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Sr. Scientist / Engineer

National Institutes of Health
Crystal, VA
Closing date
May 29, 2022

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Position Description:
Minimum Secret Clearance required
DARPA BTO is actively looking for support to Dr. Gopal Sarma in the role of Sr. Scientist/Engineer.
The candidate is requested to support the development of new, and management of existing, diagnostic and prognostic programs for disease, human performance, and physiological measurements. These efforts focus on [1] multi-omic bioassays for collecting and rapidly processing samples in the field and [2] development of machine learning (ML) based physiological models from multi-omic data collected from small, high-valued cohorts. Consequently, a perfect candidate would have deep experience in clinical laboratory assays, medical devices, genomics, and single cell biology along with bioinformatics and machine learning in the setting of human subjects research. A demonstrated ability to rapidly learn new fields is critical; as such, ideal candidates will have a sufficient breadth of expertise to assess technologies across a range of applications.
Candidates should hold a Ph.D. in a field relevant to support molecular biology, synthetic biology and/or physiology related research across diverse DoD needs. Candidates having previous experience providing direct support to a DARPA Program Manager including the development of new start programs, the source selection process, human subjects research and in assessing performer progress towards program goals are preferred.
Candidates must have strong technical writing skills and an ability to prepare effective presentations that can communicate complex scientific ideas to broad audiences. The ideal candidate will be very organized, highly self-motivated, detail oriented, and adept at multitasking with a demonstrated ability to respond quickly to often changing priorities in a high-pressure environment. Candidates should be skilled in reaching out and communicating with DARPA, DoD, and other government personnel, digesting basic and applied biotechnology research (and be able to apply this research to DoD capability gaps), and demonstrate a willingness to explore the scientific literature for emerging biotechnology. The candidate must readily handle tasks ranging from briefing support to general administration.
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