Research Scientist

The Trevor Project

Posted: 10/14/2020

Position Type: Full-Time (Paid)

Function: Research and Development

Primary domain: Other

City: Flexible

Postal code: 00000

State: Flexible

Country: United States

Organization Information:


$10M - $20M


Mission statement:

The mission of The Trevor Project is to end suicide among gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer & questioning young people. The organization works to fulfill this mission through four strategies:

1. Provide crisis counseling to LGBTQ young people thinking of suicide.
2. Offer resources, supportive counseling and a sense of community to LGBTQ young people to reduce the risk that they become suicidal.
3. Educate young people and adults who interact with young people on LGBTQ-competent suicide prevention, risk detection and response.
4. Advocate for laws and policies that will reduce suicide among LGBTQ young people.


Position Details:

Job Description:

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.



The Research Scientist will partner with the Director of Research to dramatically expand the body of research on the mental health of LGBTQ youth, with a specialized focus on transgender and nonbinary youth. The Research Scientist will collaborate on research design and analysis plans, conduct complex quantitative analyses, and contribute to high impact peer-reviewed manuscripts, and externally-facing reports. Additionally, the Research Scientist will also support internal initiatives, including with Trevor’s crisis services program and peer-to-peer social network. Ultimately, the Research Scientist will serve as one of our main public spokespeople and be a leading researcher on transgender and nonbinary youth mental health. 

Who you are: 

  • Credentialed. You have a doctoral-level degree in a relevant field.

  • Experienced. You have a track record of publishing peer-reviewed research on LGBTQ youth, with expertise in transgender and nonbinary populations.

  • Compelling Communicator. You communicate clearly and concisely and are energized presenting to the press, professional audiences, and relevant stakeholders.

  • Analytical. You have experience with large quantitative datasets and can conceptualize, run, and interpret complex analyses yourself.

  • Efficient. You know how to maximize time and resources to deliver high quality results.

  • Results-focused. You adhere to project timelines and drive projects to completion. You know that completing shareable outputs is the key to having significant impact. 

  • Collaborative. You can work and communicate clearly with non-academics on research methods and findings. You also 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 unique crisis services data as well as our national cross-sectional survey on LGBTQ youth mental health to increase our scientific understanding of LGBTQ youth (including key risk and protective factors), particularly those who identify as transgender and nonbinary.

  • Co-author manuscripts for peer-reviewed journals as well as research briefs and 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 transgender and nonbinary 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 and ensuring we are collecting and tracking needed data to perform proper evaluation.

  • Identify and internally disseminate relevant new research being conducted and published on crisis services, suicide prevention, mental health, and LGBTQ youth.

LOCATION: Flexible/remote in US



  • Generous vacation and holidays (like a full day off to celebrate Harvey Milk Day!), and Summer Fridays

  • Comprehensive health insurance (we pay 100% of your premiums for medical, dental, and life), including gender affirmation surgery

  • The Trevor Project is an equal opportunity employer

  • Meaningful work at an organization that is saving the lives of LGBTQ young people every day


Commensurate with Experience

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