This position is housed in the Research and Development Service located at the US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Portland Health Care System in Portland, Oregon. The incumbent will serve as a Research Librarian (Health Science Specialist) in the Coordinating Center for the Evidence Synthesis Program (ESP), a national VA Health Services Research and Development Service (HSR&D) research program.

Since 2007, the ESP has focused on improving Veteran health and wellbeing through the production of tailored evidence synthesis products to support the implementation of effective practices. ESP’s high-quality, timely, and innovative syntheses have resulted in positive changes to clinical practice and policy and have informed quality improvement and research-focused initiatives at the national level. The program comprises 4 ESP Centers across the US and a Coordinating Center (CC) located in Portland, Oregon. Center Directors are VA clinicians and recognized leaders in the field of evidence synthesis with close ties to the AHRQ Evidence-based Practice Center Program. The CC manages national program operations, conducts initial scoping and feasibility assessment of systematic review topics nominated to the ESP, and houses the Rapid Response program, which responds to urgent evidence needs through the production of rapid evidence synthesis products (eg, ESP Evidence Briefs).


As a Research Librarian with the ESP, the incumbent’s primary responsibility is to develop and conduct scientific literature searches on a variety of health services and clinical topics in collaboration with evidence synthesis researchers and subject matter experts. Specific duties for this position include:

  • Developing, documenting, and executing search strategies to facilitate 1) initial scoping of proposed systematic review topics, 2) production of systematic reviews assigned to ESP Centers, and 3) production of Rapid Response evidence synthesis products at the ESP CC. Specific tasks include, but are not limited to: translating topic analytic models and eligibility criteria to systematic search strategies, adapting strategies to multiple databases, conducting gray literature searches, comprehensively documenting search strings (terms, filters, limits, etc) and results, and accurately populating Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses (PRISMA) diagrams.
  • Assisting with reference management using EndNote and systematic review screening software. Specific tasks include, but are not limited to: creating EndNote and systematic review screening software libraries populated with search results, carrying out full-text retrieval, ensuring accuracy of library contents, and supporting citation management during Rapid Response evidence synthesis product development.
  • Providing bibliometrics for program progress reports.
  • Engaging in relevant training and professional development. Specific activities include, but are not limited to: maintaining awareness of current systematic review trends and tools, attending training webinars and tutorials when possible on methods and software for performing systematic reviews, and providing team training (as required).


  • Master’s degree in library and information science, or related field
  • Experience developing and conducting complex search strategies for systematic reviews, including using health-related databases (eg, PubMed, Ovid MEDLINE, CINAHL, etc); using controlled and keyword vocabulary, MeSH terms, and Boolean and proximity operators; and searching gray literature
  • Skill in using reference management software other than EndNote (eg, Zotero).
  • U.S. citizen


  • 2+ years of experience as an academic or medical librarian conducting research and systematic reviews on health-related topics
  • Familiarly with best practices in documenting and reporting literature searches, including the PRISMA standards for reporting systematic reviews and meta-analyses
  • Skill in using EndNote, or other citation management software
  • Proficiency in systematic review screening software (eg, PICO Portal, DistillerSR, Covidence, or EPPI-Reviewer)
  • Experience working with multidisciplinary teams on a broad range of topics
  • Strong technical writing and editing skills
  • Exceptional organizational, time and personnel management, and communication skills
  • Interest in advancing systematic review methods
  • A high level of independence, judgment, and teamwork


  • Health Science Specialist position with an expected full-time starting salary: $58,560 (GS-9) / $70,853 (GS-11) depending on education, experience, and location
  • Term appointment: position is eligible for full benefits
  • Remote work options available


Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Applicants should provide a cover letter describing interests and qualifications and CV/resume.

Expected start date is July 2022.

The VA is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We value a diverse and culturally competent workforce. We are proud of our commitment to be an equal opportunity organization that does not discriminate against applicants based on any protected class status. Individuals with diverse backgrounds, and those who promote diversity and a culture of inclusion, are encouraged to apply.

Job Type: Full-time

Pay: $58,560.00 - $70,853.00 per year


  • 401(k)
  • 401(k) matching
  • Dental insurance
  • Flexible spending account
  • Health insurance
  • Health savings account
  • Life insurance
  • Paid time off
  • Parental leave
  • Retirement plan
  • Vision insurance


  • 8 hour shift
  • Monday to Friday

Application Question(s):

  • Describe your experience developing and conducting complex search strategies for systematic reviews, including using health-related databases (eg, PubMed, Ovid MEDLINE, CINAHL, etc); using controlled and keyword vocabulary, MeSH terms, and Boolean and proximity operators; and searching gray literature.
  • Describe your skill in using reference management software other than EndNote (eg, Zotero).


  • Master's (Preferred)


  • librarian in health research setting: 2 years (Required)

Work Location: Remote

  • Company:
    VA Portland Health Care System
  • Job Type:
  • Posting Date:
    12th May 2022
  • Valid through:
    12th Jun 2022
  • Location:
  • Est. Salary:
    $58,560-70,853 / YEAR
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