SIBCR's mission is to improve the health and well-being of Veterans through research and education conducted at the both the Seattle and Tacoma VA Puget Sound Health Care System. SIBCR is dedicated to supporting research and education efforts by facilitating collaborative research projects with other federal agencies, voluntary health organizations, nonprofit professional societies, academic institutions and for-profit companies.

SIBCR is an Equal Opportunity Employer. No phone calls please.

Go to:  Research Study Assistant - RM1 | Research Technician - BW2 | Laboratory Operations Assistant | Senior Grants and Contracts Manager


Date Posted: 5/26/17

Part/Full-time, Non-Exempt/Hourly

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  Data Anaylst - IG1


Analyst for clinical research in liver disease, full time or part-time based at VAPSHCS.


  • Work as a part of a large group of analysts, biostatisticians, epidemiologists and clinical investigators.
  • Extracting analytic variables from national VA electronic records.
  • May perform preliminary descriptive statistics or even more advanced analyses.

Knowledge and Experience:

  • Significant experience in SQL, STATA and SAS.    
  • BA or BSs degree required, MS or PhD degree is considered favorable                         



Date Posted: 5/16/18

Full-time, Non-Exempt/Hourly

How to apply

Research Study Assistant - RM1


This position works with the Northwest Mental Illness Research, Education, and Clinical Center (NW MIRECC) conducting world class biomedical research.

This position will interact with a multidisciplinary group of basic and clinical investigators, as well as fellows, volunteer research participants, community partners, scientific collaborators and Department of Defense components, locally and nationally. The NW MIRECC develops novel and improved treatments for major behavioral disorders afflicting veterans, directing major resources to support research, education, and treatment for neuropsychiatric disorders highly prevalent among combat-exposed returnees including posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and blast concussive mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI).

This position will focus on translational neuroscience research; treatment of PTSD and trauma; and design and implementation of novel clinical trials.

Under minimal supervision and guidance, the research study assistant will:
• Schedule and coordinate participants’ study schedules
• Assist with recruiting research volunteers
• Create, modify, and maintain study data collection documents and files
• Record, organize, verify, transcribe, and upload research study data
• Prepare and organize regulatory materials for investigators and staff
• Inventory and resupply study specific materials and kits
• Participate in research study visits and procedures
• Accompany study participants to various research procedures
• Conduct vital signs and ECGs, psychometric testing, and phlebotomy
• Use physiologic monitoring equipment, such as pupillometry, eye tracking, and polysomnography.
• Process blood and cerebrospinal fluid (CSF)
• Ship and track human biological samples
• Maintain confidentiality of participant and study records at all times
• Serve as protocol resource for participants and staff
• Perform other related duties as needed

Position Requirements:
• Bachelor’s degree
• Legally authorized to work in the US

Desirable Skills:
• Ability to work independently
• Strong interpersonal skills
• Solid problem-solving skills
• Previous experience in clinical research
• Familiarity and experience with a veteran population
• Willingness and ability to work flexible schedule to accommodate participants
• Willingness to work at secondary site(s)

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Date Posted: 5/23/18

Full-time, Non-Exempt/Hourly

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Research Technician - BW2


This posting is for a research technician position in the labs of Drs. Michelle Erickson and William Banks at the Seattle VA Medical Center. The scientific focus of both labs comprises many aspects of blood-brain barrier physiology that include peptide and protein transport, neuroimmune communication, and perturbation by pharmacologic agents, toxicants, and disease states such as Alzheimer’s disease.

The ideal candidate would support a multidisciplinary, R21-funded project that aims to determine how exposure to ozone, a widespread component of air pollution, adversely affects the central nervous system and could contribute to Alzheimer’s disease.


  • Carry out technical aspects of research projects, which includes designing and conducting experiments, recording and managing data, and communicating results to supervisors and the research group
  • Complete and stay current on all training required by the VA and affiliated institutions and adhere to all rules and regulations
  • Record keeping and preparation of paperwork for protocol submissions
  • More detailed aspects of technical duties include:
    • In vivo PK/PD studies in mice
    • Behavioral assays (cognition, olfaction, anhedonia, stress, anxiety, depression) in mice
    • Extraction and quantification of proteins and nucleic acids
    • Immunofluorescent staining and microscopy
    • Tissue culture
    • Molecular cloning and viral vector development

Position Requirements:

  • Must be able to commit 40 hours a week
  • Must be willing to work flexible hours, including some evenings and weekends
  • Must be willing to work with mice and radioactive isotopes and strictly adhere to all regulations regarding their use
  • Must be authorized to work in the US
  • Must work well with others, be pro-active about seeking help when needed, and respect all members in the lab
  • Must be able to independently design and execute experiments, analyze data, and report data in a clear, organized format

Knowledge and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree in biology or a related academic program in the life sciences
  • At least 2 years of wet lab experience that includes mouse handling, molecular techniques such as ELISAs, Western Blotting, qPCR, and cell culture.
  • Other desirable skills:
    • Mouse behavior
    • Respiratory physiology
    • Flow cytometry

Date Posted: 6/26/2018

Part-time, Non-Exempt/Hourly

How to apply

Laboratory Operations Assistant

The Laboratory Operations Assistant position is ideal for a student or individual who is looking for a part-time flexible job. Hours vary depending upon need and availability of work and may be 8 hours minimum to 19 hours a week. Laboratory Operations Assistant would be working between 8am and 6pm Monday – Friday. Work week could be flexible to include weekend.

