initiative that facilitates the responsible sharing of data, biospecimens, and other resources generated by epidemiologic research on Veterans. Increased access to these resources expands opportunities for qualified researchers to make scientific discoveries that benefit Veterans and the public. INVESTD-R is committed to using open science to advance research, while ensuring strong safeguards are in place to protect the privacy of participants and the confidentiality of their data.

The Research Coordinator will support multiple projects under the initiative, particularly the CSP Data and Biospecimen Repository, a new program-wide research repository that will share data and biospecimens from multiple CSP studies for future research. The position will also assist with other INVESTD-R projects, as needed.

Key duties:

  • Assist with the development of repository policies and procedures
  • Support the development, maintenance and tracking of key documentation and records, such as IRB documentation and data use agreements
  • Assist with the design, maintenance, and quality control of tracking systems and databases
  • Prepare and present reports related to the intake, transfer, and use of the data and biospecimens
  • Support data preparation activities of studies depositing data and biospecimens into the repository
  • Conduct initial recruitment activities, including mailings and phone calls, to enroll participants in research studies
  • Work closely with the INVESTD-R team and stakeholders to ensure effective collaboration, such as the INVESTD-R staff, data managers, study teams, lab personnel, and oversight bodies
  • Engage with investigators and study participants requesting information about the initiative
  • Create and maintain operational documentation and project materials
  • Support preparation of reports, manuscripts, posters, and presentations
  • Provide logistical support as needed (e.g., meeting preparation, travel arrangements)

Qualifications:

  • Education/Experience
    • BA/BS or higher degree in health sciences or social sciences discipline
    • 1-4 years of relevant work experience (e.g., human subjects research, repository management, information management)
      • If BA/BS, 1-4 years of research-related experience required
      • If higher degree, 1-2 years of research-related experience preferred
    • Additional Requirements
      • Experience working with IRBs and regulatory documents
      • Experience working in human subjects research in an academic or government setting
      • Proven ability to work with partners and stakeholders with a wide range of professional backgrounds and expertise
      • Outstanding interpersonal skills and the ability to develop, maintain, and cultivate relationships with internal and external customers
      • Ability to self-manage workload against multiple competing priorities and deadlines
    • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Experience building internal systems that support attention to detail and quality control
  • Preferred Qualifications
    • Experience in or knowledge of data sharing or repository management
    • Proficiency in Microsoft Access, Power BI, and SharePoint programs
    • Familiarity with epidemiologic research design and methodology

About INVESTD-R, Seattle ERIC, and VA Cooperative Studies Program (CSP)

The Seattle ERIC is a research center within the VA Puget Sound Health Care System that works to improve the health and care of Veterans through epidemiologic research. We are part of the VA CSP, a national VA research group of 12 epidemiology and clinical trial research centers. The Seattle ERIC is 1 of 3 centers managing the INVESTD-R open science initiative.

Learn more at:

Application information: Candidates must be U.S. citizens. Education and experience will be evaluated by Human Resources to determine if the top candidate meets the criteria for the targeted GS-9 level.  The General Schedule (GS) salary table for Seattle can be found on the Office of Personnel Management website at opm.gov. 

Please send a cover letter and resume to SeattleCSPEC@va.gov. Applications received without a cover letter will not be considered. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled and will be reviewed in the order they are received.

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

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(01/06/22) Biostatistician - Durham, NC



The Center of Innovation to Accelerate Discovery and Practice Transformation (ADAPT) in Durham, NC is seeking two staff biostatisticians (GS-7/9 and GS-11/12) to join our biostatistics core. We are looking for self-starters with a strong motivation to learn new methods for data analysis and data management, and a desire to be part of a health services research team. 

ADAPT’s core faculty and staff conduct creative, high-quality health services research in close partnership with VA leadership for the benefit of our nation's Veterans. The Center offers organized research programs as well as cross-cutting methods labs and community and organizational partners to ensure that research studies are designed to address VA’s highest priorities and that research findings are relevant and actionable. ADAPT has a rich tradition in conducting high-impact health services research, including a dedicated Implementation and Improvement Science Lab, as well as a Non-Randomized Designs Lab and a Pragmatic Clinical Trials Lab.

The selected individuals will:

  • Interact with statisticians, health economists, clinicians, and health services investigators at every level of the scientific process, from initiation of new research projects to publication
  • Serve as a co-author on scientific papers written for scholarly journals
  • Assist in the design of data collection protocols
  • Extract and clean data from large administrative databases
  • Perform statistical analyses for a variety of health services research studies
  • Collaborate with an experienced and well-funded team of staff and faculty biostatisticians

Experience required:

  • B.S or B.A (GS-7/9) or M.S., M.A., or MPH (GS-11/12) in statistics, biostatistics, econometrics, quantitative psychology, quantitative sociology, or related field       
  • Experience with SAS and/or R
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Strong organizational abilities
  • Ability to work effectively in a team setting

The following skills are considered strongly desirable:

  • Experience with large healthcare datasets
  • Experience with SQL programming
  • Experience with REDCap

Please email a cover letter and curriculum vitae to:

Sandra Woolson, MPH
Data and Analytics Manager, Biostatistics Core
Center of Innovation to Accelerate Discovery and Practice Transformation, Durham VAMC
sandra.woolson@va.gov
https://www.hsrd.research.va.gov/centers/durham.cfm

Candidates must be U.S. citizens. Salary will be commensurate with education and experience.

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(01/06/22) Research Health Science Specialist - Asheville, NC



This position is located in the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), Veterans Health Administration (VHA), Mid Atlantic Health Care Network (VISN 6), Western North Carolina Health Care System (WNC HCS), Charles George VA Medical Center (CGVAMC), in the Executive Office, assigned to Research and Development.

Closing date: 01/27/2022

See https://www.usajobs.gov/job/629987500 for details.

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(01/04/22) Research Assistant - Brockton, MA



Cognitive Neuroscience Laboratory, Harvard Medical School, located at Brockton VA Healthcare System, is hiring for a position of research assistant position for a funded study on the effects of neurofeedback on auditory hallucinations in schizophrenia, with M. Niznikiewicz, Ph.D. as the lead Principal Investigator. The position will  will involve subject recruitment, administering neuropsychological and electrophysiological tests, entering data into data bases located both in the lab and at the National Institute of Health (NIH) website, coordinating with research sites involved in research conducted in the lab, and assisting with routine clerical tasks.  The successful candidate will have B.A or B.S in psychology or neuroscience at the time of hiring with commitment to be in this position for at least one year. 

Strong interpersonal and organizational skills and attention to detail are required. 

Breakdown of duties by %

Recruitment --- 50%

Neuropsychological/ Electrophysiological testing – 20%

Data entry -10%

Coordination with other sites -10%

Assistance with clerical tasks -10%

Interested individuals should contact Margaret Niznikiewicz at Margaret_niznikiewicz@hms.harvard.edu

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(01/03/22) Supervisory Program Specialist - Long Beach, CA



The VA Long Beach Healthcare System is hiring one (1) Supervisory Program Specialist for Research Service in Long Beach, California. The incumbent will be the primary institutional contact for human research protection and human research projects.

Closing date: 01/19/2022

See https://www.usajobs.gov/job/628899300 for details.

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(01/03/22) Research Assistant Part-Time - Boston, MA



The Research Assistant will be responsible for data collection for research projects involving studies of early lung cancer detection. This position involves subject recruitment to clinical studies, obtaining informed consent, data collection, participation in clinical procedures, oversight of the day-to-day operations of the project, including the development and implementation of research procedures and systems. The position will also involve all aspects of the regulatory process as it relates to the research studies. The incumbent handles multiple projects within a fast-paced environment and is open to constant challenge and change. The employee works independently in planning and carrying out the successive steps and handles problems and deviations in the work assignment in accordance with instructions, policies, but refers to the PI when established precedent is missing. They will develop and maintain positive working relationships with all colleagues and research participants. This position offers motivated individuals the opportunity for active participation in clinical research.

Expires 1/19/2022

See https://www.linkedin.com/jobs/view/2845733276?trk=cap_redirect for details.

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(01/03/22) Clinical Research Program Manager/Clinical Research Supervisor - Long Beach, CA



We are seeking a Clinical Research Program Manager/Clinical Research Supervisor to join the Southern California Lung Cancer Program (STELLAR) at VA Long Beach Healthcare System, Research Service. As a PM, you will supervise the day-to-day activities of Clinical Research Coordinators (CRCs) and Clinical Research Associates (CRAs to ensure efficient and effective initiation and operations of the Lung Cancer Research Program. You will be responsible for the start up and running of the new STELLAR Clinical Trials Program, in close partnership with other programs at the VA Long Beach Healthcare System, including but not limited to the Network of Dedicated Enrollment Sites, (NODES), the national VA Lung Cancer Precision Oncology Program (LPOP), National Cancer Institute (NCI), Department of Defense (DoD, various pharmaceutical companies, VA Office of Research and Development (ORD), Clinical Research Coordinators at the local and other sites, the Research Compliance Officer, and Institutional Review Board (IRBs) at the local and participating sites, and VA central and NCI IRBs. You will be responsible for data management activities and for data integrity associated with clinical trials research. You will participate in special projects and task forces as determined by management. You will manage several research protocols, including investigator initiative trials, industry-sponsored studies, as well as bio-specimen protocols. We are looking for a dedicated, collaborative clinical research professional to take on this leadership role. This is an exciting opportunity to join a growing clinical research team.

