Personnel Research Psychologist

04/24/2019 2:42 PM | Anonymous

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP)

Location: Washington, DC

Personnel Research Psychologist (GS-0180). The Personnel Research and Assessment Division within U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has an opening for a Personnel Research Psychologist (GS-180-13/14, salary range: $ $99,172 to $152,352 per year) in its Washington, DC office. Applications will be accepted from Wednesday April 17, 2019 to Monday, April 29, 2019.

The Personnel Research and Assessment Division is a team of Industrial-Organizational Psychologists responsible for designing, developing, and validating tests and other assessment instruments for use within CBP, enhancing organization effectiveness through organizational development, and conducting research to support national initiatives.

Potential assignments include, but are not limited to:

  • Planning and conducting job analysis studies, the results of which serve as the foundation for a variety of human resources programs such as developing tests and other assessments used for frontline hiring, developing training curriculum for new hires, and developing career paths;
  • Designing, developing, and validating employee selection tests and related instruments for application to specific and general examining needs, and conducting studies to determine the predictive effectiveness of existing tests for specific occupations. Using classical test theory and item response theory to develop assessments, including computer adaptive tests;
  • Applying the knowledge base and scientific methods of psychology to critical human capital issues; such as, talent management, training, organizational development, motivation, leadership, and performance evaluation.
  • Designing and implementing surveys to support data driven decision-making around human capital issues or enable program evaluation, and
  • Participating in all phases of the research process, including problem definition, planning, execution, analysis, interpretation, and reporting of results. Preparing and presenting briefing materials that communicate technical information to non-technical audiences of all levels; documenting applied research study methods and results in technical reports.

For any questions about the position, please contact Lycia Carter at

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