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Physician Assistant II - NIH/ NIAID

Frederick National Laboratory for Cancer Research
Bethesda, MD
Start date
Aug 10, 2022

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Clinical, Clinical Medicine, Medical Affairs
Required Education
Bachelors Degree
Position Type
Full time
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Physician Assistant II - NIH/ NIAID

Job ID: req2776
Employee Type: exempt full-time
Division: Clinical Research Program
Facility: NIH
Location: NIH Campus 9000 Rockville Pike, Bethesda, MD 20892 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 Research Directorate (CRD) provides clinical supervision of programs at the clinical end of the research spectrum. The quality assurance programs provide the required autonomy and transparency of Good Manufacturing Practice quality assurance operations. CRD also provides operational support for clinical research and supports clinical trials management, regulation, pharmacovigilance, and protocol development/protocol navigations. These support services include dedicated clinical research professionals who provide patient care to clinical trial participants at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Clinical Center, and other research services that support the domestic and international clinical research initiatives of the National Cancer Institute (NCI), the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), and several other institutes within NIH. CRD’s support services are strategically aligned with its mission to provide comprehensive, dedicated support to assist NIH researchers in providing the highest quality of clinical research in compliance with applicable regulations and guidelines, maintaining data integrity, protecting human subjects, and helping to advance scientific clinical research. CRD facilitates the conduct of NIH-sponsored clinical trials that investigate the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of cancer, influenza, HIV, infectious diseases and emerging health challenges like Ebola virus and COVID-19, parasitic infections, heart, lung and blood disorders, and rare and neglected diseases. CRD’s collaborative approach to clinical research support and the expertise and dedication of staff to the continuation and success of CRD’s mission has contributed to improving the overall standards of public health on a global scale.

This position provides direct support to the National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Disease (NIAID), Division of Intramural Research (DIR), Laboratory of Immunoregulation (LIR).


Provides clinical care and clinical research support to an assigned caseload of research protocols (including, but not limited to):

  • Ensuring compliance with applicable licensure/certification requirements, healthcare standards, governmental laws and regulations, policies, procedures
  • Maintaining clinical competence in an area of specialty practice
  • Works collaboratively in a multi-disciplinary environment to provide comprehensive clinical research care to clinical research volunteers
  • Performs clinical assessment of clinical research volunteers as dictated by the protocol and/or the volunteer’s clinical condition
  • Monitors results, recognizes abnormal outcomes/problematic trends, and communicates findings to the principal investigator and study team members as appropriate
  • Provides protocol-driven and clinically indicated medical interventions
  • Facilitates the care continuity across healthcare settings (NIH Clinical Center and outside hospitals/providers)
  • Accurately and timely documents patient care and research activities in the appropriate charting systems
  • Serving as an associate investigator
  • Assists with protocol development and lifecycle
  • Coordinates with outside referring providers to facilitate the screening and enrollment process
  • Obtains consent for clinical trial enrollment 
  • Assists with data collection and management
  • Assists with sample procurement and processing
  • Disseminating research outcomes through
  • Participating in clinical rounds and protocol meetings
  • Providing staff trainings
  • Writing manuscripts for publication
  • Presenting at conferences
  • This position is located in Bethesda, MD


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

  • Possession of a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university according to the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) in a related field
  • Applicant must be a graduate from a physician assistant educational program, accredited by the Accreditation Review Committee on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA) or its predecessors, at a college, university, or educational institution that is accredited by an accrediting body or organization recognized by the Secretary, U.S. Department of Education
  • Foreign degrees must be evaluated for U.S. equivalency
  • Must have successfully completed the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA) examination, and must be Maryland State Board eligible (Eligibility includes documentation of a pending Maryland license)
  • A minimum of two (2) years of recent physician assistant clinical experience
  • Ability to wear personal protective equipment.
  • Must be CPR certified or certifiable
  • Highly effective organizational and planning, problem-solving, and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to work independently and/or collaboratively within a team setting
  • Highly effective computer skills
  • Working knowledge of biological principles and scientific methods
  • Working knowledge of International Conference on Harmonization/Good Clinical Practices (ICH/GCP) guidelines, clinical research concepts, ethics, processes, and clinical protocol implementation
  • Ability to obtain and maintain a security clearance 


Candidates with these desired skills will be given preferential consideration:

  • Outpatient infectious disease experience
  • Clinical experience in a research setting


  • This position is subject to working with or have potential for exposure to infectious material, requiring
    medical clearance and immunizations
  • This position is subject to atmospheric conditions that would require the usage of a respirator,
    requiring a medical clearance

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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