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Senior Scientific Program Officer

Senior Scientific Program Officer, Crystal City, Virginia

Position Description:

ASTRO, the American Society for Radiation Oncology, is looking for an individual with a minimum of 3 to 5 years’ experience after a post-doctoral fellowship and prior work in a biomedical related science policy field to join our Scientific Affairs Department. 

The Senior Scientific Program Officer will work with Society volunteers and the Director of Scientific Affairs to implement the Society’s strategic scientific priorities across the radiation oncology research continuum. The major focus of this department is supporting research and clinical trials in radiation oncology. This individual will work with the FDA on regulatory issues and with the NCI on clinical trial development. The Scientific Program Officer will also closely collaborate with all the Society’s departments and serves as a scientific liaison to internal and external partners involved in performing and promoting biomedical research.

Additional responsibilities include:

  • Providing scientific and technical expertise to the Society and staff concerning the implementation of national scientific and regulatory policies that affect research conducted by ASTRO members and its clinical applications. 
  • Serving as the staff liaison to committees of the ASTRO Science Council and overseeing the assigned committees’ meetings and activities including managing the calls, creating and distributing agendas and minutes, and providing materials as necessary.
  • Working with the Director of Scientific Affairs to implement the Society’s strategic scientific priorities across the radiation oncology research continuum.
  • Working with the assigned Science Council committees to identify, develop and implement programs that meet the needs of the member researchers.
  • Organizing proposals from the Science Council for the Society’s annual meeting, annual Research workshop, and ASTRO Think Tanks.
  • Managing initiatives that promote clinical, translational and basic radiation research and maintain ASTRO’s position as the premier scientific society for radiation oncology.
  • Developing and maintaining good working relationships with the science policy staff of partner organizations, including federal agencies including the NIH, NCI, and FDA, professional societies, foundations, coalitions, and the biopharmaceutical industry.
  • Planning and implementing a scientific communication and outreach plan to increase the visibility of ASTRO researchers within ASTRO and the oncology ecosystem. 
  • Aiding in overseeing the application and review process for ASTRO’s Research Grant Awards.
  • Acting as ASTRO’s liaison for its membership in the International Cancer Research Partnership.

Some travel required, approximately 10-20% of the time. Occasional attendance at and/or support of ASTRO-sponsored meetings and events outside of normal working hours (evenings and/or weekends).


Qualified candidates will have:

  • PhD, MD or other doctoral degree in biomedical science-related field with experience in grant writing or management required 
  • A minimum of three to five years after a post-doctoral fellowship preferable; Prior work in science policy preferred.
  • Experience in grant writing or grant management required. 
  • Experience in grant portfolio analysis preferred.
  • Ability to establish working relationships with diverse groups, including coalitions of scientific societies, scientists, physicians, policy-makers. 
  • Experience with federal agencies a plus (e.g., NIH, FDA, CDC). 
  • Experience in the area of public policy and science policy, a plus.
  • Ability to communicate technical scientific literature to the general public.
  • Ability to expand scientific knowledge and technical expertise to effectively respond to emerging issues in biomedicine. 
  • Critical thinking and innovative entrepreneurial skills. 
  • Ability to manage multiple projects and priorities. 
  • Ability to work with volunteers to develop and implement projects.
  • Ability to work independently and in a team setting, organize work projects, and complete tasks within assigned timeframes. 
  • Excellent organizational, oral and written communication skills.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite.

ASTRO offers a competitive salary and excellent benefits package which includes:

  • Flexible work arrangements 
  • Medical, dental and vision insurance, majority company paid 
  • 401K with immediate company contribution 
  • 23 days of Paid Time Off annually
  • 12 Paid Holidays
  • Commuter benefits with employer subsidy 
  • Employer paid short and long term disability insurance 
  • and more

Please see our website for more information about ASTRO.

To Apply:

To apply, submit cover letter and resume here.

We are an equal/affirmative action employer.