Full Job Description
ARA’s Health Effects and Risk Assessment (HERA) Group is seeking a Senior Physiological Systems Modeler to join our outstanding team of scientists, engineers, and modelers. Ideally, we are seeking a candidate with the necessary training and skills to develop multiscale, multi-fidelity mathematical models of physiological response. The individual selected for this position will be expected to work well with high-functioning technical teams, providing technical leadership but also recognizing the importance and value of collaborations across different disciplines. A significant aspect of our research involves the development of predictive models that, when used in conjunction with animal models, provide the basis for evaluating the efficacy of different mitigation strategies and medical countermeasures designed to improve survival and reduce long-term health problems. If you have a background in scientific computation, the ability to apply mathematical tools broadly to biological systems, and consider yourself a lifelong learner, we look forward to talking with you.
What you’ll do as a Physiological Systems Modeler
Support multiple, on-going projects by
Working collaboratively with dynamic teams of researchers
working independently to expand your knowledge base on specific topics
developing conceptual models of physiological effects,
prototyping modeling solutions in MATLAB (or other software package), and
interacting with software developers to implement solutions.
Assume a technical leadership role in solving systems of equations, and provide additional depth in our capabilities for computational fluid dynamic (CFD) modeling.
Provide expertise in the development and application of advanced sensitivity analysis methods for model parameters, as well as in the quantification of model uncertainty.
Prepare technical reports, presentations, and other finished products, and serve as the guarantor of quality and timeliness of deliverables.
Assist in business development and cultivating specific opportunities, contributing to the development of proposals, and generally helping the division grow by marketing existing and new customers.
Physiological System Modeler Requirements
Bachelor’s degree in a closely related field (e.g., human physiology, mathematical biology) with 7-9 years of related experience, or Masters’ degree with 5 or more years of related experience.
Technical experience in the development of mathematical models of biological systems (in MATHCAD or a similar software package), particularly for human systems.
Demonstrated experience in the derivation of mathematical models that can be used to estimate the risk of adverse effects on human tissues following exposure.
Demonstrated experience in the design and conduct of sensitivity analyses, as well as the quantification of model uncertainty.
Working knowledge of the differences in human biological scales, from molecular to the system level.
Outstanding interpersonal skills, particularly with respect to building strong relationships with colleagues and, ultimately, customers.
The ability to work with minimal supervision, including setting and achieving interim milestones that support higher task objectives.
Demonstrated research/writing skills, as evidenced by technical writing.
Familiarity with Microsoft Office products, e.g., Word, Excel, and PowerPoint
Must be able to obtain a U.S. government security clearance, which includes U.S. citizenship.
Physiological System Modeler Preferences
Knowledge/experience in one or more of the following areas is desirable
Disease transmission dynamics
Active security clearance.
Equal Opportunity Employer/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities
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