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Public Health Data Scientist – Silver Spring, MD (#14198)

Since 2009, Cherokee Nation Technologies (CNT) has been serving government clients with time-tested solutions that increase client effectiveness through the intelligent use of technology. CNT’s expertise includes software and application services, network services, and business process services. The company is headquartered in Tulsa, Oklahoma, with a regional office in Ft. Collins, Colorado, and client locations nationwide. Wholly owned by the Cherokee Nation, CNT is part of the Cherokee Nation Businesses family of companies.

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The primary purpose of this position is to lead and coordinate “Data-to-Decision” initiative of the Global Emerging Infections Surveillance Section (GEIS) of the Armed Forces Health Surveillance Branch (AFHSB).   The Data-to-Decision initiative involves the collection, management, analysis, and communication of timely and actionable data from partner laboratories across Combatant Commands (CCMDs) to more efficiently and accurately inform Force Health Protection (FHP).  Successful candidates for this position are epidemiologists and data scientists with experience in public health informatics and/or IT.

Public Health Data Scientist  

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Manage and lead GEIS’s Data-to-Decision initiative, which includes the collection, harmonization, analysis, evaluation, collation, and translation of scientific infectious disease surveillance data from GEIS network partners in CCMDs
  • Advance GEIS’s ability to receive, store, and standardize surveillance data from the GEIS partner network to allow for enhanced analytics
  • Provide subject-matter expertise in public health informatics to develop and implement electronic infectious disease surveillance and visualization systems and dashboards
  • Conduct statistical analysis of data collected from GEIS network partners to develop reports for DoD stakeholders and peer-reviewed publications, including translating data into actionable information for senior level officials to inform force health protection
  • Collaborate within AFHSB to harmonize data and surveillance initiatives across GEIS, Integrated Biosurveillance (IB), and Epidemiology and Analysis (E&A) sections
  • Collaborate with other DoD entities and across the U.S. government interagency to align Data-to-Decision efforts around infectious disease surveillance
  • Provide programmatic support to the GEIS section in the development and execution of overall program strategy, project monitoring and evaluation, and epidemiological analysis of program level infectious disease surveillance data
  • Provide support to the senior staff through portfolio management, including: biannual proposal review, quarterly scientific evaluation, and data reporting as it relates to improving FHP

Supervisory/Management Authority

  • This position will not have supervisory authority.


Education and/or Experience

  • Graduate degree required (Master of Public Health minimum) in Public Health, Epidemiology, Biostatistics, Microbiology, Public Health Informatics or related field with coursework or practical experience in data science/data analysis or public health informatics

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Experience in manipulating and analyzing data to support medical or public health decision-making
  • Background in infectious disease epidemiology and public health
  • Background in data management, public health informatics, and analysis with statistical software packages, such as SAS or R
  • Experience in developing unique and innovative processes related to public health surveillance data preferred
  • Experience in designing or maintaining relational databases preferred
  • Familiarity with Geographic Information Systems software or methodology preferred
  • Laboratory and/or field experience with infectious disease surveillance preferred
  • 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 Environment

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

With $400 million in annual revenue, 20% growth per year, approximately 950+ active contracts serving 60+ government agencies in 25 countries, 47 states, 2 territories and 2000+ employees, Cherokee Nation Businesses’ (CNB) group of Federal Contracting Section 8(a) companies is well positioned to deliver expertise needed to solve complex technical issues. Federal Solutions provides an array of services for 12 of the 15 cabinet-level departments and agencies – from applications and data services to cybersecurity and national defense.

Why consider Cherokee Nation and our Federal Solutions business? Here are some great resources highlighting what we do and compelling reasons for joining our team!

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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