Research Associate I

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Updated: June 6, 2018
Job ID: 211948
Status: Full-Time
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Location: Bethesda, MD, United States

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HJF is seeking a Research Associate I to support the work of the Injury Prevention Research Laboratory (IPRL) within the Consortium for Health and Military Performance (CHAMP) at the Uniformed Services University (USU) located in Bethesda, Maryland. The Injury Prevention Research Laboratory focuses on evidence-based research to guide the development of injury prediction and prevention programs for musculoskeletal injury in military populations. The candidate will assist with advanced research duties for several large research projects specifically targeted in these areas. Prior experience in this or a similar line of epidemiology, sports medicine, exercise science and/or public health-related research is strongly desired.


  1. Formulating clinical research questions on topics such as functional movement, balance, cardiovascular fitness, prior injury history, and musculoskeletal injury risk related to military training.
  2. Conducting statistical analyses using existing databases to address formulated research questions, as above.
  3. Preparing abstracts, reports and peer-reviewed research publications using data from existing databases.
  4. Assisting with project logistics planning and the development and management of project databases.
  5. The conduct of clinical field-based research, including but not limited to collecting, organizing, and analyzing data gathered from ongoing military research protocols.
  6. Other specific duties as requested by primary investigators, in accordance to general standards and skill base for Research Analysts/Post-Doctoral Fellows.

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:


  • Well-developed clinical, analytical and problem solving skills and excellent communication skills
  • Ability to perform statistical analytical techniques, independently, and in collaboration with study investigators, to answer clinical research questions related to ongoing research projects.
  • The ability to prioritize tasks in order to meet timelines and deadlines
  • Must be organized, very flexible and able to work under limited supervision either as a member of a team or, where appropriate, independently
  • Excellent computer skills (Microsoft Excel, Word, PowerPoint) and people skills are required Desirable:
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Epidemiology/Public Health, Sports Medicine, Exercise Science, or other related field
  • Prior work experience in sports medicine, exercise science and/or strength and conditioning
  • Clinical research background, experience in daily operations of clinical research studies, or working as a research assistant strongly desired
  • Experience with database management and statistical analyses using SPSS and/or STATA
  • Strong interest in evidence-based clinical research, with a desire to present at relevant national meetings

Minimum Education/Training Requirements: Master degree in related scientific discipline.

Minimum Experience: 0-2 years of clinical research.

Supervisory Responsibilities/Controls: The incumbent works under the direction of the CHAMP Director/Principal Investigator who determines objectives and the nature of desired results and gives advice on work in progress. Work will be reviewed by the site director and other investigators engaged in study. Work is reviewed for application of research methods and practices in achieving results and adherence to research protocols.

Work Environment: Must be able to travel to and from multiple field sites.

HJF is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status.

Any qualifications to be considered as equivalents, in lieu of stated minimums, require the prior approval of the Director of Human Resources.