Chief Scientist


Job Description:

The Chief Scientist provides expert research support services to produce quality assays and reagents for the detection of bio-threat agents for the Molecular Diagnostics Department of the Biological Defense Research Directorate Operations (BDRD) at the Naval Medical Research Center (NMRC) at Fort Detrick, MD.

Primary Responsibilities
  • Assist with production of reagents for daily use by DoD and Federal programs to detect the presence of biological warfare agents in aerosol samples and for ongoing disease surveillance across the globe.
  • Assist with the development and testing of new or improved nucleic acid-based detection assays to meet the needs of DoD and other Federal agencies.
  • Assist in transitioning assays into production based on customer needs.
  • Assist with assay development that may include platform test and evaluation to compare performance of new or improved platforms or components with currently fielded platforms.
  • Provide laboratory support to include work in BSL-2 and BSL-3 laboratories with Biological Select Agents and Toxins (BSAT) requiring enrollment in a Biological Personnel Reliability Program (BPRP).
  • Assist with maintaining a capability for analysis of unknown samples to identify suspected biological threat agents.
  • Provide support to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as a National Laboratory in the Laboratory Response Network (LRN) and support to DoD and other Federal customers in unknown sample analysis.
  • Provide laboratory support for off-site analysis conducted in field settings or in partner laboratories.

Basic Qualifications
  • 10 years of practical post-doctoral research in molecular biology.
  • Possess practical knowledge of basic and applied research, including experimental design and methods, and must have demonstrated the ability to perform original and competent research.
  • Demonstrated the ability to manage a multi-million dollar research program including projects from multiple funding sponsors.
  • Experience in formulation and management of budgets, writing proposals and reports, working with domestic and international collaborators, presenting research to diverse audiences, and training scientific staff.
  • 10+ years of deep experience in the field of biodefense to include molecular biology, microbiology, immunology, the development and production of nucleic acid-based assays, and platform evaluation.
  • Subject matter expertise in methods for the detection of biological weapons and knowledge and experience in conducting laboratory and field-based testing of unknown samples, to include a deep understanding of Federal and DoD bio-surveillance and bio-threat agent detection programs.
  • Experience managing an ISO Guide 34 Quality Management System and hands-on experience working with BSAT in BSL-2 and BSL-3 laboratories.
  • Must have an active Top Secret security clearance.
  • Must be able to pass all criteria for enrollment in a BPRP, to include random drug screening.

External Referral Bonus:


External Referral Bonus $:

Potential for Telework:


Clearance Level Required:

Top Secret


Yes, 25% of the time

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Research Scientist

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