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Scientific Project Manager I/II

Job ID: req991
Facility: Frederick: Ft Detrick
Location: PO Box B, Frederick, MD 21702 USA

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

Position Overview:


The Molecular Characterization Laboratory (MoCha) is part of Leidos Biomedical Research’s Clinical Research Directorate (CRD) at the Frederick National Laboratory for Cancer Research. The MoCha Laboratory is responsible for providing high-level research in support of the NCI-Cancer Diagnostics Program (CDP) within the Division of Cancer Treatment and Diagnosis (DCTD). MoCha is charged with the development and application of genomic assays for use in medical research and diagnostics for DCTD-sponsored national extramural clinical trials.


The Scientific Project Manager will be responsible for managing multiple projects in coordination with other scientific and project management staff. 

Specific duties will include:

  • Provide scientific and administrative project management support
  • Work directly with the NCI Project Manager(s) to ensure the scientific requirements for the project(s) are clear and being converted appropriately at LBR
  • Meet requirements from the Project Management Office (PMO) for scheduled updates, including risk factors and finances
  • Provide regular written reports detailing progress against tasks and milestones
  • Work with Project Management staff to ensure the operational needs of the project are being met
  • Draft technical requirements to be included in Statements of Work, New Work Packages, and proposals written in response to NCI task orders
  • Utilize scientific expertise to review and approve subcontractor invoices
  • Work directly to manage subcontracts to assure project execution
  • Develop scientific protocols to be used as a guide for the project workflow
  • Collaborate with internal and external stakeholders for intellectual property requirements, CRADAs, MTAs, etc.
  • Lead oral presentations and meetings with internal and external stakeholders
  • Report research data, including presentations and/or scientific publications when needed
  • Maintain a knowledge of the most recent literature and scientific presentations relevant to projects
  • This position will be located in Frederick, Maryland.

As a critical member of the MoCha Lab, on site presence will be required in Frederick and occasionally in Shady Grove, Maryland.


This is a dual level requisition. It may be filled at either a Scientific Project Manager I or Scientific Project Manager II level.

Scientific Project Manager I:

  • Possession of a PhD in a related field from an accredited college or university according to the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) or eight (8) years equivalent experience in lieu of degree.  Foreign degrees must be evaluated for U.S. equivalency.

Scientific Project Manager II:

  • Possession of a PhD in a related field from an accredited college or university according to the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). Foreign degrees must be evaluated for U.S. equivalency
  • Five (5) years progressively responsible experience in program/project management. Progressively responsible experience must demonstrate increased independence and overall responsibility for more complex projects at a program/directorate level

Both levels require:

  • Experience with molecular biology assays, next generation sequencing, and cancer biology
  • Experience with scientific technical writing and documentation
  • Experience with budgeting, cost estimates, and financial projections
  • Experience interpreting and/or authoring Statements of Work (SOW)
  • Must have exceptional communication skills with ability to communicate clearly with all levels of scientific personnel and administrative staff through written and oral presentations
  • Ability to multi-task and effectively prioritize and meet timelines in multiple concurrent projects
  • Ability to work independently in a dynamic environment and capable of completing tasks with minimal supervision
  • Scientific competency in a field relevant and related to cancer research
  • Must be able to obtain and maintain a security clearance


  • Regulatory knowledge pertinent to CLIA or FDA guidelines for clinical assays
  • Familiarity with patient derived xenograft and pre-clinical drug studies
  • Familiarity with clinical trials
  • Project Management Professional (PMP) certification


  • In‐depth understanding of molecular biology techniques, oncology 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)

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