The Biosecurity Program at the Federation of American Scientists is expanding!
Job Title: Biosecurity Education Project Manager
Location: Washington, D.C.
Job Type: Temporary position ending September 16, 2011 but with a possibility of becoming a permanent position thereafter.
Description: The Federation of American Scientists’ Biosecurity Program is seeking a smart, energetic individual to manage the Biosecurity Education Project and further develop existing research projects on the responsible use of science and technology, and biological weapons control.
Candidates should have taken graduate-level courses in biology and have knowledge of educational methods, html, CSS, WordPress, web design, social media, and image/video editing. Strong writing skills are required and the candidate should have previous scientific publications.
FAS professionals are expected to be highly motivated, committed to practical solutions and able to work independently. They are expected to be able to analyze complex issues and summarize findings; communicate clearly, both orally and in writing; have strong organizational skills; be capable of prioritizing work assignments in a heavy workload environment; and possess superior research and information technology skills.
• Creates new dual use education module(s) on plant pathogens and other agricultural topics. Updates and expands current modules;
• Develops new and innovative educational products using current educational strategies and technologies;
• Creates an educational training portal and video to help FBI agents and other law enforcement groups to better engage scientists, and partake in outreach activities with the FBI;
• Creates and evolves educational products and mobile applications for iGEM and DIY-Bio groups;
• Maintains an active network of research and collaborative partners in the biosecurity community and attends seminars and events to network and stay current in the research areas;
• Engages the biosecurity community to join and utilize the Global Forum on Biorisks (GFBR) of the Virtual Biosecurity Center (VBC);
• Performs national and international outreach for FAS biosecurity and the VBC
• Assists with the planning and managing of VBC conferences;
• Administers and helps maintain existing biosecurity projects, websites, blog, and list serve. This includes updating the education section of the FAS and VBC websites;
• Identifies funding and outreach opportunities, and prepares proposal submissions;
• Interacts with the other project managers at FAS, the wider policy community, and the media;
• And reports to the Director of the FAS Biosecurity Program.
Education: Ph.D. or Master’s degree in Biology, Heath Science, or related field. Experience working with biosecurity, education and health policy issues is desirable.
Salary: Commensurate with experience, generous benefits.
To Apply: Please send a cover letter detailing how your background applies to the specific job responsibilities and duties, a résumé and salary history/requirements to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line BIO JOB:
Alternatively, materials may be faxed to (202) 675-1010.
Note: Position available immediately. Applications will be accepted until position is filled. Complete applications will be considered first for interviews.
For more information about the work of the Federation of American Scientists, visit http://www.fas.org/. Founded in 1945 by atomic scientists of the Manhattan Project, the Federation of American Scientists is dedicated to the responsible use of science and technology. A 501c3 nonprofit, FAS brings a scientific perspective to analysis and public education on a broad range of science, technology, and public policy issues, including weapons nonproliferation and information technologies. FAS provides a professional, casual and collegial work environment with generous benefits.
The FAS Biosecurity Program defines biosecurity challenges that face the nation and world, provides sound information and policy guidance, and advocates for overall preparedness for public health emergencies such as pandemics, disasters, and terrorism events. It covers all biological weapons and their control, but concentrates on researching and advocating policies that balance science and security without compromising national security or scientific progress. This includes preventing the misuse of scientific research and promoting public understanding of the real threats from biological weapons.