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Senior Molecular Scientist - Silver Spring, MD

Company: Cherokee Nation Industries
Location: Silver Spring
Posted on: May 31, 2021

Job Description:

Senior Molecular Scientist, Silver Spring, MDJoin the team who values your skills and expertise. From intelligence and cybersecurity to vulnerability assessment and mission assurance, Cherokee Nation Strategic Programs (CNSP) brings experience and results. Building on a reputation as a dedicated, disciplined and tightly knit organization, CNSP supports DOD and other federal clients in their critical, strategic and operational programs. CNSP is looking for qualified talent to give our clients the support they deserve and the quality they expect from our teama team of experts, like you.Cherokee Nation Strategic Programs is part of Cherokee Federala team of tribally owned federal contracting companies focused on building solutions, solving complex challenges, and serving the nation's mission around the globe for more than 60 federal clients. For more information, visit .The Senior Molecular Scientist will support the client and DoD decision-makers by assessing molecular testing and sequencing needs and coordinating such activities with GEIS partners around the world. The Senior Molecular Scientist will maintain an understanding of current next generation sequencing and bioinformatics technologies and will have a strong background in infectious disease surveillance efforts within and outside of the DoD.Essential Duties &Responsibilities:Support the Next Generation Sequencing and Bioinformatics Consortium (NGSBC) through coordination of microbial sequencing initiatives across a network of laboratories.Provide scientific and program management expertise to enhance next generation sequencing (NGS) and bioinformatics (BI) coordination across the Services. Communicate regularly with GEIS partner organizations in the U.S. and overseas to understand their molecular and sequencing, analysis, and reporting needs.Assist in the development of guidelines and protocols for molecular sequence data generation, analysis, and sharing.Work with wet lab technicians and scientists to understand workflows and help improve quality and performance in genomic data acquisition and analysis.Provide guidance and expertise in the use of cloud resources to facilitate analysis and sharing of next generation sequencing data.Coordinate with Service public health centers and other DoD stakeholders to improve and expand SARS-CoV2 sequencing and data coordination. Support the review and prioritization of programmatic/Focus Area-specific strategies, programs, projects, and proposals to ensure alignment with overarching GEIS strategic direction, and provide recommendations on enhanced alignment and opportunities to address critical organizational gaps. Assist in proposal review for meeting strategic priorities, scientific relevance, and ROI in coordination with the NGSBC Lead.Assist in coordinating responses to requests for information (RFIs).Support the development of publications, presentations, talking points, meeting EXSUMs, and timely information products based on GEIS-funded surveillance for DoD leaders and other stakeholders, in support of FHP. Support GEIS partners during the development of manuscripts and reports for DoD stakeholders and peer-reviewed publications. Maintain awareness of NGS-BI policies and literature external to AFHSD, such as CDC and WHO; share relevant information with GEIS staff to ensure understanding of the broader picture of these relevant areas, reduce redundancy, and align GEIS initiatives with broader DoD and USG strategy.Maintain awareness of advances in NGS-BI technology and DoD and non-DoD laboratory capabilities and provide recommendations for incorporating identified technology into the GEIS network. Provide programmatic support as requested by GEIS Program Manager, to include reviewing and revising documents and other deliverables.Supervisory/Management Authority:This position will not have supervisory or management authorityEducation and/or Experience:Doctoral degree (PhD, MD, DO, DVM, DrPH, or related degree) is requiredA minimum of five (5) years of experience in laboratory, research, or public health setting required.Experience with molecular epidemiology, microbial genetic sequencing and data analysis, particularly using NGS platforms.Analytical and organizational skills to synthesize data into informational reports to support program evaluation.Experience in manipulating and analyzing data to support medical or public health decision-makingWorking experience with laboratory information management systems, MS Excel and statistical software such as SAS, R, SPSS, or STATA Experience with bioinformatics, and/or variant analysis preferredExperience in microbial genetic sequencing and bioinformatics and with advanced molecular techniques including isolation of pathogen RNA/DNA, RT-PCR, molecular microbiology and/or infectious disease testingDemonstrated experience supporting Federal clients, particularly DoD, preferredExperience with DoD CONUS and OCONUS laboratories preferred.Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:Familiarity with whole genome sequencing platforms (i.e. MiSeq, NextSeq, MinION)Background in infectious disease surveillance and public health preferredExcellent organizational skills and strong oral and written communication skillsAbility to lead projects and initiatives to provide data-related solutionsAbility to collaborate in a team environmentAbility to travel CONUS & OCONUS if needed An Active US PassportExcellent communication skills; both oral and writtenThe ability to successfully pass a drug screen and a federal background check is mandatoryWork Environment:This position is performed primarily in a climate-controlled federal office environment with exposure to some laboratories.About Cherokee - Federal Cherokee Federala division of Cherokee Nation Businessesis a team of tribally owned federal contracting companies focused on building solutions, solving complex challenges, and serving the nation's mission around the globe for more than 60 federal clients. Our team of companies manages nearly 1,000 projects of all sizes across the construction, consulting, engineering and manufacturing, health, and technology portfolios.Since 2012, the Cherokee Federal team of companies has won more than $5 billion in government contracts. Our 3,000+ employees work in 26 countries, 50 states and 2 U.S. territories.Why choose Cherokee Federal? Visit our website and learn about the great reasons to join our team. ComplianceApplicants selected will be subject to a U.S. Government security investigation and must meet eligibility requirements for access to classified information.We are an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, protected Veteran status, gender identity and sexual orientation. If you'd like more information about your EEO rights as an applicant under the law, please copy and paste the links to the following two sites: EEO Statement | EEO Poster; and If you are an individual with a disability and require a reasonable accommodation to complete any part of the application process, or are limited in the ability or unable to access or use this online application process and need an alternative method for applying, you may e-mail pliance@ for assistance. This email address is for accommodation requests only and cannot be used to inquire about the application process or status.For Pay Transparency Non Discrimination provision, please copy and paste the following link: Pay Transparency Nondiscrimination Provision; We maintain an Affirmative Action Plan for proactively seeking employment and advancement for qualified protected veterans and individuals with disabilities. Upon request, we will schedule time to make our Affirmative Action Plan accessible. If you are interested, please submit a written request with the email subject line: 2021 Request to View Affirmative Action Plan to the Compliance Administrator at "pliance@" This email box is not for resumes or follow up on job applications.#CNSPFull timeSDL2017

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