29 days old

Scientific Reviewer

Bethesda, MD 20814


We blend deep domain expertise in health IT, life sciences, public safety, and grants management with advanced technologies to help Federal agencies 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 cultivate a culture of innovation, customer success, and employee growth.

Duties & Responsibilities

MSC is searching for a Scientific Reviewer to provide support to the National Institutes of Health (NIH). This opportunity is a full-time position with MSC and it is on-site in Bethesda, Maryland.


  • Work with the Designated Federal Official (DFO), Federal Scientific Review Officer (SRO), to manage the scientific peer review of grant and cooperative agreement applications, and contract proposals assigned to the Institute for primary merit review.
  • Assist the DFO on multiple tasks/review assignments (grants and contracts) at one time.
  • Possess and apply scientific knowledge in areas related to the Institutes mission and the NIH peer review process.
  • Possess and apply Federal, DHHS and NIH grant and contract acquisition policy to all work.
  • Assist the DFO in identifying the administrative and the scientific issues in the grant applications or contract proposals, e.g. application completeness, adherence to scientific and administrative requirements of the solicitation; understand the hypotheses and rationale presented in the applications/proposals; describe and list the type of science and specific technologies proposed in the application and contract proposals.
  • Provide timely response to all inquiries from program, reviewers, and applicants and keeps DFO informed of all actions.
  • Assist the DFO in preparing guidance documents for reviewers, use of electronic systems, and submission of critiques.
  • Capture the results of committee deliberations during the review meeting.
  • Assist the DFO with the conduct of the review meeting.
  • Assist the DFO in the development of summary statements for grant application reviews, or Technical Evaluation Reports for contract proposals.


  • Ph.D. in Microbiology, Immunology, or related biomedical or translational fields plus a minimum of five (5) years of related experience.
  • Expertise and independent research in infectious diseases; postdoctoral experience (recent research presentations and publications in peer-reviewed journals are expected as evidence of independent research experience).
  • Ability to learn how to use the NIH and institute- developed digital business systems (IMPAC II, eRA Commons, QVR, RIMS, Pub Med, NIH Reviewer Support Site, SRDMS, SRP Access databases, NIH Reporter, numerous macros) that have been developed to facilitate SRP SROs work.
  • Proficient in technical/scientific writing.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office suite (MS Access experience).
  • Excellent oral and written communications skills, organizational skills, and interpersonal abilities.
  • Ability to lift boxed paper files for transport to/from meetings.
  • Able to search for reviewers with appropriate scientific expertise and recommend potential reviewers to the DFO.
  • Some knowledge of the NIH.



Medical Science & Computing (MSC), a Dovel company, is an equal opportunity 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.


Posted: 2020-07-09 Expires: 2020-09-06

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