Scientific Program Analyst

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Scientific Program Analyst

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Must be a US Citizen
Some travel may be required

Columbus Technologies and Services Inc. is a strategic supplier and business partner to the federal government and its key suppliers.  Through our partnership with the National Institutes of Health, Columbus offers administrative, IT, engineering, scientific, and healthcare professionals the opportunity to work with one of the most prestigious research organizations in the world.  We are currently seeking Scientific Program Manager to work onsite with the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, MD.

This is a long-term contract position which offers:
 - Competitive salary 
 - Tremendous growth opportunity
 - Opportunity to work at NIH, the world's foremost medical research center
 - Learn more about what Columbus can do for you at

Job Description:
•Analyze program activities, via internal systems and/or NIH enterprise systems, to identify issues and develop recommendations for improvement.
•Analyze business and operating procedures to devise the most efficient methods of accomplishing work; plan study of work problems and procedures, such as communications, information flow, integrated databases, inventory control or analysis of funding plans.
•Develop quarterly reports from data and updates provided by the program awardees.
•Provide technical and management support to program staff during execution of day-to-day functions, planning and implementation of projects, including setting priorities, man-aging assigned tasks, monitoring project status, reviewing deliverables and providing status updates.
•Work with staff to schedule periodic conference calls and/or site visits, including web-based assisted tools.
•Work with staff on developing the agenda and logistics for meetings of investigators, and coordinating activities related to data sharing and management.
•Develop and facilitate various reporting needs unique to the organization; utilize a wide range of computer based software, in particular Excel and other databases.
•Provide regular updates and communication with the science officers (program directors from various NIH ICs who are current members of the program working groups).
•Work with staff to develop, negotiate, track and evaluate the yearly milestones and progress reports from awardees; prepare dossier for each award and the program, including developing presentations for conferences.
•Collaborate with staff on the management of program budget, including a wide range of administrative and analytical duties; monitor and track program expenditures; maintain fiscal oversight over office awards and contracts; track awards and obligation of funds; ensure adequate funds for program coverage.
•Generate weekly, quarterly and various other budget reports of program funds for internal use, for senior management, and as requested by the program officers.
•Consolidate financial data for budget presentations and provide overview of the financial status of operations; maintain internal records and analyze proposed funding plans to identify trends, surplus or shortage of funds; recommend new or changed methods or procedures for monitoring/tracking budgetary information.
•Develop and update standard operating procedures (SOPs) and guidelines for implementation of programmatic and administrative activities.
•Develop periodic and special reports and procedures; search records and files, the inter-net, background materials and precedent references.
•Obtain information and data for staff; review and summarize materials and data; gather and coordinate information for review; conduct data entry and file maintenance; edit and/or prepare text, data and charts.
•Respond to inquiries and requests for information regarding application status.
•Provide support to the upper level management and ad hoc expert committees. 
•Provide administrative support by conducting research, preparing statistical reports, handling information requests, and performing clerical functions such as preparing correspondence, arranging conference calls and scheduling meetings.

Required Skills:
•Ph.D. in Neuroscience or a related discipline; three (3) years of specialized experience plus a Master’s degree is equivalent to a Ph.D.
•Minimum of four (4) years of related experience.
•Working knowledge of NIH funding mechanisms that support biomedical research.
•General knowledge of medical terms and concepts related to neuroanatomy, neurophysiology, neuroimmunology, and/or neuroscience.
•Project management experience (independently performing budget execution and administration duties requiring tracking, review, and analysis; developing budget estimates and justifications, and submitting findings for higher level review; comparing and presenting figures of current funding with prior years of expenditures).
•Ability to develop detailed reports and analyses that will guide management on programmatic and financial issues involved in the oversight of the SPARC and BRAIN pro-grams.
•Experience with Microsoft Office Suite (MS Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, Data-bases).
•Experience with databases.
•Strong communication skills, both oral and written.  
•Ability to multi-task with great attention to detail.
•Excellent analytical, organizational, and time management skills.

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