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Job #: R-00004829
Location: Naval Health Research Ctr San Diego, CA
Category: Life Scientist
Schedule (FT/PT): Full time
Travel Required: Yes, 10% of the time
Shift: Day
Potential for Telework: No
Clearance Required: Secret
Referral Eligibility: Eligible
Group: Health

Job Description:

Leidos's Military and Veterans Solutions Business Unit has an opening for a Cognitive Neuroscience Research Assistant. The Cognitive Neuroscience Research Assistant will perform laboratory and/or field experimental work, undertake research projects in collaboration with government and contract principal investigators, and make innovative contributions pertaining to laboratory and/or field experimental procedures. The primary responsibility for the Cognitive Neuroscience Research Assistant is to conduct cognitive neuroscience research for projects related to novel technologies and therapies for our wounded warrior population. The Cognitive Neuroscience Research Assistant exercises technical discretion in the design, execution and interpretation of studies that contribute to lab mission-essential activities.

Primary Responsibilities

Duties include but are not limited to:

- Plans, conducts, and completes human subject research activities. Assignments require the performance of complex laboratory tests with human subjects, including but not limited to eye-tracking, electroencephalogram (EEG), and other physiological measurements (such as ECG, GSR, and respiration).

- Recruit, obtain informed consent, screen, select, and collecting data from active duty, wounded warrior, and civilian populations for human subjects research protocols

- Collect physiological, cognitive, and other health data from human subjects, abiding by human research protection regulations.

- Set up, operate, and maintain laboratory equipment such as eye-tracking and high-density EEG systems, polysomnography (PSG) sleep systems, and field equipment such as mobile biosensors and other technologies.

- Create and maintain databases for research projects, identify missing data points and create methods for analyzing data with missing data points, conduct statistical analyses, and write up project results.

- Conduct technical/scientific writing to generate standard operating procedures and protocol development, journal publications, conference abstracts and presentations, quarterly progress reports, technical reports, and other written deliverables to the customer.

- Independently collect, process, analyze, and report on study data including eye-tracking, EEG, ECG, GSR, respiration, cognitive performance, and other forms of physical and behavioral performance data.

- Establish procedures to collect, input, organize, and manage data from all laboratory testing instruments, creating solutions to integrate data from stand-alone systems into one database and data analysis system. Conduct data management and analysis using these systems.

- Perform other duties and responsibilities as required for the customer research mission

- Perform duties at Naval Health Research Center, as well as partnering institutions and military commands such as Naval Medical Center San Diego, Naval Base San Diego, Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, and other study locations.

Basic Qualifications
  • Knowledge of procedures for performing human-subjects research; deep and broad knowledge and hand-on experience in psychological, cognitive, neurological assessment, and electrophysiology researches; ability to meet deadlines of projects; good communication and analytical skills; working knowledge of statistical analysis methods; working knowledge of, and comfort with computer hardware and software.


  • Bachelor's degree in biology, physiology, exercise science, psychology, or a related scientific field from an accredited college or university. Two or more years of professional experience is required.


  • Previous experience with laboratory equipment used for data collection in neuroscience, cognitive performance, and. Understand usage and maintenance of equipment necessary to obtain and analyze data. Strength in troubleshooting and testing new equipment.


  • Solid background in human physiology and cognitive science research methodology. Ability to interact positively and in a professional manner within a research environment. Proven ability to read, comprehend, and discuss 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 travel as needed.


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


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


Preferred Qualifications
  • Master's degree in physiology, engineering, psychology, neuroscience, or a related field.
  • Three or more years of professional research experience
  • Previous experience with patient and/or military populations
  • Strong background in data processing using software programs such as Microsoft Excel, Matlab, Labview, or other programs. Ability to write program scripts and use macros in Excel and other data analysis programs.


Leidos is a Fortune 500® information technology, engineering, and science solutions and services leader working to solve the world’s toughest challenges in the defense, intelligence, homeland security, civil, and health markets. The company’s 31,000 employees support vital missions for government and commercial customers. Headquartered in Reston, Virginia, Leidos reported annual revenues of approximately $10.17 billion for the fiscal year ended December 29, 2017. (NYSE: LDOS) All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or veteran status.

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