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Lab Manager

Frederick National Laboratory for Cancer Research
Hood College, MD
Closing date
Jul 18, 2024

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Pharmaceutical, Laboratory
Organization Type
Lab Manager

Job ID: req4006
Employee Type: exempt full-time
Division: Applied & Development Research 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 Bioprocessing Laboratory integrates clinical and laboratory activities through biospecimen lifecycle management. The Bioprocessing Laboratory and Trial Logistics Support Group partners with intramural and extramural investigators to translate clinical workflows into practical specimen collection, processing, and storage procedures. These procedures result in high-quality, well-annotated specimens suitable for their primary purpose and as bioresource collections for future research.


The BioProcessing and Trial Logistics group is part of the Clinical Services Program (CSP) within the Applied/Developmental Research Directorate (ADRD) at the Frederick National Laboratory for Cancer Research (FNLCR). The Research Associate III position would primarily provide laboratory management, specimen processing, and supervision of junior staff in support to an NIH-funded clinical project.

The core responsibilities of this position are:
  • Works according to established best practices for specimen handling and management
  • Contributes to project plans and project meeting discussions
  • Models and sets expectations for excellent operational performance in the laboratory & data management
  • Evaluates project workflow for compliance with Standard Operating Procedures
  • Reviews and analyzes laboratory performance metrics for continuous process improvement
  • Summarizes data and prepares reports for internal meetings
  • Executes assigned projects with minimal supervision
  • Prepares documentation to include SOPs, project specific protocols and specimen inventory reports
  • Receipt specimens shipped to the laboratory
  • Separation of human blood samples into sub fractions
  • Isolation of buccal cells from mouthwash samples
  • Creating specimen aliquots
  • Work with a liquid handler for urine aliquots
  • Handling frozen material, using dry ice & specialized dry ice workstations
  • Packaging specimens for transport
  • General laboratory upkeep, equipment monitoring, and inventory control
  • Daily use of Excel, Word, Outlook, project-specific dashboard, specimen inventory database
  • Daily communication with team members & internal support groups


To be considered for this position, you must minimally meet the knowledge, skills, and abilities listed below:
  • Possession of Bachelor's degree in a field related to biomedical research/clinical trials/health 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
  • In addition to the education requirement, a minimum of eight (8) years of progressively responsible experience
  • Experience supervising laboratory staff
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills including strong documentation of laboratory observations
  • Strong interpersonal and cross-cultural communication skills
  • Experience in analysis, planning, and problem solving
  • Strong organizational skills with the ability to prioritize and manage multiple tasks with a high degree of accuracy and attention to detail
  • Ability to work effectively, both independently and as a team member, with consistent ability to take initiative and make an active contribution to the team's performance
  • Experience working with human blood, serologic pipets and micropipets
  • Experience with Microsoft Suite, to include Excel, Word
  • Ability to work a fixed schedule 2nd shift Monday-Friday 4:00pm-12:00am
  • Ability to lift 25 pounds routinely
  • Ability to work 2nd shift, 4pm-12am
  • Ability to obtain and maintain a security clearance


Candidates with these desired skills will be given preferential consideration:
  • Preferred Master's degree
  • Previous experience with specimen inventory management software
  • Previous experience with liquid handlers
  • Previous experience training others on SOPs
  • Previous experience in clinical studies
  • Previous IATA certification

  • 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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