Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration RESEARCH HEALTH SCIENCE SPECIALIST in Los Angeles, California

Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
1 vacancy in the following location:
  • Los Angeles, CA
Work Schedule is Full Time - Permanent

Opened Friday 10/14/2016 (6 day(s) ago)

** Closes Thursday 10/20/2016 (0 day(s) away)

Job Overview

Vacancy ID: 1818670

OUR MISSION: To fulfill President Lincoln’s promise – “To care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan” – by serving and honoring the men and women who are America’s Veterans. How would you like to become a part of a team providing compassionate care to Veterans?

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) needs employees who possess the energy, compassion, and commitment to serve those who served our Country. Whatever the job title, every position in VA will give you a chance to make a meaningful and personal contribution to the lives of truly special and deserving people - our Veterans. VA professionals feel good about their careers and their ability to balance work and home life. VA offers generous paid time off and a variety of predictable and flexible scheduling opportunities. Working for VA is one of the most emotionally satisfying and professionally rewarding ways to dedicate the best within you to your Country's service.

If you are transitioning from the military or a Veteran already, we invite you to explore the benefits of continuing your career at the VA. The VA is committed to hiring Veterans. The VA is much more than just another employer. It is an honorable, open and welcoming community of those who care. Gratitude is our motivation and service is our mission.

The VA has adopted Core Values and Characteristics that apply universally across the Department. The five Core Values define “who we are,” our culture, and how we care for Veterans, their families and other beneficiaries. The Values are Integrity, Commitment, Advocacy, Respect and Excellence (“I CARE”).

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This position is located in MIRECC/Mental Illness Research, Education and Clinical Center/VISN22 at the VA Greater Los Angeles Health Care System in West Los Angeles, CA. In this position you will perform a variety of duties to support the organization's health service research program. Your duties include:

  • Develop policies, procedures and criteria for administration of health services research program

in serious mental illness;

  • Serve as principal advisor on research program development;

  • Recruit, screen and evaluate candidates with serious mental illness for clinical studies;

  • Manage implementation, control and reporting on clinical tests;

  • Manage data collection and monitoring protocols form complex clinical studies;

  • Conduct interviews, using rating scales, questionnaire or other measurement devices;

  • Observe patient with serious mental illnesses to assess emotional, functional or psychological condition.

Work Schedule: Monday – Friday – 8:00AM – 4:30PM

DESIGNATED DRUG-TESTING POSITON: Applicants tentatively selected for VA employment in a testing designated position are subject to urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use prior to appointment. Applicants who refuse to be tested will be denied employment with VA. Applicants will not be appointed to the position if a verified positive drug test results is received.

Travel Required
  • Not Required
Relocation Authorized
  • No
Job Requirements
Key Requirements
  • You must be a U.S. citizen to apply for this job.
  • You may be required to serve a probationary period.
  • Background investigation may be required.
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959


Applicants must meet the basic education requirement to qualify for this position.

Possess a Bachelor's degree (or higher) with major study in an academic field related to the health sciences or allied sciences appropriate to the work of this position. This education must have been obtained in an accredited college or university. (TRANSCRIPTS REQUIRED. A copy of your official/unofficial transcripts must be included or your application may not be considered.)



In accordance with 38 U.S.C. 7402(d), No person shall serve in direct patient care positions unless they are proficient in basic written and spoken English.


In additional to meeting the Basic Education Requirement and the English Language Proficiency Requirement, applicants must also meet the specialized experience as described below.


Possess one (1) full year of specialized experience that equipped you with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform the duties of this position. To be creditable, this experience must have been equivalent to at least the next lower grade level in Federal service. Specialized experience, gained in a healthcare/research environment, includes: developing policies, procedures and criteria for administration of health services units; serve as principal advisor on research program development; review project reports to assess compliance with research guidelines; screen and evaluate candidates for clinical studies; recruit participants on study objectives and constraints; manage data collection and monitor protocols for complex clinical studies; administer or monitor administration of tests and measurements required by project design; identify test results and trends requiring further analysis; conduct interviews using rating scales, questionnaires or other measurement devices; assist in developing new assessment or measurement devices for specialization; experience with using ADP security to protect printed and electronic files containing sensitive data, and from unauthorized release, loss, alterations or unauthorized deletion.

You will be rated on the following Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and Other characteristics (KSAOs) as part of the assessment for this position:

  • Ability and experience in supporting a health services research program.

  • Ability and experience recruiting candidates for clinical trials.

  • Ability and experience managing clinical tests.

  • Ability and experience in gathering objective psychodiagnostic information.

  • Ability to provide customer service.

