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Thermo Fisher Scientific Assistant Project Director in Rockville, Maryland

At Fisher BioServices, we specialize in the management of critical biological materials in support for the advancement of cell therapy, high value biologics, and population-based public health research. We provide customized end-to-end chain of custody solutions for our large pharmaceutical clients and partners in academia and government, ensuring the integrity and efficacy of their valued material from the manufacturer to the bedside. Fisher BioServices is a brand of Thermo Fisher Scientific, the world leader in serving science, and member of the BioPharma Services Division. To learn more please visit

Position Summary: This position is within the Fisher BioServices business unit of Thermo Fisher Scientific. The Assistant Project Director assists in the management of the CBRO government contracts and other contracts within CBRO.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Supervises the work of Operations Supervisor, Team Lead, Inventory Analyst, and Operations Technicians.

  • Assures that biospecimens and reagents are properly received, inventoried, stored, and distributed.

  • Oversees laboratory processing.

  • Maintains client databases and monitors their quality.

  • Assists in developing Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) and facility manuals.

  • Assists in health and safety training.

  • Interfaces with clients about operations.

  • Assists with report production and facility upkeep and operations.

  • Applies good manufacturing principles in all areas of responsibility.

  • Supervises technicians to complete a project, including receiving, laboratory processing, storing, data entry, retrieving and shipping of samples.

  • Checks (Quality Control) samples and applicable documentation to ensure accuracy and integrity of the inventory and shipments.

  • Communicates with clients and PD about any discrepancies found. Aids in resolving the issues and follows up quickly when questions arise.

  • Develops, maintains, and updates client-specific databases.

  • Shares involvement in implementing and integrating new IT initiatives.

  • Ensures all operational materials, supplies and needs are scheduled or ordered.

  • Prepares monthly/periodic reports for the PD and/or clients.

  • Assists in developing and updating budgets, SOPs, and facility manuals.

  • Develops and assists with site-specific occupational safety and health training to ensure compliance with federal, state, and local regulations.

  • Directs own projects, as applicable.

  • Other tasks relevant to business requirements, as needed.

Basic Minimum Qualifications: The qualifications listed below are representative of knowledge, skill and/or ability. To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to complete each essential duty.

  • Requires excellent organizational skills, with working knowledge of project management.

  • Requires ability to prioritize workload for speed and efficiency and to handle/meet deadlines.

  • Requires ability to handle multiple tasks at one time, with attention to detail.

  • Requires excellent verbal and written communication skills.

  • Requires experience with Microsoft Office suite (MS Access and MS Project experience preferred).

  • Requires training in the handling and shipping of hazardous materials.

  • Requires training in blood-borne pathogens and handling of infectious substances.

  • Prefers experience with robotic and/or automated instrumentation.

  • Understanding of QA/QC monitoring and auditing procedures.

  • Excellent attention to detail.

  • Excellent organizational skills (must have ability to multi-task).

Education/ Experience:

  • Requires Bachelor's degree in a biological field; advanced degree preferred.

  • Requires 2+ years' project management experience in a related field.

  • Prefer previous successful supervisory experience (direct or indirect).

Certificates and/ or Licenses:


Supervisory Responsibility:

Assist Project Director in managing staff, several team members directly reporting to the position.

Work Schedule:

8:00AM to 5:00PM core hours, additional hours as required.

Work Conditions/Physical Requirements:

  • Must be able to work in a cold environment with exposure to dry ice, liquid nitrogen cryogenics, hazardous and infectious agents, marked changes in temperature.

  • Must use personal protective equipment and adhere to safety protocols.

  • Must be able to lift and carry up to 50 lbs.

  • Must be able to process and handle materials frozen on dry ice (-78°C) or liquid nitrogen (-196°C).

  • Must be able to work in walk-in freezers or refrigerators periodically.

  • Must be able to use a computer up to 6 hours per day.

  • Must be able to work in a laboratory and warehouse/repository environment.

Thermo Fisher Scientific is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, creed, religion, color, national or ethnic origin, citizenship, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, genetic information, veteran status, age or disability status.