POSITION: Deputy Director
ORGANIZATION: The Seattle Epidemiologic Research and Information Center
POSTING DATE: December 15, 2017
The Seattle Epidemiologic Research and Information Center (ERIC), Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), is conducting an open search for a Deputy Director to lead designated Center scientific and administrative responsibilities. The Seattle ERIC is based at the VA Puget Sound Health Care System, and is 1 of 4 epidemiologic research centers in the national VA Cooperative Studies Program (CSP). The scientific portfolio of the Center includes 4 CSP studies (https://www.research.va.gov/programs/csp/): (1) Vietnam-Era Twin (VET) Registry, a register of 14,632 male-male twins with large and expanding data and biospecimen repositories; (2) National Vietnam Veteran Readjustment/Longitudinal Study (NVVR/LS), a longitudinal study of male and female Veterans; (3) Millennium Cohort VA Follow-Up Study, a Department of Defense collaboration of deployment health of those served after 2000; and (4) Pulmonary Health and Deployment to Southwest Asia and Afghanistan, a multi-site cohort study of deployment airborne hazards and pulmonary health. Also included in the portfolio are Seattle ERIC investigator-initiated research programs funded by VA and by the National Institutes of Health.
The duties of the Deputy Director are multi-fold and include the following:
- Assume responsibilities of the Associate Director of Scientific Operations, a role responsible for the oversight and integration of the Center’s analytic activities with its research activities. The Associate Director of Scientific Operations will bring epidemiologic scientific expertise to the research program and will help assure high-quality science and project successes.
- Assume administrative leadership and scientific leadership of the Vietnam-Era Twin (VET) Registry and the National Vietnam Veteran Readjustment/Longitudinal Study.
- Provide leadership to new and ongoing CSP initiatives. This includes the Integrated Veteran Epidemiologic Study Data Resource (INVESTD-R), a CSP Epidemiologic Research Analytics (ERA) program currently being developed, and new initiatives to better integrate epidemiologic research with the mission of the VA.
- In the absence of the Center Director, serve as the primary liaison with VA Central Office and direct all Center activities.
- Other administrative and leadership responsibilities that may be assigned to fulfill the mission of the CSP Center.
Ideal candidates will have the following attributes:
- Doctoral-level training in epidemiology or a related field
- 5 or more years of experience conducting independent epidemiologic research in areas related to the health of Veterans, such as:
o Chronic diseases
o Mental health
- Understanding of the VA research program and VA health care
- Strong analytic knowledge and skills
- Ability to think critically about scientific and administrative planning and execution
- Strong leadership and interpersonal skills
The position is full-time (1.00 FTE). Candidates must be US citizens. Education and experience will be evaluated by VA Human Resources to determine if the top candidate meets the criteria for GS-13 position. Salary information for the General Schedule is available 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 January 26, 2018 will be considered first.
For more information about the Seattle ERIC, please see seattle.eric.research.va.gov.
POSITION: Research Assistant
ORGANIZATION: The Seattle Epidemiologic Research and Information Center
POSTING DATE: December 19, 2017
Interested in helping enhance the health and care of our United States Veterans? Looking for meaningful work in a collaborative environment that produces innovative and effective solutions to Veteran and national healthcare problems through multi-site cooperative research studies?
The Seattle Epidemiologic Research and Information Center (ERIC), a component of the Veterans Affairs (VA) Cooperative Studies Program (CSP), is hiring a full-time research assistant.
Key responsibilities for the research assistant position include the following:
▪ Provide daily operational and administrative support to meet research objectives;
▪ Assist with the development of study materials, IRB documentation, and standard operating procedures;
▪ Prepare and present reports and visual presentations to investigators, contractors, and consultants;
▪ Schedule and prepare for local and national meetings and assemble documents;
▪ Assist with maintaining and updating study databases;
▪ Audit forms and databases for quality assurance/quality control;
▪ Conduct recruitment activities for studies that involve our Vietnam-Era Registry members (study participants);
▪ Engage via telephone with members to answer questions about current studies and administer short surveys;
▪ Monitor participant recruitment and data collection activities; and
▪ Track the progress and productivity studies and projects.
To apply, send a cover letter and a resume to SeattleCSPEC@va.gov. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled; however, materials received by January 5, 2018 will be considered first.
Ideal candidates for the research assistant position will have the following attributes:
▪ Candidates must be a US citizen
▪ AA/BA/BS or higher degree in a scientific research-related field
▪ Experience in clinical, epidemiological, or health services research (preferred)
▪ Experience with research compliance and regulations
▪ Strong organizational and analytic skills
▪ Strong telephone skills
▪ Excellent written and verbal communication skills
▪ Proficiency in MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook
▪ Experience with MS SharePoint, Access, and Publisher desirable
▪ Experience with Research Electronic Data Capture (REDCap) or other survey applications desirable
Ideal candidates should also enjoy working on multiple projects simultaneously. Ideal candidates should be flexible and adaptable as tasks will be varied and may change periodically, and should demonstrate a desire to learn new tasks as well as a desire to investigate and develop best practices to be shared Center-wide.
Salary will be based on the candidate’s experience and education. Salaries for this position range from grades GS-5 through GS-7; see the Office of Personnel Management’s Seattle salary table at https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/pay-leave/salaries-wages/. VA also offers a comprehensive benefits package; for an overview, please see www.vacareers.va.gov/why-choose-va/benefits/index.asp. The official 2018 GS pay scale and locality tables will likely be released in late December.