You will:

  • Be an experienced clinical trials manager with extensive knowledge as a lead
  • clinical research coordinator (CRC) and PM. The position requires extensive knowledge in managing all phases of clinical trials. The position possesses in-depth knowledge of regulatory, patient recruitment and budgetary aspects of clinical trials.
  • Staff Management and Development - Participate in the orientation, training and supervision of CRCs/CRAs; participate in facilitating departmental trainings; align staff and resources with appropriate protocols and research needs; and maintain workflow consistency among staff with standardized processes.
  • Operation Management - Ensure that workflow is managed and monitored to meet departmental and service needs; oversee protocol activation, especially with start-up activities; monitor research portfolio for workload by appropriately managing and identifying service needs.
  • Quality Assurance - Perform regular audits to ensure that the data collected is complete and accurate, and that the research project is carried out as planned.
  • Regulatory Compliance - Ensure that all appropriate Institutional, State, and Federal regulations are followed throughout the course of a research project, database, or protocol. Also, you will ensure that research protocols are approved by the Institutional Review Board/Privacy Board (IRB/PB) and followed as written.
  • Special Projects - Participate or coordinate on both interdepartmental and intra-departmental organization-wide research projects as requested. You will provide leadership, organizational, creative, or clerical support to established and new research initiatives. Provide leadership and oversight to regional participating sites.
  • Lead and liaise meetings with a variety of stakeholders across multiples disciplines.
  • Serve as key team member, providing supervision to staff, support Principal Investigator and clinicians on a daily basis.

You Are:

  • Effective at building formal and informal networks inside and outside the organization to further departmental and institutional goals.
  • Adept at building partnerships and working collaboratively with others to meet shared objectives and goals.
  • A good decision-maker, with shown success at making timely decisions that keep the organization moving forward.
  • Eager to foster talent and support people in meeting their career goals and the organization's goals.

You Have:

  • At least 3 years of clinical research experience.
  • Earned a Master's degree in a related field
  • Supervisory experience and experience with high volume clinical trials
  • Comprehensive knowledge and understanding of the regulations pertaining to human subject protection (including 21 CFR and 45 CFR 46 of the United States Code of Federal Regulations) and Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) is critical.
  • Strong time management/project management skills.
  • Experience working with a project submission platform
  • Knowledge of oncology-specific terminology is helpful.
  • Experience in the use of various electronic data management systems.

Please send resumes to alicia.delvillar@va.gov.

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(12/30/21) Research Specialist: Web Programmer - Seattle, Washington



The VA Health Services Research & Development (HSR&D) Center for Information Dissemination and Education Resources (CIDER) is recruiting a web programmer with strong database skills. This full-time position is with a national program responsible for the technical development and maintenance of a database and website that support reporting of research and compliance-related processes for HSR&D.

Under the direction of the Program Director, the Web Programmer will:

  • Develop and maintain complex web-based applications or modify existing applications to meet specific Research Service needs
  • Manage and design tests to ensure proper performance
  • Coordinate the implementation of new web-based user applications including testing and debugging with Database Administrator and other team members
  • Collaborate with team members and other research staff to continuously improve user experience
  • Troubleshoot technical problems or problems related to changes in the IT environment
  • Provide assistance and technical advice to individuals and groups; respond in a timely manner to reported problems and alerts
  • Write and edit comprehensive, technical documentation
  • Conduct special projects at the request of Program Director

Qualifications/Requirements:

  • Bachelor's degree in a science field; Advanced degree preferred
  • Experience working in a research environment; familiarity with research processes
  • 3+ years of web programming experience
  • Experience with ColdFusion/CFML, JavaScript, HTML5, CSS, XML, SQL and AJAX programming technique are necessary. If no CFML experience, strong experience with other scripting languages and a willingness to learn CFML acceptable. Dreamweaver or other IDE experience preferred.
  • Programming experience involving large data sets
  • Solid testing experience
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Strong analytic and problem-solving skills
  • U.S. citizenship is required

Other Information

Full-time position

Location: Seattle, Washington

Salary: $70K - $100K plus benefits depending on education and experience

Equal Opportunity Employer

Please send a cover letter and resume to: jane.altemose@va.gov . Open until filled.

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(12/30/21) Research Assistant - Pittsburgh, PA



The Center for Health Equity Research and Promotion (CHERP) is a health services research Center of Innovation at the VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System committed to advancing health equity among the Veteran population. CHERP is seeking a full-time (40 hours/week) Research Assistant to support the High-Risk Veterans QUERI Program (RIVET QUERI) and other scientific projects related to care for patients with chronic health conditions and complex healthcare needs. The overall focus of this work is on improving the quality of care and outcomes for patients with complex primary care needs through rigorous partnered evaluation and research. The Research Assistant will be part of a dynamic and supportive team, under the direction of Ann-Marie Rosland MD, MS.

RIVET QUERI is a five-year, multi-region program to implement and study ways to improve care for Veterans with multimorbidity who are at high risk for hospitalization and poor health outcomes. The incumbent will work directly with the Outcomes Core which evaluates the impact of new evidence-based practices on Veterans and VA providers.

The Research Assistant will provide technical, scientific, and administrative support for the day-to-day operations of the RIVET program and other related projects. Duties include conducting RIVET survey mailings, data entry and management, record keeping, and reporting. The incumbent will also provide scientific support to related projects including scheduling and agenda preparation; ongoing record keeping and reporting of scholarly products and activities; researching, preparing, maintaining and disseminating of scientific resources (e.g., publication library, website, newsletter) writing summative reports, and scheduling and agenda preparation for study team meetings.

Ideal candidates will be proactive and detail-oriented individuals with the ability to manage multiple tasks and work effectively both individually and within dynamic local and multi-site project teams. The incumbent must have a Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with a major in social or biological sciences, which included or was supplemented by 12 semester hours in psychology (transcript required) and one year of relevant experience. Examples of relevant experience would typically include but are not limited to: Knowledge of and experience of working in human subjects research and the ability to work independently while conducting research activities.

This GS-7 term appointment is based at the University Drive/Oakland campus in Pittsburgh. Staff are currently working a hybrid schedule with a combination of in person and remote work. For this position, in person work will be required for certain project tasks. Inquires and resumes may be addressed to madeline.rigatti@va.gov.

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(12/30/21) Clinical Research Regulatory Specialist - Providence, RI



The Providence VA Medical Center and its VA RR&D Center for Neurorestoration and Neurotechnology (CfNN) seeks a new teammate with experience in clinical research, FDA and IRB interactions. CfNN develops, tests, and deploys novel neurotechnologies to improve the quality of life for Veterans with mobility impairments or mental health disorders. Our growing research portfolio includes internationally recognized human subjects research in brain- computer interfaces, neuromodulation for post-traumatic stress disorder, outcomes assessment and optimization studies in prosthetics for limb loss, and other injuries and illnesses of the nervous system. The Clinical Research Regulatory Specialist will coordinate and guide 28 physician and scientist investigators as well as lead a Core of clinical research assistants and coordinators, all focused on performing the most efficient and expert research to help Veterans and others by developing novel neurotechnologies and other device-related interventions to improve function.

Duties include but are not limited to:

  • Develop policies, procedures, and criteria for administration of CfNN’s multiple projects;
  • Provide pre-reviews of new and evolving human subjects research protocols, working closely with study staff;
  • Select appropriate guidelines, determining which scientific and regulatory policies apply to CfNN’s individual research endeavors;
  • Coordinate multi-site research reporting methods with our academic and hospital partners and collaborators;
  • Review project status reports to verify compliance with research reporting and administrative criteria;
  • Manage interactions between multiple Institutional Review Boards (IRBs) and Committees (both internal to VA and with the academic and hospital affiliates);
  • Train clinical research coordinators and other staff in best practices for efficient and effective human subjects research.

Experience Preferred:

  • Bachelor’s or master’s degree in biological or physical sciences or a related field
  • 5+ years relevant research regulatory experience in an academic, government, or industry environment
  • Knowledge of FDA, IRB, and GCP regulations

**Must be a US Citizen to apply**

This role will be granted the opportunity to work from home at least one day per week but must be able to commute to the VA Providence Healthcare System and/or Brown University (Providence, RI) as needed. CfNN/VAPHS reserves the right to change this status with notice to employee. Please submit a resume and cover letter summarizing your interest and relevant skills/experience to Kate Barnabe at kate.barnabe@va.gov

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(12/30/21) Research staff positions (Women’s Health Sciences Division (WHSD) of the National Center for PTSD ) - Boston, MA



The Women's Health Sciences Division of the National Center for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) anticipates two new staff positions and is seeking doctoral-level individuals with demonstrated programs of research in psychology, psychiatry, public health or related fields as evidenced by a solid publication record and experience with extramural funding in the area of psychological trauma and women’s mental health. Research programs focused on experiences of stress and trauma within marginalized communities, health disparities among underrepresented groups, suicidal behavior, and psychiatric conditions comorbid with PTSD (e.g. substance use disorders) as they intersect with sex and gender are especially desired.

