Research Associate I

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Updated: May 2, 2018
Job ID: 213823
Status: Full-Time
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Location: Bethesda, MD, United States

Join the HJF Team!

HJF is seeking a Research Associate for a full-time position to support the Department of Medicine in the research at the Uniformed Services University, focused on improving the diagnosis and treatment of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), and related conditions through the use of novel technologies including closed-loop allostatic neurotechnology (CAN), virtual reality, and smart phone/tablet applications. The Fellow will be responsible for helping with all aspects of conducting cutting edge collaborative clinical research projects, including the recruitment, consenting, and enrollment of participants, administration of study assessments and interventions, data collection and analysis, preparation of documents for IRBs and other regulatory bodies, the preparation and presentation of abstracts at professional meetings, and the writing of manuscripts for publication in scientific journals.



  • Assist in the design, development, authorship, execution, and implementation of clinical research protocols.
  • Design and disseminate advertisements for the recruitment of participants in clinical trials, and speak to relevant professional groups and community or patient advocacy organizations in order to promote interest in, and referrals to, active clinical trials.
  • Work with the principal investigator (PI) and other study staff to design and detail study methods, to include the writing of study protocols, manuals, and standard operating procedures (SOPs) to ensure faithful, consistent conduct of study procedures.
  • Obtain informed consent from participants in approved clinical research protocols.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          
  • Instruct participants in the details of study procedures.
  • Conduct, or train other study staff in the conduct of, hands-on study interventions, such as the administration of CAN, exposure therapies involving virtual environments, and the sending of text messages to direct the use of apps addressing PTSD or TBI.
  • Record and analyze clinical data.
  • 6. Prepare documents for submission to relevant IRBs for initial approvals, continuing reviews, and protocol amendments and deviations.
  • Work with the PI and other study staff on the preparation and analysis of data, and writing up of results obtained, for presentations at scientific meetings and for publication in journals.
  • Assist with training other study staff as needed.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.


Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:  Knowledge of, and preferably clinical experience with, cognitive behavioral therapy and exposure therapy for posttraumatic stress disorder, ideally with both imaginal prolonged exposure and virtual reality exposure, and/or eye movement desensitization and reprocessing therapy, as well as the conduct and interpretation of psychophysiologic and neuroimaging measures in PTSD, TBI and/or related conditions. Experience with heart rate variability acquisition and interpretation is especially preferred.

Minimum Education/Training Requirements:  MS in Psychology, Psychophysiology, Neurophysiology, Neuropsychology, or a closely related field.

Minimum Experience:  0-2 years’ experience in clinical, or clinical research, experience in exposure therapy and/or psychophysiologic measures, preferred but not required.

Physical Capabilities:  May require the ability to work with both individuals and groups of patients, and may require travel to other sites for the conduct of clinical trials, such as Fort Bragg, Camp LeJeune, and Wake Forest University in North Carolina, and Brain State Tech in Arizona.

Supervisory Responsibilities/Controls:  Will be involved in providing training of, guidance to, and likely supervision of the conduct of work by, other study staff.

Work Environment:  Clinical setting, flexibility in work hours may be necessary at times in order to accommodate research participant schedule limitations.


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 Chief Human Resources Officer.