Senior Scientist, Subject Matter Expert on Occupational Medicine

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Updated: April 6, 2018
Job ID: 212537
Status: Full-Time
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Location: Silver Spring, MD, United States

Join the HJF Team!

HJF is seeking a Senior Scientist, Subject Matter Expert on Occupational Medicine to support the Armed Forces Health Surveillance Center (AFHSB) in Silver Spring, Maryland. HJF provides scientific, technical and programmatic support services to AFHSB.


  1. Provides consultative support within 48-72 hours (business days) of request on epidemiology, biostatistics, or on a wide variety of health surveillance questions on military-related populations to personnel within AFHSC, preventive medicine professionals, public health officers, key military leaders, policy leaders, and researchers throughout the DoD.
  2. Consultative support in epidemiology, biostatistics, or public health shall include but not limited to:
    1. Determination of feasibility of all requests and taskings received by AFHSC in using the health and personnel data stored in DMSS and serum in the DoDSR.
    2. Assistance in formulation of sound epidemiological studies (i.e., hypothesis generation, design, methodology, data retrieval from AFHSC and other DoD databases, analytic techniques, and reporting).Expert opinion on infectious disease, primary care, preventive medicine, occupational medicine, and other health topics that is pertinent in health surveillance analysis and reporting.
    3. Preparation of adhoc briefings, white papers, summaries, reports, and presentations on health surveillance.
    4. Expert opinion on health surveillance and public health from Congressional inquiries or requests from media or the public.
    5. Collaboration with Government and contract personnel within AFHSC or from other DoD/Federal agencies in planning and designing sound epidemiological studies to submit for publication in peer-reviewed medical or scientific journals after informing E&A.
  3. Plans and designs long-term epidemiological studies that will help identify risk factors for specific health outcomes, leading to policy changes or behavior modifications as indicated by the study results.
  4. Prepares and delivers presentations to military and other government and civilian organizations, publish reports in government and peer-reviewed, civilian publications, and provide mentoring.
  5. Maintains proficiency in epidemiology, biostatistics, and public health and shall remain current on public health issues.
  6. Provides professional mentoring to medical and graduate students, physicians-in-training, and other health professional within DoD.
  7. Work with or provide consultation to other staff (contract or government) within AFHSC, U.S. Armed Forces, and other DoD agents to standardized medical case definitions, methodology, analysis, and reporting which are important in health surveillance.
  8. Assists or leads quality assurance projects on maintaining the highest data quality.
  9. Informs and involves the U.S. Government (AFHSC) in creating and validating assumptions and procedures required to resolve any data quality issues.
  10. Utilizes personnel and health information from the Defense Medical Surveillance System (DMSS) and other DoD health systems/data sources (as needed) and conducts data analysis and interpretation using scientifically sound and current epidemiological and biostatistical methods, design, and scientific knowledge.
  11. Writes and edits medical and scientific papers.
  12. Assists or leads functional activities within E&A that are necessary to support AFHSC’s mission such as (but not limited to)
    1. Production of health surveillance summaries, reports, and presentations (e.g., ad hoc briefings, white papers, slides, and other types of documents summarizing analytic activities and studies).
    2. Maintenance of functional documents ecessary to perform daily functions within the Epidemiology and Analysis Division and other divisions within AFHSC
    3. Support of DoD working groups (as assigned by E&A) within or external to AFHSC that are involved in development of DoD-wide health surveillance.
    4. Analysis, planning, and implementation of changes in functional processes.
    5. Planning of and provision of training for staff and customers in epidemiology, biostatistics and other topics pertinent in the practice of health surveillance and public health practice.
    6. Protection of PHI/PII while in use for analysis and while in storage in approved storage systems.
    7. Follows established quality assurance processes and plan in ensuring accuracy of reports, summaries, and analyses prior to distribution and in protection of PHI/PII.
  13. Maintains a Business Associate Agreement with the DoD TRICARE Management Activity (TMA) in order to fulfill requirements for protection of health information and privacy.
  14. Writes and edits medical and scientific papers.
  15. Confers with end-users to analyze specified methods and procedures, identify problems, and document specific requirements.
  16. Assists or leads projects involved with writing technical documentation such as, but not limited to: user manuals, standard operating procedures, product specifications, and training materials.
  17. Prepares reports, slides, tables or graphs on analyses, findings, and project progress, and presents results to management and/or customer personnel.
  18. Assist or leads quality assurance projects in E&A to ensure highest quality of products are provided to end-users.
  19. Serves as team members who can help organize, lead, or execute special projects/collaborations with other Divisions of AFHSC, other DoD and Federal agencies, nom-military academic partners that are military, civilians, or Contractors.
  20. Serves as customer-interface to ensure problems are resolved and requirements are met in a timely manner.

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Solid knowledge of preventive medicine and public health along with behavioral health experience.
  • Expertise in planning and designing long-term epidemiological studies that will help identify risk factors for specific health outcomes
    • Solid knowledge base in epidemiology and stays current on public health events
    • Extensive skills in SAS® programming and reading
    • Experience with DoD health-related databases to perform longitudinal analyses
    • Experience in using Microsoft Office software (MS Outlook, MS Word, MS Excel, and MS PowerPoint).
    • Technical skills to conduct analyses, write reports, prepare briefings, and coherently present results
  • Excellent interpersonal and communications skills and able to collaborate with others on projects and investigations.
  • Experience in designing, conducting, and analyzing epidemiological studies
  • Strong writing and editing medical and scientific papers.
  • Command of English language and can coherently present analytical results
  • Experience in using Microsoft Office software (MS Outlook, MS Word, MS Excel, and MS PowerPoint).
  • Skills to supervise medical personnel, senior researchers, and senior employees directly; indirectly supervises lower-level employees.
  • High-level of epidemiology training and experience, including expertise in SAS® Programming and extensive experience in longitudinal health-data analyses using SAS® Programming language (highly preferred).
  • Team player and collaborates well with other professionals.

Minimum Education/Training Requirements:

  • Desire a Medical degree or equivalent scientific degree in a related field (PhD, DVM, DrPH, Psychology, or Social Work).
  • Licensed to practice in the United States or its territories; Board certified or Board eligible, as applicable.

Minimum Experience:

  • Desires a minimum of 5-10 years of work experience in related occupation

HJF is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status.

Any qualifications to be considered as equivalents, in lieu of stated minimums, require the prior approval of the Director of Human Resources.