Spec, Lab Animal Research

Frederick National Laboratory for Cancer Research
Hood College, MD
Closing date
Dec 4, 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.
To be considered for this position, you must minimally meet the knowledge, skills, and abilities listed below:
  • Possession of Bachelor's degree in Life Sciences or Veterinary Technology from an accredited college/university according to the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) or four (4) years relevant experience in lieu of degree. Foreign degrees must be evaluated for U.S. equivalency.
    • 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. Will encourage achievement of LATG Certification, however this is not required.
  • No work experience required with a Bachelors degree.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Knowledge of murine animal husbandry and genetic distribution in genetically modified animals.
  • 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.

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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