PhD Senior Data Scientist - Biostatistics

Artificial Intelligence/Machine Learning/Data Science
AOS - Asymmetric Operations Sector
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Have you led teams conducting high impact data science, moving ideas from research to the real world to improve national health?

Do you want to be at the forefront of transforming the ability of our nation to respond to emerging biological threats today and in the future?

Are you prepared to influence strategic government priorities to secure the health and security of the nation through groundbreaking advances in detection, characterization, and medical countermeasures?

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

We are seeking a Senior Data Scientist to play a leading role in APL’s future in biological defense and health security. Building upon a rich legacy in biosurveillance, biodefense, and public health, we seek to hire an innovator who will bring together data scientists with biologists to glean new insights and develop new capabilities from research initiatives. APL works across USG sponsors to apply the full spectrum of science and engineering to improve the nation’s ability to mitigate biological threats to national security and health. The successful candidate will influence research priorities, build and lead interdisciplinary teams, and pursue bold ideas for transformative impact through internal research initiatives and in partnership with diverse US government agencies.

As a PhD Senior Data Scientist - Biostatistics...

  • Your primary responsibility will be to shape and advance a cross-cutting strategy toward groundbreaking advances in national and global security against threats posed by infectious disease and emerging biotechnologies.
  • You will lead the development of new research proposals to pursue high-risk, high-reward ideas and transition successes to real world impact.
  • You will build and lead strong teams with APL scientists and engineers to develop and deliver effective solutions to civilian and military sponsors in our National Health and Homeland Protection mission areas.
  • You will champion opportunities to bring together data science and biology, building partnerships with scientists and engineers 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 computer science, biostatistics, or other relevant fields and at least six years of research experience in applied life sciences research in biomedical, infectious disease, health security, and/or biodefense domains.
  • Have a strong record of technical leadership in development and application of innovative data science approaches to tackle challenges in health security and emerging infectious disease, exemplified in an active S&T research portfolio, publications, and collaborations.
  • Have project management experience from concept development through execution and close out, with experience attracting funding as a principal investigator.
  • Excel in team building, with an emphasis on interdisciplinary teams prioritizing diverse perspectives and mentorship.
  • Bring demonstrated excellence in the following technical areas applied to emerging biological threats:
  1. Leading research, development, and/or implementation of autonomous systems and/or Artificial Intelligence/Machine Learning (AI/ML) projects and capabilities
  2. Proficiency with a variety of analytical tools including languages such as Python or R
  3. Identifying targeted data sources to support analysis requests including familiarity with data engineering and data exploration
  4. Applying data representation and visualization approaches
  • Have excellent communications skills, including the ability to convey complex technical ideas to diverse audiences and experience in briefing sponsors and executive leadership.
  • Are willing and able to travel up to 5% 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 go above and beyond our minimum requirements if you...

  • Have at least ten years leadership experience in applied research settings.
  • Have prior experience with large government research and development programs across multiple government agencies.
  • 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, biodefense, and biotechnology initiatives.
  • Embrace new and innovative ways to address operational challenges while establishing cross-organizational relationships to increase collaboration.
  • Have experience 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

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