Requirement Analyst (NCI)
The Leidos Biomedical Research, Inc.’s, staff of scientific, technical, and support professionals conduct basic and applied research in cancer and AIDS. It operates and manages the federal government’s only vaccine manufacturing facilities (Vaccine Pilot Plant [VPP] and Biopharmaceutical Development Program [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 projects across the National Cancer Institute (NCI) that require expertise in the infrastructure needed to support the collection and use of human biospecimens for cancer research as well as other areas where scientific knowledge of advanced computing and/or scientific technologies is required.
The NCI’s Biorepositories and Biospecimen Research Branch (BBRB) and the Leidos Biomed BRG 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 NCI Cancer Moonshot℠ Biobank 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 to contribute 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 Requirement Analyst. The Cancer Moonshot℠ Biobank will provide a networked biospecimen resource that will serve the goal of the Cancer Moonshot℠ to accelerate research progress in cancer.
For the Moonshot℠ Biobank Program, up to 2,000 longitudinal cases from patients with 10 different cancer types will be collected, to include tissue resections, core biopsies, fine needle aspirates, and blood. The biospecimens will be utilized by researchers studying the mechanisms of drug resistance and sensitivity and other important cancer research questions. Subcontracts with up to 100 different cancer centers will be put in place to enable the engagement and participation of physicians and patients, including minority and underserved as well as adolescent and young adult cancer patients. Tumor molecular characterization tests will be performed as part of the program to help inform patient treatment decisions. Some tissues will be sent for Patient Derived Xenograft (PDX) model development at the Frederick National Laboratory for Cancer Research. A central Biospecimen Core Resource would be engaged for biospecimen processing and storage. Project data will be uploaded to the NCI Genomic Data Commons to enable data analysis by the broader research community.
The Requirements Analyst will lead the effort to develop and document requirements for the IT systems that will be in use for the Cancer Moonshot Biobank project℠.
Responsibilities include the following:
- Documents business and technical requirements and processes to formulate and develop new and modified clinical and research oriented information systems. Systems to include an online consent application, patient physician portal and Medidata Rave Clinical Data Management System
- Defines requirements and business cases for development efforts
- Coordinates with scientific and technology teams ascertaining system requirements, such as program functions, output requirements, input data acquisition, execution of users’ acceptance and may coordinate testing, and system techniques and controls
To be considered for this position, you must minimally meet the knowledge, skills, and abilities listed below:
- Possession of a Bachelor’s degree in biology or health science, science, or computer-science or Information Technology related degree program from an accredited college or university according to the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) (Additional qualifying experience may be substituted for the required education). Foreign degrees must be evaluated for U.S. equivalency
- In addition to educational requirements, a minimum of three (3) years progressively responsible job-related experience in informatics of healthcare IT sector
- Experience with modern, web-based applications from a user interface and capability perspective
- Exposure with structured deployment environments and associated best practices (development, testing, production)
- Must be able to obtain and maintain security clearance
Candidates with these desired skills will be given preferential consideration:
- Professional Experience working as Business Analyst: requirements management and analysis of alternatives
- Experience working with National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)-based security framework
- Experience developing system security plans and strategies
- Experience with SaaS and other Cloud deployment
- Experience with relational databases, SQL
- Data Modeling
- Knowledge of best practices in biobanking operations and biobanking data standards.
- Experience in biospecimen sciences research with knowledge of pre-analytical influence
- Experience in software development for biomedical research
- Proficient computer skills
- Proficient written and oral skills and communications with project team members and application users
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.