CSP #2014 Research Specialist/Research Coordinator

Seattle Network of Dedicated Enrollment Sites (NODES)

About the organization

For more than 95 years, the Veterans Affairs (VA) Research and Development program has been improving the lives of Veterans and all Americans through health care discovery and innovation.

The mission of VA Research is fourfold:

to improve Veterans' health and well-being via basic, translational, clinical, health services, and rehabilitative research;
to apply scientific knowledge to develop effective individualized care solutions for Veterans;
to attract, train, and retain the highest-caliber investigators, and nurture their development as leaders in their fields; and
to assure a culture of professionalism, collaboration, accountability, and the highest regard for research volunteers' safety and privacy.

VA Research is unique because of its focus on health issues that affect Veterans. It is part of an integrated health care system with a state-of-the-art electronic health record and has come to be viewed as a model for superior bench-to-bedside research.


• Recruitment of study participants, including:
o Screening potential study participants
o Sharing study information with clinic patients
o Disseminating flyers
o Conducting phone calls with potential study participants
o Consenting and enrolling participants

• Facilitating and managing study participant research visits, including:
o Scheduling appointments and making appointment reminder calls
o Conducting chart reviews
o Carrying out standard assessment interviews
o Preparing research visit materials
o Coordinating study drug pick-up and assisting with administration
o Entering data
o Reporting protocol deviations and adverse events
o Creating electronic medical record (EMR) notes
o Urine sample collection
o Escorting participants to the lab for blood draws
o Labeling, packaging, and shipping urine and blood specimens

• Other study tasks
o Attending team meetings
o Preparing and maintaining regulatory paperwork, enrollment and activity logs, participant reimbursement forms, and drug/device accountability logs
o Establishing and organizing study files, including but not limited to, regulatory binders, study specific source documentation, and other materials
o Supporting onboarding and tracking training of new study team members
o Ordering study supplies
o Making travel arrangements for study researchers
o Demonstrate understanding, tact, empathy, and cooperation with team members and stakeholders to provide optimal customer service



• BA/BS or higher degree in a scientific- or health-related field
• Excellent communication and interpersonal skills and the ability to collaborate with a diverse group of researchers, staff, and participants
• Strong attention to detail and organizational skills
• Solid problem-solving and critical thinking skills
• Excellent time management skills
• Ability to adapt to frequently changing participants research visits
• Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, and Outlook

• 2-4 years of work experience in clinical, epidemiological, or health services research
• Experience with treating substance-use disorders
• Experience with vulnerable/underserved populations
• Experience recruiting study participants

Application instructions

All positions are based in Seattle, WA and all candidates must be U.S. citizens. Top candidates’ education and experience will be evaluated by Human Resources to determine if they meet the position criteria. Depending on the candidate’s experience, the target salary will be in the GS7 to 9 range according to the Office of Personnel Management General Schedule table at opm.gov.
Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Applications received before 8/18/2023 will be given priority.
For more information about CSP#2014 and NODES, please see CSP#2014 VA-BRAVE and Network of Dedicated Enrollment Sites (NODES) - VA Cooperative Studies Program (CSP).
Diversity enriches research and promotes the best healthcare. We are committed to building and sustaining an equitable and inclusive environment for our NODES. We encourage individuals to apply whose backgrounds align with this commitment, as well as individuals from all backgrounds that are underrepresented in research.

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