Senior Researcher, Health Behavior Change

Location: Arlington, VA

Type: Full Time

Min. Experience: Experienced

Fors Marsh Group LLC (FMG) is an applied research firm located in Northern Virginia. Our primary mission is to leverage insights from the social sciences to enhance decision making, communication, and human resource management. As a thriving small business, we are committed to providing growth opportunities to our employees and challenging them to provide the best possible research for our clients.

We are currently seeking an experienced, intelligent and motivated social scientist to help lead and expand our efforts in the areas of health communication and social marketing. Projects support message and advertising development and evaluation across a variety of topics (e.g., tobacco use, excessive alcohol use, chronic disease, infectious disease, and environmental risks), methodologies (e.g., focus groups, surveys, experiments), and audiences (e.g., youth, physicians, international travelers). This individual would work in a senior research role, providing subject matter expertise and overseeing multiple research studies.

Responsibilities include:

  • Contributing knowledge and expertise in social psychology, social persuasion, and/or behavior change for various research efforts.  Specific background in health-related areas (e.g., public health, risk communication, health communication), particularly tobacco, a plus.
  • Thinking creatively to solve tangible communication and public health problems through research and application.
  • Providing client account management to understand needs, manage expectations, and build long term relationships (including proposal writing and business development activities).
  • Overseeing the design, execution, and interpretation of research across a variety of quantitative and qualitative methodologies.
  • Managing multiple concurrent projects, including providing quality control and implementing financial controls for projects.
  • Disseminating research findings to a variety of audiences and translating research into actionable insights to develop, improve, and evaluate communication materials and programs.
  • Building relationships with universities, business partners, and subcontractors to support current and future work.


  • Graduate degree (PhD preferred). in social science field such as psychology, behavioral economics, communication, or related 
  • A minimum of six years of applied experience leading research projects, preferably through the use of mixed-methods approaches.
  • Experience in a contracting environment and with federal government clients (e.g., CDC, FDA, NIH) preferred.
  • Expertise in quantitative and qualitative research methods, including strong quantitative training.
  • Direct experience with at least one statistical analysis software package (SPSS, STATA, and R are preferred) required. Experience with qualitative data analysis software (e.g., NVivo) preferred.
  • Demonstrated ability to develop and maintain client relationships.
  • Demonstration of strong verbal and written communications skills, including proposal writing.
  • Applicants may be subject to a low-level government security investigation and must meet eligibility criteria for access to sensitive information.

We Offer:

  • A collaborative, small business environment where staff are self-motivated and enthusiastic about their field of study.
  • Opportunities to conduct high quality research and influence decision making
  • Highly competitive benefit/compensation package

Fors Marsh Group LLC is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.  M/W/Disability/Vet

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