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: Clinical Research Assistant | Research Coordinator - BW2 | Laboratory Technician - ZC1 | Research Coordinator - MB1 | Research Assistant - RM1


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: 7/17/18

Full-time, Non-Exempt/Hourly

How to apply

Clinical Research Assistant

The Clinical Research Assistant will work as a key team member on a series of studies based at the Seattle VA Medical Center. This position will require an individual who understands the principles of scientific investigation and clinical trials, who is capable of in-depth understanding of the study protocol, and is able to make complex decisions independently. The candidate must possess strong scientific, organizational, and interpersonal skills and have at least 2 years project management experience. A BA/BS or higher is required; a degree in scientific research-related field is strongly recommended. The position is full-time; Monday through Friday approximately 8:00 – 4:30 pm. The salary is based on the applicant’s research experience and includes benefits.


  • Provide daily operational support
  • Ensure compliance with applicable IRB, human subjects and data security guidelines and regulations
  • Assist with development and maintenance of databases and files
  • Prepare written reports and document procedure
  • Provide recruitment for studies by screening for eligibility and obtaining informed consent
  • Conduct study visits and administer questionnaires
  • Enter data into study databases
  • Prepare mailings
  • Track recruitment activities
  • Assist with grant submissions, including preparing applications, conducting literature reviews, and other tasks as needed

Position Requirements:

  • BA/BS and at least 2+ years of experience in health research
  • Outstanding organizational and communication skills
  • Keen attention to detail

Desirable Knowledge and Experience:

  • Experience with electronic medical record systems
  • Knowledge of research compliance regulations
  • Experience using the Microsoft Outlook, Word, Excel and Access

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Date Posted: 8/1/2018

Full-time, Non-Exempt/Hourly

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Research Coordinator - BW2

The Research Coordinator's duties include biomedical experiments that work with radioactivity and rodents. General lab skills are needed, organizational skills, and some administrative duties. The individual should have good communication skills, as well as the ability to work in a team with others in support of the lab. 

Research work:

  • Rodent injections and surgeries
  • Protein and nucleic acid analysis such as Western blots, dot blots, immunoassays, qPCR, microscopy
  • Tissue culture of mammalian cell lines, primary brain cells, and iPSCs
  • General experimental procedures

Lab regulatory:

  • Work on submissions for biological hazards
  • Work on submissions for IACUC submissions
  • Work on submissions for R&D committee
  • Organize and maintain approval and renewal documentation for each of the above
  • Maintain chemical inventories and MSDS
  • Assist with preparing grant proposals

Lab maintenance:

  • Check eyewash stations
  • Properly dispose of biohazard materials (autoclaving or Stericycle)
  • Maintain radioactive materials storage and waste disposal
  • Ensure cleanliness of lab spaces, and adherence to institutional regulations

Ordering laboratory supplies:

  • Place orders for lab staff
  • Compare pricing
  • Order from appropriate funding accounts
  • Receive shipments and distribute items
  • Develop a method for stocking routine supplies
  • Organize and maintain documentation of ordered and received items for budgeting purposes

Other duties:

  • Learn and utilize lab techniques as needed
  • Prepare routine solutions such as buffers
  • Assist new lab members with WOC appointments, research training, and regulatory paperwork
  • Other duties as assigned


  • Principle Investigator
  • Lab technical staff
  • Fellows, grad students and visiting scientists
  • Collaborators
  • Animal Research Facility staff
  • Research and Development Office Personnel
  • GRECC Office Personnel
  • SIBCR Office Personnel
  • VA Mailroom and Facilities staff

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Date Posted: 8/7/18

Full-time, Non-Exempt/Hourly

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Laboratory Technician - ZC1

General Duties/Description:

The incumbent will play an integral role in an ongoing, multicenter, genetics research study on Parkinson's disease based at the Seattle VA Puget Sound Health Care System.  This individual will perform laboratory duties, and analyze and track data in a Microsoft Access database.

 Under minimal supervision, this individual will:

  • Extract DNA from human blood and tissue
  • Design and order primers
  • Genotype human genomic DNA using TaqMan
  • Genotype microsatellite markers on human genomic DNA
  • Sequence human genomic DNA
  • Analyze sequence data using Mutation Surveyor
  • Modify, maintain, and query Microsoft Access databases
  • Maintain freezer inventory of human DNA, plasma and serum samples
  • Reagent Preparation


BS degree in biology or related field AND up to two years of experience in a research laboratory; experience with general molecular methods including PCR; proficiency with desktop computers including spreadsheet and statistical software; strong organizational and communication skills; ability to manage diverse tasks, flexibility in work hours, and a commitment to excellence.


