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Health Research and Measure Development Principal Research Scientist

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1/9/2018 4:00:11 PM
Arlington, VA US

Battelle is guided by a founding mission. We invest our knowledge, talents and resources, helping our customers achieve their most important goals. We apply scientific rigor and creativity, succeeding where others may fail and we invest in our communities, making the world better for generations to come. All of us share a common purpose: to solve the greatest challenges of today and tomorrow.


Our 22,000 employees work at the forefront of scientific innovation to tackle critical challenges in security, human health, manufacturing, energy and environmental management. Battelle’s work is grounded in the belief that science, technology and a passion for excellence can make industries more competitive and the world a better place.


Battelle’s Health Research Team is currently seeking a Health Research and Measure Development Principal Research Scientist. This position located in Arlington, Virginia.


Battelle’s Health Research team, headquartered in Columbus, OH but with teams in Arlington, Virginia and other sattelite offices, specializes in conducting research in the areas of healthcare quality improvement, clinical quality measure development, measurement science, and knowledge management for government, academic and private industry clients worldwide.




The primary functions of the Principal Research Scientist (Principal Investigator) will be to execute appropriate research and analytical methods designed to evaluate the development, implementation, and maintenance of clinical quality measures.  This includes an understanding of, and experience with, appropriate experimental and quasi-experimental research methodologies, policy analysis, qualitative, quantitative, and mixed-methods evaluation designs, as well as, outcome dissemination and implementation science. The selected candidate will be part of a team of researchers evaluating the outcomes and impacts of programs focused on a wide range of health and wellbeing research. Compensation will be based on qualifications and experience. 



  • Leads and participates in multiple, assigned, and self-initiated research projects with a minimum of supervision and within time and budget constraints.
  • Participates in the development of clinical quality measures focused on a wide range of clinical areas.
  • Provides subject matter expertise to federally-funded clinical quality measure developers.
  • Conducts presentations on advancements in clinical quality measure science.
  • Perform highly complex assignments by compiling and evaluating design and test data, prepare technical specifications, analyze technical data to determine appropriate limits and variables for product or process specifications.
  • Plan, organize, execute, analyze, and perform technical work; organize project resources; manage budget; project deliverables; and other related project management activities for multiple projects.
  • Manage stakeholder relationships through collaboration and working closely with internal and external stakeholders to communicate project data, status, and technical needs and address risk, issues, and opportunities.
  • Provide technical advice and assistance; review proposed solutions for technical feasibility, (White Papers, and Contract Proposals).
  • Support and lead preparation and submission of publishable manuscripts.
  • Support business development efforts, including strategic planning and monitoring of current and future business opportunities.
  • Prepare technical and financial information for briefings, presentations, and status reports.
  • Monitor and report program commitments, obligations, expenditures, contract performance, and program status execution to include program milestones, schedule and cost, conduct related analyses, and track financial and technical metrics.
  • Reviews scientific literature and other information sources, and prepares summaries.
  • Prepares technical reports and presentations that are clear, concise, and technically accurate.
  • Monitor and report program commitments, obligations, expenditures, contract performance, and program status execution to include program milestones, schedule and cost, conduct related analyses, and track financial and technical metrics.
  • Builds relationships with internal and external partners and clients, and supports business development efforts.



  • PhD AND 2-5 years OR Master's degree AND 5-8 years expereince OR Bachelor's degree AND 8-10 years experience with degree in health administration, health informatics, public health, other health-related relevant field.
  • At least three (3) years of professional experience in clinical quality measure development.
  • Experience establishing and facilitating technical expert panels.
  • Ability to communicate verbally and in writing and maintain effective working relationships with a broad range of operational users, technical developers and government program managers
  • Ability to write both concise recommendation papers, longer analytical reviews, and funding proposals.
  • Proven ability to work as an effective member of a multidisciplinary team.



  • Ph.D, or DrPH in health administration, health informatics, public health, other health-related relevant field.
  • Experience working with Department of Health and Humans Services agencies, including Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
  • Experience working in contract research for federal, state and private entities.
  • Knowledge and experiences in research involving health policy, health disparities, international health, health economics or health data sources such as electronic health records are also desirable.
  • Excellent word processing and computer skills; familiarity with Microsoft Office software including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, as well as SharePoint and Adobe Acrobat Professional.




Battelle’s competitive benefits program includes comprehensive medical and dental care, matching 401K, paid time off, flexible spending accounts, disability coverage, and other benefits that help provide financial protection for you and your family.


Battelle provides employment and opportunities for advancement, compensation, training, and growth according to individual merit, without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, age, genetic information, disability, military or veteran status, or any other protected classes covered under federal or applicable state and local law. Our goal is for each staff member to have the opportunity to grow to the limits of their abilities and to achieve personal and organizational objectives. We will support positive programs for equal treatment of all staff and full utilization of all qualified employees at all levels within Battelle.

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