Biobank IT Lead (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 IT 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 Biobank IT Manager will lead the effort to build and integrate systems to support the Blue Ribbon Panel Biobank.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:


  • Architecture to include clinical and specimen processing data capture, Patient Physician portal, Analysis platform, Biospecimen Processing Core, Specimen Catalog, online centralized consent, system for online return of test results
  • Interprets customer’s requirements and expectations regarding infrastructure to support biospecimen collection, banking and distribution
  • Works to integrate systems and data with the NCI’s Data Commons Efforts
  • Develops and implements project management standard operating procedures based on PMI guides and the HHS Enterprise Performance Life Cycle (EPLC)
  • Plans, develops, and maintains project plans and manages tracking and communication of project milestones, risks, issues, and schedule related concerns
  • Provides project assessment reports to appropriate team members
  • Works in collaboration with the Government customer to clear pathways for project requirements, develop requests-for-proposal documents to source potential performers, review vendor proposals, manage project execution of the subcontractors
  • Attends meetings with the customer in the development and tracking of realistic technical milestones for project execution
  • Works with existing Leidos Biomed development teams and technical project managers to monitor project deliverables and timelines and provides scientific evaluation of supporting technical data to ensure product quality objectives and project deadlines
  • May assists in tracking project budget expenses and/or analysis
  • Initiates and maintains open communication with subcontractors and project collaborators
  • Writes reviews or evaluates Standard Operating Procedures supporting program objectives
  • Supervises staff



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


  • Possession of a PhD from an accredited college/university according to the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) in a field related to biomedical research (Additional qualifying experience may be substituted for the required education).
  • In addition to educational requirements, a minimum of eight (8) years progressively responsible job-related experience involving IT in the life sciences, and/or technical project management that includes managing IT projects in support of Federal Government contracts.
  • Experience in the agile software development process
  • Ability to lead team through the requirement development phase of multiple new systems, as well as integration of existing systems to form a new infrastructure
  • Possess excellent written and oral communication
  • Knowledge of clinical systems involved in the collection and handling of clinical data, including PII considerations.
  • Ability to rigorously evaluate technical information, excluding hands-on laboratory work
  • Ability to communicate effectively, orally and in writing, with non-technical and technical staff, at various levels of the organization, includes independently interfacing with Government Customer, Leidos Biospecimen Science experts, and project teams
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office, inclusive of Word, Excel, Access, and PowerPoint
  • Familiarity with interactive databases
  • Ability to oversee and supervise staff
  • Foreign degrees must be evaluated for U.S. equivalency
  • Must be able to obtain and maintain a security clearance
  • Ability to travel internationally



Candidates with these desired skills will be given preferential consideration:


  • Knowledge of Clinical Trials or clinical studies processes and procedures
  • Biomedical Informatics software development life cycle    


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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