Health Science Specialist – Human Subject Research

Veterans Health Administration - Department of Veterans Affairs

All applicants must meet the BASIC REQUIREMENT: Successful completion of a bachelor’s degree or graduate/higher level degree from an accredited college or university with a major study in an academic field related to the medical field, health sciences or allied sciences appropriate to the work of this Health Science Specialist – Human Subject Research? NOTE: You must submit copies of transcripts at the time of application. Education will not be credited without documentation. Please ensure that your transcripts show that a degree was conferred. Display copies of degrees or course listings do not provide the information needed. – AND – In order to meet the minimum qualifications for this position at the GS-9 level you must also meet one of the following: EXPERIENCE: At least one (1) full year of specialized experience (equivalent to at least the GS-7 level in the Federal service) that has equipped you with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of a Health Science Specialist – Human Subject Research. Specialized experience is experience that demonstrates application of knowledge of clinical/scientific healthcare research; skill in data collection; recruiting, determining eligibility, obtaining consent, and/or assessing research study participants; applying knowledge of guidelines for working with human subjects in research; conducting and administering structured interviews; and applying knowledge of computer programs including web-based programs and electronic medical records. ~OR~ EDUCATION: Successful completion of two (2) years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Master’s degree or equivalent graduate degree in a field related to the work of a Health Science Specialist – Human Subject Research. This education must have provided the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work of this position. Copies of transcripts required at the time of application. ~OR~ COMBINATION: An equivalent combination of related graduate level education (beyond the first year) and specialized experience, as described above. Copies of transcripts required at the time of application. You will be rated on the following Competencies as part of the assessment questionnaire for this position:
Database Management SystemsGrants ManagementInterpersonal SkillsSelf-ManagementWriting IMPORTANT: A full year of work is considered to be 35-40 hours of work per week. All experience listed on your resume must include the month and year start/end dates. 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. For more information on these qualification standards, please visit the United States Office of Personnel Management’s website at
This position is located within the Research and Development Service at the VA Medical Center in Hines, IL. The person in this position provides technical assistance and support to research investigators.