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GEIS Science Advisor

Silver Spring, MD



Our client, the Armed Forces Health Surveillance Branch (AFHSB), strives to be the central epidemiologic resource and a global health surveillance proponent for the U.S. Armed Forces. The AFHSB provides timely, relevant, actionable, and comprehensive infectious disease surveillance information to promote, maintain, and enhance the health of military and military-associated populations.


The GEIS Science Advisor will support the Armed Forces Health Surveillance Branch (AFHSB) Global Emerging Infections Surveillance (GEIS) section efforts to coordinate infectious disease surveillance and outbreak response via the global DoD laboratory network that provides early detection, prevention and response to infectious disease threats of military relevance.


The Science Advisor will provide scientific and technical input for GEIS on infectious disease surveillance programs and programs across the GEIS Focus Areas based on their extensive knowledge of infectious diseases and surveillance strategies. The Science Advisor will maintain an understanding of current infectious disease surveillance efforts within and outside of the DoD and will communicate new information to the GEIS team, as relevant.





Includes the following:


  • Serve as a subject matter expert on topics that include infectious disease surveillance and epidemiology, laboratory testing, laboratory quality, biological safety, regulatory requirements, and public health practices.
  • 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. Develop an in-depth knowledge of all Focus Area portfolios to enable current and future planning of surveillance activities.
  • Support the development of publications, presentations, talking points, meeting EXSUMs, and timely information products based on GEIS-funded surveillance for DoD leaders and other stakeholder, in support of FHP.
  • Maintain awareness of infectious disease surveillance, biosurveillance, and biodefense activities, policies, and literature etc., external to AFHSB; 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 infectious disease surveillance technology and DoD and non-DoD laboratory capabilities, including biosurveillance platforms and diagnostic testing and FDA cleared assays for infectious diseases of military relevance and emerging threats of concern, and provide recommendations for incorporating identified technology into the GEIS network.
  • Collaborate with members of the GEIS team, particularly the Business Resource Support Specialist, to develop and implement a Return on Investment analysis.
  • In partnership with relevant Focus Area staff, work within DoD and with other federal agencies to establish fruitful collaborations and partnerships relevant to advancing the GEIS mission.
  • In partnership with relevant Focus Area staff, collaborate within AFHSB to harmonize surveillance initiatives across GEIS, IB, and E&A sections.
  • Provide programmatic support as requested by GEIS Technical Lead, to include reviewing and revising documents and other deliverables.
  • Assist in coordinating responses to requests for information (RFIs).
  • Provide scientific and technical expertise to the development and updating of GEIS strategic documents.
  • Provide scientific and technical expertise to the development of the NGS/BI strategic document.




No supervisory/management authority.




  • Graduate degree in Public Heath, Epidemiology, Biostatistics, Microbiology, Molecular Biology, or related field required; doctoral degree (PhD, MD, DO, DVM, DrPH, or related degree) preferred; minimum 8 years of experience in laboratory, research, or public health setting required;
  • Analytical and organizational skills to synthesize data into informational reports to support program evaluation;
  • Excellent organizational skills and strong oral and written communication skills;
  • Demonstrated experience supporting Federal clients, particularly DoD, preferred





  • Background in infectious disease epidemiology and public health
  • Excellent organizational skills and strong oral and written communication skills
  • Ability to lead projects and initiatives to provide data-related solutions
  • Ability to collaborate in a team environment




Work will be performed primarily in a climate controlled office environment.



Applicants selected will be subject to a U.S. Government security investigation and must meet eligibility requirements for access to classified information.


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