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Research Associate III

Frederick National Laboratory for Cancer Research
Hood College, MD
Closing date
Dec 1, 2021

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Science, Pharmaceutical, Clinical Research Associate
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TheVaccine, Immunity and Cancer Directorate mission is to provide scientificleadership and laboratory infrastructure to study immune responses to HumanPapillomavirus (HPV), SARS-CoV-2 infection and vaccines as well as other cancerpreventive strategies in the context of clinical and pre-clinical studies.


We are seeking an individual with a strong background in molecularbiology and immunology to work at the HPV Serology Laboratory. The aim of this project is to generatestandardized sets of reagents and assays for assessment of antibody responsesto HPV vaccines in clinical trials. Responsibilities include, but are not limitedto, the following:
  • Perform research and/or development in collaboration with others for projects
  • Make detailed observations, analyzes data and interprets results
  • Investigate, create and develop new methods and technologies for project advancement
  • Maintain high level of professional expertise through familiarity with scientific literature
  • Participate in scientific conferences and contribute to scientific journals
  • Be responsible for identifying patentable inventions
  • May act as principal investigator in conducting own experiments


To be considered for this position, you must minimally meet the knowledge, skills, and abilities listed below:
  • Possession of a Bachelor's degree froman accredited college/university according to the Council for Higher EducationAccreditation (CHEA) in a field related to biomedical research or four (4)years equivalent experience in the appropriate field in lieu of degree. Foreign degreesmust be evaluated for U.S. equivalency
  • In addition to education requirements, a minimum of five (5) to eight (8) years related biomedical experience
  • Detailed knowledge of vaccines, immunology, and virology
  • Expertise in tissue culture and immunological/virological techniques, including aseptic techniques, cell line maintenance, production of plasmids and virus-like particles, western-blot, ELISA, Luminex assays, flow cytometry, virus neutralization assays and PCR
  • Ability to obtain and maintain a security clearance


Candidates with these desired skills will be given preferential consideration:
  • MS in immunology, vaccinology, virology or molecular biology
  • Experience in HPV research
  • Experience in assay development and validation under GCLP or GLP environment
  • Experience with large data sets, statistics, software tools (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)
  • Experience with robotics
  • Knowledge of regulatory requirements in vaccine development

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