The primary responsibility for the Research Project and Program Manager is to assist the Naval Health Research Center Warfighter Performance Department in the management and performance of research projects with a focus on military performance in laboratory and field-based environments, specifically within the Physical and Cognitive Operational Research Environment (PhyCORE) and Sleep Tactical Efficiency, and Endurance Laboratory (STEEL) Research focus teams.
Project focuses include developing tools to detect threats to Navy and Marine Corps personnel performance, leveraging wearable technologies to predict, assess, and improve performance, creating and testing novel rehabilitation programs for wounded warriors, innovating use of virtual reality for improvement in performance, conducting field research to determine physical and cognitive performance of specialized military teams, and creating mobile testing and rehabilitation programs. The position will require the candidate to plan, organize, secure and manage resources to bring about the successful completion of specific Warfighter research program goals and objectives. Duties include ensuring that all programs run within scope, time, and budget constraints. Duties also include participating in contract and program activities which support the full research cycle including submitting proposals for funding awards, literature review and design, collection of human subjects data, statistical analyses and creating reports. The Research Project and Program Manager will be required to achieve day-to-day objectives that have major impact on STEEL, PhyCORE, and Warfighter research programs. S/he will be responsible for entire projects and processes within STEEL, PhyCORE, and Warfighter that span multiple professional areas including research in physiology, cognitive science, and related fields, as well as financial and administrative responsibilities, stakeholder engagement and deliverables, personnel management, and public affairs actions. The Research Project and Program Manager will make significant improvements in programs, processes, and solutions to enhance results.
Specific duties include but not limited to:
Interface and communicate with people within and outside the Leidos and customer organizations including task and functional leaders, customers, customer representatives, collaborators, subcontractors, and support personnel for successful execution of project goals. Manage stakeholder communication and engagement to maximize program impact. Effectively find and develop solutions for difficult, unclear problems using experience and understanding of broad issues. Effectively and efficiently respond to urgent inquiries and requests. Conduct presentations, briefs, and tours for approved visitors on behalf of the STEEL and PhyCORE programs. Demonstrate a high level of scientific and technical writing to develop reports and conclusions based on research progress and findings to include scientific protocols, technical reports, sponsor reports, presentations, abstracts, and publications for scientific, military, and academic audiences. Develop research proposals with an interdisciplinary team for multiple funding agencies and sponsors, incorporating comprehensive statements of work, letters of support, and budget proposals. Plan, organize, secure, and manage resources for STEEL, PhyCORE and Warfighter research projects. Ensure projects meet scope, time, and budget milestones. Maintain organized files to store program related briefings, documentation, contracts, reports, etc., to include tracking of all deliverables associated with the government PI efforts. Identify risks to project deliverables and work with team to conduct risk mitigation activities. Identify partnership opportunities and develop support agreements for customer partnerships. Manage partner, vendor, and subcontractor performance on assigned projects. Track and coordinate all taskers/drills/exercises within the program/department to ensure all deadlines are met. Identify equipment needs, manage equipment purchases and tracking, equipment maintenance, and relationships with vendors. Develop efficient processes for equipment procurement. Manage equipment turnover and inventory for contract and government customer. Demonstrate the ability to make decisions independently on management problems, in resolving important questions, and planning and coordinating work. Participate in meetings with customer and stakeholders to identify project deliverables. Work with team to ensure deliverables are satisfactory. Support and influence team members regarding solution design, process and approaches. Coach, delegate, and review work of direct reports and junior to mid-level research support. Manage project activities and conduct research related to developing tools to detect threats to Navy and Marine Corps personnel performance, and novel rehabilitation therapies for wounded warriors. Conduct data collection on human subjects in laboratory and field settings using best practices for physiological and laboratory equipment. Operate and maintain research equipment. Provide technical support as needed. Abide by human research protections regulations. Communicate with colleagues and professionals in multiple physiological and medical disciplines to determine project milestones, budgets, design, and outcomes. Train research staff on best-practice research procedures and laboratory equipment use. Apply working knowledge to solve technical and complex problems to operate laboratory equipment to accurately collect human subjects data for research programs aimed to improve the health, safety, and performance of warfighters that operate in unique operational environments. Supervise staff members and complete performance assessments, required communications, trainings, timesheet and expense report approvals, mentorship and career development for direct reports. Explain solutions, practices, and procedures to PhyCORE, Warfighter program, and other NHRC Leidos personnel. Work overnights, on weekends, and holidays as needed for research project execution. Travel domestically and internationally as required for project, program, and contract needs. Work is primarily conducted at the customer site in Point Loma in San Diego, CA and at approved travel destinations. With approval, occasional telework would be permitted. Support Leidos business development and proposal efforts. Model Leidos Mission, Vision, and Values at all times.
Master’s degree from an accredited institution in Biology, Psychology, Physiology, Public Health, or a related field
Possess strong interpersonal skills, including the ability to make effective presentations and communicate technical concepts to technical and non-technical stakeholders.
Excellent organization and communication skills and the ability to coordinate disparate, parallel tasks related to different programs.
Effectively utilize expert knowledge and apply advanced principles and concepts of research program management to advance the STEEL, PhyCORE, Warfighter, and Leidos missions.
Willingness to grow beyond the specialty acquired in formal education/training via ad hoc learning of new technical domains reflective of program requirements.
6 or more years of experience in human subjects research studies
2 or more years of experience in military specific human subjects research projects
2 or more years of experience working with a government research funding program
Must be a U.S. Citizen and able to obtain a Secret Clearance
Able to travel locally, nationally, and internationally as needed for meetings and conferences
8 or more years’ experience in human subjects research
PhD from an accredited institution in Biology, Physiology, Neuroscience, Psychology, or a related field
Active Secret Clearance
External Referral Bonus:Ineligible
External Referral Bonus $:
Potential for Telework:Yes, 25%
Clearance Level Required:Secret
Travel:Yes, 25% of the time
Scheduled Weekly Hours:40
Job Family:Proj and Prog Management
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