Infectious Disease Scientist


The Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory (APL), a national leader in scientific research and development, located midway between Baltimore and Washington, DC is seeking an Infectious Disease Scientist.

Job Summary:

Perform studies, execute research projects and act as a subject matter expert in medical countermeasures for national security applications.

Duties (Listed in order of importance, and with estimated amount of time spent on each area):

1) Provide laboratory and project management and subject matter expertise (SME) support for Biological Defense projects. (45%)

2) Perform Biological research - Extramurally funded research, IRAD, or other funded medical countermeasure research in support of departmental goals. (25%)

3) Preparation of funding proposals, documents, reports, etc. (30%)

Note: This job summary and listing of duties is for the purpose of describing the position and its essential functions at time of hire and may change over time.


Required Qualifications:

PhD in Biology, Chemistry or a related field of study. The candidate's degree and work experience should be in the field of infectious disease, disease prevention, virology, immunology, vaccinology or related discipline. A demonstrated background and working knowledge of biological agents (bacteria, virus), vaccine clinical trial and FDA clearance processes. Candidates should possess intermediate-advanced scientific proficiency in laboratory functions and the ability to identify issues with laboratory protocols, procedures, and experimental plans.
Candidate should possess strong written and verbal communication skills demonstrated by a track record of peer reviewed presentations and publications or have equivalent demonstrated ability in a corporate/government setting.

Desired Qualifications:

Experience and training in managing small teams and projects. Experience in vaccine clinical trial and countermeasure design. Experience working in biosafety level 2 and 3 environments. A record of contributing to successful funding proposals. Knowledge and experience in the biodefense community.

Special Working Conditions: May, on occasion, be required to drive APL vehicles. Position may require occasional travel. BSL-2 working environment.

Security: Applicant selected will be subject to a Government security investigation and must meet the eligibility requirements for access to classified information. Eligibility requirements include US citizenship.

Benefits: APL offers a comprehensive benefits package including a liberal vacation plan, a matching retirement program, significant educational assistance, a scholarship tuition program for staff with dependents, and competitive salaries commensurate with skills and experience. For more information about our organization, please visit our web site at

Equal Employment Opportunity: Johns Hopkins University/Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer that complies with Title IX of the Education Amendments Acts of 1972, as well as other applicable laws. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or protected Veteran status.

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