Senior Scientist - CBRN
Logistics Management Institute
 Washington, DC

Overview

LMI, a not-for-profit strategic consulting organization focused on the federal government, is seeking a senior scientist in the Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear (CBRN) field. This position is located in the National Capital Region.

With the threat of transnational terrorism and ongoing development of weapons of mass destruction (WMD) by nations potentially hostile to the U.S., DHS has taken steps to integrate the full range of its radiological/nuclear, chemical, and biological threat detection programs. As the focal point for this effort, DHS Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction (CWMD) requires consulting and program management support that can reinforce and better enable a more dynamic and operationally-focused DHS strategy. Within CWMD, the National Biosurveillance Integration Center (NBIC) is responsible for early detection and situational awareness of biological and chemical events anywhere around the world.

The person selected for this position will have the ability to provide technical support in the development of new approaches, systems, and algorithms for national biosurveillance. In order to provide advanced applied science technical support to NBIC's analytic and operational development projects , expertise shall include advanced education, knowledge, and capabilities in, but not limited to, mathematics, statistics, computer science, modeling and simulation, software engineering, and signal processing. The person shall support methodologies alongside NBIC federal staff in the development, testing, and deployment of new national biosurveillance capabilities.

Please note:

This position will be located on a client site. Finalists must be able to pass a DHS Suitability Check and Secret Clearance.

Responsibilities

  • Provide technical support in the execution of advanced data analytics applied to existing and novel data relevant to biosurveillance.
  • Expertise shall include advanced education, knowledge, and capabilities in, but not limited to, mathematics, computer science, statistical and probabilistic modeling, and advanced analytic software such as Matlab and SAS, In order to provide “big data“ analytic support.
  • Provide advanced technical support in the areas of quantitative and semi-quantitative risk and decision analysis.
  • Support the development of advanced risk and decision analysis approaches for application in both real-time biosurveillance operations and predictive analysis
  • Conduct operational scientific and technical analysis in support of CWMD programs and mission areas.
  • Lead the development of a variety of analytic decision support products that meet National decision makers' and stakeholders' requirements.
  • Perform the functions of a technical expert in the relevant scientific field in support of CWMD programs.
  • Apply scientific expertise in defining and resolving system issues, performing analysis, and developing plans and requirements for further analysis.
  • Coordinate and manages the preparation of analysis, evaluations, and recommendations within CWMD programs in support of federal personnel.

Optional Task

  • Maintain expertise that includes advanced education, knowledge, and capabilities in risk and decision analysis. Example approaches include, but are not limited to, Bayesian networks, inference diagrams, probabilistic risk analysis, decision trees, fault-tree analysis, game-theory, consequence modeling, and probability modeling and elicitation.
  • Support the development and implementation of exercises to inform the Center's concept of operations as well as identify capability gaps and necessary improvements.

Qualifications

Basic Qualifications:

  • Master's degree in a scientific, engineering, medical, veterinary, or public health field.
  • Ability to obtain high-level clearance and DHS suitability clearance
  • 10+ years of experience in a scientific, engineering, medical, veterinary, or public health field such as biology, chemistry, biochemistry, bacteriology, virology, epidemiology, toxicology, immunology, environmental science or engineering, physics, mathematics, geology, or other related discipline
  • Must have at least 4 years of experience providing direct or consultant scientific support to major programs or system development efforts related to human, animal, or plant health and medical consequences of CBRN events or a combination of experience in these areas and the homeland security pillars of prevention, protection, response, or recovery

Desired Qualifications:

  • PHD level of education
  • Active high-level clearance (current DHS Suitability preferred)
  • Knowledge and experience in CBRN material as well as an understanding of the hazards associated with their manufacture, transport and use.