Open Position:

Applied Research Scientist

Open Position:

Applied Research Scientist

About Position
Employment position: Full-time with benefits offered
Salary: Dependent on Qualifications
Date Posted: Open
Location: Dayton, Ohio; Norfolk, Virginia. Ability to work remotely, but travel is required.
Cognitive Performance Group (CPG) is seeking qualified candidates for the position of full-time Applied Research Scientist. CPG’s mission is to apply the science of human performance and adult learning to improve decision making and complex cognitive performance for individuals and teams. We are a dynamic, multi-disciplinary team of researchers, subject matter experts, and learning facilitators who conduct studies and develop products to enhance learning and skill development, assess complex cognitive skills, and model expertise. CPG provides its customers with tools and methods to make sense of problems and find solutions in complex, time-pressured, high-risk operating environments under conditions of uncertainty. CPG is a woman-owned small business and serves customers primarily in the Department of Defense (DoD) and other Government agencies.
The Applied Research Scientist performs applied research in human performance, training system design, and assessment. The ideal candidate has at least 5 years of experience conducting research and developing solutions in the areas of competency modeling, assessment instrument development, cognitive metrics, or adaptive training, preferably in the Government setting. Must be a U.S. citizen and eligible for a security clearance.
Regular part time would be considered for the right candidate. Relocation assistance is not available for this position.
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Specific duties include:
•    Conduct applied research studies in operational (military) environments based on the understanding of human cognitive performance, organizational structures, team dynamics, and individual behaviors.
•    Analyze user or customer needs and identify research programs to fill gaps or requirements.
•    Formulate and implement research plans with human participants in naturalistic settings.
•    Conduct cognitive task analysis, lead interviews, and facilitate focus groups with user and domain experts to elicit knowledge.
•    Plan, prepare, and conduct assessments of human performance, such as training effectiveness evaluations or development of cognitive metrics.
•    Collaborate with the internal research staff and external collaborators to conceptualize applications that improve performance.
•    Conduct presentations on research findings for clients and at research meetings.
•    Prepare and present scientific papers and technical reports to clients and at professional conferences.
•    Lead small project teams and mentor junior researchers.
•    Maintain relationships with customer agencies and individual customers.
•    Develop new business through networking and proposal writing.
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Required Qualifications:
•    Qualified candidates will hold a minimum of a Master’s Degree in applied psychology, education, or a related discipline from an accredited institution. 
•    Experience in applied research in two or more of the following areas: development of expertise; adult learning; military training systems; modeling and simulation; psychological research methods; and assessment of human cognitive performance.
•    Experience collaborating with multi-disciplinary teams made up researchers, engineers, technologists, and subject matter experts.
•    Grasp of current scientific literature in one or more domain related to human cognitive performance.
•    At a minimum, functional understanding of statistics and psychometric data analysis.
•    The ability to use the scientific method to conduct applied research using qualitative and quantitative data.
•    The ability to communicate research objectives, plans, and findings in professional settings to other scientists.  
•    The ability to collaborate on innovative research and product development with other high-performing scientists and engineers.
•    The ability to communicate research and product development in writing in the form of technical reports and peer-reviewed publications. 
•    Strong written, verbal, and interpersonal communication skills.
•    Ability to work effectively as a team or individually in a virtual environment. 
•    Ability to work effectively as a team leader or a team member.
•    Comfortable working with ambiguity and new concepts in innovative and rapidly changing environments.
•    Proven record of strong research, analysis, and synthesis skills. 
•    Exceptional organization skills and a keen attention to detail.
•    Strong proficiency with Microsoft Office products, especially Word, PowerPoint, and Excel.
•    Experience with research and training in a military setting.
•    Must be willing and able to travel, including an occasional weekend.
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Experience with two or more of the following:
•    Competency modeling
•    Operations Research/Systems Analysis
•    Metrics and assessment instrument development
•    Measurement and statistics
•    Qualitative data collection and analysis
•    Instructional design
•    Adult learning; learning facilitation; curriculum development
•    Adaptive instruction
•    Data analytics and visualization
•    Modeling & Simulation
•    Military training systems
•    Military scenario development
Preferred Qualifications:
•    Experience working with military organizations, especially the U.S. Navy.
•    Experience with cognitive task analysis or other semi-structured interview methods.

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How to Apply
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