The Women’s Health Sciences Division (WHSD) of the National Center for PTSD believes that the cultural and social diversity of our staff is vitally important to the distinction, excellence, and impact of our research program. Our division recognizes that diversity of experience deepens the intellectual endeavor. We seek colleagues who will support our commitment to ensuring that the WHSD is inclusive, equitable, and diverse.

Applications will be accepted at all levels of career development. Salary and benefits package are competitive and commensurate with experience. Applications are welcome until the positions are filled. Faculty appointment is anticipated at Boston University School of Medicine.

The WHSD is a branch of the Department of Veterans Affairs National Center for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, a multi-site consortium mandated by Congress to study reactions to traumatic stress.  The Women's Health Sciences Division, affiliated with Boston University School of Medicine and located at the VA Boston Healthcare System, is a nationally recognized program developing and conducting innovative research in stress, trauma, and women's health. The Division is affiliated with strong clinical programs that provide a continuum of treatment services to women veterans including a homelessness program, outpatient stress disorder clinic and a transitional residence. Division staff are involved in the training of graduate students, pre-doctoral interns, psychiatry residents, and post-doctoral fellows.  The Division possesses outstanding resources for research, clinical, and training activities, and offers a stimulating work environment where diversity is valued. 

To express interest please send curriculum vitae and cover letter to Dr. Tara Galovski, Director, Women’s Health Sciences Division, National Center for PTSD (tara.galovski@va.gov). Applications are welcome until the positions are filled.

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(12/27/21) Research Coordinator - Bedford, MA



Full-time Research Coordinator needed for the Center for Healthcare Organization and Implementation Research (CHOIR) in the Department of Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration located at the VA Bedford Healthcare System in Bedford, Massachusetts.

We are looking for motivated individuals to work as part of a dynamic, multi-disciplinary research team conducting work evaluating patient-centered care in VA. This individual will work mainly as part of our qualitative team. Requirements for the position include research experience, with at least some exposure to qualitative methods. The individual should be enthusiastic and motivated to learn and engage with qualitative research. Duties include, but may not be limited to:

  • Project management and administrative tasks such scheduling meetings and interviews; taking meeting minutes; assuring compliance with IRB regulations and protocols; communicating with project personnel, and monitoring project timelines
  • Qualitative data collection and management via methods such as interview and chart review, with some opportunity to work with quantitative data.
    • Conducting literature searches and/or maintaining reference databases to support project goals and planning.
      • Assisting with data analysis.
      • Helping prepare reports, presentations, and manuscripts, including the development of data tables and visual representations of study findings.
    • Assisting with drafting, gathering, proof-reading, and submitting materials related to grant proposals and supporting grant start-up activities (e.g., IRB applications).

    About Center for Healthcare Organization and Implementation Research (CHOIR) – VA Bedford Healthcare System

    CHOIR's mission is to improve Veterans' health outcomes by developing, studying, and applying evidence-based practices that will be widely implemented and sustained.

    Application Information

    Please send a cover letter and resume to Juliet.Wu2@va.gov with email subject heading: Application for CHOIR Research Coordinator.

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    (12/27/21) Clinical Research Regulatory Specialist - Atlanta, GA



    The Atlanta VA is in pursuit of an innovative Regulatory Specialist that will coordinate and focus on performing the most efficient and expert research to help Veterans and others with regards to Lung Precision Oncology Program (LPOP).

    Duties include but are not limited to:

    • Develop policies, procedures, and criteria for administration of LPOP multiple projects;
    • Provide pre-reviews of new and evolving human subjects research protocols, working closely with study staff;
    • Select appropriate guidelines, determining which scientific and regulatory policies apply to LPOP individual research endeavors;
    • Coordinate multi-site research reporting methods with our academic and hospital partners and collaborators;
    • Review project status reports to verify compliance with research reporting and administrative criteria;
    • Manage interactions between multiple Institutional Review Boards (IRBs) and Committees (both internal to VA and with the academic and hospital affiliates);
    • Train clinical research coordinators and other staff in best practices for efficient and effective human subjects research.

    Experience Preferred:

    • Bachelor’s or master’s degree in biological or physical sciences or a related field
    • Relevant research regulatory experience in an academic, government, or industry environment
    • Knowledge of FDA, IRB, and GCP regulations

    **Must be a US Citizen to apply**

    Applicants should submit a current CV and cover letter outlining their experience in research, along with their career goals to Ashley Scales, PhD, MPH at Ashley.Scales@va.gov. *Include “Clinical Research Regulatory Specialist” in the email subject line.

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    (12/27/21) Research Assistant or Associate (GS-7 or GS-9, depending on experience and qualifications) - Portland, OR



    Expected starting salary: $46,618 + Benefits (GS-7) or $57,023 + Benefits (GS-9)

    FTE: 1.0

    Position Summary

    We are seeking motivated, independent, and experienced candidates for two full-time Research Assistant/Associate positions to assist a Principal Investigator (PI) in the VA Center to Improve Veteran Involvement in Care (CIVIC) with multiple research projects intended to advance the prevention and treatment of common and significant mental health issues and conditions that affect Veterans. Specific projects are related to suicide prevention and reintegrating service members. We are looking for candidates familiar with clinical trials (especially for behavioral interventions) that can work independently within a research team to achieve project aims and deadlines. The ideal candidates will be highly skilled in project coordination, participant tracking, human subject protections, and manuscript and grant development.

    This position is located at the VA Portland Health Care System’s Center to Improve Veteran Involvement in Care (CIVIC) (https://www.portlandcoin.research.va.gov/). 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.

    CIVIC values individuals at all points in their career trajectories, and CIVIC 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, and more.

    Responsibilities

    The primary responsibility is to assist the PI in meeting research aims for clinical trials of behavioral interventions among Veterans. Specific duties depend on qualifications and experience, but may include:

    • Managing the day-to-day study activities as well as study milestones to meet project objectives
    • Developing standard operating procedures and ensuring that project activities are being conducted with fidelity to research protocols
    • Coordinating with research assistants, research associates, and interventionists to complete study tasks
    • 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
    • Administering assessments and entering data
    • Managing participant reimbursements
    • Assessing intervention fidelity (training will be provided)
    • 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
    • Additional administrative tasks as needed

    Experience

    Minimum Requirements for GS-7 level:

    • Bachelor’s degree or higher in a relevant field (e.g., B.S., B.A.)
    • Experience with human subjects research
    • Knowledge of policies, procedures, and guidelines that govern projects, including those specific to research-based projects (e.g., IRB) or demonstrated transferable skills
    • Strong conceptual, analytic, oral and written communication skills, and ability to work independently
    • Ability to multitask and prioritize project goals, ethics, and professional interactions with participants
    • Rigorous attention to detail and record keeping
    • Resourcefulness and sound professional/ethnical judgment
    • Commitment to contributing to an inclusive working and learning environment
    • Must be a US citizen (due to being a U.S. federal government-funded position)

    Minimum Requirements for GS-9 level:

    • Master’s degree or higher in a relevant field (e.g., M.P.H., Ph.D., M.S., M.A.), or a Bachelor’s degree and several years relevant employment experience
    • Experience working on clinical trials (preferably behavioral interventions) or prior experience leading/organizing a large research study
    • Experience with data management and related programs/software such as REDCap or Excel
    • Knowledge of policies, procedures, and guidelines that govern projects, including those specific to research-based projects (e.g., IRB)
    • Strong conceptual, analytic, oral and written communication skills, and ability to work independently
    • Ability to multitask and prioritize project goals, ethics, and professional interactions with participants
    • Rigorous attention to detail and record keeping
    • Resourcefulness and sound professional/ethnical judgment
    • Commitment to contributing to an inclusive working and learning environment
    • Must be a US citizen (due to being a U.S. federal government-funded position)

    Telework/remote work

    Due to the ongoing pandemic, telework is strongly encouraged (but not required) and arrangements for telework will be discussed with candidates.

    How to apply

    Interested candidates should send both a cover letter and a resume/CV to Kyla Tompkins, by email at Kyla.Tompkins@va.gov  with the subject line ‘Research Assistant/Associate.’

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    (12/22/21) Research Team Manager or Study Coordinator (Research Health Science Specialist; GS-9 / GS-11) - Portland, OR



    Expected starting salary: $57,023 (GS-9) to $68,992 (GS-11)] + Benefits
    FTE: 1.0

    Position Summary

    We are looking for a motivated and independent Research Team Manager (Lab Manager) or Study Coordinator for a full-time position to assist a Principal Investigator (PI) in the Center to Improve Veteran Involvement in Care (CIVIC) at the VA Portland Health Care System with multiple research projects intended to advance the prevention and treatment of common and important mental health issues and conditions that affect military veterans. Studies are led out of the VA Portland Health Care System but also involve collaboration with Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU), as well as other VA and non-VA healthcare systems and academic partners.

