The Leidos Military and Veterans Health Solutions group currently has an opening for an Environmental Physiology Research Assistant (Cognitive Testing Lead) to work 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 Environmental Physiology Research Assistant (Cognitive Testing Lead) is to help conduct studies and analyses with a focus on military operational performance. Specifically, the Environmental Physiology Research Assistant (Cognitive Testing Lead) will work closely with other researchers and neuroscientists to lead cognitive aspects of thermal physiology research, which may include cognitive test selection, development, administration, and analysis.
The Environmental Physiology Research Assistant will:
- Collaborate with other investigators in conducting human performance field and laboratory research by attending research meetings, assisting in development of research protocols, recruiting subjects, data collection/analysis and creating reports that asses warfighter performance and response to harsh physiological and cognitive environments or intense training/operations (i.e., heat, cold, hypoxic conditions, heavy load carriage)
- Use methodologies and procedures set by the Principal Investigator and senior scientists to assist in determining levels of physical and cognitive performance, fatigue, fitness, metabolic work rate, body composition, and nutrition for evaluating military operational performance.
- Interact with, and collect, physiology and cognitive data from human subjects, abiding by human research protections regulations through written and verbal communication skills, conducting physical and written tests and the use of scientific lab and medical equipment.
- Operate and maintain environmental physiology and cognitive testing equipment and will demonstrate statistical and database skills using Excel, SPSS and similar programs in order to create charts, graphs and data analysis for Principal Investigator and senior scientists to review.
- Display technical writing proficiency by suggesting topics for and preparing of first drafts of research protocols, scientific presentations, and publications following an established format dependent on the audience.
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 mobile EEG systems and cognitive testing software, such as E-Prime 3.0 and Defense Automated Neurobehavioral Assessment software is required.
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 cognitive and 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).
Experience in phlebotomy and cold-related research is highly desired, but not required.