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Please note that this section is updated monthly. The following positions are still open as of 10/01/22.

For additional VA research opportunities, please visit the VA ORD employment page.



(09/16/22) Research Program Manager (GS11) - Portland, OR



Position Summary

We are a seeking motivated, independent, and experienced candidate for a full-time Research Program Manager position 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, women’s mental health, social determinants of health, and reintegrating service members. We are looking for candidates that can work independently to support a research team to achieve project aims and deadlines across multiple projects. The ideal candidates will be highly skilled in project coordination and have advanced knowledge of human subject protections, demonstrated experience with manuscript and grant development, and multiple years of prior experience leading a range of human subjects research studies, across multiple methods.

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.

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

This position is eligible for modified work schedules, a transit pass, as well as paid vacation, sick leave, and a range of healthcare and retirement benefits: https:/www.vacareers.va.gov/Benefits/EmploymentBenefits

Responsibilities

The primary responsibility is to assist the PI in leading a growing research team conducting multiple studies including clinical trials of behavioral interventions, mixed-methods research, longitudinal surveys, systematic reviews, and big-data projects. Specific duties will depend on qualifications and professional development goals, but may include:

  • Managing day-to-day study activities and achieving study milestones to meet project objectives
  • Developing standard operating procedures and ensuring that project activities are being conducted with fidelity to research protocols
  • Supporting and coordinating with research associates, research assistants, and interventionists to troubleshoot any issues that arise and support completion of study tasks
  • Assisting project managers with study coordination across several projects, as needed, to help guide workload prioritization and delegation
  • Maintaining Institutional Review Board (IRB) and other regulatory compliance correspondence
  • Leading writing and preparation of scholarly manuscripts for scientific journals and presentations of study findings at professional meetings in collaboration with the PI
  • Providing quantitative data management and analysis support
  • Ensuring data accuracy and confidentiality
  • Assisting with managing multi-million-dollar budgets
  • Helping develop grant submissions/resubmissions
  • Additional administrative tasks as needed

Experience

Minimum Requirements:

  • PhD a relevant field (e.g., psychology, sociology, public health), or a Master’s degree and several years relevant employment experience beyond graduation
  • Prior experience independently leading/organizing a large research study
  • Prior experience independently training and coordinating staff
  • Prior experience with clinical trials
  • Experience with quantitative data management and related programs/software such as REDCap or Excel
  • Basic quantitative data analysis skills
  • Publication history in scientific journals; able to serve as the lead author on manuscripts with little/no oversight
  • Advanced 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 appropriately balance 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)

Preferred qualifications (beyond minimum):

  • Experience with a wide range of research methods (e.g., survey, observational, qualitative)
  • Multiple first-author publications in scientific journals
  • Experience managing project budgets

Telework/remote work

Telework options will be discussed with applicants, but some periodic onsite work will be required.

Application deadline: 10/15/2022

How to apply

Interested candidates should send both a cover letter and a resume/CV to Katie McDonald, by email at Katie.McDonald@va.gov  with the subject line ‘Research program manager.’

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(09/16/22) Research Associate (GS-9) - Portland, OR



Position Summary

We are seeking a motivated, independent, and experienced candidate for a full-time Research Associate position 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 with previous human subjects research experience 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, and human subject protections.

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.

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

This position is eligible for modified work schedules, a transit pass, as well as paid vacation, sick leave, and a range of healthcare and retirement benefits: https:/www.vacareers.va.gov/Benefits/EmploymentBenefits

Responsibilities

The primary responsibility is to assist the PI in meeting research aims for human subjects research 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
  • Managing participant reimbursements
  • 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

  • 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 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/ethical 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)

Preferred qualifications

  • Prior experience leading/organizing a large research study
  • Experience contributing to writing manuscripts and/or grant proposals

Telework/remote work

Telework options will be discussed with applicants, but some periodic onsite work will be required.

Application deadline: 10/15/2022

How to apply

Interested candidates should send both a cover letter and a resume/CV to Katie McDonald by email at katie.mcdonald@va.gov with the subject line ‘Research Associate.’