    Specific research projects topics are related to interventions for suicide prevention, loneliness and social isolation, mental health outreach via social media, and access to mental health services. These research projects employ a health services research framework and typically include used of both quantitative and qualitative methods. The ideal candidate will have experience with project management for multisite research projects, health services research interventions, and/or pragmatic clinical trials.

    Research Environment and Telework/Remote Work

    Hybrid or full-time remote work is possible for this position, and arrangements for telework will be discussed with candidates.

    Responsibilities

    The primary responsibility is to manage and organize of a small portfolio of studies, including a newly-funded multisite pragmatic trial of suicide prevention in veterans. Specific responsibilities may include:

    • Supervising research assistants
    • Communication and coordination with other study staff and collaborators, including co-investigators, data analysts, biostatisticians, and operational partners
    • Developing study standard operating procedures and ensuring study activities are being conducted with fidelity to research protocols
    • Project management for a multisite pragmatic trial including: maintaining a research study database, overseeing recruitment of research participants, preparation of study approval documents, coordinating between study sites and research staff, and liaising with study partners and stakeholders
    • Contributing to the writing and preparation of scholarly manuscripts for scientific journals and presentations of study findings at professional meetings.
    • Maintaining Institutional Review Board and other regulatory compliance
    • Budget management
    • Assisting with grant preparation and submissions

    Experience

    Minimum Requirements:

    • Master’s degree in a relevant field (e.g., M.P.H., M.S., M.A.)
    • Experience working in human subjects or health services research
    • Experience developing budget and personnel forecasts within a research setting
    • Experience working on multiple prior research studies as a research associate or similar position
    • Ability to multitask and prioritize projects
    • Rigorous attention to detail and record keeping
    • Demonstrated experience writing reports that summarize projects and effectively present findings
    • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with subject-matter specialists and stakeholders in a variety of fields
    • Strong conceptual and analytic skills, oral and written communication skills, and ability to work independently

    Preferred:

    • Knowledge of VA policies, procedures, and guidelines that govern projects, including those specific to research-based projects (e.g., IRB)
    • Experience conducting quantitative data analysis using statistical software (e.g., Stata), or experience conducting qualitative interviews or analyzing qualitative data
    • Experience using data management programs/software such as REDCap

    Candidates must be US citizens in order to be eligible for VA employment. We are committed to a welcoming and inclusive culture, and we seek to incorporate diverse perspectives into our work. Interested candidates should send a cover letter and a resume/CV to Emily Metcalf, MA, CCRP, and Alan Teo, MD, MS by email at Emily.Metcalf@va.gov and Alan.Teo@va.gov with the subject line ‘Research Team Manager.’

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    (12/17/21) Study interventionist (Research Health Science Specialist) - Portland, OR



    Expected starting salary: Based on a 1.0FTE annual salary $57,023 (GS-9) to $68,992 (GS-11)

    Position Summary

    We are seeking a motivated, independent, and experienced candidate for a part time position (0.50FTE) to fulfill a role as a study interventionist on a project examining motivational interviewing among Veterans at risk for suicide. The ideal candidates will have experience with behavioral interventions (e.g., motivational interviewing, CBT), be highly attentive to detail, be able to work independently within a research team to deliver the study intervention, and have strong communication and coordination skills. Training on the specific interventions will be provided.

    This position is located at the VA Portland Health Care System’s Center to Improve Veteran Involvement in Care (CIVIC) (https://www.portlandcoin.research.va.gov/). 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.

    CIVIC values individuals at all points in their career trajectories, and CIVIC 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, didactic 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, and more.

    Telework/remote work

    Due to the ongoing pandemic, telework is strongly encouraged (but not required) and arrangements for telework will be discussed with candidates.

    Responsibilities

    The primary responsibility is to deliver the study intervention with fidelity to Veteran participants. Specific duties may include:

    • Delivering study intervention consistent with research protocols (fidelity)
    • Coordinating and communicating with research staff about enrolled participants
    • Adhering to participant schedules for intervention delivery (with assistance from research staff)
    • Adhering to ethical guidelines for participant interactions and protecting participants’ personal information
    • Documenting intervention activities according to study protocol
    • Additional activities related to the study

    Experience

    Minimum Requirements for GS-9 level:

    • Master’s degree or higher (e.g., MSW, MA, MS, PhD), or a Bachelor’s degree with several years of experience
    • Strong conceptual, analytic, oral and written communication skills, and ability to work independently
    • Ability to multitask and prioritize project goals, ethics, and professional interactions with participants
    • Rigorous attention to detail and record keeping
    • Resourcefulness and sound professional/ethnical/clinical judgment
    • Commitment to contributing to an inclusive working and learning environment
    • Must be a US citizen (due to being a U.S. federal government-funded position)

    Additional Minimum Requirements for GS-11 level:

    • Clinically licensed at the independent practice level

    Preferred:

    • Prior experience working on clinical trials
    • Experience using data management programs/software such as REDCap

    Interested candidates should send both a cover letter and a resume/CV to Kyla Tompkins, by email at Kyla.Tompkins@va.gov with the subject line 'Study Interventionist.'

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    (12/15/21) Biostatistician / Statistician (Health) - Portland, OR



    Salary: $98,334 - $127,835 (GS-13) + benefits, depending on education and experience

    Position Summary

    The Center to Improve Veteran Involvement in Care (CIVIC) at VA Portland Health Care System is seeking to hire a full-time Biostatistician. The Biostatistician provides support to multiple research teams on a range of health services research projects intended to advance scientific understanding of issues related to common and important health care problems and conditions that affect Veterans. Ongoing projects within CIVIC are related to strategies to enhance Veteran-clinician collaboration, suicide prevention, care coordination, COVID-19, traumatic brain injury, home-based primary care, opioids and pain, shared-decision making, cancer screening, and palliative care.

    The Biostatistician will collaborate with and provide expert consultation to Principal Investigators at CIVIC, with the possibility of faculty appointment and some work to be done with Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU). General responsibilities include providing study design and methodology guidance to investigators, conducting power analysis calculations to inform grant applications, as well as data management, programming and statistical analysis activities for reports, manuscripts, and other publications. The Biostatistician will collaborate with an active group of investigators, other statisticians, data analysts, and research staff. This position involves working as a team member, requiring excellent and effective oral and written communication skills.

    Responsibilities

    • Statistical collaboration including project management, data management, and statistical programming/analysis.
    • Partner with other investigators to write and develop grant applications, empirical manuscripts, and statistical reports.
    • Contribute to discussions and decisions on study design, statistical approaches, and analytical strategies with investigators and other collaborators.
    • Consult on complex statistical concepts and results to team members including other statisticians and data analysts
    • Professional development including keeping up with current statistical strategies through trainings and professional conferences.

    Experience and Qualifications

    Required Skills

    • PhD in biostatistics, statistics, or related field.
    • Advanced knowledge and experience (minimum two years working in a primary role as statistician post-training) applying theories, principles, methods, and techniques of statistics and epidemiology, especially those applicable to health services research. Experience applying longitudinal methods.
    • Knowledge and experience using commonly used statistical software packages such as SAS, STATA, R, and PASS.
    • Experience/Skills related to curating, preparing, and analyzing electronic medical record and/or administrative claims data is essential for this position.
    • Excellent interpersonal and written communication skills.
    • Ability to manage and perform multiple tasks under conditions of fluctuating workloads, competing requirements, and changing deadlines.
    • Ability to work independently and follow through on assignments with minimal direction. Ability to work in a complex environment.
    • Ability to analyze problems and offer creative solutions and implement changes.
    • Strong demonstrated organization skills, with the ability to understand overall program objectives and maintain attention to detail.
    • Commitment to contributing to an inclusive working and learning environment.
    • 2-5 years health sciences collaborative research experience
    • Must be a US citizen (US Federal Government-funded position)

    Additional Qualifications (preferred, but not required to apply)

    • Experience working with large health administrative datasets
    • Prior authorship or co-authorship on peer-reviewed publications
    • Prior experience training range of learners in statistical techniques (either through formal coursework, supervision, consultation, or other)
    • Consider addressing in your Cover Letter any experience you may have working with diverse populations.

    This position is potentially 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

    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.

    CIVIC values individuals at all points in their career trajectories, and CIVIC is committed to fostering the professional growth of its staff. Within CIVIC and the broader VA and Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) communities, there are many opportunities for continuing education, didactic 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, and more.

    Interested candidates should send a Cover Letter and resume/CV to Beau Edwards at Beau.Edwards@va.gov with the subject line ‘Biostatistician’.

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    (12/15/21) SQL Database Administrator/Programmer - Seattle, WA



    The VA Health Services Research & Development (HSR&D) Center for Information Dissemination and Education Resources (CIDER) is recruiting a programmer with database administration and application development experience, a strong understanding of web-based interfaces, and experience programming in a research environment. This full-time position is with a national program responsible for the technical development and maintenance of a database and website that support reporting of research and compliance-related processes for HSR&D.

