Research Scientist

Updated: January 12, 2018
Job ID: 213535
Status: Full-Time
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Location: Rockville, MD, United States

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The Suicide Care, Prevention, and Research (CPR) Initiative at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, Department of Medical and Clinical Psychology in Bethesda, Maryland is accepting applications from doctoral-level social science and/or public health researchers. The Research Scientist will serve as a member of an interdisciplinary team of investigators, clinicians, and graduate students, to examine topics pertaining to the treatment of individuals with suicidal thoughts and/or behaviors.

ESSENTIAL JOB DUTIES:                                                                        

  1. Independently manage multiple work streams and collaborate with team members to make direct contributions to the research program at the Suicide CPR Initiative
  2. Serve as a member of the management team, provide supervision to junior staff, and mentor clinical psychology doctoral candidates in the completion of their dissertation projects 
  3. Contribute to the development of research proposals and grant applications
  4. Support the implementation of multiple suicide prevention studies
  5. Perform statistical analyses in accordance with research priorities and timelines
  6. Develop and author scientific reports for scholarly dissemination at professional meetings and in peer-reviewed publications
  7. Problem solve implementation-related barriers
  8. Develop and maintain professional relationships with investigators within the public and private sectors as well as explore potential funding opportunities to establish an independent program of research
  9. Travel to various sites, as needed, to assist with research implementation, data collection, and/or to meet with study collaborators
  10. Participate in educational opportunities to advance knowledge in the areas of public health, military mental health, and suicide prevention

CURRENT PROJECTS:                                                                             

  • Randomized Controlled Trial on Cognitive Behavior Therapy for Suicide Prevention
  • Department of Defense Suicide Death Reviews
  • Development & Evaluation of a Universal Suicide Prevention Program at Military Training Schools
  • Development of a Cognitive Agility Training Program for Special Operations Forces and Spouses
  • Suicide Prevention, Intervention, and Postvention Workbook for Special Operations Forces’ Chaplaincy Community
  • Program Evaluation of Chaplains-CARE Program (Aimed at Enhancing Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities of Navy Chaplains in Suicide Prevention)
  • North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Research Program on Leadership Tools for Suicide Prevention

Minimum Education/Training Requirements: Applicants must have a doctorate in Public Health, Social and Behavioral Sciences, Psychology (Experimental, Clinical, Counseling, or Social), Social Work, or related field. Evidence of a strong research background as reflected by scholarly presentations and/or publications, a postdoctoral fellowship, as well as other work experience is highly desired.

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: Knowledge of research design and methodology; skills in data analysis and interpretation; some experience in clinical or translational research. Specializations in military mental health, suicidology, and/or suicide prevention are desirable.

Minimum Experience: 1-2 years of postdoctoral research experience

Travel: Will require some travel to off-site locations

Required Licenses, Certification or Registration: None.

Research assessment duties may be assigned to those candidates who hold a doctorate in Clinical or Counseling Psychology or Social Work.

Supervisory Responsibilities/Controls: Supervises junior staff

Work Environment: Suicide CPR Initiative, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences

Application review will begin immediately.

Please send the following via email to Dr. Marjan Holloway, Director, Suicide CPR Initiative, marjan.holloway@usuhs.edu: (1) cover letter to include career goals; (2) curriculum vitae; (3) name, position, and contact information for three academic/professional references. A writing sample may also be submitted. Please use the subject heading, “Research Scientist, USUHS”

The Henry M. Jackson Foundation for the Advancement of Military Medicine (HJF) is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status or other status protected by law.

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