Research Scientist at Trevor Project

Location: Remote, US
| Full-time
Trevor Project

Research Scientist

Community – Research
Reports to: Director of Research Science
Location: Remote – United States
Hours: Full-time

About Trevor

The Trevor Project is the world’s largest suicide prevention and crisis intervention organization for LGBTQ young people. We are a non-profit that provides 24/7 life-saving support via phone, text, and chat. We also operate the world’s largest safe space social networking site for LGBTQ youth and run innovative research, education, and advocacy programs. We’ve been saving lives every day for over 20 years.

Overview of the role

The Research Scientist will work with the Director of Research Science to dramatically expand the body of research on LGBTQ youth mental health, with a specialized focus on clinical psychology and the theoretical understanding of suicidology. The Research Scientist will collaborate on research design and analysis plans, conduct complex quantitative analyses, and contribute to high-impact, peer-reviewed manuscripts as well as externally-facing reports and research briefs. Additionally, the Research Scientist will support internal initiatives, including Trevor’s crisis services and peer-to-peer social network, to ensure that The Trevor Project’s work is data-informed and backed by research. Ultimately, the Research Scientist will serve as one of our main spokespeople and be a leading researcher on suicidology among LGBTQ youth.

Who you are

  • Credentialed. You have a doctoral-level degree in a relevant field.
  • Experienced. You have a track record of peer-reviewed manuscript publication in LGTBQ research. Preferably, your expertise relates to suicidology or clinical psychology, but this is not required outright. If not, you may have a strong background researching topics closely related to LGTBQ youth specifically. You might also have experience with longitudinal research or high-level statistical modeling, but those skills are not required.
  • Analytical. You excel at analyzing and synthesizing data in SPSS to unearth relevant insights and understandings from survey data. You are comfortable with large quantitative datasets and can conceptualize, run, and interpret complex analyses by yourself.
  • Compelling Communicator. You communicate clearly and concisely, and you are energized by presenting to various audiences, including senior leadership, relevant stakeholders, academia, and the general public. You create compelling presentations in Microsoft Powerpoint, Google Slides, etc. Preferably, you have experience presenting to the press, but that experience is not required.
  • Results-focused. You know how to maximize time and resources to deliver high-quality results. You adhere to project timelines and drive projects to completion. You know that completing shareable outputs is the key to having a significant impact.
  • Collaborative. You collaborate effectively with research colleagues through peer reviews by providing both positive and constructive feedback in a clear, yet warm, manner. You can also work and communicate clearly with non-academics on research methods and findings. You understand the varying needs of staff and the organization as a whole.
  • Flexible. You are comfortable navigating ambiguity and working through competing priorities.
  • Passionate. You care about LGBTQ youth. You care about saving lives. You want to come to work and feel inspired every day. You want to change the world.
  • Fun. The work we do is very serious, but that doesn’t mean we don’t have fun. We know how to have a good time and you should too.

What you’ll do

  • Utilize The Trevor Project’s national cross-sectional survey on LGBTQ youth mental health to increase our scientific understanding of LGBTQ youth including key risk and protective factors for suicide
  • Co-author manuscripts for peer-reviewed journals as well as mass consumption reports that will be published on our website and disseminated to the press and partners
  • Present to a wide range of stakeholders, including internal groups, external partners, conferences, and the media, about The Trevor Project’s research as well as overall research on LGBTQ youth mental health and suicide prevention
  • Provide input to ensure that our future national cross-sectional surveys tap into key research areas that inform our knowledge of and ability to advocate for LGBTQ youth
  • Participate in the ongoing internal initiatives of The Trevor Project’s programs by collaborating with other departments
  • Identify and internally disseminate relevant new research being conducted and published on crisis services, suicide prevention, mental health, and LGBTQ youth


  • Generous vacation and holidays (like a full day off to celebrate Harvey Milk Day!), including three half-day Fridays during the summer
  • Comprehensive health insurance, including coverage for various gender affirmation surgeries (and we pay 100% of your premiums for medical, dental, and life)
  • Flexibility to work from anywhere in the U.S. (we provide the technology, a monthly internet reimbursement and a reimbursement to outfit your work-from-home space!)
  • Fun virtual office environment and passionate team
  • Online Subscription to Headspace, a digital meditation platform
  • Meaningful work at an organization that is saving the lives of LGBTQ young people globally every day

The Trevor Project is an equal opportunity employer

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