Scientific Project Manager

Clearance Level
Functional Experts
Bethesda, Maryland

REQ#: RQ126121

Travel Required: None
Public Trust: NACI (T1)
Requisition Type: Regular

GDIT is seeking a Scientific Project Manager to support the NIH National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI). NHLBI provides global leadership for research, training, and education programs to promote the prevention and treatment of heart, lung, and blood diseases and enhance the health of all individuals so that they can live longer and more fulfilling lives. GDIT provides its clients at the NHLBI with project management and business process improvement support. 

You will work with federal senior leadership and the GDIT team to directly support the mission of the NHLBI Project Management Office (PMO) to enhance the Institute’s project management skills by supporting high-priority, trans-NHLBI programs; developing project management tools and templates; developing training and guidance materials; designing structures and processes that create the conditions for effective interpersonal and team dynamics; and providing advice and consultation on the development of strategic scientific planning processes to project leads, as needed. 

Responsibilities and Duties:

  • Oversee the daily activities and deliverables of the program and manage relationships with scientists and key program stakeholders. 
  • Develop project charters, project plans, and schedules and provide overall PM support to federal senior leadership. 
  • Work with stakeholders to ensure program requirements are defined to ensure program success.
  • Manage and plan at both strategic and operational levels to set priorities effectively.
  • Manage and guide scientific program meetings, schedules, budgets, team members, as well as other activities related to the program
  • Support senior-level working groups and meetings, including meeting minute capture, action item tracking, coordination, logistics, and materials preparation.
  • Develop monthly status reports with metrics and analysis to support forward-looking decision-making based on data; coordinate with other entities to ensure status reporting requirements are met.
  • Develop and maintain MS Project schedules; generate dashboard views and reports.
  • Identify and champion best practices in project management, including the development and use of templates, tools, and guides to create additional value and drive alignment and efficiencies for the team and client. 
  • Monitor and evaluate program activities to determine effectiveness and make recommendations for changes and/or improvements when necessary.

Required Qualifications and Skills: 

  • BS degree and 15 years experience or a MS degree and 13 years experience in science-related and/or public health-related field 
  • Experience in translating complex project management theories into easy-to-understand guidance
  • Active Project Management Professional (PMP) certification
  • Experience managing and executing projects of a scientific nature
  • Experience in working with diverse individuals across functional disciplines
  • Proficient in Microsoft Project and scheduling best practices
  • Proficiency in other Microsoft Office applications (i.e. Word, PowerPoint, Excel)
  • Proficiency with MS SharePoint
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to obtain a NIH Public Trust

Desired Qualifications and Skills: 

  • Prefer Master degree in science or public health field
  • Experience and comfort in dealing with complex scientific and technical information beyond own area of expertise
  • Experience in interacting with and presenting to federal senior leadership and scientists 
  • Experience applying traditional project management approaches to scientific projects
  • Experience working with NIH or other scientific associations
  • Experience with Project Online

Attributes for Success:

  • Desire to collaborate in a team environment and provide excellent customer service to clients
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail


  • Position is currently remote but when “return to work” plans are finalized, it will require working several days a week at the NIH offices in Bethesda
  • You will have the opportunity to work a flexible schedule around core business hours




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COVID-19 Vaccination

GDIT does not have a vaccination mandate applicable to all employees. To protect the health and safety of its employees and to comply with customer requirements, however, GDIT may require employees in certain positions to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Vaccination requirements will depend on the status of the federal contractor mandate and customer site requirements.

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