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Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Physician (Regular Ft) in San Antonio, Texas


The Physician will serve as an Associate Chief of Staff for Research & Development (ACOS/R&D). Recruitment/Relocation Incentives are authorized Relocation Expenses/PCS is authorized


The VA South Texas Health Care System (STVHCS) is recruiting for an Associate Chief of Staff for Research & Development (ACOS/R&D). STVHCS is a large tertiary care (1A) facility affiliated with University of Texas Health San Antonio (UTHSA). STVHCS currently has over 127 active investigators, more than 321 active protocols and 731 research staff. In fiscal year 2018, STVHCS scientists received over $29 million in research grants from the VA, NIH, DOD and other sources. The STVHCS ranks 11th among all VAs nationwide in total research funding. Research is conducted in a total of 49,000 square feet of wet and dry lab space that supports programs in basic science, clinical research, rehabilitation, health services, cooperative studies, and implementation research. STVHCS is home to the VA funded Dole Center of Excellence on caregiving. Clinical programs awarded to STVHCS include NAVIGATE, MVP recruiting site, and GRECC. Our VA GRECC investigators are also part of two large NIH centers on aging: a Pepper Center and a Nathan Shock Center. Research collaborations between the STVHCS and UTHSA are greatly enhanced by a sky bridge that connects the VA with the university. Work Schedule: Monday-Friday, 8:00am-4:30pm

Relocation/Recruitment Incentive are authorized for a highly qualified candidate.

Permanent Change of Station (PCS) relocation services is authorized for a highly qualified candidate.

Financial Disclosure Report: Not required

Education and length of practice will be considered through a formal pay-setting process in determining the final compensable salary (Base Pay + Market Pay).


Conditions of Employment


To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement.

Applicants pending the completion of educational or certification/licensure requirements may be referred and tentatively selected but may not be hired until all requirements are met.

Basic Requirements: United States Citizenship: Non-citizens may only be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy. Degree of doctor of medicine or an equivalent degree resulting from a course of education in medicine or osteopathic medicine. The degree must have been obtained from one of the schools approved by the Department of Veterans Affairs for the year in which the course of study was completed. Current, full and unrestricted license to practice medicine or surgery in a State, Territory, or Commonwealth of the United States, or in the District of Columbia. Completion of residency training, or its equivalent, approved by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs in an accredited core specialty training program leading to eligibility for board certification. Proficiency in spoken and written English. Physical requirements outlined below. Preferred Experience: The ideal candidate will have a record of accomplishment in peer-reviewed research activities and an interest in being a servant leader to the investigators, clinical service chiefs, COS and leadership of the STVHCS. Maintaining some ongoing research activity is required and equipment, space and other support will be provided for transitioning the applicant's current research program. An appropriate academic appointment at UTHSA will be requested. This is an ideal position for a physician-scientist interested in research administration who wishes to work with a professional staff recognized for their excellence and collegiality. Our setting on the edge of the Texas hill country and our close partnership with UTHSA further enhance this opportunity. Reference: VA Regulations, specifically VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G-2 Physician Qualification Standard. This can be found in the local Human Resources Office. Physical Requirements: The requirement for this position includes light lifting (under 15 pounds), light carrying (under 15 pounds), use of fingers, hearing (aid permitted), ability to perform privileges, ability to independently perform physical exam as appropriate to position, emotional and mental stability, working closely with others, and working alone.


Note: Only education or degrees recognized by the U.S. Department of Education from accredited colleges, universities, schools, or institutions may be used to qualify for Federal employment. You can verify your education here: If you are using foreign education to meet qualification requirements, you must send a Certificate of Foreign Equivalency with your transcript in order to receive credit for that education. For further information, visit:

Additional Information

VA offers a comprehensive benefits package. This link provides an overview of the benefits associated with a VA practice: VHA Physician Brochure. Annual leave shall accrue for full-time physicians at the rate of eight (8) hours per biweekly pay period. This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies. It is the policy of the VA to not deny employment to those that have faced financial hardships or periods of unemployment. This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status. VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply. The health-related positions in VA are covered by Title 38, and are not covered by the Schedule A excepted appointment authority. Veterans and Transitioning Service Members: Please visit the VA for Vets site for career-search tools for Veterans seeking employment at VA, career development services for our existing Veterans, and coaching and reintegration support for military service members. If you are unable to apply online view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application.