Research Coordinator for National Research Data Sharing Initiative


Are you interested in helping to improve the healthcare of our 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 that produces innovative solutions to Veteran and national healthcare problems through multi-site research studies.


The Seattle Epidemiologic Research and Information Center (ERIC) is a CSP epidemiology center conducting state-of-the-art health research on Veterans. The ERIC is seeking a full-time Research Coordinator to support the CSP Integrated Veteran Epidemiologic Study Data Resource (INVESTD-R).


INVESTD-R is a national open-science initiative that facilitates the responsible sharing of data, biospecimens, and other resources generated by epidemiologic research on Veterans. Increased access to these resources expands opportunities for qualified researchers to make scientific discoveries that benefit Veterans and the public. INVESTD-R is committed to using open science to advance research, while ensuring strong safeguards are in place to protect the privacy of participants and the confidentiality of their data.


The Research Coordinator will support multiple projects under the initiative, particularly the CSP Data and Biospecimen Repository, a new program-wide research repository that will share data and biospecimens from multiple CSP studies for future research. The position will also assist with other INVESTD-R projects, as needed.


Key duties:

§  Assist with the development of repository policies and procedures

§  Support the development, maintenance and tracking of key documentation and records, such as IRB documentation and data use agreements

§  Assist with the design, maintenance, and quality control of tracking systems and databases

§  Prepare and present reports related to the intake, transfer, and use of the data and biospecimens

§  Support data preparation activities of studies depositing data and biospecimens into the repository

§  Conduct initial recruitment activities, including mailings and phone calls, to enroll participants in research studies

§  Work closely with the INVESTD-R team and stakeholders to ensure effective collaboration, such as the INVESTD-R staff, data managers, study teams, lab personnel, and oversight bodies

§  Engage with investigators and study participants requesting information about the initiative

§  Create and maintain operational documentation and project materials

§  Support preparation of reports, manuscripts, posters, and presentations

§  Provide logistical support as needed (e.g., meeting preparation, travel arrangements)



§  Education/Experience

o   BA/BS or higher degree in health sciences or social sciences discipline

o   1-4 years of relevant work experience (e.g., human subjects research, repository management, information management)

§  If BA/BS, 1-4 years of research-related experience required

§  If higher degree, 1-2 years of research-related experience preferred

§  Additional Requirements

o   Experience working with IRBs and regulatory documents

o   Experience working in human subjects research in an academic or government setting

o   Proven ability to work with partners and stakeholders with a wide range of professional backgrounds and expertise

o   Outstanding interpersonal skills and the ability to develop, maintain, and cultivate relationships with internal and external customers

o   Ability to self-manage workload against multiple competing priorities and deadlines

Strong organizational skills and attention to detail
o   Experience building internal systems that support attention to detail and quality control

o   Strong writing skills

§  Preferred Qualifications

o   Experience in or knowledge of data sharing or repository management

o   Proficiency in Microsoft Access, Power BI, and SharePoint programs

o   Familiarity with epidemiologic research design and methodology

o   Experience in database design, querying, and management

o   Knowledge of data and metadata standards

o   Experience writing operations/instructional manuals


About INVESTD-R, Seattle ERIC, and VA Cooperative Studies Program (CSP)

The Seattle ERIC is a research center within the VA Puget Sound Health Care System that works to improve the health and care of Veterans through epidemiologic research. We are part of the VA CSP, a national VA research group of 12 epidemiology and clinical trial research centers. The Seattle ERIC is 1 of 3 centers managing the INVESTD-R open science initiative.


Learn more at:

§  INVESTD-R website: https://www.vacsp.research.va.gov/vacspresearch/CSPEC/studies/INVESTD-R/Main.asp

§  Seattle ERIC website: https://www.seattle.eric.research.va.gov/

·         VA CSP website: https://www.seattle.eric.research.va.gov/


Application information: 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 the targeted GS-9 level.  The General Schedule (GS) salary table for Seattle can be found on the Office of Personnel Management website at opm.gov.


Please send a cover letter and resume to SeattleCSPEC@va.gov. Applications received without a cover letter will not be considered. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled and will be reviewed in the order they are received.

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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About Seattle Epidemiologic Research and Information Center (ERIC), Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)

About the Seattle ERIC and VA CSP:

The Seattle ERIC is a research center within the VA Puget Sound Health Care System that works to improve the healthcare of Veterans through epidemiologic research. We are part of the VA CSP, a national VA research group of 12 epidemiology and clinical trial research centers.

Learn more at:

Seattle ERIC website: https://www.seattle.eric.research.va.gov/
VA CSP website: https://www.vacsp.research.va.gov/