Scientific Manager I/II (req2214)

Posted: 10/27/2021
Location: Frederick, MD
Employee Type: exempt full-time
Job ID: req2214

This position description does not represent a specific job but represents a sourcing announcement for current and 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.


The Vaccine, Immunity, and Cancer Directorate (VICD) of the Frederick National Laboratory is seeking a Scientific Manager I/II to support projects and operations. The primary mission of the VICD is to provide scientific leadership and laboratory infrastructure to study immune responses to SARS-CoV-2, Human Papillomavirus (HPV) vaccines and other cancer preventive strategies in the context of clinical and pre-clinical studies. This position is located in Frederick, Maryland.


The Vaccine, Immunity and Cancer Directorate (VICD) is recruiting for a Scientific Manager I/II to oversee a biospecimen repository and testing laboratory operation for the directorate.

  • Manages laboratory activities of a scientific group at VICD, following GCLP requirements
  • Conducts research and development activities in collaboration with scientific partners
  • Develops strategies to meet scientific objectives
  • Develops budget for laboratory operation
  • Collaborates with program partners for funding and future project planning
  • Evaluates personnel performance and needs to ensure efficient laboratory functions
  • Interface with government officials, both scientific and administrative, at varying levels of leadership and responsibility to coordinate logistical support for assigned projects/programs
  • Manage project risk by proactively anticipating issues and develops contingency plans and solutions
  • Perform other related duties as assigned by supervisor or Program Director


This position may be filled with a Scientific Manager I/II commensurate with the selected candidates experience

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
    • Scientific Manager I - In addition to the education requirement, a minimum of four (4) years of progressively responsible experience, including two (2) years of experience in a manager capacity
    • Scientific Manager II - In addition to the education requirement, a minimum of six (6) years of progressively responsible experience, including four (4) years of experience in a manager capacity
  • Experience in standard tissue culture and immunological/virological techniques including: aseptic techniques, cell line maintenance, production of plasmids and virus-like particles, western-blot, ELISA, Luminex assays, virus neutralizing assays and PCR
  • Experience in immune assay (ELISA, multiplex assays) development and validation
  • Familiarity with human research subject requirements and regulations
  • Proficient in Word, Excel, PPT
  • Excellent communication skills (written and oral)
  • In addition to a commitment to excellence in operations, the position requires leadership skills and a commitment to the mission
  • Ability to obtain and maintain a security clearance


Candidates with these desired skills will be given preferential consideration:

  • Possession of Ph.D. in Sciences particularly in immunology and virology
  • Demonstrated experience working with government contracts, particularly Task Orders, NIH, NCI, or NIAID
  • Experience with robotics and electronic documentation systems and LIMS
  • Experience in laboratories operating under GCLP/GMP/GLP/CLIA


  • This position is subject to working with or have potential for exposure to infectious material, requiring medical clearance and immunizations