The Walter Reed Army Institute of Research (WRAIR) aims to conduct biomedical research that is responsive to Department of Defense (DOD) and US Army requirements and delivers life-saving products including knowledge, technology and medical material that sustain the combat effectiveness of the Warfighter. Our team is seeking technical expertise to provide support to WRAIR’s Center for Military Psychiatry and Neuroscience Research (CMPN) CMPN is a translational and expeditionary effort to identify and eliminate brain health threats to Soldiers. CMPN investigates and manipulates the relationship between sleep and performance, performs behavioral health assessments to inform unit Commanders on Soldier behavioral health needs, and develops and implements resilience trainings. On a parallel track are efforts to identify and treat traumatic brain injury as well as understand the impact of repeated blast exposure.
Specifically, our team is seeking a RegisteredPolysomnographic Technician to support the Behavioral Biology Branch within CMPN. The Behavioral Biology Branch aims to develop knowledge products and materiel solutions to enhance Soldier alertness, decision-making, and performance in the context of degraded sleep quantity and quality across the spectrum of Army operations.
Develop and maintain Standard Operating Procedures for data collection, and ensure that all study data are collected, recorded, documented, and archived in compliance with Good Clinical Practices and pertinent government rules, regulations, and policies.
Administer psychological and performance measures to subjects as specified in protocols.
Maintain an appropriate, professional demeanor in all interactions with human research participants and research collaborators.
Administer neurocognitive tasks, symptom questionnaires, informed consent, and other related paperwork.
Collect physiological data (e.g., metabolic rate) and aid in their compilation/entry for later analyses.
Provide technical support in actigraph utilization for all research studies (field and laboratory) to include maintenance, testing, trouble-shooting, and repair of actigraphs.
Be able to train, lead, and/or coordinate technical staff members in all areas of polysomnography, performance testing, and actigraphy, and additional functions to include (but not limited to) PC-based initialization of devices with appropriate parameters and power sources; data acquisition; and data processing.
Utilizes established mathematical and scientific techniques to compile and analyze data.
Summarizes findings in reports and communicates results.
Assist in conducting and scoring polysomnographic studies.
Requires a Bachelor’s Degree and a minimum of 1 year of relevant experience.
Must maintain certification in Basic Life Support (BLS) and registry certification for the profession.
Should also possess a minimal proficiency in common productivity software programs including Word, Excel, SigmaPlot and others, and have an understanding of basic descriptive statistics.
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