Senior Human Subjects Protection Scientist

Clearance Level
Fort Detrick, Maryland
Hybrid Workplace
Key Skills For Success

Human Subjects Research

Institutional Review Board (IRB)

Research Protocols

REQ#: RQ141531
Public Trust: NACI (T1)
Requisition Type: Regular
Your Impact

Own your opportunity to work alongside federal civilian agencies. Make an impact by providing services that help the government ensure the well being of U.S. citizens.

Job Description

GDIT is HIRING a Senior Human Subjects Protection Scientist (HSPS) to support the Office of Human and Animal Research Oversight (OHARO), Office of Human Research Oversight (OHRO) at the US Army Medical Research and Development Command (USAMRDC).

The OHARO OHRO is responsible for ensuring that USAMRDC conducts, contracts, sponsors, supports or manages research, and U.S. Army Medical Command investigations involving human subjects, human anatomical substances or animals are conducted in accordance with Federal, DoD, Army, USAMRDC, and international regulatory requirements.


  • Provide regulatory-based written review of protocols using standardized checklists to ensure compliance with all applicable Federal, Department of Defense (DoD), Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Department of the Army, state, host nation, and MRDC human subjects protection requirements
  • Review research protocols that have undergone review and approval by the local Institutional Review Board (IRB)
  • Delineate deficiencies and areas of regulatory noncompliance and make recommendations to the OHRO Federal Approval Authority (AAs) regarding regulatory and ethical issues in OHRO submissions.   
  • Work with the investigator to make updates/revisions to the materials to bring the protocol into compliance for OHRO approval
  • Be assigned a portfolio of protocols for initial review; this includes determinations of not research, research not involving human subjects, exempt research, non-exempt research, and protocols utilizing cadavers/cadaveric specimens
  • Provide accurate information, assistance, and documents to customers and OHRO Federal personnel when requested with appropriate professionalism in a timely manner. *This will require active management of the assigned protocol portfolio; this includes data entry activities and use of OHRO specific information management systems to track information and activities related to protocol review
  • Assist the Government to develop policies, procedures, guidelines, and other materials to ensure compliance with current regulations and to update investigators, research managers and administrators, and administrative staff on human subjects protection and regulatory compliance policies and procedures as they apply to research supported by the USAMRDC
  • Assist in the development of local procedures and guidance for the OHRO and the USAMRDC in the area of human subjects’ protection
  • Support the development and implementation of effective mechanisms to communicate and interpret these regulations, policies, and guidelines
  • Assist in development and implementation of internal OHRO operating procedures and review guidelines as requested
  • Foster regulatory compliance through education and training of investigators, research managers, administrators, and OHRO staff, and provide assistance to program offices and investigators with interpretation of human subjects protection and cadaver use requirements
  • Acquire and retain knowledge of current Federal, DoD, FDA, Army, state, host nation, and USAMRDC regulatory requirements related to the protection of human subjects in research and cadaver use and apply knowledge of these regulations and general ethical principles during OHRO reviews of assigned projects
  • Interact with colleagues, consultants, investigators, research directors, supervisors, other US Army personnel, etc., to gather or disseminate information or to provide assistance related to assigned protocols, attend meetings and conference calls as necessary, and provide education on human subjects protection regulations and OHRO requirements
  • Participate in performance improvement activities and shall task contract personnel to participate in specific working groups to improve and streamline the protocol review and approvals processes, and provide input and assistance with formulating and writing OHRO standard operating procedures and work instructions


  • Education: Bachelor’s Degree in a scientific, or related discipline
  • Required Experience: 3+ years of related human subjects protection experience, 5+ years preferred
  • Technical Skills and Abilities: Working knowledge of the Federal regulations and ethical principles governing the protection of human research subjects. Working knowledge of scientific research concepts and terminology to properly conduct detailed analyses of all research protocols submitted for IRB review. Ability to become proficient in the use of an electronic document management system and Oracle based protocol information management system
  • Security Clearance: Clearable for a NACI (T1) security investigation
  • Location: Ft Detrick (Frederick, Maryland) Hybrid schedule
  • US citizenship required


  • Challenging work that makes a real impact on the world around you  
  • Internal mobility team dedicated to helping you own your career 
  • 401K with company match 
  • Diverse, highly collaborative teams
  • Professional development, education assistance, certification and training opportunities





Work Requirements
Years of Experience

3 + years of related experience

* may vary based on technical training, certification(s), or degree

Travel Required


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COVID-19 Vaccination

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