The National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS), a major research component of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) is seeking applications from exceptional scientists to serve as a Contract Officer Representative (COR) Level-II for late-stage preclinical development projects within the Therapeutic Development Branch (TDB). The Branch partners with collaborators (academic institutions, foundations and private industry) to implement preclinical development studies leading to an Investigational New Drug (IND) application for new therapeutics (including small molecules, biologics, gene and cell therapies, and devices). These projects play a leading role in the NCATS mission to develop new ways to reduce, remove, or bypass bottlenecks across the entire continuum of translational science, and to address rare and neglected diseases.
Specific responsibilities will include:
Contract Familiarization – familiarization with the terms and conditions of the contract, the Statement of Work (SOW) and contractor responsibilities ensuring that the contractor’s performance meets the standards set forth in the contract, ensuring the contractor meets the technical requirements under the contract by the delivery date(s) and/or within the period of performance, and ensuring that the contractor performs within the price or estimated cost stated in the contract.
Changes/Modifications to the Contract – promptly furnish the Contracting Officer (CO) any requests for change, deviation, or modification (whether generated by Government personnel or contractor personnel).
Progress, Inspection and Acceptance – inspect and evaluate products (including reports and drafts) and services delivered by the contractor and make recommendations to the CO regarding their acceptability. Monitor burn rates and track progress in a timely manner.
Payments to the Contractor – review contractor’s invoices (fixed-price contracts) or vouchers (cost-reimbursement type contracts); make recommendations to the CO for payments for work completed and related charges on the basis of the terms and conditions of the contract.
The incumbent will have excellent interpersonal skills, including: clear, succinct and timely communication and proven ability to foster important relationships with Contracting Officers and key stakeholders; maintain integrity and accuracy of project information to meet team, management and portfolio requirements; utilizing project management software such as Microsoft Teams; speak and write clearly and effectively; and work collaboratively with colleagues to achieve project, team, and organizational goals. The current salary range is commensurate with experience and accomplishments; a full civil service package of benefits (including retirement, health, life and long-term care insurance, Thrift Savings Plan participation, etc.) is available.
Qualifications: Applicants must hold a doctoral degree (MD, PhD or equivalent) in a relevant field and be familiar with and have direct experience in all aspects of preclinical studies leading to IND filing with the FDA (including chemistry, manufacturing and controls (CMC), formulation and drug manufacturing, and toxicology and safety pharmacology studies). Applicants also must possess Federal Acquisition Certification for Contracting Officer’s Representatives (FAC-COR) and/or certification at the COR II level or above.
How to Apply: Please submit a cover letter describing your interest in the position, including a career synopsis (1-3 pages); a current curriculum vitae and complete bibliography; and the names and contact information of three reference to: [email protected]. You must cite “NCATS25-0005” in the subject line. The position will remain open for 60 days (July 20 to September 20). Learn more about us at: https://ncats.nih.gov/about/center/org/dpi.
All information provided by candidates will remain confidential and will not be released outside the NCATS search process without a signed release from candidates. The NIH encourages the application and nomination of qualified women, minorities and individuals with disabilities. DHHS and NIH are equal opportunity employers.
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