    Under the direction of the Program Director, the Research Specialist will:

    • Manage and support technical development for the Program
    • Administer all aspects of a large SQL relational database; help build the structure and design of the database including managing large tables, maintaining schemas, writing stored procedures, and developing queries and utilities; manage automated SQL Server job development, scheduling and monitoring
    • Design and implement software applications and database specifications (often in a team setting) or modify existing applications to meet specific Research Service needs
    • Coordinate the implementation of new web-based user applications including testing and debugging
    • Oversee technical maintenance of systems and servers; troubleshoot technical problems; manage permissions and security measures
    • Provide assistance and technical advice to individuals and groups; respond in a timely manner to reported problems and alerts
    • Write and edit comprehensive, technical documentation
    • Conduct special projects at the request of Program Director

    Qualifications/Requirements:

    • Bachelor's degree (science degree required); Advanced degree preferred
    • Experience working in a research environment; familiarity with research processes
    • 3-5 years of programming experience; including writing complex operations, queries, and scripts
    • Expert-level knowledge in Microsoft SQL Server database administration, and related products; including database design and documentation; also data backup, recovery, security, integrity; experience with MS Access preferred
    • Working knowledge and skill in advanced Web programming techniques and languages, including HTML, JavaScript, ColdFusion, JAVA, XML, OLAP, Adobe Dreamweaver development tools; and browsers including MS Edge, MS Internet Explorer and Chrome.
    • Solid testing experience
    • Analytical mindset and good problem-solving skills; highly organized
    • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
    • S. citizenship is required
    • COVID-19 vaccination required for Federal employees

    Other Information

    Full-time position

    Location: Seattle, Washington

    Salary: $70K - $100K plus benefits depending on education and experience

    Equal Opportunity Employer

    Please send a cover letter and resume to: jane.altemose@va.gov. Open until filled.

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    (12/08/21) Health Science Officer/Associate Chief of Staff for Research (Physician) - Mather AFB, CA



    The incumbent formulates the goals and objectives of the research program at VA Northern California Health Care System (VANCHCS), and is responsible for initiating policies, procedures and organizational structures necessary to achieve the stipulated goals, in collaboration with, and under the guidance of, the Chief of Staff. The incumbent is responsible for planning, developing, and directing the complex scientific and administrative activities necessary to advance the research program.

    Closing date: 09/30/2022

    See the following link for details: https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/623626100

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    (12/03/21) Data Knowledge & Data Documentation Specialists (Social Science Analysts) - Hines, IL



    VIReC is currently looking for dedicated and enthusiastic people to join our team in key service areas such as data knowledge and documentation, communications, and technical writing. We're hiring specialists to support our core enterprise of ensuring that researchers have the information and knowledge needed to identify, access, and use VA data effectively. These are term positions, renewable based on funding and performance, with GS-level determined according to candidate experience and qualifications. VIReC is based at the Edward Hines Jr. VA Hospital in the Chicagoland area. Positions may be on-site (telework-eligible) or virtual.

    The primary function of the Data Knowledge and Data Documentation Specialist is to implement technical and methodological activities for VIReC’s data translation, education, and dissemination programs.

    Currently we have three open Data Knowledge and Data Documentation Specialist positions:

    • Two supporting the field’s use of VA electronic health record (EHR) data from the Corporate Data Warehouse (CDW), VA Millennium (Cerner), and other national VA databases. (Requires advanced SQL skills, CDW knowledge, and familiarity with the use of data in health services research.)
    • One supporting the field’s use of administrative, claims, and other data provided by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid for the purpose of investigating a more complete picture of Veteran health and healthcare. (Requires advanced SAS skills, experience using data to support analytic activity, some knowledge of VA data.)

    Responsibilities for all Data Knowledge and Documentation positions include:

    • Producing technically sophisticated reports to assist health services researchers in making informed decisions regarding the use of the VA data for analytic projects. Our products address topics such as access, utilization, reliability, validity, availability, and content of VA data.
    • Serving as a proficient technical writer, expert on VA data content, methodological expert for using VA data, and skilled technician for data manipulation, standardization, and cleaning.
    • Using advanced data management and statistical methods for understanding and analyzing VA data.
    • Contributing ideas throughout all phases of data knowledge projects.
    • Creating, analyzing, documenting, and disseminating information about VA databases.
    • Providing consultation and training to VA researchers and staff on specific data knowledge areas related to the research use of VA databases.
    • Collaborating with partners across the VA data ecosystem to investigate available data and produce accurate and clear knowledge about their contents, structure, and methods of use.
    • Providing technical support to VIReC projects as a health services research and data consultant.

    Necessary skills and experience:

    • Degree and/or direct experience in health services research, epidemiology, health economics, or related social sciences.
    • 5+ years of experience managing and analyzing VA data sources such as the Corporate Data Warehouse (CDW), Vital Status File, Medicare, Medicaid, and/or other commonly used VA databases.
    • Demonstrable expertise in data management and/or data analysis using SQL and/or SAS.
    • Experience examining the quality and utility of large databases.

    Interested in Joining the VIReC Team?

    E-mail Melissa Joyce, VIReC's Administrative Officer, at Melissa.Joyce@va.gov. Be sure to include your resume and a cover letter summarizing your work experience.

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    (12/03/21) Communications Specialist (Social Science Analyst) - Hines, IL



    VIReC is currently looking for dedicated and enthusiastic people to join our team in key service areas such as data knowledge and documentation, communications, and technical writing. We're hiring specialists to support our core enterprise of ensuring that researchers have the information and knowledge needed to identify, access, and use VA data effectively. These are term positions, renewable based on funding and performance, with GS-level determined according to candidate experience and qualifications. VIReC is based at the Edward Hines Jr. VA Hospital in the Chicagoland area. Positions may be on-site (telework-eligible) or virtual.

    The primary function of the Communications Specialist is to create clear and engaging dissemination and education material that supports understanding and using VA data. Currently we have one open Communications Specialist position.

    Responsibilities include:

    • Develop, coordinate, and edit content for a full spectrum of written communications such as web pages, the Data Issues Brief, and other dissemination and education material.
    • Edit, format, and design communication that conveys technical concepts quickly and clearly to a broad audience.
    • Research facts and work closely with subject matter experts (SMEs) to ensure content is accurate, up-to-date, and written in a manner appropriate for the audience it serves.
    • Manage writing projects from initial concept and development through review, editing, production, and ongoing updates.
      • Develop and maintain schedules.
      • Collaborate with SMEs on content development and editorial reviews.
      • Independently research topics.
    • Compose messages to staff, SMEs, and external audiences that provide timely, relevant information while building connections.
    • Adhere to VIReC voice and styles, VA style guides, accessibility standards, and other compliance regulations.

    Necessary skills and experience:

    • Expertise in writing for a range of audiences.
    • Project management, ability to juggle multiple duties and priorities to meet deadlines.
    • Excellent organization, written, and oral communication skills.
    • Ability to work independently and within a team.

    Preferred experience:

    • Work in health services research.
    • Writing for the Web.

    Interested in Joining the VIReC Team?

    E-mail Melissa Joyce, VIReC's Administrative Officer, at Melissa.Joyce@va.gov. Be sure to include your resume and a cover letter summarizing your work experience.

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    (11/29/21) Digital Product Manager - Remote/Telework position



    Come join us in Boston at The VA Boston Healthcare System (VABHS), New England's premier referral center for Veterans' healthcare and named among the Top 100 Places to Work in by the Boston Globe. The Massachusetts Veterans Epidemiological Research and Information Center (MAVERIC) is seeking a full-time Digital Product Manager who is passionate about leading clinical research digital development, strategy, and innovation for the Million Veteran Program (MVP).

    The Million Veteran Program is a global leader in clinical research. This position will support MVP digital platform development and project expansion, including current projects such as the MVP Online platforms for Veterans and researchers, as well as MVP Online integration with scientific libraries and databases. These platforms provide the Veteran and research communities with virtual access to program activities and critical resources and are on the forefront of MVP’s growing research strategies.

    The Digital Product Manager will help drive MVP’s digital strategy and partner with a cross-functional team to deliver new features and functions that support research activities. This role advises and helps execute the product vision based on a comprehensive knowledge of the platform’s tools, helps lead the end-to-end lifecycle for assigned features, and executes a prioritized product roadmap based on a solid understanding of program needs and multiple workstreams. 

    ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

    • Serve as a core research team member to carry out research program requirements, including application design, implementation, and maintenance
    • Application testing, QA, and documentation
    • Data/Metrics generation and analysis
    • Work closely with IT staff to maintain and implement improvements to digital tools, learn new tools as needed
    • Communicate regularly with stakeholders to discuss website content and improvements
    • Maintain quality control of website standards, content style, and VA style guidelines
    • Oversee and maintain change management documentation, reports, logs, and electronic files

    QUALIFICATIONS AND ENTRANCE REQUIREMENTS:

    • MUST be a US Citizen and MUST clear a US government background check
    • Master’s degree in a science domain and ≥ 5 years of business analyst, program analyst, project management, and/or clinical research work or a Bachelor’s degree in a science domain and ≥ 7 years of business analyst, program analyst, project management, and/or clinical research work experience
    • Professional experience in computer science, engineering, research development, business analysis, product management, web development, and/or project management
    • Critical-thinker and problem-solver who loves to design and bring business requirements to life
    • Highly detail oriented with the ability to manage multiple tasks/priorities at one time
    • Functional knowledge of multiple website practice areas including digital strategy, content strategy, visual design, analytics/measurement
    • Experience in web content creation and web content management using CMS systems (experience with Drupal a plus)
    • Functional understanding of programming languages including HTML, XML, Java, and CSS
    • Ability to adapt quickly to the changing demands of the organization, including shifting priorities and timelines
    • Proactive, self-starting approach to work
    • Strong interpersonal and communication skills.

    *This is a remote position. Occasional travel may be needed for meetings with key stakeholders.*

    If providing care for our veterans is something that appeals to you while enjoying amazing benefits, in addition to working and living in an area rich in history, culture, and recreational opportunities, this position is for you!

    Applicants should submit a cover letter and CV or inquiries to Sybil.Murphy2@va.gov.  Include “Digital Product Manager - MVP” in the e-mail subject line.

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    (11/29/21) Biostatistician - Hines, IL



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

    Biostatistician

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

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

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

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

    MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

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

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

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

    Biostatistician, GS 13, Full-time

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

    Biostatistician, GS 12, Full-time

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

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

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

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    (11/29/21) Statistical Programmer - Hines, IL



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

    Statistical Programmer

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

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

    Principal Duties and Responsibilities 

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

    The Statistical Programmer is responsible for the following duties:

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

    Other Significant Factors

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


    Minimum Requirements

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

    Additional Skills

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

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

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

    Statistical Programmer

    Mathematical Statistician GS 12, Full-Time

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

    Mathematical Statistician, GS-11, Full-time

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

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

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

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    (11/19/21) Study Coordinator (Behavioral Sleep Medicine/Implementation Science) - Pittsburgh, PA



    The Center for Health Equity Research and Promotion (CHERP) and Mental Illness Research, Education and Clinical Center (MIRECC) at the VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System are seeking a full-time Study Coordinator (GS7) for two projects related to behavioral sleep medicine and implementation science. Project one is a four-site implementation trial testing strategies to enhance and promote the delivery of a brief behavioral treatment for insomnia (BBTI) within Primary Care Mental Health Integration clinics. Project two is a pilot study testing an intervention combining sleep medication reduction, by a Clinical Pharmacist, and a digital sleep health platform that delivers cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia (CBTI).

    This position will be based at the University Drive/Oakland campus in Pittsburgh with the opportunity for working remotely. The Study Coordinator will be responsible for providing administrative support for the day-to-day operations of the projects, including managing scheduling and communication with a team of investigators and operational partners, planning and preparing materials for project meetings, maintaining regulatory documents, and contributing to the development of tabular and graphical representations of data and project products (e.g., posters, reports, manuscripts). Specific research activities will include scheduling participants and conducting informed consent and other assessments/measures; literature reviews; synthesizing information from literature and study data; conducting manual chart review of medical records data; qualitative data collection and coding; and organizing data for analysis.

    Prior clinical research experience strongly preferred. Ideal candidates will have a strong interest in sleep health, mental health, implementation science, and qualitative methods. This position requires competency with Microsoft Office applications (Outlook, Word, and Excel in particular), excellent organizational skills, effective communication with Veterans and VA investigators/providers/staff, attention to detail, and reliability.

    Interested candidates should submit a resume to: Adam.Bramoweth@va.gov.

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    (11/12/21) Programmer/Analysts - Pittsburgh, PA



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

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    (11/09/21) Tenure Track Implementation Scientist Faculty Position - Ann Arbor, MI



    The Department of Learning Health Sciences (DLHS) at the University of Michigan (U-M) Medical School in Ann Arbor, Michigan, is seeking a full-time, tenure-track faculty member at the Assistant or Associate Professor level with expertise in implementation science, including knowledge translation, or improvement science (quality improvement). Successful candidates will develop and conduct an externally funded research program in implementation science including the conduct of novel studies that develop, refine, and test different strategies to improve health care performance and/or improve the uptake and sustainment of effective innovations designed to impact health and health care across different settings (e.g., hospital networks, medical clinics, schools, community-based organizations). The candidate will also foster scholarly initiatives with other faculty members for improving implementation science and methods application in learning health systems, participate as a faculty member teaching in the DLHS Health Infrastructures & Learning Systems (HILS) MS/PhD and HILS online programs, and provide leadership and service that promotes implementation science and its utility and value in enhancing Learning Health Systems in academic and health care settings. Applicants must have a terminal research degree (PhD, MD, or equivalent) in a relevant discipline, a record of scholarly achievement and funding capabilities appropriate to the applicant’s level, demonstrated potential for successful teaching, and exceptional organizational and communication skills for work in an interdisciplinary department. A start-up package is available to help establish a sustainable research program, and joint appointments across the University will be available and encouraged.

    For further information and to apply please see https://apply.interfolio.com/98345

    For further information about DLHS, see http://lhs.medicine.umich.edu and for additional questions about this position please contact: dlhs.implementation@umich.edu

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    (11/09/21) Director, HSR&D Center for Innovation to Implementation, VA Palo Alto/ Stanford University - Palo Alto, CA



    The Stanford University School of Medicine is seeking an MD, PhD or MD/PhD to fill a leadership position as director for the joint health services research program with the Palo Alto Veterans Administration Health Care System, The Center of Innovation and Implementation. The new director should be an accomplished health services researcher to fill a position at the rank of Associate or Full Professor in the Medical Center Line or the University Tenure Line. The position entails a combination of research and program administration in a relevant field with advanced research training. Clinician applicants should have clinical training relevant to the VA scope of practice (e.g., internal medicine, mental health, surgery).

    The Center was established in 1985 and aims to develop and evaluate organizational innovations to improve the health care for all Veterans. Current areas of focus include mental health services, value of specialty care, quality of care, women’s health, implementation science, health economics, justice involved veterans, surgical health services, geriatrics and palliative care, integration of care across delivery systems, and transitions of care, among many others.

    We are seeking dynamic, creative individuals to bring intellectual and program leadership as well as rigorous scholarship to our existing research activities. Successful and qualified candidates will exhibit accomplishment in research that applies theory and evidence to understand and address problems in health and health care of Veterans. The Center has dozens of research faculty, many with joint Stanford/VA appointments, and more than 70 staff to support these activities.

    The predominant criterion for appointment in the University Tenure Line is a major commitment to research and teaching. The major criteria for appointment in the Medical Center Line are excellence in the overall mix of clinical care, clinical teaching, and scholarly activity that advances clinical medicine, and institutional service appropriate to the programmatic need the individual is expected to fill. Faculty rank and line will be determined by the qualifications and experience of the successful candidate. The candidate should have a growing track record of publication and funding commensurate with experience, and experience that is aligned with the missions of the Center.

    The Department of Medicine, School of Medicine, and Stanford University value faculty who are committed to advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion. Candidates may optionally include as part of their research or teaching statement a brief discussion of how their work will further these ideals.

    Applicants should submit a curriculum vitae, statement of research interests and the names of three references (who will not be contacted without your permission) to search committee chair, Dr. Ruth O’Hara at: https://facultyapplication.stanford.edu/application/103

    Stanford is an equal employment opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. Stanford also welcomes applications from others who would bring additional dimensions to the University’s research, teaching and clinical missions.

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    (11/05/21) Senior Faculty: Health Services Research - Houston, TX



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

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

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

    Qualifications

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

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

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

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    (11/05/21) Deputy Director - Million Veteran Program - Boston, MA



    Come join us in Boston at The VA Boston Healthcare System (VABHS), New England's premier referral center for Veterans' healthcare and named among the Top 100 Places to Work in by the Boston Globe.

    This position is located in the Boston VA Medical Center, Veterans Health Administration (VHA), and is based in Boston, MA. The Million Veteran Program (MVP) is a VHA Office of Research & Development (ORD) supported national health and genetic investigation program that is coordinated nationally. The Boston MVP Coordinating Center  is responsible for program management of MVP, including oversight of all participating MVP local sites (~60), direction of centralized recruitment efforts, integration/oversight of MVP data operations, informatics, and laboratory activities as well as development of research follow-up activities.

    DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

    The Deputy Director is responsible to the Director, for the design, conduct, and management of the MVP. This position serves as an alter ego to the Chief and fully shares with the manager in the direction of all phases of the organization's programs and work.

