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Job #: R-00000573
Location: San Diego, CA
Category: Life Scientist
Schedule (FT/PT): Full time
Travel Required: No
Shift: Day
Potential for Telework: No
Clearance Required: Secret
Referral Eligibility: Ineligible
Group: Health

Job Description:

Leidos's Military & Veterans Health Solutions Group has an opening for a full time clinical research assistant in the Warfighter Performance, Sleep and Fatigue Research Laboratory at the Naval Health Research Center in San Diego, CA.

This is an excellent opportunity for you to use your experience to provide scientific research support for ongoing sleep research projects for the Sleep and Fatigue Research Laboratory mission. In this mission you will support our goal to optimize the operational readiness and resilience of our armed forces through research to assess, evaluate, and mitigate the effects of sleep loss and fatigue on the warfighter performance and health. The successful candidate will report to the Program Manager, Principal Investigators (PI), and other assigned study personnel to facilitate biomedical human research protocols aimed at improving warfighter performance in the areas of sleep disorders, insomnia, fatigue, and related topics. The successful candidate must be able to routinely drive to local San Diego area clinics, military bases, and other study sites. Strong interpersonal and communication skills, organizational skills and attention to detail are a must.

Primary Responsibilities

The candidate will be responsible for researching, developing theories, and devising methods to study healthy and injured military populations with a focus on sleep and circadian physiology and the effects of fatigue on human performance. The strong candidate will work as a research project lead under the guidance of the Principal Investigator, function as a core research support team member and will be expected to perform independent execution of the full 'hypothesis life cycle' from hypothesis generation to successful publication in peer-reviewed literature.

  • Conduct scientific human subjects research data collection for projects related to the performance of the Warfighter including:
  • Apply principles, theories and concepts of sleep and fatigue research in order to conduct hypothesis generation and strategic development of cost effective experimental models to support or refute these hypotheses under the guidance of the lead investigators.
  • Review results and data from current and previously conducted research studies
  • Conduct laboratory set up for research studies, recruiting, enrolling, and obtaining informed consent of participants, precise data collection during studies, cleaning up after studies, and processing and analyzing the data afterward. Establish robust, validated protocols in an independent fashion based on current leading-edge physiologic techniques related to sleep research.
  • Identify and perform appropriate statistical analyses such as multiple regression, analysis of variance/covariance, exploratory and confirmatory factor analysis, and latent variable modeling (e.g., structural equation modeling).
  • Assist the Principal Investigator in managing local and outlying US Department of Defense collaborative relationships necessary for completion of project-specific milestones. Support collaborative relationships to include writing support agreements, leading collaborative meetings, and maintaining communications between parties.
  • Communicate with peers to explain facts, basic analysis, processes and practices related to current projects.
  • Prepare Institutional Review Board (IRB) research clinical protocols and periodic internal reports and status updates.
  • Write publications and presentations for academic, medical, and military audiences in the form of conference presentations, technical reports, peer-reviewed publications, and other briefing materials.

Basic Qualifications
  • Masters' in Science; biology, physiology, psychology, neuroscience or related field.
  • 3+ years' clinical research experience working with human research protocols, including collecting data in a laboratory setting, operating and maintaining laboratory equipment operation, and writing, submitting, and maintaining IRB documents. The candidate must be a U.S. Citizen and must be able to obtain a Secret Clearance.
  • Ability to work overnight and on weekends.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Previous clinical treatment experience
  • Previous experience with conducting sleep research or delivering behavioral sleep therapy
  • Previous experience working with the military or DOD
  • Previous experience working at a clinic and/or interacting with clinical personnel on research objectives
  • Active security clearance

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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