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Staff Scientist

Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Nashville, TN
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May 18, 2022

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Staff Scientist
  • 2201921

Job ResearchPrimary Location TN-Nashville-2525 West End AveOrganization Ctr for Hlth Svcs Research 104204Shift First Shift

Staff Scientist

The Center for Health Services Research at Vanderbilt University Medical Center seeks an experienced staff scientist to assist with grant writing, research project supervision, and manuscript writing. The Center supports a large portfolio of research to improve the quality, safety, value, and equity of health care delivery, as well as patient-centered health outcomes. The Center is a major component of the Vanderbilt Institute for Medicine and Public Health. The staff scientist will work closely with senior Principal Investigators to develop extramural grant applications and lead projects funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI), Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), and other agencies. Studies include pragmatic clinical trials, comparative effectiveness research, implementation research, and longitudinal cohort studies. The position requires high level research skills and the ability to work independently as well as part of a multidisciplinary team.

Department Summary:

The Vanderbilt Center for Health Services Research is a critical component for the Institute for Medicine and Public Health (IMPH) and engages with more than 160 scientists and other professionals across VUMC to conduct research and discover, implement, and disseminate workable solutions for modern-day problems in health care delivery, health care quality, and patient-center outcomes. For additional information, please visit

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Discover Vanderbilt University Medical Center:

Located in Nashville, Tennessee, and operating at a global crossroads of teaching, discovery and patient care, VUMC is a community of individuals who come to work each day with the simple aim of changing the world. It is a place where your expertise will be valued, your knowledge expanded and your abilities challenged. It is a place where your diversity - of culture, thinking, learning and leading - is sought and celebrated. It is a place where employees know they are part of something that is bigger than themselves, take exceptional pride in their work and never settle for what was good enough yesterday. Vanderbilt's mission is to advance health and wellness through preeminent programs in patient care, education, and research.

VUMC Recent Accomplishments

Because we are committed to providing the best in patient care, education and research, we are proud of our recent accomplishments:
  • US News & World Report: #1 Adult Hospital in Tennessee and metropolitan Nashville, named to the Best Hospitals Honor Roll of the top 20 adult hospitals, 10 nationally ranked adult specialty programs, with 3 specialties rated in the top 10 nationally, Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt named as one of the Best Children's Hospital in the nation, with 10 out of 10 pediatric specialties nationally ranked.
  • Healthcare's Most Wired: Among the nation's 100 "most-wired" hospitals and health systems for its efforts in innovative medical technology.
  • Becker's Hospital Review: named as one of the "100 Great Hospitals in America", in the roster of 100 Hospitals and Health Systems with Great Oncology Programs and to its list of the 100 Hospitals with Great Heart Programs.
  • The Leapfrog Group: One of only 10 children's hospitals in the to be named at Leapfrog Top Hospital.
  • American Association for the Advancement of Science: The School of Medicine has 112 elected fellows
  • Magnet Recognition Program: Received our third consecutive Magnet designations.
  • National Academy of Medicine: 22 members, elected by their peers in recognition of outstanding achievement
  • Human Rights Campaign Healthcare Equality Index: 6th year in a row that Vanderbilt University Medical Center was a Leader in LGBTQ Healthcare Equality.

Key responsibilities include but are not limited to the following:
  • Primary: Work closely with senior PIs to lead preparation of scientific grant applications
    • Supervise overall proposal development process including adherence to timeline and submission requirements
    • Develop scientific sections of the proposal including significance, innovation, and methods
    • Supervise administrative staff engaged in compiling information such as biosketches both locally and with collaborators at other institutions
    • Interact with grants management personnel in developing budget and budget justification
  • Independently oversee research projects and perform near to totally independent research
    • Supervise, plan, design, and implement research projects
    • Establish detailed study protocols; define data collection, evaluation, and analysis procedures
    • Complete and follow all regulatory requirements, including IRB guidelines and submissions
    • Exercise discretion and independent judgment to develop methods and procedures for project execution
    • Assist PI in managing expenditures and budget
  • Assist PI in manuscript writing
    • Contribute to research to merit serving as author or co-author on publications
    • Develop reports of results, tables, figures, etc of research findings
    • Supervise and lead writing, reviewing, and editing of materials for publication
  • Serve as a resource for other members of the Center and Institute
    • Mentor and teach graduate students and post-doctoral fellows in developing protocols and manuscripts, especially as they relate to a project the staff scientist is working on
    • Create an online portal/archive of useful grant writing guidance and examples of key grant components
    • Effectively communicate with collaborators across the institution
    • Contact as required with sponsoring agencies and/or cooperating facilities (e.g. V.A.), collaborating professionals and vendors
    • Collaborate and contribute to efforts for large consortia

Additional Information:

This is a full-time position.

Salary is dependent upon education and experience.

Minimum Requirements:

A PhD or DrPH in Health Services Research, Population Health Sciences, Public Health, Healthcare Delivery Science, Behavioral Sciences, Epidemiology, or a related field, with two years of related experience, is required. Excellent organizational skills, verbal and written communication skills, and ability to manage project deadlines are required. Preference will be given to local candidates, but remote work may be considered for an outstanding candidate.

Physical Requirements/Strengths needed & Physical Demands:

  • Occasional: Sitting: Remaining in seated position
  • Occasional: Standing: Remaining on one's feet without moving.
  • Occasional: Walking: Moving about on foot.
  • Occasional: Lifting under 35 lbs: Raising and lowering objects under 35 lbs from one level to another
  • Occasional: Push/Pull: Exerting force to move objects away from or toward.
  • Occasional: Bending/Stooping: Trunk bending downward and forward by bending spine at waist requiring full use of lower extremities and back muscles
  • Occasional: Reaching below shoulders: Extending arms in any direction below shoulders.
  • Occasional: Handling: Seizing, holding, grasping, turning or otherwise working with hand or hands.

  • Occasional: Vision: Clarity of near vision at 20 inches or less and far vision at 20 feet or more with depth perception, peripheral vision, color vision.
  • Frequent: Noise: May include exposure to occupational noise levels which equal or exceed an 8-hr time-weighted average of 85 decibels, requiring enrollment in VUMC's Hearing Conservation Program which includes training, use of hearing protection, and periodic audiometry.
  • Continuous: Communication: Expressing or exchanging written/verbal/electronic information.


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