Job Opportunity: Senior/Junior Scientific Officer, Ripple Effect, Fort Detrick, Maryland

Rachel Howell
July 23, 2014

Ripple Effect is seeking highly qualified candidates who will be available upon contract award in September 2014.

Project Description
The Congressionally Directed Medical Research Program 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 senior and junior level 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. The CDMRP is responsible for planning, coordinating, integrating, programming, budgeting and executing these programs.

Job Description
The Senior or Junior Science Officer conducts organized analytical assessments and evaluations to understand and/or evaluate complex issues to inform decision making, policy development, system development, management, or administration of client processes. 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.

  • Provides scientific, management, and administrative support to the Congressionally Directed Medical Research Program
  • Administer research awards: senior level will administer multi-institutional and multidisciplinary consortia, advanced therapeutic development, and clinical trial research awards; junior level will focus on administering basic science 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 the MRMC/CDMRP leadership or IPT Team Leader as a program resource

Successful Candidates

  • 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)

Skills and Experience

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

Security Level: Secret or ability to obtain

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