REQUIRED SKILLS AND KNOWLEDGE:
- Bachelor's degree in a biological science or related field + 10 years of relevant experience
- Master's degree or PhD in a biological science or related field + 5 years of relevant experience
- SECRET clearance (or Eligibility to obtain a minimum of an Interim Secret clearance)
- Eligibility to obtain DHS access and Suitability
- Degree in a biological science or a related field
- 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 researching new technical areas; the right candidate will ask questions and seek to understand both technical and programmatic issues
- 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.
- 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 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.
Technology and threats evolve rapidly in today's ever-changing environment. In response, DHS S&T was established by Congress to provide innovative scientific and technical solutions to the nation's homeland security challenges. Within S&T, MCS executes Research, Development, Test and Evaluation (RDT&E) to transition solution approaches, technologies, and knowledge products in support of DHS Component customers including U.S. Coast Guard (USCG), Transportation Security Administration (TSA), Customs and Border Protection (CBP), U.S. Secret Service, , the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), Federal, State, Local Tribal and Territorial (FSLTT) first responders, and the larger Homeland Security Enterprise (HSE). MCS covers all DHS mission areas and serves 13 discrete customer portfolios.
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 arm of DHS and manages science and technology research, from development through transition, for the Department's operational components and first responders. Established by Congress to provide innovative solutions to the nation's homeland security challenges, S&T is the core source of scientific and engineering expertise for DHS and is uniquely postured to enhance our nation's security and resilience by providing knowledge products and innovative technology solutions for the Homeland Security Enterprise (HSE).
At Noblis and Noblis ESI, we have excellent teams of smart, collaborative, proactive experts and professionals. We are actively seeking to identify personnel to join our team of talented professionals who possess the experience, vision, commitment, and integrity to successfully support the strategic goals of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) Office of Mission & Capability Support (MCS).
This Biological Scientist role provide scientific, 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 candidates will support S&T on programs including, but not limited to: overseeing research projects to better understand the characteristics of biological agents. The successful candidate will be self-motivated, operate well in a matrixed environment, be able to learn, digest, and provide scientific and technical guidance on a broad spectrum of biological subjects, and be able to distill and communicate complex technical concepts to enable nontechnical managers to make informed decisions.
The responsibilities of the team member may include:
- Researching and providing guidance on leading-edge technologies, particularly as they relate to biology
- Evaluating the feasibility of technical approaches to problems,
- Reviewing biological and/or chemistry-related technical reports and providing critiques of methods and results,
- Developing and evaluating scientific capability development strategies,
- Monitoring chemical and biological program and technical performance against goals,
- Assessing the efficacy, safety, cost lifecycle costs of proposed or realized scientific solutions,
- Developing scientific program status reports, PowerPoint briefings, and read-ahead materials,
- Monitoring, and maintaining a central repository of chem/bio scientific and technical program information (e.g. reports, requirements, etc.),
- Organizing, coordinating, and participating in meetings, discussions, and seminars on biological and chemical threats,
- Communicating scientific findings to technical and non-technical audiences as needed.
This role may require non-local travel (limited- 6x/year), and some DC metro area local travel.
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