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Please note that this section is updated monthly. The following positions are still open as of 12/01/22.



(11/15/22) Postdoctoral Fellowship - West Haven, CT



The Intimate Partner Violence Center for Innovation and Research (IPV-CIR) seeks candidates with innovative ideas on minimizing health disparities, combatting systemic oppression, and promoting social justice at individual and systemic levels.

Start date: Summer/Fall 2023

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(11/02/22) OAA Advanced Fellowship in Health Services Research - Iowa City, IA



Overview: The Center for Access & Delivery Research and Evaluation (CADRE) at the Iowa City VA Health Care System is accepting applications for our post-doctoral fellowship. The purpose of this 2-year fellowship is to develop fellows’ skills in the application of rigorous health services research and implementation science to improve healthcare systems. CADRE strives to improve access to high quality healthcare, particularly for rural Veterans and works closely with its academic affiliate, The University of Iowa. While candidates interested in telehealth, infectious disease, women’s health, care coordination, medication safety, multi-methods research, Learning Health Systems (LHS), and rural health may find CADRE a particularly good fit we encourage all interested applicants to apply.

Eligibility: This fellowship is open to PhD scientists (e.g., economics, statistics, epidemiology, public health, health policy, psychology, anthropology, sociology, communications, and other fields interested in health services research) and physicians, nurses, pharmacists, clinical psychologists with doctoral training.

Application Deadlines: for PhD scientists is January 15th, 2023. Thereafter, applicants will be considered on a case-by-case basis provided there are openings. We are accepting applications for MD candidates at any time.

Application Materials

  • CV
  • 2 letters of recommendation
  • Personal statement of 600 words or less

Application materials can be sent to: iowahsrfellowship@va.gov or Michelle.Mengeling@va.gov

To learn more, please visit: https://www.cadre.research.va.gov/VA_Advanced_Fellowship.asp

For further questions, please contact Fellowship Coordinator, Jasmine Mares (Jasmine.Mares@va.gov) or Fellowship Co-Director, Michelle Mengeling (Michelle.Mengeling@va.gov)

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(10/31/22) Los Angeles Area Health Services Research Training Program Post-Doctoral Fellowship - Los Angeles, CA



The Los Angeles Area Health Services Research Training Program (LAAHSRTP) post-doctoral fellowship is a joint initiative of the Department of Health Policy and Management at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health, RAND Health, The USC Schaeffer Center for Health Policy and Economics, and the V.A. Los Angeles Center for the Study of Healthcare Innovation, Implementation and Policy. It is supported by a T-32 grant from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. The program provides comprehensive training and experience to highly-qualified post-doctoral trainees so that they may effectively engage in and lead research and implementation activities aimed at improving the quality and efficiency of the U.S. health care system.

Preference is given to applications received by January 13, 2023.

See https://hpm.ph.ucla.edu/pages/post_doctoral for details.

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(10/24/22) VA Health Services Research Fellowships Programs - Seattle, WA



The VA Health Services Research Fellowship Program works closely with AcademyHealth as a national coordinating center to provide high-quality training and curriculum focused on Learning Health Systems (LHS) core competencies. The two-year Fellowship is designed to transform fellows into independent investigators prepared for future VA and/or University-based research careers. Emphasis is placed on one-on-one mentorship and peer interaction. For more information please visit: Health Services Research Fellowship Programs - Seattle-Denver Center of Innovation (COIN).

The PhD Fellowship increases skills in health services research. Fellows are expected to engage in research activities (e.g., data collection/analysis, manuscript preparation, grant writing), participate in related educational activities (e.g. cyberseminars, workshops, selected course work at the University of Washington) and participate in VA research review meetings.  Psychologists, social workers and nurses may spend up to 20 percent of their time in clinical care. All fellows receive academic appointments in the Department of Health Systems and Population Health, School of Public Health, University of Washington.

See application details.

Applications deadline: January 2, 2023

QUESTIONS? Contact Fellowship Coordinator: Erica Tartaglione - Erica.Tartaglione@va.gov

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(10/07/22) VA Learning Health System (LHS) Advanced Fellowship in Health Services Research - Indianapolis, IN



The VA Learning Health System (LHS) Advanced Fellowship is a 2-year program in which fellows will spend their time in mentored research, professional development activities, and an educational curriculum based on the Learning Health Systems (LHS) core competencies. The integration of an LHS curriculum is a key feature of this program which teaches the process of using data to identify and solve real world problems in a health care system, leading to important findings in research, and ultimately, improvements in quality care.

