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Job #: R-00004645
Location: Groton, CT
Category: Research Scientist
Schedule (FT/PT): Full time
Travel Required: Yes, 10% of the time
Shift: Day
Potential for Telework: No
Clearance Required: Secret
Referral Eligibility: Eligible
Group: Health

Job Description:

The Defense Health Operation of Leidos is currently looking for a Post-Doctoral Psychologist 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 and develop strategies to improve the mental health of submariners; the studies will assess and enhance the psychological screening of prospective war-fighters and test and evaluation of attrition risk.

Primary Responsibilities

The ideal candidate shall:
  • Identify Navy-relevant research topics in the areas of optimization of human performance, selection and classification, mental health interventions, 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.
  • Work with military and Government project managers to develop 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.
  • Develop mental well-being, stress, and/or psychological resilience programs.
  • Obtain raw data and assemble analytic data sets, and gather test/survey/experiment results.
  • 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.
  • 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.


Basic Qualifications
  • Candidates must have completed a Doctoral (Psy.D. or Ph.D.) degree from an accredited US university, or international university of equivalent standard, in psychology or a related field, such as clinical psychology, cognitive psychology, experimental psychology, social psychology, or behavioral neuroscience. Special preference will be given to those with a clinical degree or those who specialize in clinically oriented research
  • Candidates must demonstrate a working knowledge of item development, scale development, factor analysis, and/or structural equation modeling (SEM).
  • Candidates must demonstrate expert working knowledge in behavioral statistical software (i.e., R, SPSS, MATLAB).
  • Candidates must display a willingness to be exposed to a broad research and management experience in the human performance domain.
  • 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.
  • Demonstrate the ability to extend and apply the knowledge of research to the missions of the NSMRL Command and the Navy.


Preferred Qualifications
  • Previous experience designing and/or implementing mental health interventions is preferred.
  • Demonstrated evidence of scientific achievement in the human performance domain is preferred, 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.
  • Knowledge of research examining human performance in a submarine environment is preferred.


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 31,000 employees support vital missions for government and commercial customers. Headquartered in Reston, Virginia, Leidos reported annual revenues of approximately $10.17 billion for the fiscal year ended December 29, 2017. (NYSE: LDOS) All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or veteran status.

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