Graduate Student and Post-doctoral Fellow Research Fellowships
Research Fellowships: Graduate Student Research Fellowships are available with the U.S. Army Research Institute for the Behavioral and Social Sciences (ARI).
Location: Students will work according to a hybrid system of remote and office locations. Starting in Summer 2023, most work will be performed in ARI’s office at Fort Belvoir, VA. As such, priority will be given to candidates who reside in the Washington DC area.
Wage: The hourly wage ranges from $18.00 to $32.00 and is determined by the graduate student’s academic standing and program of study. Graduate students interested in these fellowships will be expected to work up to but no more than 20-30 hours per week and have the option of working 40 hours per week during summer.
Research Support: The Foundational Science Research Unit (FSRU) conducts applied research on team effectiveness and houses ARI's Basic Research Program. Students on the Applied Team will assist with projects related to team effectiveness, to include identification of predictors of team effectiveness, improving understanding of the criterion space, and examining contextual factors that impact team composition frameworks. Students on the Basic Research Team will assist with projects related to one of four strategic focus areas for advancing science: 1) Science of Measurement of Individuals and Collectives; 2) Understanding Multilevel and Organizational Dynamics; 3) Formal/Informal Learning and Development; and 4) Context of Behavior in Military Environments. Projects on both teams will be both quantitative and qualitative in nature. Additional tasks may include assisting with unit-level activities such as theoretical development, literature reviews, data collection, data analysis, and reporting (to include writing conference submissions, technical reports, and peer-reviewed publications).
Qualifications: The ideal candidate will have the ability to contribute to longitudinal and multilevel research projects through theoretical development, design of research projects, and analysis of complicated datasets. Basic data analysis skills (GLM procedures) are required, and advanced data analysis skills (HLM, SEM) are highly encouraged. Writing skills are also highly valued in candidates.
Qualified candidates should also have:
Post-Doctoral Research Fellowships: Post-Doctoral Research Fellowships are available immediately with the U.S. Army Research Institute for the Behavioral and Social Sciences (ARI). Post-Doctoral Fellows who have graduated within the past four years will be considered for fellowships with ARI’s Foundational Science Research Unit (FSRU).
Location and Compensation: Post-doctoral fellows may begin work from remote locations. By Summer, 2023, all research fellows will be expected to work primarily from ARI’s offices at Fort Belvoir, VA. When required, most relocation costs to the Washington DC area will be reimbursed.
Post-doctoral fellows are expected to work 40 hours per week. The annual salary for 2022 is $89,834. That amount is expected to increase for 2023. Post-doctoral fellowships come with a generous benefits package that includes medical and dental insurance, life insurance, TIAA-CREF retirement plan, and accumulated paid “sick and safe” and vacation leave.
Foundational Science Research Unit (FSRU): FSRU conducts applied research on team effectiveness and houses ARI's Basic Research Program. FSRU researchers, post-doctoral fellows, and students develop and execute projects related to team effectiveness, to include identification of predictors of team effectiveness, improving understanding of the criterion space, and examining contextual factors that impact team composition frameworks. Research fellows assigned to FSRU’s Basic Research Team will execute projects related to one of four strategic focus areas for advancing science: 1) Science of Measurement of Individuals and Collectives; 2) Understanding Multilevel and Organizational Dynamics; 3) Formal/Informal Learning and Development; and 4) Context of Behavior in Military Environments. Projects will be both quantitative and qualitative in nature.
Specific Tasks: Post-doctoral fellows are expected to lead in the establishment and conduct of a research project in support of one of the program’s focal areas listed above. Post-docs will lead all phases of research to include creation of data collection protocols, data collection and analysis, and report writing and publication. Post-doctoral fellows are expected to publish as lead or secondary author in scientific journals. Post-docs will be asked to support other research efforts within FSRU to provide them with broadening opportunities, in support of the broader goals of career development.
Post-doctoral fellows will contribute to the FSRU Basic Research Team’s efforts to execute high-risk, high-reward foundational research to develop state-of-the-art theory, methods, and models to create the innovative concepts required to support the Army’s future capabilities and needs related to personnel readiness. Additionally, post-docs will be expected to apply and refine their expertise in the development of new FSRU research projects.
Ideal Candidate Skills: An ideal candidate will have strong capabilities in the areas of organizational science and modeling, psychometrics, and/or advanced computational/statistical methodology in addition to advanced knowledge of at least one of the identified Basic Research focal areas.
All candidates should have:
· Experience and skills performing literature reviews
· Basic understanding of qualitative and quantitative data analysis techniques
· Some advanced data analytic capabilities
· Working knowledge of Microsoft Office programs
· Strong oral/written communication skills
· Good teamwork skills
· Attention to detail
· Ability to learn and adapt quickly to federal government priorities and policies
· Willingness to produce excellent work within ARI’s programmatic and established guidelines
· Strong work ethic