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Advanced Practice Provider (NP or PA I/II) - NIAID / Neurology

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

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Clinical, Clinical Nursing, Medical Affairs
Required Education
High School or equivalent
Position Type
Full time

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Advanced Practice Provider (NP or PA I/II) - NIAID / Neurology

Job ID: req3394
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 quality Physician Assistant and/or Nurse Practitioner clinical research services in support of the overall functions of the Neuroimmunopathogenesis Unit of the Laboratory of Clinical Immunology and Microbiology (LCIM), Division of Intramural Research (DIR), National Institute of Allergy & Infectious Diseases (NIAID).


  • 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
  • Performs protocol-driven and clinically indicated procedures such as lumbar punctures and bone marrow aspirations/biopsies. Prior experience not required; training will be provided
  • 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
  • Provides counseling, education and instruction to patients and their families regarding their diagnosis and treatment plans
  • 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
  • Ability to assume administrative responsibilities as needed and assigned
  • Ability to work on-site during regular clinic hours Monday - Friday, excluding Federal holidays. Ad hoc telework available as determined by clinical and protocol needs


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/university. Foreign degrees must be evaluated for U.S. equivalency
    • A Physician Assistant 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. Must have successfully completed the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA) examination. Must be Maryland State Board eligible
      • Physician Assistant I: In addition to educational requirements, no additional experience
      • Physician Assistant II: In addition to educational requirements, a minimum of two (2) years of recent clinical experience
    • A Nurse Practitioner applicant must possess a degree/diploma from a professional nursing program approved by the legally designated State accrediting agency at the time the program was completed by the applicant. Must have active, current registration as professional nurse in a State, District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, or a territory of the United States. Must have appropriate certification issued by the appropriate certifying body the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP), or the American Nurse Credentialing Center (ANCC) as a Nurse Practitioner. Must be Maryland State Board eligible
      • Nurse Practitioner I: In addition to educational requirements, no additional experience
      • Nurse Practitioner II: In addition to educational requirements, a minimum of two (2) years of recent 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
    • Ability to exhibit the knowledge of relationships between diseases, health assessment, counseling, diagnostic testing procedures, broad base clinical areas such as pathophysiology, psychosocial theory, pharmacology, and primary medical management practices
    • Must be able to obtain and maintain a security clearance


Candidates with these desired skills will be given preferential consideration:

  • 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
  • Prior clinical experience in acute care settings and neurology
  • Adult Acute Care certified NPs and PAs with similar training/work experience


  • 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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