or – Senior Research Scientist (2016-03)
Calverton, Maryland

Drug Investigator Opportunity
Calverton Center
Investigator – Senior Research Scientist (2016-03)
Location: Calverton, Maryland Opening
Date: 1/01/2015
Closing Date: When filled
Hourly Rate: Commensurate with education and training
Status: Full-Time

We have excellent health coverage, retirement opportunities and flexible telecommuting and work arrangements available.

Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation (PIRE) is an independent, nonprofit organization merging scientific knowledge and proven practice to create solutions that improve the health, safety and well-being of individuals, communities, and nations around the world.

Opportunity Summary: PIRE is seeking Investigators to join the research team at its Calverton Center located in the Washington, DC metropolitan area. This opportunity is open to senior level investigators – and/or a small team of investigators – who are positioned to substantially contribute to PIRE’s growing drug and drug policy portfolio.

Specifically, we invite applications from senior level investigators who have:
(a) Current funding from NIH, CDC and/or other agencies that fund scientific research related to drug use and abuse,
(b) A track record of relevant publications in high impact journals, and
(c) Strong skills in research collaboration and management.

Successful applicants will be expected to pursue their own research while collaborating with other PIRE scientists in areas of mutual interest.

PIRE has a diverse portfolio of scientific research focusing on alcohol and drug use and their effects on public health and safety. The Calverton Center has a rich blend of NIH, NHTSA, SAMHSA and Foundation funded work focusing on various drugs of abuse, including prescription drugs, marijuana, heroin, methamphetamine and related health and public health problems (e.g. HIV, HCV, overdose, driving fatalities, criminology). Our scientists examine risk factors and outcomes at both the individual and structural levels, with a focus on informing public policy and/or understanding the specific impacts of policies on health. Our studies employ a diverse range of research methodologies, including qualitative and quantitative methods and a variety of innovative sampling methods. Among these studies are NHTSA- and NIH-funded roadside surveys that are measuring the prevalence of drug use among drivers using biological measures, the effects of marijuana legalization on prevalence among drivers, and the effects of drugs on crash risk.

Research at the Calverton Center is complemented by PIRE’s five other Centers including the Prevention Research Center (PRC) in Oakland, CA. PRC, one of 27 centers sponsored by the NIAAA, was formed in 1983 and is the only such center that specializes in the environmental prevention. PRC's focus is on conducting research to understand better the social and physical environments that influence individual behavior that leads to alcohol and drug misuse. Recent PRC drug research includes studies of the geographical distribution of medical marijuana dispensaries as well as effects of decriminalization and legalization of marijuana.

PIRE has a strong commitment to research dissemination and moving science to practice and practice to science. The implementation of our work is demonstrated in peer-reviewed journal articles, reports for government and lay audiences and professional presentations. Fuller documentation of PIRE’s corporate capabilities detailing our drug-related work is on our web site (www.pire.org).

Contact: PIRE HR; Reference: Investigator– Senior Research Scientist (2016-03)
Email: humanresources@pire.org Fax: (301) 755-2815


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