Biobank Project Manager (NCI)

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The Leidos Biomedical Research, Inc.'s staff of scientific, technical, and support professionals conducts basic and applied research in cancer and AIDS.  It operates and manages the federal government's only vaccine manufacturing facilities (VPP, BDP), and runs the high-performance Advanced Biomedical Computing Center. It also operates the Frederick National Laboratory for Cancer Research, a Federally Funded Research and Development Center focused on cancer and AIDS research. The Leidos Biomedical Research Group’s Biospecimen Research Group (BRG) supports The National Cancer Institute’s (NCI) Biorepositories and Biospecimen Research Branch (BBRB) and are jointly responsible for developing a common biorepository infrastructure that promotes resource sharing and team science, to facilitate multi-institutional, high throughput genomic and proteomic studies. Currently, Leidos Biomed is supporting The National Cancer Institute (NCI) Cancer MoonshotSM Program’s Cancer Moonshot Biobanking program.  The NCI’s Cancer Moonshot program is intended to accelerate cancer research in key strategic areas. The strategic areas were deliberated and identified by experts in the cancer research community convened in 2016 through a “Blue Ribbon Panel” (BRP). The BRP produced a set of recommendations that are now publicly available (https://www.cancer.gov/research/key-initiatives/moonshot-cancer-initiative/blue-ribbon-panel). The strategic areas addressed in the BRP recommendations have in common two core elements: 1) critical scientific and medical questions, the answers to which could rapidly accelerate progress in cancer research, and 2) the need for nationwide participation by a diverse group of research participants who have agreed to share their biospecimens and/or derived data for the purpose of contributing to progress in cancer research. The latter element, an engaged and diverse research participant population and their donations of biospecimens and data, will be critical to accelerating research progress and is the subject of the project for which Leidos Biomed is seeking an experienced project manager.  The Cancer MoonshotSM Biobank will provide a networked biospecimen resource which will serve the goal of the Cancer Moonshot to accelerate research progress in cancer. 

The Biospecimen Research Group supports the NCI by providing excellence in the scientific design and implementation of programs that depend upon the collection of tissue from cancer patients as well as in the management of the data that is collected and ascertained as a result of the research process. 


The Biobank Project Manager will:


  • Work directly with the NCI project manager to ensure the scientific requirements for the project are clear and being converted appropriately at LBR
  • Manage the program’s expectations against the project schedule with assistance from project support staff
  • Accept re-direction from the Director of Quality for required project metrics, audits, etc.  
  • 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 key leads to ensure the operational needs of the project are being met
  • Develop scientific protocols to be used as a guide for the project workflow
  • Work with IT lead to ensure data from the projects is reaching the appropriate repositories
  • Understand the repositories used to collect and manage the data associated with projects, as well as contribute to their design when needed
  • Provide oversight of project budget, with support from finance




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


  • Possession of a PhD degree from an accredited college/university according to the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) in a related field as designated by the Program requirements (Additional qualifying experience may be substituted for the required education).
  • Foreign degrees must be evaluated for U.S. equivalency
  • In addition to education requirements, eight (8) years of professional project management experience in biotech, pharma, or government using standard project management tools and techniques
  • Ability to manage customer expectations, meet the customer’s needs, and manage a schedule
  • Strong writing skills, including ability to review the writing of others and provide constructive feedback
  • Strong communication and verbal skills
  • Experience managing direct reports
  • Must be able to obtain and maintain security clearance



Candidates with these desired skills will be given preferential consideration:


  • 3 years experience in role relevant to software development
  • Experience developing or managing a biobank


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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