Research Associate
Portland VA Research Foundation - Portland, OR

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Portland VA Research FoundationJob Title: Research AssociateFTE: 1.0Salary: Commensurate with experiencePosition SummaryThis position is with the Scientific Resource Center (SRC), an Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), Effective Health Care Program-supported research program of the Portland VA Research Foundation. The function and purpose of the SRC is to work closely with the 11 Evidence-based Practice Centers (EPCs) nationwide to support and coordinate many of the cross-cutting functions of AHRQs Effective Healthcare Program. The Effective Health Care Program funds individual researchers, research centers, and academic organizations to work together with AHRQ to produce effectiveness and comparative effectiveness research for clinicians, consumers, and policymakers aimed at improving the quality of health care and promote evidence-based decision making. AHRQ is the lead Federal agency charged with improving the quality, safety, efficiency, and effectiveness of health care for all Americans.

This position will support the SRC efforts in providing coordination and logistical support to maintain and develop consistent guidance for the systematic review methodology used by the EPC program. Specifically, the SRC is tasked to work with AHRQ and the EPCs to: Coordinate and maintain updates of the EPC Methods Guide for Effectiveness and Comparative Effectiveness Reviews by facilitating workgroups of scientific experts. Each workgroup will consider current EPC resources and needs, prioritize workgroup efforts to improve quality and consistency of EPC products, develop papers or tools, implement guidance and promote mutual learning (via webinars or in-person meetings), and serve as and/or provide resources to other EPCs within the focus area.Identify and consolidate a library of materials (e.g. slide presentations, guidance documents, or other implementation tools) that can help EPCs in conducting reviews that use rigorous and consistent methods.

Maintain and update tools and documents for greater consistency among EPC products, for smooth functioning among the different parts of the EHC program, and for improved adherence to EHC policies and procedures.Key ResponsibilitiesProvide overall support to four ongoing EPC methods workgroups: take notes during workgroup meetings; synthesize overall themes and action items; and create internal reports of workgroup proceedings.Coordinate and manage development of workgroup deliverables: create, implement and monitor timelines and work plans for the various parallel, deadline-driven white papers under development.Work with research librarian to conduct searches of existing methods topics: use systematic and transparent approaches to interpret, analyze, and present data from searches; synthesize findings; prepare reports and presentations.Prepare and lead presentations and learning webinars on EHC methods guidance. Minimum Qualifications/Required Skill SetMasters in health policy/health administration, public health, epidemiology, health services, social sciences, behavioral sciences, or related field required.Minimum of 3-5 years of research experience Excellent communications skills, including verbal, written, computer, and interpersonal.Working knowledge of scientific research methods. Ability to synthesize and communicate complex scientific information to lay audiences.Exceptional organizational skills with proven ability to develop concrete steps for completing long term projects with multiple particpants, develop and adhere to timelines, and ensure timely completion of project deliverables. Able to attend to detail, work with a high degree of accuracy, and work well under deadlines.

Demonstrated and verified successes across multiple parallel and complex projects. Self-motivated with demonstrated ability to work independently and as a contributing member of a multidisciplinary team.Experience supervising research staff and student workers.High degree of initiative and flexibility. Proficient in Microsoft Office applications (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) and reference management software such as EndNote, with an aptitude for learning new software tools and technologyExperience with systematic reviews or comparative effectiveness research preferred.Supervisory ResponsibilitiesResearch Assistant(s), student assistant(s)Working ConditionsPrimairly indoor office enviornment; requires work hours beyond standard office hours as needed. Requires travel to DC area 1-3 times per year and additional US travel TBD.Physical Demands & Equipment UsageAbility to sit for long periods of time in an office environment or meeting setting; ability to be move about between meetings, across campus, and across Portland to other sites as well as air travel; and ability to lift and carry 20 pounds.To apply, please send your resume and a cover letter explaining your interest in the position to: Shelby Anderson, Project Assistantmethods@epc-src.orgPVARF is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Veterans, women and minorities are encouraged to apply.For more information about PVARF, go to: http://www.pvarf.org/

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