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Senior Epidemiologist Data Scientist Informatics

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 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.




Includes the following:


  • 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




No supervisory/management authority.





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




  • 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 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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