Full Time

Research Assistant/Project Coordinator at Evidence-based Synthesis Program for Veterans’ Health Administration

Fields: healthcare, social science, statistics, data analysis, policy

Location: Portland, Oregon

About the Organization: Established in 2007, the Evidence-based Synthesis Program (ESP) makes high quality evidence synthesis available to clinicians, managers and policymakers as they work to improve the health and healthcare of Veterans. As part of the Quality Enhancement Research Initiative (QUERI) program, ESP is helping VA fulfill its vision of functioning as a continuously “learning healthcare system” to improve veteran health and health care. ESP achieves this by providing timely, targeted, thorough, unbiased and innovative syntheses of the medical literature for Veterans Health Administration (VHA) to translate into evidence-based clinical practice and policy, quality improvement and implementation, and future research initiatives at the national level.

About the Position: We are looking for a motivated Research Assistant for a full-time position in the VA Evidence-based Synthesis Program Coordinating Center (ESP CC) located at the Portland VA Medical Center to help coordinate the work of a research team on a variety of Rapid Response Evidence Products and initial Scoping Briefs of systematic review topics for assignment to ESP Centers. Review topics often focus on health services delivery and policy and process of care and address the broader social issues among Veterans. Because of the emphasis on collaboration between VA operations and the evidence review team, ESP work products can have a strong impact on national policy.

The duties of this position include: coordinates multiple simultaneous projects; develops project timelines and maintains project management databases; works with investigators and research staff to ensure tasks are completed and deadlines are met; maintains bibliographic research databases of journal citations/abstracts using EndNote; retrieves, researches, and tracks status of journal articles from the OHSU/VA libraries and Inter-Library Loan; prepares research materials for meetings; assists investigators and research staff with research data abstraction-related tasks and preparation; formats and edits research materials for consistency, such as summary reports, supporting research documents (e.g. appendices, figures, tables) and scientific manuscripts, assists with other tasks as requested by the project manager, investigators, and project staff assigned to specific research topics.

Special Requirements/Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in social or health science or related field.
  • 1 year of research or administrative experience.
  • Exceptional organizational skills with proven ability to prioritize competing priorities, follow through on tasks and meet deliverables.
  • Excellent communication skills, including verbal, written, computer, and interpersonal.
  • Self-motivated with demonstrated ability to work independently and as a contributing member of a multidisciplinary team.
  • Aptitude for learning new software tools and technology.
  • Excellent customer service skills both on the phone and in person.
  • Ability to use tact and diplomacy to maintain effective working relationships.
  • Ability to anticipate needs and problem solve.
  • Patient, dependable, conscientious and efficient.
  • High degree of initiative and flexibility.


  • Courses in epidemiology, research methods, statistics, and/or scientific or technical writing.
  • Experience using reference management software (e.g., EndNote, RevMan).
  • Experience with qualitative analysis techniques and software tools
  • 2+ years administrative or research experience
  • Ability to travel across Portland to other sites as well as air travel; and ability to lift and carry 20 pounds.

Estimated Salary: Starting $39,533 (GS-6) / $43,932 (GS-7) + Benefits

Deadline: September 28, 2018

Apply Here:
Evidence-based Synthesis Program for Veterans’ Health Administration


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