For more information about the Center’s research, please visit the ERIC website, http://www.seattle.eric.research.va.gov. For more information about CSP and the VA Office of Research and Development, see the CSP website, http://www.research.va.gov/programs/csp/default.cfm.
POSITION: Tenure-track Assistant Professor
ORGANIZATION: Franklin & Marshall College
POSTING DATE: December 20, 2017
Franklin & Marshall College offers students a hands-on education that emphasizes close relationships with faculty. With a 230-year history of academic excellence, the College unleashes the potential in students to help them achieve beyond what they themselves thought possible. Students flourish in a supportive community that treats them as individuals, and their successes continue long after F&M. The College is a national leader in launching students and alumni into opportunities where they make a difference in the community and the world.
Faculty in the life sciences at F&M work collaboratively with students to conduct cutting-edge research in their fields. Generous three-year startup funds provided to new tenure-track faculty by the College set the foundation for competitive grant applications that often lead to research funding from the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, the USDA, and private foundations including the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. The Hackman Scholars Program at F&M provides support for summer undergraduate student stipends to extend faculty-student collaborative research beyond the academic year.
The mission of the Public Health program at F&M, a joint-venture between the Biology, Government, and Sociology Departments, is to educate students in public health from the perspective of the liberal arts. Our program focuses particular attention on the analysis of public health problems from multiple perspectives and with tools from multiple disciplines, with emphasis on theory, policy, and history. We encourage and guide students to ask broad questions of meaning, to challenge assumptions and structures, to ponder ethical questions, to evaluate the effectiveness of solutions to problems, and to develop a deep moral intelligence surrounding public health nationally and internationally. The program offers two tracks, a life sciences-focused track and a government/policy-focused track.
The Public Health program at F&M has approximately sixty majors (juniors and seniors), and our graduates often go on to top graduate programs, internships, and positions in the field.
The Biology Department of Franklin & Marshall College invites applications for a tenure-track ASSISTANT PROFESSOR position in BIOLOGY with responsibilities in the PUBLIC HEALTH Program beginning July 1, 2018. Candidates should have the Ph.D. or terminal degree, demonstrated strengths in teaching and research, and broad interests in public health. The rank will be Assistant Professor or Instructor depending on qualifications. Candidates with a strong background in epidemiology are particularly encouraged to apply. The teaching load is 3/2, and responsibilities will include epidemiology, introduction to public health, introductory biostatistics and upper-level courses in the candidate’s area of specialization, along with contributions in the College’s general education program, Connections and Natural Science in Perspective. The successful candidate will be expected to engage undergraduates in research, and start-up support is available. Franklin & Marshall is a small (enrollment 2400), highly selective coeducational liberal arts college with a tradition of excellence in science and student research. The Public Health program at F&M has approximately sixty majors; graduates often go on to top graduate programs, internships, and positions in the field.
F&M and the Biology Department are committed to supporting an inclusive college community and will holistically assess the qualifications of each applicant. In pursuit of this goal, the search committee will consider an individual’s record working with students and colleagues with diverse perspectives, experiences, and backgrounds, as well as experience overcoming or helping others overcome barriers to academic success.
Applicants should submit the following items via https://apply.interfolio.com/47639: a letter of application, curriculum vitae, copies of graduate transcripts, teaching evaluations, a statement of teaching philosophy that addresses experience with diverse perspectives, and a research statement that includes plans for actively engaging undergraduates in research. Applicants should arrange for direct submission of letters to Interfolio from three references. Priority will be given to complete applications received by January 12, 2018. Contact e-mail: Janice Kaufman, department academic coordinator, firstname.lastname@example.org, Ph: 717-358-4118 or search chair Prof. Robert Jinks at email@example.com; websites: www.fandm.edu/biology and www.fandm.edu/public-health.
The person selected for this tenure-track position may also be considered for a supplemental appointment as a Franklin & Marshall High Impact Emerging Scholar. These are scholars who possess outstanding promise for inspiring and supporting the educational development of underrepresented minority students in a higher educational setting such as F&M. High Impact Emerging Scholars (HIES) demonstrate similarly high promise for positively impacting the campus’s organizational and academic culture to make it more inclusive of and responsive to underrepresented minority students. Selected finalists who meet these additional qualifications, in addition to those outlined by this ad, may be nominated by the department as a F&M High Impact Emerging Scholar. If selected as a HIES, the person will receive a two-year appointment (additional to the tenure-track appointment) that begins as soon as the person joins the campus on the tenure-track. The HIES program supports the acceleration of one’s research trajectory with a significantly reduced teaching load for two years along with supportive mentoring to advance the scholar’s research and professional development. Candidates interested in being considered for nomination should indicate their interest in their cover letter and describe pertinent experience that they might have had in helping underrepresented groups.
Franklin & Marshall College is committed to having an inclusive campus community where all members are treated with dignity and respect. As an Equal Opportunity Employer, the College does not discriminate in its hiring or employment practices on the basis of gender, sex, race, ethnicity, color, national origin, religion, age, disability, family or marital status, sexual orientation, or any protected characteristic. Individuals who need an accommodation due to a disability in order to submit an application or attend an employment interview should call 717-358-3995.