Post-Doc at U.S. Army Research Institute for the Behavioral and Social Sciences

Consortium Research Fellows Program A Program of the Consortium of Universities of the Washington Metropolitan Area

Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship
U.S. Army Research Institute for the Behavioral and Social Sciences (ARI), Fort Leavenworth Research Unit, Kansas.

This Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship will require a candidate to work at the U.S. Army Research Institute for the Behavioral and Social Sciences, Fort Leavenworth Research Unit (FLRU). The FLRU seeks to improve performance of Army leaders through applied behavioral and social science research, with a primary focus on leader development and training. Current lines of research focus on developing strategic thinkers and

identifying factors that contribute to the development and maintenance of climates of dignity, respect, and inclusion. Research efforts also touch on issues of trust, resilience, problem-solving, cross-cultural competence, social identity development, organizational change, strategic messaging, and mentorship (among others).

This Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship will immerse the candidate in a one- to three-year program, bringing cutting edge research and statistical methodology to bear on Army problems. The Post-Doctoral Fellow will have the opportunity to contribute to ongoing research at FLRU, and to develop individual lines of research consistent with their area of interest (up to 50% of candidate’s time). Research Fellows at FLRU will assist in all phases of research, including topic and method development, data collection and analysis, and research documentation.

A Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship at FLRU is ideal for individuals with doctoral level training in psychology, business (e.g., organizational behavior), marketing, sociology, or a related field, and those who are seeking specialized training in applied research.

Ideal candidates will posses

  •   Excellent critical thinking skills.

  •   Strong research background, including experience planning and executing research to address identified

    need/problem.

  •   Knowledge of, or experience with, qualitative data analysis (e.g., content coding and thematic analysis).

  •   Experience with quantitative data analysis (e.g., proficient at SPSS, SAS, or R).

  •   Good teamwork and communication skills.

  •   Excellent writing skills.

  •   Strong initiative.

Prior knowledge of the Army is NOT a requirement for candidates interested in this Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship. Potential candidates must have successfully defended their dissertation no more than two years prior to beginning this Fellowship. Travel will be required as part of this Fellowship.

The annual salary for this Post-Doc Research Fellowship is $70,192, based on the 2015 Federal Government General Schedule for GS-12, Step 1. This Fellowship offers health care insurance, retirement, and life & disability.

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Candidates who are interested in this Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship should specify an interest in one of the following major programs of research:

Program 1: Talent Management and Strategic Communication

The overarching goal of this program is the investigation of talent management practices and leader development especially in reference to the development and retention of Army officers capable of operating in environments of human complexity.

Ideal candidates for Program 1 will have knowledge of - or interest in - leader development, talent management, social psychology, influence, cross cultural communication, cross cultural psychology, sociology, marketing, and discourse. Research Fellows working on Program 1 would contribute to the following projects:

  •   A technical report that identifies the special challenges of talent management with special emphasis on challenges related to developing leaders to better understand and effectively operate amongst cross cultural populations.

  •   Research to determine best practices in on-boarding activities to orient leaders with short tenure in assignments that require rapid understanding of security related population characteristics (e.g., how operations, messages, and leaders will be perceived by host nationals and adversaries).

  •   Research to identify characteristics of broadening experiences that provide the most value to the development of Army leaders.

    For more information on the opportunities associated with Program 1, interested candidates should contact Dr. Angela Karrasch at angela.i.karrasch.civ@mail.mil or call 913-684-9794.

    Program 2: Leadership for Positive Climates

    The primary goal of this research program is to develop methods, tools (e.g., measurement and feedback techniques), and training to help Army leaders leverage diversity by establishing environments characterized by dignity, respect, and inclusion. This newly identified area of research will (a) develop models of unit climate that identify the antecedents and consequences of a climate of dignity, respect, and inclusion; (b) develop and validate assessment strategies that focus on key indicators of unit climate; and (c) develop training and tools that facilitate the development of an inclusive unit climate at the tactical, operational, and strategic levels.

    Ideal candidates for Program 2 will have knowledge of - or interest in - the formation and maintenance of organizational climate and culture, diversity and inclusion, talent management, group/team dynamics, training development, individual/group identity development, and/or organizational change/development. Research Fellows working on Program 2 would have the opportunity to contribute to the following research areas:

  •   Development of a theoretical model of unit climate that defines effective leader behaviors and identifies the antecedents and consequences of maintaining an inclusive unit climate.

  •   Identification of strategies for facilitating organizational climate/culture change, including identification of key change agents.

  •   Development and validation of tools and techniques for assessing unit climate, including key attitudinal and behavioral outcomes and unit performance indices.

  •   The creation of training and developmental tools for promoting the development of a positive climate.

  •   Development of recommendations to facilitate the creation of organizational policies, procedures, and

    practices consistent with a climate of inclusion.

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For more information on the opportunities associated with Program 2, interested candidates should contact Dr. Melinda Key-Roberts at melinda.j.key-roberts.civ@mail.mil

To be considered for this Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship, you can submit your CV and a one-page cover letter through the following website: http://www.consortium-research-fellows.org/page.cfm?page_title=Future Candidates File

Or, you can email your CV and one-page cover letter to:

Scott A. Beal, PhD
Director, Vice President for Strategic Initiatives
Consortium Research Fellows Program
Consortium of Universities of the Washington DC Metro Area (Office) 703-998-7220 Ext 201
(Cell) 910-705-5664
(Fax) 703-998-0220
Scott.Beal@Consortium-Research-Fellows.org

 

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