The Leidos Military and Veterans Health Solutions group currently has an opening for a Biomedical Engineer 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 enhance resiliency and advance rehabilitation for our military personnel.
The Biomedical Engineer will conduct research in support of the Physical and Cognitive Operational Research (PhyCORE) program in the Warfighter Performance Department at the Naval Health Research Center. Project focuses include creating and testing novel rehabilitation programs for wounded warriors, developing statistical models for warfighter load carriage, and creating mobile testing and rehabilitation programs. The position will require the candidate to participate in the full research cycle including literature review and design, collection of human subjects data, statistical analyses and creating reports. The position will also include software and hardware engineering and computer support as it relates to collecting data for human subjects research projects within the laboratory and field-based settings. Specific duties include but not limited to:
- Conduct research related to novel rehabilitation therapies for wounded warriors with amputation, mild traumatic brain injury, vestibular dysfunction, PTSD, and related comorbidities.
- Develop research protocols based on rigorous literature reviews, previous research, and best practices.
- Conduct data collection on human subjects in laboratory and field settings using best practices for physiological and laboratory equipment such as the Computer Assisted Rehabilitation Environment (CAREN), embedded physiological and cognitive testing devices in the CAREN, treadmill, 3D projectors, computer switches and networks, motion bases, and motion capture systems. Operate and maintain such equipment. Provide technical support as needed. Abide by human research protections regulations.
- Create new and implement efficient software programs for upgrading existing and integrating new devices into the CAREN for human subjects data collection projects.
- Organize, clean, sort, and analyze data using SPSS, R, SAS, or related data analysis programs and interpret meaningful findings in tables, graphs, and written form.
- Demonstrate a high level of scientific and technical writing to develop reports and conclusions based on research findings to include scientific protocols, technical reports, sponsor reports, presentations, abstracts, and publications for scientific, military, and academic audiences.
- Lead research protocol development and writing for assigned PhyCORE research projects.
- Conduct subject recruitment and enrollment, conduct briefing discussions for inclusion and exclusion criteria, answer scientific and research-related questions pertaining to the informed consent discussion. Communicate with colleagues and professionals in multiple physiological and medical disciplines to determine project design, changes in methodology, and discuss project outcomes.
- Train research staff on best-practice research procedures and laboratory equipment use.
- Apply working knowledge to solve technical and complex problems to operate laboratory equipment to accurately collect human subjects data for research programs aimed to improve the health, safety, and performance of warfighters that operate in unique operational environments.
- Bachelor’s degree in biomedical engineering, exercise physiology, kinesiology, computer science, or a related scientific field from an accredited college or university and two or more years of related experience is required.
- Strong technical writing background with an ability to write research proposals, human use protection protocols, technical reports, journal articles, and conference papers.
- Strong programming skills. Experience with software application design, development and testing. Offer innovative technical solutions; provide detailed estimations of effort and manage and track multiple simultaneous software efforts. Must independently program software applications for use in virtual reality research and data collection as clinical and operational military needs dictate.
- Experience in programming in at least one of the following languages: C#, C++, Python, or LUA and strong technical skills and demonstrated proficiency in advanced signal analysis using MATLAB, LabView, or similar software.
- Strong computer hardware and technical skills. Experience with electrical engineering, networking, and hardware components. Capable of setting up new devices or troubleshooting hardware.
- Previous experience with programming and running applications with Unity in commercially available devices such as VR or AR Headsets.
- Solid background in human physiology, neurophysiology, and/or computational neurosciences. Ability to be a self-starter, act on objectives in an independent manner, demonstrate leadership, work independently in a team, and the ability to plan and prioritize work. Should possess strong customer service focus. Ability to interact positively and in a professional manner 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 within the U.S. and internationally.
- Strong communication skills. Be able to effectively communicate results of work to a variety of audiences including clinical, military and academic communities. Experience in technical documentation.
- Assist the Principal Investigators in managing local and outlying US Department of Defense collaborative relationships necessary for completion of project-specific milestones, specifically as it relates to software applications and programming.
- The candidate must be a U.S. Citizen and must be able to obtain a Secret Clearance.
- Master’s degree preferred.
- Experience designing and implementing experiments with high technical sophistication in a military operational research setting.
- Previous experience with programming for virtual reality environments strongly preferred (Computer Assisted Rehabilitation Environment and D-Flow software desired).
- Previous experience in human subjects testing and working with clinical or military populations.
- 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).
- Knowledge in one of all of the following areas preferred:
- Signal processing and computational neuroscience (e.g. EEG).
- Biomechanical research methodology, work with optical motion capture or inertial measurement units preferred.
- Experience in processing and analyzing physiological data, including Electroencephalography (EEG), Electromyography (EMG), Electrocardiogram (ECG) or other biological sensor data.
External Referral Bonus:Eligible
Potential for Telework:No
Clearance Level Required:Secret
Travel:Yes, 10% of the time
Scheduled Weekly Hours:40
Job Family:Life Scientist
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