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Space Biology and Human Research Programs Support Scientist

Arctic Slope Technical Services, Arlington, Virginia

Job Description:

Arctic Slope Technical Services (ASTS) provides IT and Intelligence services to the federal defense and intelligence communities. Our focused solutions offer efficiency, agility, and innovation. We resolve issues quickly and provide ideas and solutions to help our customers fix problems and overcome challenges. 

ASTS is seeking a Support Scientist to support NASA's Space Biology and Human Research Programs for our NASA Research and Education Support Services (NRESS) contract at our Crystal City (Arlington) VA location.

This position requires coordinating activities between government, private, and academic parties in order to facilitate fair and thorough reviews of scientific proposals and projects. A high degree of scientific literacy/writing and good communication skills are needed to construct and edit reports and reviews as well as for selecting subject matter experts. Additionally, management and presentation skills are necessary to coordinate meetings and the people involved, both on the customer side and the review side. This position will provide support primarily to the NASA Human Research Program ( and NASA Space Biology Program (


  • Coordination and oversight of multiple activities to ensure responsiveness to NASA customer needs and to achieve end-item deliverables that meet contract requirements while meeting cost and schedule constraints;
  • Serve as an expert on NASA peer review panel protocols and procedures and primary point of contact for NASA Program Scientists and Managers and the researcher community in regards to NASA Peer Review procedures and policies;
  • Know, understand and implement current NASA peer review policies and procedures including rules governing confidentiality of proposals and review materials, reviewers' conflicts of interest, and procedures for panel review;
  • Assume overall responsibility for management of assigned panels, workshops, and other peer review activities including preparation and quality checking of required documentation;
  • Recruit experts to serve as panel chairs and subject matter experts on peer review panels, site visits and non-advocate reviews in the areas of space biology, physical sciences, human research, biomedical systems, crew health, space technology, and radiobiology;
  • Break submitted proposals into panels by subject matter for review and assign proposals submitted to the NASA Human Research Program and Space Biology research solicitations to appropriate subject matter experts;
  • Maintain the integrity of the independent peer review process, ensure that each review activity receives a fair, impartial and complete evaluations consistent with published NASA evaluation criteria;
  • Interface with NASA representatives and the scientific community at workshops and conferences;
  • Read scientific proposals and edit scientific reports;
  • Examine scientific proposals for conformance to policies and procedures;
  • Draft solicitations and review structures for solicitation responses;
  • Review solicitations for consistency and compliance with FAR, NASA FAR Supplement, NASA Grants and Cooperative Agreement Manual, and NASA Guidebook for Proposers.
  • Work on and meet deadlines for several projects/panels across multiple NASA divisions simultaneously. Assist other peer review administrators as necessary;
    Provide support to NASA in notification, selection, and other post-review activities for proposals and letters of intent


  • Master's degree (required) or PhD (preferred) in the biological sciences including but not limited to physiology (human physiology preferred), microbiology, genomics, proteomics, bioinformatics, translational research and other areas of NASA interest (;;
  • Experience reading/writing grants; experience in scientific/technical grant/contract administration or review; experience editing/writing scientific papers/reports
  • Excellent scientific writing and editing skills.
  • Excellent organizational and multitasking skills.
  • Very good communication skills and able to interface with a variety of people from varied backgrounds, including both academic and governmental. Negotiation/mediation skills a plus.
  • Ability to self-educate on new scientific subjects as well as a broad familiarity with existing scientific subjects.
  • Familiarity with scientific community and government regulations.
  • Experience reading/writing scientific grant proposals.
  • Experience reviewing scientific literature.
  • Experience managing meetings involving scientific community members for government agencies.
  • Knowledge of NASA biology programs and the scientific peer review process.
  • Skilled in use of MS Office, internet research, and databases of scientific literature (e.g. pubmed)

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