Life Scientist III (Naval Medical Research Unit - Dayton)

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Updated: November 7, 2019
Job ID: 215309
Status: Full-Time
Location: Dayton, OH, United States

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HJF is looking for a Life Scientist III to support the Naval Medical Research Unit Dayton (NAMRU-D), located at the Wright Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio. HJF provides scientific, technical and programmatic support services to NAMRU-D.  

The Life Scientist III will perform laboratory procedures with experiments and provide supervision and support in various areas as needed. Uses judgment to define and resolve problems and make recommendations. Supports research efforts in the following areas: Spatial Disorientation, Vision Assessment Studies, Motion Sickness and /or Fatigue Measurement and Management; Hypoxia Research. 


  1. Works in collaboration with military and civilian researchers to design and conduct research in the areas of warfighter health and performance.
  2. Performs laboratory research projects, including collection and organization of data.  Makes detailed observations about experiments.  Provides data analysis, statistical analysis and interpretation.
  3. Prepares technical reports, abstracts, journal articles, and conference presentations.
  4. Reports findings, outcomes and recommendations to the fleet through formal meetings, presentations, briefings and publications. 
  5. Designs and constructs research equipment and support systems.
  6. Daily routine set-up and maintenance of critical human devices to include the preparation of devices for specific research protocols.
  7. Operation of devices during testing and data collection. Performs preventive maintenance of devices.
  8. Collects and records data from research conducted on the devices.
  9. Maintains clear and accurate laboratory records, inventories and logbooks.
  10. Establishes and maintains databases for research projects.
  11. Maintains compliance with established laboratory safety and other procedures.  Provides leadership in the proper disposal of infectious and hazardous materials.
  12. Provides quality control, trouble shooting and the maintenance of specialized reagents and equipment.
  13. Provide supervision and training to laboratory staff and visiting scientists as required.
  14. Maintains supplies in the laboratory and keeps the laboratory area clean.
  15. Performs other duties as assigned.

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: Knowledge of standard laboratory techniques; ability to follow general instructions; good communication and analytical skills.

  • Aeromedical research devices include the Reduced Oxygen Breathing Device (ROBD), Disorientation Research Device (DRD), the Visual Vestibular Sphere Device (VVSD), the Vertical Linear Accelerator (VLA), as well as other aircraft motion and orientation simulators, and various physiological and medical monitoring types of equipment.
  • Toxicology research devices include, but are not limited to, various behavioral, physiologic and medical monitoring equipment, in vivo inhalation exposure systems, in vitro cell culture systems, analytical equipment for monitoring chemicals in animal tissues, and various exposure media (e.g., air, water, feed).

Minimum Education/Training Requirements: BA/BS or MA/MS degree in appropriate field of research, including but not limited to toxicology, biology, environmental health, biochemistry, chemistry, microbiology, and biomedical sciences

Minimum Experience: 6 to 10 years of laboratory experience.

Physical Capabilities: Long periods of standing and sitting; handling various chemicals.

Supervisory Responsibilities/Controls: Supervise junior research and other medical staff.

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 Director of Human Resources.