Research Scientist

Reports to the Director of the Centers for Behavioral and Preventive Medicine. Research Scientists are responsible for direction of the research activities of a laboratory.  They prepare and write grant proposals direct research supervise research staff members publish research papers in peer-reviewed professional journals and provide consultation within area of expertise to individuals both internal and external to the hospital.



Prepares and submits research grant applications to the National Institutes of Health and other sponsors.

Supervises postdoctoral fellows research assistants and other lab personnel including hiring training assigning work to complete providing feedback evaluating performance and when necessary disciplining.

Assumes primary responsibility for the development communication and ensuring compliance with policies and procedures for research and administrative functions in research setting.  This includes but is not limited to conforming to all policies/procedures of relevant mandatory committee including the IRB. 

Identifies internal and external funding opportunities and works with departmental and Lifespan Office of Research Administration on completion of grant application.

Determines the direction of research efforts by reviewing data from previous research and external research papers to identify problem areas. Sets up hypotheses and designs experiments to test them.  Responsible for the development of research methodology used.

Ensures accurate collection and analysis of data gathered in research experiments.  Interprets data using statistical methodology.

Prepares writes and presents papers for publication in peer-reviewed scientific journals as the Principal Investigator on research projects.

Participates in Hospital committees both research and non-research.

Contacts individuals both internal and external to the Hospital to provide professional consultation within area or expertise and to exchange information.


Other information:


Requires completion of a M.D. and/or Ph.D. in the appropriate scientific field.

Requires an in-depth knowledge of the scientific field in which research is being performed.

Requires supervisory skills to direct research assistants senior research assistants project directors and other research staff.

Requires grant-writing skills.

Requires the interpersonal skills to interface both externally and internally to the Hospital.

Requires peer-reviewed publications in professional journals.


Requires one year of postdoctoral experience in research as evidenced by peer-reviewed publications and prior grant writing.


Works in a laboratory community or clinical research environments.

Performs independently within the department�s policies and practices.  Refers specific complex problems to the supervisor when clarification of the departmental policies and procedures are required.


Supervises 3-5 FTE�s


Lifespan is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race color religion sex national origin age ethnicity sexual orientation ancestry genetics gender identity or expression disability protected veteran or marital status.   Lifespan is a VEVRAA Federal Contractor.


Location: The Miriam Hospital USA:RI:Providence


Work Type: Full Time


Shift: Shift 1


Union: Non-Union