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Job #: R-00094572
Location: San Diego, CA
Category: Life Scientist
Schedule (FT/PT): Full Time
Travel Required: Yes, 50% of the time
Shift: Rotating
Potential for Telework: Yes, 50%
Clearance: Secret
Referral Eligibility: Eligible
Referral Bonus Amount: $2,000
Group: Health

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Description

Job Description:

The Military and Veterans Health Solutions Unit under the Leidos Health Group is hiring for a Research Project Manager. The Research Project Manager will perform laboratory and field experimental work, conduct research projects in collaboration with government and contract principal investigators, and make innovative contributions pertaining to laboratory and field experimental procedures, as well as provide management of a research portfolio encompassing multiple field-based research protocols, research scientists, and research assistants. Work involves understanding of numerous areas such as human physiology, statistics, research methods, operational processes, and military training. 

The Research Project Manager is responsible for researching, developing theories, and devising methods to study life sciences, including human physiology as it relates to improving military service member health and performance, as well as training, education, and evaluation of junior team members.

Research Project Manager duties include developing and conducting research studies, reviewing and analyzing data from research studies, developing reports and conclusions based on that data, making recommendations regarding the areas of investigation needed in specific research program areas (extreme environmental physiology, tactical stress physiology, musculoskeletal injury risk and prevention, nutrition and metabolism, and neurocognitive science), and creating products such as research protocols, databases, standard operating procedures documents, reports, presentations, and publications to accomplish specific research goals.

Duties also include management of research program productivity, providing feedback and editing of documents, management of data collection and travel schedules and requirements, overseeing data collection efforts, management of purchases to include ensuring purchases are routed, approved, and executed on time, within budget, and that items are appropriately tracked and delivered to customer within contract requirements. Management of on/off-boarding processes, training, and performance management of direct reports is also required.

Primary Responsibilities

Duties include but are not limited to:

  • Work to achieve day-to-day objectives with significant impact on the project team and is responsible for entire projects and processes within the research team. 

  • Develop technical reports and manuscripts as well as abstracts and presentations

  • Coach and review the work of lower level technical staff.

  • Develops technical solutions that require collaboration with internal experts, and deep analyses and understanding of impact on in the research program.

  • Develop solutions to technical problems that are unclear and require deep technical knowledge.

  • Communicate with colleagues across multiple areas (project and program managers, principal investigators, military leadership, and other technical resources), internal and client team members.

  • Explain and influence team members in areas of technical solution design, processes, and approaches for physiology research projects.

  • Regularly demonstrate deep understanding of and ability to apply principles, theories, and concepts of exercise and metabolic physiology, military field and operational research methods, and human subjects data collection, as well as broad understanding of physiology concepts overall.

  • Manage and lead recruitment of active duty, wounded warrior, and civilian subjects for human subjects research protocols; conduct pre-screening and meetings to obtain informed consent per human-use approved principles

  • Write human-use Institutional Review Board protocols for government research studies; provide subject matter expertise and best practices for high-level scientific methods; seek appropriate approvals and monitor modifications and changes required

  • Identify project equipment and supply needs and assist with procurement of laboratory equipment, ensuring that supplies and equipment are in place for research protocols; use and maintain laboratory equipment for research studies; create standard operating procedure documents for equipment and research methods that can be used by junior research assistants and other technical staff

  • Perform inventory for project equipment, procure supplies and equipment, and keep equipment secure; train lower level staff on such processes

  • Interact with and collect physiological, biological, cognitive, and health data from human subjects, abiding by human research protection regulations, including biological specimens such as blood, saliva, and sweat.

  • Conduct experimental preparation, testing and data collection, and organization in field and laboratory settings, in US and international locations.

  • Successfully plan, manage, and execute research projects which take place in extreme and austere environments such as at altitude, undersea, and in extreme heat and cold.

  • Collect data and create databases using Master’s level skills and generate scientific and research documents.