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(08/22/22) Data Visualization and Information Specialist - Portland, OR



The VA Evidence Synthesis Program (ESP) is a national research program focused on improving Veteran health and wellbeing through tailored evidence synthesis products. ESP produces high-quality, timely, and innovative syntheses designed to support the implementation of effective practices across the VHA system. ESP syntheses have resulted in positive changes to clinical practice and policy and have informed quality improvement and research-focused initiatives at the national level. The program comprises four Centers across the US and a Coordinating Center (CC) located in Portland, Oregon.

POSITION DUTIES/RESPONSIBILITIES

The ESP is seeking a Data Visualization and Information (DVI) Specialist to examine and interpret findings of narrative and/or quantitative evidence syntheses (ie, systematic reviews, meta-analyses, and related research products) and produce appealing visualizations that effectively facilitate reader understanding of, and engagement with, those findings. The DVI Specialist will also be involved in production of program administrative reports and scientific communication tools (eg, presentations, reporting templates, dashboards, etc) and in program-wide quality assurance activities, such as development and implementation of data visualization standards and practices.

The ideal individual for this role is an innovative thinker that possesses extensive knowledge of principles and practices of effective scientific communication, advanced skillsets in data visualization and scientific report production, and an understanding of health research, statistics and statistical analyses, and systematic reviewing. The individual in this role should also have a broad awareness and appreciation of how scientific evidence supports and enables decision-making processes. Finally, because the individual in this role will support program-wide activities, they should have the ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with a large number of team members using remote communication and project management platforms (eg, Microsoft Teams). 

The DVI Specialist may work fully remotely, or in person at the VA Portland Health Care System in Portland, Oregon.

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS

  • Bachelor’s degree in data science/informatics, social or health science, public health, or similar field with prior coursework or other training in health research, statistics and statistical analysis, and/or scientific or technical writing (including effective scientific communication principles and practices).
  • Expertise in data visualization (ie, production of plots, infographics, tables, etc) using R or similar platforms.
  • Ability to proactively solicit and positively receive feedback, and iteratively improve output based on feedback.
  • Experience contributing to scientific manuscripts and presentations.
  • Aptitude for learning new software tools and technology.
  • Self-motivated with excellent organizational, time management, and communication skills.
  • Proficiency in Adobe Acrobat and Microsoft Teams, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Publisher, and Outlook.
  • U.S. citizen.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

  • Master’s degree in data science/informatics or similar field.
  • Extensive training in data science/informatics, health research, statistics and statistical analysis, scientific or technical writing, and/or evidence synthesis (systematic reviews, technology assessments, etc).
  • Experience producing visually appealing and well-organized scientific or technical reports.
  • Experience communicating research findings to non-technical audiences.
  • Ability to identify relationships in data to assist in providing insights.
  • Proficiency in Tableau or related interactive data visualization platform.
  • Experience working in multidisciplinary teams on a broad range of topics.
  • Interest in advancing systematic review or scientific communication methods.

COMPENSATION

  • Salary at the GS-11 or 12 level, contingent on education, experience, and location.
  • Position is a term appointment eligible for full benefits.

HOW TO APPLY

The anticipated start date for the position is October 2022, and applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Applicants should provide the following by email to Nicole Floyd (nicole.floyd@va.gov):

  • Cover letter describing interests and qualifications
  • CV/resume
  • 3-5 sample visualizations developed by the applicant and exemplifying principles of effective data visualization and scientific communication. Standalone images (eg, plots or infographics) should be placed in a Microsoft Word document and be accompanied by a brief narrative description of the context for the visualization (eg, a summary of the research study or analysis that produced the visualized findings). Journal articles, technical reports, or other publications in which all visualizations were developed by the applicant may be submitted without further description.

The VA is an Equal Opportunity Employer. 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.

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(08/17/22) Research Associate - Portland, OR



Expected starting salary: $58,560 + Benefits (GS-9)

FTE: 1.0

Position Summary

We are seeking a motivated, independent, and experienced candidate for a full-time Research Associate position 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 with previous human subjects research experience 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, and human subject protections.

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.

