The Defense and Veteran Brain Injury Center (DVBIC) is searching for a Clinical Research Director! General Dynamics Information Technology (GDIT) is hiring a full-time research neuroscientist with traumatic brain injury experience to join the DVBIC team. DVBIC is the traumatic brain injury (TBI) operational component of the Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury (DCoE). Founded in 1992 by Congress, DVBIC’s responsibilities have grown as its network of care and treatment sites has grown.
This position is based at Audie L. Murphy Memorial Veterans Hospital (ALMMVH). It is a quaternary care facility, which is affiliated with the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio (UTHSCSA). Comprehensive health care is provided through acute medical, surgical, mental health, physical medicine and rehabilitation, geriatric, and primary care services.
Located adjacent to ALMMVH is the San Antonio Polytrauma Rehabilitation Center (SA PRC), one of five facilities in the country designed to provide intensive rehabilitative care to Veterans and Service members who experienced severe injuries (including brain injuries) to more than one organ system. The SA PRC is a state-of-the-art rehabilitation facility completed in 2011.
- The Clinical Research Director will be located within the SA PRC and the position will provide ample opportunity to conduct TBI research collaboratively within the SA PRC, ALMMVH, San Antonio Military Medical Center (SAMMC), and including but not limited to, the other 17 DVBIC sites within our growing network.
- For the purpose of this contract and the related position descriptions, the term “RESEARCH” is used to refer to “CLINICAL INVESTIGATIONS”. This contract does not support research in the basic sense of the term (i.e., in laboratories, bench research, or animal testing).
- The contractor will normally work up to 40 hours a week, 0800 to 1630, Monday through Friday (hours may vary). Overtime is not authorized.
The Clinical Research Director must have leadership experience to ensure all operations support quality patient care and clinical research and comply with all Command, federal, state, regulatory, DVBIC and contractor requirements.
- Directs and provides oversight of research related activities at the DVBIC site. May oversee clinical and/or education related activities. May serve as Principal Investigator.
- Establishes and maintains appropriate staff to ensure that patient care and clinical research projects are delivered on time, on budget, and to the agreed quality standard.
- Conducts evaluations and provides therapeutic interventions to individuals as needed to facilitate TBI clinical care management and optimize care.
- Develops, implements, and maintains partnership with Patients, other health care providers, researchers, and community resources as applicable.
- Responsible for the completion of individual workload accountability in accordance with clinic, medical treatment facility and program requirements.
- Abides by all applicable regulations with regard to Utilization Review and Quality Improvement directives including, but not limited to, in-service training, peer review, performance improvement, records maintenance, performance evaluations, and release of information.
- Assists other contract service providers, military commanders and community agencies in the development and implementation of health programs at the installation and or clinic level.
- Participates, as appropriate, in departmental Quality Assurance (QA) programs and adhere to all safety and patient data regulations at all times.
- Attends and presents at conferences, meetings, trainings for professional development and presentation of research findings or patient care reports, as appropriate.
- Supervises contract staff training, promotes development with immediate and direct feedback, and completes performance evaluations for contract clinical, research, and education staff working under this contract.
- Collaborates with physicians in other medical specialties on cases involving complicated and multi-faceted problems.
- Provides educational presentations on TBI regularly to the appropriate audiences.
- Oversees the design and execution of clinical research initiatives, and their compliance with all regulatory bodies.
- Supports TBI research through development and implementation of research studies in collaboration with research professionals locally and nationally.
- Ensures effective communication and knowledge sharing with DVBIC research colleagues and scientific team.
- Contributes to the preparation of research manuscripts for publication in the area of TBI, and present papers at scientific meetings, as possible.
- Serves as a liaison between DVBIC nationally, locally, and the Command.
- Collaborates with Program Manager and monitors contract program activities (e.g. staff training and performance; recruitment and hiring; and planning).
- Other duties as assigned
- Professional neuroscience degree in Neuropsychology, Psychiatry, or related health or medical field. Experience within clinically appropriate systems of care may be accepted in lieu of educational minimums.
- MUST be able to obtain a NACLC (T2) Clearance.
- Minimum Experience:
- 10-15 years of related experience in scientific research, analysis and/or engineering.
- Minimum 3-10 years of training or experience working with patients with traumatic brain injury required. 3-10 years’ experience in research as demonstrated by publications, presentations required. 2-5 years management experience preferred. Prior experience within the DoD/VA systems of care and providing clinical services to individuals, couples or groups strongly preferred. A strong background working with neurological patients, especially those with traumatic brain injury required.
- Required Licenses:
- The Contractor employee must have and maintain a current license to practice in any one of the 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam or the U.S. Virgin Islands, or any US territory that allows for the independent practice of clinical services. This license must be current and unrestricted (not subject to restriction pertaining to the scope, location, or type of practice ordinarily granted to other applicants for similar licenses in granting jurisdiction).
- Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
- Ability to function independently with a high degree of professionalism and clinical judgment required. Excellent interpersonal skills with the ability to interact with staff at all levels to foster collaborative research activities required. Excellent oral and written communication skills required. Ability to facilitate and present information to small and large groups as well as the flexibility to re-prioritize quickly required. Must have a high level of competence in clinical practice, administration, and education. Ability to work as part of a multidisciplinary health care team is required. Knowledge and experience with military health system, combat/deployment issues, brain injury, and psychological health issues in the military are highly desired. The Clinical Research Director must adhere to legal, professional and ethical codes with respect to confidentiality and privacy.
- Physical Capabilities:
- Requires sitting for long periods as well as some walking, standing, bending and carry up to 25 pounds. The incumbent may encounter work with patients who are confused, agitated and/or combative.
- Supervisory Responsibilities/Controls:
- Work Environment:
- Office, clinical and hospital environment. Must be available to travel locally, regionally and nationally.
As a trusted systems integrator for more than 50 years, General Dynamics Information Technology provides information technology (IT), systems engineering, professional services and simulation and training to customers in the defense, federal civilian government, health, homeland security, intelligence, state and local government and commercial sectors. With approximately 32,000 professionals worldwide, the company delivers IT enterprise solutions, manages large-scale, mission-critical IT programs and provides mission support services. GDIT is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer - Minorities/Females/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities.