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Research Scientist


Participates in the conceptualization, design, implementation and dissemination of translational and other practice and policy research relevant in the home and community health care settings. Obtains outside government and philanthropic resources to support research, and to disseminate and translate practice-relevant home and community-based research. Collaborates with internal and external contacts from academia and the nursing and medical fields in designing and conducting research and then in translating research findings into practice.

  • Works with research management to identify critical research and practice issues in home health care that are of significance to VNSNY and the national home care community; recommends research and policy projects for study.

  • Participates in the development of the Research Center’s annual goals and objectives; identifies key research issues and trends and helps design policy relevant projects and practice improvements.

  • Develops study designs, methodologies and protocols, and manages ongoing research and practice/policy studies on the organization, financing, use, cost and outcomes of home and community-based and long-term care.

  • Manages the accumulation, computation, and analysis of data (both quantitative and qualitative).

  • Monitors availability of funding sources (e.g. governmental, private foundation and corporate) for research.

  • Develops and submits grant proposals and applications toward developing an independent program of research.

  • Prepares and publishes research results in peer reviewed, independent journals and other publications.

  • Plans and evaluates staffing needs for project activities and oversees, trains, evaluates and terminates assigned research project staff.

  • Keeps abreast of latest developments in research field, identifies trends for possible future investigation and maintains cooperative relationships with the Agency, and outside experts from academia, nursing and medical field.

  • Participates in the planning and implementation of Center activities focused on increasing the involvement and visibility of VNSNY clinical staff in Center projects and publications.

  • Performs other administrative and/or supervisory duties as required.


Education: Doctorate degree (PhD) with content expertise in Nursing, Public Health, Medicine, Social Work, Physical Therapy, Gerontology, Health Economics, Epidemiology, Informatics or other related area required. 

Experience:  Minimum of one year of research experience preferred. Beginning experience designing and conducting collaborative health services research required.  Prior project management experience and experience utilizing qualitative and quantitative methods to conduct data analysis/data management required.  Demonstrated ability to obtain foundation or government grant funding preferred.  Proven publication record required.  Strong leadership skills and the ability to motivate others and be a team player required. 

Knowledge of and prior work experience in home health care setting preferred.  Prior experience working with large data sets, decision support, geriatrics, chronic disease management, palliative care, and/or practice behavior change also preferred.  A joint appointment with an academic medical center or university will be considered.     



The Visiting Nurse Service of New York (VNSNY) is one of the nation's largest not-for-profit home- and community-based health care organizations, serving the five boroughs of New York City, and Nassau, Suffolk, and Westchester Counties. For over 125 years, VNSNY has been committed to improving the health and well-being of people through high-quality, cost-effective health care in the home and community. We offer a wide range of services, programs, and health plans to meet the diverse needs of our patients, health plan members, and clients from before birth to the end of life. On any given day, VNSNY employees - including nurses, rehabilitation therapists, social workers, home health aides and other professionals - deliver compassionate care, unparalleled medical expertise, and 24/7 solutions and resources to approximately 40,000 individuals in our care helping them to live the best lives possible in their homes and communities.