University of Washington School of Public Health
Associate Center Director of Scientific Operations - Seattle Epidemiologic Research and Information Center (ERIC)
Part-time position, 40 hours per week
Closing Date: open until filled
Posted: September 27, 2018
Associate Center Director – Scientific Operations
The Seattle Epidemiologic Research and Information Center (ERIC), Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), is conducting an open search for an Associate Center Director of Scientific Operations. The candidate will be an epidemiologist leading designated Center scientific and administrative responsibilities. The Seattle ERIC is based at the VA Puget Sound Health Care System, and is 1 of 5 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 registry of 14,632 male-male twins with large and expanding data and biospecimen repositories; (2) National Vietnam Veteran Longitudinal Study (NVVLS-R), 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) Service and Health Among Deployed Veterans (SHADE), a multi-site cohort study to characterize the impact of deployment to Iraq and Afghanistan on the respiratory health of Veterans. 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 Associate Center Director are multi-fold and include the following:
- Assume responsibilities for the oversight and integration of the Center’s analytic activities with its research activities. The Associate Center 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 Longitudinal Study Registry.
- Provide leadership to new and ongoing CSP initiatives. This includes the Integrated Veteran Epidemiologic Study Data Resource (INVESTD-R), the CSP Epidemiology Analytics Resource (CSPEAR) program, 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 scientific liaison with VA Central Office and direct all Center scientific 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
- 3 or more years of experience conducting independent epidemiologic research in areas related to the health of Veterans, such as:
- Chronic diseases
- 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 U.S. citizens. Education and experience will be evaluated by VA Human Resources to determine if the top candidate meets the criteria for GS-13 position.
How to Apply:
Please send a cover letter and resume to SeattleCSPEC@va.gov. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled; however, materials received by October 19, 2018 will be considered first.
For more information about the Seattle ERIC, please see https://www.seattle.eric.research.va.gov/.