Research Assistant – CBRN

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Company :
Gryphon Scientific

Location :
Takoma Park, Maryland

Expiry Date :
Thu, 08 Apr 2021 23:59:59 GMT

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Company Description

Gryphon Scientific is a 50-person research organization with a unique focus on physical and life sciences, public health, and emergency management. Our aim is to improve the health and safety of populations world-wide. Our projects drive policy changes in security, preparedness, and science policy at the highest levels of the US government. Abroad, we engage with international stakeholders to strengthen the capabilities of developing countries to address public health and security challenges. The energy of our small business environment, as well as our commitment to technical excellence and advanced analytic approaches, attract staff with the highest qualifications. Gryphon strongly encourages collaboration throughout the company, between junior and senior staff and across disciplines. Personal and professional development are actively supported. Gryphon boasts a laid-back workplace, a comprehensive employee benefit package, and places an emphasis on work-life balance, which has resulted in excellent employee retention. We are growing and looking for new staff members to join the Gryphon team.


Gryphon Scientific is actively hiring recent graduates for a Research Assistant (RA) position to help support FEMAs Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear (CBRN) office. RAs support Gryphon Analysts, Scientists, Program Managers, and Principal Investigators, as well as government program leads, typically by gathering data and performing preliminary analysis to support answers to project questions. In this role, you will be contributing to the development of concepts of operations and federal interagency plans for CBRN, weapons of mass destruction and hazardous materials consequence management scenarios. The work involved will require analysis of government policy and plans documents, technical studies, and scientific publications in professional journals with the goal of extracting and summarizing relevant information. You will also interface with a variety of government officials and federal interagency working groups. Gryphon Scientific offers RAs the opportunity to use critical thinking, creative problem solving, and analysis to tackle challenging policy and technical questions in a wide range of exciting fields. As a Gryphon RA, you may participate in other projects as well that are focused on public health and safety, emergency management, homeland security, and emerging technologies, including projects of national and global importance. Each project will challenge you to think, research and write in new ways.


* Perform background research (including basic database research across Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear (CBRN) and emergency planning and response mission areas), assemble data, and organize data into various presentation formats.
* Organize research outcomes and develop documents and project reports, including appropriate graphics, with editorial supervision.
* Support the activities of more senior staff by gathering and compiling data and supporting project analyses and drafting planning and exercise documents.
* Responsibilities may also include, with coaching from more senior staff, direct client contact at the GS 13-15 level.
* Support of external stakeholder outreach and coordination, meeting scheduling, and other meeting support, including the recording of meeting/conference call notes and due-out reports involving large numbers of diverse attendees.
* Apply data visualization methods for written products and presentation materials.
* Apply basic 508 compliance requirements to documents development.
* May represent the organization at meetings and training events with coaching by senior staff.


Required Qualifications

* Bachelor’s degree or minimum of three years undergraduate training with strong academic record.
* Excellent writing skills required for both technical and non-technical documents.
* Proven ability to think creatively and operate with reasonable independence on assigned tasks.
* Extracurricular activities demonstrating experience in written/verbal communications.
* Willingness to relocate to DC/MD/VA and work at Takoma Park, MD office location (after COVID).
* U.S. Citizen.
* Eligible to obtain a government security clearance.
* Familiarity with federal emergency management and homeland security planning concepts.

Required Skills

* Under minimal supervision, capable of working on assignments that are simple to moderately complex
* Proficiency in research methods and data organizing
* Excellent writing, communication, and organizational skills
* Strong interpersonal skills.
* Quick learner and ability to work with minimal supervision.
* Proficiency in Microsoft Office suite of programs

Additional Skills and Experience (desired but not required):

* Familiarity with federal emergency management and homeland security planning concepts.

Performance Evaluation

Will include an assessment of technical analytical skills, capacity to effectively and efficiently organize tasks and work streams, verbal and written communications skills, relationship-building and stakeholder interaction, and ability to function as a self-starter in a complex work environment.


* Gryphon offers a competitive benefits package including 401(k), fully subsidized employee health insurance, and performance and profit-sharing bonuses.
* Gryphon Scientific is a place that actively encourages intellectual engagement and provides analytical challenges on a wide range of projects.
* Gryphon Scientific boasts a friendly, laid-back work environment. The dress code is casual. Gryphon employees often take afternoon walks to the local ice cream or coffee shop.
* Mentorship is taken seriously at Gryphon Scientific. There is an open-door policy for all staff, meaning you can ask for advice from any staff member, from the owner of the company to your manager to junior staff.
* Work-life balance and a pleasant work environment are a priority. All staff work in offices; there is not a cubicle in sight!
* We encourage all senior staff to participate in business development efforts and the company supports senior staff pursuing work in their areas of interest.
* Gryphon supports professional development including tuition reimbursement, conference attendance and career specific training