Scientific Project Manager (NCI)

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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 Molecular Characterization Laboratory (MoCha) focuses on development and application of novel genomic assays for clinical applications.
The MoCha Laboratory is seeking a Scientific Project Manager, to 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
  • Collaborate with Subcontract Administrator for drafting Statements of Work, New Work Packages, Subcontractor invoice review and approval, etc.
  • 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
  • Capable of formal reporting of research data, including presentations and/or scientific publications
  • Maintain knowledge of the most recent literature and scientific presentations relevant to projects
This position will be located in Frederick, Maryland.

To be considered for this position, you must minimally meet the knowledge, skills, and abilities listed below:
  • 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 of relevant experience
  • Experience or exposure to project management principles such as budgeting, tracking project technical status, scheduling, etc. 
  • 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
Candidates with these desired skills will be given preferential consideration:
  • Experience with molecular biological assays, next generation sequencing, cancer biology, direct project management experience, regulatory knowledge pertinent to CLIA or FDA guidelines for clinical assays
  • Government contract experience would be preferred 
  • Familiarity with patient derived xenograft and pre-clinical drug studies will be highly preferred
  • Project Management Professional (PMP) certification preferred, but not required

  • In‐depth understanding in 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

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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