International Program Scientist

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Updated: August 4, 2017
Job ID: 212849
Status: Full-Time
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Location: Frederick, MD, United States

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HJF is seeking an International Program Scientist to support the Austere environments Consortium for Enhanced Sepsis Outcomes (ACESO) located at the Biological Defense Research Directorate (BDRD), in Ft. Detrick, MD. HJF provides scientific, technical and programmatic support services to ACESO.

ACESO is an international team of investigators headquartered at the Naval Medical Research Center (NMRC) and comprised of DoD, non-profit, and academic partners. ACESO is dedicated to improving survival of patients with severe infections in resource-constrained environments. Founded in 2013, ACESO implements a coordinated program of research aimed at improving prevention, early recognition, diagnosis, and effective treatment of sepsis from all causes in austere environments. Particular attention focuses on infections that currently have no specific therapies or present unique risks to the US military or global health security.

The International Program Scientist will support ACESO at the BDRD in Ft. Detrick, MD. The candidate will be responsible for supporting and developing laboratory capacity in support of clinical research projects across program sites, predominantly in West Africa but potentially including Cambodia, Uganda, Ghana, Liberia and future sites. The candidate will also be responsible for leading our efforts for pathogen identification.


  1. Manages the pathogen detection data stream for the ACESO sepsis protocol from sites across Africa and Cambodia; including designing scientific experiments and optimizing assays for pathogen detection and/or identification of antimicrobial resistant pathogens, developing SOPs and training materials, and improving capacities of local laboratories to run the selected assays.
  2. Leads and manages international teams at selected hospitals in order to execute the ACESO sepsis protocol. This includes: leading training visits, developing training modules for host-country personnel, and directing laboratory operations and logistics, sample tracking, etc.
  3. Generates meaningful collaborations with national and international colleagues to provide subject matter expertise, reagents, and assays, in order to expand ACESO’s influence and impact.
  4. Compiles various data streams from multiple institutions within multiple countries for ongoing review and analysis.
  5. Leads and assists in the development of scientific publications and presentations.
  6. Assists in writing funding proposals and reports to funders.
  7. Maintains a safe work environment with appropriate training of other personnel. 
  8. Provides collaborative assistance to other Research Scientists that require the incumbent's expertise.
  9. Completes other projects as needed.

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:  Knowledge of applicable complex scientific procedures and techniques; excellent communication skills; ability to troubleshoot technical procedures; ability to work independently and supervise others. Knowledge of diagnostic approaches for infectious disease is required.

Minimum Education/Training Requirements:  PhD in related scientific discipline

Minimum Experience:  2-4 years of related research experience.

Supervisory Responsibilities/Controls:  Supervises technical support staff

Physical Capabilities:  Work involves long periods of standing and handling of numerous chemicals

Work Environment:  Laboratory environment; may require working evenings and weekends; may involve working with biohazardous materials

Travel and location: Position may require up to 30% travel to ACESO international laboratories and scientific conferences. This position is primarily based out of Fort Detrick, however, there may be flexibility with a few days out of the Bethesda (Rockledge) office.

Other: US Citizenship required; ability to obtain Secret Clearance

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.