Research Assistant I (Naval Medical Research Unit)

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Updated: November 13, 2019
Job ID: 215294
Status: Full-Time
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Location: Dayton, OH, United States

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HJF is seeking a Research Assistant I 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. 

The incumbent’s responsibilities are to provide aeromedical laboratory support.


  1. Assist principal investigators (PI) in Institutional Review Board (IRB) packet development and ensuring compliance with rules and regulations.
  2. Assist with the implementation of sponsored and PI initiated research studies, including regulatory requirements, maintenance of files/study records and all activities associated with internal and external audits. 
  3. Recruit, schedule and assist with research subjects, study data collection to include physiological testing such as electroencephalography (EEG) and polysomnography (PSG), cognitive testing, medical histories and subject notification of study inclusion / exclusion. 
  4. Generate purchase orders, track purchases, and fill out paperwork.
  5. Perform data entry, verification, and analysis.
  6. Assist with preparation for presentations and written published articles.
  7. Conduct literature searches and prepare bibliographies.
  8. Set-up, operate, adjust, and maintain laboratory equipment and apparatus. 
  9. Clean and maintain instrumentation, equipment, and laboratories.
  10. During data collection periods, must be willing and able to work nontraditional hours (e.g., nights, weekends) as needed. 
  11. Perform other duties within the scope of a Research Assistant I.

Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: Detail-oriented, people person. Ability to talk to strangers and make them feel welcomed. Strong interpersonal skills. Experience with Microsoft Outlook, Word, PowerPoint, and Excel. Demonstrates sound written and oral communication skills in English. Accurate and conscientious in following written and verbal instructions, is flexible, willing to learn new tasks, and work as part of a team. Ability to calibrate and operate a metabolic cart and measure resting and exercising blood pressure. Ability to perform literature reviews. Computer programming skills are highly desirable.

Minimum Education/Training Requirements: Bachelor of Science Degree in Biological science, physiology, kinesiology, exercise science, physiology, or psychology.

Minimum Experience: 0-2 years of experience to demonstrate the ability to perform the tasks described above gained through work or school, preferably in a research setting.

Physical Capabilities: Requires long periods of working in a laboratory setting and/or at a computer; may lift materials weighing no more than 30 lbs.

Security Clearance:  Must submit to and be eligible for a Secret clearance (SF86/T3). U.S. citizenship required.

Work Environment: Office and laboratory environment.

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.