Scientific Review Officer

Medical Science & Computing , a Dovel company
Westlake, MD
Closing date
Dec 3, 2021

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We are currently searching for a Scientific Review Officer to support o perform the administrative review of grant applications, identify specific areas of scientific expertise within the applications, recruit experts in the identified scientific areas to participate in peer review panels, and coordinate the review process of applications according to NIH review policies. This opportunity is full-time, and it is on site in Bethesda, MD.

Duties & Responsibilities
  • Mentors and coaches peer reviewers in the performance of reviews.
  • Identify the administrative and the scientific issues in the grant applications or contract proposals, including the hypotheses and rationale presented in the applications/ proposals.
  • Determine whether appropriate human subject and animal information is contained in the applications.
  • Ensure that summary statements and technical evaluation reports are compiled and edited to produce high quality documents.
  • Proofread, clarify, and edit reviews, summaries, and reports.
  • Review and prepare written reviews of research grant applications, evaluate incoming applications for completeness and accuracy.
  • Work with staff to manage the scientific peer review of grant and cooperative agreement applications, and contract proposals assigned for primary merit review.
  • Provide timely response to all inquiries from program, reviewers, and applicants and keep informed of all actions.
  • Identify and select reviewers by matching the expertise of the reviewers to the research grant applicationand with the specific science contained in the research grant applications and recommend potential reviewers.
  • Collaborate with staff to identify and coordinate the participation of reviewers for each application received and identify and coordinate the participation of reviewers for grant applications.
  • Make initial determinations regarding the appropriate assignment of all grants.
  • Review draft documents and synthesize comments and incorporate appropriate comments from reviewers into final documents.
  • Assist staff in the development of summary statements for grant application reviews, Upload, write and edit draft summary statements.
  • Assign applications to reviewers.
  • Examine key personnel, institutional affiliations and letters of support associated with each grant application to determine potential conflicts of interest; enter, update, and check the correctness of conflict data for all reviewers.
  • Schedule review meetings, prepare materials for reviewers, interact with staff; attend study section meetings and support the federal Scientific Review Officer by taking note of discussions; consult with staff as necessary to ensure smooth execution of pre- and post-meeting details.
  • Obtain, evaluate, and coordinate written critiques from expert reviewers; manage the coordination of critiques from expert reviewers; ensure that high quality written reviews are obtained.





  • PhD degree in Neuroscience, Physiology, Pharmacology, Molecular Biology, Miscellaneous Biology, Microbiology, Genetics, Biochemical Sciences, Biology,or related discipline
  • At least 3 years of experience

  • Peer review process for grants
  • Grants and contract mechanisms
  • Organizational management
  • Human research subject protections
  • Microsoft office suite including Outlook and SharePoint

Due to our contractual requirements and federal orders, including an Executive Order from the White House and an emergency regulation from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), the position for which you are applying requires that you provide proof of your vaccination status. If you are unable to receive the COVID-19 vaccine for medical reasons or because of a sincerely held religious belief, you may request an exemption from the vaccination requirement which shall be reviewed after the submission of requested documentation. If an accommodation is granted, the conditions may include weekly testing and masking. All Guidehouse employees also agree to follow any additional health and safety mitigation policies that may be required in the workplace.

Company Description

We are a trusted government partner that blends deep domain expertise with advanced technologies to help our customers solve complex problems that improve, protect, and save lives. As a rapidly growing company, we combine entrepreneurial spirit, customer focus, and an outcomes-based approach to support agency missions in health IT, life sciences, public safety, and grants management.

The Dovel Family of Companies offers employees an opportunity to advance beyond a specific role or contract, we offer a path to develop an enriching career. We believe in empowering a culture of innovation, customer success, and employee growth.

What you'll get...
  • Time Off! Flexible schedules and company paid holidays allow you to take the time you need.
  • Investment in YOU! 401(K) company contributions are yours to keep with no waiting period.
  • Choices! Unique healthcare plans to choose from with options like fertility and orthodontia benefits.
  • Discovery! With our tuition assistance and training programs, we support your career advancement.
  • Tax Savings! Enroll in pre-tax Health or Dependent Care Flexible Spending, HSA with company contributions, parking, and/or transit commuter benefits.
  • Support! Working parents and busy professionals - we've got you covered with a supportive culture, confidential Employee Assistance Program and a membership to
  • Perks! Employee discounts, peer recognition programs, company-wide wellness challenges, and fun community events.
  • A Voice! A unique culture where you can influence decisions and have your voice heard.

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer with a commitment to diversity. All individuals, regardless of personal characteristics, are encouraged to apply. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, or veteran status.

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