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Support Scientist

Job ID: 2112587
Location: ARLINGTON, VA, United States
Date Posted: Aug 25, 2021
Category: Program Management
Subcategory: Project Analyst
Schedule: Full-time
Shift: Day Job
Travel: Yes, 25 % of the Time
Minimum Clearance Required: None
Clearance Level Must Be Able to Obtain: None
Potential for Remote Work: No
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Job Description


The Support Scientist position requires coordinating activities between government, private, and academic parties in order to facilitate fair and thorough reviews of scientific proposals and projects. A high degree of scientific literacy/writing and good communication skills are needed to construct and edit reports and reviews as well as for selecting subject matter experts.  Additionally, management and presentation skills are necessary to coordinate meetings and the people involved, both on the customer side and the review side.

This position will provide support primarily to the NASA Human Research Program ( and the Translational Research Institute for Space Health ( 

Essential Duties and Responsibilities include, but are not limited to the following:
• Coordination and oversight of multiple activities to ensure responsiveness to NASA Human Research Program (HRP) and Translational Research Institute for Space Health (TRISH) customer needs and to achieve end-item deliverables that meet contract requirements while meeting cost and schedule constraints.
• Serve as an expert on NASA and TRISH peer review panel protocols and procedures and primary point of contact for NASA Program Scientists, TRISH Program Scientists, and the researcher community in regards to NASA and TRISH Peer Review procedures and policies.
• Know, understand and implement current NASA and TRISH peer review policies and procedures including rules governing confidentiality of proposals and review materials, reviewers’ conflicts of interest, and procedures for panel review.
• Assume overall responsibility for management of assigned panels, workshops, and other peer review activities including preparation and quality checking of required documentation.
• Recruit experts to serve as panel chairs and subject matter experts on peer review panels, site visits and non-advocate reviews in the areas of human research, biomedical systems, crew health, space technology, radiobiology, and space biology.
• Break submitted proposals into panels by subject matter for review and assign proposals submitted to the NASA and TRISH research solicitations to appropriate subject matter experts.
• Maintain the integrity of the independent peer review process, ensure that each review activity receives a fair, impartial and complete evaluations consistent with published NASA and TRISH evaluation criteria.
• Interface with NASA and TRISH representatives and the scientific community at workshops and conferences.
• Review solicitations for consistency and compliance with FAR, NASA FAR Supplement, NASA Grants and Cooperative Agreement Manual, and NASA Guidebook for Proposers.
• Work on and meet deadlines for several projects/panels across multiple NASA and TRISH divisions simultaneously. Assist other peer review administrators as necessary.
• Provide support to NASA and TRISH in notification, selection, and other post-review activities for proposals and letters of intent.
• Work closely with the NASA Task Book editor on post-award reporting (
• Read scientific proposals and edit scientific reports.
• Examine scientific proposals for conformance to policies and procedures.




- Master’s degree (required) plus 8 years of experience, or PhD (preferred) plus 6 years of experience in the biological sciences including but not limited to physiology (human physiology preferred), microbiology, genomics, proteomics, bioinformatics, translational research and other areas of NASA interest (;
- Excellent scientific writing and editing skills.
- Excellent organizational and multitasking skills.
- Very good communication skills and able to interface with a variety of people from varied backgrounds, including both academic and governmental.  Negotiation/mediation skills a plus.
- Ability to self-educate on new scientific subjects as well as a broad familiarity with existing scientific subjects.
- Familiarity with scientific community and government regulations.
- Experience reading/writing scientific grant proposals.
- Experience reviewing scientific literature.
- Experience managing meetings involving scientific community members for government agencies.
- Knowledge of the scientific peer review process.
Other Skills, Knowledge, Abilities:
- Skilled in use of MS Office, internet research, and databases of scientific literature (e.g. pubmed)

Desired Experience:

- Reading/writing grants; experience in scientific/technical grant/contract administration or review; experience editing/writing scientific papers/reports.


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