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Staff Scientist

Job ID REQ-2023-2150 Omaha, Nebraska

Performs work of unusual difficulty in the design, development, and implementation of a research program/s that is/are important to the mission of the Boys Town organization, using existing laboratory space and facilities. Participates in collaborative research projects with other members of the research and clinical staff. The salary for this position is paid by external grants and this role is expected to assist the Director of the research laboratory in securing these funds.


Takes an associate leadership role in planning and conducting research and evaluation activities in the assigned lab.

  • Contributes to the design of experiments.

  • Contributes to the implementation of experiments, including selection of stimuli and programming.

  • Works closely with other lab personnel to share responsibilities for data collection, transcription, coding, and entry.

  • Works closely with other lab personnel to share responsibilities for measurement of fidelity.

  • Contributes to laboratory-wide efforts in communicating science, including conference presentations and co-authorships.

  • Manages day-to-day IT needs in the laboratory and seeks the support of the organization technology teams when required.

  • Communicates with participants and their families, including but not limited to, scheduling, explanation of informed consent procedures, and explanation of data collection procedures.

  • Assists the Laboratory Director in the preparation of grant proposals.

  • Collaborates with other members of the research and clinical staff on research problems of mutual interest.

  • Serves on appropriate committees, acquires knowledge of institutional administrative procedures, assists in annual budget preparation, and performs other administrative functions as requested by the Center Director and the Director of Research.


  • Ability to apply comprehensive knowledge of the relevant literature, knowledge of relevant research procedures and skill in implementing them.

  • Ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, statistics, and computer applications appropriate for the field of interest.

  • Ability to communicate concisely, both orally and in writing.

  • Ability to work well with other professional personnel and with support staff.

  • Knowledge of IPA transcription.

  • Basic programming skills.


  • Ph.D. or equivalent degree in an appropriate discipline required.

  • Minimum of two years pre- and/or post-doctoral training in a major laboratory where research was performed relevant to the current research program.

  • Strong research potential, as indicated by mastery of the necessary techniques and procedures, publications in refereed journals and presentations at national meetings, and other significant contributions to on-going research programs as a trainee required.

  • Experience publishing empirical research required.

  • Available to travel required.


  • Four years pre- and/or post-doctoral training in a major laboratory where research was performed relevant to the current research program preferred.

  • Demonstrated success in securing external funding is strongly preferred.

About Boys Town:

Boys Town has been changing the way America cares for children and families since 1917. With over a century of service, our employees have helped us grow from a small boardinghouse in downtown Omaha, Nebraska, into one of the largest national child and family care organizations in the country. With the addition of Boys Town National Research Hospital in 1977, our services branched out into the health care and research fields, offering even more career opportunities to those looking to make a real difference.

Our employees are our #1 supporters when it comes to achieving Boys Town's mission, which is why we are proud of their commitment to making the world a better place for children, families, patients, and communities. Unique perks to Boys Town employees and their families include free visits to Boys Town physicians and free prescriptions under the Boys Town Medical Plan, tuition assistance, parenting resources from our experts and professional development opportunities within the organization, just to name a few. Working at Boys Town is more than just a job, it is a way of life.

This advertisement describes the general nature of work to be performed and does not include an exhaustive list of all duties, skills, or abilities required. Boys Town is an equal employment opportunity employer and participates in the E-Verify program. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, national origin, age, disability, or veteran status. To request a disability-related accommodation in the application process, contact us at 1-877-639-6003.

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