Job Overview


 Service: Research & Development

 Vacancy Identification Number (VIN)  948067


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·   Open to all U.S. Citizens


This position is a research psychologist position established in the HSR&D Center of Innovation (COIN) located at Jamaica Plain, MA. The position requires a great deal of scientific and management skill and the ability to function independently to ensure, with the Principal Investigators, the successful completion of funded research projects. While the core duties of the position do not require clinical privileges, it is anticipated that the successful candidate will also see a small number of clinical patients as determined by the Chief of Psychology in order to maintain clinical skills. The position involves (50% effort) pre-implementation analysis of complex healthcare systems (e.g., mental health clinics), and implementation of study specific feasibility data collection and development of training curricula. Additionally, the incumbent will be responsible for conducting an analysis of Veteran's perceived access to mental health treatments. This component of the position (50% effort) involves instrument development and qualitative interviewing. Additionally, the incumbent will assist in the overall management and conduct of the research, including Institutional Review Board (IRB) and budgetary oversight.

The successful candidate will have a doctoral degree in clinical or counseling psychology and a scientist-practitioner training background with evidence of prior or current involvement in research.

WORK SCHEDULE: Full-Time, Monday through Friday 8:00am to 4:30pm


NOTE: This position is an AFGE Bargaining Unit position.
NOTE: This position is covered by locality-based comparability pay.
NOTE: Travel and relocation expenses are not authorized.
NOTE: Selectee may be required to work at any Boston Healthcare System campus, as needed.
NOTE: Applicants within six months of completion of their internship/fellowship may apply. Completion of all education requirements must be fulfilled prior to appointment. If an applicant is selected and has not successfully completed internship/fellowship requirement, the applicant would not be eligible for employment.
NOTE: Incomplete applications will not be considered.
NOTE: This position is in the Excepted Service. Initial appointment to this position is subject to the recommendation of a professional standards board and approval by the Medical Center Director. Grade and salary will be recommended by the board and is based on the personal qualifications of the candidate (i.e. education, certification, experience, etc.)