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Research Psychologist

Research Psychologists work in a consulting environment, eliciting client needs then designing, conducting, and reporting applied research to meet those requirements.

  • Full time
  • Starting salary: $116,788 - $138,868
  • Ph.D

About the Job

As a Research Psychologist for the CIA, you will work in a consulting environment, eliciting client needs then designing, conducting and reporting applied research to meet those requirements. You will help answer questions, such as what is the most efficacious methodology for collecting or analyzing a particular set of “real world” data? What are the effects of major organizational changes on the workforce? Do employees have the tools and training they need to do their best work? What characteristics of individuals best predict success in non-standard occupations? What are the levels of customer satisfaction? Does this service or program effectively do what is said or designed to do?

Who You’ll Work With

At the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), we recognize our Nation’s strength comes from the diversity of its people. People from a broad range of backgrounds and viewpoints work at CIA, and our diverse teams are the reason we can keep our country safe.

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What You’ll Get

Our benefits support every aspect of a working professional’s life, including health and wellness, time off, family, finances, and continuing education. Our programs include highly sought-after government health benefits, flexible schedules, sick leave, and childcare. In some cases, we also offer sign-on incentives and cover moving expenses if you relocate.

As a CIA employee, you’ll also get the satisfaction of knowing your work is part of something bigger than yourself. Our work is driven by one mission: to keep our Nation safe. Every day is an opportunity to enhance U.S. national security.

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Minimum Qualifications

  • Ph.D. with a strong background and interest in applied behavioral science research, research methodology and statistics (candidates who are all but dissertation (ABD) are eligible to express interest in this position)
  • High proficiency in statistical computing, data management programming and coding logic
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Good writing and verbal presentation skills
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Ability to meet the minimum requirements for joining CIA, including U.S. citizenship and a background investigation

Desired Qualifications

  • Experience in any of the following areas:
    • Advanced proficiency in data management software highly desired particularly in the program R
    • Proficiency in or strong aptitude for other data management, coding and/or visualization tools (e.g. Python, R-Shiny, Tableau)
    • Research methodology and experimental design
    • Item development
    • Experience using advanced statistical methods
    • Test validation and development
    • Research in job performance measurement and evaluation
    • Personnel assessment and selection research