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Project Manager III

Job ID: req1695
Employee Type: exempt full-time
Facility: Frederick: Ft Detrick
Location: PO Box B, Frederick, MD 21702 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 Vaccine, Immunity and Cancer Program investigates immune responses to vaccines in preclinical and clinical studies, with a focus on HPV and more recently on SARS-CoV-2.
As part of a large effort to combat the current SARS-CoV-2 pandemic, the National Cancer Institute (NCI) is collaborating with the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease (NIAID), the Centers for Diseases Control and Prevention (CDC), the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the Frederick National Laboratory (FNL) and other stakeholders to develop assays with the highest reproducibility, sensitivity and specificity for evaluation of immune responses against this new virus.  To address gaps and unmet needs in serology assay development and standardization and to gain a solid fundamental knowledge of the immune response to SARS-CoV-2 and underlying mechanisms of protection against infection, NCI has established a Serological Sciences Network (SeroNet), which includes the Frederick National Laboratory (FNL) Serology Lab, leveraging the vast expertise and excellence in HPV serology at the FNL. 
The Serological Sciences Network Coordinating Center (SSNCC) serves as the hub of the SeroNet Program and its network of 25 grantees and subcontractors. The SeroNet projects will include 1) immune assay development to standardize, harmonize and expand capacity for clinical diagnostic serological antibody testing for SARS-CoV-2 and 2) studies to determine the immune response to SARS-CoV-2 infection and associated disease. Core functions of the SSNCC include the following: establish and manage the operations of the SeroNet Steering Committee, collaborate with the SSC and the NCI to provide scientific coordination for SeroNet, manage administrative and logistic aspects associated with the accumulation, and dissemination of specimens, data, standard operating procedures, and assay performance efforts across the SeroNet, develop and manage subcontracts and services with Centers for Building Capacity (CBCs) and other partners and the development and operation of a data infrastructure to support storage, coordination, in network data sharing and public dissemination of SeroNet data. 


The Vaccine, Immunity and Cancer Program is recruiting for a Project Manager III to  support project management and programmatic operations for the Serological Sciences Network Coordinating Center.

  • Assist in the management of research subcontracts supporting SeroNet
  • Manage administrative Program activities by performing a variety of high-level administrative and programmatic functions that include planning and implementation of overall Program strategies
  • Communicate effectively to compose both business and scientific documents and ensure efficient Program operations
  • Assist with overall coordination of Program/Project level functions
  • Ensure Program compliance with all policies and procedures related to project management, contract relations, purchasing, and fiscal planning
  • Provide input for decisions and policy interpretations; coordinate and administer pricing and procurement requests
  • Assist in the preparation of program reports, including monthly quarterly reports, semi-annual and annual reports
  • Interface with government officials, both scientific and administrative, at varying levels of leadership and responsibility to coordinate logistical support for assigned projects/programs
  • Provide Meeting Management support to Programs, including drafting agendas, taking meeting notes/minutes, and recording and monitoring action items for initiative committees, sub-committees, awardee consortia, peer review panels, external advisory panels, scrum teams, program reviews, and other stakeholders as needed
  • Assist in the management of in-person large scale meetings (1-2 per year)
  • Assists in the development of oral presentations and meetings with internal and external stakeholders
  • Collaborate with internal and external stakeholders for intellectual property requirements, CRADAs, MTAs, collaboration agreements, subcontracts
  • Utilize scientific expertise to assist in the review and approval subcontractor invoices
  • Work as part of a team to manage subcontracts to assure project execution within established timelines
  • Manages project risk by proactively anticipating issues and develops contingency plans and solutions
  • Perform other related duties as assigned by supervisor or Program Director


  • Possession of Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college/university according to the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) or four (4) years relevant experience in lieu of degree.  Foreign degrees must be evaluated for U.S. equivalency
  • In addition to the education requirement, a minimum of five (5) years of related experience managing research, experimental planning, proposal writing and project management
  • Working knowledge and facility with Microsoft Office Suite
  • Ability to obtain and maintain a security clearance


Candidates with these desired skills will be given preferential consideration:

  • Regulatory knowledge pertinent to standards GCLP, CLIA or FDA guidelines for clinical assays
  • Familiarity with diagnostics and clinical trials
  • Data management experience
  • Project Management Professional (PMP) certification


  • In‐depth understanding of immunology, immune assays, diagnostics, vaccines and clinical research
  • Excellent communication skills (written and oral)
  • Ability to work effectively in a matrix and team‐oriented environment
  • Ability to identify and solve complex problems
  • Strong organizational and multitasking skills

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