Data Scientist (Epidemiology and Information Management Sciences)

Full time

Employment Information

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The Leidos Military and Veterans Health Solutions Operation has an opening for a Data Scientist to join the Operational Readiness Directorate at the Naval Health Research Center in San Diego, CA.

This work provides research support to the Epidemiology and Information Management Sciences Department and involves analyzing large electronic repositories of medical and administrative data for military service members and veterans. This research addresses the physical and psychological concerns of military personnel to improve military readiness, wellness, and quality of life. Results are delivered through abstracts, presentations, peer-reviewed journal publications, and government technical reports. The Data Scientist will assist in writing funding proposals and will participate in all aspects of research protocol execution. They will design and develop methods, processes, and systems to consolidate and analyze structured and unstructured, diverse sources of data including big data. The Data Scientist will develop and use advanced software programs, algorithms, querying and automated processes to clean, integrate and evaluate datasets.

Are you ready for unique and exciting work?

Work is conducted within a multidisciplinary team to ensure connectivity between various databases and systems. The Data Scientist will identify meaningful insights and interpret and communicate findings and recommendations. They may develop information tools, algorithms, and dashboards, and will maintain awareness of emerging analytics and big-data technologies.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Generate and prepare datasets for statistical analyses, develop and test research hypotheses, identify and conduct appropriate statistical analyses such as multiple regression, analysis of variance/covariance, exploratory and confirmatory factor analyses.
  • Be familiar with disciplines such as natural language processing, machine learning, predictive modeling, statistical analyses, and hypothesis testing and appropriately use them in tasking.
  • Effectively communicate processes and results (verbally, graphically, and in writing) for customers and stakeholders.
  • Develop research proposals, research protocols, presentations, technical reports, and publications.
  • Assist with regulatory documentation including agreements and the maintenance of research protocols related to funded research projects
  • Perform thorough review of published literature and government technical communications. Summarize and communicate findings to be used in grant applications and during dissemination of research.
  • Work independently to achieve day-to-day objectives which impact operational results and project deliverables for the Operational Readiness Directorate.
  • Develop and maintain collaborative relationships within NHRC and partnering institutions and commands.
  • Develop and evaluate appropriate experimental and statistical methodologies, write standards of procedure to perform those methodologies, and perform quality assurance/quality control procedures.
  • Work independently on larger, moderately complex projects/assignments.
  • Address complex technical issues/problems using internal best practices and through collaboration with colleagues.
  • Develop solutions to technical problems requiring technical knowledge of military health research.
  • Effectively communicate with colleagues across multiple areas.
  • Assist other technical staff with tasks and assignments.
  • Develop information tools, algorithms, dashboards, and queries for research projects.
  • Travel to various settings as needed for data collection, as well as for conference presentations, meetings, and other customer requirements.
  • Ensure research tasks are completed on time and of appropriate professional quality.
  • Aid in preparing periodic internal reports and status updates.
  • Perform other duties and responsibilities as required for the customer research mission.
  • Comply with all required Leidos and Government requirements and complete required certifications and trainings.
  • Support Leidos business development efforts such as contributing subject matter expertise.
  • Model Leidos Values at all times.

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Basic Requirements

We are looking for candidates who:

  • Hold a Master’s degree from an accredited US university, or international university of equivalent standard, in statistics or a related field, and knowledge of SAS, SPSS, and/or R statistical software.
  • Demonstrate working knowledge of and ability to apply standards, principles, theories, concepts, and methodologies of physical, psychological, and physiological health research.
  • Demonstrate broad understanding of psychology, physical health, human physiology, and human performance.
  • Demonstrate knowledge and experience in processing research data.
  • Are a self-starter, act on objectives in an independent manner, demonstrate leadership, and have the ability to plan and prioritize work.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of human subjects research.
  • Demonstrate excellent critical thinking with problem-solving skills and an ability to work cooperatively in a team setting. Flexibility in responding to changing demands, timelines, and priorities is required.
  • Demonstrate strong computer skills.
  • Demonstrate the ability to extend and apply the knowledge of research to the missions of the NHRC and Navy customer.
  • Must be a US Citizen and able to acquire and maintain, at a minimum, a SECRET classification access level.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Previous experience conducting research with high technical sophistication in military, veteran, or related populations.
  • Evidence of scientific achievement in the health research domain is preferred, as demonstrated by the publication of articles and reports, membership in professional scientific organizations, experience in writing and editing technical and scientific research information, and excellent verbal communication skills to confer with professional colleagues/peers.
  • Demonstrated success in grant writing is highly desired.
  • Hold an active Interim or Secret Security clearance.

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Pay Range:

Pay Range $63,050.00 - $97,000.00 - $130,950.00 The Leidos pay range for this job level is a general guideline only and not a guarantee of compensation or salary. Additional factors considered in extending an offer include (but are not limited to) responsibilities of the job, education, experience, knowledge, skills, and abilities, as well as internal equity, alignment with market data, applicable bargaining agreement (if any), or other law.

About Leidos

Leidos is a Fortune 500® technology, engineering, and science solutions and services leader working to solve the world’s toughest challenges in the defense, intelligence, civil, and health markets. The company’s 46,000 employees support vital missions for government and commercial customers. Headquartered in Reston, Virginia, Leidos reported annual revenues of approximately $14.4 billion for the fiscal year ended December 30, 2022. For more information, visit

Pay and Benefits

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