Epidemiology Subject Matter Expert (SME)

Posted Date 7 months ago(11/21/2023 2:56 PM)
Requisition #
Security Clearance
Employment Type
Full Time
Portal Location : Location
Noblis ESI


*** This position is for potential upcoming opportunities***


This position will function as an Advisory and Assistance Services (A&AS) Epidemiology Subject Matter Expert (SME) for the DTRA Cooperative Threat Reduction (CTR) Biological Threat Reduction Program (BTRP). BTRP strengthens the capabilities of partner nations and the international community to prevent, detect, and prepare for outbreaks caused by pathogens. BTRP is primarily a program management role that requires implementation and oversight of DoD acquisition strategies to carry out international threat reduction activities. The Science Team provides interdisciplinary technical expertise and coordination to the BTRP mission throughout the acquisition life cycle, from initial needs assessments through project closeout. The Science Team integrates with the Project Teams to ensure scientific and process rigor in project planning and implementation. Science Team activities contribute to, exercise, and validate capabilities in partner nations, regions, and globally in accordance with defined target end states.


The Epidemiology SME role is technical in nature, serving as an infectious and zoonotic disease epidemiology subject matter expert (SME) for the One Health Team, within the Advisory and Assistance Services (A&AS) Science Team. This position will serve as a technical expert in the development, review, and monitor/management of a number of biosurveillance projects and engagements for BTRP clients. This position will work collaboratively with other SMEs and the project management team on the aforementioned tasks. The desired candidate will have prior experience and training in clinical research project development and implementation, and/or experience in infectious diseases.




  • Provide comprehensive epidemiology expertise to assess, evaluate, and recommend solutions to resolve the multitude of technical issues that may evolve in conjunction with the CTR Program
  • Provide infectious disease epidemiology and public health expertise to support multidisciplinary and multinational research project development and implementation
  • Provide expertise in public health and epidemiology principles, including infectious disease surveillance/monitoring and reporting systems/programs, and epidemiological study design, analytic methods, outbreak investigation, Public Health Emergency Operation Centers, and electronic disease reporting technologies/tools. Team member should understand polices, strategies, and available technologies/tools to improve prevention, detection, and control of infectious diseases, with specific focus on approaches to prevent emergence and spread of diseases
  • Provide expertise in the area of field epidemiology and health emergency preparedness and management training to assist in the review of training materials developed by BTRP government partners and contractors across all program countries
  • Support BTRP leadership in defining regional and technical requirements, establishing long-range plans, defining project and program success factors, and implementing assessment methodologies for achieving consistent, systematic processes
  • Make recommendations to BTRP leadership and facilitate the identification of trends and the desired future state for the program abroad
  • Document best practices across all programs, draft lessons learned, and make recommendations to adapt, apply, and embed those practices throughout the project life cycle
  • Provide support for organizational development, process implementation, trend monitoring, and continuous process improvement with an emphasis on ensuring critical needs are addressed in a timely manner
  • Work across project and contractor teams to meet science and policy objectives in accordance with program cost, schedule, and performance requirements
  • Conduct needs assessments, gap analysis, acquisition support, and performance validation and sustainment
  • Provide holistic review, with an emphasis on epidemiologic methods, of various documents for biosurveillance project proposals, trainings, conference materials, manuscripts, statements of work, project plans, etc.
  • Support selection, award, monitoring, and tracking of biosurveillance projects
  • Assists Country Managers in development of epidemiology-related engagements for partner countries.
  • Supports development and delivery of written and oral reports based on analysis and synthesis of work.
  • Support technical aspects of projects engaging partner countries across North Africa, Central Asia, Southeast Asia, and the Middle East, including activity design and development.

Required Qualifications

  • Secret level clearance (minimum to start). Or ability to obtain a clearance.
  • Master's Degree (MPH, MS) or higher in relevant field such as Epidemiology, Infectious Disease, Global Health, or Health Security
  • 3-5 years of public health experience
  • Ability to work collaboratively and independently
  • Strong attention to detail, communication, critical thinking, and problem solving skills
  • Demonstrated proficiency with Microsoft Office tool suites
  • Ability to be on site in Lorton, VA, up to 100% of the time
  • Travel up to 25% of the time

Desired Qualifications

  • Experience in infectious disease surveillance, infectious disease epidemiology, global health, and one health
  • Experience working on health security with international partners, in low-to-middle income countries' health settings, or with the US government.
  • Experience writing, technically reviewing, and co-authoring manuscripts
  • Knowledge of applied public health research and associated methodologies
  • Knowledge of biological threats
  • DTRA CTR or Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) or Counter WMD experience
  • Excellent writing, time management, and organizational skills


Noblis and our wholly owned subsidiaries, Noblis ESI, and Noblis MSD tackle the nation's toughest problems and apply advanced solutions to our clients' most critical missions. We bring the best of scientific thought, management, and engineering expertise together in an environment of independence and objectivity to deliver enduring impact on federal missions. Noblis works with a wide range of government clients in the defense, intelligence and federal civil sectors. Learn more at Noblis -About Us


Why work at a Noblis company?

Our employees find greater meaning in their work and balance the other things in life that matter to them. Our people are our greatest asset. They are exceptionally skilled, knowledgeable, team-oriented, and mission-driven individuals who want to do work that matters and benefits the public. Noblis has won numerous workplace awards. Noblis maintains a drug-free workplace.

Salary Range Explanation

At Noblis we recognize and reward your contributions, provide you with growth opportunities, and support your total well-being. Our offerings include health, life, disability, financial, and retirement benefits, as well as paid leave, professional development, tuition assistance, and work-life programs. Our award programs acknowledge employees for exceptional performance and superior demonstration of our service standards. Full-time and part-time employees working at least 20 hours a week on a regular basis are eligible to participate in our benefit programs. Other offerings may be provided for employees not within this category. We encourage you to learn more about our total benefits by visiting the Benefits page on our Careers site.


Salary at Noblis is determined by various factors, including but not limited to, the combination of education, certifications, knowledge, skills, competencies, and experience, internal and external equity, location, and clearance level, as well as contract-specific affordability and organizational requirements and applicable employment laws. The projected compensation range for this position is provided within the posting and are based on full time status. Part time staff receive a prorated salary based on regularly scheduled hours. The estimated minimum and maximum displayed represents the broadest range for this position (inclusive of high geographic and high clearance requirements), and is just one component of Noblis’ total compensation package for employees.


Posted Salary Range

USD $74,500.00 - USD $130,400.00 /Yr.

Equal Employment Opportunity

Noblis is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Employment decisions are made without regard to race (as well as because of or on the basis of traits historically associated with race, including hair texture, hair type, and protective hairstyles such as braids, locks, and twists), color, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, physical or mental disability, pregnancy, childbirth, lactation and related medical conditions, genetic factors, military/veteran status, or other characteristics protected by law.


Noblis is committed to the full inclusion of all qualified individuals. As part of this commitment, Noblis will ensure that persons with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodations. If reasonable accommodation is needed to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and/or to receive other benefits and privileges of employment, please contact employee-relations@noblis.org.

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