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Senior Entomologist, Silver Spring, MD ID#19193

Join 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 team – a team of experts, like you.

The Senior Entomologist will support the Armed Forces Health Surveillance Division (AFHSD) Global Emerging Infections Surveillance (GEIS) Branch efforts to coordinate vector and vector-borne disease surveillance activities within the Department of Defense (DoD) in order to provide early detection, prevention and response to infectious disease threats of military relevance.


  • Provide scientific and program management expertise to enhance entomological surveillance data coordination across the Services and establish processes for entomological surveillance data management in-house at AFHSD, supporting DoDD6420.02. 

  • Coordinate with Service public health centers and other DoD stakeholders to improve entomological surveillance data coordination, integrating entomological surveillance data from installations and contingency locations to inform vector-borne disease risk assessments.

  • Serve as a subject matter expert on topics that include taxonomic identification of entomological vectors, detection of associated pathogens, and integration of field and laboratory-based data.

  • Assisted in developing guidelines and protocols for entomological surveillance, including taxonomic identification and pathogen testing, in enhancing data generation, analysis, and sharing.  

  • 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 Focus Area Lead. 

  • Support GEIS partners during the development of manuscripts and reports for DoD stakeholders and peer-reviewed publications.  

  • In partnership with the FVBI Focus Area staff, collaborate within AFHSD to harmonize vector-borne surveillance initiatives across GEIS, IB, and E&A sections, as appropriate.

Secondary Duties

  • 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. 

  • Maintain awareness of infectious disease surveillance policies and literature external to AFHSD, such as CDC and WHO; share relevant information with GEIS staff to understand the broader picture of these relevant areas, reduce redundancy, and align GEIS initiatives with more overall DoD and USG strategy.

  • Maintain awareness of advances in vector and vector-borne 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. 

  • Provide programmatic support as requested by GEIS Program Manager, to include reviewing and revising documents and other deliverables.

No supervisory/management authority.


  • Graduate degree in Entomology or related field (Public Health, Epidemiology, Entomology, Biostatistics, Microbiology, or Molecular Biology), with a focus on vector biology or vector-borne diseases; doctoral degree (Ph.D., MD, DO, DVM, DrPH, or related degree) preferred; minimum five years of experience in the 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


  • Experience in vector or vector-borne disease surveillance, including vector and pathogen identification

  • Background in infectious disease epidemiology and public health

  • Excellent organizational skills and strong oral and written communication skills

  • Experience with laboratory information management systems

  • Experience with MS Excel and statistical software such as SAS, R, SPSS, or STATA preferred

  • 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. Telecommuting allowed. 


About Cherokee – Federal

Cherokee Federal – a division of Cherokee Nation Businesses – is 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.

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