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Job #: R-00019299
Location: San Diego, CA
Category: Life Scientist
Schedule (FT/PT): Full Time
Travel Required: No
Shift: Rotating
Potential for Telework: No
Clearance Required: Secret
Referral Eligibility: Eligible
Group: Health

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Job Description:

Leidos’s Biobehavioral Sciences Lab Research Unit has an opening for a Research Associate. The Research Associate 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 Research Associate is to conduct research studies with a focus on physiology and performance as it relates to military tactical athletes, exercise physiology, and military performance in laboratory and field-based environments.

Primary Responsibilities

Duties include but are not limited to:

  • 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 health data from human subjects, abiding by human research protection regulations.
  • Set up, operate, and maintain laboratory equipment such as Dual Energy X-ray Absorptiometry, and field equipment such as mobile biosensors and other technologies.
  • Conduct protocol‐driven scientific research addressing various aspects of military medicine.
  • 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.
  • Independently collect, process, analyze, and report on study data including cognitive performance, and other forms of physical and behavioral performance data.
  • Prepare experimental subjects, set‐up experimental equipment, and lead training of experimental subjects for experimental procedures in accordance with approved human use protocols.
  • Perform supporting duties in the data collection process, including but not limited to, survey administration, collection of saliva or blood samples, strength testing and administration of graded exercise tests.
  • Perform administrative and clerical tasks, including but not limited to, inventory of laboratory supplies/equipment and author standard operating procedures and lab instructions for equipment use and maintenance.
  • Perform other duties and responsibilities as required for the customer research mission.

Basic Qualifications

  • 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.
  • Working knowledge of the scientific method and direct experience in research activities.
  • Ability to interpret published scientific literature and conduct systematic literature reviews.
  • Must be a critical thinker, a quick learner and have the ability to work independently as well as within a diverse team.
  • Must have superb time management and organizational skills, great attention to detail and a commitment to high quality work.
  • 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 biology, physiology, exercise science, psychology, or a related scientific field from an accredited college or university.
  • Significant experience conducting skinfold measurements for body composition.
  • Working knowledge and experience using SPSS.
  • Certification by nationally recognized entities for strength and conditioning, exercise physiology, etc.

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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 33,000 employees support vital missions for government and commercial customers. Headquartered in Reston, Virginia, Leidos reported annual revenues of approximately $10.19 billion for the fiscal year ended December 28, 2018. For more information, visit

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