Social & Scientific Systems (S-3)

Physician Assistant or Family Nurse Practitioner

Job ID
Regular Full-Time


Social & Scientific Systems (SSS) works to improve public health worldwide by providing technical, research, and program management services to government, nonprofit, and commercial clients. The SSS team offers a synergy of expertise in clinical research services, epidemiology and public health studies, health data management and analysis, and program evaluation and policy analysis. Please join our dedicated staff of employee-owners in an environment that values diversity and supports health, well-being, and professional growth.


Social & Scientific Systems, Inc. (SSS) is seeking a Physician Assistant or Family Nurse Practitioner to support a clinical research conducted by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences. Research projects include clinical studies investigating autoimmune diseases and other conditions with environmental influences. We are looking for a motivated, detail-oriented individual with solid clinical knowledge and effective communication and organizational skills. Experience in clinical research desired. The position is for full-time employment with SSS based in Bethesda, MD at the NIH Clinical Center. The position does not include on-call scheduling and largely follows a regular business day shift schedule.



The main responsibilities for this position involve supporting clinical and operational activities associated with the conduct of a FDA-regulated clinical trial. The successful candidate will be able to manage multiple tasks at once. Specific duties and responsibilities include:

  • Screening, consenting, and enrolling participants
  • Conducting physical exams
  • Ordering and review lab results
  • Scheduling other diagnostic and research procedures for participants
  • Providing care to participants on protocol under physician supervision
  • Completing and reviewing study forms
  • Completing all clinical reporting requirements related to the study, including daily progress notes, summary dictations, adverse event report forms, and documents for DSMB meetings
  • Overseeing and providing feedback on study operations, study documents and study data
  • Collaborating on study amendments and supporting regulatory documents as necessary
  • Performing other research tasks, such as acquiring outside tissue specimens, evaluating study questionnaires for completeness, sample processing (including basic lab work with potentially infectious agents), and adjudicating data entry  
  • Providing clinical support for other ongoing research activities, as appropriate
  • Attending study team meeting



  • Ability to handle complex consults and medications
  • Familiarity with administration of fluids
  • Ability to acquire disease specific knowledge through training by other physicians
  • Ability to function independently, following training
  • Excellent communication and patient relation skills
  • Ability to plan, prioritize and organize workflow and procedures
  • Good organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Able to work well in a team environment
  • Application of office or work unit procedures, methods, and practices with a degree of independence
  • Ability to exercise judgment and discretion in problem situations
  • Comfortable working with adult and pediatric (> 8 years of age) patients
  • Able to use electronic medical record system and work with a variety of computer applications


  • Prior clinical research experience
  • Prior inpatient care experience
  • Graduation from an accredited program, certified by NCCPA, ANCC or AANP, and licensed to practice in Maryland
  • NIH-credentials desired, but not required

SSS is committed to fostering a diverse workforce and is proud to be an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer of Minorities/Women/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, creed, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, veteran status, disability, or any other classification protected by law.


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