Research Scientist I-II-III or Senior

Basic Information

Date posted: 02/10/2023

Location: Starkville, Mississippi

Posted by: Mississippi State University (d/b/a NRTC on Blindness and Low Vision)

Salary: Based upon experience

Contact Information


P.O. Box 6189
Mississippi State, MS 39762



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Minimum Required Education and Experience:

Rank Education Experience
Research Scientist I Ph.D. Generally within three years after receiving their Ph.D. and with limited scientific research experience
Research Scientist II Ph.D. Three to seven years of relevant experience beyond the Ph.D. level and with very significant professional accomplishments
Research Scientist III Ph.D. More than seven years of relevant experience beyond the Ph.D. and with extremely significant professional accomplishments.
Senior Research Scientist Ph.D. Individuals well beyond the Ph.D. that have demonstrated outstanding sustained, and extraordinary professional accomplishments as well as professional leadership.

Preferred Qualifications:

Experience working with or conducting research related to people with disabilities, particularly people who are blind or have low vision, is strongly preferred. Experience managing and analyzing large national datasets.

Rankings and qualifications within levels (I, II, III, and Senior) are on a case-by-case basis, with factors that include work experience, the publication record, past research funding, professional honors and awards, decisive discoveries, and management experience.

Job Description

Position Function:  
Plans, manages, implements, and promotes applied research projects related to the employment of people who are blind or have low vision. Collaborates with other research team members to accomplish project goals.  Participates in the preparation and writing of grant/contract applications and reports. Disseminates research findings via authoring peer-reviewed manuscripts and presenting at national conferences.  May supervise research support staff.  
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:  
1.     Develops and/or manages existing research projects and serves as a principal investigator or co-principal investigator

2.     Collects data or manages the collection of data via an online survey tool, interview, or observation

3.     Manages, organizes, analyzes, and interprets data to derive study conclusions

4.     Researches and stays current with project-related literature

5.     Summarizes results of studies in the form of peer-reviewed manuscripts

6.     Attends national conferences and presents results of research studies

7.     Assists with grant/contract preparation by reviewing scientific literature, planning research projects, and writing proposals

8.     Develops relevant products or tools related to research study results for use by professionals in the field of blindness/low vision

Note:  Additional duties and responsibilities that are project specific may be assigned.

May supervise research support staff.

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities

  1. Quantitative statistical analysis skills
  2. Ability to manage, analyze, and interpret data, and derive study conclusions
  3. Ability to generate feasible ideas for federally-funded research related to the employment of people who are blind or have low vision
  4. Ability to advance state-of-the-art scientific research in the blindness/low vision or disability field
  5. Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  6. Excellent presentation skills
  7. Project management skills
  8. Proficiency in Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and SAS or SPSS
  9. Ability to work independently and show initiative

Ability to balance quality and productivity