    Activities emphasize ensuring that the highest levels of scientific standards and established research policies and practices are applied to all MVP activities. Additional emphases involve effectively and efficiently administering MVP activities and promoting a collaborative spirit within a study and the national program. Responsibilities include: designing and directing all aspects of MVP recruitment, enrollment, and follow-up activities; understanding and adhering to federal, agency, and program regulations and policies; developing strategies, plans, and priorities for MVP; and management and leadership of MVP Coordinating Center staff. S/he shares a collegial, collaborative, and fully informed relationship with the MVP Director, the MVP PI, VA ORD.

    In coordination with the MVP Director, the incumbent assists in analyzing the needs, strategic plans, and goals of MVP in the context of VA, VHA, and ORD goals and initiatives, and makes recommendations for new directions, initiatives, policies and procedures. S/he participates routinely in senior management and policy decisions regarding strategic planning, priority-setting, scientific direction, and operations. In these activities, the incumbent provides supervision and/or leadership to managers, researchers, and administrators to ensure integrity, effectiveness and efficiency. In carrying out the diverse responsibilities of this position, the incumbent will have the duties described below; other duties may be assigned.

    See full description for details.

    Applicants should submit a cover letter and CV or inquiries to anita.petrina@va.gov.

    Include “Deputy Director- MVP” in the e-mail subject line.

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    (11/05/21) Data Manager - Boston, MA



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

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

    ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

    The Data Manager will be responsible for:

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

    Skills/Experience

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

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

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    (11/01/21) Open Rank Faculty Positions in the Department of Implementation Science - Winston-Salem, NC



    The new strategic partnership between Wake Forest School of Medicine and Atrium Health creates an unparalleled opportunity for implementation scientists who are interested in research-to-practice translation in partnership with a complex, multi-state health system. The health system’s commitment to implementation science is evidenced through the founding of the nation’s first dedicated department in 2018. We are currently growing our faculty with the recruitment of creative scholars who make meaningful contributions to implementation research and practice. The department currently has strengths in pragmatic trials, cluster randomized trials, qualitative methodology, stakeholder engagement, digital health, organizational theory and behavior, and learning health systems. We seek to build depth in these areas, as well as expand expertise in human factors engineering, economics and other areas. We are especially interested in individuals with strong health systems knowledge. As such, this opportunity may be uniquely appealing to clinical scientists who apply their specialty expertise to implementing patient and population health interventions. Secondary appointments with clinical responsibilities are available and flexible. We anticipate faculty will affiliate with one or more of our nationally-recognized centers, such as the Center for Healthcare Innovation, Center for Biomedical Informatics and Systems Biology, The Maya Angelou Center for Health Equity, Wake Forest Baptist Comprehensive Cancer Center, Center for Substance Abuse and Addiction, and the Sticht Center for Healthy Aging and Alzheimer’s Prevention. We are deeply committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion in all aspects of our work and share a commitment to making an impact on patients, communities, and policies through our research.

    Responsibilities:

    • Leading high-impact, collaborative research aligned with the vision of the department
    • Strategic engagement and collaboration across the health system and beyond to achieve our mission to serve as a translational catalyst for our academic learning healthcare system
    • Participation in the educational mission of our institution and department
    • Represent the Department of Implementation Science on local (institutional), regional, and national professional committees

    Qualifications

    • Desire and ability to work collaboratively across diverse settings, disciplines, and people
    • Active research portfolio in dissemination and/or implementation science, commensurate with rank
    • Experience in conducting team-oriented research
    • Exceptional methodological skills
    • Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion
    • Strong commitment to teaching and mentoring graduate, post-graduate, junior faculty, and/or clinicians
    • Advanced degree (e.g., PhD, MD, PharmD, JD)

    In October 2020, Wake Forest Baptist Health and Atrium Health officially joined together as a single enterprise. Headquartered in Charlotte, North Carolina, Atrium Health is an integrated, not-for-profit healthcare system with over 55,000 teammates at nearly 40 hospitals and hundreds of care locations throughout the Carolinas and Georgia. As part of this new enterprise, Atrium Health has announced $3.4 billion in planned investments in our health system and the communities we serve. Wake Forest School of Medicine will become the academic core of Atrium Health, building a second campus of the school of medicine in Charlotte, North Carolina. The growth of the school of medicine will expand existing academic research capabilities and opportunities for clinical trials across a large, diverse market with some of the nation’s leading medical experts.

    Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer with a strong commitment to achieving diversity among its faculty and staff. Interested candidates may submit a single PDF consisting of their curriculum vitae and cover letter to: Lindsay Teague, Talent Acquisition, Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center at: Lindsay.Teague@wakehealth.edu or (336) 716-8393.

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    (10/27/21) Research Database Manager - Atlanta, GA



    The research database manager will be working with investigators at the Atlanta VA Medical Center in pulling, cleaning, and managing data from local and national VA databases.

    Essential duties:

    • Collaborating with principal Investigators and project team members to gather study data requirements
    • Providing knowledge of where and how to find different types of research data in the VA databases
    • Pulling all necessary data from VA national databases or local research program databases
    • Preparing datasets for analyses

    Skills and experiences:

    • Proficiency with SQL programming and MS SQL Management Studio is required.
    • Knowledge and experience in using VA national databases is strongly preferred.
    • Strong communication skills, team playing, and detail-oriented work style is preferred. 
    • Experience with SAS or R statistical analysis software is a plus.

    Qualification/entrance requirements:

    • US Citizen and clearing US government background check is required.
    • Bachelor or master’s degree in computer science, biostatistics, or other informational or quantitative fields are preferred.
    • Being conscious of data security and abide by all data security requirements and directives

    Applicants should submit a current CV and cover letter outlining their experience in research and data management, along with their career goals to Ashley Scales, PhD, MPH at Ashley.Scales@va.gov. *Include “Research Database Manager” in the email subject line.

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    (10/12/21) Health Science Officer (GS-13) - Los Angeles, CA



    This position has been established to enhance the impact of health services research that aims to develop and test innovative care models and health systems interventions. The incumbent will provide a variety of management, scientific, technical, and administrative functions, including: identifying, initiating, developing, conducting, and reporting on Health Services Research & Development programmatic activities; assessing and evaluating the effectiveness of fiscal, personnel, data security, contract, grant, reporting, and research activities; evaluating the organization and delivery of each core components of the Center of Innovation (e.g., administration, methodology and education); leading a multidisciplinary team of administrative and project management staff; and administering pertinent VHA healthcare research directives and policies.

    This position will be located at the VA Greater Los Angeles Center for the Study of Healthcare Innovation, Implementation and Policy (CSHIIP)

    If interested in hearing more about this position, please email your CV to Elizabeth.Yano@va.gov and David.Ganz@va.gov.

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    (09/29/21) Project Manager - Hines, IL



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

    The Project Manager is responsible for providing administrative support and coordination for studies that vary in length of time, number of participating sites and number of research subjects for the Hines Cooperative Studies Program Coordinating Center (CSPCC). They coordinate interaction and cooperation between the research study site investigators, site coordinators, the CSPCC, the Study Chairpersons, the Albuquerque Research Pharmacy (CSPCRPCC), any outside funding agencies and any technical support facilities required for the studies.

    The incumbent will serve as a resource person regarding details of the study protocol and facilitates training for study personnel to ensure they follow the study protocol and data collection procedures. They assist in the development and distribution of the study operations manual and draft study correspondence and ensure that appropriate tasks and study documentation are completed in the sequence established by CSP. The Project Manager prepares agendas and materials for study meetings in consultation with study team and participates in study conference calls and attends study meetings. They serve as a recorder of minutes and prepares draft reports of meetings, when needed. The incumbent serves as primary liaison with all participating study sites in securing both initial and yearly approvals from Institutional Review Board of record and Research & Development Committees. They maintain documentation of the Study Group, Executive Committee, Data Monitoring Committee and HRC reports. The PM reviews all budget requests for accuracy and evaluates special requests for budgetary increases, makes recommendations and monitor’s expenditures of study funds to ensure the study is within budget.  The Project Manager receives and manages the distribution of the site monitoring reports and site audit responses to sites, CSP offices, Study Chairpersons, and any necessary outside agencies and assists in the quality assurance process for assigned studies and responsible for maintenance of the study Central Study File per GCP requirements.  They assist site personnel in maintaining site documentation in compliance with GCP and VA requirements

    MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

    • Baccalaureate degree in a science or health-related field, e.g., biology, chemistry, psychology, public health is minimum requirement, but advanced degree is preferred such as a MS or MPH. The advanced degree can be in another field such as project management if the baccalaureate degree fulfills the minimum requirement.
    • Able to oversee the day-to-day function of a multi-site study and to independently deal with many of the challenges that arise.
    • Able to work independently and prioritize numerous demands and deal with myriad of complex challenges
    • Knowledge and skill in the application of related laws, regulations, policies, precedents, methods, and project management of clinical trials.
    • Excellent interpersonal, written, and verbal communication skills
    • Clinical research experience preferred
    • Must be a US citizen as this is a federal government position

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

    We are hiring at the GS 9 and GS 11 level dependent on experience and education. The position is to be located at the Hines VA Medical Center; however, extended telework or remote work may be considered depending on experience, expertise, and position requirements.

