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(09/27/23) Management & Program Analyst - Health Services Research - Anywhere in the U.S. (remote job)

This position is assigned to the Health Services Research and Development Service (HSR&D), Office of Research and Development (ORD). This office directs a wide range of research involving over 300 ongoing research projects to improve the quality, accessibility, and value of care provided to the 9 million Veterans cared for by VHA. HSRD works in close partnership with clinical operations in VA, with over 40 field research sites, and with Federal research partners.

NOTE: This job will close when we have received 50 applications which may be sooner than the closing date.

Closes: 10/04/2023

See for details.


(09/21/23) Research Associate - Portland, OR

Starting salary: $61,275- (GS-9) to $74,137 (GS-11) + benefits, depending on education and experience

Position Summary

Under the supervision of the Center to Improve Veteran Involvement in Care (CIVIC) Principal Investigator, Dr. Kathleen Carlson, provides support to the research team on multiple projects intended to advance the scientific understanding of issues related to common and important health care problems and conditions that affect Veterans. Current ongoing projects are related to Veteran-centric care and strategies to enhance Veteran-clinician collaboration, firearm-related injuries (and secure firearm storage), opioid and other medication-related injuries, among others. The focus of this position; however, is related to the short- and long-term effects that military deployments and mild traumatic brain injury events may have on the brain.


The Research Associate will perform a variety of tasks for the Dr. Kathleen Carlson team. The employee’s primary responsibilities will be to support project objectives. Tasks will be commensurate with training and experience and may include any/or all the following:

  • Developing standard operating procedures and ensuring that project activities are conducted with fidelity to research protocols
  • Abstracting data from databases
  • Coordinating with multiple partners and collaborators, organizing meetings, and helping to guide project activities
  • 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
  • Maintaining Institutional Review Board (IRB) and other regulatory compliance
  • Assisting with budget management
  • Helping to develop grant submissions/resubmissions
  • Additional administrative tasks as needed.
  • Administer research assessments and test batteries to participants

Experience and Qualifications

Required Skills (address these in your Cover Letter or discuss transferrable skills)

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Experience working in human subjects [or quantitative or qualitative] research
  • Experience working on prior research studies as a research assistant/associate or in similar position
    • Can include in your Cover Letter how your work in a prior position is transferrable in a research setting
  • Ability to multitask and prioritize projects along with rigorous attention to detail and record keeping
  • Resourcefulness and sound professional/ethnical/clinical judgment
  • Strong conceptual, analytic, oral, and written communication skills
  • Knowledge of policies, procedures, and guidelines that govern projects, including those specific to research-based projects (e.g., IRB)
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively
  • Strong computer skills and experience with Microsoft Office Suite database software such as Word, Outlook, and Excel
  • Must be a US citizen (US Federal Government-funded position)

Additional Skills (preferred, but not required to apply)

  • Master’s degree or higher in a relevant field (e.g., M.P.H., M.S., M.A.)
  • Experience working with large patient-level databases
  • Experience writing and contributing to manuscripts
    • Or experience writing reports or summaries that effectively present findings
  • Experience using data management systems and/or electronic health records
  • Experience developing budget and personnel forecasts within a research setting
  • Overseeing junior staff or trainees; experience managing research teams
  • Experience writing or assisting with grant submissions
  • Experience writing and preparing [quantitative and/or qualitative] reports

This position is eligible for 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

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

The deadline for applications is December 1, 2023.


(08/17/23) Deputy Director - National Center for PTSD, Women's Health Sciences Division - Boston, MA

General Description:

The staff position is in the Women’s Health Sciences Division (WHSD), National Center for PTSD, at the Jamaica Plain campus of the VA Boston Healthcare System. The Deputy Director will manage day-to-day operations of the Division including direct supervision for all Division staff including clinical psychologists, research health scientists, postdoctoral fellows, administrative staff, and research technicians. They will work directly with staff to outline immediate and long-term aims for research programs. The Deputy Director will conduct scientific investigations and contribute to both generation and dissemination of knowledge in support of the research and educational missions of the National Center for PTSD. The overall objective is to advance prevention, understanding, and treatment of PTSD and other consequences of traumatic stress. The incumbent will provide training at all levels (e.g., psychology practicum students, pre-doctoral interns, post-doctoral fellows, and psychiatry residents).

