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Science Officer

Ripple Effect Communications, Inc., Frederick, Maryland

Position 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
  • 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
  • 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


  • 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

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