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Job #: R-00012384
Location: Silver Spring, MD
Category: Research Scientist
Schedule (FT/PT): Full Time
Travel Required: No
Shift: Day
Potential for Telework: No
Clearance Required: NACI
Referral Eligibility: Ineligible
Group: Health


Job Requisition:

Viral Diagnostics and Assay Development Manager

Job Description:

Leidos is seeking a Viral Diagnostics and Assay Development Manager who will direct testing and develop assays for viral products manufactured at a manufacturing facility in Silver Spring, MD. S/he will manage, oversee, and perform assays for the detection of viruses in various matrices, such as culture media, animal and human plasma/blood/serum, and other tissues.

This position is contingent upon contract award.


  • Oversee a group of qualified technicians that are responsible for all aspects of testing for quality and safety of viral products that are required in the development process.
  • Maintain a validated and calibrated laboratory that will generate data used for Investigational New Drug submissions to the FDA.
  • Development of new assays including potency and safety assays for products intended for human use.
  • Write and review standard operating procedures.
  • Conduct testing, which may include assay of infectivity, protein and antigen content, potency, purity and other characterization assays required for complete analysis of final products or intermediates.
  • Qualification or validation of assays dependent upon the level of regulatory scrutiny
  • Participate in the generation of product testing summary reports and Certificates of Analyses.


  • MS degree in biochemistry or related science and at least six years of experience in viral testing desired
  • At least six years of experience in viral assay development and testing of viral products
  • GLP and GMP experience.
  • Must possess skills using various types of analytical and laboratory equipment, as well as proficiency with IBM compatible software including spreadsheet programs and word processing programs.
  • Must also have four years of managerial/supervisory experience.
  • All proposed personnel to perform services contractor must verify employment eligibility (E-Verify) and obtain a favorable National Agency Check (NACI).

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Research Scientist



Leidos is a Fortune 500® information technology, engineering, and science solutions and services leader working to solve the world's toughest challenges in the defense, intelligence, homeland security, civil, and health markets. The company's 33,000 employees support vital missions for government and commercial customers. Headquartered in Reston, Virginia, Leidos reported annual revenues of approximately $10.19 billion for the fiscal year ended December 28, 2018. For more information, visit

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