Science Officer

Frederick, Maryland, United States · Science Programs - Ft. Detrick · Varies expand job description ↓

Description

Position Overview

  • Duty Location: Fort Detrick, Maryland
  • Position Information: Full-Time, Permanent, and On-site
  • Vacancies: Varies
  • Travel Required: Occasional Travel for Science Meetings
  • Relocation Expenses: No relocation expenses may be authorized for this position.
  • Citizenship: US Citizenship Required

Project Description

The Congressionally Directed Medical Research Program (CDMRP) within the Department of Defense funds biomedical research in response to the expressed needs of its stakeholders – Congress, the American public and the military. CDMRP requires an experienced and cohesive team of scientists who can support all aspects of the grant execution and management process. Research includes breast, prostate, ovarian and lung cancer, defense health, neurofibromatosis, tuberous sclerosis complex, autism, psychological health/traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury research, bone marrow failure, multiple sclerosis medical imaging, medical informatics, behavioral health, medical simulators, mobile health applications, medical robotics, deployed health, and other medical research programs. CDMRP is responsible for planning, coordinating, integrating, programming, budgeting and executing these programs.


Job Description

The Science Officer is responsible for administering and reporting on a portfolio of CDMRP's funded research projects. He or she performs studies, analyses, and evaluations across a wide variety of domains and provides recommendations to client organizations to improve the organization’s mission performance and supports development and execution of programs to implement solutions. Specific duties include:

  • Provides scientific, management, and administrative support to the Congressionally Directed Medical Research Program
  • Administer research awards, including basic science and multi-institutional and multidisciplinary consortia, advanced therapeutic development, and clinical trial research awards
  • Identifies missing regulatory information and documentation required to complete the grant package
  • Reviews the current and pending support documents for grant overlap issues to include duplication of funding with other agencies, either federal or private
  • In the Electronic Grant System (EGS), completes the negotiation page for awards to include Office of Surety, Safety and Environment (SSE), the Office of Research Protections (ORP) and USAMRAA sections
  • Reviews the Scientific Classification System and Common Scientific Outline portfolio codes and apply the appropriate codes to the award
  • Facilitates communication efforts with ORP, USAMRAA and the PI and their research team regarding issues with their research grant
  • Identifies which research award grants (i.e., clinical trial awards) require specific project milestones, such as subject accrual to clinical trials
  • Assist USAMRAA in establishing funding milestones in grant agreements such as a one year milestone for human subject’s approval
  • Reviews annual and final technical progress reports. Verify that the SOW is being followed and all regulatory approvals are in place for the work being done
  • Provide briefings regarding the research portfolio to CDMRP, USAMRMC and DOD leadership, as needed
  • Participates in working groups such as Program Evaluation, Consumer Working Group, SBIR/STTR, Technology Development Working Group, and the Internal Review Process as a program resource
  • Attends peer review, programmatic review, and scientific conferences as requested by CDMRP leadership or IPT Team Leader as a program resource

Areas of Research

Science Officers should specialize in an area of biomedical research. Areas of science may include, but not be limited to one of the following:

  • Cancer
  • Alcohol and Substance Abuse Research
  • Epilepsy Research
  • Warfighter Research
  • Military Burn Research
  • Neurotoxin Exposure Treatment Research
  • Parkinson’s Research
  • Psychological Health & Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Orthotics and Prosthetics Outcomes Research
  • Alzheimer’s Research
  • Vision Research
  • Health IT

Requirements

  • Hold a Ph.D. or Masters in a discipline relevant to the scientific areas listed in the project description
  • Have a minimum of 3 years experience in grants management or 5 years experience conducting biomedical research
  • Demonstrate leadership in activities as appropriate
  • Ensure that products are technically competent, of high quality, and professional looking
  • Demonstrate solid methodological approaches
  • Present findings and handle client meetings as appropriate
  • Use innovative, creative approaches when necessary (to meet novel needs and/or solve problems)
  • Must be onsite at customer location (Fort Detrick) during business hours and must work effectively in a team environment

Skills and Experience

  • At least 3 years experience in grants management or a minimum of 5 years experience conducting biomedical research
  • Portfolio management experience
  • Detail-oriented individuals with strong computer database skills
  • Strong communication skills, particularly to non-scientific audiences
  • Knowledge of Electronic Grant System (EGS) desirable
  • Experience with human/animal subjects protection requirements desirable
  • Experience with military research or CDMRP programs desirable

Benefits

Our employees are rewarded in many ways for their contributions to our mission, including competitive pay, exceptional benefits, and a range of work/life programs. Benefit offerings may include:

  • Health Benefits – Health, Dental, and Vision
  • Life, long-term disability, and other insurance products
  • Health and Wellness Programs
  • Flexible Spending and Health Savings Accounts
  • Retirement 401K program
  • Profit sharing and bonus program
  • Paid and unpaid leave
  • Professional development
  • Flexible schedules and work location

Vetting and Hiring Process:

It is the policy of Ripple Effect Communications, Inc. that:

  • qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, or national origin;
  • employment eligibility will be verified using E-Verify;
  • applicants may be asked to participate in assessments during the interview process as described in our Informed Consent Policy; and
  • applicants will not be reimbursed for any expenses associated with the interview process or relocation.


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