Psychological Health Researcher (P/T)

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Updated: June 21, 2019
Job ID: 214818
Status: Part-Time
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Location: Bethesda, MD, United States

Join the HJF Team!

HJF is seeking a part-time Psychological Health Researcher to work in the Consortium for Health and Military Performance (CHAMP) at the Uniformed Services University (USU) to provide scientific, technical, and support services on programs that are designed to benefit US Special Operations Command (USSOCOM). Serves as a leading member of the research team for CHAMP on projects intended to improve the general psychological health and well-being of the Special Operations Forces (SOF), and where appropriate, their families. The successful applicant for this position will collaborate with the Principal Investigator and other staff members in carrying out experimental procedures in support of the CHAMP and USSOCOM missions. A strong background in research design, execution and data analysis is a critical requirement for selection.  The position is open only to US citizens and possession of, or eligibility for a SECRET security clearance, is required. The position is located in Bethesda, MD.  


  1. Plan, conduct, and complete investigations as part of a multi-disciplinary team.
  2. Analyze and correctly interpret experimental data and use those data analyses to write and edit papers for publication in technical and peer-reviewed journals.
  3. Advise and train project managers or assistant investigators in research project management and in creating SOPs for such purposes.
  4. Liaison with military commands to assess research needs and coordinate the execution of corresponding research missions.
  5. Write research protocols and submit them through the eIRB system for review and approval by USU’s Institutional Review Board.
  6. Function as the lead contact between the project and the IRB for submission of reports and requested or required information about the protocol once it is approved.
  7. Lead or participate, as appropriate, in field data collection efforts as required by a specific research protocol.
  8. Oversee activities of research teams with regard to recruiting, interviewing, and scheduling volunteer subjects.  Must have the ability to carefully explain the nature of the studies and research procedures.
  9. Works with graduate students and summer students (graduate, medical or other) and assists them with research projects.
  10. Participate in research and other meetings and activities.
  11. Performs other duties as assigned.

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: Expertise in design and execution of psychological/behavioral health research projects with qualitative and quantitative data analysis techniques, as demonstrated by a strong record of publication in leading journals. Demonstrated ability and experience working with a multi-disciplinary team to accomplish organizational goals. Proven ability to meet deadlines for projects.  Excellent communication and teamwork skills.  Expertise in the field of psychology or behavioral health.

Minimum Education/Training Requirements: Doctoral degree in psychology or a related field such as behavioral health. 

Minimum Experience:  Six (6) years of experience designing and executing behavioral and/or psychological health research and analyzing the resulting data.  Although not required, prior military service is desired.

Physical Capabilities: The incumbent must be in good physical health and have adequate physical strength and conditioning to participate in field data collection when required.

Supervisory Responsibilities/Controls: The incumbent works under the direction of the CHAMP Director/Principal Investigator who determines objectives and the nature of desired results and gives advice on work in progress. The position requires both independent and team work under broad policy and research guidelines that are in effect at USU and within CHAMP.  Work will be reviewed by the Director to assess the application of research methods and practices in achieving results and adherence to research protocols.

Work Environment: Work is performed in an office setting.  Travel in CONUS/OCONUS may be required. Position is located in Bethesda, MD at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences.  Any qualifications to be considered as equivalents, in lieu of stated minimums, require the prior approval of the Director of Human Resources.

Background: US Citizenship required; eligibility to obtain and hold Department of Defense issued Secret Clearance.

Employment with HJF is contingent upon successful completion of a background check, which may include, but is not limited to, contacting your professional references, verification of previous employment, addresses, education, and credentials, a criminal background check, drug screening, and a department of motor vehicle (DMV) check. 

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, or protected veteran status.

Any qualifications to be considered as equivalents, in lieu of stated minimums, require the prior approval of the Chief Human Resources Officer.