Help Shape the Future of Medical and Behavioral Research Become a CSR Scientific Review Officer

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CSR Offers

  • A dynamic scientific community
  • Opportunities to work at the frontiers of your field
  • Competitive benefits packages
  • A family-friendly work place
  • Educational and professional development opportunities


Consider the Possibilities

Join a Dynamic Scientific Community

The National Institutes of Health employ thousands of scientists at the cutting edge of every area of medical and behavioral research in 27 Institutes and Centers. These scientists serve in a variety of professional laboratory and research administrative positions, helping NIH fulfill its mission to support and conduct medical and behavioral research.

The Center for Scientific Review (CSR) is the home to a community of over 240 diverse and accomplished scientists who share a deep commitment to science and health and making sure NIH grant applications are fairly and expertly reviewed.

Our scientists belong to one of the world's most vigorous and diverse research communities. They also work in one of the premier areas in the nation: Montgomery County, Maryland—a thriving, cosmopolitan county just outside of Washington, D.C.

Help Shape the Future of Your Field

CSR is actively seeking scientists to fill several openings for Scientific Review Officers (SROs). NIH and the scientific community place a high value on the work of the SROs. They work with the most talented investigators in this country and abroad. SROs play pivotal roles in ensuring that the NIH peer review process identifies the most promising research grant applications, because the most important factor in determining whether an NIH grant application is funded by NIH is how well it fares in peer review.

SROs help ensure the vitality of NIH peer review by using their scientific expertise and communication and interpersonal skills to—

  • Analyze the scientific content of grant applications,
  • Identify the scientists invited to serve on study sections and assign the applications each member will review,
  • Organize and run peer-review meetings to assess grant applications,
  • Provide applicants with a succinct written summary statement explaining how the review committee viewed the applications.

Enjoy the Benefits of Working for CSR

SROs are key professionals who are encouraged to remain current in their field by attending scientific meetings and conferences and obtaining additional training to further their professional development.

Benefits SROs may take advantage of—

  • Flexible work schedules
  • Telework opportunities
  • NIH child care centers
  • Onsite fitness center and classes

SROs may enjoy the many benefits of working for the Government and earn a salary comparable to many faculty positions in the medical and behavioral fields. To see all the benefits, go to the NIH Jobs Benefit Web page.

Job Requirements

The successful candidate will be a respected, accomplished scientist with maturity, integrity and outstanding communication skills. Requirements include an M.D. or Ph.D. in the biomedical or behavioral sciences (or equivalent training and experience); American citizenship; and a record of independent research accomplishments, documented by an outstanding publication record and administrative background.

Learn More

Learn more about the challenging and rewarding SRO positions available via our Employment Web page.

For further information, send an e-mail to You may also send a copy of your resume with you e-mail. Deaf or hearing impaired individuals and persons with speech disabilities are encouraged to call through the Federal Relay Service: 800-877-8339.

NIH Is an Equal Opportunity Employer

All jobs selections are based solely on merit, with no discrimination for non-merit reasons such as race, color, religion, gender, national origin, political affiliation, marital status, disability, age, sexual orientation, or membership or non-membership in an employee organization.