Research Associate

Frederick National Laboratory for Cancer Research
Hood College, MD
Closing date
Sep 26, 2023

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Research Associate

Job ID: req2183
Employee Type: exempt full-time
Division: Vaccine, Immunity and Cancer
Facility: Frederick: ATRF
Location: 8560 Progress Dr, Frederick, MD 21701 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.

Position Overview:


The Vaccine, Immunity and Cancer Directorate's mission is to provide scientific leadership and laboratory infrastructure to study immune responses to Human Papillomavirus (HPV), SARS-CoV-2 infection and vaccines as well as other cancer preventive strategies in the context of clinical and pre-clinical studies.


The Vaccine, Immunity and Cancer Program is looking for Research Associate I or II to conduct serology testing for SARS-CoV-2. The aims of this project are to produce critical assay reagents and perform serology and other immune assays for assessment of immune responses to infection.

The Research Associate I/II will:
  1. Be responsible for sample management;
  2. Optimize and validate procedures and methodologies for assessment of immune responses to infections and vaccines;
  3. Plan experiments and conduct testing of large number of samples from clinical studies;
  4. With limited supervision, design and implement protocols, as well as troubleshoot assays and experiments independently,
  5. Evaluate, analyze and compile data, maintain databases,
  6. Be responsible for routine QC/QA procedures, ordering supplies, and maintaining equipment and inventories;
  7. Prepare reports, present data and participate in report and proposal preparation;
  8. Remain current on literature and relevant laboratory techniques.


To be considered for this position, you must minimally meet the knowledge, skills, and abilities listed below:
  • Possession of a Bachelor's degree from an accredited college/university according to the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). (Additional qualifying experience may be substituted for the required education). Foreign degrees must be evaluated for U.S. equivalency.
  • 2 years of laboratory experience for RAI; 5 years experience for RAII


Candidates with these desired skills will be given preferential consideration:
  • Experience in standard tissue culture and immunological/virological techniques, including: aseptic techniques, cell line maintenance, production of plasmids and virus-like particles, western-blot, ELISA, Luminex assays, virus neutralization assays and PCR
  • Experience in immune assay (ELISA, multiplex assays) development and validation
  • Experience handling large data sets, statistics, software tools (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)
  • Experience in laboratories operating under GCLP/GMP/GLP/CLIA
  • Experience using robotics
  • Experience with electronic documentation systems and LIMS

  • Work may involve the use of potentially hazardous chemical or biological materials or may be located in areas where such materials are used.

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

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


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