Research Toxicologist II

Updated: September 11, 2019
Job ID: 215249
Status: Full-Time
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Location: Dayton, OH, United States

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HJF is seeking a Research Toxicologist II to support the Naval Medical Research Unit Dayton (NAMRU-D) located at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, OH. HJF provides scientific, technical and programmatic support services to NAMRU-D. Responsibilities are to provide environmental health effects laboratory support.


Responsible for development of simulator environments and other performance evaluation software. Works with principal investigators as a Subject Matter Expert (SME) to develop and implement software required to run aeromedical simulation environments.

  1. Design and conduct scientific research on the health effects of exposure to chemicals, particulate matter, smoke/emissions, extreme environmental conditions (to include temperature, humidity, altitude, vibrations, and noise) and/or physical demand.
  2. Work with a diverse team of scientists, including toxicologists, engineers, neuroscientists, chemists, psychologists, animal behaviorists and biologists, to accomplish the mission of understanding the health effects of operating in military settings.
  3. Utilize animal models to evaluate the short- and long-term health and performance effects of acute and chronic exposure to chemicals, mixtures, environmental hazards and stressors and/or physical demand.
  4. Provide scientific expertise in the field of inhalation toxicology.
  5. Develop appropriate exposure systems, including analytical techniques for identifying toxicants and/or aerosols.
  6. Contribute substantially to the design and building toxicant generation and other exposure systems.
  7. Assist other investigators in the design and execution of research protocols on inhalation toxicology and environmental exposure issues of interest to the Navy.
  8. Assist and educate entry level research assistant personnel in the understanding and performance of their duties.
  9. Collect pulmonary/respiratory data, or other appropriate endpoints, from animal subjects following exposure.
  10. Perform statistical analyses such as T-tests, Chi-Square, Analyses of Variance, Multivariate Analyses of Variance, analyses of covariance, multivariate analyses of covariance, correlations, linear regressions, multiple linear regressions, and power analyses. 
  11. Use multiple computer software packages to create spreadsheets and perform statistical routines.
  12. Assist in the preparation of proposal applications for other toxicological, physiological, psychological, medical, and performance studies.
  13. Develop technical reports, presentations, and publications.
  14. Supervise Research Assistants as needed
  15. Performs other duties within the scope of a Software Engineer IV.

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:  Must have a strong background in toxicology and exposure methodology with experience in research methods, design, and statistical analysis in a research setting. Strong technical writing background with experience in writing research proposals, standard operating procedures, animal use protocols for approval by the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (human use/Institutional Review Board protocols a plus), technical reports, journal articles, and conference papers. Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to work cooperatively in a team environment but also self-motivated and capable of working independently and with others. Proficiency in the use of common statistical analysis software, to include SigmaPlot, SPSS and SAS. Must be willing and able to work nontraditional hours such as evening, nights and some weekends during periods of data collection.

Minimum Education/Training Requirements:  Ph.D. in related scientific field.

Minimum Experience:  Minimum 6 to 10 years of experience conducting original research, including the design and implementation of protocols with animal models, data collection and analysis, and report production.

Physical Capabilities:  Work involves long periods of standing and handling of numerous chemicals.

Supervisory Responsibilities/Controls:  Supervise research staff as needed.

Work Environment:  Laboratory environment; may involve working with biohazardous materials.

Background: U.S. Citizenship required; eligibility to obtain and hold a Secret Security Clearance.

Employment with HJF is contingent upon successful completion of a background check, which may include, but is not limited to, contacting your professional references, verification of previous employment, addresses, education, and credentials, a criminal background check, drug screening, and a department of motor vehicle (DMV) check.  

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.