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Science Officer - Neuroscience

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 related to Neuroscience. They perform 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 may include:

  • Provides scientific, management, and administrative support to the Congressionally Directed Medical Research Program
  • Administers 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

Science Officers should specialize in an area of biomedical research. Areas of science may include, but not be limited to one of the following:

  • Neuroscience
  • Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
  • Tissue Injury
  • Sensory Systems (hearing, vision, balance)


  • 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 based on employment classification. 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

To Apply:

Please visit here and click on Apply for this Job.

It is the policy of Ripple Effect Communications, Inc. 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.