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The Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) Library and Evidence-based Synthesis Program (ESP) Coordinating Center at the VA in Portland seeks a creative and dynamic temporary Systematic Review/Clinical Librarian.

Reporting to the AUL for Information & Research Services at the OHSU Library and the ESP Program Manager at the Portland VA Medical Center, the temporary Systematic Review/Clinical Librarian will be part of two teams: the OHSU Library liaison team and the Portland VA Evidence-based Synthesis Program (ESP) Coordinating Center project team. The incumbent is a key member of the VA ESP Coordinating Center project team and will conduct effective literature searches for systematic reviews, topic nomination briefs and rapid response briefs requested by VA leadership. The person in this position will have expertise in Evidence-based Medicine research and the systematic review process, as well as skills in searching policy and social science literature.

As a member of the OHSU Library liaison team, the Systematic Review/Clinical Librarian will be responsible for coordinating with the Clinical and Outreach Librarian to create and maintain clinical liaison services, in particular for planning, promoting and providing clinical information services in the OHSU Library and affiliated clinics, with particular responsibilities as liaison to clinical departments and their faculty, staff, residents and students.

This position is funded for 12 months, with possible renewal up to an additional two years depending on grant funding.

Required Qualifications:
Accredited graduate degree in an appropriate discipline (library and information science or related area); 1-2 years of experience in a health sciences or research environment or conducting systematic reviews; demonstrated knowledge of medical terminology; expert literature searching experience, especially using databases such as Cochrane CENTRAL, MEDLINE, Embase and grey literature sources; proficiency using EndNote or similar bibliographic management software; strong customer service orientation with excellent oral, written, analytical and interpersonal communication skills; self-motivation with demonstrated ability to work independently and as a contributing member of a multidisciplinary team; attention to detail and ability to adhere to deadlines.

Preferred Qualifications:
3 years of experience in a health sciences or research environment or conducting systematic reviews; degree in health policy or related area (e.g., MPH or similar); training and demonstrated experience in appraising medical literature; familiarity with systematic review search methodology, guidelines, and standards; experience providing instruction to individuals or groups in an academic setting; demonstrated knowledge of social science and health policy databases; familiarity with scholarly publishing, including peer review of scientific publications and technology innovations for dissemination; demonstrated organizational and problem-solving skills.

The Institutions:

Oregon Health & Science University
OHSU is the state's only comprehensive academic health center and is made up of the Schools of Dentistry, Medicine, and Nursing; College of Pharmacy; numerous Centers and Institutes; OHSU Healthcare; and related programs. With over $340 million in annual funded research, OHSU has just launched the Knight Cancer Challenge, a $1 billion campaign. The OHSU Library, the largest health sciences library in Oregon, serves the faculty, staff, and students of OHSU, as well as health professionals and residents of the State of Oregon. The OHSU Library staff provides services in support of teaching, research, and patient care.

VA Evidence-based Synthesis Program
The VA Evidence-based Synthesis Program (ESP) was established in 2007 to make high quality evidence analysis available to clinicians, managers and policymakers as they work to improve the health and healthcare of Veterans. The program is comprised of four ESP Centers and a Coordinating Center, located in Portland, Oregon. The ESP Coordinating Center is charged with developing and maintaining program processes, including working with partners to determine the feasibility of proposed reviews and producing rapid response briefs at the request of VA leadership. The ESP produces evidence syntheses on important clinical practice topics, and these reports help:

  • Develop clinical policies informed by evidence,
  • The implementation of effective services to improve patient outcomes and to support VA clinical practice guidelines and performance measures, and
  • Set the direction for future research to address gaps in clinical knowledge.

Review topics often focus on the health delivery system and address the broader social issues among Veterans. Because of the emphasis on collaboration between VA stakeholders and the evidence review team, ESP work products can have a strong impact on national policy. http://www.hsrd.research.va.gov/publications/esp/

Rank and Salary: This is a temporary faculty position with a 12 month appointment at the level of Assistant Professor. Salary and benefits are competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience, minimum $50,000. This position is funded for 12 months, with possible renewal up to an additional two years depending on grant funding.

Applications and Nominations: To apply please visit ohsujobs.com and search for position IRC45414. Applications should include a resume, a letter of introduction, and contact information for three references. Screening of applications will commence immediately and continue until Dec 1, 2014.

OHSU is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution. Applicants with disabilities can request reasonable accommodation by contacting the Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Department at 503-494-5148. .