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Job #: R-00081620
Location: San Antonio, TX
Category: Life Scientist
Schedule (FT/PT): Full Time
Travel Required: Yes, 10% of the time
Shift: Day
Potential for Telework: No
Clearance: Secret
Referral Eligibility: Eligible
Referral Bonus Amount: $2,000
Group: Health

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Job Description:

The Defense Health Operation of Leidos is currently looking for a Human Factors Research Engineer to support studies on the design, development, test, and evaluation of procedures, guidance, equipment, and systems to enhance combat casualty care and dental/craniofacial medicine in support of 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.

Primary Responsibilities

The ideal candidate shall:

  • Support studies that assess and enhance human systems integration to ensure that the design and implementation of medical devices, systems and training programs increase the effectiveness of operator performance.

  • Initiate, formulate, and develop multi-disciplinary biomedical research projects in both the laboratory and field scenarios utilizing scientific expertise in human factors engineering and medical device test and evaluation. 

  • Perform usability studies with military end-users based on Food and Drug Administration guidance for the regulatory approval of medical devices.

  • Support programmatic planning for multi-year projects to conduct basic research, applied research, and device test & evaluation.

  • Collaborate with NAMRU-SA Principal Investigators on the writing of research proposals, research protocols, technical reports, and/or publications addressing the above topics.

  • Research and collect scientific, engineering, and technical standards information specific to topical areas.

  • Write, manage and recruit for human-use protocols under the guidance of the NAMRU-SA Institutional Review Board in support of NAMRU-SA Principal Investigators.

  • Monitor and respond to research grant solicitations and assist in obtaining funding from sponsoring agencies.

  • Execute approved work units/projects by determining requirements, obtaining laboratory equipment and materials, collecting data, performing analyses and fully documenting all efforts.

  • Develop and evaluate appropriate methodologies, write standards of procedure to perform appropriate methodologies, and perform quality assurance checks to ensure that appropriate methodologies are followed consistently.

  • Design, fabricate, and test specialized research equipment and test platforms.

  • Co-author scientific articles, publications, technical reports, and semi-technical summaries/publications for non-research technical and general audiences.

  • Coordinate and ensure publication of technical information, report findings and recommendations via presentations and publications.

Basic Qualifications

  • The candidate will be required to acquire, at a minimum, a SECRET classification access level.  Preference will be given to a candidate who already has this clearance level.

  • Due to Federal contract requirements, US citizenship is required.

  • Candidates must have completed a bachelor’s degree from an accredited US university, or international university of equivalent standard, in engineering or a related field in order to successfully conduct the multi-disciplinary research approach necessary. An advanced degree (Masters or Doctoral) with a focus in human factors, device development and test and evaluation level is preferred.

  • Candidates must also have demonstrated evidence of academic and/or industry achievement as shown by the publication of articles and reports, membership in scientific societies, knowledge of and experience in writing and editing technical and scientific research information, as well as the ability to speak well and concisely, and confer with professional colleagues on a peer basis.

  • Candidates must display a willingness to be exposed to a broad research and development experience in the area of device development and human performance in the military medicine domain.

  • Demonstrate the ability to extend and apply the knowledge of research to the missions of the NAMRU-SA Command and the Navy

Preferred Qualifications

  • Strong analytical and statistical background to include end-user assessment tools, quantitative and qualitative data analysis, project management and their application to medical device development.

  • Strong basic engineering skills and hands-on experience developing test fixtures, troubleshooting, and programming in a variety of environments (for example, MATLAB, LabView, R, Python)

  • Knowledge of research examining human factors in a military medical environment is strongly preferred

Naval Health West - NHW

Pay Range:

Pay Range $60,450.00 - $93,000.00 - $125,550.00

About Leidos

Leidos is a Fortune 500® technology, engineering, and science solutions and services leader working to solve the world’s toughest challenges in the defense, intelligence, civil, and health markets. The company’s 45,000 employees support vital missions for government and commercial customers. Headquartered in Reston, Virginia, Leidos reported annual revenues of approximately $14.4 billion for the fiscal year ended December 30, 2022.  For more information, visit

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