Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration RESEARCH HEALTH SCIENCE SPECIALIST in Richmond, Virginia

Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
1 vacancy in the following location:
  • Richmond, VA
Work Schedule is Full Time - Term NTE 13 months

Opened Friday 10/14/2016 (7 day(s) ago)

** Closes Friday 10/21/2016 (0 day(s) away)

Job Overview

Vacancy ID: 1823357

OUR MISSION: To fulfill President Lincoln’s promise – “To care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan” – by serving and honoring the men and women who are America’s Veterans. How would you like to become a part of a team providing compassionate care to Veterans?

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) needs employees who possess the energy, compassion, and commitment to serve those who served our Country. Whatever the job title, every position in VA will give you a chance to make a meaningful and personal contribution to the lives of truly special and deserving people - our Veterans. VA professionals feel good about their careers and their ability to balance work and home life. VA offers generous paid time off and a variety of predictable and flexible scheduling opportunities. Working for VA is one of the most emotionally satisfying and professionally rewarding ways to dedicate the best within you to your Country's service.

If you are transitioning from the military or a Veteran already, we invite you to explore the benefits of continuing your career at the VA. The VA is committed to hiring Veterans. The VA is much more than just another employer. It is an honorable, open and welcoming community of those who care. Gratitude is our motivation and service is our mission.

The VA has adopted Core Values and Characteristics that apply universally across the Department. The five Core Values define “who we are,” our culture, and how we care for Veterans, their families and other beneficiaries. The Values are Integrity, Commitment, Advocacy, Respect and Excellence (“I CARE”).

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NOTE:This is a TERMappointment (not-to-exceed 13 months). Term appointments are non-status, nonpermanent appointments of limited duration (more than 1 year but not more than 4). Term employees are eligible to earn leave and generally have the same benefits as permanent employees including health and life insurance, within-grade increases and Federal Employees Retirement System and Thrift Savings Plan coverage. Term appointments may be extended without further competition (up to the 4 year maximum). The appointment to a Term position does not confer eligibility for promotion or reassignment to other positions or the ability to be non-competitively converted to permanent employment.

Employee will be assigned to the Research and Development Service Line, VA Medical Center, Richmond, VA. The primary purpose of this position is to provide technical assistance and support to research investigators and function under the direction of the investigator on research projects funded by the Department of Veterans Affairs. Duties include, but may not be limited to the following:

  • Supports, facilitates, and carries out qualitative and/or quantitative, single, or multi-site human studies research projects; recruits, screens, and interviews human research participants to collect health information via telephone and/or in person; and obtains verbal and/or written informed consent.
  • Plans, develops, and completes required documentation/paperwork/forms for initial and continuing human subjects review; and monitors project progress, budget requirements, and timelines as required.
  • Assists in the development of human subjects research project standard operating procedures, policies, and procedures, research materials, writing presentations/manuscripts, and reports related to the project to be published in peer reviewed journals and presented at meetings and conferences.
  • Trains project team personnel in project protocols, policies, and procedures; compiles and produces educational and training materials; and oversees production of the materials.
  • Participates in the initial classification and coding of qualitative data and entering coding data into qualitative software; and performs medical record abstractions and maintains tracking databases to chart study progress.
  • Assists in the organization of the data collection process; manages participant compensation; maintains compensation records; and audits research study records for compliance with Research and Development and Institutional Review Board (IRB) standards/requirements.

WORK SCHEDULE: Monday– Friday, 8:00am – 4:30pm.

Travel Required
  • Not Required
Relocation Authorized
  • No
Job Requirements
Key Requirements
  • You must be a U.S. citizen to apply for this job.
  • You may be required to serve a probationary period.
  • Background investigation may be required.
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959

BASIC EDUCATION REQUIREMENT – Applicants must possess a bachelor's degree (or higher) with major study in an academic field related to the health sciences or allied sciences appropriate to the work of this position. (TRANSCRIPT REQUIRED)

SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE:In addition to meeting the basic education requirement above, applicants must have at least one year of specialized experience that equipped them with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of this position. To be creditable, this experience must have been equivalent to at least the GS-7 level in the Federal service. Specialized experience includes: knowledge of the principles and practices of health services research; carrying out qualitative and/or quantitative single or multi-site human study research projects; recruiting, screening and interviewing human research participants; performing data collection; developing human subject research project procedures, policies, and guidelines; maintaining and auditing research study records; and tracking and establishing statistical data using statistical software.


SUBSTITUTION OF EDUCATION FOR EXPERIENCE (TRANSCRIPT REQUIRED) - Successful completion of 2 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a master's degree or master's or equivalent graduate degree with a major in a field appropriate to the work of this position to substitute for the one year of experience, is fully qualifying for the GS-9.


