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Software Manager II

Frederick National Laboratory for Cancer Research
Frederick, MD
Start date
May 14, 2023

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Software Manager II

Job ID: req3404
Employee Type: exempt full-time
Division: Vaccine, Immunity and Cancer
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 Vaccine, Immunity and Cancer Directorate investigates immune responses to vaccines in preclinical and clinical studies, with a focus on HPV and more recently on SARS-CoV-2. As part of a large effort to combat the current SARS-CoV-2 pandemic, the National Cancer Institute (NCI) is collaborating with the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease (NIAID), the Centers for Diseases Control and Prevention (CDC), the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the Frederick National Laboratory (FNL) and other stakeholders to develop assays with the highest reproducibility, sensitivity, and specificity for evaluation of immune responses against this new virus.  To address gaps and unmet needs in serology assay development and standardization and to gain a solid fundamental knowledge of the immune response to SARS-CoV-2 and underlying mechanisms of protection against infection, NCI has established the Serological Sciences Network (SeroNet), which includes the Frederick National Laboratory (FNL) Serology Lab, leveraging the vast expertise and excellence in HPV serology at the FNL. 

The Center of Excellence for Serology Development and Emergency Preparedness (CESDEP) is a new program to provide both a more targeted and global response to the evolution of SARS-CoV-2, requiring innovative thinking, outreach and partnership with global leaders. CESDEP will leverage and deploy the knowledge from SeroNet to bring high quality, precision biomarker assays to the cancer and HIV clinics to help combat SARS-CoV-2 in those most vulnerable. 


This is a challenging and rewarding opportunity to participate in the creation of a complex IT system in a high-visibility program. Components of the system will interface with clinical data stores, public databases, and researchers. The successful applicant will help orchestrate subcontractors and Federal stakeholder input to produce a smoothly operating, distributed data management system that maintains patient privacy, while providing research data to the scientific community.

Specific duties of the Software Manager II, CESDEP will include:

  • Perform as a team player in a highly integrated, multi-disciplinary environment
  • Create and maintain strong, healthy business relationship with clients, vendors and FNL staff
  • Lead the CDR team to release versions of the CDR based upon project requirements to meet the projects needs
  • Estimate how much time development and QA activities will take so that a project schedule can be maintained
  • Foster and nurture collaborative work environment
  • Perform design, development, integration and deployment using agreed upon standards and tools
  • Provide technical leadership and direction for software development initiatives
  • Develop the CDR such that security requirements for the IT infrastructure supporting this program are met, specifically the Federal Information Security Management Act of 2002 (FISMA) and National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) 800-53 rev 4, including security controls required for a FIPS-199 FISMA moderate system
  • Participate in code reviews and sprint retrospectives
  • Collaborate with Business Analysts and SMEs to help drive business value into solution designs
  • Identify and address technology challenges to develop robust, secure, and scalable products and solutions that meets or exceeds customer expectation
  • Maintain high standards of software quality while delivering solutions on-time and within budget
  • Know who the product is for, how it will be used and how to use it
  • Perform other duties as needed to ensure the success of the program

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

    • Possession of Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college/university according to the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) or four (4) years relevant experience in lieu of degree
    • Foreign degrees must be evaluated for U.S. equivalency
    • In addition to educational experience a minimum of six (6) years’ experience in designing and developing web applications using one of, or a combination of, the following languages, design patterns, or frameworks: J2EE, MVC, Groovy, Grails, and Spring Security Demonstrated four (4) years of experience in a leadership/manager capacity overseeing software development projects
    •  Strong people management capabilities, ability to assign tasks, lead, motivate team.
    • Experience in Oracle database programming using SQL and Hibernate
    • Working knowledge of data modeling and object relational mapping
    •  Proficiency with basic web technologies including HTML, CSS, XML, REST, JSON, JavaScript, jQuery, AJAX and Foundation
    • Skills in text search technologies (e.g. Apache Lucene, Apache Solr)
    • Familiarity with Linux commands, SVN, GitHub, NetBeans, Apache Tomcat, and reporting tools such as JasperReports
    • Excellent oral and written skills
    • Proficient in RDBMS e.g. Postgres, MySQL, Oracle
    • Experience with web UI libraries and frameworks e.g. ReacJS, JQuery, Ajax, Angular
    • Experience with RESTful web services
    • Experience with Source Control systems e.g., Github, SVN
    • Experience with debugging, performance profiling and optimization
    • Demonstrated experience working in a highly integrated, multi-disciplinary environment  
    • Self-motivated and result-oriented, able to handle multiple projects efficiently
    • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
    • Must be a team player
    • Ability to obtain and maintain a security clearance 


    Candidates with these desired skills will be given preferential consideration:

  • Possession of a Master’s degree
  • Experience with data management systems handling big data
  • Experience with NoSQL or Graph Database such as MongDB and neo4J
  • Knowledge of data management/data transfer frameworks e.g. iRODS, Globus
  • Familiarity with cloud technologies
  • Experience with web UI libraries and frameworks e.g. ReacJS, JQuery, Ajax, Angular
  • Experience with RESTful web services
  • Must be detail-oriented and possess strong organizational and analytical skills with the ability to prioritize multiple tasks/projects
  • Exceptional written and oral communication skills to work closely with numerous stakeholders from diverse organizational integration tools

  • Strong communication skills (written and oral)
  • Ability to work effectively in a matrix and team‐oriented environment
  • Ability to identify and solve complex problems
  • Strong organizational and multitasking skills 
  • 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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