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Science Officers (CDMRP) at Camris International in Frederick, Maryland

Posted in Other 30+ days ago.

Job Description:


CAMRIS International is a medical research and development firm that realizes innovative solutions to health and development challenges through high-quality, cost-effective program and research management services. We combine our proven systems with today's most effective, evidence-based best practices to improve the lives of people around the world. Our core practice areas include HIV/AIDS, microbiology and infectious disease research, vaccine research, development and production, global health security, biodefense, and clinical research.

The Congressionally Directed Medical Research Program (CDMRP), within the Department of Defense (DoD), funds biomedical research in response to the expressed needs of its stakeholders -- the American public, the military, and Congress. CDMRP requires an experienced and cohesive team of scientists who can support all aspects of the grant execution and management process. Research includes breast, prostate, ovarian, kidney, and lung cancer, defense health, neurofibromatosis, tuberous sclerosis complex, autism, psychological health/traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury research, bone marrow failure, multiple sclerosis medical imaging, medical informatics, behavioral health, medical simulators, mobile health applications, medical robotics, deployed health, and other medical research programs. CDMRP is responsible for planning, coordinating, integrating, programming, budgeting, and executing these programs.

CAMRIS seeks Science Officers who are primarily responsible for grants administration, meaning that they handle everything from helping to negotiate the research grant, tracking progress throughout its life (reviewing annual reports and helping with any contract modifications that arise), assessing the relevance of reported publications and patents, and closing out the award. They serve as the primary point of contact for the funded investigator, acting as a liaison between the investigator and the contracting, regulatory, and other military sponsors. They will apply scientific knowledge and general understanding of grant funding to provide technical review and oversight of award negotiation and progress and provides recommendations to the government representative or contracting agency to support the organization's mission.


Specific duties may include:
  • Provide scientific, management, and administrative support to CDMRP
  • Administer research awards, including basic science and multi-institutional and multidisciplinary consortia, advanced therapeutic development, and clinical trial research awards
  • Review proposals that have been recommended for funding, considering peer and programmatic review comments, and provide notes to the contracting agency to assist with award negotiation
  • Identify missing regulatory information and documentation required for compliance
  • Review the current and pending support documents for grant overlap issues to include duplication of funding with other agencies, either federal or private
  • Identify 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
  • Maintain accurate grant files and track compliance through an internal electronic database system
  • Assign and review portfolio codes for new research awards
  • Facilitate communication efforts with the research protections office, contracting activities authority, and the Principal Investigator (PI) and their research team regarding issues with their research grant
  • Identify research awards (i.e., clinical trials) that require specific project milestones and work with the contracting office, sponsor, and PI to establish appropriate metrics and milestones such as a one-year milestone for human subject's approval
  • Review quarterly, 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
  • Assess the relevance of reported publications and patents
  • Provide briefings regarding the research portfolio to CDMRP, USAMRMC and DoD leadership, as needed
  • Participate 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
  • May attend peer review, programmatic review, and scientific conferences as requested by CDMRP as a program resource
  • Other administrative-related duties, as assigned

Areas of Research:

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
  • Cancer
  • Spinal Cord Injury
  • Infectious Disease
  • Alcohol and Substance Abuse Research
  • Epilepsy Research
  • Warfighter Research
  • Military Burn Research
  • Neurotoxin Exposure Treatment Research
  • Parkinson's Research
  • Psychological Health & Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Orthotics and Prosthetics Outcomes Research
  • Alzheimer's Research
  • Vision Research



PhD or Masters in a scientific discipline.



3 years: PhD or Masters Degree required. Minimum of 3 years experience in grants management, or a minimum of 5 years of experience conducting biomedical research, engineering, or analysis. Experience with clinical trials, human/animal subjects' protection requirements. Experience with military research or CDMRP programs. Knowledge of large federal program management and federal budget process required. Ability to use sound judgment in problem solving and excellent interpersonal and communications skills required. Ability to coordinate multiple sites and complex issues at any given time required. Must adhere to legal, professional and ethical codes with respect to confidentiality and privacy. Office and clinical environment. May have to travel locally, regionally and nationally.


Active DOD Secret clearance preferred.

Must be able to sit and stand for long periods of time.