National Research Assistant

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Cooperative Studies Program (CSP)

About the organization

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Cooperative Studies Program (CSP) is a nationally renowned program of epidemiology and clinical trial research centers that produce innovative and effective solutions to Veteran and national healthcare problems through high quality multi-site research studies. The CONFIRM study (Colonoscopy vs. Fecal Immunochemical Test in Reducing Mortality from Colorectal Cancer CSP #577) is the largest interventional study the VA has ever done to date. It has 46 participating VA Medical Centers nationwide, two Co-Chairs offices in Seattle, WA and White River Junction, VT, a coordinating center in West Haven, CT and a pharmacy coordinating center in Albuquerque, NM. The 46 participating sites have been divided between the two Co-Chair offices for follow-up of the 50,126 study participants.


-The incumbent will assist in scheduling various study-related meetings and conference calls and minutes of meetings. Incumbent must have superior organizational skills.
-The incumbent will contact participants about change of address and obtain medical records from VA and non-VA facilities for the use of the study.
-The incumbent will use search services if participants cannot be located.
-The incumbent will respond to positive flags from the annual survey.
-The incumbent will report to the National Study Coordinator, Study Chairman, West Haven CSPCC, and CSPCRPCC if any problems that occur.
-Demonstrate understanding, tact, empathy, and cooperation with team members and stakeholders to provide optimal customer service
The National Study Research Assistant will assist the Study Co-Chairman and National Study Coordinator in the daily administration of the study. This position will require an individual who understands the basic principles of scientific investigation and clinical trials, who is capable of in-depth understanding of the study protocol. Thus, the incumbent must possess scientific, organizational, and interpersonal skills. A BS or BA is required; a degree in scientific research-related field is strongly recommended. This position is subject to random drug testing which includes marijuana as this is a federal organization and marijuana use is not legal federally.


-BA/BS in a scientific- or health-related field required
-Proficiency in Microsoft Office programs (e.g., Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook) required
-Excellent communication and interpersonal skills and the ability to collaborate with a diverse group of researchers and staff
-Strong attention to detail and organizational skills
-Problem-solving and critical thinking
-Excellent time management
-Ability to adapt to changing priorities and timelines
-US citizenship

Application instructions

Contact email: [email protected]

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 criteria for the targeted range of GS-5. To examine salaries in the GS-5 range, see the current year’s General Schedule (GS) salary table for Seattle on the OPM.GOV website. To apply, please send a cover letter and resume to [email protected].
Please format your resume according to the following guidance for federal submission at USAJobs website.
If you do not provide sufficient detail or required information on your resume, Human Resources may not find you eligible for the position. Applications will be accepted until all positions are filled.

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