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Molecular Pathologist (NCI)

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Job Number:
639338
Job Category:
Healthcare / Life Sciences / Medical
Location:
FREDERICK, MD US
Schedule:
Full-time
Travel:
None
Shift:
Day Job
Potential for Teleworking:
No
Clearance Level Must Currently Possess:
None
Clearance Level Must Be Able to Obtain:
Public Trust
Description:

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

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.


KEY ROLES/RESPONSIBILITIES

The Molecular Pathologist will:

  • Support DCTD in their initiative to establish the creation of cutting edge genomic assays used for molecular profiling of patient specimens
  • Assist the MoCha CLIA Director in the review of next generation sequencing (NGS) clinical trial results and sign-off on patient reports; current efforts utilize NGS and gene expression profiling from formalin fixed paraffin embedded specimens
  • Represent laboratory activities as part of regulatory meetings
  • Independently perform clinical duties and function as a collaborator with the Principal Investigators (PI) Oncologists 
  • Interact with assay development groups and contribute to efforts to keep technologies current and effective
  • Provide medical oversight of clinical evaluations necessary to conduct clinical laboratory studies in support of DCTD/Cancer Therapy Evaluation Program (CTEP) sponsored trials
  • Have direct involvement in histological interpretation of patient derived xenograft models for an ongoing project under DTCD
  • Author document, review pertinent research and clinical protocols
  • Contribute to the development and refinement of protocol approaches and methods

This position will be located in Frederick, Maryland.


Qualifications:

Basic Qualifications:

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

 

This is a dual level requisition. It may be filled at either a Physician II or Physician III level.

 

Basic Qualifications for a Physician II:

  • Current professional license in Medicine in a state, Territory, or Commonwealth of the United States, or in the District of Columbia
  • Will be required to obtain State of Maryland medical license once offer is accepted
  • Completion of medical residency and/or fellowship in applicable specialty area
  • Board certified in applicable specialty area or equivalent clinical experience
  • A minimum of one (1) year of relevant experience

Basic Qualifications for a Physician III:

  • Current professional license in Medicine in a state, Territory, or Commonwealth of the United States, or in the District of Columbia
  • Will be required to obtain State of Maryland medical license once offer is accepted
  • Completion of medical residency and/or fellowship in applicable specialty area
  • Board certified in applicable specialty area or equivalent clinical experience
  • A minimum of three (3) years of relevant experience

Both the Physician II and Physician II require:

  • Training/experience in the field of oncology and/or pathology
  • In depth understanding of quality metrics data for NGS platforms
  • Experience reviewing results of germline and/or somatic NGS assays for validity
  • Experience Interpreting variants in the context of the medical literature (experience with oncology and germline diagnostics including hereditary cancer syndromes)
  • Experience corresponding with medical geneticists and oncologists on interpretation of results
  • Professional mastery of clinical research concepts and processes
  • Knowledge/experience of molecular assays
  • Expertise in clinical research protocol implementation and management
  • Ability to perform genomic analysis using NGS tools
  • Ability to successfully perform in a highly matrix collaborative team
  • Proven track record of relevant publications
  • Background with federally-regulated research grants, clinical trials or pharmaceutical projects
  • Working knowledge of Good Laboratory Practices (GLP) and CMS CLIA regulations (or equivalent regulatory programs, e.g. CAP)
  • Strong writing skills and ability to author documents including manuscripts for publications, SOPs, clinical protocols, etc.
  • This position is subject to obtaining a Security Clearance

Preferred Qualifications:

Candidates with these desired skills will be given preferential consideration:

  • Supervisory experience
  • Regulatory knowledge pertinent to CLIA or FDA guidelines for clinical assays
  • Familiarity with patient derived xenograft and pre-clinical drug studies
  • Excellent communication skills (written and oral)
  • Ability to work effectively in a teamoriented environment
  • Ability to identify and solve complex problems
  • Strong organizational and multitasking skills


Leidos Overview:
Leidos is a global science and technology solutions leader working to solve the world’s toughest challenges in the defense, intelligence, homeland security, civil, and health markets. The company’s 33,000 employees support vital missions for government and commercial customers. Headquartered in Reston, Virginia, Leidos reported pro forma annual revenues of approximately $10 billion for the fiscal year ended January 1, 2016 after giving effect to the recently completed combination of Leidos with Lockheed Martin's Information Systems & Global Solutions business (IS&GS). For more information, visit www.Leidos.com. The company’s diverse employees support vital missions for government and commercial customers. Qualified women, minorities, individuals with disabilities and protected veterans are encouraged to apply. Leidos will consider qualified applicants with criminal histories for employment in accordance with relevant Laws. Leidos is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
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