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Research Misconduct Investigator


Rockville, Maryland 20850
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DSFederal seeks an expert researcher (MD degree required) to review cases of research misconduct involving translational or clinical research for the HHS Office of Research Integrity (ORI). ORI is composed of two divisions, the Division of Investigative Oversight (DIO), involved in handling allegations of research misconduct and conducting thorough oversight reviews of institutional investigations, and the Division of Education and Integrity (DEI), involved in educational outreach programs to promote research integrity within the scientific research community.


Working within DIO, the Research Misconduct Investigator will apply technical knowledge to develop overall plans to evaluate investigations into allegations of misconduct in scientific research, with emphasis in clinical and/or translational research.  The position strengthens the mechanisms for ensuring the integrity of the research process.  Through specific actions within the scope of work assignments incumbent ensures progress towards achieving enhanced program outcomes and administrative efficiencies.   



The investigator will review assessment, inquiry, and investigation reports and relevant research records from institutional cases of research misconduct. The investigator will be required to review at least 6, or more cases depending on the complexity of ongoing cases of alleged research misconduct.  The investigator will review inquiry and investigation reports from institutions, review all scientific and medical evidence, and create reports for DIO. The oversight review includes developing new allegations, if identified.  Cases will be presented to DIO staff to determine appropriate case resolution for ORI.  The investigator will participate in all DIO case review meetings and aid DIO Director in assessing allegations of research misconduct including handling incoming allegations, via telephone, on a rotating basis with other DIO staff.

Technical Skills Required

Excellent writing and communication skills. Solid grasp of basic biomedical sciences. Excellent critical thinking and analytical skills.

Experience Required

Desired qualifications for this position include extensive scientific and clinical background that is normally obtained by meeting the requirements of an M.D.; relevant clinical research that was successfully completed; documented excellence in oral and written communication skills; and significant understanding of the PHS grant funding and review processes. Because the evidence is confidential and cannot be removed from the office, the contractor will be required during the entire contracting period to spend approximately 40 hours per week at the ORI office to review evidence and reports.

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