Behavioral and Social Scientist
- RAND Corporation
- Santa Monica, California
- Posted Date
- Dec 21, 2022
- Position Type
- Faculty Positions, Social & Behavioral Sciences
- Employment Type
- Full Time
Diversity at RAND
Diversity, equity, and inclusivity are essential operating principles at RAND. We are committed to maintaining a collegial environment that respects the contributions and dignity of all staff, where individual differences are recognized, appreciated, and responded to in ways that fully develop and utilize each person’s talents and strengths. This commitment is guided by an organization-wide framework for advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion, and paired with significant investments to sustain and center these principles in leadership, research, and community and stakeholder engagement. An advisory council comprised of staff at all levels provides critical feedback and perspective on the organization's diversity, equity, and inclusion plans and activities. Employee Resource Groups are staff-driven grassroots communities that seek to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion at RAND by facilitating community, connection, and a greater sense of belonging and well-being among colleagues. In our recruitment and retention efforts, we seek unique backgrounds, original views, and diversity in academic training, work experience, and ideological outlook.
RAND is seeking behavioral and social science researchers at all levels of experience. Researchers at RAND work on collaborative research teams, producing objective, scientific analyses in peer-reviewed journals and technical reports to guide policymakers on a diverse set of issues. These diverse, multidisciplinary teams include policy researchers, economists, psychologists, statisticians, social scientists, and others with relevant training. Researchers apply rigorous, empirical research designs to analyze policy issues and evaluate programs.
Staff members have opportunities to teach in the Pardee RAND Graduate School and to collaborate on projects across various research programs, including Education and Labor, Health Care, Homeland Security, National Security, and Social and Economic Well-Being. Current research at RAND focuses on a broad array of topics, including mental health services research, health care, disaster recovery, and national security. Research encompasses issues that affect the population at large, as well as vulnerable and hard-to-reach groups.
Successful applicants will have demonstrated quantitative and/or qualitative research skills, strong analytic skills, excellent verbal and written communication skills, an interest in building a policy research portfolio, the ability to work effectively as a member of a multidisciplinary team, and a strong commitment to RAND's core values of quality and objectivity.
Specializations of interest include:
Evidence-based treatments for mental health conditions
Mental health stigma, prevention, and population interventions
Post-traumatic stress disorder and treatment
Quality of care measurement
Resilience (individual and community)
Sleep disorders and treatment
Substance use disorders and treatment
Workforce management and training
PhD in psychology, criminology, anthropology, or relevant discipline (you may also apply if you are at the dissertation stage and expect to complete your PhD within 12 months).
Positions are available at all levels of experience. A record of peer-reviewed publications and extramural funding consistent with experience is expected. We are particularly seeking candidates with experience in conducting applied and policy-oriented research, as well as strong theoretical, methodological, and quantitative skills.
Santa Monica, CA; Pittsburgh, PA; Washington DC; or Boston, MA
CV, cover letter, and writing sample are required (PDF documents are preferred). One writing sample is sufficient if it is a published journal article from a refereed source, otherwise two writing samples are required (e.g., a draft first-authored journal article or a job market paper).
References will be required upon request. For applicants with fewer than three (3) years of experience post-PhD completion, three (3) letters of recommendation will be required in lieu of references, which should be emailed directly to email@example.com.
Review of applications will begin in November 2022; complete applications received by December 31, 2022, will receive first consideration.
Equal Opportunity Employer: race/color/religion/sex/sexual orientation/gender identity/national origin/disability/vet
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