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Scientific Program Manager I

Frederick National Laboratory for Cancer Research
Frederick, MD
Start date
Sep 23, 2022

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Clinical, Clinical Project Management
Required Education
Bachelors Degree
Position Type
Full time
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Scientific Program Manager I

Job ID: req2994
Employee Type: exempt full-time
Division: Clinical Research Program
Facility: Frederick: ATRF
Location: 8560 Progress Dr, Frederick, MD 21701 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.


The Clinical Research Directorate (CRD) Drug Discovery and Development Program provides project and operational management of initiatives in support of the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS). NCATS supported efforts include management of the TRND (Therapeutics for Rare and Neglected Diseases) and BrIDGs (Bridging Interventional Development Gaps) drug development programs. TRND and BrIDGs stimulate drug discovery and development collaboration between NIH, Leidos, academic scientists, nonprofit organizations, and pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies.  TRND focuses on rare and neglected illnesses, while BrIDGs accepts applications for any worthy project.


  • Facilitates communications and engagement of researchers and other related stakeholders in the early translational sciences for novel therapies for rare and neglected diseases, cancer, and infectious diseases and cross-cutting early translational research disciplines
  • Manages a consortium of awardees related to pre-clinical studies, translational, clinical, implementation and data science; economic research; and enabling tools and technology
  • Supports public-private partnerships and collaborations among government agencies, private sector entities, researchers, and others to result in more rapid advancement of new and innovative treatments and technologies
  • This position is located at Frederick, MD


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 or university (according to CHEA) in a field related to biomedical/biochemical research. Foreign degrees will be evaluated for U.S. equivalency
  • In addition to educational requirements, a minimum of two (2) years progressively responsible experience in science and program/project management; progressively responsible experience must demonstrate increased independence and overall responsibility for more complex projects at a program/directorate level
  • Must be detail-oriented, creative, and flexible
  • Strong organizational skills and the ability to prioritize multiple tasks and projects
  • Exceptional written and oral communication skills
  • Previous experience directly managing multiple concurrent research projects
  • Experience related to research and development operations (e.g., development of Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs), staff development and training, resourcing/staffing, and budget planning and execution)
  • Experience with scientific technical writing and documentation
  • Ability to excel in fluid working environments
  • Ability to adapt to changing priorities
  • Ability to adapt and perform under innovative business, project, and funding mechanisms
  • Ability to obtain and maintain a security clearance


Candidates with these desired skills will be given preferential consideration:

  • Demonstrated superior program management skills, as well as senior level scientific and/or technical gravitas; experience involving early translational, pre-clinical, and/or clinical research-related projects.
  • Demonstrated ability to lead scientific research projects or clinical trials by overseeing and integrating all aspects of the effort, setting deadlines, assigning responsibilities, monitoring, and summarizing progress of project and program
  • Ability to lead early translational research initiatives associated with novel or emerging therapies
  • Familiarity and experience with federal government programs
  • Ability to independently manage and prioritize multiple complex projects
  • Ability to work in a busy setting, both independently and within a team
  • Ability to clearly communicate independently and collaborate across divisions and programs and with numerous external stakeholders
  • Exceptional written and oral communication skills
  • Ability to attend meetings as a program liaison
  • Ability to communicate effectively with high-level/executive personnel
  • Ability to create and maintain business processes and write, interpret, and implement various policies and procedures, ensuring smooth operations within the program
  • Detail-oriented with a proactive approach
  • Ability to manage customer expectations, meet the customer’s needs, and to work and manage a schedule
  • Willingness to perform tasks that may fall outside of the normal daily responsibilities
  • Proficiency with Microsoft software applications

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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