We are seeking postdoctoral candidates with a strong interest in the field of Health Services Research, including & not limited to: Health Communication, Implementation Science, Health Informatics, Telehealth, Human Factors, Pain, Cancer, Cerebrovascular Disease, Mental Health, Public Health, Health Economics, Medical Anthropology, and Advanced Mixed Methods. Fellows will receive an annual stipend, health and vacation benefits. We also offer flexible telework capabilities: Virtual/In-Person/Hybrid.

Eligibility & How to Apply: Interested candidates should send a current CV, cover letter, 2 letters of reference, and a personal statement to indchicfellowship@va.gov. We are now accepting applications on a rolling basis until positions are filled.  For more information, contact indchicfellowship@va.gov or visit Learning Health Systems Fellowship - HSR&D Center for Health Information and Communication (CHIC) (va.gov).

The VA Center for Health Information and Communication (CHIC) is committed to maintaining a culture of inclusivity in our community, which strives to recognize, respect, and celebrate our differences. VA CHIC researchers come from diverse disciplines and backgrounds, and we recognize this diversity to be a strength of research and research collaboration, which ultimately aids the health and well-being of the patients we serve in the medical center. As a commitment to this diversity, we encourage all qualified applicants to apply and do not discriminate based on gender, race, sexual orientation, religion, disability, or any other legally protected status.

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(09/06/22) Advanced Fellowship in Health Services Research - Minneapolis, MN



We are currently seeking candidates for the two-year CCDOR Health Services Research (CCDOR-HSR) postdoctoral fellowship. The CCDOR-HSR fellowship provides two years of training for eligible physicians, associated health or nursing professionals, and those with a PhD or equivalent in health services research, public health, the social sciences, statistics, bioscience, or related fields. Candidates interested in trauma recovery, chronic pain and opioid harms reduction, health equity, implementation science, Learning Health Systems (LHS), and cancer prevention and screening may find CCDOR a particularly good fit, but other candidates are encouraged to apply.

Fellowship description: Fellows spend approximately 80% of their time in research and education and 20% in clinical care (or health care system improvement activities for non-clinicians) at the Minneapolis VA Health Care System. All fellows are paired with a Primary Research Mentor, selected from a talented cadre of CCDOR investigators, and an Operations Mentor. Operations Mentors are clinical or operational leaders who will help fellows address high priority research questions, navigate systems barriers to change, and ultimately conduct more impactful research. Our innovative curriculum emphasizes experiential mentored learning, embedded research, and formal methodologic training.

Interested candidates should send a cover letter stating career interests and fellowship goals, curriculum vitae, three letters of recommendation, and a writing sample to ccdor.fellowship@va.gov. We are accepting applications for PhD fellows until November 1 each year. Off-cycle PhD applications may be considered on a case-by-case basis. MD applicants may submit applications at any time. To learn more, visit www.ccdor.research.va.gov or email ccdor.fellowship@va.gov.

 

CCDOR strives to create an atmosphere where differences are valued, learners are supported, and coworkers are welcoming. Our mission, to improve the health and health care of Veterans and US community members, will only be achieved through a diversity of perspectives and an environment of inclusiveness, equal opportunity, and respect. CCDOR encourages qualified applicants of all races, ethnicities, gender identities or expressions, sexual orientations, ages, ancestries, religious practices, and socioeconomic backgrounds.

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(07/14/22) Post-Doctoral Fellows - Durham, NC



Center of Innovation to Accelerate Discovery and Practice Transformation (ADAPT) at the Durham VA Health Care System is looking for:

Post-Doctoral Fellows Who Can Conduct Independent, Innovative Health Services Research

Including:

  • Ensuring optimal delivery of health care
  • Improving care quality
  • Evaluating programs and health polices
  • Implementing evidence-based innovations
  • Systematically describing or improving patient or provider health behavior

The primary goal of the post-doctoral fellowships is to perform high-quality, mentored health services research and quality improvement science. Projects often include: analysis of existing data, either from health services clinical trials performed by investigators in the Center or from large administrative VA databases; evidence syntheses, including meta-analyses; pilot tests of interventions; and/or brief, focused studies that collect qualitative or quantitative primary data from health system stakeholders (e.g., patients, clinicians, and administrators).

