Senior Scientist/ Program Analyst - Military veterans preferred



  full-time   employee

United States


SAIC is seeking a Senior Scientist/ Program Analyst to support the Chemical & Biological Defense Lead for the Therapeutic Development Branch. The candidate will provide industry experience in antibiotic and antiviral research and development with an emphasis on small molecule drug development for the Advisory and Analysis Services (A&AS) contract supporting the Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) Chemical and Biological (CB) Department, Vaccines and Therapeutics Division (CBM).

This work is located in Lorton, VA. and requires an active Secret Clearance.

The selected candidate will lead a multidisciplinary team providing scientific analysis, project oversight and budgeting/acquisition assistance on a variety of current and emerging applications addressing concerns in the area of therapeutic countermeasure development for biological warfare defense.

The successful candidate, as a Therapeutics Branch Lead, will:
  • Lead a multidisciplinary team on variety of current and emerging biological defense applications as well as support the required administrative tasks; 

  • Evaluate and provide expertise on all aspects of therapeutic research and development, including project design, development, execution, and implementation;

  • Review and provide written and verbal guidance to Science and Technology Managers (STMs) on scientific proposals’ suitability for funding;

  • Produce written technical analyses of the rationale, estimates and information behind proposed costs for proposals submitted by academic, military, and industrial laboratories;

  • Review and provide guidance to STMs on reports and data packages provided by contracted organizations and government laboratories on the progress of funded research (cost, schedule and performance);

  • Provide advice on courses of action and assist with preparation of reports and briefings to senior government officials;

  • Participate in coordinating interdepartmental activities and research efforts;

  • Assist government staff with drafting critical documents and responding to taskers; 

  • Maintain current understanding of the rapidly evolving scientific advancements relevant to the Therapeutics Team's portfolio of projects and advise government staff on advancements.


  • Active/current Secret Clearance required.
  • Doctorate plus 9 years of experience or Master of Science plus 12 years of relevant experience in one of the following relevant disciplines: microbiology, immunology, toxicology, biochemistry, pharmaceutical/medicinal chemistry, molecular biology, pharmacology, genetics, virology, pathology, physiology, biostatistics, or similar discipline.

  • Experience with process development, manufacturing development and/or clinical development.

  • Detailed knowledge of and practical experience with FDA regulatory requirements for pre-clinical through Phase I clinical trials.

  • Excellent communication skills for interface with customers and with team members.

Desired Qualifications



  • At least 2 years prior technical team lead supervisory and management experience;

  • Familiarity with animal models used in drug development.

  • Practical experience and/or detailed understanding of the Animal Rule and associated guidance.

  • Experience overlapping multiple disciplines.
  • Familiarity with portfolio management.
  • Understanding of the advanced development processes (PD, CD).

  • Understanding of government contracting and acquisition processes.

  • Familiarity with scientific program development, planning, programming and reporting.

  • Project Management Professional certification from PMI or equivalent experience.