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Job# 6138 - Program Officer - Crosscutting Biosurveillance Initiative Job (Seattle, WA)
Full Time
Posted: March 19, 2013
Closes: April 19, 2013

Division: Global Health Program

Department: Vaccine Development

Location: Seattle

Foundation Overview: Guided by the belief that every life has equal value, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation works to help all people lead healthy, productive lives. In developing countries, it focuses on improving people's health and giving them the chance to lift themselves out of hunger and extreme poverty. In the United States, it seeks to ensure that all people-especially those with the fewest resources-have access to the opportunities they need to succeed in school and life. Based in Seattle, the foundation is led by CEO Jeff Raikes and co-chair William H. Gates Sr., under the direction of Bill and Melinda Gates and Warren Buffett.

Group Summary: Our Global Health Program (GHP) harnesses advances in science and technology to save lives in poor countries. We focus on the health problems that have a major impact in developing countries but get too little attention and funding. Where proven tools exist, we support sustainable ways to improve their delivery. Where they don't, we invest in research and development of new interventions, such as vaccines, drugs, and diagnostics. Our work in infectious diseases focuses on strategies to fight and prevent HIV/AIDS, malaria, tuberculosis, neglected and other infectious diseases, enteric and diarrheal diseases and pneumonia. These strategies are supported by functional teams that focus on Discovery and Translational Sciences, Vaccine Development, and Integrated Development.

Responsibilities: The Global Health Vaccine Development team is hiring a Program Officer (PO) to support its Crosscutting Biosurveillance Initiative. In partnership with software, technology, governmental, nonprofit, academic, and private partner collaborators, the Crosscutting Biosurveillance Initiative is identifying and linking a set of tools and technologies capable of integrating traditional epidemiologic, molecular/genomic, social media, and other contextual Big Data sets. Once developed, the toolkit will be openly available to external partners. The initiative will address end-to-end data access, management, integration, alignment, analysis, model creation, data visualization, and decision support. Data will be openly contributed by existing surveillance networks, systems, and partners. User interface solutions will ensure that the integrated data is accessible to and useful for partners.

Roles and Responsibilities

The PO will be responsible for one main area of work:

  • Work closely with the internal Biosurveillance team and external partners to integrate new models and tools to develop software that manages end-to-end data processing, from data intake to predictive modeling and innovative data visualization. The utility of the tools/software will be verified through evaluation of performance metrics when applied to existing datasets.
  • This software would be developed for running and implementation in the cloud environment.

The Program Officer will work closely with the malaria and polio program strategy teams and cross-cutting functional teams to ensure that the platform being developed meets their needs.

The Program Officer will report directly to the Director of Vaccine Development, with technical supervision from a Senior Program Officer in Epidemiology and Surveillance. The position will be a two year professional engagement based in Seattle. There is a high likelihood of extended periods of international and domestic travel in which the individual would work closely with external partners.


  • A scientist with a Ph.D. and/or M.D with background in research computing and computational mathematics and one of the following areas: medicine/pharmacy, public health, microbiology, vaccinology, or epidemiology (or equivalent combination of education and a minimum of 7 years of experience)
  • A strong background in data input/output, high performance computing, and integration with cloud-based technology
  • Experience with geospatial applications at scale
  • Experience in JAVA programming, or past experience with STEM or the ECLIPSE Community

Other desired qualifications include:

  • Knowledge of Bayesian space, cloud-based modeling (and simulation) as well as the fundamentals of performance computation
  • Demonstrated experience in project management to support research projects
  • Extensive experience with writing and reviewing scientific material including ability to critically review scientific grant proposals
  • Knowledge and experience in international public health, public policy, and/or global development including experience working with global partners and/or experience in developing country settings
  • Demonstrated outstanding written and oral communication skills in positions requiring communications with a broad and diverse audience on a range of complex technical issues
  • Ability to work well in a matrix environment that brings together strategic and functional groups in support of the malaria and polio teams' research goals and objectives
  • Self-starter with demonstrated capacity and initiative to solve problems with high energy and positive attitude
  • Demonstrated ability to organize/prioritize work and meet deadlines within a fast paced and changing environment with multiple and competing demands
  • Ability to travel up to 40% domestically and internationally

This is a Limited Term Employee (LTE) position with an assignment length of 24 months
As part of our standard hiring process for new employees, employment with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation will be contingent upon successful completion of a background check.

Requisition Number: 3859BR

For more info please see http://careers.gatesfoundation.org/job/Seattle-Program-Officer-Crosscutting-Biosurveillance-Initiative-Job-WA-98101/2483612/

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