Scientific Program Manager

Montgomery County, Maryland
Dec 01, 2022
Dec 08, 2022
Full Time

As a Scientific Project Manager , you may:
  • Provide expert leadership, advice and authoritative guidance to the Division of Translational Research staff in preparing and managing cooperative agreements and contracts.
  • Manage a portfolio of drug discovery grants, cooperative agreements, and contracts with trans-NIH scope including responsibility for all aspects of administration (i.e., organizing and managing).
  • Develop project plans and associated communications documents; manage the day-to-day activities of assigned Programs and Projects
  • Prepare and review data packages to support and defend recommendations to DTR, NINDS and NIH in forums such as NIH HEAL related meetings, NINDS Extramural Science Committee and NINDS Council meetings.
  • Provide direct or arranging for the necessary chemistry, pharmacology, neuroscience, and experimental design expertise to advance the translational and therapy development efforts as part of the NINDS mission.
  • Set and continually manage Program and Project expectations with team members and other stakeholders; effectively communicate expectations to all team members and stakeholders; identify and resolve issues and conflicts within Program and Project teams.


Conditions of Employment

  • U.S. Citizenship requirement or proof of being a U.S. National must be met by closing date.
  • Employment is subject to the successful completion of the pre-appointment process (i.e., background investigation, verification of qualifications and job requirements, completion of onboarding forms, submission of required documents, etc.)
  • Males born after December 31, 1959 must be registered with the Selective Service.
  • Applicants must meet all qualifications requirements within thirty (30) calendar days of the closing date of this announcement, including time in grade.
  • Position requires Education. Please provide transcripts


In order to qualify for this Scientific Project Manager, GS-0601 position, you must have successfully completed a 4-year course of study in an accredited college or university leading to a Bachelor's Degree or graduate/higher level degree with major study in an academic field related to the medical field, health sciences or allied sciences appropriate to the work of this position. This degree must be from an educational program from an accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education at the time the degree was obtained.

In addition, in order to qualify for the Scientific Project Manager at the GS-15 grade level, you must: You must demonstrate in your resume at least one (1) year of qualifying experience equivalent to at least the GS-14 level in the Federal service obtained in either the private or public sector, performing the following types of tasks: Directing and managing a portfolio of multidisciplinary and milestone-drive projects related to drug research and development; analyzing, evaluating and developing data related to preclinical therapeutic research and development plans; overseeing costs and obtaining continued funding; identifying and developing program directions and procedures surrounding the administration of programs related to preclinical and pharmaceutical research and development; representing their organization at conferences and meetings with high ranking scientists in academia, industry or government.

You will receive credit for all experience material to the position, including experience gained in religious, civic, welfare, service, and organizational activities, regardless of whether you received pay.

Do not copy and paste the duties, specialized experience, or occupational assessment questionnaire from this announcement into your resume as that will not be considered a demonstration of your qualifications for this position.

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This position has an education requirement. You are strongly encouraged to submit a copy of your transcripts (or a list of your courses including titles, credit hours completed and grades). Unofficial transcripts will be accepted in the application package. Official transcripts will be required from all selectees prior to receiving an official offer. Click here for information on Foreign Education.

Additional information

If you are unable to apply online or need to fax a document you do not have in electronic form, view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application .
  • Federal agencies may request information regarding the vaccination status of selected applicants for the purposes of implementing other workplace safety protocols, such as protocols related to masking, physical distancing, testing, travel, and quarantine. Employees providing healthcare or services in support of healthcare (Healthcare Workforce) may be required to receive a COVID-19 vaccine because they are expected to perform duties that put them in contact or potential contact with patients. We may request COVID-19 vaccination, and other vaccination documentation from Healthcare Workforce personnel at any point during the onboarding process or at any time during your employment with NIH.
  • If selected, you will be required to complete a Confidential Financial Disclosure Report, OGE Form 450 to determine if a conflict or an appearance of a conflict exists between your financial interest and your prospective position with the agency. This information is required annually. For information, visit the NIH Ethics website: .
  • A one-year probationary period may be required upon selection/placement.
  • This position is designated as a " non-emergency/teleworker " position and the selected candidate will be considered a " non-emergency/teleworker " employee. In the event of a closure, you must be available to telework or request leave.
  • At the supervisor's discretion, this position may offer work schedule flexibilities : telework and compressed schedules
  • interested in performing the duties of this position within the Commissioned Corps should apply online to this announcement to receive consideration.
  • This position is eligible for local remote work, a position designation where onsite presence is required only on an irregular or infrequent basis, not to exceed two days or 16 hours every two weeks. Your worksite (e.g., home residence) must be within the Washington-Baltimore-Arlington pay locality to be eligible. Visit OPM's page for pay locality definitions. Visit NIH's Remote Work page for more information and requirements.
  • Veterans' Preference applies only to Schedule A (disability appointment) and Veterans Recruitment Appointments (if applicable).
  • The National Institutes of Health participates in the USCIS Electronic Employment Eligibility Verification Program ( E-Verify ). E-Verify helps employers determine employment eligibility of new hires and the validity of their Social Security numbers.
  • The NIH maintains a tobacco free work environment and campus.
  • Must be able to perform the essential duties of the position, with or without reasonable accommodation.
  • Visit our Applicant FAQs page for helpful information on the application process.
  • Visit our Total Compensation page and this sample for a detailed look into the benefits, awards, leave, retirement, and other incentives employees may receive as part of a rewarding work environment.

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