  • Experience with ADP (Automated Data Processing) Security.


Typically, the employee may sit comfortably to perform portions of the work. However, there is periodic walking, standing, bending; carrying of light items such as computer laptop, medical records, instructional material, books and manuals. Also, the work can require extreme patience and controlling one's emotions. On rare occasion, the work may require the usage of appropriate technique to physically restrain patients who present a danger to self or others.

The work environment often involves everyday risks or discomforts which require normal safety precautions typical of such places offices, meeting and training rooms, libraries, and residences or commercial vehicles. Work is also performed in clinical settings that expose the incumbent to the communicable diseases common of the client population. Some work is performed in a setting away from the office where the environment cannot be controlled.

For more information on these qualification standards, please visit the United States Office of Personnel Management's website at

IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE WILL NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE. If your resume does not support your questionnaire answers, we will not allow credit for your response(s).

Note: A full year of work is considered to be 35-40 hours of work per week. Part-time experience will be credited on the basis of time actually spent in appropriate activities. Applicants wishing to receive credit for such experience must indicate clearly the nature of their duties and responsibilities in each position and the number of hours a week spent in such employment.

Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community; student; social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

APPLICANTS PLEASE NOTE: Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Please refer to this checklist to ensure proper accreditation and for foreign education requirements.

Veteran's Preference: When applying for Federal jobs, eligible veterans should claim preference on the Occupational Questionnaire in the section provided and provide a legible copy of DD-214(s) showing all dates of service as well as character of service (honorable, general, etc.). Additionally, veterans with service-connected disability of 10% or more must also submit a copy of their official statement from the Department of Veterans Affairs, or from a branch of the Armed Forces, certifying their service-connected disability and/or their receipt of compensation for service-connected disability. If the military member is within 120 days of separation and does not yet have a DD214, the member may instead submit any written document from the armed forces that certifies the service member is expected to be discharged or released from active duty service in the armed forces under honorable conditions not later than 120 days after the date the certification is signed.

Veterans with service-connected disability of less than 10%, non service-connected disability, and Purple Heart recipients, as-well-as those claiming derived preference for a spouse, widow or widower, or natural mother, should refer to and submit a completed " SF15, "Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference ," (go to and required documentation with your application materials. For more information on Veterans' Preference, please visit

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Additional Information
What To Expect Next

After we receive application packages (including all required documents) and the vacancy announcement closes, we will review applications to ensure qualification and eligibility requirements are met. During our review, if your résumé and application package do not support your questionnaire answers, we will adjust your rating accordingly. After the review is complete, a referral certificate(s) is issued and applicants will be notified of their status by email (if provided); otherwise, applicants will receive a notification letter via the U.S. Postal Service. Referred applicants will be notified as such and may be contacted directly by the hiring office for an interview. All referred applicants receive a final notification once a selection decision has been made.

You may check the status of your application at any time by logging into your USAJOBS account and clicking on “Application Status.” For a more detailed update of your status, click on “more information.” Information regarding

applicant notification points can be found in the USAJobs Resource Center.


VA offers a comprehensive benefits package. This link provides is an overview of the benefits currently offered:

VA supports the use of telework as a way to help attract and retain talented individuals in public service, increase worker productivity, and better prepare the agency to operate during emergencies. This position may be authorized for telework. Telework eligibility will be discussed during the interview process.

The Federal Government has special excepted appointing authorities for persons with qualifying disabilities, such as Schedule A. Specific information can be found at IMPORTANT: If you would like to receive consideration as a Schedule A applicant, you must contact the Human Resources office at the facility where this position is located at (310)478-3711.

Other Information

Veterans and Transitioning Service Members: Please visit the VA for Vets site for career-search tools for Veterans seeking employment at VA, career development services for our existing Veterans, and coaching and reintegration support for military service members.

The Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) and Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) provide eligible displaced Federal competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. To be qualified you must submit appropriate documentation (a copy of the agency notice, your most recent performance rating, and your most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level, and duty location) and be found well-qualified (have a final rating of 85 or more) for this vacancy. Information about ICTAP and CTAP eligibility is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website at

VA may offer newly-appointed Federal employees credit for their job-related non-federal experience or active duty uniformed military service. This credited service can be used in determining the rate at which they earn annual leave. Such credit must be requested and approved prior to the appointment date and is not guaranteed.

It is the policy of the VA to not deny employment to those that have faced financial hardships or periods of unemployment.

This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.

Salary Range: $94,264.00 to $122,549.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: GS-0601-13/13

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: United States Citizens

Control Number: 452844800

Job Announcement Number: ANS-17-FGa-1818670-BU