The Division of Research, Innovation and Ventures (DRIVe) is seeking entrepreneurial, organized, and collaborative interdisciplinary scientists (GS-14) who are passionate about developing life-saving medical countermeasures. Please encourage exceptional individuals within our network to apply to the following opportunity for a chance to work within one of the most interestihg and energetic places in government positions.


Experts with specific backgrounds provided innovators with an overview of key resources available for securing funding, advancing their product from all stages of development, and educated them on the many funding opportunities available within BARDA and BARDA DRIVe. Through these panels, researchers with products related to immerging infectious diseases can receive direct mentorship for creating a sustainable business model for their technology.

Scientific Advisor to DRIVe Director providing expert scientific advice and help lead new health security initiatives and DRIVe strategy, ongoing and new collaborations with other federal agencies and private-sector partners.

Program Officer supporting the development, execution, and management of R&D programs within the DRIVe Launch Office, including Host-directed Therapeutics

Program Officer supporting the development, execution, and management of R&D programs within the DRIVe Frontiers Office, including Digital MCMs

Program Officer supporting the development, execution, and management of R&D programs within the DRIVe Alliance Office, including current drug repurposing programs, and vector-borne diseases.

Program Officer supporting the development and execution of programs to support portfolio companies supported by DRIVe ecosystem programs including BARDA Ventures, BlueKnight partnership with J&J and BARDA Accelerator Network, within the DRIVe Catalyst Office


Support the team working on early enabling tools and technologies as well as the entire Division with development, execution, and management of new and existing R&D funding programs.

Conduct landscape research, develop the strategy and operational plans for funding programs and implement them as the program director

Manage selection of existing contracts and provide project oversight as a Contracting Officer's Representative II.

Assist with developing and monitoring program budget, produce briefing materials and communications packages (as appropriate), and develop linkages to other DRIVe and BARDA programs and priorities Participate in strategic planning meetings.

Represent DRIVe's and BARDA's interest in the interagency and interface with multiple interagency working groups.

Prepare and present reports and recommendations to various audiences, including presentations for the DRIVe Director.

Coordinate with colleagues across BARDA in the development of strategy documents, responses to requests from senior leadership, and other needs as they arise.

Informally oversee a team of contractors to achieve the objectives of each program.


Entrepreneurial individuals who are willing to roll up their sleeves, dig in, and make an impact Passionate about innovation in health and the development of life-saving medical countermeasures Able to conceive of the big picture problem, and develop in a detail-oriented way innovative approaches to achieving the desired solution.

Must be organized, able to multitask, manage last minute taskers and think about best action plan quickly. Evidence of independent program management and related accomplishments in a scientific / engineering field relevant to medical countermeasure development.

Skill in preparing project papers and staff reports and skill in organizing and delivering briefings to managers to encourage wider standing and acceptance of findings and recommendations.

Ability to work with others and have interpersonal skills in presenting recommendations and negotiating solutions to disputed recommendations.

Ability to effectively communicate verbally and in writing to prepare and present findings and recommendations, to prepare complex reports, and to negotiate solutions to disputed recommendations. Work requires some travel.

Need to be able to meet the minimum requirements of a GS-14 biologist position within the U.S. government. Ph.D. degree in a relevant life science, natural science, or engineering discipline required.