Senior Science Advisor

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Updated: October 18, 2017
Job ID: 213305
Status: Part-Time
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Location: Rockville, MD, United States

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HJF is seeking a Senior Science Advisor to shape the strategic efforts of the National Center for Disaster Medicine and Public Health (NCDMPH) in Rockville, MD ( HJF provides scientific, technical and programmatic support services to the NCDMPH. The NCDMPH is a Center of the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences and serves as the nation’s center of excellence in disaster health education and training. HJF provides scientific, technical and programmatic support services to the NCDMPH.

The Advisor is responsible for managing a diverse portfolio, conceptualizing projects that are well-aligned with the current priorities of the disaster health field, federal initiatives/strategies/directives, and the needs of the NCDMPH and its funders. The successful candidate will design and implement projects in disaster medicine and public health in collaboration with other staff and stakeholders.


  1. Under the guidance of the NCDMPH Director, plans, conducts, and completes projects, to include such activities as:
    1. Leading the strategic planning process.
    2. Establishing fellowship program.
    3. Providing guidance and leadership in communications activities.
    4. Appling for and managing grants.
    5. Leading research efforts and evidence-based reviews.
    6. Preparing technical reports, summaries and protocols.
    7. Providing in-depth data analysis and interpretation.
    8. Overseeing project quality control and trouble shooting.
    9. Ensuring human subjects and federal research ethics compliance (IRB)
  1. Communicates results
    1. Creates and mentors the submission of manuscripts, abstracts and posters.
    2. Represents the NCDMPH in presentations at professional meetings.
    3. Authors articles for peer-reviewed publication.
  1. Stakeholder engagement
    1. Facilitates the building of strategic partnerships with stakeholders, including but not limited to federal leaders and academic partners.
    2. May present at government, academic and professional meetings on behalf of leadership.
  1. Performs other duties as assigned

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:   In-depth knowledge of qualitative and quantitative research techniques; experience translating research to practice; proven capacity to work independently and complete tasks with minimal direct supervision; works well with a multi-disciplinary team; excellent oral and written communication skills, including writing technical reports and peer-reviewed papers; project or research management experience, excellent judgment and experience effectively managing junior staff.

Desired Kinds of Professional Experience:

  1. Research experience in the health and/or public health setting—could include emergency medical services, public health management, emergency management or an academic setting.
  2. Proven ability to interact well face-to-face and with small groups.
  3. Comfortable convening and facilitating meetings and groups.

Minimum Education/Training Requirements:  Master's degree required, terminal degree preferred (e.g., MD, PhD or DrPH).

Minimum Experience:  A master’s degree with 15 years of research experience or a doctoral degree with 8-10 years of experience.

Physical Capabilities:  Long periods of sitting, standing and walking while collecting data in the field.

Supervisory Responsibilities/Controls:  Supervises junior staff.

Work Environment: Office environment.  15-20% travel, primarily domestic.

Other: Must be eligible to obtain a secret security 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, national origin, disability, protected veteran status or other status protected by law.

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