  • Independently collect, process, analyze, and report on study data 

  • Collect, input, organize, and manage data from all laboratory testing instruments; identify outliers, missing data, and use subject matter expertise to identify data points that are invalid; provide ideas for adjusting testing procedures as allowable/approved to improve data collection

  • Prepare abstracts, reports, presentations, and publications for military and academic medical and research communities; conduct presentations at conferences and relevant meetings; submit papers for publications in relevant journals

  • Develop and write responses to funding opportunities (grants, proposals, one-pagers, etc)

  • Develop standard operating procedures; train and evaluate staff on such procedures

  • Travel as needed for data collection, meetings, and conferences, and sometimes with very little notice and with fluctuating departure/return dates, ensuring that all established Navy customer and Leidos requirements are followed

  • Train and lead lower level technical staff with project execution, data collection, and deliverables

  • Manage productivity and collaboration of team members to aid in streamlining products and deliverables for customer; provide regular reporting of status updates, issues, and solutions to contract and customer leadership

  • Implement and manage project management software, processes, and programs

  • Anticipate program needs and provide solutions for staffing, resources, approvals, and execution, as required for the customer and Leidos mission

  • Adhere to Navy customer requirements and model Leidos Mission, Vision, and Values, and at all times; provide guidance and leadership to lower level staff with regard to such requirements

Basic Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in biology, physiology, exercise science, psychology, or a related scientific field from an accredited college or university.

  • Four or more years of experience with project planning and data collection for human subjects physiology research in field-based settings

  • Four or more years of experience with project planning and data collection for human subjects physiology research in military operational settings

  • Four or more years of experience with project planning and data collection for human subjects physiology research in laboratory settings

  • Four or more years of experience with project planning and data collection for human subjects physiology research in extreme environments such as at altitude, undersea, and in extreme heat or cold.

  • Understand usage and maintenance of equipment necessary to obtain and analyze data. Strength in troubleshooting and testing new equipment is desired.

  • Strong technical ability to work with wearable and non-wearable biosensor technologies and software applications

  • Strong background in human physiology research methodology. Ability to interact positively and in a professional manner within both academic and military research environments.

  • Demonstrated ability to successfully execute human subjects research within elite warfighter teams, serving as a lead in at least one component of the research.

  • Demonstrated ability to effectively execute on multiple research projects across an annual schedule and manage work efforts to address shifting customer priorities across those projects.

  • Proven ability to read, comprehend, and discuss relevant research materials.

  • 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.

  • Ability to work non-regular hours (e.g., nights and weekends) as needed for data collection.

  • Ability to travel, up to 50% time, as needed for customer-directed requirements

  • Strong computer skills and experience with software such as MS Excel, Word, and other programs for the PC; able to operate and troubleshoot, as necessary, laboratory machinery that is computer controlled.

  • Experience collecting and interacting with biological specimens such as blood, sweat, urine, and saliva.

  • Ability to work professionally with military service members and the ability to perform human subjects data collection from an active duty military population undergoing training and operations while not inhibiting or otherwise negatively impacting those training and operations procedures.

  • US Citizenship required.  Must be able to obtain and maintain a SECRET government security clearance.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Master’s degree in biology, physiology, exercise science, psychology, or a related scientific field from an accredited college or university.

  • Six or more years of experience with project planning and data collection for human subjects physiology research in field-based settings

  • Six or more years of experience with project planning and data collection for human subjects physiology research in military operational settings

  • Six or more years of experience with project planning and data collection for human subjects physiology research in laboratory settings

  • Six or more years of experience with project planning and data collection for human subjects physiology research in extreme environments such as at altitude, undersea, and in extreme heat or cold

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Pay Range:

Pay Range $74,750.00 - $115,000.00 - $155,250.00

The Leidos pay range for this job level is a general guideline only and not a guarantee of compensation or salary. Additional factors considered in extending an offer include (but are not limited to) responsibilities of the job, education, experience, knowledge, skills, and abilities, as well as internal equity, alignment with market data, applicable bargaining agreement (if any), or other law.

Covid Guidance for the US

In order to enter Leidos facilities in the U.S. and to attend Leidos events outside our facilities, employees are required to be vaccinated for COVID-19 or maintain proof of a negative COVID-19 test within 96 hours of entry. In addition, we are receiving guidance from certain customers that onsite contractor personnel will need to be fully vaccinated to access customer facilities. If you are not vaccinated, please consider getting your COVID-19 vaccination as soon as possible. If you have any questions, please contact your Talent Acquisition POC. 

About Leidos

Leidos is a Fortune 500® technology, engineering, and science solutions and services leader working to solve the world’s toughest challenges in the defense, intelligence, civil, and health markets. The company’s 44,000 employees support vital missions for government and commercial customers. Headquartered in Reston, Virginia, Leidos reported annual revenues of approximately $13.7 billion for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2021. For more information, visit www.Leidos.com.

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