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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Senior Subject Matter Expert - Research Psychologist ICF Maryland US 12/02/2021
ICF is seeking PhD- trained Research Psychologists with a clinical, counseling, or community psychology background to support a Department of Defense (DoD) client in the Washington, DC Metro Area (i.e., the DMV). This position will focus on research to continuously enhance the DoD Psychological Health community's knowledge of mental health conditions of greatest concern to the military. The positions require strong mental health / psychological scientists with demonstrable experience conducting ... More
Research Psychologist Fairy Tale Test Society Other / Non-US GRE 11/22/2021
Cross-Cultural Personality Research Project Join a global team of researchers in collecting data for test standardization. The Fairy Tale Test (FTT) is a projective tool for children aged 6-12 years old, created by Dr Coulacoglou. It has been already standardized in several countries across the world. At the moment, we are in the process of standardizing the FTT in the US and therefore seeking collaborators from various states in order to obtain a representative ... More
Research Psychologist ICF Maryland US 12/02/2021
ICF is seeking a PhD- trained Research Psychologists with a clinical, counseling, or community psychology background and at least 5 years of post-doc experience to support a Department of Defense (DoD) client in the Washington, DC Metro Area (i.e., the DMV). This position will focus on psychological health research to continuously enhance the DoD psychological health community's knowledge of mental health conditions of greatest concern to the military; and facilitate the implementation of this ... More
Research Psychologist ICF Maryland US 12/01/2021
ICF is seeking a PhD- trained Research Psychologists with a clinical, counseling, or community psychology background and at least 5 years of post-doc experience to support a Department of Defense (DoD) client in the Washington, DC Metro Area (i.e., the DMV). This position will focus on psychological health research to continuously enhance the DoD psychological health community's knowledge of mental health conditions of greatest concern to the military; and facilitate the implementation of this ... More
Senior Subject Matter Expert - Research Psychologist ICF Maryland US 12/01/2021
ICF is seeking PhD- trained Research Psychologists with a clinical, counseling, or community psychology background to support a Department of Defense (DoD) client in the Washington, DC Metro Area (i.e., the DMV). This position will focus on research to continuously enhance the DoD Psychological Health community's knowledge of mental health conditions of greatest concern to the military. The positions require strong mental health / psychological scientists with demonstrable experience conducting ... More
Information and Research Librarian Skokie Public Library Skokie, Illinois US 11/19/2021
Schedule: Full time, includes one evening per week and one shift weekend per month Skokie Public Library seeks an enthusiastic, knowledgeable information and research librarian to deliver community-centered information, research, and reference services. We want to hear from you if you fully embrace our core service values of community, collaboration, compassion, and curiosity; you have excellent communication and social skills; you arepassionate ... More
Experimental Geochemistry Postdoc Los Alamos National Laboratory Los Alamos, New Mexico US 11/19/2021
Experimental Geochemistry PostdocLos Alamos National LaboratoryLos Alamos, New MexicoLos Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) is a multidisciplinary research institution engaged in science and engineering on behalf of national security. We are seeking an enthusiastic and skilled Experimental Geochemistry Postdoc to join our Radionuclide Geochemistry Team within the Earth and Environmental Sciences Division.Using your expertise ... More
Experimental Geochemistry Postdoc Los Alamos National Laboratory Los Alamos, New Mexico US 11/19/2021
Experimental Geochemistry PostdocLos Alamos National LaboratoryLos Alamos, New MexicoLos Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) is a multidisciplinary research institution engaged in science and engineering on behalf of national security. We are seeking an enthusiastic and skilled Experimental Geochemistry Postdoc to join our Radionuclide Geochemistry Team within the Earth and Environmental Sciences Division.Using your expertise ... More
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