Sleep Research Assistant

Leidos - San Diego, CA (30+ days ago)3.8

Leidos's Military & Veterans Health Solutions Group has an opening for a Sleep Research Assistant in San Diego, CA.

JOB SUMMARY: The candidate will assist in the management of research projects with a focus on sleep and circadian physiology and the effects of fatigue on human performance. Populations studied include healthy and injured warfighters. The strong candidate will work as a project lead and will be expected to perform independent execution of the full ‘hypothesis life cycle’ from hypothesis generation to successful publication in peer-reviewed literature. The candidate must be a U.S. Citizen and must be able to obtain a Secret Clearance.

1. Conduct hypothesis generation and strategic development of cost effective experimental models to support or refute these hypotheses under the guidance of the lead investigators.

2. Conduct scientific human subjects research data collection for projects related to the performance of the Warfighter including:

Apply specific techniques required for sleep research science, such as performing electroencephalography (EEG) electrode application, maintenance and removal; utilizing wrist actigraphy and sleep diaries; collecting biological samples such as salivary hormones; administering assessments such as cognitive performance tests and sleep questionnaires; and other techniques.

Laboratory set up for research studies, recruiting, enrolling, and obtaining informed consent of participants, precise data collection during studies, cleaning up after studies, and processing and analyzing the data afterward. Establish robust, validated protocols in an independent fashion based on current leading-edge physiologic techniques related to sleep research.

3. 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).

4. Assist the Principal Investigator in managing local and outlying US Department of Defense collaborative relationships necessary for completion of project-specific milestones. Lead the establishment of the collaborative relationships to include writing support agreements, leading collaborative meetings, and maintaining communications between parties.

5. Prepare Institutional Review Board (IRB) research clinical protocols and periodic internal reports and status updates. Develop methods for tracking these documents and ensuring that approvals are obtained.

6. Lead the management of Research Assistants of varied levels.

7. Manage project and proposal budgets and equipment procurement.

8. Alter field data collection tactics as operational military needs dictate.

9. Effectively communicate results of projects to military and academic communities through presentations, peer-reviewed journal publications, technical reports, and letters to military officials.

10. Assist with identifying funding sources and writing funding proposals.

11. Coordinate, lead, and attend weekly meetings.

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
1. Knowledge of sleep and circadian physiology, electroencephalographic scoring of sleep and wake, and sleep protocol design.

2. Knowledge of conventional statistical techniques such as multiple regression, analysis of variance/covariance, exploratory and confirmatory factor analysis, and latent variable modeling (e.g., structural equation modeling).

3. 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.

4. Flexibility in the collection of in-vivo human clinical data in either a controlled laboratory-based model or a field-based setting.

5. Must be able to work flexible schedules including overnight and on weekends during data collection.

  • Bachelor’s degree in physiology, sleep physiology, or a related field. Master’s degree preferred.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience in conducting sleep research.
  • Two or more years of experience in human subjects’ research.

  • Experience designing and implementing experiments with high technical sophistication in a military operational research setting.
  • Experience in research project management

Leidos Overview:
Leidos is a global science and technology solutions leader working to solve the world’s toughest challenges in the defense, intelligence, homeland security, civil, and health markets. The company’s 33,000 employees support vital missions for government and commercial customers. Headquartered in Reston, Virginia, Leidos reported pro forma annual revenues of approximately $10 billion for the fiscal year ended January 1, 2016 after giving effect to the recently completed combination of Leidos with Lockheed Martin's Information Systems & Global Solutions business (IS&GS). For more information, visit The company’s diverse employees support vital missions for government and commercial customers. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or veteran status. Leidos will consider qualified applicants with criminal histories for employment in accordance with relevant Laws. Leidos is an equal opportunity employer/disability/vet.