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Director, Strategic and Data Sciences Initiatives

Job ID: req1705
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.

The Strategic and Data Sciences Initiatives group in BIDS works collaboratively to continue to accelerate cancer research with a focus on increasingly effective use of data and scalable computing while guiding development of future computational infrastructure and workforce capabilities needed to address key cancer research challenges.  The SDSI group also provides key leadership for collaborations with the US Department of Energy in the Joint Design of Advanced Computing Solutions for Cancer, Accelerating Therapeutics for Opportunities in Medicine and other collaborative opportunities. 


  • SDSI director will lead key strategic initiatives and collaborative efforts within the Biomedical Informatics and Data Science Directorate
  • Responsibilities primarily include working collaboratively with the NCI Center for Biomedical Informatics and Information Technology (CBIIT) and others to guide scientific computing program development efforts, advancing the biomedical informatics foundations for future cancer research
  • Responsibilities will include oversight of task orders supporting activities in the SDSI group
  • The SDSI director will also guide collaborative efforts working with the US Department Energy to develop new capabilities in areas of multiscale modeling, drug discovery, clinical applications, radiation oncology and biomedical digital twin
  • The SDSI director will lead a small group of experienced and highly-motivated team leaders enabling over twenty staff to deliver excellence on efforts for new HPC services, artificial intelligence and machine learning, training, computing infrastructure, data science, data management and data services, capability development and transfer, outreach and multiple strategic collaborations


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

  • Possession of Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college/university according to the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) in a related field or four (4) years relevant experience in lieu of degree.  Foreign degrees must be evaluated for U.S. equivalency
  • In addition to educational requirement, a minimum of ten (10) years of progressively responsible job-related experience including eight (8) years of experience in a leadership capacity
  • Track record of innovation in computational life science, data science, and/or AI environments
  • Proven ability to identify, establish, build and extend successful collaborations across groups, teams and organizations with excellent communication skills
  • Proven project management, administrative and supervisory experience
  • Proven experience leading efforts and teams in high-performance computing and/or data-driven research environments
  • Experience with use of computational approaches applied to cancer challenges
  • Experience with advanced computing capabilities and data-driven discovery environments
  • Experience with multi-organizational initiatives with ability to build support for new ideas and initiatives
  • Ability to obtain and maintain a security clearance


Candidates with these desired skills will be given preferential consideration:

  • A Ph.D. degree in any quantitative life science is preferred
  • National presence among high performance computing sector
  • National presence among cancer research community
  • Familiarity with government task order contracting environment
  • Track record of successful computational life sciences innovation, multi-organizational collaboration, and deployment of robust operational services


  • Proven team leadership and effective stakeholder management
  • Deep understanding of and experience in high-performance computing
  • Experience with research environments employing deep learning, machine learning or other forms of AI
  • Experience with budget development, activity tracking and reporting
  • Familiarity with software development processes
  • Experience with application of large-scale computational models in life sciences
  • Excellent presentation, verbal and written communication skills
  • Excellent organizational skills across projects, collaborations, and new initiatives

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