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NIAID Research Scientist - Remote/International Travel

Frederick National Laboratory for Cancer Research
Frederick, MD
Start date
Aug 5, 2022

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Regulatory, Science/R&D, Biotechnology, Research
Required Education
Bachelors Degree
Position Type
Full time
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NIAID Research Scientist - Remote/International Travel

Job ID: req2892
Employee Type: exempt full-time
Division: Clinical Monitoring Research Program
Facility: Frederick: INDUS
Location: 5705 Industry Lane, Frederick, MD 21704 USA

The Frederick National Laboratory is a Federally Funded Research and Development Center (FFRDC) sponsored by the National Cancer Institute (NCI) and operated by Leidos Biomedical Research, Inc.  The lab addresses some of the most urgent and intractable problems in the biomedical sciences in cancer and AIDS, drug development and first-in-human clinical trials, applications of nanotechnology in medicine, and rapid response to emerging threats of infectious diseases.

Accountability, Compassion, Collaboration, Dedication, Integrity and Versatility; it's the FNL way.


Within Leidos Biomedical Research Inc., operator of the Frederick National Laboratory for Cancer Research, the Clinical Monitoring Research Program Directorate (CMRPD) provides high-quality comprehensive and strategic operational support to high-profile domestic and international clinical research initiatives sponsored by the National Cancer Institute (NCI), the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and several other institutes within NIH.  CMRPD’s ability to provide rapid responses and high-quality solutions, and to recruit and retain experts with a variety of backgrounds, allows the directorate to facilitate strategic support to the growing clinical research portfolios of NCI, NIAID, and other NIH divisions/offices/centers. CMRPD’s support services are aligned with the program’s mission to provide comprehensive clinical trials operations and program/project management services to advance scientific clinical research that complies with applicable regulations and guidelines, maintains data integrity, and protects human subjects. CMRPD services include clinical trials monitoring, regulatory affairs support, clinical safety oversight, protocol navigation/protocol development, and programmatic and project management support to facilitate the conduct of more than 400 Phase I, II, and III domestic and international trials annually. These trials investigate the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of cancer, influenza, HIV, infectious diseases and emerging health challenges like Ebola virus and COVID-19, heart, lung, and blood disorders, parasitic infections, and rare and neglected diseases. CMRPD’s collaborative approach to clinical research support and the expertise and dedication of staff to the continuation and success of CMRPD’s mission has contributed to improving the overall standards of public health on a global scale. 

The Clinical Monitoring Research Program Directorate (CMRPD) provides comprehensive clinical support to the NIAID Division of Clinical Research (DCR) supporting clinical research to control and prevent diseases caused by virtually all infectious agents. This includes basic and applied research to develop and evaluate therapeutics, vaccines, and diagnostics. This position will support operations in DCR-supported Laboratories in the US, West Africa, Indonesia, and Mexico for the Collaborative Clinical Research Branch (CCRB) within the DCR. Position may travel up to 30% domestically and internationally. 


  • Provides operational coordination support to DCR designated high-profile clinical research laboratories in Indonesia, Mexico, West Africa, US, and other countries as assigned
  • Serves as a participating member of a research team and is responsible for locating and reviewing the literature pertinent to the project to identify the most applicable protocols and methods
  • Manages the day-to-day operation of the CCRB-supported laboratories, including coordinating activities of diverse laboratory research projects and ensuring availability of equipment and supplies
  • Works with laboratory staff to ensure that laboratory equipment is available as needed, properly calibrated and in working order
  • Reviews and recommends new equipment, schedules demonstrations, and initiates procurement. Participates in planning for future equipment needs
  • Participates in the development of standard operating procedures for overall laboratory operations and study-specific operations
  • Orients and trains professional staff and others on the methods and procedures used in the laboratory
  • Assists in assay determination for clinical laboratory operations and associated research studies
  • Develops lists of reagents and consumables for assays and protocols
  • Assists in standard operating procedure development and documentation for assay validation and verification
  • Provides support to the development and implementation of various technical and logistical tracking systems to meet research and operational needs across the high-profile clinical research projects
  • Skill in calibrating and operating sophisticated laboratory instruments
  • Ability to collaborate with scientists and to provide guidance on the management of the laboratory
  • Ability to work effectively with others to ensure the successful and timely completion of the research goals of the organization
  • This position has the option of being located at Industry Lane, Frederick, Fisher’s Lane, Rockville or 100% remote. 


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/biology/microbiology (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 two (2) years of experience in laboratory research
  • Experience related to clinical laboratory operations (e.g., development of Standard Operating Procedures [SOPs], validation and verification of new assays, expertise in laboratory equipment)
  • Must be detail oriented. Possesses strong verbal communication, writing and organizational skills, including the ability to prioritize multiple tasks and projects
  • Ability to work well under pressure, apply technical expertise, and make sound decisions
  • Flexibility and willingness to adapt in a changing environment
  • Ability to work independently and as a team member with consistent ability to take initiative and make an active contribution to the team's performance
  • Comprehensive knowledge of laboratory procedures for clinical research laboratories
  • Proficiency in Windows® and Microsoft® Office Suite including Word®, Excel®, PowerPoint®, and Outlook®
  • Must be willing and able to travel up to 30% domestically and internationally
  • Ability to obtain and maintain a security clearance 


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

  • Familiarity with Good Laboratory Practices (GLP)
  • Ability to work in a clinical laboratory setting both independently and within a team of technical specialists and project leaders
  • Experience working in international laboratories
  • Experience working in resource limited settings
  • Ability to apply working knowledge of clinical research relative to timetables to assess overall project timeliness and risks

Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE) | Minority/Female/Disabled/Veteran (M/F/D/V) | Drug Free Workplace (DFW)



A rewarding career with global impact

Whether you’re an expert in your field or just starting out, we have a career opportunity for you. We’re always looking for people to join us in fulfilling the mission of the Frederick National Laboratory: discovery, innovation, and success in the biomedical sciences.

Our team of 2,400+ scientists, technicians, administrators, and support staff work at the forefront of basic, translational, and preclinical science, with a focus on cancer, AIDS, and other infectious diseases.

We collaborate with colleagues across the National Cancer Institute, National Institutes of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, and others throughout the National Institutes of Health. We also engage with extramural investigators in academia, government and industry.

Your path to joining our team begins with the desire to work for the only national laboratory dedicated to biomedical research. Our employees share a common desire to help make a difference in cancer research and public health concerns. As you search for a career that fits your education, skills, and abilities, explore the core values that guide us and emphasize work-life balance.

Discover why joining the Frederick National Laboratory team could be the most important career step you take



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