Research Scientist (Traumatic Brain Injury) in Bethesda, MD at General Dynamics Information Technology

Date Posted: 6/19/2020

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Job Description

GDIT's Military Health Solutions is hiring a Research Scientist to support Traumatic Brain Injury research investigations for the Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center (DVBIC) at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center (WRNMMC). WRNMMC is located in Bethesda, Maryland; less than 3 miles north of the Washington DC/MD border, and directly across the road from the National Institutes of Health. 

DVBIC is multi-site medical care, clinical research, and education center. It is a unique collaboration of the Department of Defense (DoD) and Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) health care systems. 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 a nationwide network that includes ten military treatment facilities and five Veteran hospitals. In addition, DVBIC has visibility and contributes to the expertise of DoD level related clinical activity related to TBI.

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The successful candidate will become a member of an existing and well established research team (25+ staff) that is undertaking a series of studies aimed at addressing a Congressional mandate to study the long term effects of TBI on service members and their families (i.e., the ‘15-Year Longitudinal TBI Study’ and the ‘15-Year Longitudinal Caregiver Study’). This team is led by Dr. Louis French (National Lead), Dr. Rael Lange (Scientific Director), and Dr. Tracey Brickell (Scientific Director). 

**The position is most suited for an early-career scientist, though all interested parties are encouraged to apply.**

What You'll Be Doing:

  • Assist with the development and implementation of a long term publication plan using the data collected in the above studies. Duties include, but are not limited to, high level database coding, SPSS syntax writing, statistical analyses, manuscript writing, conference presentations, etc. Data is collected in five broad areas that includes neurobehavioral, neurocognitive, neuroimaging, sensory-motor, and blood-based biomarker measures
  • Facilitate research productivity with a larger group of multidisciplinary research collaborators from WRNMMC, DVBIC, National Intrepid Center of Excellence, National Institutes of Health, and other civilian and military partners
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

What You'll Need (required):

  • Ph.D. preferably in the domains of Biomedical Research, Social Sciences Research, Neuroscience, or a related field.
  • 6 years of relevant experience.
  • 2+ years of experience with statistical data (coding, analysis, interpretation, etc.).
  • Advanced working knowledge of SPSS.
  • Experience with manuscript writing, publications and presentations.
  • US Citizenship is required with the ability to pass a T3 security investigation prior to start.

What Would Be Even Better (preferred):

  • Research experience with a TBI population.
  • A proven track record publishing research papers relating to TBI and strong statistical analyses skills.
  • Prior experience within the DoD/VA systems of care.


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