Research Scientist (Psychology) (646449)

  • 02/19/2018

Job Description


Leidos’s Military amp; Veterans Health Solutions Group is currently looking for a Research Scientist in 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 submariner performance and psychological attrition, submariner work, rest, and watch-standing schedules, recognition of constituents of breathing gas, accelerated decompression states associated with hypo- and hyperbaric exposure, methods to preserve and enhance individual physical and cognitive performance in temperature, pressure, and fatigue extremes. The candidate will also perform epidemiological studies to determine how the health and rate of illness and death of the submariner population differs from that of the non-submariner naval population. <?xml:namespace prefix = "o" />


The ideal candidate shall:

· Identify Navy-relevant research topics in the areas of optimization of human performance, selection and classification, sensory physiology, 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, developing documentation and coordinating approval of related Institutional Review Board documents, and managing resources necessary to meet project goals.

· 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.

· Support NSMRL staff and other professional entities on current and future research projects.

· Arrange for necessary support staff and equipment to monitor experimental subjects.

· Perform tests, surveys, investigations, and/or experiments. Obtain raw non-human subjects data and assemble analytic data sets, and gather test/survey/experiment results.

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

· Demonstrate expert working knowledge in the coding/programming of behavioral research methods tools (i.e., neurobehavioral batteries, eye-tracking, mouse-tracking).

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

· Report finding, outcomes, and recommendations to the submarine fleet through formal meetings, presentations, briefings, and publications.

· Coordinate approval of publication of technical information.


Requirements: <?xml:namespace prefix = "o" />

· 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 experimental psychology, industrial/organizational psychology, cognitive science, social psychology, or a related field in order to successfully conduct the multi-disciplinary research approach necessary with 2-4 years of experience.

· 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 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. JBLeidos ICJBMeta