Spec, Lab Animal Research

Frederick National Laboratory for Cancer Research
Hood College, MD
Closing date
Oct 5, 2023

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Pharmaceutical, Laboratory
Organization Type
Spec, Lab Animal Research

Job ID: req3753
Employee Type: exempt full-time
Division: Laboratory Animal Science Program
Facility: Frederick: Ft Detrick
Location: PO Box B, Frederick, MD 21702 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 Center for Advanced Preclinical Research (CAPR) at the Frederick National Laboratory for Cancer Research develops both germline-engineered and transplantation systems-based murine cancer models and employs them to evaluate potential therapeutic and diagnostic strategies for use in the clinic. The Center is engaged in several interdisciplinary collaborations involving multiple investigators and partnership organizations.
· Animal technical functions such as tail clipping and ear notching.

· Setting up new breeders, breeding plug checks and weaning.

· Checking weekly body weights.

· Animal health observations.

· Dosing by several compound administration routes/methodologies.

· Mandibular bleeds.

· Animal surgeries and diagnostic sampling for inter-building transfers.

· Palpation of animals for tumor detection.

· Data entry and management in several databases and Excel workbooks.

· Learning, understanding, and implementing required compliance protocols (e.g. Animal Care and Use

Committee registries), animal welfare guidelines, and standard operating procedures (SOP)

· Work schedule will include weekend and holiday hours.

· Work may involve the use of potentially hazardous material, including biological and chemical carcinogen materials, or may be located in areas where such materials are used and the use of personal protective equipment and adherence to strict safety protocols will be required.


· 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. Will encourage achievement of LATG Certification, however this is not required.

· Ability to perform a variety of technical procedures on laboratory animals (rodents).

· Basic understanding of Mendelian inheritance in order to successfully propagate, maintain and ensure integrity of multiple, complex breeding lines.

· Ability to train animal care and technical staff.

· Ability to keep computer records and maintain/update data in computer-based applications/databases.

· Complexity of breeding colony will require very detailed and accurate record keeping skills.

· Knowledge of Standard Operating Procedures for animal facilities, and the basic requirements for maintaining laboratory animals.

· Experience in animal handling, husbandry and rodent breeding colony management.

· Must be able to obtain and maintain a security clearance.


· LAT certification and ability to pass LATG exam within 12 months of hire

· Knowledge of murine animal husbandry and genetic distribution in genetically modified animals

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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