The incumbent formulates the goals and objectives of the research program at VA Northern California Health Care System (VANCHCS), and is responsible for initiating policies, procedures and organizational structures necessary to achieve the stipulated goals, in collaboration with, and under the guidance of, the Chief of Staff. The incumbent is responsible for planning, developing, and directing the complex scientific and administrative activities necessary to advance the research program. The major duties are as follows but are not limited to: Develops policies and procedures for the administration of the organization's research program. Mentors and assists research investigators in preparing proposals that meet review process requirements. Consults with researchers to develop project presentation, budget recommendations and resource allocations for proposed projects. Identifies funding opportunities and conducts outreach to actively solicit research proposals from existing and new investigators. Monitors the effectiveness of the interactive systems and procedures necessary to advance the research program in accordance with all principles, rules and regulations affecting research within the VA. Conducts program assessments and prepares reports necessary to· the continuity of the research program. Prepares quarterly reports for the R&D Committee regarding the facility's Research Program. Supervise the maintenance of a comprehensive database list of all approved research conducted at the facility, in conjunction with the Administrative Officer/Research. Initiate corrective action in response to recommendations of the Inspector General, Joint Commission, Office of Research Oversight (ORO), Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Association for Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care (AAALAC), Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare (OLA. W), and VA Research Service administrative inspections or audits. Conducts or directs special studies and audits in order to resolve administrative problems that arise in the normal operation of a complex research program. Serves as the immediate interface between the Research Service and the investigators, the support services of the facility's administration, VA VISN leadership, VA Headquarters, the affiliated university (Davis and Berkeley campuses), and the non-profit corporation associated with this VA facility. Oversees the VA Merit submission process for the facility's Research Program. Conduct and maintain his or her own research projects, and participates in the VA Merit program. Functions as the team leader for this research by formulating research ideas, overseeing the collection of all data in the research laboratory, and by supervising students and personnel in all facets of the research. Interprets findings on the basis of the scientific implications involved, verifies the validity of these results, identifies the source of the unexpected results, and, if necessary, corrects the experimental design. Work Schedule: Monday-Friday, 8:00am-4:30pm Telework: Available Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Position Description/PD#: Health Science Officer/PD9788-0 Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: **May be Authorized for a highly qualified applicant.** Permanent Change of Station (PCS): Not Authorized Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
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