Duties listed in order of importance:

  • Work with Sensaphone freezer alarm systems; obtain contact information for call outs, update and maintain call out information on Sensaphones, maintain call out records on spread sheet, perform monthly call tests, hookup alarm systems
  • Update RD freezer data list; remove excessed freezers, add new freezers, update moved freezer locations, make tags and label freezers
  • Help with moves; moving furniture and equipment, recycling and cleaning, hazardous chemical decontamination and disposal
  • Recycling; empty battery, Styrofoam, metal and electronic waste bins
  • Perform GRECC equipment inventories; work with lab personnel to find exception list items, fill out turn in paperwork, decontaminate lab equipment
  • Help with deliveries and acquisitions- obtaining quotes, performing market research

Skills needed:

  • Good attention to detail for cleaning, maintenance and alarm system maintenance
  • Good written and oral communication for communicating with supervisor & lab personnel regarding duties, problems and solutions
  • Ability and willingness to; follow specific instructions, work independently & as a supportive team member, learn new tasks, share own observations & ideas

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Date Posted: 7/10/18

Part-time, Non-Exempt/Hourly

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Senior Grants and Contracts Manager

SIBCR's mission is to improve the health and well-being of Veterans through research and education conducted at both the Seattle and Tacoma VA Puget Sound Health Care System. SIBCR is dedicated to supporting research and education efforts by facilitating collaborative research projects with other federal agencies, voluntary health organizations, nonprofit professional societies, academic institutions and for-profit companies.

Job Summary

SIBCR is hiring an experienced grant manager to join our Sponsored Programs team. The Senior Grants and Contracts Manager manages the pre- and post-award process for a diverse portfolio of VA PIs, from proposal development and submission through award negotiations to post-award partnerships, budgeting, and reporting oversight. This role also participates substantively in identifying departmental needs and goals and implementing solutions to them. We are looking for a team player with the drive and experience to contribute to our whole organization, and bring our internal and external stakeholders along too.


  • Negotiates complex grants and contracts management issues throughout the grant lifecycle and resolves them with a high degree of internal and external customer service
  • Assembles and submits a large volume of grant applications that comply with external funder requirements and internal SIBCR requirements
  • Maintains knowledge of submission and reporting requirements for various federal and non-federal funding agencies including electronic submission processes
  • Liaises with grant funders and serves in a pivotal role to provide guidance on diverse policies, rules, and regulations to our investigators and staff
  • Manages post-award activities, ensuring adherence to applicable regulations: oversees subawarding and other collaborative relationships, tracks deadlines and prepares accurate reports, and monitors budgets, correctly identifies trends, and corrects course as needed
  • Manages industry-funded collaborations from negotiating funding agreements to monitoring progress and milestones
  • Creates and monitors internal business processes proactively optimizing workflow within SIBCR and with external partners
  • Researches federal statutes and regulations to contribute to internal policies that ensure SIBCR remains in compliance with applicable laws, regulations, and funder policies
  • Assists with filings for federal regulatory renewals (e.g., IACUC, ORI, etc.)
  • Maintains and updates internal data systems in a timely and accurate manner
  • Reports grant and contract data to the Director of Sponsored Programs
  • Participates in team training and coaching activities

Position Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent professional experience
  • 4-5 years of experience managing federal grants and contracts with exposure to both pre- and post-award stages

Knowledge and Experience

  • Strong organization and time management skills and the ability to organize priorities relative to deadlines in a highly detail-oriented position
  • Strong familiarity wih federal rules, regulations and standards (e.g. CRFs, Uniform Guidance, NIH GPS, DoDGARs) and the ability to effectively communicate this information to our investigators and staff
  • Ability to work independently with a high degree of reliability, accuracy and productivity
  • Exceptional communication and customer service skills dealing with both technical and professional staff in a collegial setting
  • Building productive relationships up, down and across an organization, and with external partners
  • Database experience and knowledge of electronic grant submission and mangement systems
  • Ability to assess budget and financial reporting and identify trends; can operationalize basic fund accounting principles and accounting procedures
  • Experience creating and monitoring policy and procedures
  • Desktop application proficient and computer literate

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