Spec, Lab Animal Research

Frederick National Laboratory for Cancer Research
West Bethesda, MD
Closing date
Sep 26, 2023

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Pharmaceutical, Laboratory
Organization Type
Spec, Lab Animal Research

Job ID: req3738
Employee Type: exempt full-time
Division: Laboratory Animal Science Program
Facility: NIH
Location: NIH Campus 9000 Rockville Pike, Bethesda, MD 20892 USA

The Frederick National Laboratory is a Federally Funded Research and Development Center (FFRDC) sponsored by the National Cancer Institute (NCI) and operated by Leidos Biomedical Research, Inc. The lab addresses some of the most urgent and intractable problems in the biomedical sciences in cancer and AIDS, drug development and first-in-human clinical trials, applications of nanotechnology in medicine, and rapid response to emerging threats of infectious diseases.

Accountability, Compassion, Collaboration, Dedication, Integrity and Versatility; it's the FNL way.


The Laboratory Animal Sciences Program (LASP) provides exceptional quality animal care and technical support services for animal research performed at the National Cancer Institute at the Frederick National Laboratory for Cancer Research. LASP executes this mission by providing a broad spectrum of state-of-the-art technologies and services that are focused on the design, generation, characterization and application of genetically engineered and biological animal models of human disease, which are aimed at the development of targeted diagnostics and therapies. LASP contributes to advancing human health, developing new treatments, and improving existing treatments for cancer and other diseases while ensuring safe and humane treatment of animals.

  • Performing Breeder colony management tasks associated with the maintenance, care, breeding, testing and treatment of genetically complex mouse strains, which includes tail clipping, animal identification and weaning
  • Observes animals and must be able to describe various conditions of the animal's health and general physical condition and records and reports findings to appropriate personnel.
  • Ensures adherence to policies and procedures, Standard Operating Procedures, cleanliness, technical accuracy, and safety regulations in all areas of activity.
  • Responsible for conducting approved experimental protocols utilizing animals
  • Assistance with surgical procedures
  • Animal health monitoring and recording of phenotypic changes and measurements related to experimental treatments
  • Data entry consistent with complex colony management and excellent record keeping skills.
  • Coordinating shipment of live animals and specimens
  • Performing rodent experimental procedures including basic necropsy, surgery, injections, and blood collection
  • Work schedule may include weekend and holiday hours


To be considered for this position, you must minimally meet the knowledge, skills, and abilities listed below:
  • Any combination of education and progressively responsible technical experience which qualifies the candidate to sit for the LATG Certification exam within 12 months of hire or bachelor's degree in Life Sciences or Veterinary Technology.
  • Experience in rodent breeding colony management and associated procedures.
  • Experience in performing experimental procedures.
  • Knowledge of standard operating procedures for animal facilities and the basic requirements for maintaining laboratory animals and performing scientific procedures involving animal testing and data collection.
  • Ability to wear lift and carry up to 50 lbs. and wear personal protective equipment.
  • Ability to work in a team and communicate with management in a demanding scientific environment.
  • Ability to keep detailed and accurate computer records and maintain/update data in computer-based applications/databases.
  • Ability to obtain and maintain a security clearance.


Candidates with these desired skills will be given preferential consideration:
  • LAT certification and ability to pass LATG exam within 12 months of hire.
  • Excellent observation and organization skills.
  • Experience in performing surgical procedures on rodents.
  • Ability to multi-task.
  • Computer/data entry skills.
  • Excellent written and oral communications skills.

  • This position is subject to working with or have potential for exposure to animal(s) and/or animal material(s).
  • This position is subject to working with or have potential for exposure to infectious material, requiring medical clearance and immunizations.
  • This position is subject to working in or have the potential to exposure to high noise levels for extended periods of time requiring medical clearance.
  • This position may require continuous or intermittent exposure to and exertion in environmental conditions such as working outdoors, temperature extremes, humidity extremes. etc. as part of the job.
  • This position is subject to working with radioactive material and requires to become an approved radiation worker.

Commitment to Diversity
All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to sex, race, ethnicity, age, national origin, citizenship, religion, physical or mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, pregnancy, family structure, marital status, ancestry, domestic partner status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, veteran or military status, or any other basis prohibited by law. Leidos will also consider for employment qualified applicants with criminal histories consistent with relevant laws.


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