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Senior Software Developer, Java

Frederick National Laboratory for Cancer Research
Frederick, MD
Start date
May 22, 2024

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Information Technology, Software Development
Required Education
Bachelors Degree
Position Type
Full time

Job Details

Senior Software Developer, Java

Job ID: req3952
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.

This position description does not represent a specific job but represents a sourcing announcement for current and/or future open positions. Our positions span a wide range of skills, so candidates who express an interest may be considered for upcoming positions at Frederick National Laboratory for Cancer Research.

This position is expected to last for approximately a one year term, but may have the potential to be extended.  


The Vaccine, Immunity and Cancer directorate (VICD) has implemented Phase 1 of the the Center of Excellence for Serology and Emergency Preparedness (CESDEP) program. CESDEP is focused on the collection of biospecimens and clinical data from numerous collection sites under tightly controlled Standard Operating Procedures.  Phase 2 will include enhancements to the supporting IT infrastructure.


Working with the VICD subject matter experts, a JAVA software developer with experience using the Spring boot framework, is needed for the development of the CESDEP Comprehensive Data Repository (CDR).  This senior software developer will update and enhance the application, develop API’s for the system, take on much of the implementation of security features into the CDR.  The existing application uses Java/Groovy, Grails, and Oracle.  The senior developer is expected to provide software design change recommendations, optimize/rewrite portions of code against requirements.

Responsibilities include the following:

  • Work closely with the CDR lead to implement the CESDEP requirements.
  • Develop API’s for data transfer to and from the CESDEP CDR.
  • Work with testers to remediate findings.
  • Possibly work with security team to ensure app scans, web security, IDAM.
  • Work closely with LBR program and software development manager to build and integrate systems to support the project.
  • Provide programming support in Java, and Grails to develop and modify application to support project needs.


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

  • Possession of Bachelor’s degree in Systems Engineering, Computer Science, Information Systems or related field 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 the education requirement, a minimum of five (5) years of software developer experience. 
    • Including experience with JAVA and working in a Spring environment.
  • RDBMS/SQL experience.
  • Skilled in html, javascript, jQuery, Ajax
  • Experience with Linux
  • Ability to obtain and maintain a security clearance.


Candidates with these desired skills will be given preferential consideration:

  • Grails Experience
  • GitHub experience
  • Experience working with clinical data

Commitment to Diversity
All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to sex, race, ethnicity, age, national origin, citizenship, religion, physical or mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, pregnancy, family structure, marital status, ancestry, domestic partner status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, veteran or military status, or any other basis prohibited by law. Leidos will also consider for employment qualified applicants with criminal histories consistent with relevant laws.



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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