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Job #: R-00055513
Location: McLean, VA
Category: Laboratory Scientist
Schedule (FT/PT): Full Time
Travel Required: Yes, 10% of the time
Shift: Day
Potential for Telework: Yes, 10%
Clearance: Public Trust
Referral Eligibility: Ineligible
Group: Civil

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Job Description:

The Surface Transportation Solutions Human Factors team of Leidos is seeking a Research Assistant to support studies of Human Factors issues in the safety and operation of the U.S. transportation system as part of the Human Factors Support Services program in McLean, VA.

The Research Assistant will work closely with a team of research scientists, transportation engineers, statisticians, and other support staff to conduct leading edge research in highway safety, and in the areas of safety and operations. The Research Assistant will be responsible for:

  • assisting principal investigators in all aspects of human subject experimental planning, data collection, data entry, data coding, and data analysis;
  • maintaining study related documents and supplies as required following all federal/state regulations;
  • screening and/or scheduling potential research participants for testing or evaluation;
  • assisting principal investigators and other researchers with preparing research protocols, analyses, and briefing packages;
  • conducting literature searches and preparing bibliographies;
  • maintaining awareness and compliance of research regulatory issues
  • supporting team members in preparing and executing meetings, workshops, and/or other gatherings between teammates, clients, and stakeholders;
  • generating reports summarizing meetings, workshops, and other gatherings;
  • preparing and/or editing technical or periodic reports, records, documents, and correspondences; and
  • assisting with the processing of documents with the Government Publishing Office.

The position also may support other contracts with the U.S. Department of Transportation (U.S. DOT) and State Departments of Transportation (DOTs) throughout the Surface Transportation Solutions Portfolio.

The position is located at the Federal Highway Administration Turner-Fairbank Highway Research Center in McLean, Virginia. In response to the current COVID-19 pandemic, work can temporarily be performed remotely through telecommuting arrangements; however, the Research Assistant is expected to work onsite on a full-time basis by June 2020. Facilities such as a sign design and testing lab, Connected Intersection Testbed, Virtual Reality laboratory, and static- and motion-base driving simulators at the Turner-Fairbank Highway Research Center are used to support research on a variety of topics including: transportation systems management and operations; automated driving systems; cooperative driving automation; intersection design; roadway design; signing; pedestrian and bicyclist safety; visibility; traffic control devices; weather; and work zones.

REQUIRED EXPERIENCE: The candidate must have at least a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited US university, or international university of equivalent standard, preferentially in a scientific field. Experience conducting scientific research involving human subjects is preferred. The candidate will be required to acquire a PUBLIC TRUST clearance level.

REQUIRED EDUCATION/SKILLS: The candidate must have at least a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited US university, or international university of equivalent standard, in a scientific field, as well as the following skills:

  • Ability to explain facts, basic analysis, and research processes and practices to members of the public
  • Excellent communication and social skills Ability to follow detailed instructions
  • Ability to adhere to legal, professional, and ethical codes with respect to confidentiality and privacy
  • Expert working knowledge in Microsoft Office applications
  • Ability to maintain polite and professional communication via phone, e-mail, and mail
  • Experience scheduling appointments and maintaining calendars
  • Willingness to learn about and use new research tools and transportation technologies.


  • Experience in research involving human subjects
  • Experience in preparing summaries of scientific publications and/or research activities
  • Experience in data coding, entry, and/or analysis
  • Knowledge of and experience writing and editing technical and scientific research information
  • Demonstrated experience in engaging and/or collaborating with a variety of industry, government, research, consulting, and other professionals to achieve a common goal


In 1969, preeminent physicist Dr. Robert Beyster and a small group of scientists formed Leidos, Inc., a Fortune 500® company. Since our inception, we have continuously expanded our expertise in rapidly evolving technologies and markets of national concern. By leveraging our culture of innovation, dedication to performance excellence, and deep customer trust, our employees support vital missions and projects for our customers in the Defense, Intelligence, Civil, and Health arenas. Headquartered in Reston, VA, Leidos conducts business from over 410 offices in over 240 cities and 14 countries. At the end of 2019, Leidos was an $11.1 billion company employing approximately 36,000 of the nation’s leading scientists, technologists, world-recognized subject matter experts, patent holders, inventors, military veterans, and former high-ranking government officials. For more information, visit The company’s diverse employees support vital missions for government and commercial customers. Qualified women, minorities, individuals with disabilities and protected veterans are encouraged to apply. Leidos will consider qualified applicants with criminal histories for employment in accordance with relevant Laws. Leidos is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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Potential for Telework:

Yes, 10%

Clearance Level Required:

Public Trust


Yes, 10% of the time

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Laboratory Scientist

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About Leidos

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 40,000 employees support vital missions for government and commercial customers. Headquartered in Reston, Virginia, Leidos reported annual revenues of approximately $12.30 billion for the fiscal year ended January 1, 2021. For more information, visit

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