Biological Threats Analyst

Applied Research Associates, Inc - Reston, VA

Applied Research Associates, Inc. has an outstanding opportunity for an exceptional biological threats analyst with experience identifying, characterizing, and assessing natural and man-made biological threats. This position routinely provides defense planners and operators with timely and accurate characterizations of adversary biological threats, WMD programs, and proliferation and procurement networks. This position generates recommendations in the form of technical briefings, reports, and other analytic documents. Positon collaborates with the Intelligence Community, DOD, national labs, and academia to address biological threat issues. As a biological threats subject-matter expert, this position provides guidance to less experienced staff, reviews the work of others, authoritatively contributes to multi-functional analytic teams, and maintains currency in understanding relevant biological technologies, trends, and procedures. The position also devises, evaluates, and recommends new methodologies and analytical tools that are under development.

Applicants selected will be subject to a government security investigation and must meet eligibility requirements for access to classified information.

Required Skills:
MS or MA degree in Biochemistry or related field.
Demonstrated proficiency utilizing biomedical and academic databases and search engines (PubMed, Web of Science)
Demonstrated ability to work effectively within or lead a team of peers, as well as excellent interpersonal and communications skills.
Ability to communicate complex analyses at a level comprehensible to laymen and senior-level government representatives.
Ability to clearly express in writing technical analysis results and program characterizations.
Word, Excel and PowerPoint proficiency.
Active TS/SCI clearance.

Required Experience:
7+ years of experience with intelligence analysis, including employing multi-INT databases to develop analytic assessments and briefings.
Demonstrated knowledge of biological threats, biodefense, WMD, and/or counterproliferation.
Practical understanding of the technical requirements that enable advanced biological research and development.
A working familiarity with US biodefense and counter-biological threats initiatives, programs, and/or activities.

Desired Qualifications:
PhD in Microbiology, Virology, Immunology, Infectious Diseases, Epidemiology, Biodefense, or Life Sciences.
Military or defense-related experience and an understanding of operational planning and WMD pathway defeat.
Experience effectively devising, utilizing, and communicating methodological approaches to complex problem sets.

Applied Research Associates, Inc. is an employee-owned international research and engineering company recognized for providing technically superior solutions to complex and challenging problems in the physical sciences. The company, founded in Albuquerque, NM, in 1979, currently employs over 1000 professionals. ARA offices throughout the United States and Canada provide a broad range of technical expertise in defense technologies, civil technologies, computer software and simulation, systems analysis, environmental technologies, and testing and measurement. The corporation also provides sophisticated technical products for environmental site characterization, pavement analysis, and robotics.

At ARA, employees are our greatest assets. The corporation realizes that employee ownership spawns greater creativity and initiative along with higher performance and customer satisfaction levels. ARA gives its employees the tools, training, and opportunities to take more active roles as owners. The culture is challenging; innovation and experimentation are the norm. Employees are eligible for contributions which not only add to the company’s success, but also their own through the Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP). The motto, “Engineering and Science for Fun and Profit” sums up the ARA experience. For additional information and an opportunity to join this unique workplace, please visit our website at

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Masters or better in Biochemistry or related field
Doctorate or better in Microbiology or related field
Leader: Inspires teammates to follow them
Team Player: Works well as a member of a group
Functional Expert: Considered a thought leader on a subject
Detail Oriented: Capable of carrying out a given task with all details necessary to get the task done well
Dedicated: Devoted to a task or purpose with loyalty or integrity
Self-Starter: Inspired to perform without outside help
Ability to Make an Impact: Inspired to perform well by the ability to contribute to the success of a project or the organization
Equal Opportunity Employer/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities

The contractor will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor’s legal duty to furnish information.