    Salary range is from $59,258 to $93,211

    For inquiries about this position or the Hines Cooperative Studies Program Coordinating Center please contact:

    Joyce Gilroy
    Associate Director for Administrative Operations,
    Cooperative Studies Program Coordinating Center
    Hines VA Hospital, CSPCC (151K)
    5000 South 5th Avenue, Building 1, Room B-248
    Hines, Illinois 60141-3030
    e-mail: Joyce.Gilroy@va.gov phone: 708-202-5850 fax: 708-202-2116

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    (09/29/21) Quality Management Specialist - Hines, IL



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

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

    The Quality management specialist serves as the subject matter expert for organizational quality, including regulatory compliance for accreditation, management of quality programs, and analysis and measurement of quality outcomes and performance measures.  The incumbent also works cooperatively with staff at the Hines CSPCC, counterparts at the other CSP coordinating centers, and other program officials in VA Central Office.

    MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

    • Knowledge of quality assurance principles and methods to develop plans, policies, and procedures
    • Knowledge of research and development programs in a healthcare setting
    • Knowledge and experience in ISO principles, concepts, and technology to support ISO accreditation in a clinical research environment
    • Technical knowledge of health care and research regulations and accreditation for compliance with FDA, DEA, EPA, OSHA, and ICH standards
    • Ability to consult staff on corrective and preventive action and root cause analysis
    • Excellent interpersonal and written communication skills
    • Skilled in process mapping, process analysis and tools for management of quality improvement programs
    • 3 years of experience in clinical research field preferred
    • A minimum of a master’s degree in Public Health, Regulatory, Science or Technology field.
    • Must be a US citizen as this is a federal government position.

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

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

    Salary range is from $71,697 to $111,720

    For inquiries about this position or the Hines Cooperative Studies Program Coordinating Center please contact:

    Joyce Gilroy
    Associate Director for Administrative Operations,
    Cooperative Studies Program Coordinating Center
    Hines VA Hospital, CSPCC (151K)
    5000 South 5th Avenue, Building 1, Room B-248
    Hines, Illinois 60141-3030
    e-mail: Joyce.Gilroy@va.gov phone: 708-202-5850 fax: 708-202-2116

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    (08/13/21) National Program Coordinator - Boston, MA



    Come join us at the VA Boston Healthcare System (VABHS), New England's premier center for Veterans' healthcare. VABHS is the largest recipient of VA research funds in the nation and ranked #3 among 146 VA facilities nationally for overall employee satisfaction. VABHS is home to one of the VA Million Veteran Program’s (MVP) national Coordinating Centers. MVP is a national voluntary research program that aims to better understand how genetic, lifestyle, and environmental factors influence Veteran health.

    The National Program Coordinator (NPC) will provide a comprehensive support system for MVP recruitment/enrollment sites across the country that includes protocol training, recruitment and data reviews, site visits, regular communication (via phone, email).

    S/he will ensure the quality of site activities by assessing administrative and enrollment practices, support, and needs. S/he will provide insight into improvements needed into MVP recruitment and enrollment procedures and participate in the local site performance review process as well as conduct visits to MVP local sites and assist with MVP national outreach events, such as VA conventions.

    ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

    • Program Coordination
    • Oversee and conduct site visits
    • Develop site visit procedures/model with input and approval from the Boston MVP CC
    • Oversee the work product of the Regional Study Coordinators
    • Review all site visit reports. Monitor RSC communication with sites to ensure consistent and clear training/messaging to site staff.
    • Be primary and/or secondary Point of Contact for sites
    • Conduct regular phone and email communication with sites at all times that is positive, re-enforces protocol and best practices and any issues addressed at a site visit, and is clearly documented in the site communication log (updated on a daily basis). Emphasis on cultivating strong relationships with the Local Site Investigators.
    • Create/update, conduct, and record new and existing trainings for MVP staff (i.e., Informed Consent training, Mock Enrollment, Study Procedures, SharePoint, MVP Reports, MVP systems, etc.)
    • Assist with revisions to the MVP Operations Manual
    • Provide user experience testing for development in MVP systems and online platforms
    • Monitor site performance and assist the Boston MVP CC with site review process
    • Oversee the Field Advisory Committee and recommend new members to the Boston MVP CC as needed
    • Attend N/RSC weekly meetings with the Boston MVP CC
    • Develop and provide training on recruitment and enrollment initiatives to boost site enrollment and offer one-on-one site support (e.g. March to the Million)
    • Develop strong working relationships with key stakeholders to ensure project success

    Qualifications

    • MUST be a US Citizen and MUST clear a US government background check
    • Master’s in public health domain, statistics, biostatistics or epidemiology and = 3 years of research project management work experience or a bachelor’s in public health domain, statistics, biostatistics or epidemiology and = 5 years of work in research project management experience.
    • Knowledge of and/or experience with Information Science and Technology a plus.
    • Excellent team player - thrives in team-based work
    • The analytical skills to resolve highly complex problems requiring the application of scientific, and technical principles, theories, and concepts and in-depth cross-functional experienced-based knowledge
    • Have an excellent understanding of research and research infrastructure
    • Proven understanding of the following subjects: User research activities (usability testing, online surveys, focus groups), electronic data capture, reporting, data workflow, performance indicators, databases, Sharepoint, Infopath, Microsoft Office
    • Excellent professional writing, reporting and communication skills
    • Effective and creative analytical and problem-solving skills
    • Ability to integrate sound research practice with innovative, resourceful methodologies
    • Ability to coordinate and prioritize multiple projects simultaneously
    • Ability to work independently as well as part of a team in a fast-paced environment
    • Ability to adapt quickly to the changing demands of the organization

    If providing care for our Veterans is something that appeals to you while enjoying amazing benefits, in addition to working and living in an area rich in history, culture, and recreational opportunities, this position is for you! Telework is suitable for this position.

    Applicants should submit a cover letter and CV or inquiries to anita.petrina@va.gov . Include “National Program Coordinator –” in the e-mail subject line.

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    (08/13/21) Project Manager/Business Analyst - Boston, MA



    Come join us in Boston at The VA Boston Healthcare System (VABHS), New England's premier referral center for Veterans' healthcare and named among the Top 100 Places to Work in by the Boston Globe. The Massachusetts Veterans Epidemiological Research and Information Center (MAVERIC) is seeking a full-time Project Manager/Business Analyst to support VA research and digital development, strategy, and innovation for the Million Veteran Program (MVP).

    The Million Veteran Program is a global leader in clinical research. This position will support project expansion and MVP digital platform development, including current projects such as the MVP Online platforms for Veterans and researchers, as well as MVP Online integration with scientific libraries and databases. These platforms are on the forefront of MVP’s growing research strategies and provide Veteran and research communities with virtual access to program activities and critical resources.

    The successful candidate will combine extensive project management experience and business analysis skills to support projects focused on expanding MVP’s digital capabilities and strategies. The role requires a process and outcome-driven thinker to help define and achieve research objectives. This position will hold a critical team role collaborating with research and technical leads and requires a working knowledge of digital development processes, excellent written and oral communication skills, and attention to detail.

    ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

    • Project management, including development, review, and maintenance of key project documentation and project artifacts
    • Platform documentation management, including content and version tracking
    • Identifying, tracking, and reporting on project schedule(s) and milestones
    • Process planning, documentation, and implementation
    • Business requirements gathering, story writing, workflow creation, UI/UX design
    • Monitoring outcomes, site metrics, and key insights
    • Identifying and mitigating risks, proposing proactive solutions to identified problems
    • Collaborating across various research and technology teams
    • Supporting clear communication between stakeholders to ensure project success

    QUALIFICATIONS AND ENTRANCE REQUIREMENTS:

    • MUST be a US Citizen and MUST clear a US government background check
    • Master’s degree in a science domain and = 5 years of project management, business analyst, and/or clinical research work or a Bachelor’s degree in a science domain and = 7 years of project management, business analyst, and/or clinical research work experience
    • Highly detail oriented with strong organization, documentation, and professional writing skills
    • Strong oral communication skills
    • Effective and creative analytical and problem-solving skills
    • Strong skills in managing multiple tasks and shifting priorities
    • Proactive, self-starting approach to work
    • Ability to adapt quickly to the changing demands of the organization
    • An excellent understanding of research and research infrastructure
    • Proven understanding of the following subjects:  clinical research, user-based research activities (platform development, online survey design and implementation, usability testing and analysis, user interface/experience design), electronic data capture, reporting, data workflow, performance indicators, databases, Google Analytics, SharePoint, JIRA, Microsoft Office

    *Posted nationally (must be willing to travel occasionally or as needed for meetings with key stakeholders)

    If providing care for our veterans is something that appeals to you while enjoying amazing benefits, in addition to working and living in an area rich in history, culture, and recreational opportunities, this position is for you!

    Applicants should submit a cover letter and CV or inquiries to Sybil.Murphy2@va.gov.  Include “Project Manager/Business Analyst - MVP” in the e-mail subject line.

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