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Job #: R-00026188
Location: 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

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Job Description:

Under supervision of the Division Head for Veteran and Active Duty Longitudinal Outcomes Research in the Medical Modeling, Simulation, and Mission Support Department at the Naval Health Research Center, and in collaboration with other scientific researchers, this person will contribute to research studies related to the long-term patient-reported outcomes of injured service members. This will include contributing to the implementation of a large, ongoing, longitudinal research study, conducting statistical analyses, drafting peer-reviewed manuscripts and presentations, and contributing to funding applications.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Serve as an investigator on a longitudinal study that examines the long-term outcomes of over 6000 US military service members injured on deployment, specifically in the areas of patient-reported outcomes.
  • Write and prepare scientific reports, manuscripts, and presentations regarding research findings.
  • Utilize statistical programs (e.g., SAS, SPSS, Mplus) to conduct cross-sectional and longitudinal analyses across multiple integrated datasets.
  • Interpret statistical results and identify clinical and operational relevance
  • Contribute to study administration tasks such as IRB submissions.
  • Develop and design studies that are clinically relevant and/or actionable in a military setting.
  • Represent NHRC and Department 161 at relevant scientific meetings and present results and study findings to appropriate audiences.
  • Review reports, manuscripts, and other documents for accuracy in content, statistics, and data interpretation.
  • Assist in researching, preparing, and submitting grant proposals for funding.

Basic Qualifications

  • Masters and/or PhD in psychology, epidemiology, public health, or related field AND at least 2 years of post-graduate experience.
  • Must be able to work in a team environment and manage projects from conceptualization through completion.
  • Must be a US citizen and have the ability to obtain secret clearance.
  • This position is full time and is located on site at the Naval Health Research Center in Point Loma, CA, with work hours to coincide with the standard command business hours of 0700–1630.

Desired Qualifications

Knowledge of:

  • Public health concepts and issues involved in psychology, epidemiology, military health, and other related areas particularly health psychology, mental health symptoms, trauma and posttraumatic stress disorder, injury, and health behaviors.
  • Statistical theory and methodology used in psychology, epidemiology, and other public-health-related studies.
  • Methods and techniques of compiling, analyzing, and evaluating patient-reported and medical records data for prospective study designs.
  • Grant applications particularly to Department of Defense mechanisms.

Skills and abilities to:

  • Read, understand, and interpret public-health-related technical information.
  • Identify and apply appropriate statistical methods to evaluate cross-sectional and longitudinal data.
  • Analyze data to draw logical conclusions and make sound clinical management and policy recommendations.
  • Prepare and write reports and manuscripts concerning the findings of statistical analysis.
  • Communicate effectively, orally and in writing.
  • Establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with department director, scientific researchers, staff, and external collaborators.
  • Reprioritize projects as necessary.

PhD preferred. Previous experience with military health issues, longitudinal studies, and experience working in DoD/VA settings as well as strong history of publication and funding applications is desirable.

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Potential for Telework:


Clearance Level Required:



Yes, 10% of the time

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