Investigator/Senior Research Scientist (2022-05)

Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation (PIRE)

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PIRE has a significant national presence in the area of applied science, with funded research projects at its centers on prevention, treatment, and policy research. PIRE scientists and practitioners continually focus on the design and implementation of complex program evaluation strategies and the conduct of research related to health and social issues, and criminal justice. PIRE practitioners and scientists provide training and technical assistance in many health-related areas to states and communities that are attempting to improve public health. For more information about PIRE go to
Position Summary
PIRE has a diverse portfolio of scientific research including alcohol, tobacco, and other drug use and their effects on public health and safety, and health and mental health services research emphasizing approaches centered on multiple levels of analysis (e.g., individual, organizational, system, structural). Funding for this work comes from federal agencies such as the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), National Institute of Justice, as well as states, counties, and foundations. Our scientists are committed to informing public policy and/or understanding the implementation and specific impacts of policies on health. Our studies employ a diverse range of research methodologies, including qualitative and quantitative methods, and a variety of innovative sampling methods and intervention strategies.

For more information about PIRE, please go to

PIRE is an independent, nonprofit organization that merges scientific knowledge and proven practice to create solutions that improve the health, safety and wellbeing of individuals, communities, and nations around the world. We have excellent healthcare coverage and retirement opportunities and flexible telecommuting and work arrangements available to support our nationally recognized institution of independent scientists.

PIRE is seeking investigators to join our Albuquerque, New Mexico Center (The Behavioral Health Research Center of the Southwest). This opportunity is open to senior level investigators who are positioned to substantially contribute to PIRE Albuquerque's growing portfolio, including research in areas such as: health, mental health, and substance use; child welfare; education; criminal justice; public policy; state, county, and community partnerships; and program evaluation.  PIRE is actively expanding our research portfolio related to health disparities and implementation science, with special emphasis on mixed-methods research to enhance the health and wellbeing of underserved populations (e.g., women, minoritized racial and ethnic populations, and people who may be LGBTQ, incarcerated, and/or rural). However, PIRE is not limiting this opportunity to those areas.

We invite a CV and letter of introduction from senior level investigators who have:

  • Current or recent funding from NIH, SAMHSA, and/or other federal and state agencies that fund scientific research;
  • A solid track record of relevant publications in high impact journals; and
  • Strong skills in research collaboration, mentorship, project management, and proposal development.

PIRE is a soft-money and self-funded research organization. This independence and freedom come with the responsibility of seeking and securing one's own funding. As part of your CV and introduction, please share a brief description of your research interests and potential funders.

Successful applicants will be expected to pursue their own research while collaborating with other PIRE scientists in areas of mutual interest. Current or recent funding from NIH, SAMHSA, and/or other federal or state agencies is desired but not required. PIRE is prepared to assist researchers who submit applications with startup funding, administrative assistance, and collaborative scientific support. Employment is contingent upon successful awards.

PIRE has a strong commitment to research dissemination and moving science to practice and practice to science. The implementation of our work is demonstrated in peer-reviewed journal articles, reports for government and lay audiences and professional presentations. Documentation of PIRE's capabilities and work in these areas can be found on PIRE's website ( Feel free to contact the Albuquerque Center Director (Cathleen Willging, Ph.D., or the Site Administrator (Patti Hokanson, for more information. We also have positions at our four other locations: Berkeley, CA, Calverton, MD, Chapel Hill, NC, and Louisville, KY.

We look forward to talking with you about your interests and how your research can grow with PIRE.

Job Requirements
Proof of COVID-19 vaccination is required prior to beginning work at PIRE except in limited circumstances where an employee is legally entitled to an accommodation.

PIRE is an EEO/Affirmative Action Employer
PIRE is a diverse community devoted to the promotion and acceptance of all people regardless of race, color, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, gender or physical ability or veteran status. PIRE is committed to employ, and advance in employment, individuals with disabilities and protected veterans, and to treat qualified individuals without discrimination on the basis of their physical or mental disability or veteran status.Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
PIRE will provide reasonable accommodations with the application process upon your request as required to comply with applicable laws. If you have a disability and require assistance in this application process, please contact Human Resources by email at

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