Wanted: Scientific Review Officer


UPDATE: This position is now closed.

We’re seeking a highly qualified scientist to serve as a scientific review officer in the Scientific Review Branch (SRB) of our Division of Extramural Activities.

SRB conducts the initial evaluation for scientific and technical merit of applications for funding through grants and cooperative agreements in areas of research that NIGMS supports. SRB’s key mission is to ensure that NIGMS grant applications receive expert, timely peer review, while avoiding bias and conflicts of interest in accordance with federal law and departmental policies.

The selected candidate will be responsible for conducting the initial administrative and scientific merit review of grant applications for research programs and/or research training and career development grants. Candidates with experience with training mechanisms (e.g., T32s, K99/R00s) are strongly encouraged to apply.

Duties include 1.) ensuring fairness and consistency of the scientific peer review process by managing the scientific and administrative review of applications; 2.) acting as the designated federal official in convening review panels, ensuring NIH review policies are followed and writing summary statements to complete the review process; and 3.) providing guidance to applicants, reviewers, and Institute staff on peer review policies and procedures.

Applicants should have a bachelor’s or graduate/higher-level advanced degree in a medical, health sciences, or allied sciences field related to the work of the position. The position requires outstanding written and oral communication skills, and familiarity with NIH extramural funding as an applicant, awardee, reviewer, or NIH scientific administrator is a plus.

The position is included in the NIH global recruitment for health scientist administrators. There are two GS-12/13/14 HSA vacancy announcements for the position: one for federal employees (candidates with current or former federal employment status) and one for the public (candidates without such status). We’ll accept applications for remote, local remote, and local duty stations in separate vacancy announcements. Links to the vacancy announcements are on the NIGMS job vacancies webpageThe announcements opened today (January 17) and will close on January 26.

In preparing an application, the webpage on applying for scientific administration jobs at NIGMS may offer other useful information. You may also find the NIGMS tip sheet [PDF] for global recruitments helpful.

All interested candidates should send a letter of interest and CV to me, along with any questions about the position. If you have questions about the recruitment process, contact the NIGMS Workforce Team.

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