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Protocol Nurse Coordinator II/III - NIH/ NIAID

Frederick National Laboratory for Cancer Research
Bethesda, MD
Start date
Mar 19, 2023

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Clinical, Clinical Project Management
Required Education
Bachelors Degree
Position Type
Full time

Job Details

Protocol Nurse Coordinator II/III - NIH/ NIAID

Job ID: req3267
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., the Clinical Research Directorate (CRD), various clinical support teams provide high-quality comprehensive and strategic operational support to the high-profile domestic and international clinical research initiatives of the National Cancer Institute (NCI), National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), Clinical Center (CC), National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI), National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS), National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS), National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS), the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) and the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS). CRD’s support services are strategically aligned with the program’s mission to provide comprehensive, dedicated support to assist National Institutes of Health (NIH) researchers in providing the highest quality of clinical research in compliance with applicable regulations and guidelines, maintaining data integrity, and protecting human subjects. For the scientific advancement of clinical research, CRD services include comprehensive clinical trials monitoring, regulatory, pharmacovigilance, protocol navigation and development, and programmatic and project management support for facilitating the conduct of 400+ Phase I, II, and III domestic and international trials on a yearly basis. These trials investigate the prevention, diagnosis, treatment of, and therapies for cancer, influenza, HIV, and other infectious diseases and viruses such as hepatitis C, tuberculosis, malaria, and Ebola virus; heart, lung, and blood diseases and conditions; parasitic infections; rheumatic and inflammatory diseases; and rare and neglected diseases. CRD’s collaborative approach to clinical research and the expertise and dedication of staff to the continuation and success of the program’s mission has contributed to improving the overall standards of public health on a global scale.

The Clinical Research Directorate (CRD) provides nursing support services for clinical research being conducted at the HIV/AIDS outpatient clinics within the National Institutes of Allergy and Infectious Diseases’ (NIAIDs) Division of Intramural Research's (DIR), Laboratory of Immunoregulation (LIR).


  • Assists with clinical protocol development
  • Ensures compliance with regulatory requirements
  • Develops protocol procedure manuals
  • Manages clinical protocols
  • Obtains consent for clinical trial enrollment
  • Confirms eligibility of volunteers for participation in clinical trials
  • Communicates with patients and referring providers about the protocol and enrollment process 
  • Coordinates the new patient referral process
  • Oversees protocol operations to ensure study compliance 
  • Monitors data trends and alerts study team
  • Problem-solves protocol violations
  • Visits study site locations (intramural and extramural) PRN
  • Coordinates research specimen procurement and processing
  • Ensures regulatory compliance
  • Completes and submits required regulatory documents in a timely manner
  • Interfaces with NIH IRB to ensure timely filing of required reports
  • Assists clinical staff with clinical implementation of the protocol
  • Work collaboratively in a multi-disciplinary environment
  • Appropriately delegate clinical and research tasks
  • This position is not credentialed for patient care
  • Trains staff (intramural and extramural)
  • Creates and provides protocol initiation and update trainings
  • This position is not credentialed for patient care
  • This position is located in Bethesda, MD and can accommodate up to 2 days/week of remote work


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
  • Foreign degrees must be evaluated for U.S. equivalency
  • Possession of a current unencumbered professional license as a Registered Nurse (RN) from any U.S. state
    • Nurse Coord II, Protocol - In addition to the education requirement, a minimum of two (2) years of progressively responsible experience
    • Nurse Coord III, Protocol- In addition to the education requirement, a minimum of five (5) years of progressively responsible experience
  • Ability to wear personal protective equipment
  • Must be CPR certified or certifiable
  • Highly effective organizational and planning, problem-solving, and interpersonal skills
  • 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 perform word processing and spreadsheet applications independently with accuracy and speed
  • General knowledge of biological principles and scientific methods
  • Ability to obtain and maintain a security clearance


Candidates with these desired skills will be given preferential consideration:

  • Masters preparation in nursing, research, or a related discipline
  • Prior experience in adult clinical trials management
  • Working knowledge of HIV/AIDS and viral infections pathophysiology, disease trajectory, and clinical management principles


  • 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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