Duration: 2 years

Deadline: We will accept applications on a rolling basis until the fellowships are filled. 

You’ll work at the Durham VA’s Center of Innovation to Accelerate Discovery and Practice Transformation (ADAPT), participate in ongoing ADAPT faculty research, initiate your own research, and prepare grants and manuscripts. Please contact ADAPT Education Coordinator with any questions at Elizabeth.Strawbridge@va.gov. Note that this is a mentored fellowship. Interested candidates will need to Ms. Strawbridge in order to be matched with a faculty mentor in order to apply.

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We aspire to create a community built on collaboration, innovation, creativity, equity, and inclusion. We work to recognize and mitigate our own biases. Our collective success depends on a robust exchange of ideas - an exchange that is best when we see rich diversity in our backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives. To achieve this, we are committed to diversity in the staff and faculty we hire, equity in the policies we create, and justice in the decisions we make.

Candidates with backgrounds underrepresented in science are especially encouraged to apply. 

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(03/22/22) VA Advanced Fellowship in Health Services Research - Providence, RI



The Center for Innovation in Long-Term Services & Supports (LTSS-COIN) at the Providence VA Medical Center invites applications for our postdoctoral fellowship in health services research. We seek candidates interested in improving access, quality, and value of long-term services and supports for older Veterans in a learning healthcare system.

The 2-year fellowship program, administered by AcademyHealth, offers fellows interdisciplinary scientific and career development training necessary to become independent research investigators in health services research. Fellows are expected to participate in didactic training, team-based research, and quality improvement experiences to meet their individualized career development goals. LTSS-COIN investigators hold joint appointments at Brown University and are internationally renowned for their work in health services research and policy lending to a robust mentoring program to promote the career development of our fellowship trainees. To learn more, visit https://www.va.gov/oaa/advancedfellowships/advanced-fellowships.asp.

VA is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We encourage all qualified applicants to apply and do not discriminate on the basis of gender, race, color, national origin, sexual orientation, religion, protected Veteran status, disability, or any other legally protected status.

Eligibility Requirements

  • US Citizenship
  • PhD or equivalent doctoral degree in relevant health and social sciences
  • MD candidates must have:
    • Board eligibility (any specialty)
    • Completed clinical training prior to entering fellowship program
    • Full medical license (or currently applying)

Location: Providence, Rhode Island

Application Materials

Send the following to Ms. Elizabeth Archambault (Elizabeth.Archambault@va.gov):

  1. CV
  2. Cover letter/statement of interest (Indicate research interests and experience, fellowship goals, and proposed mentors.)
  3. Two letters of recommendation
  4. Writing sample

Deadline: We will accept applications on a rolling basis until the fellowships are filled. Please contact Ms. Archambault with any questions.

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(02/17/22) Advanced Fellowships in Health Services Research & Development - Portland, OR



The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Portland Health Care System is one of 14 sites offering Advanced Fellowships in Health Services Research & Development (HSR&D). The goal of this program is to provide two years of advanced interdisciplinary training to physicians, psychologists, epidemiologists, and doctorally-prepared social scientists and nurses in research and quality improvement methods in HSR&D. VA HSR&D works to identify and evaluate innovative strategies that lead to accessible, high-quality, cost-effective care for Veterans and the nation. Upon completing this training program, Fellows may proceed on to research career development awards, positions in VA that bridge research to policy and operations, or other positions outside of the VA.

Application deadline: January 7th, 2023

See https://www.portlandcoin.research.va.gov/CIVIC_Post_Doctoral_Fellowship.asp for details.

