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Sleep Research Associate ( R-00063993 )

Science and Research

Biological Research



San Diego, California, United States


Job Description:

The Military and Veterans Health Solutions group of Leidos is currently looking for a Sleep Research Associate to support human performance research at the Naval Health Research Center (NHRC) in San Diego, CA. The NHRC Sleep, Tactical Efficiency, and Endurance Laboratory (STEEL) conducts research studies with a focus on cognitive endurance, physiology, sleep, fatigue, and military performance in laboratory and operational environments. The ideal candidate will be able to function independently under general supervision to support the execution of research studies.

Duties and responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Planning and executing laboratory and field-based research, such as collecting data during overnight sleep studies or attending military training exercises in operational environments.

  • Enrolling participants into research studies, including screening for eligibility and obtaining informed consent.

  • Collecting research data for multiple research projects and/or overlapping efforts. Data include sleep, physiological, and health outcomes from active duty and civilian populations.

  • Reviewing and analyzing data from research studies using Microsoft Excel, SPSS, or similar software. Perform simple operations to clean and organize data for later analyses.

  • Contribute to writing reports and developing conclusions based on data collected.

  • Attend lab meetings and communicate with peers to explain facts, basic analyses, processes, and practices related to the research.

  • Contributing to scientific literature and conferences by performing literature reviews, writing abstracts, and giving presentations.

  • Using basic principles, theories, and concepts from the research literature to develop solutions to less complex challenges that may be encountered in project execution.

  • Set up, operate, and maintain laboratory equipment such as eye-tracking, high-density EEG systems, polysomnography (PSG) sleep systems, and field equipment such as mobile biosensors and other technologies.

  • 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

  • Bachelor’s degree in biology, physiology, exercise science, psychology, bioengineering or a related scientific field from an accredited college or university.

  • Previous experience with laboratory equipment used for data collection in sleep (e.g. PSG or actigraphy), cognitive performance (e.g., ePrime or PsychoPy), and physiology (e.g., salivary assessments, EEG, or eye-tracking).

  • Understand usage and maintenance of equipment necessary to obtain and analyze data. Strength in troubleshooting and testing new equipment is desired.

  • Strong background in data processing using software programs such as Microsoft Excel, Matlab, Labview, SPSS, R, or other programs.

  • Strong technical ability to work with new wearable and non-wearable biosensor technologies and software applications.

  • Strong background in human physiology and cognitive science research methodology.

  • 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.

  • Must be willing to travel for up a few weeks at a time, (period of time dependent on research mission requirements).

  • Must be medically cleared to travel underway on a Navy ship (have no pre-existing conditions that prohibit travel).

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

Preferred Qualifications

  • Master’s degree preferred.

  • Background in research methodology is preferred.

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