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Job #: R-00099875
Location: McLean, VA
Category: Research Scientist
Schedule (FT/PT): Full Time
Travel Required: Yes, 10% of the time
Shift: Day
Potential for Telework: Yes, 25%
Clearance: Public Trust
Referral Eligibility: Ineligible
Group: Civil

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Job Description:

The Leidos Surface Transportation Solutions Portfolio is seeking a Senior-level Research Psychologist / Human Factors Specialist to direct empirical studies of Human Factors issues in the safety and operation of the U.S. transportation system. As part of the Human Factors Support Services program, the Research Psychologist will work closely with a team of research scientists, transportation engineers, and support staff to conduct cutting edge highway safety and operations research. An ideal candidate will be well reputed in the research industry as evident from published research, conference presentations, research committee leadership, and multiple federally funded projects as Principal Investigator. Opportunities are available for publishing and presenting cutting edge research results.

The Research Psychologist/Human Factors Specialist will work to help on projects under contract to the U.S. Department of Transportation (U.S. DOT) at the Federal Highway Administration Turner Fairbank Highway Research center in Mclean, VA. Work will be performed in a hybrid onsite/remote mode through telecommuting arrangements. Facilities such as a research sign testing lab, connected intersection testbed, Virtual Reality laboratory, and static-and motion-base driving simulators are used to assist research on a variety of topics including transportation systems management and operations; automated driving systems; cooperative driving automation; intersection design; roadway design; signing; pedestrian and bicyclist safety; visibility; traffic control devices; weather; and work zones. 

Primary duties include, but are not limited to:

·       Performing thorough literature reviews and summarizing technical information

·       Designing and conducting applied behavioral research studies and data collection procedures

·       Assuring quality control in data collection

·       Interpreting results from statistical analyses

·       Speaking with internal and federal project team members

·       Developing technical solutions that require association with internal experts across a variety of disciplines 

·       Managing and/or collaborating with other technical personnel in a multi-disciplined environment

·       Preparing research reports and summaries of research activities

·       Reviewing and evaluating complex research studies or programs

·       Coaching and reviewing the technical work of team members 

·       Conveying technical information to audiences with diverse backgrounds

·       Leading technical proposals and identifying opportunities for business growth through strategy, client engagement, exceptional performance executing current contracts, etc.

Basic Qualifications:

·       An advanced degree (Ph.D. or Masters) in experimental psychology, human factors, or an equivalent field; experience in lieu of degree may be acceptable

·       At least 8 years of demonstrated skill and experience in serving as a Principal Investigator and leading research studies. 

·       The ability to obtain and maintain a Public Trust clearance.

·       Background and expertise specific to human factors research, highway safety and operations, driving automation technology, vulnerable road user safety and Cooperative Driving Automation

·       Prior practice with Virtual Reality or Virtual Programming Environments

·       Ability to work freely to achieve day-to-day objectives with significant impact on project deliverables

·       Ability to perform well under the pressure of multiple contending deadlines

·       Highly proactive, self-motivated, and has sharp self-time management

·       Good statistical background to interpret results

Preferred Qualifications:

·       Demonstrated participation in engaging a variety of industry, government, research, consulting, and other professionals to achieve a common goal

·       Ability to think analytically and apply general concepts to other applicable topics

·       Ability to flourish within a dynamic, fun team environment as well as work freely

·       Seeks constant improvement through self-identified opportunities and peer feedback

·       Good technical knowledge and comprehension of impact on end-product/solution

·       Demonstrated, effective writer and engaging presenter who excels at making highly complex and technical information accessible to diverse audiences

·       Prior involvement in an applied research/development/testing environment

·       Demonstrated background in developing research and grant proposals 


Leidos is a Fortune 500® information technology, engineering, and science solutions and services leader working to solve the world’s toughest challenges in the defense, intelligence, homeland security, civil, and health markets. The company’s 43,000 employees support vital missions for government and commercial customers. Headquartered in Reston, Virginia, Leidos reported annual revenues of approximately $13.74 billion for the fiscal year ended in 2021. For more information, visit

Pay Range:

Pay Range $97,500.00 - $150,000.00 - $202,500.00

The Leidos pay range for this job level is a general guideline only and not a guarantee of compensation or salary. Additional factors considered in extending an offer include (but are not limited to) responsibilities of the job, education, experience, knowledge, skills, and abilities, as well as internal equity, alignment with market data, applicable bargaining agreement (if any), or other law.

About Leidos

Leidos is a Fortune 500® technology, engineering, and science solutions and services leader working to solve the world’s toughest challenges in the defense, intelligence, civil, and health markets. The company’s 44,000 employees support vital missions for government and commercial customers. Headquartered in Reston, Virginia, Leidos reported annual revenues of approximately $13.7 billion for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2021. For more information, visit

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