Senior Research Scientist - Therapeutic Research and Development - Military veterans preferred

2019-06-26
General Dynamics Information Technology (www.gdit.com)
Other

/yr

  full-time   employee


Silver Spring
Maryland
United States

GDIT is seeking a Senior Research Scientist in support of the Viral and Rickettsial Diseases Department (VRDD) at the Naval Medical Research Center (NMRC) in Silver Spring, MD. The VRDD conducts basic through advanced research to support the detection, treatment and prevention of infectious diseases of military significance.

 

The VRDD continues to develop Clinical Laboratory Improvement Program (CLIP) and Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendment (CLIA) certified laboratory assays to diagnose infectious diseases in the pre-symptomatic thru covalent stages of disease. This is accomplished with basic through advanced research in host and pathogen biomarker, antigen, antibody, and DNA approaches to help guide the decisions of patients, health care providers, and operational commanders to prevent, reduce, treat, and ameliorate the impact of infectious diseases. The VRDD also develops novel research assays to assess host and pathogen pathways of infection and disease progression to guide the development of vaccines, therapeutics, clinical diagnostics, and detection assays.  Human clinical trials are conducted to assess the safety and effectiveness of vaccines, therapeutics and diagnostic assays in both research settings and endemic areas of disease with the goal of achieving FDA licensure (BLA/NDA) or CLIP/CLIA certification. The VRDD also conducts surveillance and epidemiological research to identify pathogens and vectors of disease that could impact the warfighter during periods of training, deployment, medical care, and in combat environments. A component of the disease detection and surveillance program is providing the ability to respond to new and emerging infectious diseases that threaten the warfighter as required by collaborating research organizations, operational commanders and other interested parties.

 

The VRDD has a need to facilitate innovative research to advance the protection and treatment of the warfighter from infectious diseases – in particular, advances are sought in biotechnology that develop current and radically new capabilities that not only improve warfighter performance and unit combat effectiveness, but also could provide a benefit to the general public.

 

This position would support the following tasks associated with Therapeutic Development: 

  • Support VRDD collaborations with research organizations, operational commanders and other interested parties in response to new and emerging infectious diseases.
  • Assist with the design and conduct of research projects to evaluate the efficacy, safety, and utility of novel therapeutic candidates to prevent, treat and/or attenuate infectious diseases of military significance. 
  • Assist with the design and conduct of research projects to evaluate assays to identify host, pathogen, and vector biomarkers (antigen, antibody, and DNA/RNA) to prevent, reduce, treat, and ameliorate the impact of infectious diseases.
  • Assist with the design and conduct of pre-clinical animal trials to evaluate prophylactic, diagnostic, therapeutic, and surveillance products for infectious diseases of military significance.
  • Assist with the design and conduct of human clinical trials to evaluate prophylactic, diagnostic, therapeutic, and surveillance products for infectious diseases of military significance.
  • Participate in technically integrated product teams for prophylactic, diagnostic, therapeutic, and surveillance products and procedures with NMRC and collaborating scientists.
  • Assist with the design and conduct of research projects with research organizations, operational commanders, and other interested parties in response to new and emerging infectious diseases.
  • Serve as SME for reach-back problems and serve as an SME capable of trouble shooting laboratory experiments, equipment and assays (within the above associated mission areas).
  • Present technical and scientific data/reports (subject to Government approval) as needed to facilitate above associated mission areas.
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Qualifications:

  • 8+
  • 10+ years post-graduate experience highly preferred.
  • Active Public Trust (T3) highly preferred.
 

For more than 50 years, General Dynamics Information Technology has served as a trusted provider of information technology, systems engineering, training and professional services to customers across federal, state, and local governments, and in the commercial sector. Over 40,000 GDIT professionals deliver enterprise solutions, manage mission-critical IT programs and provide mission support services worldwide. GDIT is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or veteran status, or any other protected class.

Education:

  • MS
  • PhD or MD with strong graduate training in a scientific field (e.g. biology, biochemistry, chemistry, microbiology or immunology) highly preferred