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Sr. Research Scientist, Alexandria, VA, US ID#16976

Cherokee Nation Technology Solutions (CNTS) provides technical support services and project support personnel to its defense and civilian agency clients. CNTS specializes in locating hard-to-find candidates for rapid response requests throughout the country. It provides a tailored management approach for complex government programs and disciplines including medical, science, geospatial intelligence, engineering, construction, research and development, facilities management, information technology, program management and mission support. Wholly owned by Cherokee Nation, CNTS is part of the Cherokee Nation Businesses family of companies.

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Our client’s mission is to provide advocacy, program oversight, and policy for suicide prevention, intervention and postvention efforts to reduce suicidal behaviors in Service members, their families and DoD civilians.  They achieve this by integrating a holistic approach, by using a range of medical and non-medical resources, and through a collaborative approach with the Military Services and other Governmental Agencies, Non-Governmental Agencies, non-profit organizations, and the community to reduce the risk for suicide.  Through its Research & Program Evaluation and Data & Surveillance efforts, our client is focused on:

  1. Improving the timeliness and usefulness of surveillance systems relevant to suicide prevention and the ability to collect, analyze, and use this information for improving suicide prevention efforts;
  2. Promoting and supporting DoD research on suicide prevention;
  3. Evaluating the impact and effectiveness of DoD suicide prevention interventions and systems in order to synthesize and disseminate the findings.

We are seeking an experienced Senior Research Scientist to join our team in Alexandria, VA. The candidate will focus on providing research management that includes research design, proposal writing, data collection, data analysis, research results publication, and manuscript production for current work with the Department of Defense. The candidate will also be responsible for providing technical guidance as well as formulating and enforcing goals, schedules, budgets, and performance metrics.


Includes the following (Other duties may be assigned):

  • Provide program support services by daily facilitating multiple, concurrent research studies, briefing requests, and short-fuse requests from Department of Defense leadership.
  • Provide substantive program consultation, guidance, and assistance and is responsible for carrying out and promoting significant public health program activities with relative independence.
  • Coordinate and facilitate research proposal review, including development of an evaluation process and coordination of a proposal review team.
  • Provide expertise and services on suicide prevention research-related issues, data management, analysis, and interpretation. Provide experience-based recommendations and research direction as requested on other studies conducted by, or on the behalf of, the client.
  • Conduct briefing creation and delivery, consultation on translation of research to policy, and management of projects performed by and for the client.
  • Conduct research activities (extensive literature reviews) and edit reports, presentations, and other documents.
  • Collect, and analyze data to address highly complex program needs. Develop and/or recommend program intervention, prevention, and/or control strategies.
  • Coordinate data collection including the collection of baseline data for military death in order to produce regular program dashboard reporting.
  • Conduct longitudinal and trend analysis of quantitative private sector, government, and other data to obtain comparable estimates across demographic and other categories.
  • Assist client with translating findings to action efforts within military/DOD framework. Actionable products could include training, white papers, educational products, presentations, publications.
  • Assist with disseminating research findings through the development of conference abstracts and presentations, scholarly manuscripts, and white papers.
  • Develop reports, read heads, briefs, manuscripts, white papers, info papers, action memos, presentations, publications, and packages. Disseminate findings by briefing leadership in a clear and concise way.
  • Assist with writing and executing Memorandums of Understanding or Agreement.
  • Provide coordination for products and reports, to include creating and tracking packages and obtaining signatures.
  • Assist the government in coordinating and hosting forums, discussions, and meetings to include facilitating discussion, taking minutes, and providing a summary report.
  • Review and update content for client’s webpage.
  • Develop a system to randomly select data that includes reviewing existing protocols and procedures and creating a comprehensive approach to reviewing data; identifying, coordinating, and compiling necessary data to perform a comprehensive review; preparing a report of themes, findings, and actionable recommendations annually.
  • Provide technical assistance to assist in implementing evidence informed practices for suicide prevention and evaluate the implementation of suicide prevention interventions.
  • Translate statistical analyses so that lay audiences will understand and comprehend information.
  • Identify ways to streamline the process and increase efficiency in gathering and using performance information.
  • Provide continuing assessment of the validity and appropriateness of evidence based suicide prevention research.
  • Contribute to and support the compilation of quarterly and annual program reports.
  • Independently, or as part of a team, carry out public health projects and/or programs.
  • Design, develop, implement, manage and evaluate all aspects of a complex, politically sensitive, or developmental special project or program within an assigned area.
  • Schedule meetings and teleconference calls, process visit requests and parking, prepare meeting agendas, maintain meeting minutes, taskers and minute’s repository, and develop an After Action Report of meeting activities.  





  • Doctorate Degree required
  • Minimum 5 years of experience in social science or related area.
  • Minimum 5 years of specialized experience equivalent including oversight of public health programs.
  • Experience in Suicidology or other behavioral health discipline.
  • Proficient in the use of analysis software, namely SPSS, SAS, and/or R.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication
  • Proven application of Microsoft office suite (specifically Excel and PowerPoint)
  • Familiarity with governmental agency policies, procedures, and culture.


  • Knowledge of public health and social science approaches. Experience in Suicidology or other behavioral health disciplines preferred.
  • Knowledge of analytical and evaluative techniques.
  • Strong interpersonal and collaboration skills.
  • Strong client management skills.
  • Strong attention to detail and problem-solving abilities.
  • Ability to respond effectively to changing events and competing priorities
  • Ability to multi-task and re-prioritize to meet deadlines.



These duties occur in an office setting.

Applicants selected will be subject to a U.S. Government security investigation and must meet eligibility requirements.

  • U.S. Citizenship.
  • Presently or previously held a CAC or PIV preferred
  • Must obtain/maintain a favorable FBI National Criminal History Check (fingerprint check) and submit a National Agency Check and Law Credit (NACLAC II) vetting package for processing.
  • Must maintain favorable FBI National Criminal History checks and ensure completion and successful adjudication of a NACLAC as required for Federal employment.

With $400 million in annual revenue, more than 3000 employees and nearly 1,000 federal projects for more than 60 government agencies in 26 countries, 50 states and 2 territories, Cherokee Nation Businesses’ (CNB) team of companies are well positioned to deliver the expertise needed to solve the world’s most pressing issues. Together, CNB’s companies provide an array of services — from applications and data services to cybersecurity and national defense — for 12 of the 15 Cabinet departments.

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Applicants selected will be subject to a U.S. Government security investigation and must meet eligibility requirements for access to classified information.
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