Research Coordinator/Scientist

Updated: November 2, 2019
Job ID: 215360
Status: Full-Time
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Location: Virginia Beach, VA, United States

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HJF is seeking a Research Coordinator/Scientist to support a clinical study carried out by the Center for Neuroscience and Regenerative Medicine (CNRM) at Joint Expeditionary Base in Little Creek, Virginia (VA). HJF provides technical, scientific and programmatic support services to CNRM.

The study, “INVestigating traIning assoCiated blasT pAthology (INVICTA)”, will be carried out under the leadership of the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USUHS), which is located in Bethesda, MD. The Scientist is responsible for implementing and supervising all research activities at the local study site(s), to assess the effect of recurrent training-related blast exposure on neurological health. Such activities will include identification, recruitment and management of study subjects, administration of clinical assessments, collection and processing of biological specimens, management and, in some cases, partial analysis of samples and data. The Scientist will also assist the study PI in the coordination of research activities with local military leadership. 

Responsibilities: 

  1. Leads and coordinates the local research team in the implementation of human subject research study protocols on population of pertinence. Ensures that all study staff at the site are capable to conduct assigned tasks, and that sufficient personnel are on hand for the study-specific assessment of study participants.
  2. Assures that all research activity is approved by and coordinated with the appropriate military leadership and institutional review board(s). 
  3. Assures proper management and transfer of biological samples (blood, urine, and hair) and data to centralized repositories.
  4. After training by the overall study PI, will be able to administer and obtain informed consent from study participants, and appropriately train the study liaison/senior research assistant, and other research assistants, in the proper conduct of informed consent. 
  5. After completing any required education and training, will be able to personally conduct, and demonstrate to and educate other study staff in the conduct of each of the following study assessments:
    • Collection of demographic information.
    • Assessment of visual acuity and hearing.
    • Neural Analytics Transcranial Doppler (ultrasound).
    • Quantitative electroencephalogram (EEG) or Brainscope.
    • Computer-administered ANAM and Brain Gauge cognitive assessments.
    • Assessment of neuromotor function (gait) with ACC Walker and i-PAS.
    • Assessment of sleep patterns with actigraphy.
    • Documentation of lifetime TBI history with OSU-TBI Identification Method.
    • Administration of questionnaires to include PCL5, PHQ-9, GAD-7, PSQI, HIT-6, SF-12.
  6. Assures the proper management of all human subject records for population of pertinence, and adherence to IRB-approved study protocols and regulatory policy.  Assists the Program (NTRP) with the preparation and submission of human subject research protocols, modifications, and reports.
  7. Assures the proper training, supervision and safety of all research staff for whom he/she is responsible.
  8. Assists the Program (NTRP) with processing and interpretation of experimental data, preparation of written reports, manuscript for submission to scientific journals and patent applications.
  9. May collaborates in the analysis and interpretation of data.
  10. May prepare and give presentations, provide lectures, and participate in publications, and assist in preparing reports as needed.
  11. Assist the principal investigator and other study staff as needed.
  12. Performs other duties as needed.

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: (1) Knowledge of applicable complex scientific procedures and techniques, including a variety of clinical, neurocognitive and neurophysiological assessments; (2) knowledge of federal and local regulations and policies governing  research involving human subjects; (3) excellent interpersonal and leadership skills, including ability to communicate effectively and to work with individuals of all levels; (4) ability to troubleshoot technical procedures and to learn and work effectively with computer programs as needed for the management of study-related data, including sample and data management and analysis. Completion of appropriate CITI certification in the conduct of clinical research. 

Minimum Education/Training Requirements: Ph.D. in related scientific discipline desired, but not required.  

Minimum Experience:  2 - 4 years of relevant clinical research experience; minimum 2-3 years of experience leading/coordinating other research personnel as an independent investigator.  Prior military experience, particularly with a SEAL or special operations unit, preferred but not required. 

Physical Capabilities:  Long periods of sitting and standing; some bending, lifting, and walking; escorting subjects and carrying light items. May require working off regular hours, including weekends. Job involves work in military combat training facilities and traveling to distant research locations several times every year. 

Required Licenses, Certification or Registration:  Duty location is a military base with requirement for background investigation. 
 
Supervisory Responsibilities/Controls: The incumbent will have supervisory responsibilities for several research staff.

Work Environment: Both office and field environment; some evening and/or weekend hours likely to be required, as flexibility to be able to conduct the study assessments within the confines of military unit training schedules is essential. Travel to study sites where military field exercises are conducted is required. Potential exposure to field conditions, military training environments, exposure to weapons systems and noise.  

Background: Eligibility to obtain a Common Access Card (CAC); eligibility to obtain and hold a Public Trust background.

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.
 

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