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Job #: R-00041884
Location: San Diego, CA
Category: Life Scientist
Schedule (FT/PT): Full Time
Travel Required: Yes, 25% of the time
Shift: Day
Potential for Telework: No
Clearance: Secret
Referral Eligibility: Eligible
Group: Health

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Job Description:

The Leidos Military and Veterans Health Solutions group currently has an opening for a Senior Sleep Physiologist 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 the performance of our nation’s warfighters.

Primary Responsibilities

The Senior Sleep Physiologist will function as a Principle Investigator (PI) or Co-PI to research, develop theories, and devise methods to establish novel sleep physiology, fatigue mitigation, and cognitive research projects relevant to military operations. Duties include initiating novel and innovative project ideas, securing funding for execution of the projects, designing and conducting the projects, training, advising, and evaluating project team member, collecting data, reviewing and analyzing the data, meeting project millstones, and developing and disseminating the results and conclusions in conference and journal publications. The Senior Sleep Physiologist will make recommendations for sleep, fatigue, and cognitive projects that meet the requirements of the mission and make development plans to accomplish the research goals. The Senior Sleep Physiologist will achieve key Warfighter program objectives for multiple technical areas such as sleep, fatigue, tactical efficiency, endurance, cognitive function, physiology, polysomnography, programming, data processing, statistics, and communication of findings for scientific audiences. The strong candidate will ensure deliverables are completed on time and within budget. The position requires development of solutions to complex technical issues and problems that impact multiple areas and disciplines within Warfighter research and related programs. The candidate will be required to employ ingenuity and creativity to develop new technical solutions and systems in order to achieve Warfighter and related research program objectives. The Senior Sleep Physiologist will also communicate with customers and team members across the Leidos, Naval Health Research Center, collaborating organizations, vendors, and other academic and military stakeholders. The Senior Sleep Physiologist will work to influence solutions for design, process, and innovative approaches to research and technology solutions. The candidate will apply advanced technical physiology and statistical principles, theories, and concepts and will work as a project lead to support several other research groups within the Warfighter Performance Department. Actively seeking collaborations with institutes within or outside the DoD is also required.  


  • Initiate and develop novel research projects from hypothesis generation and strategic development of cost effective experimental models to support or refute these hypotheses.
  • Develop and implement robust, validated protocols in an independent fashion based on based on rigorous literature reviews, cutting edge technology, previous research, and best practices.
  • Process PSG, physiological, and related data and 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).
  • Prepare Institutional Review Board (IRB) research/clinical protocols and periodic internal reports and status updates.
  • Supervise Post-doctoral Research Associates and Research Assistants of varied levels.
  • Train, advise, and evaluate project support staff and junior investigators.
  • Work with management team to ensure project human and physical resources are available for project completion.
  • Assist with the management of project budgets and equipment procurement.
  • Develop novel technologies for field data collection as operational military needs dictate.
  • Effectively communicate results of projects to military and academic communities through proposals, protocols, presentations, peer-reviewed journal publications, technical reports, and letters to military officials, government stakeholders, and other academic, civilian, and private collaborators.
  • Organize technical or general topic lectures/seminar to train or enhance skills of team members.
  • Conduct needs assessment with government and military personnel to identify problem areas associated with physical and cognitive performance of warfighters that can be addressed through high-quality research.
  • Serve as the co-Principal Investigator and primary point of contact for the research team.
  • Develop and maintain collaborations with other scientists, military personnel, and research institutions.
  • Communicate with colleagues and professionals in multiple physiological and medical disciplines to determine project design, changes in methodology, and discuss project outcomes.
  • Lead a team of research assistants to execute projects (includes daily tasking and communication, evaluation, and providing feedback on performance for team members).
  • Manage research projects in their entirety (research design/methodology, development of human subjects protocols, data collection, data analyses, reports/manuscripts/final products) to ensure successful project completion.
  • Work with government funding sponsors to develop novel research projects and objectives that will enhance the safety and/or performance of warfighters and secure funds to execute such projects.
  • Manage funding and establish connections to future funding for projects.
  • Develop sound technical approaches to solve complex issues and problems that impact multiple areas and disciplines with a goal of improving the health, safety, and performance of warfighters that operate in unique operational environments. 
  • 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, cognitive, and laboratory equipment such as polysomnography equipment, body temperature monitoring devices, virtual reality environments, consumer wearables, sleep physiology laboratory equipment, and cognitive testing software and equipment, among other devices.
  • Operate and maintain such equipment.
  • Abide by human research protections regulations.
  • 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.
  • 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. Participate in Leidos proposal development for new and continuing efforts.
  • Attend and present at meetings, conferences, and symposia with government sponsors, military stakeholders, and other academic, military, and private collaborators for purposes of advancing the research programs, securing research funding, and presenting results.
  • Create statements of work, scope of effort plans, and performance timelines for research proposal, protocols, and subcontract efforts.
  • Communicate with vendors and subcontract performers under guidance from subcontract managers to identify scope, direct work, and evaluate deliverables. 

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Advanced knowledge of physiology as it relates to effects of sleep and fatigue, including that of sleep physiology human subjects’ research for military populations.
  • Strong technical skills and demonstrated proficiency in advanced signal analysis, programming, and data manipulation.
  • Advanced knowledge of conventional statistical techniques such as multiple regression, analysis of variance/covariance, exploratory and confirmatory factor analysis, and latent variable modeling (e.g., structural equation modeling).
  • 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.
  • Flexibility in the collection of in-vivo human clinical data in either a controlled laboratory-based model or a field-based model typical of wilderness and expeditionary medicine.
  • Ability to travel within the United States and internationally for data collection, training, meetings, conferences, and related research and development efforts. Excellent critical thinking with problem-solving skills and an ability to work cooperatively in a team setting.
  • Ability to communicate professionally with government, military, and civilian stakeholder and team members. Flexibility in responding to changing demands, timelines, and priorities. Ability to work non-regular hours (e.g., nights and weekends) as needed for data collection.
  • Ability to travel as needed. 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.

Basic Qualifications

  • PhD in physiology or a related field.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience in sleep and fatigue physiology. 
  • Six years of experience as a project lead in a related field.
  • Experience working with military personnel and government investigators.
  • Experience collecting data in a military operational or training setting.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Demonstrated expertise in cognitive functioning.
  • Experience presenting research proposals and research findings to government funding sponsors such as Office of Naval Research and Bureau of Medicine and Surgery for the purposes of securing funding for research programs. 

External Referral Bonus:


Potential for Telework:


Clearance Level Required:



Yes, 25% of the time

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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 38,000 employees support vital missions for government and commercial customers. Headquartered in Reston, Va., Leidos reported annual revenues of approximately $11.09 billion for the fiscal year ended January 3, 2020. For more information, visit

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