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2 Personnel Research Psychologists

07 Nov 2022 10:54 AM | Kathy Stewart

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), Personnel Research and Assessment Division (PRAD) has 2 openings for a Personnel Research Psychologist. PRAD seeks interested and eligible employees at the GS-12, GS-13, or GS-14 levels. All positions are non-supervisory and have promotion potential to the GS-14. These positions are eligible for remote work, anywhere in the United States. Applications will be accepted from Monday, November 7 to Monday, November 21, 2022 for the first 100 applicants.

The Personnel Research and Assessment Division is a team of Industrial-Organizational Psychologists leveraging expertise in human capital strategies and applied research to make a difference in the safety and security of our Nation.

Selected applicants will be responsible for designing, developing, and validating tests and other assessment instruments for use within CBP, enhancing organization effectiveness through organizational development, and conducting research to support national initiatives. Typical work assignments, include but are not limited to:

  • Planning and conducting job analysis studies, the results of which serve as the foundation for a variety of human resources programs including development of tests and assessments for frontline hiring and career paths for employee development.
  • Leading the development of innovative assessment tools in support of multiple-hurdle selection processes and conducting validity studies to determine the predictive effectiveness of new and existing assessments for specific occupations. Using classical test theory and item response theory to develop assessments, including computer adaptive tests.
  • Applying the knowledge base and scientific methods of psychology to critical human capital issues to include talent acquisition, succession planning, retention, employee motivation, and occupational skills gaps.
  • Designing and implementing surveys to support data driven decision-making around human capital issues or to enable program evaluation.
  • Participating in all phases of the research process, including problem definition, planning, execution, statistical analysis, and interpretation, and reporting of results. Preparing and presenting briefing materials that communicate technical information to non-technical audiences of all levels, documenting applied research study methods and results in technical reports.

If you know of any good candidates for these positions, please pass this information along. For questions, please contact Julia Leaman ( or Kevin Byle (

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