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

This position is eligible for modified work schedules, a transit pass, as well as paid vacation, sick leave, and a range of healthcare and retirement benefits: https:/www.vacareers.va.gov/Benefits/EmploymentBenefits

Responsibilities

The primary responsibility is to assist the PI in meeting research aims for human subjects research 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
  • Managing participant reimbursements
  • 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

  • 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 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/ethical 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)

Preferred qualifications

  • Prior experience leading/organizing a large research study
  • Experience contributing to writing manuscripts and/or grant proposals

Telework/remote work

Telework options will be discussed with applicants, but some periodic onsite work will be required.

The deadline for applications is 10/16/2022.

How to apply

Interested candidates should send both a cover letter and a resume/CV to Katie McDonald by email at katie.mcdonald@va.gov with the subject line ‘Research Associate.’

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(08/17/22) Research Investigators - Baltimore, MD



The VISN 5 MIRECC http://www.mirecc.va.gov/visn5/ will be hiring two research investigators to join our vibrant and productive center located in Baltimore.

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

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

Although most of our current faculty are clinical and/or health services researchers, we welcome interest from any clinician and non-clinician researchers with expertise across the translational research spectrum. In addition to focusing on one or more of the areas aligned with our mission (detailed above), we are hoping to hire at least one investigator with expertise in qualitative methods.  

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

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

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(08/08/22) Statistical Scientist - Bedford or Boston, MA



The VA Boston and Bedford Healthcare Systems seek an academically-oriented, doctorally-trained Statistical Scientist for its Health Services Research and Development (HSR&D) Center for Healthcare Organization and Implementation Research (CHOIR), a Center of Innovation (COIN) jointly located at the VA Bedford and VA Boston Healthcare Systems. Statistical scientists with strong quantitative training from other doctoral fields will also be considered. CHOIR contains an extensive portfolio of research projects and programs, with a large total annual budget and academic affiliations with Boston University, the University of Massachusetts, and Harvard University.

Potential candidates will be PhD (or similar doctoral degree) investigators with expertise in mathematical statistical and/or biostatistical methods. They will participate in CHOIR health services research across its many constituent fields. They will contribute technical and statistical knowledge, and help prepare research proposals, reports, and articles for publication in scientific journals. Responsibilities include finding the best and most innovative quantitative methods. The position will be a full-time appointment. Successful candidates will be eligible for full academic appointment at one of CHOIR’s academic affiliate universities. Salary and benefits are competitive and will be commensurate with experience.

The successful candidate will have the ability to expertly lead analysis of all varieties of health systems data, including patient record data and survey data. They will convey data analysis results, recommendations, and other information in clear, concise language to research team members, collaborators, and to management. They will read, hear, comprehend, and dissect important documents and communications relating to research questions under consideration, and have the ability to synthesize, summarize, and apply the results and write clearly about the conclusions. They will frequently be required to extend analyses beyond the original problems, apply intelligence and creativity to problems, and to develop new ideas. Having a familiarity with statistical packages such as SAS and R, they will be expected to work closely with and advise data programmers and analysts.

The mission of CHOIR is to conduct health services and implementation research and scholarly analysis to promote Veteran-centered high-quality health care, identifying best practices and working with operational and policy leaders within VA to improve clinical care. CHOIR investigators have broad expertise across health services research methodologies.

Competitive candidates should have training, experience, and interest in developing a successful research trajectory. U.S. citizen status is required. CHOIR faculty engage in teaching, research, and service and are expected to initiate and collaborate on research projects, mentor students and junior faculty, and contribute to the teaching missions of their appointed university department.

Interested candidates should submit a 1-2-page cover letter that includes a statement describing the candidate’s relevant background and experience on applied statistical work, and a CV. Application material should be submitted directly to: Allen Gifford, Director, CHOIR, c/o john.brown50@va.gov. Applications will be considered if submitted by November 30, 2022, and will be reviewed until the position is filled. Letters of recommendation will be requested later in the process.

The U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer. CHOIR's Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Change Team strives to cultivate a work environment where diversity, equity, and inclusion are our driving strengths.

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