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Statistician, Public Health and Medical Consequence Modeler. HHS Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR)

Open and Close Date: Monday May 11th - Friday, May 15th, 2020

This is a general posting for all Statistician GS 12-13 billets. The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, Public Law 116-136 authorizes the Secretary of HHS to use appropriated funds to appoint candidates directly to positions performing critical work related to COVID-19. Those who apply for this position will be eligible to agencies and OpDivs who have been granted these specific billets. The position described here is one such billet vacancy. The government schedule (GS) depends on the applicant’s level of education, experience, and qualifications.

Billet/Position Title: Statistician, Public Health and Medical Consequence Modeler
Vacancies: Washington, DC (3)

Job Description: The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR), Security, Intelligence, and Information Management Division (SIIM) is seeking a Public Health and Medical Consequences Modeler within ASPR’s Modeling and Simulation Branch (M&S) to conduct modeling, analysis, and data visualization activities for chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear (CBRN) terrorist threats; pandemic influenza; and emerging infectious disease. ASPR leads the nation’s medical and public health preparedness for, response to, and recovery from disasters and public health emergencies. Within ASPR, the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development
Authority (BARDA) provides an integrated, systematic approach to the development, manufacturing infrastructure, innovation, and purchase of the necessary vaccines, drugs, therapies, and diagnostic tools for public health emergencies for these threats. The modeler will guide, convince, and motivate stakeholders throughout ASPR and BARDA to use appropriate and effective analyses for public health preparedness and response; synthesis of epidemiological data; and estimating the impact of concepts of operations to guide medical countermeasure advanced development and procurement.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Provide analytical support, spanning from operational to strategic, during the COVID-19 response.
  • Identify and scope analytic projects, including recognizing problems that would benefit from quantitative analysis, identifying the tasks required to complete the larger project, determining the input/expertise needed to complete individual tasks, and sourcing the required data for conducting the analysis.
  • Coordinate and execute analysis projects, including the collection of data, development of an analytic approach, integration of the results, and preparation of deliverables suitable for briefing senior management, both with and without a scientific background.
  • Provide both technical and administrative support, as needed, to projects during coordination with stakeholders, leadership, and colleagues.
  • Provide innovative, timely solutions to resolve matters, which may be controversial, complex, or set a general precedent for future public health and medical consequence modeling.
  • Serve on an interdisciplinary team of federal employees and contractors across ASPR to efficiently complete quantitative analyses, potentially across a portfolio of projects addressing the same type of threat or type of analysis.
  • Review and provide expert quantitative analysis input for white papers, task orders, contract proposals, contractor deliverables, site visits, and other activities for ongoing advanced development and acquisition programs across ASPR
  • Provide supplemental technical oversight to assists Contracting Officer in assuring contracts are in full compliance with contractual requirements.
  • Prepare technical reports, papers, and other written documentation necessary to present scientific, complex, and technical information for peer-reviewed publication.
  • Present information orally and in writing to audiences with a variety of backgrounds, including educating on the implication of analytic results for ongoing and proposed ASPR programs.
  • Communicate to leadership the results and implications of analyses conducted by in the division and reviews of analyses conducted outside the branch.
  • Mentor and train other employees in the use of tools, code, and analytic method developed in the course of completing analytic tasks.
  • Attend scientific meetings to present analyses as well identify new methods, tools, and data to leverage for existing and future projects.
  • Serve as a full member of the Modeling and Simulation team and provide additional leadership responsibilities as needed.


  • Comprehensive knowledge of mathematical modeling tools, which includes mathematical modeling, simulation, analytical tools, decision support tools, operations research, information technology, informatics, and knowledge management.
  • Comprehensive knowledge of the current research techniques and strategies for gathering information and data; applying analytical and evaluative methods; and techniques to systematically assess medical consequence modeling, analysis, and simulation/visualization resources for chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear threats, pandemic influenza, and emerging infectious diseases, including medical, epidemiological, and modeling approaches.
  • Knowledge of programming languages and software for the analysis and/or visualization of scientific data (e.g., C++, Java, R, Python, SAS, SPSS, Tableau).
  • Ability to plan and adjust work operations to meet changing or emergency program or production requirements within available resources and with minimum sacrifice of quantity or quality of work.
  • Mastery of the ability to gain the cooperation of, and work with diverse group of highly recognized experts in the field of medical countermeasure development, procurement, and deployment in order to formulate program plans that stimulate knowledge development and the advancement of decision support in areas vital to ASPR’s mission.
  • Mastery of the ability to develop and present oral and written recommendations clearly and concisely based on analysis and evaluation of program data, Departmental goals and objectives, and program operations and problems.
  • Knowledge and ability to communicate clearly in writing and orally to effectively communicate responses to public health emergencies, develop working relationships with those inside and outside the organization, communicate issues, and write technical information for incorporation into policy and planning documents.

Washington, DC

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Non academic
Health and Human Services - Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response
Washington, DC
United States
Closing date
May 15th, 2020
Posted on
May 12th, 2020 04:08
Last updated
May 12th, 2020 04:08