Climate Health Data Scientist

The MITRE Corporation
Mc Lean, Virginia, US
Jul 30, 2021
Sep 09, 2021
Climate Change
Employment Type
Full time
Salary Type
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Through the Health federally-funded research and development center (FFRDC), MITRE exclusively serves in the public interest and helps to bring world-class expertise to bear on key challenges facing the nation. MITRE operates the Health FFRDC on behalf of US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). MITRE serves as an objective, independent, not for profit advisor supporting many of the complex analysis and critical thinking requirements that encompass business, policy, technology, and operational interests across HHS.
The Health FFRDC is growing rapidly, particularly through increasing engagements with federal public health agencies around how to leverage clinical data to support public health activities. These efforts are exceptional opportunities to have a substantial impact on public health matters of national and international importance.
MITRE is expanding its expertise in Climate Data Science, specifically the impact of climate on health for MITRE's health-focused sponsors in the federal government. This effort is a blend of planning and exploration, leading to the generation and execution of direct work.
The successful candidate is a thought leader able to provide actionable recommendations that Government sponsors can employ to address how climate will impact the health of the population. It is understood that as a non-profit, non-partisan entity working in the public good, MITRE uses data to make informed decisions and planning regardless of preconceived notions and informed by scientific causal rigor.
Individuals with experience in studying or engaging in the following areas of potential impact of climate change on human health are encouraged to apply:
- Effect on human health directly, including heat, air and/or water quality, change in food nutrition content or yield, or other directly relevant factors.
- Effect on vector borne diseases, and the disease vector organisms themselves.
- Potential increases in the permissive ranges of known human pathogens.
- Effect of (non-pathogen, non-vector) biodiversity and other ecosystem perturbances.
- Effect of atmospheric conditions, including but not limited to ozone and particulates.
- Impacts of any of the above especially on vulnerable populations.
- Methods to improve response to, or resilience in the face of these issues.
- Effects of climate change on weather events.
- Effects of climate change on ongoing human activities, including construction, power generation and use, and basic resource extraction.
Specific duties may include the following:
- Lead the development of advanced algorithms and analytic models to predict the effects of climate change on human health, on one or more of the dimensions listed above, building on existing models and approaches.
- Identify and pursue appropriate collaboration opportunities with external entities in academia or non-profit spaces outside of MITRE, as well as internal MITRE entities.
- Innovate on the use of data and visualizations.
- Establish the utility of proposed analytic approaches.
- Present and/or publish externally.
Qualifications might include some or all the following:
- A graduate degree in an appropriate field, which may include geography, ecology, atmospheric science, environmental science, public health, data science, statistics, environmental engineering or equivalent. The successful candidate's credentials are likely to include several of these educational or professional areas.
- Work and/or research experience with one or more forms of algorithmic development, machine learning, or AI applicable to this space.
- Demonstrated experience in establishing successful collaborations across public and private entities.
- Experience working at, or with, HHS, NOAA, DHS, NIEHS, or well-respected academic or private industry organizations.
- Experience working with publicly available socio-demographic data, including US Census data, local government data, and publicly available geographic data
This requisition requires the candidate to have a minimum of the following clearance(s):
This requisition requires the hired candidate to have or obtain, within one year from the date of hire, the following clearance(s):
Suitability - HHS
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