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Senior Research Scientist, Arlington, Virginia

CategoryHuman Resources
Job typeFull Time
CountryUnited States of America
Amazon's Talent Assessment team designs and implements groundbreaking hiring solutions for one of the world's fastest growing companies. We work in a fast-paced, global environment where we must solve complex problems (ranging from research-based to technical) and deliver solutions that have impact.

We are seeking selection researchers with a strong foundation in the development of pre-hire selection assessments, traditional and alternative legally defensible assessment validation approaches, research methodology, and data analysis. We are looking for equal parts researchers and consultant/thought leaders who are highly adaptable and continual learners who thrive in a fast paced environment.

You will work closely with Amazon global teams to design and experiment new hiring solutions that predict success for highly complex roles (technical and non-technical) that have great impact on Amazon globally.

What you'll do:
• Lead the tactical development and execution of large scale, highly visible personnel selection research projects

• Develop and iterate on experimental research studies to optimize qualitative and quantitative hiring strategies

• Develop and innovate on new pre-hire test assessment design, validation, and implementation

• Partner with internal and external technology teams

• Influence executive project sponsors and multiple business and development teams across Amazon globally

• Drive effective teamwork, communication, and collaboration across multiple stakeholder groups

Basic Qualifications:
• PhD or equivalent Master's degree plus 5+ years of research experience in a quantitative field
• 3+ years experience investing the feasibility of applying scientific principals and concepts to business problems and products

Preferred Qualifications:
• Ph.D. in Industrial-Organizational Psychology, or related field
• 5 or more years of relevant research-based experience
• Quantitative analytical abilities with advanced modeling and statistical expertise
• Previous work experience in assessment design, objective performance measurement, and complex statistical modeling
• Demonstrated ability to manage and analyze large data sets
• Excellent written and oral communication skills
• Proven problem-solving skills
• Strong internal consulting skills and a track record of influencing stakeholders
• Proven skills in experimental research design
• Strong organizational and time management skills
• Proficient in at least one statistical analysis tool (e.g., SPSS, R, or SAS)

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