Research Engineer - Audiology and Speech Pathology Center - Bethesda, MD

Updated: April 22, 2020
Job ID: 215281
Status: Full-Time
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Location: Bethesda, MD, United States

Join the HJF Team!

HJF is seeking a Research Engineer to support the clinical research protocols for the Audiology and Speech Pathology Center located at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center (WRNMMC) in Bethesda, MD and will be supervised by either the chief scientist or designee. HJF provides scientific, technical and programmatic support to the Audiology and Speech Pathology Center.


  1. Knowledge of research data collection and records maintenance required.
  2. Knowledge of Health Information Privacy Protection Act (HIPPA) and the ability to manage Protected Health Information (PHI) required.
  3. Experience with monitoring and recording psychoacoustic data preferred.
  4. Experience with cochlear implants, hearing aids, and/or advanced hearing protection devices preferred.
  5. Knowledge of military system, preferred.
  6. Demonstrated competence in oral and written communication.
  7. Must be organized, attentive to detail, and possess a positive, friendly and professional demeanor.
  8. Ability to be flexible with changing priorities and available to interact with employees, clients and sponsors of all levels.
  9. Ability to exercise independent judgment in fast-paced, high-pressured environment with strict deadlines and to manage multiple projects.
  10. Ability to develop strong trusting relationships in order to gain support and achieve results.
  11. Computer skills including advanced experience in using MATLAB to interface with audio and visual equipment. Knowledge of signal processing and ability to program in C and other languages desirable.
  12. Assists in the development, execution, analysis, and documentation of auditory and vestibular studies focused on: the evaluation and development of hearing aids and cochlear implants, hearing protection systems, the establishment of improved metrics and standards for evaluating the minimum hearing standards for fitness-for-duty; and the development of improved clinical strategies for mitigating the effects of noise and blast related hearing injury.
  13. Assists in the development, integration, and installation of custom and modified COTS (commercial off-the-shelf) hardware, software, and related equipment as required for the implementation of clinical and field studies related to hearing research.
  14. Assists in the development of the research protocol as the subject matter expert.
  15. Reviews research documentation and provide detailed technical written notes.
  16. Directs and performs recurring analyses on research portfolios to identify critical gaps, exceptional results and/or lack of progress.
  17. Manages and organizes data and assures that necessary archival procedures have been conducted.
  18. Interacts with other services and government agencies, organizes and hosts research planning and coordination meetings, and informs the Principal Investigator of developments.
  19. Maintains open communication with the Principal Investigator, advises of processes, reports progress and serves as a point of contact, as applicable.
  20. Provides guidance to scientists preparing research proposals, to include guidance on research protocol development, as needed.
  21. Performs scientific reviews on research proposals submitted for consideration, as requested.
  22. Maintains and updates files of all applicable regulatory documentation for IRB (including protocols, approvals, amendments, modifications, etc.) as well as any communications with the sponsor or any other Federal or regulatory office (including prior approvals, change in scope, etc.).

Minimum Educational/Training Requirements:  Master’s degree in Audiology, Engineering, Biology, Speech and Hearing Sciences, Linguistics, or a related field. PhD preferred.

Minimum Experience: 3 - 5 years of experience working in auditory-related research or in research and development in an auditory-related industrial environment.

Physical Capabilities: Long periods of sitting and standing; some bending, lifting, and walking; escorting patients and carrying light items; may encounter patients who are confused, agitated, or abusive.

Work Environment: Laboratory, office or clinical/hospital environment.

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.