• Senior Scientist - Chemical Biological Associate

    Posted Date 4 months ago(9/18/2019 3:09 PM)
    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.

    This Sr. Scientist role provides technical and programmatic support in the DHS Science and Technology Directorate, as part of a multidisciplinary team of high-performance professionals supporting the client's most vexing technical and technological challenges, and developing solutions to counter current, emerging, and future homeland security threats. Specifically, the selected candidate will support the Mission and Capabilities Support Division on programs related to aerosols and the infectivity of biological agents. The successful candidate will be self-motivated and solution oriented, and will provide both strong technical and program management experience.


    This is a new position at DHS S&T, and the successful candidate will be proactive in aiding Noblis and the client in defining this role and optimizing its contributions to ensure successful outcomes for the Technology Centers.


    The responsibilities of the team member may include:

    • Overseeing, monitoring, and supporting government-sponsored research programs on leading-edge technologies,
    • Evaluating the feasibility of technical approaches to problems,
    • Reviewing technical reports and providing critiques of methods and results,
    • Developing and evaluating capability development strategies,
    • Monitoring program and technical performance against goals,
    • Developing test and evaluation methodologies,
    • Assessing the efficacy, safety, cost lifecycle costs of proposed or realized solutions,
    • Developing status reports, PowerPoint briefings, and read-ahead materials,
    • Developing, monitoring, and maintaining a central repository of program information (e.g. reports, requirements, etc.),
    • Organizing/coordinating meetings, discussions, and seminars,
    • Communicating findings to technical and non-technical audiences as needed.


    This roles may require non-local travel (limited- 6x/year), and some DC metro area local travel.  




    • A B.S. in biology.  Master's degree or higher is preferred. 
    • Minimum 10 years of experience providing program support to chemical, biological, or similar technical programs.
    • Minimum of a SECRET clearance.
    • Eligibility to obtain DHS access and Suitability
    • 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



    • Degree in laboratory biology
      • Comfort reading, analyzing, & critiquing scientific manuscripts similar to a peer-review process usually learned in graduate school
      • Comfort discussing technical aspects of laboratory research
      • Interest in learning about and research new technical areas; the right candidate will ask questions and seek to understand both technical and programmatic issues
      • Experience working in biocontainment (BSL 3 or BSL 4) laboratories
    • Expertise in the field of threats of interest to domestic national security
    • Publications, patents, or other documented evidence of expertise in these fields.
    • Experience providing direct or consultant scientific support to major programs or system development efforts, preferably supporting national security.
      • Self-motivation and the ability to map out paths to success. 
    • Project Management Professional certification, Agile ScrumMaster/Project Owner certification, or demonstrated experience in program management.
    • DAWIA certification (especially Engineering, Test and Evaluation, and/or Science/Technology Manager).
    • Experience providing consistent and clear communication with program managers and leadership.
      • Evidence of providing scientific guidance to stakeholders, both written and verbally, targeting both technical and non-technical audiences. This evidence may be in the form of conference talks, industry days, publications, feasibility analyses, or market research regarding state-of-art technologies and their implications
    • Experience providing strategic scientific guidance, such as technology roadmaps, feasibility analysis, and market research regarding the boundaries of state-of-art technology.
    • Experience supporting technology transition from research and development to operational use.
    • Experience adapting to changes in processes, requirements, and priorities.
    • Experience supporting DoD and/or DHS components (e.g., TSA, CBP, FPS, NPPD, DNDO/CWMD, USCG, ICE).
    • Demonstrated strong technical writing skills, targeting both technical and non-technical audiences.
    • Proficiency with Microsoft Office (especially PowerPoint, Excel, and Project).
    • Candidates with a Secret (Top Secret/SCI) clearance and DHS Suitability are strongly preferred.



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