Job Overview


NOTE:  The salary reflected in this announcement does not include locality pay and will differ based on the location selected. 

The Office of Personnel Management's (OPM) HR Solutions (HRS) provides, on a reimbursable basis, human resources products and services to meet the dynamic human capital and training needs of the Government. 

A few Personnel Research Psychologist positions are available in HRS' HR Strategy & Evaluation Solutions (HRSES), Assessment & Evaluation Branch (AEB). 

Our Personnel Research Psychologists enjoy work flexibilities, independence, training and development opportunities, occasional travel, collaborating with passionate professionals, and the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of federal employees and the public. AEB offers a fast-paced environment where your duties and responsibilities require interacting at all levels, across multiple offices, within and external to HRS and OPM. AEB has three sections: Selection and Promotion Assessment (SPA); Leadership and Workforce Development Assessment (LWDA); and Organizational Assessment (OA). The available positions are in SPA or LWDA.

SPA develops, validates, and administers cognitive and non-cognitive competency assessments for selection, promotion, and diagnostic purposes to include written and non-written tests, job knowledge tests, performance tests, and computer simulations, and conducts job analyses and provides assessment training and support.

LWDA develops, validates, and administers leadership and workforce planning assessments to assess leader and employee effectiveness by targeting competencies, personality, and leadership potential and conducts competency modeling and gap analysis for workforce training and development.

OA develops and administers organizational assessments to assess climate and organizational outcomes including organizational climate, employee satisfaction, customer satisfaction, onboarding and exit surveys, and custom surveys, and conducts program evaluation and develops organizational effectiveness indices.

Areas of research and specialization are not limited to the above. All sections are responsible for conducting research and applying innovative assessment procedures and technologies and for providing technical assistance to departments and agencies in their areas of expertise.

These positions also are being announced under the Agency's Merit Promotion Plan to federal employees and non-competitive appointment eligibles. If you wish to be considered under Merit Promotion or Non-Competitive procedures, you MUST apply under the Merit Promotion announcement XX-XXX-XX-MP.


Major duties for AEB Personnel Research Psychologist (Leader) positions include, for example: 

  • Lead one or more project teams to develop and/or contract for innovative assessment tools. 
  • Conduct Government-wide and/or agency job analyses. 
  • Lead one or more project teams to develop and implement competency models, workforce gap assessments, and leadership assessments. 
  • Lead one or more project teams to help agencies identify, evaluate, and solve organizational problems using customer action planning, satisfaction surveys, employee surveys, and focus groups. 
  • Establish project objectives, activities, timelines, budgets, and staffing plans. 
  • Advise agencies and internal senior management on implementing assessment strategies. 
  • Evaluate training, candidate development, or other human resources programs.

Supervisory Status


Promotion Potential


Travel Required

  • Occasional Travel
  • Travel is required and averages 15% yearly, but may exceed that percentage during periods of increased service delivery.

Relocation Authorized

  • No

Who May Apply

This job is open to…

United States Citizens

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