The Psychologist will support services for the United States Air Force School of Aerospace Medicine’s (USAFSAM), Clinical Sciences Division, Aeromedical Consultation Service (ACS) Neuropsychiatry Branch and create research capabilities intended to respond to Air Force Special Operations Training Center (AFSOTC) such concerns about battlefield airmen occupational performance and retention by addressing aeromedically relevant psychological attributes (cognitive aptitudes and personality traits) that have a direct bearing on training performance and operational adaptation to the demands of such special duty positions.
This effort will provide the capability to study all aspects of battlefield airmen performance to include reviewing the current selection processes, professional literature, training and operational performance reports, and psychological testing (pre and post accession) in order to provide AFSOTC leadership with information on attributes critical to performance, as well as assessment and selection program recommendations to meet the operational needs of the USAF. Services shall include scientific research design, professional update of the scientific literature, database management, linkage of data bases, (predictive variables) to other (outcome measure) databases potentially involving computer program writing, statistical analysis of data, discussion of the results, composition of research technical reports and presentations, as well as overall project management including data gathering.
This effort includes tasks and activities to be performed by the Psychologist to support research and data as predictive of subsequent performance outcome measures to battlefield airmen training and operational performance.
• Since this is a government contract, one of the following requirements must be met: You must be a US citizen, a naturalized citizen, or born abroad to US citizen(s).
• Develop annual strategic plan in coordination with leadership’s objectives. Assist leadership in developing needs assessments regarding identification of suitable airmen for special operations duty.
• Coordinate with the retrieval of psychological testing (cognitive and personality) and relevant training data. Assist staff in the collection of medical outcome data regarding training candidates and special duty operators to be merged with pre & post accession archival psychological testing data, and training/operational outcome performance data for analyses.
• Complete the required research paperwork with the appropriate IRB at the direction of leadership. Assist leadership in the review, understanding, and application of relevant scientific literature and participate in related discussion.
• Identify and report on appropriate performance outcome measures obtained in coordination with training instructors and operational commanders.
• Performs predication and regression analyses of collected data to identify critical selection methodologies (cut offs, multiple cut-off, profile methods, etc.) to “select out” Airmen at high risk of training failure, operational performance problems, or medical difficulties and to “select in” Airmen with high probability of excellent performance.
• Coordinates with staff to provide input into aeromedical policy, evaluation and waiver process of airmen aeromedically disqualified for special operations duty.
• Prepare report of scientific results in support of publication in the scientific literature at the direction and input of leadership.
• Scientists will write/create solid, well-written, full drafts of all paper and presentations and will edit drafts as directed by leadership.
• Coordinate with leadership in providing recommendations to pre-accession psychological testing to identify cut-off scores for selecting Airmen suitable for special operations duty.
The Psychologist/Project Scientist shall be a master’s or doctoral level industrial organizational psychologist responsible for coordination between Air Force Special Operations Training Center (AFSOTC), Neuropsychiatry Branch professional staff at the USAF School of Aerospace Medicine (USAFSAM).
The contract personnel should have at least 5 years of experience in program validation and personnel selection, working with USAF active duty and DoD military personnel, as well as experience writing professional technical reports and/or scholarly, peer-reviewed behavioral science research reports.
A doctoral level industrial organizational psychologist is extremely highly desired. As mentioned previously, various aspects of research support include: program evaluation and validation, special duty selection, study design, technical report writing, presentations, and all other scientific and academic aspects of the project, such as coordination with Investigational Review Board, professional liaison with the scientific community, as well as USAF AFSOTC operational experts.
Travel may be required
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