The Leidos Military and Veterans Health Solutions group currently has an opening for Kinesiology Research Assistant to work within the Physical and Cognitive Operational Research Environment Team within the Warfighter Performance Department at the Naval Health Research Center in San Diego, CA. This is an exciting opportunity to use your experience to improve the safety and performance of warfighters and military personnel.
The primary responsibility of the Kinesiology Research Assistant is to help conduct studies and analyses with a focus on military operational performance. Specifically, the Kinesiology Research Assistant will work closely with other researchers to conduct research studies with the focus of kinesiology, biomechanics, and cognitive effects of load carriage, musculoskeletal injury, traumatic brain injury, and other diagnoses on operational performance of the Warfighter.
The Kinesiology Research Assistant will:
- Collaborate with other investigators in conducting human performance field and laboratory research including evaluating healthy and injured warfighters in virtual laboratory environments and in the operational setting.
- Interact with and collect bio-mechanics, physiology, and psychosocial data from human subjects, abiding by human research protection regulations.
- Operate and maintain biomechanical laboratory equipment such as the Computer Assisted Rehabilitation Environment (CAREN) system, motion capture systems, EEG systems, EMG systems, Biodex, and portable gait analysis equipment.
- Demonstrate statistical and database skills and have a background in technical writing in order to prepare research protocols, scientific presentations, and publications.
- Collect, process, analyze, and report on motion capture (optical and IMU), EEG, EMG, biomechanics, and other forms of data.
- Use methodologies and procedures to determine levels of physical and cognitive performance, fatigue, fitness, and biomechanics for evaluating military operational performance.
- Interact with, and collect, physiology and cognitive data from human subjects, abiding by human research protections regulations.
Bachelor's degree in exercise physiology, kinesiology, or a related scientific field from an accredited college or university and two or more years of related experience is required.
Excellent understanding of bio-mechanics laboratory equipment such as Biodex, IMUs, motion capture, and other laboratory equipment.
Strong technical writing background with an ability to write research proposals, human use protection protocols, technical reports, journal articles, and conference papers.
Solid background in physiological research methodology, design, and statistical analysis in a research setting. Ability to interact positively and professionally within a research-oriented environment.
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 travel (both locally and overseas).
Master's degree in physiology, bio-mechanics, kinesiology, or a related field.