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Strategic and Data Science Initiatives Project Manager

Job ID: req1614
Employee Type: exempt full-time
Facility: Rockville: 9605 MedCtrDr
Location: 9605 Medical Center Drive, Rockville, MD 20850 USA

The Frederick National Laboratory is a Federally Funded Research and Development Center (FFRDC) sponsored by the National Cancer Institute (NCI) and operated by Leidos Biomedical Research, Inc.  The lab addresses some of the most urgent and intractable problems in the biomedical sciences in cancer and AIDS, drug development and first-in-human clinical trials, applications of nanotechnology in medicine, and rapid response to emerging threats of infectious diseases.

Our core values of accountability, compassion, collaboration, dedication, integrity, and versatility serve as a guidepost for how we do our work every day in serving the public’s interest.  

 Position Overview:


The Frederick National Laboratory is dedicated to improving human health through the discovery and innovation in the biomedical sciences, focusing on cancer, AIDS and emerging infectious diseases. 

The Biomedical Informatics and Data Science (BIDS) directorate works collaboratively and helps to fulfill the mission of Frederick National Laboratory in the areas of biomedical informatics and data science by developing and applying world leading data science and computing technologies to basic and applied biomedical research challenges, supporting critical operations, developing and delivering national data resources, and employing leading-edge software and data science to effectively enable and advance clinical translation. 

The Strategic and Data Sciences Initiatives (SDSI) group in BIDS works collaboratively to accelerate cancer research with a focus on building effective use of innovative data and scalable computing and guiding development of future computational infrastructure and workforce capabilities needed to address key cancer research challenges. Within SDSI, the NCI Scientific Computing Program fosters and enables NCI investigator teams to use scientific computing independently and helps to shape the organizational capacity to support scientific computing to enable NCI research. 


This position provides technical project management for the NCI Scientific Computing Program and related SDSI scientific and technical initiatives. Specific responsibilities include the following:

  • Lead task order management efforts for Scientific Computing Program development to include development of technical documents
  • Provide general project management and reporting support across Strategic and Data Science Initiatives (SDSI) efforts and task orders
  • Responsible for financial management for Scientific Computing Program Development (SCPD) to include budget management, cost estimates, forecasts, and reporting
  • Work with the Program Administration and Operations (PAO) office for contractual reporting
  • Work closely with Program Administration, Program Management, Finance, Subcontracts and other FNL groups on a regular basis
  • Perform subcontract management including tracking deliverables and costs and approving invoices
  • Prepare responses to non-task order related financial and contractual requirements including procurements, data calls and ad hoc requests
  • Work collaboratively to support projects across HPC, AI and data management related projects in BIDS and FNL
  • Work with BIDS SDSI personnel and CBIIT program leads to refine and update task order requirements as necessary
  • Represent SDSI at directorate program, project  management and other meetings
  • Provide technical project management and logistics support for HPC and data services, data science outreach, exploratory computing, workshops  and other SCPD community building activities
  • Perform stakeholder management, including tracking activities and ensuring timely communication  for SCPD developments 
  • Other duties as assigned


To be considered for this position, you must minimally meet the knowledge, skills, and abilities listed below:

This position may be filled with a Project Manager Level I/II, SciTech commensurate with the selected candidates experience. 

  • Possession of a Masters degree from an accredited college/university according to the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) or six (6) years relevant experience in lieu of degree.  Foreign degrees must be evaluated for U.S. equivalency.
  • Level I -  0 - 2 years of progressively responsible experience 
  • Level II- 2 - 5 years of progressively responsible experience
  • Experience with all aspects of project management from planning through execution, including scope, finances, resources, subcontracts, communications and stakeholder management
  • Experience with budgeting, cost tracking, forecasting and reporting
  • Experience leading successful collaborative efforts involving multiple stakeholders
  • Must be able to obtain and maintain a security clearance


Candidates with these desired skills will be given preferential consideration:

  • Possession Ph.D. in a technical field including project management, health, life sciences, computing or data science
  • A minimum of eight years of project management experience in a scientific or technical environment
  • A minimum of six years in a supervisory role
  • Project management experience with multiple government agencies
  • Familiarity with high performance computing systems, AI and/or cancer biology
  • Experience using IBM Cognos Analytics, FocusPoint, CostPoint and other financial systems
  • Experience working in a matrix-management environment
  • Experience developing scientific collaborations
  • Experience working in a matrix-management environment 


  • Ability to work with ease in a fast paced, agile environment
  • Self-motivated and results-oriented, able to effectively handle multiple projects concurrently 
  • Ability to multi-task in complex/dynamic operating environment
  • Ability to identify issues and apply problem solving skills
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Must be a team player

Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE) | Minority/Female/Disabled/Veteran (M/F/D/V) | Drug Free Workplace (DFW)