Public Health Research Epidemiologist

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Leidos’s Military & Veterans Health Solutions Group is seeking a full time Public Health Research Epidemiologist to work at the Defense Health Agency/Department of Defense (DoD) HIV/AIDS Prevention Program (DHAPP) in San Diego, CA.


This individual will support the domestic epidemiology team lead, the project principal investigator and project leadership to lead a multidisciplinary team in the development, execution, and reporting phases of multiple concurrent studies of HIV/STI risk behaviors, transmission dynamics, transmission networks, and prevention among US Navy personnel and their beneficiaries.


The candidate will perform literature searches, execute all research study logistics (create, submit, and maintain ethics approval documentation, coordinate and participate in planning meetings, critically review study procedure documentation, and coordinate project supplies), design data collection instruments, recruit, train, and supervise field staff, collect data, create and manage databases, analyze and summarize data, prepare reporting documents and briefing materials, and give presentations. 


The candidate will also supervise data management and execute a reporting and publication plan for data collected in prior similar studies of US Navy personnel.




1. Education: MD with a master’s degree in a relevant technical field (e.g. Public Health) or PhD in a relevant technical field from an accredited college or university; doctoral students and MPH level applicants with extensive experience will be considered.  A Public Health degree in epidemiology is preferred.

2. Prior Work Experience: Minimum of 5-10 years of experience in health science, or in HIV/STI program execution, evaluation, or research. A demonstrated successful track record of effective leadership and scientific writing is required. Prior work with a USG Agency or the military is preferred.

3. Language Proficiency: Written and oral proficiency in English is required. Outstanding written and oral communication skills are required. The incumbent must be able to communicate effectively and accurately with all team members, USG, NGO, and government officials. Incumbent must be able to communicate effectively with remote team members. The incumbent is required to be capable of preparing documents such as background reports, ethics submissions, data tables, and progress reports. Correspondences and documents are to be prepared in a professional and competent manner requiring little or no supervisor editing.

4. Knowledge: Subject matter expertise in public health practice principles, epidemiology concepts including sampling strategies for and data collection from hidden and highly stigmatized populations, research methods, quantitative and qualitative research and analysis methods, data management, HIV, and STIs is required. 

Familiarity with HIV/STI laboratory field data collection and initial processing, management, storage/archiving, and transfer of clinical samples is required.

The incumbent should have a strong interest in working with and on behalf of the US Military to improve public health in this population.  An ability to interact positively and professionally within an academic/evidence based environment and have excellent critical thinking and problem-solving skills is required.

5. Travel: This position involves minimal travel, but the incumbent may be requested to travel domestically and/or internationally.

6. Citizenship: Due to Federal contract regulations, US citizenship (no dual US citizenship) and the ability to obtain a Secret Clearance is required.


Supervision Received:
The scientist will work under the direction of the DHAPP management team, the MHRP/WRAIR management team, and Leidos management.




Leidos Overview:
Leidos is a global science and technology solutions leader working to solve the world’s toughest challenges in the defense, intelligence, homeland security, civil, and health markets. The company’s 33,000 employees support vital missions for government and commercial customers. Headquartered in Reston, Virginia, Leidos reported pro forma annual revenues of approximately $10 billion for the fiscal year ended January 1, 2016 after giving effect to the recently completed combination of Leidos with Lockheed Martin's Information Systems & Global Solutions business (IS&GS). For more information, visit www.Leidos.com. The company’s diverse employees support vital missions for government and commercial customers. Qualified women, minorities, individuals with disabilities and protected veterans are encouraged to apply. Leidos will consider qualified applicants with criminal histories for employment in accordance with relevant Laws. Leidos is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
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