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Job #: R-00057471
Location: Frederick, MD
Category: Research Scientist
Schedule (FT/PT): Full Time
Travel Required: No
Shift: Day
Potential for Telework: Yes, 50%
Clearance: NACI
Referral Eligibility: Ineligible
Group: Health

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Job Description:

Leidos is seeking Scientific Review Officers (SRO) able to manage scientific peer review panels across multiple health specialty areas performing duties in support of scientific peer reviews. The SRO will lead panel teams through all phases of the review process. This role may serve multiple program areas depending upon relevant subject matter expertise. 

Primary Responsibilities

  • Manage all phases of the review process (panel recruitment, task compliance, quality control and scientific quality assurance, critique monitoring, budgetary requirements, and monitor deadlines) for the assigned programs/panels.
  • Serve as the primary liaison with the contract Project Manager and  customer for scientific issues and with respect to the review process related to the peer reviews managed.
  • Identify, recruit, and assign competent, expert peer reviewers and consumer reviewers to research proposal review panels.
  • Administer all aspects of panel review meetings including panel orientation, panel scoring and discussion, conflicts of interest, submission of revised critiques, panel debriefing, summary statement writing, and scientific quality control editing.
  • Provide appropriate guidance and instruction to the peer review panel members regarding relevant review policies, guidelines, and criteria; critique preparation and submission of documents.
  • Perform quality control review of written critiques to ensure their completeness, accuracy, and adherence to the recorded scores, editing documents as needed to clarify scientific language and remove unnecessary information.
  • Monitor submission timeline and quality of draft critiques, providing appropriate feedback to reviewers.
  • Create summary paragraph and provides budget information and administrative notes for summary statement.
  • Contribute to the development of the annual SRO management plan for the scientific peer review of proposals, and provide revisions of the plan as required by the contract Project Manager and client.
  • Provide reports to the Leidos Program Management team on assigned programs/panels.

Basic Qualifications


  • Ph.D. and/or M.D. with 5+ yrs experience after postdoctoral work.
  • Biomedical sciences or military medical sciences background required
  • Extensive Scientific Peer Review SRO experience required (multiple years)

Preferred Qualifications

  • Candidates with extensive previous biomedical research experience are preferred.
  • Experience managing scientific peer review panels for US Government departments, including the National Institutes of Health, US Army Medical Research and Development Command programs, and Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs
  • Experience recruiting and leading peer-review panels with reviewing proposal topics in cancer, infectious diseases, military medicine, traumatic brain injury, combat casualty care, and other military relevant diseases and conditions is highly desired. 

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External Referral Bonus $:

Potential for Telework:

Yes, 50%

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About Leidos

Leidos is a Fortune 500® information technology, engineering, and science solutions and services leader working to solve the world’s toughest challenges in the defense, intelligence, civil, and health markets. The company’s 43,000 employees support vital missions for government and commercial customers. Headquartered in Reston, Virginia, Leidos reported annual revenues of approximately $12.30 billion for the fiscal year ended January 1, 2021.  For more information, visit

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