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(02/01/22) Advanced Postdoctoral Fellowship in Interprofessional Polytrauma and Traumatic Brain Injury Rehabilitation Research for Associated Health Professionals - Washington, DC



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

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

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

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(01/26/22) Women’s Health Fellowship - Pittsburgh, PA



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

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

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

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

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(01/19/22) Big Data Scientist Training Enhancement Fellowship Program (BD-STEP) - Houston, TX



Summary

Oropharyngeal cancer (OPC) is now the most common solid malignancy associated with the human papillomavirus and is increasing at an exponential rate in the US. The incidence of oropharyngeal cancer is rising at 3 times the national rate in the Veteran population, and Veterans demonstrate inferior outcomes compared to US patients at large. Given the significant toxicity of conventional treatment (chemotherapy, radiation) and the wide disparate survival between subset of oropharyngeal cancers it is imperative to develop a precision oncology approach to this deadly disease.

In order to effectively create new precision oncology tools for cancer within the VHA, the VHA has created the VA Hub for Computer Vision and Machine Learning in Precision Oncology (CoMPL).  CoMPL was established at the VA Northeast Ohio Health System in 2021 with the following objectives: 1) focus on building the computational infrastructure and tools to allow for expanding the scope and access to CVML resources within the VA; and 2) develop new companion diagnostic tools for risk assessment, predicting response and need for more or less aggressive therapy in cancer. Fellows that are accepted into this new collaborative program within BD-STEP will collaborate closely with the CoMPL and Houston teams to create new biomarkers for OPC.

Project Title and Goals

“Leveraging pathomic and radiomic feature analysis enriched with spatial transcriptomic data to risk stratify oropharyngeal cancer in Veterans”

AI Goal #1: Develop a sensitive and specific biomarker of a favorable tumor immune microenvironment (TIME) and use to predict OPC response in Veterans to chemo-radiation and immune checkpoint inhibitors.

AI Goal #2: Manipulate oxidative stress response via p53 reactivation or GPX2 targeting to generate favorable TIME and improve OPC treatment response in Veterans.

Description of Fellowship Activities

  • Learn to develop and optimize machine learning approaches to pathomic features of OPC extracted from conventional diagnostic specimens.
  • Learn to develop and optimize machine learning approaches to radiomic features of OPC combining anatomic (CT) with metabolic (FDG-PET) diagnostic imaging.
  • Learn to integrate pathomic and radiomic features with targeted transcriptional data from patient tumors to build and refine predictive models for OPC in a Veteran population.
  • Apply risk stratification models to Veterans with OPC using VA-Corporate Data Warehouse (CDW) data stratified by time period and conventional risk factors as well as HPV status to determine the relative predominance of high risk and low risk oropharyngeal cancer within the VHA.
  • Collaborate with CoMPL for data acquisition and sharing, and AI tool development.

Mentorship Team and Environment

Vlad Sandulache, MD, PhD

Houston VA

Clinical, biology, cancer epidemiology

Anant Madabhushi, PhD

Cleveland VA, CoMPL

AI and machine learning

Fellowship Benefits

  • A paid full-time 2-year fellowship (stipend plus books) through VA Office of Academic Affiliations and National Cancer Institute.
  • Opportunities to access big data sets at the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center or through the VA CDW.
  • Interprofessional mentoring and teamwork; experience working within a healthcare system.
  • Distance learning with data scientists and fellows at BD-STEP sites across the country.

Eligibility

  • US Citizenship
  • D. in a physical science, computer science, engineering, or related discipline (to include chemistry, physics, statistics, and mathematics) from an accredited educational institution.
  • Experience in bioinformatics, modeling, or management of large data sets; strong background in advanced mathematics and statistics; and proficiency in at least one programming language.

How to Apply

Send a current CV and contact information to Christine Eriks at christine.eriks@va.gov.

For questions, please contact Vlad Sandulache, MD, PhD, at vlad.sandulache@bcm.edu.

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until filled.

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(01/08/22) Data Science Fellowship - Location TBD



The Big Data Scientist Training Enhancement Program (BD-STEP) is a two-year fellowship offered through the National Cancer Institute (NCI) and the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) that uses data science to advance cancer research and patient care. Competitively selected postdoctoral fellows are placed in four VA medical centers across the country to work with clinicians and interdisciplinary researchers to address important patient-centered health challenges. Fellows have unique opportunity to unitlize the extensive VA health data infrastructure while gaining valuable exposure to the clinical environment.

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. See https://cssi.cancer.gov/bd-step for details.

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