National Research Assistant/Research Specialist Positions

Colonoscopy vs. Fecal Immunochemical Test in Reducing Mortality from Colorectal Cancer (CONFIRM) Cooperative Studies Program (CSP) #577


Are you interested in helping to improve the healthcare of United States Veterans through meaningful work in a collaborative environment? 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 Colonoscopy vs. Fecal Immunochemical Test in Reducing Mortality from Colorectal Cancer (CONFIRM) Study is a CSP study that is hiring multiple entry-level full-time National Research Assistants/Research Specialists in administrative research roles.


Key Duties:

§  Assist in scheduling various study-related meetings and conference calls and minutes of meetings. Superior organizational skills are a must have.

§  Contact participants about change of address and obtain medical records from VA and non-VA facilities for the use of the study.

§  Use search services if participants cannot be located.

§  Respond to positive flags from the annual survey.

§  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



§  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





Study Description and Study-specific Key Duties


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 National Study Research Assistants/Research Specialists will assist the Study Co-Chairman and National Study Coordinator in the daily administration of the study. These positions will require individuals who understand the basic principles of scientific investigation and clinical trials and are capable of in-depth understanding of the study protocol. These positions are ideal for candidates seeking entry-level positions. This position is subject to random drug testing, including for marijuana.


Application Information


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-GS-7. The General Schedule (GS) salary table for Seattle can be found on the Office of Personnel Management website at opm.gov.


To apply, please send a cover letter and resume to Meaghan.Larson@va.gov.  See detailed instructions below. If you do not provide sufficient detail or required information, Human Resources may not find you eligible for the position. Applications will be accepted until all positions are filled.


It is understood that your circumstances may change during the interview process. Please be sure to share any updates relevant to your situation such as your employment status and current location throughout the process.


Diversity enriches research and promotes the best healthcare. We are committed to building and sustaining an equitable and inclusive environment. 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.






Please format your resume according to the following guidance for federal submission:

§  The USAJobs website has tips on submitting a resume for a federal position. Some of the following items come from that guidance.

§  List all relevant and previous employment in an easy-to-read format

§  List all degrees and years obtained (i.e., MPH or MS, BA or BS, etc.)

§  For each past job or position held, include the following information:

1.       Employer name and address

2.       Salary (if unpaid, list as “$0/hour”) and number of hours worked

3.       Supervisor name and contact information

4.       Permission to contact supervisor: Yes/No

5.       Internships that you received academic credit for should also be listed

6.       Any internships that were not paid and you did not receive academic credit for should be listed in a separate volunteer section

§  Highlight and elaborate on your research and healthcare experience and related academic and presentation/publication achievements, spelling out abbreviations and explaining any terms and jargon from your background. Consider a non-research audience when describing your experiences. It is acceptable for your resume to be longer than 1-2 pages as federal resume are typically quite thorough and detailed. Please provide as much detail as you can.