Science Manager - Scientific Review Officer

at General Dynamics Information Technology in South Portland, Maine, United States

Job Description

Type of Requisition: Regular

Clearance Level Must Be Able to Obtain: None

Job Family: Scientific Review


This is a full-time position with dual responsibilities. The Science Manager will divide their time between Post-Award Science Manager (SM) supporting the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT) and Scientific Review Officer (SRO) supporting the Center for Peer Review and Science Management (PRSM). The division of responsibilities is approximately 70% for the SM position and 30% for the SRO position. All work can be performed as a remote employee and formal placement will be with the CPRIT team.

Post-Award Science Manager Overview

GDIT manages the scientific peer review of applications and management of funded grants for the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT). CPRIT was established to create and expedite innovation in the area of cancer research and to enhance the potential for a medical or scientific breakthrough in the prevention of cancer and cures for cancer, to attract, create, or expand research capabilities of institutions of higher education, to promote a substantial increase in cancer research and in the creation of high-quality new jobs in Texas. As the Post-Award SM, you will manage the evaluation of scientific progress reports submitted by CPRIT grantees. The SM position is home-based with no specified travel requirements.

Scientific Research Officer Overview

Each year, the funding decisions for thousands of research grants are dependent upon the fair and thorough assessment of scientific merit by a panel of expert reviewers, with the proper conduct of this review being the foundation of sound funding decisions. The essence of peer review is identifying qualified reviewers who have relevant subject matter expertise and who consistently apply the program’s review criteria to all applications. GDIT’s Center for Peer Review and Science Management assists government agencies with programs involving topic areas such as breast cancer, prostate cancer, military health, traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury, psychological health, lung cancer, orthopedics, etc. As an SRO, you will assist agencies by facilitating the peer review process, thereby helping determine which research projects to fund. The SRO position is home-based, but does require limited travel to client sites and peer review meetings.


Post Award SM

+ Manage a team tasked with the evaluation of funded research projects

+ Guarantee the scientific integrity of the grant evaluation process

+ Implement robust technical approaches to grants management employing formal project management principles including monitoring progress, scope, schedule, quality, risk, and customer satisfaction in accordance with program objectives and contract requirements

+ Build and maintain strong customer relationships and serve as primary client liaison for all scientific issues associated with the grant evaluation process

+ Communicate program goals and established processes to project staff and customer stakeholders

+ Serve as scientific program resource advising development of IT tools that support the grants evaluation process

+ Support the training of concepts, best practices, and solutions to staff and stakeholders

+ Report out to senior management on assigned projects


+ Determine reviewer expertise required for the panel based on panel description and referral guidelines

+ Recruit reviewers who are generally strong and competent with regard to the subject matter expertise required by the panel and meet the overall criteria outlined by the client

+ Assign applications/proposals to reviewers and manage all real and perceived conflicts of interest

+ Provide appropriate guidance and instruction to reviewers regarding relevant review policies, guidelines, criteria, critiques preparation and submission

+ Monitor submission timeline and quality of draft critiques, providing appropriate feedback to reviewers

+ Perform quality control checking of reviewer critiques to ensure their completeness, accuracy, and adherence to the recorded scores, editing to clear scientific language and removing inflammatory comments

+ Administer review meetings including panel orientation, panel scoring and discussion, conflict of interest, submission of revised critiques, and panel debriefing

+ Create the summary paragraph and provide budget information and administrative notes for summary statement

Required Skills/ Qualifications

+ Doctoral degree (e.g., PhD, MD, DVM) in a biomedical discipline

+ 5+ yrs related experience

+ Strong verbal and written communication skills

+ Experience managing complex projects with multiple stakeholders

+ Excellent interpersonal skills, and the ability to effectively engage and motivate staff assigned to the project

+ Ability to problem-solve and develop novel solutions

+ Ability to engage with staff at various levels (administrative, scientific, technical, and managerial)

+ Strong organizational skills

+ Attention to detail

+ Must be a US Citizen or Green Card Holder per customer requirement

Desired Skills

+ Knowledge of the peer review and/or grants management process

+ Background in cancer research, cancer prevention, or related areas

+ Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint

+ Knowledge of project management methodology

Required Education

Doctoral degree (e.g., PhD, MD, DVM)

COVID-19 Vaccination: GDIT does not have a vaccination mandate applicable to all employees. To protect the health and safety of its employees and to comply with customer requirements, however, GDIT may require employees in certain positions to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Vaccination requirements will depend on the status of the federal contractor mandate and customer site requirements.

We are GDIT. The people supporting some of the most complex government, defense, and intelligence projects across the country. We deliver. Bringing the expertise needed to understand and advance critical missions. We transform. Shifting the ways clients invest in, integrate, and innovate technology solutions. We ensure today is safe and tomorrow is smarter. We are there. On the ground, beside our clients, in the lab, and everywhere in between. Offering the technology transformations, strategy, and mission services needed to get the job done.

GDIT is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or veteran status, or any other protected class.

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Job Posting: JC217308884

Posted On: Jun 28, 2022

Updated On: Jul 09, 2022