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Food Protection Scientist

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Wright-Patterson AFB

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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 required.

6. Makes recommendations to mitigate vulnerabilities identified during assessments.

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 members.

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 when needed.

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. citizenship required.

Any qualifications to be considered as equivalents, in lieu of stated minimums, require the prior approval of the Director of Human Resources.


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