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Senior Research Associate

Job Description:

Leidos is currently looking for a Senior Research Associate to support research projects focusing on the biobehavioral science and human performance in the Warfighter Performance Department at the Naval Health Research Center (NHRC) in San Diego, CA. The Warfighter Performance Department conducts human performance, physiology and psychology investigative studies that involve planning, coordinating, designing, and executing experimental protocols that meet with the overall mission of the research objectives.

Primary Responsibilities

The ideal candidate shall:
  • Conduct protocol ‐ driven scientific research addressing various aspects of military medicine.
  • Verbally and electronically communicate with potential subjects regarding study participation with regard to consenting and scheduling.
  • Prepare experimental subjects, set ‐ up experimental equipment, and aid in the training of experimental subjects for experimental procedures in accordance with approved human use protocols.
  • Conduct exercise stress testing to include electrocardiographic, blood pressure, heart rate, biochemical markers and metabolic responses.
  • Conduct dual energy x-ray absorptiometry (DXA) scans. Conduct implementation of other body composition measures as needed.
  • Facilitate laboratory equipment procurement, calibration, set-up, pilot testing, and data collection.
  • Maintain laboratory supporting documentation. Develop Standard Operating Procedures and official lab instructions.
  • Conduct data entry and the evaluation of data sets (provided by the government and collected by the contractor) .
  • Conduct the development of presentation materials, human use protocols, technical reports, final reports, and peer reviewed manuscripts .
  • Develop documentation and coordinate approval of related Institutional Review Board documents, and manage resources necessary to meet project goals. Prepare periodic internal reports and status updates.
  • Work with military and Government project managers to develop budgets against operational and research projects.
  • Manage local and outlying US Department of Defense collaborative relationships necessary for completion of project-specific milestones.
  • Develop and evaluate appropriate methodologies, write standards of procedure to perform appropriate methodologies, and perform quality assurance checks to ensure that appropriate methodologies are followed consistently.
  • Perform investigations, job analyses, and/or experiments. Independently alter field data collection tactics as operational military needs dictate.
  • Obtain raw data and assemble analytic data sets, and gather test/survey/experiment results. Identify and perform appropriate statistical analyses such as multiple regression, analysis of variance/covariance, exploratory and confirmatory factor analysis.
  • Seek funding sources, write funding proposals, and develop project budgets.
  • Prepare summaries and publications for non-research technical and general audiences.
  • Maintain collaborative relationships with NHRC, department, and project personnel to optimize resources and knowledge/skills
  • Effectively communicate results of projects to military and academic communities through presentations, peer-reviewed journal publications, technical reports, and letters to military officials.
  • Work is to be primarily performed on a government installation.
  • Some offsite travel (~10%) may be required for data collection efforts, presentations, etc.

Basic Qualifications
  • The candidate will be required to acquire, at a minimum, a SECRET classification access level. Preference will be given to a candidate who already has this clearance level.
  • Due to Federal contract requirements, US citizenship is required.
  • Candidates must have completed a Masters of Science degree from an accredited US university, or international university of equivalent standard, in Kinesiology, Exercise Science, Exercise Physiology or a related field.
  • Candidates must have at least five years of experience with human performance programs designed for occupational or tactical athletes.
  • Knowledge of the scientific method and direct experience in research activities.
  • Ability to interpret published scientific literature and conduct systematic literature reviews.
  • Candidates must be a self-starter, act on objectives in an independent manner, demonstrate leadership, work independently in a team, and have the ability to plan and prioritize work.
  • Candidates must demonstrate excellent critical thinking with problem-solving skills and an ability to work cooperatively in a team setting. Flexibility in responding to changing demands, timelines, and priorities.
  • Must have excellent communication skills and the ability to clearly convey information as well as basic scientific data to peers and supervisors.
  • Proficiency in basic office software programs and experience with analytical programs (i.e., SPSS).
  • Demonstrate the ability to extend and apply the knowledge of research to the missions of the NHRC Command and the Navy.

Preferred Qualifications
  • Experience in scientific abstract/poster presentations at professional conferences.
  • Author of peer-reviewed publications in professional journals.
  • Certifications by nationally recognized entities for personal training, exercise physiology, athletic training, phlebotomy, etc.

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