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Job #: R-00087986
Location: Remote, US
Category: Research Scientist
Schedule (FT/PT): Full Time
Travel Required: Yes, 25% of the time
Shift: Rotating
Potential for Telework: Yes, 100%
Clearance: Secret
Referral Eligibility: Eligible
Referral Bonus Amount: $2,000
Group: Health

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Job Description:

Leidos’s Military and Veterans Health Solutions is seeking a Research Scientist to support the Warfighter Performance Department at the Naval Health Research Center, in San Diego, CA. The candidate will support research projects with a focus on crew readiness and the effects of fatigue on human performance. The Research Scientist will lead project efforts on the east coast and report to the Principal Investigator. The candidate will represent the Principal Investigator at meetings and conferences when absent, and will require thorough understanding of project scope, aims, and execution. The candidate will be expected to assist with successful publication in peer-reviewed literature.

This position will have the ability to work remotely with a diverse and geographically distributed team.

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Advanced knowledge of sleep physiology research methods, study designs, and expertise in sleep physiology.

  • Knowledge of conventional statistical techniques such as multiple regression, analysis of variance/covariance, exploratory and general linear modeling.

  • Ability to be a self-starter, act on objectives in an independent manner, demonstrate leadership, work independently in a team, and the ability to plan and prioritize work.

  • Flexibility in data collection procedures, in either a controlled laboratory-based or a field-based setting

Primary Responsibilities

Duties include conducting research projects; collecting, reviewing, and analyzing research data; meeting project milestones; and disseminating results in presentation and publications. The Research Scientist will act as the project lead for project efforts on the east coast at the Surface Warfare Officer School, and report to the Principal Investigator in San Diego. The Research Scientist will communicate with customers and team members across Leidos, Naval Health Research Center, collaborating organizations, vendors, and other academic and military stakeholders. The candidate will apply advanced technical and statistical principles, theories, and concepts and will work as a project lead to represent the Principal Investigator in east coast meetings.

Job duties may include but are not limited to:

  • Process cognitive, physiological, and sleep related data and identify and perform appropriate statistical analyses such as multiple regression, analysis of variance/covariance, exploratory and confirmatory factor analysis, and latent variable modeling (e.g., structural equation modeling).

  • Prepare Institutional Review Board (IRB) research protocols and periodic internal reports and status updates.

  • Develop novel technology solutions for field data collection as operational military needs dictate.

  • Effectively communicate results of projects to military and academic communities through proposals, protocols, presentations, peer-reviewed journal publications, technical reports, and letters to military officials, government stakeholders, and other academic, civilian, and private collaborators.

  • Organize technical or general topic discussions, training, and lectures to train or enhance skills of team members.

  • Conduct needs assessment with government and military personnel to identify problem areas associated with physical and cognitive performance of warfighters that can be addressed through high-quality research.

  • Serve as the co-Principal Investigator and primary point of contact for the research team.

  • Develop and maintain collaborations with other scientists, military personnel, and research institutions.

  • Communicate with colleagues and professionals in multiple physiological and medical disciplines to determine project design, changes in methodology, and discuss project outcomes.

  • Support the execution of ongoing research projects (data collection, data analyses, and write reports/manuscripts/final products) to ensure successful project completion.

  • Develop sound technical approaches to solve complex issues and problems that impact multiple areas and disciplines with a goal of improving the health, safety, and performance of warfighters that operate in unique operational environments.

  • Develop and modify research protocols based on rigorous literature reviews, previous research, and best practices.

  • Conduct data collection on human subjects in laboratory and field settings using best practices for physiological, cognitive, and laboratory equipment such as polysomnography equipment, body temperature monitoring devices, virtual reality environments, consumer wearables, sleep physiology laboratory equipment, and cognitive testing software and equipment, among other devices.

  • Operate and maintain such equipment.

  • Abide by human research protections regulations.

  • Demonstrate a high level of scientific and technical writing to develop reports and conclusions based on research findings to include scientific protocols, technical reports, sponsor reports, presentations, abstracts, and publications for scientific, military, and academic audiences.

  • Conduct subject recruitment and enrollment, conduct briefing discussions for inclusion and exclusion criteria, answer scientific and research-related questions pertaining to the informed consent discussion.

  • Attend and present at meetings, conferences, and symposia with government sponsors, military stakeholders, and other academic, military, and private collaborators for purposes of advancing the research programs, securing research funding, and presenting results.

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

  • Effectively and efficiently respond to urgent inquiries and requests.

  • Work overnights, on weekends, and holidays as needed for research project execution.

  • Travel domestically and internationally as required for project, program, and contract needs.

  • Model Leidos Mission, Vision, and Values at all times.

Basic Qualifications

  • Ph.D. in physiology, sleep physiology, or a related field.

  • Minimum of 6 years of experience as a project lead on a sleep-related project.   

  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience in processing sleep research data.

  • 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 work non-regular hours (e.g., nights and weekends) as needed for data collection. Ability to travel as needed; may require some travel.

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

Preferred Qualifications

  • Research experience with military personnel.

  • Demonstrated work history managing research assistants.

  • Demonstrated record of writing proposals and receiving funding.

Pay Range:

Pay Range $94,250.00 - $145,000.00 - $195,750.00

The Leidos pay range for this job level is a general guideline only and not a guarantee of compensation or salary. Additional factors considered in extending an offer include (but are not limited to) responsibilities of the job, education, experience, knowledge, skills, and abilities, as well as internal equity, alignment with market data, applicable bargaining agreement (if any), or other law.


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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 44,000 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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