Contributes to the technical research, development and writing of proactive risk analysis documents to support emergency response and business continuity in the event of a Foreign Animal Disease (FAD) outbreak in the United States. This work includes helping to define the scope of work, developing a work plan and timeline, contributing the technical analysis, data collection, risk evaluation, and technical writing of the risk assessments. Disease-spread modeling is supported by math modeling experts. 35% time
Conduct extensive research using a broad range of scientific literature including outbreak information, disease epidemiology, viral environmental fate and transport, chemical and physical properties of the commodities, critical industry processes and commodity supply chain structures. 15% time
Contribute to the interpretation and synthesis of findings from diverse resources, including published literature, industry best practices, national and international trade guidelines, and expert opinion into an interpretation of comprehensive composite risk. 10% time
Use complex scientific principles to evaluate the safe movement of agricultural commodities during a highly consequential foreign animal disease (FAD) outbreak according to project aims. 10% time
Work with others on the SFS team and outside collaborators to develop qualitative analytical methods to evaluate the identified risk pathways. The risk analyst collaborates with the modeler in development of quantitative analytical methods using statistical and simulation models to support the risk analysis. 10% time
This work involves regular communication and on-going outreach to industry leaders, academic scientists and regulatory stakeholders to obtain information on disease data gaps, current industry practices, feasibility issues and options for disease mitigation strategies during an outbreak. 10% time
Identify and consult with experts across various multi-disciplinary scientific fields to address data gaps. Contribute to on-going engagement and collaboration with national and international Foreign Animal Disease experts. 10% time
All required qualifications must be documented on application materials
Master’s degree and 2 years of related experience or BS/BA and 4 years of related experience
2-4+ years of experience in science writing and analysis
Strong literature and grey literature research skills
Knowledge of federal government regulatory processes such as USDA policy and regulation development and implementation.
General competence with statistics
Working knowledge of modeling concepts and application
Excellent writing skills especially related to long technical documents
Strong verbal, interpersonal, and group communication skills
Ability to mediate and negotiate between partners and entities
Must be willing to be on farms and evaluate animal agriculture processes.
Ability to outline a project start to finish and include milestones
Must work effectively with intermittent supervision.
Demonstrated project management and strong organizational skills
Familiarity with proactive Risk Assessments
Familiarity with routine risk assessment strategies
Animal production background
Familiar with Foot and Mouth Disease, African Swine Fever, Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza, Low Pathogenicity Avian Influenza, and Classical Swine Fever.
General knowledge of food animal diagnostic tests and pathogen transmission.
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