The Defense Health Operation of Leidos is currently looking for a Research Scientist to support biomedical research at the Naval Medical Research Unit, San Antonio (NAMRU-SA) in San Antonio, TX. NAMRU-SA conducts gap driven combat casualty care, craniofacial, and directed energy research to improve survival, operational readiness, and safety of Department of Defense personnel engaged in routine and expeditionary operations.
The ideal candidate shall:
Develop and test laser-activated nanomaterials for photothermal biofilm destruction using in vitro and in vivo models
Design, synthesize, and characterize biocompatible nanomaterials and develop strategies for targeted delivery of these materials to the site of action
Evaluate antimicrobial efficacy and biocompatibility of functionalized nanomaterials using in vitro and in vivo models
Assist in development of appropriate in vitro and in vivo infection models to evaluate the effects of antimicrobial therapies
Utilize advanced imaging techniques to study the effects of experimental treatments
Formulate research hypotheses, design experiments, and collect, analyze, and interpret data
Prepare and present findings internally and externally through briefings, seminars, conferences, and publication in peer-reviewed journals
Prepare research proposals, IACUC protocols, SOPs, technical reports, presentation materials, manuscripts for peer review, and patent applications
Supervise and train junior research personnel in conducting laboratory experiments, establishing in vivo models according to approved animal use protocols, collection and analysis of data sets, and preparing proposals, reports, animal use protocols, laboratory SOPs, peer-review manuscripts, and presentations
Must be a U.S. citizen
Must possess Ph.D. in biomedical engineering, biophysics, biochemistry, microbiology, molecular biology, or other related field
At least 5-7 years of related research experience
Excellent communication and analytical skills
Ability to supervise others and serve as a research team leader. Ability to assume responsibility for and have knowledge of all phases of the research process, including problem definition, planning, budget formulation, execution, and analysis, interpretation, and reporting of findings
Experience presenting and writing peer-reviewed scientific articles. Knowledge of preparation and presentation of scientific articles including formatting, writing, and graphic presentations
Experience with and/or ability to quickly learn operation of various laboratory instruments and data acquisition modalities
Ability to make and record detailed observations and independently troubleshoot technical procedures
Ability to perform basic statistics and mathematical calculations, to including but not limited to power analysis and ANOVA
Experience in using MSWord, MSPowerPoint, MSExcel spreadsheets, and graphing software such as GraphPad Prism
Must be able to work a flexible work schedule which may occasionally include evening or weekend shifts
Knowledge of interaction of lasers with nanomaterials and laser-induced photothermal and optoacoustic effects
Knowledge of laser-tissue interactions
Experience with pulsed laser operation such as alignment with optics, dosimetry, beam profiling, beam shaping, and laser safety procedures
Knowledge of nanoparticle design, coating, conjugation, and characterization techniques such as FTIR, DLS/ELS, and UV-Vis/fluorescent spectrophotometry
Experience with microbial and mammalian cell analysis and imaging methods including confocal microscopy and real-time RT-PCR
Experience with in vitro and in vivo infection models
Experience with handling animals and performing basic surgical procedures
External Referral Bonus:Ineligible
External Referral Bonus $:$2,000
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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