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Job Title: Research Health Science Specialist
Company Name: Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Location: Bronx, NY
Position Type: Full Time
Post Date: 11/07/2017
Expire Date: 01/06/2018
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Job Description
Research Health Science Specialist
NOTE: This is a TERM appointment not-to-exceed 4 YEARS (may be extended up to 4 years). Term appointments are nonstatus, nonpermanent appointments of limited duration. 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.
This position is located at the VA Medical Center in Bronx, NY. The Research Health Science Specialist on the faculty of the VISN 3 MIRECC where, as a Co-Investigator or Principal Investigator, responsible for development and implementation of protocols for studies with vulnerable populations (e.g., Veterans with serious mental illness).
  • Oversees Recruitment of Candidates for Clinical Trials -Train Research Assistants to screen and evaluate candidates for clinical studies, using objective rating techniques to identify potential candidates for participation in study. Supervise Research Assistant in set-up and maintenance of secure, accurate, and timely study records, including IRB correspondence. Identify obstacles to recruitment and implemented strategies to correct them. Due to prior experience with these tasks, incumbent needs little supervision to execute them.
  • Oversees Administration of Clinical Measures - Manage administration of study instruments as required by project design, and provide oversight for tracking of study participants for follow-up. Ensure that recording and transmission errors, adverse incidents, etc. are promptly reported and, where possible, rectified. Due to prior experience in performing these duties, incumbent needs minimal supervision to execute them.
  • Develops Scientific Research & Clinical Demonstration Projects - Develop new proposals and protocols in response to announcements (e.g., from VA HSRD, RRD & NIMH) of opportunities for research funding. In this effort, the incumbent generally works independently, but may also collaborate with colleagues; consultation with supervisor also may be involved.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.
Work Schedule: Monday through Friday, 8 am until 4:30 pm.
Recruitment & Relocation Incentives: Not authorized
Financial Disclosure Report: Not Required

BASIC EDUCATION REQUIREMENT: Successful completion of a full 4-year course of study in an accredited college or university leading to a bachelor's or higher degree that included a major field of study in an academic field related to the health sciences (or allied sciences) appropriate to the work of this position as a Health Science Specialist. "Major field of study" is considered to be 24 semester hours. (TRANSCRIPTS REQUIRED - If you do not submit a copy of your transcript, your application may not be processed.)
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SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE AT THE GS-13 LEVEL: One year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade level in federal service. Specialized experience includes: experience with large data set analysis examination of factors that contribute and precipitate suicide risk; large data set analysis of alcohol, cigarette smoking and other substance abuse and addictions in patients; the translation of these risk factors for suicide and addiction in patients to programs for primary screening and prevention; a national data examination of services utilized by patients with mental illness, and the development of methods to increase utilization of health care, particularly among those with mental illness. Expertise in data presentation, the interpretation of data and statistical methods and survey methods is essential to the quantitative and qualitative investigation of these topics, all of which are highly relevant to suicide prevention, recovery from mental illness, and other high-priority areas of a health science program. Skill, training and research contributions that have the potential to improve and extend the lives of patients. In addition, such expertise is a prerequisite for meeting the high standards of a health science research program, particularly in regard to research with vulnerable human subjects. This experience must be supported by your resume to be creditable.
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SELECTIVE PLACEMENT FACTOR: Selective Placement Factors (SPF) are a prerequisite to appointment and represent minimum requirements for the position. Applicants who do not meet the SPF are ineligible for further consideration. This experience must be supported by your resume to be creditable. "I possess experience conducting research in mental health treatment and services in order to perform the duties associated with research study."

You will be rated on the following Competencies as part of the assessment questionnaire for this position:

  • Communication
  • Research
  • Technical Competence


IMPORTANT: A full year of work is considered to be 35-40 hours of work per week. All experience listed on your resume must include the month and year start/end dates. 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.

For more information on these qualification standards, please visit the United States Office of Personnel Management's website at http://www.opm.gov/qualifications.PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: Work performed in this position is sedentary and in an office setting where only light physical exertion is required. There may be some instances that involve lifting, bending, stooping, stretching, pushing, reaching, and walking long distances to other offices.

IMPORTANT: Please ensure your resume include up-to-date contact information (phone number(s), email address(s), etc.)

To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:
  • Resume
  • Transcript


The following documents are accepted, and may be required if applicable to your eligibility and/or qualifications for this position. Please use this checklist to ensure you have included all documents required for your application, such as a copy of your transcript (if using education to qualify), documentation to support Veterans Preference or ICTAP/CTAP documentation (for displaced Federal employees).
  • Cover Letter
  • DD-214
  • OF-306
  • Other
  • Other Veterans Document
  • Resume
  • SF-15
  • SF-50
  • Transcript


Veterans' Preference: When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference for 5pt (TP), 10pt (CP/CPS/XP), or for Sole Survivor Preference (SSP) in the questionnaire. You must provide a legible copy of your DD214(s) which shows dates and character of service (honorable, general, etc.). If you are currently serving on active duty and expect to be released or discharged within 120 days you must submit documentation related to your active duty service which reflects the dates of service, character of service (honorable, general, etc.), and dates of impending separation. Additionally, disabled veterans and others eligible for 10-point preference (such as widows or mothers of eligible Veterans) must also submit an SF-15 "Application for 10 Point Veteran Preference" with required proof as stated on the form. Documentation is required to award preference. For more information on Veterans' Preference, please visit http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/vetpref/index.aspx.
Qualifications & Requirements

BASIC EDUCATION REQUIREMENT: Successful completion of a full 4-year course of study in an accredited college or university leading to a bachelor's or higher degree that included a major field of study in an academic field related to the health sciences (or allied sciences) appropriate to the work of this position as a Health Science Specialist. "Major field of study" is considered to be 24 semester hours. (TRANSCRIPTS REQUIRED - If you do not submit a copy of your transcript, your application may not be processed.)
~AND~
SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE AT THE GS-13 LEVEL: One year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade level in federal service. Specialized experience includes: experience with large data set analysis examination of factors that contribute and precipitate suicide risk; large data set analysis of alcohol, cigarette smoking and other substance abuse and addictions in patients; the translation of these risk factors for suicide and addiction in patients to programs for primary screening and prevention; a national data examination of services utilized by patients with mental illness, and the development of methods to increase utilization of health care, particularly among those with mental illness. Expertise in data presentation, the interpretation of data and statistical methods and survey methods is essential to the quantitative and qualitative investigation of these topics, all of which are highly relevant to suicide prevention, recovery from mental illness, and other high-priority areas of a health science program. Skill, training and research contributions that have the potential to improve and extend the lives of patients. In addition, such expertise is a prerequisite for meeting the high standards of a health science research program, particularly in regard to research with vulnerable human subjects. This experience must be supported by your resume to be creditable.
~AND~
SELECTIVE PLACEMENT FACTOR: Selective Placement Factors (SPF) are a prerequisite to appointment and represent minimum requirements for the position. Applicants who do not meet the SPF are ineligible for further consideration. This experience must be supported by your resume to be creditable. "I possess experience conducting research in mental health treatment and services in order to perform the duties associated with research study."

You will be rated on the following Competencies as part of the assessment questionnaire for this position:

  • Communication
  • Research
  • Technical Competence


IMPORTANT: A full year of work is considered to be 35-40 hours of work per week. All experience listed on your resume must include the month and year start/end dates. 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.

For more information on these qualification standards, please visit the United States Office of Personnel Management's website at http://www.opm.gov/qualifications.
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