Core Investigator
Portland VA Research Foundation - Portland, OR

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Core InvestigatorVA Evidence-based Synthesis Program (ESP) and the AHRQ Scientific Resource Center (SRC)Portland VA Research Foundation1.0 FTE Salary: $72,540 to $94,300 OverviewThe Core Investigator will divide

their time equally between conducting evidence synthesis for the VA ESP and supporting methods development to advance comparative effectiveness research through the AHRQ SRC.
VHA Health Service Research and Development Service (HSR D) created an Evidence-based Synthesis Program (ESP) in 2005 to help guide VA policy based on existing evidence. The ESP produces evidence reviews to address important, Veteran-specific topics to inform VA clinical policies and programs in such areas as the development of clinical practice guidelines, setting direction for future research to address gaps in knowledge, identifying the evidence to support VA performance measures, and rationalizing drug formulary decisions. Many topics focus on the health delivery system and address the broader social issues among Veterans. Because of the emphasis on collaboration between VA stakeholders and the evidence review team, ESP work products can have a strong impact on national policy.
The SRC assists the AHRQ Effective Health Care Program in developing a research agenda for outcomes, comparative effectiveness reviews (CERs), and appropriateness of pharmaceuticals, devices, and health care services as well as providing methodological support to the 11 Evidence-based Practice Centers (EPCs) in North America. The SRC provides: program coordination, research topic selection and development, scientific, technical and methodologic support for systematic reviews and outcomes research, collaboration with partners and stakeholders, development of Effective Health Care Program tools, and support for and development of methods to advance comparative effectiveness research. mp=1 productID=318
Key Responsibilities
The Core Investigator will support the work of each program through the following activities:
Serve as principal investigator for evidence reviews relating to expertise;
Implement systematic review methods and procedures for social interventions and/or health system/policy issues; read abstracts and papers from medical journals, federal agencies, organizations, and other sources to determine whether they meet criteria for inclusion or exclusion; systematically abstract specific information into tables, figures, text, or other formats, which involves synthesizing and quality appraisal of the evidence; perform quality checks and dual review of data;
Interface with VA stakeholders for each topic; and
Work with national experts (technical expert panel) for topic refinement.
Manage one or more methodological research project(s); formulate research designs, draft protocols and analytic frameworks; write reports; contribute to the writing of journal articles, white papers, and other types of academic writing; coordinate project teamwork and participate in regular meetings related to the various, parallel, deadline-driven reports under development.
Conduct research that engages stakeholders to identify and prioritize future health care research needs; methods may include semi-structured individual or group interviews, focus groups, key informant interviews, webinars, questionnaires, and the like; identify appropriate stakeholder perspectives; recruit stakeholders; implement strategies for prioritizing and organizing feedback (ranking, Delphi process).
Use systematic and transparent research approaches to interpret, analyze, and present data from qualitative and quantitative research; synthesize findings from stakeholder engagement; prepare reports and presentations.
Required Qualifications
Ph.D. in health services research, health policy, organizational theory, or a related field. The candidate should be: 1) experienced in critically evaluating scientific literature; 2) able to write and communicate effectively to scientific/technical audiences as well as non-clinical policy-makers; 3) comfortable working with senior leadership (clinicians and researchers) on complex scientific and policy issues; and 4) comfortable with core epidemiologic and biostatistical concepts. Candidates with prior experience conducting systematic reviews are preferred.
How to Apply
Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Please provide a cover letter describing interests and qualifications, current curriculum vitae, and three (3) letters as of reference (as ONE Word document) to: