Job Overview


 Service: National Center for PTSD

 Vacancy Identification Number (VIN) 943627


OUR MISSION: To fulfill President Lincoln's promise – "To care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan" – by serving and honoring the men and women who are America's Veterans.
How would you like to become a part of a team providing compassionate care to Veterans?

These vacancies are advertised at the single grade at which this position will be filled above the full performance level.

“As a VA professional, your opportunities are endless. With many openings in the multiple functions of VA, you will have a wide range of opportunities and leadership positions at your fingertips. Not only is it the largest, most technologically advanced integrated health care system in the Nation, but we also provide many other services to Veterans through the Benefits Administration and National Cemeteries. VA professionals feel good about their careers and their ability to balance work and home life. VA offers generous paid time off and a variety of predictable and flexible scheduling opportunities.  For more information on the Department of Veterans Affairs, go to

NOTE:  The Professional Standards Board (a peer-review group) will review the selected candidate’s education and experience and recommend the step at which the candidate will be placed in that specific grade.  The salary is based on the grade and step approved for the selected candidate.

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.


This position is in the Behavioral Science Division, National Center for PTSD, at the Jamaica Plain campus of the VA Boston Healthcare System.  The incumbent will conduct scientific investigations and contribute to both generation and dissemination of knowledge in support of the research and educational missions of the National Center for PTSD.  The overall objective is to advance prevention, understanding, and treatment of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and other consequences of traumatic stress.  He/she will investigate resilience factors and person-by-environment interactions related to the origins, course, and treatment of PTSD.  As part of this research program, the incumbent will investigate personality-based dimensions of response to trauma and its impact on the form of PTSD-related disability.  The research program will address the application and effectiveness of transdiagnostic treatment for veterans with PTSD.  Advanced statistical knowledge and skill will be instrumental to this research program.  All research potentially involves relevant collaboration with other staff members within the National Center for PTSD at VA Boston Healthcare System, as well as with investigators at other VA and non-VA institutions.  He/she will deliver direct clinical care to veterans with PTSD by providing assessment and therapeutic intervention, and will consult with other staff members to assist with treatment planning and care coordination for adult veterans who receive PTSD services.  The incumbent will provide training at all levels (e.g. psychology practicum students, pre-doctoral interns, post-doctoral fellows, and psychiatry residents).  He/she will comply with national and local performance measures, including timely screening and documentation requirements, and will also participate in various service, committee, and departmental meetings. 

WORK SCHEDULE:  Full-time, Monday to Friday, 8:00 to 4:30 p.m.

NOTE:  This position will be a four year appointment.
NOTE:  This position is a AFGE Bargaining Unit position.
NOTE:  This position is covered by locality-based comparability pay.
NOTE:  Travel and relocation expenses are not authorized.
NOTE:  Selectee may be required to work at any Boston Healthcare System campus, as needed.
NOTE:  Candidates who meet the qualification requirements within 15 calendar days following the closing date of the announcement will be considered.
NOTE:  Time-in-Grade Restriction – Applicants who are current Federal employees and have held a GS grade any time in the past 52 weeks must also meet time-in-grade requirements.  The grade may have been in any occupation but must have been held in the Federal service.