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Senior Biological Data Scientist

Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab
Laurel, MD
Closing date
Aug 8, 2022

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Are you passionate about transitioning research into real-word solutions?
Do you want to be at the forefront of addressing the ability of our nation to respond to emerging biological threats today and in the future?
Are you prepared to influence strategic priorities and inform investments made by the government to secure the health and security of the nation through ground-breaking advances in detection, diagnostics, and medical countermeasures?

Have you led teams conducting high-impact research, taking ideas from the laboratory into the real-world, improving the health and well-being of individuals, communities, and the nation?

If so, we are looking for someone like you to join our team at APL.

We are seeking a Senior Biological Data Scientist to play a leading role in APL's future in biological defense and health security. Building upon a rich legacy in bio-surveillance, bio-defense, and public health, we seek to hire an innovator who enjoys working at the nexus of experimental biology and data science. APL works across the US Government applying the full spectrum of science and engineering to improve the nation's ability to safely mitigate biological threats. We partner closely across the whole of the Johns Hopkins enterprise, and with collaborators in government, academia, and industry, to develop innovative science and technology solutions to bio-security challenges. We strive to ensure the health of individuals and the nation through applied research, which drives development and implementation of ground-breaking capabilities in sensing and detection, threat characterization, modeling and simulation, and more.

We seek a leader who will bring cutting-edge expertise in application of innovative data science techniques to a broad and complicated infectious disease problem space. The successful candidate will influence research priorities, build and lead interdisciplinary teams drawing on the full technical potential of APL, and pursue bold ideas for transformative impacts through internal research initiatives and in partnership with diverse US government agencies.

As Senior Biological Data Scientist...

You will shape and advance a comprehensive strategy focused on bringing together biological and data science to push innovative advances in national and global security against threats posed by infectious disease and emerging biotechnologies.

You will leverage your technical expertise and passion for applied research to lead the development of new proposals for intramural and extramural research aimed at pursuing high-risk, high-reward ideas.

You will build and lead strong teams with APL scientists and engineers to conduct the vital research required to turn these ideas into solutions that will be delivered to civilian and military sponsors in our National Health and Homeland Protection mission areas.

You will influence priorities in hiring and infrastructure development to helping ensure APL has the breadth and depth of needed skills and facilities across all relevant biological specializations.

You will champion opportunities to bring together big data and biology, building partnerships across APL, the other divisions of JHU, and the wider research community.


You meet our minimum qualifications for the job if you...
  • Have a Ph.D. in a scientific discipline, such as biological sciences, biostatistics, computer science, or other relevant fields.
  • Have at least twelve (12) years of professional research experience in applied life sciences, research in biomedical, infectious disease, health security, and/or bio-defense domains.
  • Have a demonstrated record of technical leadership in the collaborative development and application of data science techniques for solving complex challenges in health-security and emerging infectious disease, exemplified in an active S&T research portfolio, publications, and collaborations.
  • Have project management experience moving ideas from concept development through execution and close out, with a demonstrated track record of attracting funding as a principal investigator.
  • Bring demonstrated excellence in the following areas applied to emerging infectious disease and biological threats:

Leading research, development, and/or implementation of autonomous systems and/or Artificial Intelligence/Machine Learning (AI/ML) projects and capabilities Proficiency with a variety of analytical tools including languages such as Python or R Identifying targeted data sources to support analysis requests and familiarity with data munging, data wrangling, data mining, and data exploration techniques
Have excellent communications skills, including the ability to convey complex technical ideas to diverse audiences and demonstrated success in briefing high-level sponsors and executive leadership.

Are willing and able to travel to sponsor and partner sites.

Are able to obtain a Top Secret security clearance. If selected, you will be subject to a government security clearance investigation and must meet the requirements for access to classified information. Eligibility requirements include U.S. citizenship.

Can demonstrate that you are fully vaccinated against COVID-19. To ensure the safety and well-being of the community, APL has established a policy requiring that all staff be vaccinated against COVID-19. All staff members must provide proof of full vaccination or have an approved medical or religious accommodation by their start date

You 'll exceed our minimum requirements if you...
  • Have at least ten years leadership experience in applied research settings.
  • Have operational public or global health experience, successfully implementing R&D solutions in diverse settings and user contexts.
  • Are familiar with government research priorities in emerging infectious disease, public/global health, bio-defense, and biotechnology initiatives.
  • Bring demonstrated expertise in science and technology strategy development, road mapping, and research investment.

Why work at APL?

The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) brings world-class expertise to our nation's most critical defense, security, space and science challenges. While we are dedicated to solving complex challenges and pioneering new technologies, what makes us truly outstanding is our culture. We offer a vibrant, welcoming atmosphere where you can bring your authentic self to work, continue to grow, and build strong connections with inspiring teammates.

At APL, we celebrate our differences and encourage creativity and bold, new ideas. Our employees enjoy generous benefits, including a robust education assistance program, unparalleled retirement contributions, and a healthy work/life balance. APL's campus is located in the Baltimore-Washington metro area. Learn more about our career opportunities at

About Us

APL is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, creed, color, religion, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, age, physical or mental disability, genetic information, veteran status, occupation, marital or familial status, political opinion, personal appearance, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law. APL is committed to promoting an innovative environment that embraces diversity, encourages creativity, and supports inclusion of new ideas. In doing so, we are committed to providing reasonable accommodation to individuals of all abilities, including those with disabilities. If you require a reasonable accommodation to participate in any part of the hiring process, please contact Only by ensuring that everyone's voice is heard are we empowered to be bold, do great things, and make the world a better place.
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