: The Senior Microbiology Subject Matter Expert is an integral member of the team responsible for a combination of strategic planning, customer requirements gathering and technical evaluation activities to accomplish the development and deployment of biological detection systems for the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction (CWMD) Office. General tasks and responsibilities include:
- Provide subject matter expertise and advice on biological detection programs and associated training and laboratory/field operations.
- Assist CWMD Office in strategic acquisition and budgetary planning processes to justify funding requests to Congress for major biological detection programs and services.
- Support systems engineering and acquisition activities for biological detection technology, including development of system and operational requirements, analyses of technical alternatives, market surveys, risk assessments, requests for proposals, and other systems engineering documentation.
- Support technology demonstrations and pilots, performance testing, and operational/suitability testing of biological detection systems.
- Support technical and program reviews in accordance with DHS acquisition processes.
- Be able to work, interact and communicate effectively with senior level leadership of the CWMD Office and its stakeholders.
: Education and Experience: Must have a Doctorate degree and 3 years of experience or a Master’s degree and 7 years of experience in Microbiology, Biochemistry, Molecular Biology or other closely related field. The candidate must have prior laboratory experience and extensive familiarity with pathogen identification methods, including genetic and protein-based approaches. Clearance: Must have active clearance (Secret or higher) and be eligible for DHS Suitability. Desired Qualifications: Prior experience in biological detection technology development, acquisition and operations is highly desirable. Knowledge of current Biodefense Policies pertaining to domestic biodetection, as well as currently deployed systems and development programs across the USG, is highly desirable. Previous experience monitoring biotechnology advancements or performing biotechnology market surveys ideal. Experience with environmental assessments, public health and preparedness activities, and quality assurance program reviews is highly desirable. Knowledge of DHS and/or DoD programs and processes including DHS’s Systems Engineering Life Cycle (SELC). Clearance: TOP SECRET and Current DHS Suitability.