HJF is seeking a Food Protection Scientist to support the
United States Air Force Food Protection program at the United States
Air Force School of Aerospace Medicine (USAFSAM), located at the
Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio. HJF provides
scientific, technical and programmatic support services to USAFSAM.
USAFSAM is an internationally renowned center for aerospace medical
learning, consultation, aerospace medical investigations and aircrew
health assessments. USAFSAM promotes readiness and protects force
and community health by utilizing a range of tools and expertise
including environmental and health surveillance, laboratory and risk
analysis, process re-engineering, consultation and technological
innovation to maximize operational health capabilities and to solve
problems through ingenuity and partnerships. The school trains
approximately 6,000 students each year.
Incumbent identifies and evaluates new foodborne pathogen detection
technologies, submits research proposals and oversees/conducts research
in the area of food safety, conducts surveillance of foodborne
illnesses, and performs food defense assessments.
1. Conducts surveillance of foodborne illnesses on USAF and joint
basing locations where the USAF has the lead on the Food Protection
mission; both CONUS and OCONUS.
2. Identifies and evaluates new technologies suitable for service-wide
deployment for the prevention of foodborne illnesses, sample collection
and identification of foodborne pathogens, improvement of foodborne
illness surveillance, or control of outbreaks related to food.
3. Conducts, oversees or collaborates on research projects related to
developing new technologies or modification practical applications of
existing technologies for the identification, transport or prevention
of foodborne agents.
4. Conducts food defense assessments at selected bases.
5. Coordinates food defense assessments with other DoD/USAF
assessment teams, Major Command Public Health officers, base Public
Health offices, and base Antiterrorism/Force Protection offices as
6. Makes recommendations to mitigate vulnerabilities identified during
7. Compiles all information obtained during assessments and prepare a
synopsis of applicable food vulnerabilities at each base.
8. Assists in developing a Risk Management Plan using provided criteria
for food defense based upon increasing threat of intentional
contamination. This stratification will employ the Operational
Risk Management (ORM) process to identify risk control measures and
force protection threat condition actions that are to be taken during
increasing threat conditions for food contamination.
9. Presents recommendations to each base, prioritizing them based upon
risk, health issues, ease of abatement, and cost factors.
10. Conducts food defense briefings and train base Public Health staff
11. Maintains accurate records: tabulate and organize data.
12. Completes other projects as needed.
13. Coordinates activities with U.S. Army and U.S. Navy counterparts
14. Presents and publishes research findings.
Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: Practical research
experience in food and/or animal sciences; excellent written and oral
communication skills; publication experience; ability to work
independently with little to no day-to-day supervision.
Minimum Education/Training Requirements: M.S. in Food Science or
Animal Science with an emphasis in Food Safety.
Minimum Experience: Over 2 years of related experience.
Physical Capabilities: Requires long periods of working at a
computer; may lift heavy materials.
Work Environment: Office, laboratory, food facility, and
warehouse environment. Travel up to 25% per month.
Security Clearance: Security Clearance is required. Must
have or be able to obtain a SECRET security clearance. U.S.
Any qualifications to be considered as equivalents, in lieu of stated
minimums, require the prior approval of the Director of Human