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Job #: R-00084645
Location: San Diego, CA
Category: Life Scientist
Schedule (FT/PT): Full Time
Travel Required: Yes, 10% of the time
Shift: Rotating
Potential for Telework: Yes, 10%
Clearance: Secret
Referral Eligibility: Eligible
Referral Bonus Amount: $2,000
Group: Health

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Job Description:

The Leidos Military and Veterans Health Solutions group currently has an opening for a Research Assistant to work within the Thermal Physiology team 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 improve the safety, health and performance of warfighters and military personnel.

Primary Responsibilities

The primary responsibility of the Research Assistant is to help conduct studies and analyses with a focus on military operational performance. Specifically, the Research Assistant will work closely with other researchers to conduct research studies with the focus on mitigating the physiological impact of extreme environmental conditions (cold, heat, altitude) and optimizing the health, readiness, and operational performance of warfighters.

Primary tasks will include:

  • Conduct research in laboratory and field settings related to the following scientific disciplines: environmental physiology (e.g., heat, cold, altitude), exercise performance, cognitive performance, chemical biological gear, and body composition assessment.

  • Interact with and collect environmental physiology, cognitive performance, body composition assessment, and other health data from human subjects, abiding by human research protection regulations.

  • Assist with coordinating, collecting, and analyzing data collection on human subjects in laboratory and field settings using best practices for physiological and laboratory equipment such as metabolic carts, body temperature monitoring devices, bicycle ergometers and treadmills, electromyography systems, electroencephalography systems, near-infrared spectroscopy devices, pulse oximeters, environmental chambers, and swim flumes, among other devices.

  • Operate and maintain such equipment. Abide by human research protections regulations.

  • Assist with recruitment of active-duty subjects for human subject’s research protocols.

  • Perform technical/scientific writing to assist with generation of standard operating procedures and protocol development.

  • Analyze data using statistical analysis software including but not limited to SPSS, R, and MATLAB.

  • Draft, edit, modify, and track electronic Institutional Review Board submissions.

  • Research new technology and obtain quotes by working with vendors for technological application of thermal physiology research.

  • Collect, input, organize, and manage data from various laboratory testing instruments, surveys, and reports.

  • Prepare abstracts, reports, presentations, and publications for military and academic medical and research communities.

  • Follow all established standing operating procedures and assist with the development and management of current standard operating procedures.

  • Assist with Institutional Review Board submission for Human Subjects and other paperwork required for research studies.

  • Assist in performing inventory and keeping equipment secure.

  • Perform other duties and responsibilities as required for the customer research mission.

Basic Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in biology, exercise physiology, kinesiology, or a related scientific field from an accredited college or university. Two or more years of related experience is required.

  • Understand how to use and maintain research and laboratory equipment necessary to obtain and analyze data. Strong ability to effectively troubleshoot and test new equipment is highly desired.

  • Strong technical writing background with an ability to write research proposals, human use protection protocols, technical reports, journal articles, and conference abstracts and papers.

  • Solid background in physiological and human performance research methodology, design, and statistical analysis in a research setting. Ability to interact positively and in a professional manner within a research environment. Proven ability to read, comprehend, and discuss research materials.

  • Excellent critical thinking with problem-solving skills and an ability to work cooperatively in a team setting. Flexibility in responding to changing demands, timelines, and priorities. Ability to travel (both locally and overseas).

  • Strong computer skills and experience with software such as MS Office, Adobe applications, and other PC-based software.

  • US Citizenship required.  Must be able to obtain and maintain a SECRET government security clearance.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Knowledge of different military operational environments and phlebotomy skills are highly desired, but not required.

Naval Health West - NHW

Pay Range:

Pay Range $44,200.00 - $68,000.00 - $91,800.00

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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 43,000 employees support vital missions for government and commercial customers. Headquartered in Reston, Virginia, Leidos reported annual revenues of approximately $13.7 billion for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2021. For more information, visit

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