Research Assistant (Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center)

Updated: January 14, 2020
Job ID: 215299
Status: Full-Time
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Location: Bethesda, MD, United States

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HJF is seeking a Research Assistant for the Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center (DVBIC) at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center (WRNMMC) in Bethesda, Maryland.  HJF provides scientific, technical and programmatic support services to DVBIC.  US Citizenship is required for this position.

DVBIC is multi-site medical care, clinical research and education center. It is a unique collaboration of the Department of Defense (DoD), Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) health care system, and civilian partners. The mission of DVBIC is to serve active duty military, their dependents and veterans with traumatic brain injury (TBI) through state-of-the-art medical care, innovative clinical research initiatives and educational programs. DVBIC is primarily responsible for support of clinical operations in the DVBIC network which includes 9 military treatment facilities, 5 veteran hospitals and 2 community re- entry civilian programs.  In addition, the office has visibility and contributes to the expertise of DoD level related clinical activity related to traumatic brain injury. 


  1. Serve as a Research Assistant for the “Determining the Role of Tau and Amyloid in Military Personnel Following Traumatic Brain Injury” study which forms part of the larger DVBIC Congressionally Mandated 15-Year Natural History study.
  2. Provides administrative support to the research projects, such as scheduling meetings, booking rooms, posting study materials, completing travel arrangements, researching supplies, and filing documents.
  3. Maintains study supplies/inventory by checking stock to determine inventory level, anticipates needed supplies, submits orders for supplies, verifies receipt of supplies, and performs audits of supplies/inventory.
  4. Assist in recruitment, screening, consenting, and enrollment activities for multiple study sites.
  5. Schedule participants for study procedures and completes travel arrangements.
  6. Proctor study participants through self-report measures.
  7. Complete paperwork and/or electronic systems related to participant processing and recruitment activities.
  8. Maintain research project records in compliance with study, IRB(s), and organizational requirements, ensure that paperwork is properly stored/maintained according to regulations.
  9. Assist with data entry, data coding, data analysis, QA/QC, and other study-related administrative procedures.
  10. Perform literature searches using Pubmed, PsychInfo, or other databases, maintain Endnote library.
  11. Assist with conference presentation preparations, manuscript preparation, IRB application preparation and submission, grant application preparation, budget preparation, and document submissions. Assist with the preparation and review of professional documents as required.
  12. Maintain a close liaison with other staff on the research team.
  13. Successfully complete and maintain all WRNMMC and contractor required training and security clearance.
  14. Participate in special projects and research development as needed.
  15. Other duties as assigned. 

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:  Skill in using computers and relevant software, including electronic clinical data capture system, SPSS, Excel, Endnote, Adobe, and PowerPoint. Excellent communication and interpersonal skills. Ability to work independently. Knowledge of relevant scientific principles and procedures. Demonstrated interpersonal skills required to work successfully and professionally within multi-disciplinary teams and with participants. Ability to develop rapport with participants over the telephone. Ability to use sound judgment in solving problems.

Minimum Education/Training Requirements:  Bachelor's degree in psychology, social work, nursing, or related field. Training in institutional and federal regulations and policies pertinent to research involving human subjects is an asset, but not required.

Minimum Experience: 0-2 years related experience as a research assistant. Previous experience working in a military setting is an asset, but not required. 

Physical Capabilities: Walking, standing, bending, and carrying light items. May encounter or work with participants who are confused, agitated, or abusive. Long periods of standing and sitting.

Supervisory Responsibilities/Controls: Supervision and direction are provided by the Scientific Directors, Manager, and Coordinators.

Work Environment: 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.