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VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System Research Services


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VA Paid Research Employees

Investigators planning to hire new VA employees need to contact Lizzy Koester ( as soon as possible. The hiring process can occur quickly, or it may take a couple of months depending on the type of position and whether or not the position already exists in research.

Your administrative research office will work with you to:

  1. Identify the type of position that is applicable for your needs
  2. Complete a Position Description (PD) or Functional Statement
  3. Ensure the PD is classified, if not previously classified or not classified in the last two years
  4. Review and approve a posting for USAJOBS
  5. Manage the selection process.

Some notes about hiring within the Research Service at VAAAHCS:

  • The mission of the VA includes the Veterans Preference Program. Qualified veterans will be provided the opportunity for employment before other qualified candidates are considered.
  • The Research Service also hires intermittent staff.  These staff do not have assigned hours, and do not have any associated benefits. Their appointment will not exceed 1 year.
  • Orientation, which is mandatory for new staff, occurs every two weeks with start dates aligning with the beginning of each pay period.
Common Research Appointment Types:
A non-competitive process for placement of individuals. These individuals do not have to compete with non-status applicants and therefore do not have to apply to an delegated examining announcement
Term Appointment Appointment for more than 1 year, but less than 4.  Available for internal and external candidates.  Will not acquire permanent status.
Temporary Limited Appointment for 1 year or less and may be extended for an additional year.  Available for internal and external candidates.  Will not acquire permanent status.

For Students/New Graduates, also see the VA Pathways Program.