Leidos' Military & Veterans Health Solutions Group has an opening for a full time Sleep Research Associate in the Warfighter Performance, Sleep and Fatigue Research Laboratory at the Naval Health Research Center in San Diego, CA.
This position will provide scientific research support for ongoing research projects at the Sleep and Fatigue Research Laboratory. This position will work under the guidance of the Principal Investigator to facilitate biomedical human research protocols aimed at improving warfighter performance in the areas of sleep disorders, insomnia, fatigue, and related topics. The Sleep Research Associate will function as a core research support team member, have a strong understanding of databases and data analysis procedures, grasp the complexity of data management, and will be expected to develop and integrate data handling processes into individual projects by understanding their research needs and operational constraints. 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 include:
- Assist with data collection for a broad range of sleep and fatigue research; ranging from clinical studies to diverse scientific areas including human physiology and performance, neuroscience, and sleep assessment technology.
- Assist with laboratory data management by building data collection systems and databases. Formulate techniques for quality data collection to ensure adequacy, accuracy, and legitimacy of data.
- Work collaboratively with project leads to build data handling processes, research forms, and questionnaires.
- Review data collection measures and assist in standardizing variables and data output; maintain codebooks and data dictionaries.
- Track changes to data collection fields and form configurations in electronic data capture systems.
- Troubleshoot data-related problems, perform quality control, assess for data completeness, and pilot test data handling tools and processes for glitches and errors.
- Review results and data from current and previously conducted research studies
- Assist with recruitment, screening, and obtaining consent from research participants.
- Set up and operate laboratory equipment, such as polysomnography (PSG) sleep systems, for conducting laboratory research studies;
- 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, overseeing logistics arrangements, and maintaining communications between parties.
- Communicate with peers to explain facts, basic analysis, processes, and practices related to current projects; coordinate meetings and trainings on data handling procedures.
- 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.
- Master’s degree in science; biology, physiology, psychology, neuroscience or related field is required.
- 1-2 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 when needed
- Previous clinical research experience
- Previous experience with conducting sleep research or delivering behavioral sleep therapy
- Previous experience using electronic data capture
- 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
External Referral Bonus:Ineligible
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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