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Job #: R-00057554
Location: Frederick, MD
Category: Research Scientist
Schedule (FT/PT): Full Time
Travel Required: No
Shift: Day
Potential for Telework: Yes, 50%
Clearance: NACI
Referral Eligibility: Ineligible
Group: Health

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Job Description:

Leidos is seeking an experienced Deputy Project Director to lead a research-oriented program supporting the U.S. Army, Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs (CDMRP) office.  The successful Deputy Project Director demonstrates competency in project execution, leadership, critical thinking, relationship management, and business growth while upholding the highest standard of ethical behavior. For this position, the Deputy Project Director must demonstrate experience in a medical or health sciences field to lead and oversee support to a high profiled program focused on a variety of nationally recognized medical research areas.

This position requires the ability to obtain a National Agency Clearance and Inquiries (NACI) clearance.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Develops and maintains standard operating procedures on behalf of the Project Director
  • Supports the Project Director in integrated oversight of schedule compliance across all task orders and allocation of staff to address requirements
  • Assists with development of technical aspects of task order proposals
  • Assists the Project Director in monitoring costs and labor utilization at the contract and task order level, maintaining Estimates at Completion (EAC) and Estimates to Complete (ETC), and directing corrective actions as needed for cost compliance
  • Supports the Project Director in his/her function as contract representative and responsibility for managing all aspects of the program, including project planning, development and implementation according to cost, schedule, and technical (scope) requirements.
  • Supports the Project Director in managing a cohesive team of scientific, technical, and administrative personnel in support of scientific / medical peer reviews
  • Collaborates and communicates with business partners to verify expectations are being met, and identifies and fulfills resource requirements
  • Supports the Project Director in ensuring that application receipt, processing, and scientific peer review of applications are conducted in a fair, transparent, and defensible manner that is consistent with the needs of all stakeholders
  • Compiles formal and informal project status/plan briefings for the government and corporate managers.
  • Assists the Project Manager with monitoring team performance to ensure that projects are implemented, supported, and closed accurately and in accordance with key milestones and established project standards are upheld and clearly defined throughout the entire process of each project’s development and execution
  • Ensures compliance with government and corporate training, policies, and mandates
  • Anticipates and resolves procurement challenges and problems, such as small business set aside goals, certification requirements, and acquisition strategy
  • Tracks cost, schedule and performance, as well as prepares documents and develops project specific policy, procedures, and report status at all levels

Basic Qualifications

  • M.D or Ph.D. in health sciences or scientific discipline.
  • At least 8+ years of related experience managing health sciences or research services programs with clients in the federal government.
  • Experience in managing and/or providing program coordination for large teams and operations.
  • Superior communication skills, both oral and written.
  • Strong problem solving and analytical skills.
  • This position requires the ability to obtain a National Agency Clearance and Inquiries (NACI) clearance.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Certifications: PMP
  • Experience managing IDIQ programs with multiple ongoing tasks and subtasks.
  • Experience in the Scientific Peer Review processes is highly desired.
  • Experience with nationally recognized medical research topics such as cancer, infectious diseases, military medicine, traumatic brain injury, combat casualty care, and other military relevant diseases and conditions is highly desired. 

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Yes, 50%

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About Leidos

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, civil, and health markets. The company’s 43,000 employees support vital missions for government and commercial customers. Headquartered in Reston, Virginia, Leidos reported annual revenues of approximately $12.30 billion for the fiscal year ended January 1, 2021.  For more information, visit

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