Company Name:

National Institutes of Health - Office of the Director - Scientific Workforce Diversity


Bethesda, Maryland

Approximate Salary:

Not Specified

Job Category:

Industrial/Organizational Psychology, Social Psychology

Work Setting:

Government Agency

Position Type:

Full Time

Required Experience:

5 - 10 years

Required Education:


Date Posted:

June 7, 2019

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Behavioral Scientist

Office of the Chief Officer for Scientific Workforce Diversity (COSWD)

Office of the Director, National Institutes of Health

The NIH is the center of medical and behavioral research for the Nation – making essential medical discoveries that improve health and save lives.

Are you an exceptional candidate with proven research expertise in social psychology or organizational development? Are you interested in being a part of a new organization with goals that will drive diversity and inclusion and impact the scientific community at large? If so, we might be the place for you.

COSWD leads NIH’s high-priority initiative to enhance diversity in the biomedical research workforce, expand recruitment and retention, and promote inclusiveness and equity throughout our nation’s biomedical research enterprise. The COSWD reports to and represents the Director, NIH and is responsible for all services and collaborations provided to the NIH, HHS, and full contingent of special interest, congressional staff in five major focus areas: advancing understanding of the science of scientific workforce diversity; establishing an innovative strategy of “Institutional Accountability to Promote Inclusive Excellence” on a national scale; supporting the development of new approaches and strategies for effective outreach, recruitment, and retention of populations underrepresented in biomedical research careers; promoting coordination, rigorous evaluation, and dissemination of existing and newly developed NIH Programs to enhance diversity in the biomedical research workforce; and ensuring institutional policies, processes, and procedures to minimize barriers and maximize opportunities for diversity and inclusion. This position fully leads the implicit bias, stereotype threat, and workplace climate aspects of enhancing workforce diversity; collaborating across the NIH Institutes, Centers, and Offices; defining/executing a robust evaluation and research agenda for the discovery and implementation on implicit bias, stereotype threat, and workplace climate; participating on an interdisciplinary team that includes organizational sociology and social/psychological aspects of diversity; framing research on social/ psychological organizational theory relevant to implicit bias, stereotype threat, and workplace climate; and developing and evaluating interventions to address the scientific workforce culture at NIH. Serves on trans-NIH taskforces and committees that cover anti-harassment, workforce diversity, and that conduct searches for leadership positions at NIH.

The successful candidate will have a Ph.D. in industrial/organizational psychology, social psychology, or related field.; expertise as evidenced by publication history and other contributions to their field; and evidence of large project oversight and administrative ability necessary to manage projects coordinate with staff in the Office and establish effective interrelationships and collaborations with scientific personnel at other ICs, the HHS, Federal agencies, and scientists/academia at educational and research institutions. Scientific expertise in implicit bias, implicit bias research, survey methodology, and workplace climate is required.

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