• Senior Scientist - Chemical Biological Associate

    Posted Date 2 weeks ago(2 weeks ago)
    Requisition #
    Security Clearance
    Full Time
    Job Category
    Biology and Chemistry
  • Responsibilities

    Noblis is positioned to provide technology and operational solutions to senior decision makers in the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in the Science and Technology (S&T) Directorate. The DHS S&T Directorate is the primary research and development (R&D) element of DHS and manages science and technology research, from development through transition, for the Department's operational components and first responders to protect the homeland. DHS S&T works with DHS components and other sector-specific agencies to increase public and governmental awareness of potential chemical and biological threats, and to strengthen the nation's preparedness and response against these threats.

    We are actively seeking to identify personnel to join our team of talented professionals who possess the experience, vision, commitment and integrity to successfully support the strategic goals of DHS S&T by providing support in the following areas:

    Technical Support:


    • Assists in the conduct of senior-level policy net assessments that evaluate progress in implementing chemical and/or biological defense policy, identify gaps or vulnerabilities, and recommend re-balancing and refining investments to improve defense posture
    • Coordinates and manages the preparation of analysis, evaluations, and recommendations for proper implementation of programs and systems
    • Assists in designing, implementing, monitoring and reviewing complex experiments designed to fill knowledge gaps on the phenomenology of chemical and/or biological threat agents
    • Assists in the execution of a program that improves biodefense understanding, efficacy, and awareness by delivering intelligence-informed assessments, technical evaluations, and an on- line knowledge base to host scientific, intelligence and law enforcement data
    • Provide overarching technical support to one of the following areas with a focus on key projects to ensure they are on-track, on-time and meet department requirements and target outcomes:
      • Chemical and Biological Threat Characterization 
      • Modeling & Risk Assessment 
      • Biological Detection 
      • Chemical Detection 
      • BioSurveillance  
      • Agricultural Defense  
      • BioAssays and Rapid Diagnostics  
      • Data Analytics and Surveillance of Emerging Chem-Bio Threats  
      • Biological and Chemical Decontamination/Restoration  
      • BioForensics R&D  
      • Chemical Forensics  
      • Agricultural Defense  
      • Overarching CBRN Support

    Program Support:

    • Provide evaluation of DHS S&T sponsored programs to ensure: (1) technical validity of Statement of Work (SOW) tasks are completed as negotiated in the award; (2) milestones are met in accordance with SOW; (3) programmatic fiscal commitments, obligations, and expenditures meet or exceed identified benchmarks; and (4) make recommendations to the Program Manager (PM) in creating, updating, and tracking conference approval documentation 
    • Assist in preparation and review of internal and external documents, presentations, and correspondence for supporting Federal staff to include Broad Agency Announcements and solicitations  
    • Coordinate/organize project reviews, site visits, and workshops of performers  
    • Ensure performer monthly and quarterly reports and other deliverables are received  
    • Assist in the creation, maintenance, and updating project programmatic documents, (i.e., Broad Agency Announcement and solicitations), and maintenance of project document archives  
    • Review and draft program documents as needed  
    • Schedule and arrange meetings locally and offsite to support interagency and programmatic coordination  
    • Perform general office duties  
    • Schedule appropriate logistics including virtual teleconference (VTC) and teleconferences  
    • Serve as liaison to other Program Offices on related subject matters


    Financial and Procurement Support:

    • Assist the Program Managers in creating, updating, and tracking Procurement Requisition (PR) packages  
    • Work with Contracting Specialists to support documentation and informational needs for contracts and agreements, including invoice payment processes  
    • Assist the PMs with preparing modifications, progress reports, and situational updates on current contracts  
    • Track and ensure related performer invoices are paid in a timely manner  
    • Track milestones, deliverables, obligations and expenditures for project(s)  
    • Maintain spreadsheets with budget and programmatic information



    • Secret clearance or higher.
    • M.A. or M.S. in biology, chemistry, engineering, or related field with 10+ years of experience. Relevant experience in field, or advanced training/qualifications a plus.  
    • 10 years general job experience in a scientific field such as biology, chemistry, nuclear, environmental, physics, mathematics, geology, or other scientific areas  
    • 5 years specialized experience providing direct or consultant scientific support to major programs or system development efforts  
    • Contracting experience and previous experience in a federal program management environment preferred. Any experience with other government funding agencies should be highlighted and include a description of roles and responsibilities to demonstrate adequate experience  
    • Experience in applying chemical and/or biological scientific expertise to define and resolve system issues, perform analysis, and develop plans and requirements for complex systems  
    • Ability to coordinate and manage the preparation of analysis, evaluations, and recommendations for proper implementation of programs and systems  
    • Proficiency of Microsoft Office Programs (Excel, Word, Access, PowerPoint, SharePoint, Visio, MS Project, FrontPage)  
    • Possesses a scientific background or knowledge with the ability to understand scientific materials/applications/vernacular  
    • Excellent communication to include technical writing and editing, oral communication, organization, critical thinking, and interpersonal and customer service skills to engage performers and PMs  
    • Ability to plan individual efforts and follow through to completion  
    • Ability to multi-task and respond to quick turn-around requests  
    • Competence to function efficiently in a fast-paced, demanding work environment  
    • Flexible and readily adaptable to change; including changes in processes, requirements, and priorities  
    • Willingness to complete wide variety of tasks; everything from very technical to basic administrative tasks



    • PhD or equivalent in chemistry, microbiology (bacteriology and/or virology), physics, or other related scientific areas  
    • 2+ years of experimental work in chemical engineering or microbiology, preferably in areas related to infectious diseases  
    • Knowledge and understanding of a wide range of chemical and biological threat agents 
    • Understanding/experience in policy as it relates to National Security, Public Health or Disaster Preparedness  
    • TS/SCI preferred


    Noblis and Noblis ESI are solving difficult problems that help our government and our country. We bring the best of scientific thought, management, and engineering expertise with a reputation for independence and objectivity. We support a wide range of government and industry clients in the areas of national security, intelligence, transportation, healthcare, environmental sustainability, and enterprise engineering.


    Learn more at noblis.org/about.

    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.

    Over the past two decades, Noblis has consistently earned wide recognition:

    1. Best Employer: We have been a Washington Post “Top Workplace” for 4 consecutive years including the last three among the top 10. We’ve also been recognized by Glassdoor “Best Medium-Sized Company to Work For” for 2 years, and many similar awards in previous years

    2. Business Ethics and Integrity: A “World’s Most Ethical Company” for 7 years by Ethisphere Institute, and a Finalist at the Greater Washington Government Contractor Awards

    3. Leadership and Innovation: CEO Amr ElSawy selected to Executive Mosaic’s annual Wash 100 List, CEO Amr ElSawy named as a “Tech Titan” by the Washingtonian Magazine, Noblis CTO recognized as a trending 40 CIO in the DC Area.


    Noblis maintains a drug-free workplace and is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race.


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