Scientific Project Manager Biospecimen Core Resource (NCI)

Frederick, Maryland
Jan 05, 2018
Required Education
Position Type
Full time


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, in order 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 ( 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 Biospecimen Core Resource (BCR) Scientific Project Manager:

  • Reports to the Biobank Project Manager
  • Provides technical direction to a Biospecimen Core Resource
  • Understands how a BCR develops kits, stores specimens, processes DNA and RNA, performs pilots to test new technologies
  • Work directly with the Biobank project manager and the National Cancer Institute (NCI), as needed
  • Plays a leadership role in the development of strategic operational development plans
  • Engage well with Quality expertise at LBR and at the BCR
  • Monitor progress against plans and provides status and reports to management
  • Oversee the coordination of kit and specimen shipment
  • Provide project management expertise, support and standards as needed
  • Review budgets accurately and tracks financial information from subcontracts
  • Provide subcontract oversight and maintains coordination and communications among all parties


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) (Additional qualifying experience may be substituted for the required education)
  • Foreign degrees must be evaluated for U.S. equivalency
  • In addition to education requirements, a minimum of two (2) years progressively responsible experience in program/project management. Progressively responsible experience must demonstrate increased independence and overall responsibility for more complex projects at a program/directorate level
  • Strong written and oral communication skills needed to work with non-technical and technical staff
  • Possess commanding knowledge of Federal Regulations
  • Ability to prioritize multiple tasks/projects
  • Experience with scientific technical writing and documentation
  • 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 managing a Biospecimen Repository, or working as a technician or manager responsible for day to day activities related to biobanking
  • Knowledge and experience working within the context of a Total Quality Program