Senior Scientist CBRN

Posted Date 4 months ago(8/2/2022 9:33 AM)
Requisition #
Security Clearance
Full Time
Portal Location : Location


The Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction (CWMD) office is a support component within the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). The CWMD office was established by the “Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction Act of 2018” and combines the former Domestic Nuclear Detection Office (DNDO) and a majority of the Office of Health Affairs (OHA). The office was created to elevate and streamline DHS efforts to prevent the use of weapon of mass destruction (WMD) against the homeland and promote readiness for chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear (CBRN), and health security threats.


The CWMD office is responsible for coordinating with other Federal efforts and developing a strategy and policy for the Department to plan for, detect, and protect against the importation, possession, storage, transportation, development, or use of unauthorized CBRN materials, devices, or agents in the U.S. and to protect against an attack using such materials.


The Information and Analysis Directorate (IAD) mission is to understand and anticipate Homeland WMD threats and equip DHS Components and domestic first responders (federal, state, local and private sector) with timely and relevant information to maintain detection advantage, mitigate vulnerabilities, respond to and disrupt threats. IAD includes the National Biosurveillance Information Center (NBIC), Intelligence Division, and Data Integration Branch.

  • Provide CBRN technical expertise to NBIC.
  • Support management of NBIC programs/projects, NBIC systems engineering activities, and biosurveillance operations and 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 including but not limited to data set evaluation, tool and system testing and evaluation, Agile development management, analytic technique development for NBIC
  • Apply scientific expertise in defining and resolving system issues, performing analysis, and developing plans and requirements for further analysis.
  • Coordinate and manage the preparation of analysis, evaluations, and recommendations within CWMD programs in support of federal personnel.
  • Mentor and develop junior and mid-career scientists.


Secret Clearance and DHS suitability


Education: M.A. or M.S. degree in a scientific, engineering, medical, veterinary, or public health field. Specific circumstances may require candidates with Ph.D level education.


General Experience: Must have 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.


Specialized Experience: 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.


Ability to conduct expert analysis, and give insight on matters related to production, use, storage, safety and vulnerability of CBRN materials.


Other: Good communication skills to include technical writing and editing, oral communication, organization, critical thinking, and interpersonal and customer service skills to engage stakeholders and management. Past experience leading teams or managing staff.


Desired skills and knowledge:  Experience directly supporting biosurveillance operations or biodefense activities, support to DHS components or programs and/or experience providing scientific or technical expertise to the U.S. federal government in the CBRNE, CWMD, or health security fields.  Training or certification in Agile methodology including SCRUM. 




Client Engagement

· Direct engagement with DHS CWMD federal staff in support of NBIC operations and projects enabling improved mission results.


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