COMBINING EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE (TRANSCRIPT REQUIRED) - Combination of successfully completed graduate education and experience may be used to meet total qualification requirements.

You will be rated on the following Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and Other characteristics (KSAOs) as part of the assessment questionnaire for this position:

  • Ability to perform the duties of a research coordinator in a health services or clinical environment.
  • Ability to plan and prioritize work to meet established deadlines.
  • Ability to manage data collection.
  • Ability to effectively communicate with individuals and groups at various intellectual levels and various age groups.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: The work is sedentary. Typically you will sit comfortably to perform portions of the work; however, there is periodic walking, standing, bending, and carrying of light items (i.e., medical records, instructional materials, books, and manuals). No special physical demands are required to perform the work.

For more information on these qualification standards, please visit the United States Office of Personnel Management's website at

IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE WILL NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE. If your resume does not support your questionnaire answers, we will not allow credit for your response(s).

Note: A full year of work is considered to be 35-40 hours of work per week. Part-time experience will be credited on the basis of time actually spent in appropriate activities. Applicants wishing to receive credit for such experience must indicate clearly the nature of their duties and responsibilities in each position and the number of hours a week spent in such employment.

Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community; student; social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

APPLICANTS PLEASE NOTE: Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Please refer to this checklist to ensure proper accreditation and for foreign education requirements.

Veteran's Preference: When applying for Federal jobs, eligible veterans should claim preference on the Occupational Questionnaire in the section provided and provide a legible copy of DD-214(s) showing all dates of service as well as character of service (honorable, general, etc.). Additionally, veterans with service-connected disability of 10% or more must also submit a copy of their official statement from the Department of Veterans Affairs, or from a branch of the Armed Forces, certifying their service-connected disability and/or their receipt of compensation for service-connected disability. If the military member is within 120 days of separation and does not yet have a DD214, the member may instead submit any written document from the armed forces that certifies the service member is expected to be discharged or released from active duty service in the armed forces under honorable conditions not later than 120 days after the date the certification is signed.

Veterans with service-connected disability of less than 10%, non service-connected disability, and Purple Heart recipients, as-well-as those claiming derived preference for a spouse, widow or widower, or natural mother, should refer to and submit a completed " SF15, "Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference ," (go to and required documentation with your application materials. For more information on Veterans' Preference, please visit

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Additional Information
What To Expect Next

After we receive application packages (including all required documents) and the vacancy announcement closes, we will review applications to ensure qualification and eligibility requirements are met. During our review, if your résumé and application package do not support your questionnaire answers, we will adjust your rating accordingly. After the review is complete, a referral certificate(s) is issued and applicants will be notified of their status by email (if provided); otherwise, applicants will receive a notification letter via the U.S. Postal Service. Referred applicants will be notified as such and may be contacted directly by the hiring office for an interview. All referred applicants receive a final notification once a selection decision has been made.

You may check the status of your application at any time by logging into your USAJOBS account and clicking on “Application Status.” For a more detailed update of your status, click on “more information.” Information regarding

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VA offers a comprehensive benefits package. This link provides is an overview of the benefits currently offered:

VA supports the use of telework as a way to help attract and retain talented individuals in public service, increase worker productivity, and better prepare the agency to operate during emergencies. This position may be authorized for telework. Telework eligibility will be discussed during the interview process.

The Federal Government has special excepted appointing authorities for persons with qualifying disabilities, such as Schedule A. Specific information can be found at IMPORTANT: If you would like to receive consideration as a Schedule A applicant, you must contact the Human Resources office at the facility where this position is located at (804)675-5000x2883.

Other Information

Veterans and Transitioning Service Members: Please visit the VA for Vets site for career-search tools for Veterans seeking employment at VA, career development services for our existing Veterans, and coaching and reintegration support for military service members.

The Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) and Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) provide eligible displaced Federal competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. To be qualified you must submit appropriate documentation (a copy of the agency notice, your most recent performance rating, and your most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level, and duty location) and be found well-qualified (have a final rating of 85 or more) for this vacancy. Information about ICTAP and CTAP eligibility is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website at

VA may offer newly-appointed Federal employees credit for their job-related non-federal experience or active duty uniformed military service. This credited service can be used in determining the rate at which they earn annual leave. Such credit must be requested and approved prior to the appointment date and is not guaranteed.

It is the policy of the VA to not deny employment to those that have faced financial hardships or periods of unemployment.

This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.

Salary Range: $50,000.00 to $64,996.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: GS-0601-09/09

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: United States Citizens

Control Number: 453270500

Job Announcement Number: ANS-17-SCM-1823357-ORD-BU