Science Officer

Frederick, Maryland, United States · Future Rippler · FR expand job 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


Ripple Effect works with federal, private, and non-profit clients to support some of the most crucial policies and programs that shape our nation. We provide professional consulting services in the areas of: Communications & Outreach; Program Management & Policy; and Research & Evaluation. Ripple Effect is accepting applications for a future Science Officer who would be responsible for administering and reporting on a portfolio of CDMRP's funded research projects. Ripple Effect is an interdisciplinary environment, full of insightful and intentional people who value and reward adaptability, lifelong learning, and authenticity. To learn more about working at Ripple Effect and our growing team check out the Future Rippler section of our website.

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, kidney 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

Science Officers are primarily responsible for grants administration, meaning that they handle everything from helping to negotiate the research grant, tracking progress throughout its life (reviewing annual reports and helping with any contract modifications that arise), assessing the relevance of reported publications and patents, and closing out the award. They serve as the primary point of contact for the funded investigator, acting as a liaison between the investigator and the contracting, regulatory, and other military sponsors. They will apply scientific knowledge and general understanding of grant funding to provide technical review and oversight of award negotiation and progress and provides recommendations to the government representative or contracting agency to support the organization’s mission.

Specific duties may include:

  • Provides scientific, management, and administrative support to CDMRP
  • Administers research awards, including basic science and multi-institutional and multidisciplinary consortia, advanced therapeutic development, and clinical trial research awards
  • Reviews proposals that have been recommended for funding, considering peer and programmatic review comments, and provides notes to the contracting agency to assist with award negotiation
  • Identifies missing regulatory information and documentation required to compliance
  • Reviews the current and pending support documents for grant overlap issues to include duplication of funding with other agencies, either federal or private
  • Identifies notable research accomplishments and provide scientific writing support focused on highlights, program book content, annual report content, press releases, and other print and electronic products
  • Maintains accurate grant files and tracks compliance through an internal electronic database system
  • Assigns and reviews portfolio codes for new research awards
  • Facilitates communication efforts with the research protections office, contracting activities authority, and the PI and their research team regarding issues with their research grant
  • Identifies research awards (i.e., clinical trials) that require specific project milestones and works with the contracting office, sponsor, and PI to establish appropriate metrics and milestones such as a one-year milestone for human subject’s approval
  • Reviews quarterly, 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. Assesses the relevance of reported publications and patents.
  • 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
  • May attend peer review, programmatic review, and scientific conferences as requested by CDMRP as a program resource
  • Other administrative-related duties, as assigned

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


Basic Requirements

  • Ph.D. or Masters in a discipline relevant to the scientific areas listed in the project description
  • Minimum of 3 years experience in grants management or 5 years experience conducting biomedical research
  • Must be onsite at customer location (Ft. Detrick) during business hours and must work effectively in a team environment
  • Demonstrate strength in oral and written communication skills; including ensuring that products are technically competent and professional looking
  • Demonstrate leadership in activities as appropriate
  • 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)
  • Highly organized, efficient, and extremely detail-oriented
  • Ability to prioritize among multiple tasks in a fast-paced, deadline-driven environment
  • Ability to work productively in SharePoint to accomplish tasks

Preferred Skills

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


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 that:

  • qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, sex, color, religion, age, national origin, marital status, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or any other reason prohibited by law in provision of employment opportunities and benefits (Equal Opportunity Employer: minority/female/disability/veteran);
  • 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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