Research Assistant, CSP #595/LEDE

Seattle Network of Dedicated Enrollment Sites (NODES)

About the organization

Are you interested in helping to improve the healthcare of our United States military Veterans through meaningful work in a collaborative environment? The VA Research and Development department is currently hiring a research assistant to support work on two research studies: 1) “SHADE: Service and Health Among Deployed Veterans” which is an observational epidemiological study to understand the impact of air pollution exposures during deployment to Southwest Asia and Afghanistan on current respiratory health; and 2) “LEDE: Pulmonary and Systemic Effects of Deployment Related Particulate Matter Exposures” which will examine in a subset of the SHADE cohort whether there is evidence of early lung disease measured with lung function testing, CT scan, and blood biomarkers.


• Assist in recruiting by screening medical records, contacting subjects, and scheduling appointments.
• Conduct clinical research informed consent procedures, adhering to all human subjects regulations.
• Staff will receive training to perform spirometry and other procedures, following all biohazard and COVID-mitigation policies and procedures.
• Conduct clinical assessments with Veterans, accurately completing case report forms as outlined in the study protocol, including questionnaires and spirometry testing.
• Maintain critical document binders and assist with all regulatory documentation and record keeping in adherence to the protocol and all relevant R&D and IRB regulations.
• Responsible for the internal monitoring of case report forms, including the identification of missing data and apparent discrepancies and inaccuracies, and assisting with the reconciliation of queries.
• Conduct data entry for both studies utilizing Microsoft Access and REDCap (Research Electronic Data Capture) software and provide extracted data as requested.
• Responsible for the storage and shipping/handling of all laboratory samples, as well as other study materials, in compliance with all IATA regulations.
• Identify and respond to adverse events and serious adverse events working with the PI to collect information as needed to report events as per IRB guidelines.
• Prepare and track study mailings.
• Some local travel may be required


• Applicant must be a US citizen.
• Bachelor’s degree in a relevant scientific and/or research-related field.
• Experience in clinical, epidemiological, or health services research preferred.
• Proficiency in Microsoft office.
• Strong organizational skills with attention to detail.
• Data entry experience.
• Excellent time management skills and the ability to work on multiple projects simultaneously.
• Ability to engage in a professional manner with both with study participants and other professionals.

Ideal candidates should be flexible and adaptable as tasks will be varied and may change periodically and should demonstrate a desire to learn new tasks as well as a desire to investigate and develop best practices to be shared with the study team.

Primary responsibilities include assisting the principal investigator and study coordinator with subject screening, recruitment, scheduling, data collection, data management, data entry, regulatory documentation and other research related tasks. This position will be located in the Seattle Division of the VA Puget Sound.

Application instructions

Contact email: [email protected]

This is a full time, GS-5 - GS-7 position. The General Schedule (GS) salary table for Seattle can be found on the Office of Personnel Management website at

Candidates must be U.S. citizens. Education and experience will be evaluated by Human Resources to determine if the top candidate meets the criteria for grade level.

To Apply:
Position open until filled. Send resume and cover letter to [email protected] to apply.

Diversity enriches research and promotes the best healthcare. We are committed to building and sustaining an equitable and inclusive environment for our Center. We encourage individuals whose backgrounds or interests align with this commitment, as well as individuals from all backgrounds that are underrepresented in research, to apply.

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