Research Psychology Jobs

Research Psychologists, also known as experimental psychologists, study the behavior of both humans and animals. They change variables within a laboratory setting to study how a person or animal reacts to or behaves in certain situations. These are the researchers studying the effects of variables on animals, such as mice, rats and monkeys.

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Major areas of study include learning and memory, attention, motivation, effects of substance abuse, and genetic factors affecting behavior. They typically work in universities and private research centers for businesses, non-profit organizations and governmental agencies. There are even research psychologists employed in engineering firms, manufacturing settings and zoos!

 

What are the Responsibilities for Someone Working in Research Psychology Jobs?

Research Psychology focuses on expanding understanding of how and why people think, feel, and behave. They use scientific methods as well as experimental techniques to examine basic human behavior and complex social relationships. They also examine how short- and long-term memory works, neurological foundations of addictions, emotional gratifications of specific actions, and all other aspects of human and animal behavior.
Research Psychology starts with the selection of a topic of study, such as prejudice, personal perception, social constructs such as control or cults, nonverbal communication and many other specific topics. They collect information through observation, surveys, and interviews and administer personality, aptitude or intelligence tests.

Where do Professionals in Research Psychology Work?

Research Psychologists work in varied settings. They commonly work in an academic setting, but also work in laboratories and do field work. They work at universities, for private research organizations, and for governments. Some work independently while many work collaboratively with national or global teams.
Research Psychologists work for the military studying post traumatic stress disorder, depression and other issues affecting deployed servicemen and women. They perform medical, alcohol and drug use research; evaluate nutritional issues such as anorexia and other eating disorders, and research the cause and effect of specific human behavior.

 

What Skills are Required in Research Psychology?

Research Psychologists require strong analytical skills. They must be able to work with raw data and numbers and be willing and able to delineate abstract information to draw logical conclusions about relevance. They need keen observation skills and strong judgement and decision-making skills. They should possess critical thinking skills and have proficiency evaluating programs, statistics and research design. Research Psychologists should hone their cognitive skills, being able to use strong perception and reasoning abilities. They must learn the ability of objectivity in order to dispassionately document data and findings.

 

How Much Money Can You Make in Research Psychology?

Research Psychologists currently earn a median salary of $73,000. That salary varies widely by industry. The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that jobs in the category of “all other,” which includes Research Psychology, will increase more than 10% from now through 2022. Research Psychologists working in education services earn $90,000 annually and those who work for the military earn $80,000 per year. Those who work at hospitals earn $84,000 each year while those working in pharmaceuticals earn $90,000 annually. Research Psychologists working as market analysts earn $61,000 and those who specialize in experimental psychology earn an annual salary of $69,000.

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Assistant Professor Univeristy of Alabama Tuscaloosa, Alabama US 10/21/2020
The College of Arts and Sciences at The University of Alabama (UA) announces an opening for a tenure-track Assistant Professor in the Center for Youth Development and Intervention (the CYDI). This position will be academically housed within the Department of Psychology or in the Department of Communicative Disorders. We seek a research-focused applied scientist with expertise in implementation science. The ideal candidate will have an active program of research related to the translation ... More
Tenure-Track Assistant Professor California State University Fullerton Fullerton, California US 10/20/2020
The Department of Psychology at California State University, Fullerton, invites applications for a tenure-trackAssistant Professor position in Black/African American Psychology with appointment to begin Fall 2021. Thisposition is in the Department of Psychology. CSUF is dedicated to the goal of building a diverse community.We strongly encourage applications from candidates who can demonstrate through their teaching, research,and/or service that they can contribute ... More
Assistant Professor of Psychology California State University Fullerton Fullerton, California US 10/20/2020
Assistant Professor of Psychology The Department of Psychology at California State University, Fullerton, invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in Black/African American Psychology with appointment to begin Fall 2021. This position is in the Department of Psychology. CSUF is dedicated to the goal of building a diverse community. We strongly encourage applications from candidates who can ... More
Psychology Lecturer Old Dominion University Norfolk, Virginia US 10/15/2020
The Department of Psychology at Old Dominion University invites applications for a full-time, non-tenure track Lecturer of Psychology position beginning July 25, 2021. PSYCHOLOGY LECTURER Duties include instructing four courses per semester in support of our on-campus undergraduate degree program, undergraduate advising/mentoring, and departmental service. Opportunities for online teaching may also be available. ABOUT OLD DOMINION UNIVERSITY ... More
Postdoctoral Researcher University of Kansas Lawrence, Kansas US 10/15/2020
Position OverviewThe Cofrin Logan Center for Addiction Research and Treatment (CLC) and Lifespan Institute (LSI) are currently seeking one postdoctoral fellow interested in advancing their research skills and progressing toward a career as an independent, externally funded investigator studying behavioral economic, neuroeconomic, and addiction models in a human laboratory. Fellows will participate in a structured curriculum consisting of professional development and research ... More
Research Assistant Virginia Tech Roanoke Area, Virginia US 10/07/2020
Job DescriptionA full-time research assistant (junior data analyst) is sought for the labs of Dr. Pearl Chiu and Dr. Brooks King-Casas at the Fralin Biomedical Research Institute at Virginia Tech Carilion (http://research.vtc.vt.edu). Projects in the labs combine methods from experimental and clinical psychology, neuroscience, and behavioral economics with functional neuroimaging to investigate decision-making in healthy and clinical populations (current projects have ... More
Rosemead Psychology Faculty Positions Biola University La Mirada, California US 10/06/2020
The Rosemead School of Psychology at Biola University is conducting a search for several full-time faculty positions to begin in August 2021. Strong candidates will demonstrate interest and background in one or more of the following areas: clinical interventions, experimental psychology and research methods, physiological psychology, the integration of psychology and theology, and/or online teaching. Applicants who bring diverse racial and ethnic perspectives to their teaching and scholarship ... More
Assistant Professor, Psychology Florida Gulf Coast University Fort Myers, Florida US 10/05/2020
Job SummaryAs an Assistant Professor in Clinical Psychology or Counseling, you will primarily teach undergraduate courses contributing to FGCU's B.A. in Psychology program, including involvement in course and/or curriculum development. You will also be expected to maintain an active research agenda involving undergraduate students in the research process. Service responsibilities include a variety of activities that provide professional service to the university, profession, and/or ... More
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