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Social Sciences Research
190N8 Requisition #
RTI International is recruiting for a Senior Implementation Research Scientist within our Social Policy, Health and Economics Research Unit. This individual will be tasked with applying implementation science methods to the design and execution of research and evaluation projects and tasks encompassing health, healthcare, and social welfare. The position can be located in Research Triangle Park NC, Washington DC, Waltham, MA.
Responsibilities to include, but not be limited to:
  • Serving as Project Director or Principal investigator on medium to large-scale studies.  
  • Conduct and supervise research including overseeing study design, data collection, data analysis and reporting.
  • Manage research budgets, contracts and subcontracts
  • Manage staff capacity and performance
  • Serve as the principal point of contact with clients
  • Lead proposals; provide input on sections with high technical complexity requiring application of relevant implementation science theories, frameworks and methodologies
  • Increase scientific stature in the area of implementation science by publishing papers to peer-reviewed journals, participating in professional meetings and associations
  • Mentor junior scientists in implementation science methods.
  • Lead professional development activities to increase capacity for and understanding of implementation science method.  
  • Participate in cross-institute initiatives and external collaborations that require implementation science expertise.
Required Experience/Qualifications:
  • MS in public health, healthcare administration and management, health services research, organizational sociology or related field and a minimum of 12 years of applied research experience in implementation science in the healthcare, public health, or social service sector.
  • Demonstrated experience conducting implementation science study trials.
  • Demonstrated expertise in advanced  research methods, including mixed methods.
  • Experience in the fields of chronic disease (e.g. cancer, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and HIV), infectious disease, cancer, community health, population health, or healthcare services quality improvement preferred.
  • Proven ability to lead multi-stakeholder initiatives and collaborations.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, including the ability to produce clear, concise reports and presentations about data and complex issues and the ability to communicate with government officials and clients
  • Demonstrated scientific stature in peer-review publications and service to professional organizations.   
  • Experience in mentoring trainees and other staff
  • Ability to meet frequent, multiple and tight deadlines
  • Ability to work effectively in a multidisciplinary team
  • Proven ability to lead medium to large sized projects or study teams with six or more staff
  • Ability to travel within the U.S and internationally.
  • Applicants must be legally authorized to work in the United States and should not require now, or in the future, sponsorship for employment visa status
Desired Qualifications:
  • Proven success of securing contracts or grants valued at $250,000 or higher or similarly valued grant funding from state or federal agencies (e.g., DHHS, AHRQ, NIH, CMS, CDC, SAMHSA, HRSA, VA, DOD), PCORI, or foundations is preferred.


Physical and mental demands of this role include those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job, as outlined above.  Examples include:  remaining in a stationary position for long periods of time; operating a computer and other office machinery; thinking, learning, and concentrating effectively and frequently communicating with other people, both within RTI and outside of RTI; frequently moving about inside and travel between offices and laboratories; frequently conducting laboratory site inspections (if applicable), ability to handle the stress associated in meeting frequent, multiple and tight deadlines, ability to work in excess of 40 hours per week as workload and deadlines may require, consistent demonstration of mental stability and ability to have regular, reliable and predictable attendance.

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the job, per RTI procedure 4.2.1. 

RTI International is an independent, nonprofit research institute dedicated to improving the human condition. Clients rely on us to answer questions that demand an objective and multidisciplinary approach—one that integrates expertise across the social and laboratory sciences, engineering, and international development. We believe in the promise of science, and we are inspired every day to deliver on that promise for the good of people, communities, and businesses around the world. For more information, visit www.rti.org.
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