The incumbent will serve as a Principal Investigator in the WHSD of the National Center for PTSD- VABHS. The focus of the research will be trauma and its mental and physical health effects, psychosocial functioning, aging, gender and women's health. The incumbent will plan, propose, secure funding for, and direct projects studying PTSD, trauma and women's health in the VA. In this capacity, the incumbent will direct approximately two to four major scientific research projects at one time, all of which are directly relevant to the VHA's mission of advancing the health and care of veterans. The incumbent will be fully responsible for the timeliness, cost, and quality of all projects. To fulfill these duties, the incumbent will supervise junior researchers (typically postdoctoral fellows and interns), post-master’s level project coordinators, and post-bachelor's level research assistants in their laboratory.

Among the management aspects of the position, the Deputy is responsible for oversight of budgetary, travel, personnel, workload, and space matters for those assigned staff (i.e., clinical program staff, non-doctoral technical support staff and contractual employees, other than the Computer Specialist). The Deputy assures continuity of administrative oversight for WHSD operations.  They also collaborate closely with the Director in long-term planning, as well as the development and management of the WHSD budget. The Deputy is responsible for interviewing staff candidates, making recommendations on all appointments, promotions, and other such personnel matters, resolving complaints, effecting minor educative and disciplinary measures, identifying staff training needs, and making provision for such needs to be addressed.  Workload planning includes setting priorities for tasks, assigning work to appropriate staff, and setting schedules for completion.

The Office of Mental Health and Suicide Prevention (OMHSP) is committed to developing and preserving a culture of diversity, inclusion and acceptance and encourages all qualified candidates to apply.

Apply online at when posted. Interested candidates may look for the job to be announced on USAJobs or can email Latease Adams,, to be placed on a list to receive an email when the job is posted.


(08/15/23) Clinician-Investigator - Durham, NC

Ambulatory Care Service and Health Services Research & Development (HSR&D) at the Durham VA Health Care System are seeking a Clinician-Investigator to join a vibrant group of clinical and health services researchers with cross institution collaborations. All areas of research relevant to primary care are welcome, including health equity, chronic illness management, sex/gender-specific care, health promotion and behavior change, and implementation science.

Durham VA Health Care System provides world-class health care to more than 200,000 Veterans living across central and eastern North Carolina. The successful candidate will deliver clinical care and conduct research with the nationally renowned HSR&D Center of Innovation (COIN) to Accelerate Discovery and Practice Transformation. To learn more about ADAPT investigators and resources, please visit our website: Durham Center of Innovation to ADAPT Home

Duke University is a primary clinical and research partner of Durham VA, and the successful candidate should be eligible for a Duke School of Medicine appointment. Durham is known as a great city to live, work, and play, and a destination that offers celebrated arts, dining, sports, and more. World class facilities like the Durham Performing Arts Center, Durham Bulls Athletic Park, and Duke University's Nasher Museum of Art blend with nearly 100 city-owned parks and recreation facilities.
For more information see:

We value a diverse and culturally competent workforce. We are proud of our commitment to be an equal opportunity organization that does not discriminate against applicants based on any protected class status. Individuals with diverse backgrounds and those who promote diversity and a culture of inclusion are encouraged to apply.

Beginning salary range is $200,000 - $243,000 per year. VA offers a competitive benefits package. This position is eligible for the Education Debt Reduction Program, a student loan payment reimbursement program.

For additional information and to apply, please visit:

Applications must be submitted by October 6th, 2023.


(06/20/23) Tenure-track Assistant and Associate Professors - Milwaukee, WI

The Medical College of Wisconsin Division of General Internal Medicine is recruiting 6 new diverse tenure-track faculty candidates at the Assistant and Associate Professor level.

Position Highlights & Requirements

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

The Medical College of Wisconsin Division of General Internal Medicine is recruiting 6 new diverse tenure-track faculty candidates at the Assistant and Associate Professor level.

About MCW

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

General Internal Medicine Research Section

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

Closing date: 12/31/2023

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


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