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Aptima, Inc.

Job Summary


Aptima, Inc.


Groton, CT, United States

Education Level


Work Experience

5-10 Years



Job Category

Industry, Gov., Consulting

Senior Research Psychologist

About the Organization

Aptima is a leading human-centered research, development, and engineering company focused on improving the capabilities of leaders in mission critical environments. Aptima’s multidisciplinary staff of leadership training experts, multimedia designers, and software engineers collaborate to design training solutions that increase the capabilities of leaders and leadership teams. Through blended-learning tools, leaders learn how to shape work environments that promote productivity across all levels of the organization. Aptima is headquartered in Woburn, MA, with offices in Washington, DC, Dayton, OH, and Orlando, FL. For more information, please visit http://www.aptima.com.

About the Job

Aptima currently has an opening for a Senior Research Psychologist to conduct studies to develop and lead behavioral research programs to include but not limited to screening and selection, fleet integration, individual and team performance and qualifications in support of the Naval Submarine Medical Research Laboratory (NSMRL). NSMRL conducts research and investigates the effects of medical, psychological, and performance issues associated with the health and performance of naval personnel in operational and non-operational settings.

Job Requirements

Specific responsibilities include:

  • Oversee the development, evaluation and execution of NSMRL's Behavioral Science Program in the Warfighter Performance Department.
  • Directly support and participate in scientific research and development. Conduct studies in behavioral research to include screening and selection, fleet integration, and individual/team performance.
  • Communicate behavioral research program results through publication of papers in a variety of journals and technical reports, and presentations at scientific and technical meetings.
  • Work with various Navy/DoD and Academic entities and sponsors to coordinate strategic planning and implementation of NSMRL's Behavioral Science Program.
  • Obtain and manage resources to achieve NSMRL's core goal of aligning NSMRL's behavioral science research agenda and direction to support the Submarine Force's operational requirements for advocating future projects and activities.

Minimum Requirements:

  • Doctoral (Ph.D.) degree in psychology or related discipline with substantial behavioral science background. Formal experience in the development, validation, implementation, and management of behavioral science programs is required.
  • Strong analytical and statistical background to include knowledge and understanding of psychometric theory, large scale statistical survey methods, project and program management and their application to effective behavior sciences.
  • Experience developing, funding, and managing a multi-disciplinary behavioral research program.
  • Demonstrated ability to publish in scholarly journals and meet overall financial and program requirements and timelines. Ability to communicate in both a professional and lay manner is required.
  • US citizenship
  • The ideal candidate will have a current security clearance at the secret level or above.
  • Hiring for this position will be contingent on funding availability by the supporting government agency.

Ideal skills:

  • Skills should include assessment development from both classical and modern psychometric perspectives; a broad range of data analytic and modeling methods; training curriculum development; project management; and selling the value of selection and assessment throughout an organization. This knowledge and skill set ideally would have been developed through intensive graduate training, assessment center expertise, assessment and selection program management, and/or large scale longitudinal validation project management.

Applicants must be willing to work onsite at the government location Mon - Fri. (no telecommuting or compressed schedules), with some offsite travel as needed. Qualified candidates should submit a cover letter and resume to aptima_personnel@aptima.com.

All applicants selected will be subject to a government security investigation and must meet eligibility requirements for access to classified information.


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