  • Experience with bioinformatics including use of dbSNP and other NCBI resources
  • Experience with ABI 7900 and SDS software
  • Experience with ABI Genetic Analyzer (3100, 3130, or 3730)
  • Experience with GeneMapper Software
  • Experience with Mutation Surveyor Sequence Analysis software
  • Experience Extracting DNA from Human Whole Blood
  • Coursework in molecular biology, genetics, neurobiology, and statistics

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Date Posted: 8/21/18

Full-time, Non-Exempt/Hourly

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Research Coordinator - BM1


  • Patient interaction: Conduct study specific procedures including but not limited to: consenting patients for research studies, interviewing patients, generating patient correspondence, scheduling appointments, and requesting labs and procedures (under the supervision of principal investigator). Evaluate/triage patient events and seek assistance for emergent issues.
  • Database management: Enter data into computerized report forms: generate reports (weekly, monthly, or ad hoc). Software includes Microsoft Access, Excel, and Word
  • Regulatory: generate reports for oversight committees; maintain regulatory compliance; compose correspondence; report patient SAE’s and AE’s; maintain current educational and training requirements for VAPSHCS and R & D department.
  • Other clinical research responsibilities:
    • Determine patient eligibility for studies, attend weekly pathology conference and evaluate pathology reports.
    • Handle human specimens: e.g. process blood, urine and tissue specimens according to study protocol; ship specimens using current biohazard specifications (IATA shipping guidelines).
    • Prepare clinic schedules, attend pre-clinic meetings and provide patient health summaries.
    • Funding and budget oversight: Intermediate/advanced bookkeeping abilities ensure that study- and patient-specific costs are billed appropriately. Track expenditures and income of study budgets and review with investigators.
  • Generates correspondence: Prepare general correspondence, reports, emails and letters for review and signature. Recipients include the study team, supervisor, Institutional Review board (IRB), Research and Development Committee (R&D) and clinical research sponsors.
  • Inventory: Track and inventory all equipment for the study teams. Troubleshoot maintenance issues and establish outside vendor relations. Generally maintain study equipment.
  • Supplies: Orders and maintains stock of supplies needed for routine and study-specific tasks. Utilize VA-specified ordering methods and guidelines.
  • Files: Establish and maintain source- and regulatory files for up to six clinical research projects. Ensure that the information and documentation are correct and complete. Implement all in a timely manner for efficient retrieval.
  • Other duties include: general faxing, photocopying, equipment maintenance, document delivery, etc; other duties as required.

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Date Posted: 9/12/18

Full-time, Non-Exempt/Hourly

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Regulatory Research 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 provide assistance and support of daily regulatory operations to aid our translational neuroscience research; treatment of PTSD and trauma; and design and implementation of novel clinical trials.

  • Assist with research involving human subjects, specifically policies and regulations.
  • Obtain, review, assemble and track regulatory materials for investigators and staff, including preparation of applications for research proposals involving human subjects.
  • Scan and file regulatory documents
  • Comply with regulations, including activities such as tracking of required staff training
  • Track and administer research repository consents and data requests
  • Communicate and distribute regulatory correspondence to research teams
  • Assist in the development and preparation of clinical protocols and associated clinical documents that include content prescribed by pertinent regulatory and local agencies:
    • Office of Human Research Protection [OHRP]
    • Department of Veterans Affairs [DVA]
    • Department of Defense [DoD]
    • National Institutes of Health [NIH]
    • local VA Puget Sound and University of Washington Institutional Review Boards [IRBs]
    • VA Research and Development Committee [R&DC]
    • VA subcommittees
    • UW subcommittees
  • Work with clinical research data, including data entry
  • Other administrative duties, as assigned

Essential requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Legally authorized to work in the US for any employer
  • Demonstrated ability to interpret and apply research practices and protocols
  • Demonstrated writing ability


  • Ability to work independently, strong interpersonal skills
  • Prior research experience
  • Comfortable with a myriad of projects and tasks
  • Solid problem solving skills
  • Regular attendance and punctuality
  • Strong prioritization skills and a high degree of attention to detail
  • Ability to work effectively while under pressure in a fast-paced environment
  • Ability to multitask, prioritize and manage competing priorities with little to no direction.
  • Strong computer, written, organization and communication skills
  • Participate in required trainings and education activities
  • Maintain confidentiality of research protocols and participant private information


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