Research Psychologist (Recent Graduate)

Fort Belvoir, Virginia
Aug 08, 2017
Aug 18, 2017
Analyst, Research
Full Time

Civilian employees serve a vital role in supporting the Army mission. They provide the skills that are not readily available in the military, but crucial to support military operations. The Army integrates the talents and skills of its military and civilian members to form a Total Army.

Management would prefer applicants that have experience in behavioral science with significant concentration in industrial/organizational psychology, psychometrics, personnel testing, cognitive psychology, social psychology, experimental psychology, or closely related field and have research experience in hypothesis development, research design, data collection, statistical analysis of data, and report writing in one or more of the listed concentration areas.

U.S. Army Research Institute's (ARI) Science and Technology (S&T) research is focused on developing innovative measures and methods to improve and enhance the Soldier lifecycle and human capital management that encompasses a wide range of topics (e.g., personnel, training, leader development, human resources, human relations) at the individual, unit, and organizational level by conducting scientific research and providing behavioral and social science expertise needed to inform human resource policies and strategies, develop fundamental theories, and investigate new domain areas in behavioral and social sciences with high potential impact on Army issues.

About the Position:

Duty location:  You will be working in the US Army Research Institute (ARI) located at Fort Belvoir, VA.  ARI's Emerging Research Unit (ERU) conducts applied research on new and emerging topics in the Army, particularly those topics that have bearing on Army personnel policy. Researchers in ERU conduct research to develop new approaches to measuring and improving unit readiness, resilience, and effectiveness. As needed, ERU researchers also lead/participate in task forces and teams to provide evidence-based answers to Army senior leader questions.

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The Department of the Army Recent Graduates Program affords developmental experiences in the Department of Army intended to promote possible careers in the civil service to individuals who have recently graduated from qualifying educational institutions or programs. Successful applicants are placed in a dynamic, developmental program with the potential to lead to a civil service career in the Federal Government.
After Program completion, Department of the Army Recent Graduates MAY be converted to a permanent position.
To be eligible for conversion to a permanent or term position, Recent Graduates must:

  • Successfully completed at least 1-year of continuous service in addition to all requirements of the Program.
  • Demonstrate successful job performance.
  • Meet the Office of Personnel Management's qualifications for the position to which the Recent Graduate will be converted

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Department of the Army Recent Graduates Program Eligibles Positions are open to:

  • Recent graduates who have completed, within the previous two years (or will complete no later than December 2017) a qualifying associates, bachelors, masters, professional, doctorate, vocational or technical degree or certificate from a qualifying educational institution.
  • Veterans unable to apply within two years of receiving their degree, due to military service obligation, have as much as six years after degree completion to apply.

About the location: Fort Belvoir is located in Fairfax County, VA along the Potomac River.  Amenities available for use include child care services, gymnasiums, bank, post office, education center, chapels, golf course, officer and community clubs.  Free parking is available at the office location.  Please visit the following link:

  • 25% or Greater
  • Up to 25% business travel required.

  • Yes
  • Relocation costs may be paid if the selecting official determines the relocation is in the best interests of the government.

  • Defense National Relocation Program is authorized for eligible selectees.
  • In order to qualify, you must meet the education and/or experience requirements described below.  Your resume must clearly describe your relevant experience; if qualifying based on education, your transcripts will be required as part of your application.  Additional information about transcripts is in this document.

    Basic Requirement for a Research Psychologist:

    Degree: Bachelor's degree (or higher degree) with a major or equivalent in psychology.

    In addition to meeting the basic requirements above, to qualify for this position you must also meet the qualification requirements listed below:

    Experience required:  Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community; student; social). You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.  To qualify based on your experience, your resume must describe at least one year of experience which prepared you to do the work in this job.

    Specialized experience is defined as: experience conducting research (e.g., hypothesis development, research design, data collection, statistical analysis of data, or report writing) in relevant areas of the behavioral and social sciences (e.g., personnel, training, leader development, human resources, and human relations).  This definition of specialized experience is typical of work performed at the next lower grade/level position in the federal service (GS-11).


    Education: Successful completion of a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree (or will complete no later than December 2017) in a field which demonstrates the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work of the position, such as Psychology.

    Combination of Education and Experience: If you have some, but not all, of the experience or education described above, you may still qualify by combining the amount of creditable experience and education that you possess. To compute the percentage, divide your total months of qualifying experience by 12. Then divide your semester hours of graduate education in excess of 36 hours (total semester hours minus 36) by 18. Add the two percentages. The total percentage must equal at least 100% to qualify.

    You will be evaluated on the basis of your level of competency (knowledge, skills, abilities) in the following areas:

    • Education above Minimum Qualification Level
    • Ability to Identify Researchable Problems and Plan Research
    • Ability to Conduct Research and Interpret Data
    • Ability to Coordinate and Support Research Projects

    •  Foreign education must be evaluated for U.S. equivalency in order to be considered for this position. You must include this information with your application package.
    •  Only degrees from an accredited college or university recognized by the Department of Education are acceptable to meet positive education requirements or to substitute for experience. For additional information, please go to the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) and U.S. Department of Education websites at and

    Other Requirements: Click here for expanded definitions.

    • Male applicants born after December 31, 1959 must complete a Pre-Employment Certification Statement for Selective Service Registration.
    • You will be required to provide proof of U.S. Citizenship.
    • Two year trial/probationary period may be required.
    • Direct Deposit of Pay is Required.
    • Must file annual financial disclosure statement.
    • Recent Graduates must sign a Participant Agreement with the Agency.
    • Applicants must be able to fulfill credentialing requirements and obtain and maintain appropriate/relevant clinical privileges.



    As a Research Psychologist you will be responsible for different phases of a research project or development effort by means of hypothesis development, research design, data collection, instrument development, statistical analysis of data and report writing.  Responsibilities will include duties such as:

    • Develop appropriate testable hypothesis and/or evaluation criteria.
    • Prepare formal research plans using the major objectives, approaches/methods to be used in the solution of the problem, target population, independent and dependent measures, and equipment/resources.
    • Conduct all aspects of the research and development.
    • Develop appropriate data collection instruments and provide to team leader for approval.
    • Collect data, score responses, and ensure sufficient data storage and retrieval capability.
    • Prepare appropriate technical reports, papers, articles, book chapters, and briefings.
    • Provide recommendations as to desirability to continue existing research or develop new research in particular areas.

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