Research Scientist (I/O Psychology)

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Leidos's Military & Veterans Health Solutions Group is currently looking for a Research Scientist in Industrial/Organizational Psychology to support research studies and analyses to determine the biomedical response of humans to stressors identified in the special warfare, surface, undersea, diving, and submarine environments at the Naval Submarine Medical Research Laboratory (NSMRL) in Groton, CT.  


NSMRL conducts research and investigates the effects of medical, psychological, and performance issues associated with the health and performance of naval personnel in operational and non-operational settings. Research areas will include studies to evaluate multiple medical conditions affecting submarine qualifications; the studies will assess and enhance the psychological screening of prospective war-fighters and test and evaluation of attrition risk.



The ideal candidate shall:

·        Identify Navy-relevant research topics in the areas of optimization of human performance, selection and classification, or social/behavioral dynamics.

·        Write research pre-proposals, research protocols, formal technical reports, and journal publications addressing the above topics.

·        Support execution of approved work units/research projects by determining requirements, obtaining/developing and fabricating laboratory equipment and materials, develop and monitor progress and financial plans, develop documentation and coordinate approval of related Institutional Review Board documents, and manage resources necessary to meet project goals.

·        Oversee the administration of a psychological screening program, including developing budgets against operational and research projects

·        Develop and evaluate appropriate methodologies, write standards of procedure to perform appropriate methodologies, and perform quality assurance checks to ensure that appropriate methodologies are followed consistently.

·        Perform investigations, job analyses, and/or experiments.

·        Conduct research studies of physical work environments, organizational structures, communication systems, group interactions, morale, or motivation to assess organizational functioning.

·        Develop novel personnel screening and selection tools. Demonstrate working knowledge of item development, scale development, factor analysis, and/or SEM.

·        Obtain raw data and assemble analytic data sets, and gather test/survey/experiment results.

·        Demonstrate expert working knowledge in behavioral statistical software (i.e., R, SPSS, MATLAB).

·        Prepare summaries and publications for non-research technical and general audiences. 

·        Maintain collaborative relationships with other NSMRL personnel to optimize resources and knowledge/skills

·        Brief leadership as requested/required.



·        The candidate will be required to acquire, at a minimum, a SECRET classification access level.  Preference will be given to a candidate who already has this clearance level.

·        Due to Federal contract requirements, US citizenship is required.

·        Candidates must have completed a Doctoral (Ph.D.) degree from an accredited US university, or international university of equivalent standard, in industrial/organizational psychology in order to successfully conduct the research approach necessary.

·        Candidates must also have demonstrated evidence of scientific achievement in the human performance domain as shown by the publication of articles and reports, membership in scientific societies, knowledge of and experience in writing and editing technical and scientific research information, as well as the ability to speak well and concisely, and confer with professional colleagues on a peer basis.

·        Candidates must display a willingness to be exposed to a broad research and management experience in the human performance domain.

·        Demonstrate the ability to extend and apply the knowledge of research to the missions of the NSMRL Command and the Navy.


Ideal Skills:

·        Strong analytical and statistical background to include quantitative and qualitative data analysis, project and program management and their application to effective behavior sciences.

·        Knowledge of research examining human performance in a submarine environment is strongly preferred.


Work Location:

·        Work is to be primarily performed on a government installation. The normal work week is Monday through Friday 0800 to 1630.

·        Some offsite travel (~10%) may be required for data collection efforts, presentations, etc.


Leidos Overview:
Leidos is a global science and technology solutions leader working to solve the world’s toughest challenges in the defense, intelligence, homeland security, civil, and health markets. The company’s 33,000 employees support vital missions for government and commercial customers. Headquartered in Reston, Virginia, Leidos reported pro forma annual revenues of approximately $10 billion for the fiscal year ended January 1, 2016 after giving effect to the recently completed combination of Leidos with Lockheed Martin's Information Systems & Global Solutions business (IS&GS). For more information, visit www.Leidos.com. The company’s diverse employees support vital missions for government and commercial customers. Qualified women, minorities, individuals with disabilities and protected veterans are encouraged to apply. Leidos will consider qualified applicants with criminal histories for employment in accordance with relevant Laws. Leidos is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
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