Careers - Senior Staff

Investigator - Senior Research Scientist

Position Summary

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. We have excellent health coverage, retirement opportunities and flexible telecommuting and work arrangements available to support our nationally recognized institution of independent scientists.

Opportunity Summary

PIRE is seeking Investigators to join our research team at one of our six locations: Oakland, CA, Albuquerque, NM, Louisville, KY, Chapel Hill, NC and Providence, RI. Calverton, MD 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 or other research agenda.

Specifically, we invite letters of introduction from senior level investigators who have:

  1. Current funding from NIH, CDC and/or other agencies that fund scientific research,
  2. A track record of relevant publications in high impact journals, and
  3. 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 is prepared to assist researchers submit applications with startup funding, administrative support and collaborative scientific support. Employment is contingent upon successful awards.

PIRE is a soft-money and self-funded research organization. The independence and freedom as a scientist, comes with the responsibility of seeking and securing one’s own funding. Please share your resume along with brief description of your research interest and potential funders.

PIRE has a diverse portfolio of scientific research focusing on alcohol and drug use and their effects on public health and safety. We have 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). We are specifically expanding our drug related research but are not limiting this opportunity. 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.

Details of our other Centers can be found at

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 (

We look forward to talking with you about your interests and the fit with PIRE.