Research Assoc III

Recruiter
Frederick National Laboratory for Cancer Research
Location
Frederick, Maryland
Posted
Oct 31, 2019
Closes
Nov 10, 2019
Ref
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Sector
Law
Organization Type
Corporate
The AIDS and Cancer Virus Program (ACVP) is an integrated, multidisciplinary program that pursues basic and applied studies aimed at improving our understanding of AIDS-associated viruses, including studies intended to facilitate the improved diagnosis, prevention and treatment of HIV infection and AIDS, and AIDS related tumors, particularly those associated with other viruses such as KSHV. The Program consists of five independent but highly interactive research Sections headed by Principal Investigators, whose work spans from fundamental molecular virology through in vitro studies, to in vivo studies in non-human primate (NHP) models, to international viral epidemiology. The ACVP also has eight Research Support Core Groups (Cores) that provide critical and often unique technical support capabilities to ACVP laboratories and other laboratories within the NCI and NIH, and to extramural investigators.

KEY ROLES/RESPONSIBILITIES

The AIDS and Cancer Virus Program is in search of a Research Associate (RAIII) who can (i) develop new assays, analyses and methodologies; (ii) generate and formally report data including poster presentations and rough draft manuscripts for publication. The successful candidate must demonstrate the ability to function independently to fulfill these requirements at an extremely high level of performance. Furthermore, the technical experience needed to succeed in this position is proficiency with nucleic acid purification, quantification by real-time PCR, standard and specialized PCR-amplification, and sequencing with subsequent sequence analysis, as well as next generation sequencing methods. The candidate must have demonstrated an extremely high level of technical proficiency, along with the initiative and ability to function independently. This position will act as the de facto lab manager and will be responsible for ordering lab supplies, training new employees, and maintaining equipment all while performing exceptionally at the bench.
  • Complex assignments are performed independently and reported to supervisor/scientist.
  • Will be required to develop new assays or production methods.
  • Will train staff in technical assays.
  • May initiate a research project by setting up a laboratory.
  • Responsible for data triage and quality control evaluations.
  • Responsible for maintaining essential laboratory supplies and equipment.
  • Serves as technical authority in the absence of the lead laboratory scientist.
  • Preparation of research plans, proposals, or new production methodologies.
  • Includes formal reporting of data including presentation and/or publications.
  • Remain knowledgeable in pertinent areas through literature and scientific presentations.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned by a responsible authority.
  • Function independently in a specialized laboratory of research or specialized scientific service, requiring originality and judgment.
  • Independently evaluate the suitability and quality control of research or production assays or tests; supervise a technical staff.
  • Proficiency with nucleic acid purification, quantification by real-time PCR, standard and specialized PCR-amplification, and sequencing with subsequent sequence analysis, as well as next generation sequencing methods; advanced data reporting techniques, mathematics and statistics.
  • Basic laboratory techniques germane to the specialty area (i.e. sterile procedures, safety procedures, instrument operation, etc.).

BASIC QUALIFICATIONS
  • Possession of a Bachelor's degree from an accredited college/university according to the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) in a related field (Additional qualifying experience may be substituted for the required education). Foreign degrees must be evaluated for U.S. equivalency.
  • In addition to educational requirements, a minimum of eight (8) years related biomedical experience
  • Must be able to obtain and maintain a security clearance

JOB HAZARDS OR REQUIREMENTS
  • Candidate will be working with or have the potential for exposure to animal(s) and/or animal material(s)
  • Candidate will be working with or have the potential for exposure to infectious material(s) or Other Potentially Infectious Materials (OPIM), requiring medical clearance and immunization in accordance with protocol requirements

Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE) | Minority/Female/Disabled/Veteran (M/F/D/V) | Drug Free Workplace (DFW)

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