Job Listing: Research Associate (I/O Psych)

12/01/2015 10:32 AM | Anonymous
American Institutes for Research

Location: Washington, D.C.

The American Institutes for Research (AIR) is one of the leading behavioral and social science research organizations in the world. Our overriding goal is to use the best science available to bring the most effective ideas and approaches to enhancing everyday life. For us, making the world a better place is not wishful thinking. It is the goal that drives us. Founded in 1946 as a not-for-profit organization, we conduct our work with strict independence, objectivity, and non-partisanship. The intellectual diversity of our 1,600 employees enables us to bring together experts from many fields in the search for innovative answers to any challenge.

AIR's Workforce and Lifelong Learning group has been at the forefront of applied research to enhance the performance of individuals and organizations. AIR has focused on this critical need for over 60 years since our founder, John Flanagan, began developing combat pilot selection procedures to identify candidates who were best suited for these high-stress jobs.

Through innovative research and the application of evidence-based practices, AIR’s Workforce and Lifelong Learning group supports the development of high performance individuals, teams, and organizations. Our work encompasses the entire life cycle—workforce preparedness, recruitment, selection, performance management, training, retention, and more—and provides our public and private sector clients with unique insight and solutions. Our experts apply research-based principles in developing the knowledge, tools, systems, and programs required for maximizing human and organizational potential in the 21st century.

AIR is currently seeking an I/O Psychology Research Associate for our Washington, D.C. office.


The Research Associate will work as part of a research team on one or more projects with responsibilities that may include:

  • Designing and conducting training course or program evaluations
  • Conducting workforce analyses
  • Planning and conducting quantitative analyses
  • Organizing and documenting analytical results and research procedures (e.g., data collection, instrument preparation, and statistical analyses)
  • Preparing technical reports and journal articles
  • Presenting topics to clients and the public
  • Designing and conducting research projects for federal and private sponsors
  • Writing or contributing to competitive proposals for applied social science research
  • Periodic travel may be required.


  • Master's Degree in I/O Psychology, plus experience in a behavioral or social science research field (e.g., I/O psychology, sociology, organizational development, human resources)
  • Highly proficient in data management and analysis procedures. Proficient in data analysis programs, such as SPSS, Excel, MPlus, and various IRT programs
  • Strong writing skills, specifically in describing quantitative analyses to technical and non-technical audiences
  • Knowledge of advanced statistical methods, such as psychometrics and hierarchical linear modeling
  • A demonstrated willingness and ability to learn new statistical techniques as they become necessary
    Experience conducting quality assurance checks on data and analysis output

AIR offers an excellent compensation and benefits package, including a fully funded retirement plan, generous paid time off, commuter benefits, and tuition assistance. For more information, please visit our website at To apply, please go to Candidates must apply online for consideration. EOE.

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